Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tips for Help in the Kitchen

Today will be a few ideas and recipes that I have snipped  for use.  Ideas for using what we have and stretching the budget and the pantry.
Imagination is key today!!!!!   Just remember that every recipe was an IDEA inside someone's head at one time or another.  Someone made that recipe up!!  You can too.
Get creative and save some money.

An old time favorite.  I remember making these as a kid - and still love them today.

Ramen stew.  Use an inexpensive pack of Ramen noodles and add all kinds of veggies and bits of meat if desired.  This is a great way to use leftovers and a cheap packet of soup.  It is cheap, tasty, and you don't waste a thing.

A packet of easy biscuit mix that I got in a gift basket at Christmas.  I threw in a extra handful of shredded cheese before baking.  Oh my goodness they are good.  Make any biscuit mix you have or your favorite easy biscuit recipe and think about jazzing it up.  Throw in a handful of any type of shredded cheese or maybe some chopped jalapenos.  Heck, you could even sweet-ify them buy adding some chocolate chips and sprinkling with sugar.  Biscuits are easy and super cheap to make.
Biscuits and gravy are a good combo as  well.  Think about making a yummy and easy gravy to smother those tasty biscuits.
If you don't have a pound of sausage to use - place 3 - 4 tablespoons of bacon grease or flavorful oil in a skillet and follow the recipe without the meat.  You can also make gravy from any mix you might have on hand.  Beef, pork or chicken gravy would all be tasty over biscuits or toasted bread.  NOT every meal has to balanced!  Filling can mean so much when money is tight or the pantry is low.


Can't get much easier than this.  Just enough for a sweet treat!



Here are a couple of substitution charts as well.  These are helpful to print out and keep close at hand. We have all discovered we are out of something after starting a recipe.  Substitutes are wonderful to have on hand.

Hope these help someone.  Food and goodies don't have to be fancy or expensive.  We can have goodness, variety and wonderful food for little money.

CLICK on any PICTURE to ENLARGE for easier reading.
Enjoy my friends.



14 comments:

  1. Oh I love no bake cookies. I need to get some more cocoa as I used my last to make my daughter your chocolate syrup recipe. Thanks for the charts too.

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    1. You are more than welcome. Glad to see the recipes are helping someone out!

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  2. My daughter told me I had everything on hand to make those 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies just the other day. LOL I think she was hinting around for me to make some. :)

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  3. I would so love to make a batch of any of these but I would eat the whole batch myself.

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    1. Sometimes that is just what we need to boost our morale!!!!

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  4. Some great ideas here - thank you so much for sharing. I have a pkt of Chia seeds in the cupboard (but plenty of eggs at present!)

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    1. Thanks. I have never had Chia seeds - may need to add that to inventory.

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  5. Thanks for the great ideas Cheryl. I make your biscuits which I call scones in a different way, but a super easy way. My scone recipe is 3 cups of self raising flour, 1 cup of cream and 1 cup of lemonade(I have a soda stream machine and usually just make soda water to cut out the sugar). Mix the ingredients gently together. Place dough on a floured board and gently press into a flat shape. Do not knead. Cut and bake. These scones are delicious with jam and cream or with butter and honey. I also make some of your no cook cookies, that I call biscuits in a slightly different way and with cooking. Its 2 cups of oats, 3 ripe mashed bananas and half a cup of peanut butter. Mix the ingredients together. Wet your hands, roll the mix into balls and place on a tray with baking paper. Press the balls down and bake 10-12mins. remove from oven and allow to cool completely. I love those quarantine cookies and think that once the banana cake is finished they will be made.

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    1. I find it funny how biscuits are so different in places. I love how we all have our names for things.
      Thanks for sharing your recipes - both sound very easy and different. Will keep those on hand.
      Thanks again!

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  6. These are brilliant ideas - and I even managed to find a 5kg bag of flour this morning!

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    1. YAY!!!!! Glad you have flour. It is one of those things we take having for granted.
      Thanks

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  7. I have not made the no bake cookies in ages, but do still love them. Sarah and one of her buddies used to make them a lot when they were kids.

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