I know there are many people who simply need to live on mini mart foods. They live in food deserts with no decent grocery facilities. Most food marts carry cheap items and junk food. BUT even cheap items can be jazzed up if you have the desire and means to do it.
Any of us can get in a spot where money is tight and options are few. It is nice to be able to have options to jazz things up (or ideas).
We all know dry beans and rice is a fugal option - but that may get old if you eat it every day. I could do it, if it meant going hungry otherwise!
I decided to try an experiment. I do not like frozen pizza - never have. But I noticed Kroger had these little individual microwave pizza for $1 - so I thought lets see what I can do!!!!
Well I decided to do some magic. I used things I had in frig. I sliced a few pieces of summer sausage, added black and green olives, cut up a mini pepper, a few spoons of salsa, some seasoning and a little extra cheese. BOOM - a tasty little pizza. About the same as 2 pieces.
MAC N CHEESE
You can get those store brand boxes of mac n cheese for much less than a dollar. Add a can of tuna and maybe some frozen peas or broccoli and you have cheesy tuna mac. Add a little cooked hamburger or sausage and anything else you have needing to be used (veggies). Tasty burger mac.
Cut up a couple hotdogs into mac and you have a tasty treat. Feeds more than one - maybe add a salad.
Yep, many of us always have some on hand. I actually like it (I know).
Make Ramen stew - add any veggies you may have, whatever leftover meat there might be or stir in some gravy or make a gravy (rue) and enjoy. You don't HAVE to use the seasoning packet if you are staying away from salt.
Cook the noodles and use as lo-mein. Use noodles under any type of stir fry using whatever leftovers you have on hand.
I even have a recipe around here for making a cold salad using packages of Ramen with cabbage.
Someone mentioned the other day about making Ramen and adding a easy over egg on top. Just no limits.
Generally a pack sells for pennies - it can be jazzed up and tasty.
Jiffy cornbread mix probably isn't the best cornbread - but it is easy and inexpensive (and really not bad). You can do a lot of things to jazz it up. Throw in some chopped jalapenos. Spicy cornbread. Throw in some shredded cheese - Mmmmm. Add a bit of sugar if you like sweet cornbread. You can add garlic powder, onion, just about anything.
Bake in muffin tins and place a piece of hotdog in the center of each muffin before baking. Kind of like have a corndog.
I see baking mixes all the time for a dollar or less (if on sale). They can be turned into other things. Muffins mixes can become small loaves of sweet breads (throw in whatever extra you may have - chips, nuts, candy). Make a mini cake. Make cookies.
A fun up-do is pancakes - easy and tasty and enough to maybe fill a couple of people. Just add syrup or heated jelly!!!
So if things get rough, funds get low, and shelves get bare - just remember that you can improve ANY food item. It doesn't have to cost much.
I know most of us have all kinds of recipes for inexpensive eating or know ways to stretch leftovers and things like rice, pasta, beans and potatoes. We know how to cook. Not everyone really does.
Maybe you know someone who needs a little help. You can pass on these money saving ideas and perhaps help them have a nicer dinner.
I think it would be neat if food pantries - who give many of these items - could also handout recipe ideas for increasing nutrition and taste.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO $ ??????