Today is more of using what you have, saving money and just jazzing things up or changing them up and still enjoying your food.
We all like to save a buck. We don't want to be out shopping a lot right now. We all love to eat. So let's have fun and use what we have. GET CREATIVE - there are no rules.
Nuts can be expensive. I love pecans and walnuts in baking - but we all know they get real pricey real fast. Sooooo why not use something a little cheaper? Peanuts. I realize that peanuts are not for everyone and that they are not a tree nut - they are really a legume. But if you can eat them without any problems - substitute them in your recipes!
Anything chocolate would be fantastic with peanuts added. Peanuts ae great in homemade granola. They are good on top of oats or cereal. What a taste sensation on ice cream (especially with chocolate drizzle).
I like to use sunflower seeds as well in some recipes. Just open your mind and give some other items a try. Both of these items will save money.
Who doesn't love banana pudding? Ever wonder it has to be banana? It doesn't. Use whatever pudding you have on hand. Play with it and experiment.
Why even vanilla wafers? They can be a little pricey around here - especially if you look to buy a brand name. I found some 'bite size' ones at Dollar Tree - a $1 a box. OK, that's fun.
No vanilla wafers? No problem - use graham crackers, any type of cookie, chunky granola. You can use any fruit as well - different pie fillings would be wonderful.
My head goes to cheesecake flavored pudding, with graham crackers and cherry pie filling! EEK - that sounds heavenly. You see where I am going. Just use what you have and you can come up with a masterpiece! It may be the best thing you have ever made and it will save $$ as well.
I love lasagna and pizza both. I also like to play with both. You can make your lasagna a Mexican lasagna or a pizza lasagna for a change up.
Mexican lasagna - flavor your meat with taco seasoning, add refried beans or black beans or chili beans - maybe corn (drained). Salsa instead of marinara sauce - still use your noodles as usual, but try some different ingredients. Use cheddar or Colby cheese instead of parmesan.
Noodles - can be any pasta. No lasagna noodles - add macaroni or spaghetti to your layers (cooked) - seriously pasta is pasta.
Pizza lasagna - use pizza sauce (marinara is fine), maybe sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives..... whatever you put on pizza. Use whatever cheese you put on pizza.
Mix it up a bit.
Pizza - well, what can I say? You can use whatever you have on top of a pizza. It can be anything from plain old cheese to super duper fancy. Leftovers are always great to add to the toppings. Heck, I have even added leftover mac and cheese and let me tell you it was wonderful.
I make Mexican pizza often when I have leftover taco meat - I may add jalapenos too. I have even added refried beans to pizza.
I mean - come on - there is no such think as bad lasagna or pizza!!!!!!
Cornbread is another fun item to experiment with. I sometimes add a small amount of finely chopped jalapenos to my mix and/or shredded cheese. It makes for some very yummy cornbread.
Just throwing ideas out there, so no one ever thinks that they can't eat yummy - even if the pantry is getting low. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX and don't be afraid to experiment.
We all take things way to serious any more - life is supposed to be fun and full of surprises. Enjoy it. Experiment, play, smile, eat, love, share and pray - it will surely make life better!
For those having trouble finding the video I mentioned yesterday, I am sorry. I have copied a picture of the video promo - maybe it will help you find it.
Darn it - I hope you can find it.
Have a wonderful day all.
Be patient and kind to all you meet - the world needs it.