recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/279/all en-US 12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518145080.jpg" alt="make these delicious recipes in your instant pot" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So many people purchased <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpIS7k" target="_blank">Instant Pot electric pressure cookers</a> on Black Friday that Amazon warehouse pickers are sick of the sight of them.</p> <p>The sale was an especially good deal when you realize the many ways this versatile tool can help you save money. The countertop device is advertised as a seven-in-one tool because, besides pressure cooking, it also serves as a slow cooker, a rice maker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, and a warmer.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m one of the folks who bought an Instant Pot on sale, and I&rsquo;m quickly learning how to make it pay for itself by helping me create frugal meals and avoid food waste. Many of these recipes could be made in any pressure cooker, but one thing I appreciate about the Instant Pot is that you can brown or saute items in it as well, making for fewer pans to wash after dinner.</p> <h2>1. Eat a Homemade Breakfast on the Way to Work</h2> <p>Cooking up portable breakfasts in advance is all well and good for the type of people who plan ahead, but what about the rest of us? With the Instant Pot, your breakfast can cook while you shower, and be ready by the time you head out the door.</p> <p>The first recipe many new Instant Pot owners try is <a href="http://www.hippressurecooking.com/cracked-soft-medium-and-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-pressure-cooker/" target="_blank">hard boiled eggs</a>. This takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to cool, easily-peelable eggs, and you don&rsquo;t have to worry about disasters like forgotten egg explosions.</p> <h2>2. No Soup Line for You</h2> <p>At $3 to $5, a paper cylinder of hot soup from the deli can be an easy lunch solution. But an Instant Pot and a Thermos or microwave can set you up almost as easily, for a far lower cost per serving.</p> <p>Do you spend 30 minutes walking from your desk to the deli, standing in line, and then returning with your soup? Because that&rsquo;s all this <a href="http://dontmesswithmama.com/instant-pot-minestrone-soup-gluten-free-real-food/#" target="_blank">hearty minestrone</a> takes to make, including prep time. And during that time, you can make enough for the whole week&rsquo;s lunches.</p> <h2>3. Drive Past the Drive Through</h2> <p>You know the kind of night I&rsquo;m talking about: You got stopped on your way out the door by a coworker with a question and missed your train. Your kids have practices in three different places. This would have been a great night to eat something out of the freezer, if only you had thought to defrost anything. Dinner is likely to come in a paper bag with fries.</p> <p>But wait! The blog Once a Month Meals has a whole section on how to defrost and heat frozen meals in your IP, like this <a href="https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/instant-pot-honey-bourbon-chicken-traditional-version/" target="_blank">honey bourbon chicken</a> that you can put in the pot frozen solid, set for 25 minutes, leave to drop off your kids, then leave on the &ldquo;warm&rdquo; setting all evening as people come in and out to eat.</p> <h2>4. Break the Rotisserie Cycle</h2> <p>A rotisserie chicken can be a godsend to a busy family, but there is a less expensive way. You can throw a fresh or frozen whole chicken into your IP and sit down to a <a href="http://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2016/10/instant-pot-whole-frozen-chicken/" target="_blank">chicken dinner within an hour</a>. No basting, and no worries about leaving the oven on if you need to leave the house. (For safety, though, stick around during the period when <a href="http://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-safety-101/" target="_blank">the IP is getting up to pressure</a>.)</p> <h2>5. Use Dried Beans Instead of Canned</h2> <p>Dried beans are consistently one of the most frugal healthy foods in the grocery store, but canned beans are so much faster that many of us ignore the bags of dried. The IP can fix that. If you&rsquo;ve soaked the beans overnight, you can put the uncooked beans right into this <a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/pressure-cooker-chicken-and-black-bean-chili/" target="_blank">chicken and black bean chili recipe</a> and eat it within an hour. If you didn&rsquo;t soak, you can spend about half an hour prepping the beans in the IP before you start the chili recipe. Soaking isn&rsquo;t strictly necessary, but it makes the beans more tender.</p> <h2>6. Make Indian Fakeout</h2> <p>Kori Lusignan, who blogs at Misery Loves Cookery, created this <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/12/13/instant-pot-dal-indian-lentils/" target="_blank">dal recipe for her Instant Pot</a>, giving her family a quick and cheap way to satisfy their jonesing for Indian food. Pair it with this <a href="http://www.yummly.co/recipe/Pressure-Cooker-Chicken-Korma-978763?columns=5" target="_blank">chicken korma</a> and rice, both of which you can also make in the IP. How to make multiple dishes for one meal in one appliance? Some folks buy <a href="http://amzn.to/2hpER2J" target="_blank">extra inserts</a>, so they can take the first dish out when done and start the next without having to wash up.</p> <h2>7. Use Up Vegetables That Would Otherwise Go Bad</h2> <p>If you receive a regular farm share box of produce each week like I do, it can be daunting to use everything before it starts to wilt. One way my Instant Pot has helped me with this: After I cook a meal, before washing the pot, I&rsquo;ll throw together another meal with similar flavors, using whatever vegetables I have on hand, and let it cook while I clean the kitchen and put my kids to bed. By my bedtime, I have a pot of food for the refrigerator or that I can pull out to serve tomorrow night, or eat for lunch. I can even refrigerate and reheat it right in the Instant Pot&rsquo;s liner pan.</p> <p>Since I currently have some broccoli and carrots to use up, I&rsquo;m going to try making <a href="http://www.pressurecookerdiaries.com/pressure-cooker-recipes/how-to-make-risotto-pressure-cooker-broccoli-risotto/" target="_blank">pressure cooker broccoli risotto</a> after dinner tonight. If you get vegetables that seem daunting to cook conventionally, <a href="http://miserylovescookery.com/2016/11/06/artichokes-deliciously-under-pressure/" target="_blank">like artichokes</a>, the Instant Pot might be the ticket to avoiding procrastination that ends in the garbage bin.</p> <h2>8. Make Stock</h2> <p>A great way to keep old vegetables, meat, bones, and even vegetable peelings from going to waste is to throw them in a stock pot. But stovetop stocks require you to be home for hours, occasionally stirring the pot. With an Instant Pot, you can make <a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/03/make-instant-pot-chicken-stock/" target="_blank">delicious stock in one hour</a>. It's so easy, Instant Pot enthusiasts quickly run out of leftovers, which is probably why a member of the IP Facebook community recently posted a photo of a bag of chicken feet she was about to turn into broth.</p> <h2>9. Reduce the Chinese Takeout Bill</h2> <p>Some Chinese restaurants don&rsquo;t charge for rice, but others do. If you like brown rice like we do at my house, that can cost even more. But remember: Your Instant Pot is a rice cooker, too. Start your own <a href="http://instantpot.com/cooking-time/rice-and-grains/" target="_blank">white or brown rice in the cooker</a> when you order your takeout, and you should have perfect rice by the time the doorbell rings.</p> <h2>10. Give Leftovers New Life</h2> <p>Just straight-up <a href="http://gnowfglins.com/2016/10/19/reheat-food-instant-pot-aw047/" target="_blank">reheating a meal</a> in the Instant Pot can be easier than doing it in the microwave, where you often have to open the door to stir and sometimes have the whole thing overflow and make a mess. You can even put glass or ceramic dishes into the IP to heat up multiple items at once. You can use the steam, saute, or even slow cook functions to reheat, depending on the food.</p> <p>But maybe your family, like mine, balks at eating the same dish two days in a row. Or maybe you have only a few ounces of meat left from your pot roast and are wondering what to do with it. This Instant Pot <a href="http://omnivorescookbook.com/instant-pot-rice-pilaf" target="_blank">rice pilaf</a> is an example of how you can take yesterday&rsquo;s food, mix it with something new &mdash; in this case, rice &mdash; hit a button, and have a flavorful new meal in minutes. The pressure cooker&rsquo;s way of infusing flavors throughout the whole dish makes this more successful than other attempts to refresh leftovers.</p> <h2>11. Make Your Own Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt can be a healthy snack for kids and adults alike, but commercial yogurts can be both expensive and over-sugared. The Instant Pot can turn milk plus a little starter into <a href="http://www.teamyogurt.com/posts/2016/3/30/making-yogurt-in-an-instant-pot-is-it-worth-it" target="_blank">yogurt overnight</a>, and you can even make it in individual jars so it&rsquo;s somewhat portable. (As long as the person carrying it is old enough to responsibly handle glass.)</p> <p>As with many things, the amount of money you can save by making your own yogurt increases as you move up the quality chain. You might score portable cups of store-brand yogurt on sale for 30 cents each, which would be tough to beat in your own kitchen. But if you enjoy premium, organic Greek yogurts, or if you want to customize your yogurt, homemade can pay off. For instance, one gallon of milk can make the equivalent of four 32 oz. containers of yogurt. If you pay $6 for a gallon of organic milk, that&rsquo;s like paying $1.50 per container of yogurt, while the same amount of organic yogurt might run for $6 at the grocery store.</p> <h2>12. Make Special Diets More Affordable</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve gone paleo or vegan, and are also busy, you could spend a fortune on specially prepared foods. Or, you could use your Instant Pot to make the specialized foods at home.</p> <p>The paleo recipes for Instant Pot on the Internet are so bountiful that I have used some of them myself, even though there is not a paleo bone in my body. I loved this <a href="https://paleopot.com/recipe/super-fast-instant-pot-sweet-potato-mash/" target="_blank">sweet potato mash</a> from PaleoPot because you don&rsquo;t have to dice anything &mdash; you can throw in whole or sliced sweet potatoes and go. And hello, bone broth? The blog Stupid Easy Paleo recommends simmering bones on the stove top for up to 48 hours &mdash; or <a href="http://stupideasypaleo.com/2014/07/23/bone-broth-101-how-to-make-best-broth/" target="_blank">in the Instant Pot for two hours</a>. If you were making bone broth every week as the author does, which would you choose?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinners instant pot meal planning pressure cooker recipes slow cooker Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:31:36 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1858985 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won't Bust Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/snowman_hot_chocolate_497277722.jpg" alt="Finding holiday treats that won&#039;t bust your budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday beverages and baked goods are the best treats of all. They're warm and hearty, and extra sweet with the flavors of the season. While the price of ingredients can add up quickly, there's no need to spend all your money on said treats. Here are 80 holiday goodies that won't bust your budget.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/holiday_punch_000076603497.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties?ref=fbf">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a> &mdash; This is peak holiday party time, so punch bowls around the world are full to the brim and ready to be drained. But you don't need pricey syrups, liquors, and pressed juices to make a yummy drink. Just use any of these cheap recipes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts?ref=fbf">7 Savory Food Gifts</a> &mdash; Since we've all been gobbling up candy and baked goods since Halloween, we might all need a break from the sweetness. These savory food gifts are just as delicious, but won't give you any instant cavities.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/270433978_851e50828b_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-your-garbage-turn-your-trash-into-delicious-holiday-food?ref=fbf">Eat Your Garbage! Turn Your Trash Into Delicious Holiday Food</a> &mdash; Ready to cook up some holiday meals? Shop your trash can! No, seriously. The food you always throw away might contain the key ingredients you need to make the perfect Christmas dish. Give it a go!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=fbf">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a> &mdash; DIY holiday gifts are not only cheap, but they're also wonderfully personal. So when you can save money and give someone an edible gift they'll truly enjoy, it's a win-win for everyone.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts?ref=fbf">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; There's still time to make many of these delicious gifts! Just grab your list, check it twice, and get cookin'.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-delicious-and-homemade-holiday-gifts?ref=fbf">16 Easy, Delicious and Homemade Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; I'm not inclined to cook or bake anything unless the recipe has &quot;Easy&quot; in the name. For those of you who can relate, these scrumptious holiday treats are right up your alley!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Christmas christmas food fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal living holiday food holiday treats recipes snacks Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:00:16 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1855467 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_66486603_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="uses for leftover buttermilk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite salad dressing recipe calls for a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219901/buttermilk-blue-cheese-dressing/">cup of buttermilk</a>. The smallest size that I can buy at the supermarket is a quart, which leaves me with three cups of buttermilk. What the heck do you do with three cups of buttermilk? Turns out there are a lot of possibilities. Being a person who hates food waste, I discovered nine delicious ways to use it up.</p> <h2>1. Buttermilk Facial</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1m-Gw66lU0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My mother was always experimenting with food that doubles as beauty products. Her favorites were beer or vinegar for a hair rinse, fresh lemons as a hair lightener, and buttermilk as a facial. Try mixing ground oatmeal with buttermilk to make a facial mask. Leave on for 30 minutes, and rinse off. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-Gw66lU0c">Here</a> are two more buttermilk mask ideas, for your specific skin type.</p> <h2>2. Buttermilk as Hair Conditioner</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy buttermilk hair conditioner, but why not <a href="http://www.howcast.com/videos/218298-how-to-make-a-buttermilk-mask-for-healthy-hair/">make your own</a>. It's easy to have luxe locks!</p> <h2>3. Quick Chive Rolls</h2> <p>I came up with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-scrumptious-quick-homemade-rolls">these</a> quick rolls a few years ago. Mine still turn out sort of lumpy but boy, are they good. Fluffy, tender, and cryin' out for butter.</p> <h2>4. Coconut Grain-Free Pancakes</h2> <p>Avoiding grains? No trouble! You can still enjoy these coconutty <a href="http://thecoconutmama.com/grain-free-buttermilk-pancakes/">pancakes</a>, with buttermilk. The buttermilk helps them be fluffy, not flat. Drizzle a little coconut syrup on the top for extra sweetness.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SsH9BBlaYgI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Warning: You are going to get very hungry after watching this video for buttermilk <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsH9BBlaYgI">fried chicken.</a> You may want to have coleslaw, potato salad, and biscuits on hand.</p> <h2>6. Biscuits</h2> <p>Whip up a batch of these easy <a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/chaas-recipe-buttermilk-recipe/">buttermilk biscuits</a> and watch 'em disappear. If you have any left over, they make a terrific breakfast sandwich.</p> <h2>7. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>Here is your new favorite <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/buttermilk-mashed-potatoes-106054">mashed-potato</a> ingredient: Buttermilk. It makes the potatoes super creamy. I prefer to use yukon gold potatoes (see recipe note). Add a few chives or bacon bits on top for color. I could just eat these and skip the turkey.</p> <h2>8. Beet and Buttermilk Soup</h2> <p>It's not just pretty, though &mdash; this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chilled-beet-soup-with-buttermilk-cucumbers-and-dill-chlodnik">Polish</a> classic (&quot;Chlodnik&quot;) is also surprisingly hearty, flavorful, and full of good things like buttermilk (of course), cucumbers, dill, beets, and egg garnish. It looks remarkably like a dragon fruit smoothie (minus the egg, of course).</p> <h2>9. Just Drink It!</h2> <p>Yes, it's an acquired taste, but buttermilk contains some really great stuff: Calcium (284 milligrams in a cup) and protein (8.1 grams in a cup). If drinking it plain just isn't working for you, try it Indian-style, with cumin, salt, and coriander.</p> <p>Need buttermilk for a recipe and can't run to the store? You can always substitute one cup of milk with either a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar stirred in. Let it stand for 10 minutes before using.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink buttermilk frugal food frugal living leftover recipes leftovers pancakes recipes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1811800 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_13747158_LARGE.jpg" alt="delicious recipes you can make with salsa" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your refrigerator ever without a jar of salsa? Mine either. I love it so much that I keep buying different types: green, peach, mild, spicy, etc. Which makes it a great (and inexpensive) condiment to cook with. Here are 15 ways to think &quot;beyond the dip.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Bye-Bye, Bland Chicken Breasts</h2> <p>Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Brown four boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Move them to the casserole dish and sprinkle with seasonings (a Mexican blend is good). Pour a cup of salsa over, cover with foil, and bake at 375&ordm;F for 40 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa with sour cream; garnish with avocado.</p> <h2>2. Lunch in a Jar</h2> <p>I love the trend of packing lunch in a mason jar and toting it to work. Foods stay crisp and cool. This <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/taco-salad-to-go/">to-go taco salad</a> is delicious and nutritious. Bring along some tortilla chips and you'll enjoy every bite.</p> <h2>3. Salsa Burgers</h2> <p>To ground hamburger or ground turkey, add a half-cup of salsa. Fry or grill as usual. Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and a slice of Monterey jack cheese. It's great with home fries that have been sprinkled with cumin and smoked paprika.</p> <h2>4. Fish and Queso</h2> <p>Melt butter and a little oil in a skillet. Add fish (cod, halibut, snapper, etc.), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and fry 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness of fish and desired degree of doneness. Top with salsa and serve with red potatoes and cotija or queso fresco (Mexican cheeses).</p> <h2>5. Instant Appetizer</h2> <p>I like to use Neufchatel cheese for this appetizer, because it's a little softer. Simply take it out of the package, and pour a half-cup of salsa over. Serve with <em>sturdy</em> tortilla chips.</p> <h2>6. Salsa N' Scramble</h2> <p>This is a great way to start your morning. Scramble eggs as usual and top with salsa. Heat a whole-wheat tortilla, and scoop in your scrambled eggs. Add a little cheese, and fold it all up.</p> <h2>7. Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken</h2> <p>One of my coworkers whipped this <a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2014/01/crockpot-peach-salsa-chicken-recipe.html">Crock-Pot peach salsa chicken</a> up and brought in leftovers. It's delicious and easy. She served it with fluffy white rice and steamed broccoli. Pop one of those cooking bags into your slow-cooker and cleanup gets even easier!</p> <h2>8. Stuff It</h2> <p>Besides being really inexpensive, these <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/stuffed-zucchini-with-red-beans-rice-and-chunky-salsa/">stuffed zucchini</a> look and taste great. I didn't have any jicama so I left that out. I also substituted some leftover white rice I had already made. They were delicious and satisfying.</p> <h2>9. Delicious and Deviled</h2> <p>Just about everyone loves deviled eggs. The next time you make them, try adding a dollop of salsa on top. It adds a lot of flavor and color.</p> <h2>10. Hotter Hummus</h2> <p>I love hummus, but it's kind of pricey in the store, isn't it? Make your own (so easy and cheap) and top with salsa for a little extra heat. Crisp pita bread by drizzling with olive oil and toasting in the oven; break into chip sizes and serve with the <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/five-minute-hummus-recipe">hummus</a>.</p> <h2>11. Zip Up Soup</h2> <p>Salsa can really perk up a lot of boring soups. Try it in canned soups, like chicken with rice, or potato. It's a perfect addition in a black-bean or lentil soup, too.</p> <h2>12. Meatloaf</h2> <p>Instead of adding tomato sauce, try using salsa, instead. I like to also add a small can of chilis. Sprinkle cheese over the top during last 10 minutes of baking.</p> <h2>13. Salsa Pizza</h2> <p>Grab one of those handy store-bought crusts and let's make a Mexican-style pizza. Start with a layer of salsa, instead of pizza sauce. Add browned hamburger or cooked, diced chicken, shredded Monterey jack cheese, and sliced olives. It's also great as an appetizer, cut into small pieces.</p> <h2>14. Emergency Salad Dressing</h2> <p>Combine salsa with plain yogurt or sour cream for a delicious, easy, dressing. I like to use tortilla chips as &quot;croutons&quot; in the salad.</p> <h2>15. Mexican-Style &quot;Lasagna&quot;</h2> <p>This <a href="http://skinnyms.com/mexican-style-lasagna-recipe/">lasagna</a> goes together really easily, and is also a great potluck dish.</p> <p><em>What do you do with salsa, besides down it with chips? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting dinner Food frugal dinner frugal food frugal meals recipes salsa salsa recipes Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:30:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1782867 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Salvage a Burnt Meal http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_burned_chicken_51534210.jpg" alt="Woman trying to salvage a burned meal" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband likes to joke that his mother cooked by the &quot;smoke alarm method.&quot; I laugh, but not too hard, because people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I have burned my share of meals &mdash; I'm also prone to burn some types of things more than others. It happens, but you may not have to waste food and money if you burn, or overcook, your food. Here are 10 ways to salvage your &quot;Cajun-style&quot; food.</p> <h2>1. Rice</h2> <p>Rice came in first on my list, because to this day, sometimes I get distracted and burn the heck out of it.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Quickly (before the smell gets bad), scoop out as much rice as you can and put it in a separate bowl. Fill the pan with water (don't just let it sit) so that it's easy to clean up, later.</p> <p>Another method is to turn off the heat, put a slice of white bread over the rice, and re-cover for five minutes. This might help to absorb the bad smell, but you may still have a stuck-on layer on the pot bottom. The rice may still be okay for other uses, such as fried rice. You may also be able to use it in meatballs or soup.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you eat a lot of rice, consider purchasing a rice cooker. Alternatively, check your water to rice ratio. I use two cups of water to one cup of rice. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. I cheat and check under the lid once in awhile, to make sure it isn't burning. Turn off the heat at 25 minutes, fluff the rice with a fork, cover, and let it sit for five to seven minutes.</p> <h2>2. Overdone Turkey</h2> <p>Haven't we all been there? The table is set beautifully, and everyone is awaiting the grand entrance of the Thanksgiving turkey. You start carving, and oh, no. It's so dry.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Reconsider carving at the table. It makes a mess, anyway. If you carve in the kitchen, you have time to do some rescuing, if need be. Ladle some broth over the turkey pieces; it will soak in. Another tactic is to brush the pieces with a little melted butter. Or, just 'fess up, and tell folks they'll need a <em>lot</em> of gravy. Fortunately, chopped turkey (even if it's dry) will be fine in creamy casseroles, or enchiladas.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you start cooking your turkey, make sure it's thawed. Also, for beginners, buy the brand with the pop-up button, or use a turkey cooking bag.</p> <h2>3. No-Longer-Rare Roast</h2> <p>There you were, making a nice roast for Sunday dinner, and the phone rang. You forgot about that roast, and now it's toast.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Shift gears. You can still probably use some of it. My mother made <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/traditional_roast_beef_hash/">roast beef hash</a> a lot when I was a kid, and now I suspect I know why. Also, try tossing it, along with veggies, into a stir-fry, or making fried rice.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>A good meat thermometer is a wonderful thing.</p> <h2>4. Burned Chicken</h2> <p>Visions of a picture-perfect cookout go right out of your head when flames turn the chicken black, right?</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it has skin on, remove the skin, and finish baking it in the oven. You may also be able to cut the burned parts off and chop up the meat. Having a salad with the picnic? Toss the remaining meat into that.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>If you really must keep the skin on (I know, it's so tasty), trim the skin so that it doesn't hang down and catch on fire. Make sure you brush the grill with oil before heating it, so that it doesn't stick and burn. Don't put the sauce on until the chicken is almost done, because any sugars in the sauce may cause the chicken to burn.</p> <h2>5. Chocolate</h2> <p>It's a pretty sickening feeling to burn chocolate while attempting to melt it. I mean come on, it's chocolate. Ouch.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>First, get it away from the heat. If you have any more chocolate around, chop it, add it, and stir. That will stop it from melting any further. Still lumpy? Try adding a little vegetable oil or shortening to the chocolate and stir it. If it still cannot be saved, just let it cool, chop it up, and toss it into cookies.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Rather than melting it on the stove, try short bursts in the microwave. Start at one minute, and stir. Try another 20 seconds, stir, and check. If it still has not melted, give it 15 seconds more and stir. If you own a double boiler, that's also a safer method than just melting on the stovetop.</p> <h2>6. Very Well-Done Vegetables</h2> <p>The veggies were steaming along nicely, and you got a phone call. The water evaporated in the pan. Oops.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Scrape out what you can. There is still hope! One idea is to add grated Parmesan and a little cream to the leftover vegetables. This might actually be yummier than the original healthy steamed vegetables. Or, you can puree them with a little butter, and use as a thick sauce. Lastly, puree, add some stock, and call it soup.</p> <p>How to Prevent It</p> <p>Set the timer, or turn off the stove if you are distracted.</p> <h2>7. Butter</h2> <p>There you were, just melting butter to make a sauce, and... It went from melted to muddy-brown.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Grab a coffee filter and a bowl. Strain the butter through the filter. Now you have delicious, nutty, brown butter. Add some chopped herbs, and pretend you meant to do that. Browned butter makes a great sauce.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Use low heat to melt butter, and don't leave the stove. If you get distracted, turn off the burner.</p> <h2>8. Pie Crust</h2> <p>You were feeling like Betty Crocker there, for a while, until you burned your pie crust. All that work, down the drain? Nope.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If it's just a little brown, who cares? It looks better than <em>underbaked</em>. However, if it's really obvious, see if you can cut up your pie and put it onto a serving plate minus the outer crust. If it's burned beyond being edible, remove the whole top and make a crumb topping (combine one cup flour, &frac12; cup butter, and &frac12; cup brown sugar, mix together, and sprinkle over top). Put it back into the oven at 425 and bake until brown.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Next time, wrap foil around the edges of the pie, removing just for the last 15 minutes of baking. Also, bake on the bottom rack of your oven, not the top.</p> <h2>9. Burnt Bacon</h2> <p>It happens quickly. You aren't alone.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>It's still edible. Let it drain, crumble it up, and sprinkle over salads, soups, or onto scrambled eggs.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Try <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALN13mQhRw">cooking bacon in the oven</a>, which is easy and makes less mess, too. Don't forget to set the timer!</p> <h2>10. Crispy Lasagna</h2> <p>My grandmother always burned the top of her lasagna, so I actually learned to like it that way. But that's probably a unique thing.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If the top is black and crunchy, peel back a layer. Add more sauce and cheese, and return to the oven just to brown it up.</p> <h3>How to Prevent It</h3> <p>Before you pop it into the oven, cover it with foil. Halfway through baking, remove the foil.</p> <p>If it's overdone, don't throw it out! You may be able to save some food <em>and</em> some money.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-salvage-a-burnt-meal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Flour Tortillas that Taste Great!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink burned food Cooking food waste Mistakes recipes repurposing salvaging Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1775892 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75608797_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="these meals make delicious" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though I love to cook, over the years, I have come to appreciate meals that are timesavers. I especially favor meals are also frugal and healthy. Cook one meal, and save half of it for the next meal. I serve dinner from the stove, and don't put the entire meal on the table, where people tend to &quot;pick&quot; and eat more than they should. Here are 11 ideas for terrific dinners made from leftovers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a>)</p> <h2>1. Chili</h2> <p>Whether you like a meaty or a vegetarian chili, it's inexpensive, filling, and making a whole batch (usually six servings) will probably get you through two meals. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/342388/vegetarian-chili">vegetarian</a> version is extremely satisfying, especially with a little sour cream and blue corn tortilla chips. Eating beans can help you to lower your cholesterol, and they are a good source of protein. Buying store brands of canned beans will keep your cost low, at around $1.70 a can, or less. (Soaking dried beans is even cheaper, but you have to remember to take that step.) But wait, there will be leftovers!</p> <p>On night two, try making these little cornmeal <a href="http://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/chili-and-cornbread-cups-recipe/">chili cups</a>; fill them with your leftover, heated chili and garnish with shredded sharp cheddar. Serve with a tossed salad.</p> <h2>2. Cabbage</h2> <p>Yes, <em>mon petite chou</em>, get yourself a big head of cabbage. It's like&hellip; 16 cents a pound. That's awfully hard to beat. For the first meal, check out this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/thai-cabbage-salad-1214311">Thai cabbage salad</a>. (No need to also buy the red cabbage listed in the recipe, too, unless you want it). I liked it with the addition of chicken.</p> <p>For leftovers, take the other half of the cabbage and make this super easy <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cabbage-roll-casserole">cabbage roll casserole</a> (all the flavor, minus the fuss).</p> <h2>3. London Broil</h2> <p>Watch for this versatile cut of beef to go on sale, where it can be had for a remarkable $1 per pound. Aside from being a bargain, beef is a powerhouse for zinc, vitamin B, iron, and protein. For the first dinner, make this summery <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/london-broil-salad.html">London broil salad</a>.</p> <p>Save part of the meat and, for the leftovers, toss into tacos with roasted sweet potatoes, chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.</p> <h2>4. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>You can get a rotisserie chicken for an astounding value at Costco for just $5. On night one, serve half with these <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/crispy-smashed-roasted-potatos.aspx">crispy smashed red potatoes</a> and roasted Brussels sprouts.</p> <p>One night two, slice the rest of the meat; toss a salad, and serve with this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/tarragon-mayonnaise-15348">tarragon </a>French bread. Super frugal folks will take that carcass and make a chicken broth for future use.</p> <h2>5. Pork Butt</h2> <p>I watch for pork butt or shoulder to go on sale when it hits around $1.89 a pound, or less, and buy the biggest one that will fit into my Crock-Pot. With it I make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24035/kalua-pig-in-a-slow-cooker/">Kalua pig</a>. This will easily feed your whole family on night one. Use part of the meat, add barbecue sauce, and serve on buns. Get more of the aforementioned cabbage and make a coleslaw to serve with.</p> <p>On the second night, chop up the rest of that cabbage and saute until tender. Add the Kalua pork and heat through. Serve over rice.</p> <h2>6. Quinoa</h2> <p>This tiny grain is bursting with iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. It's really good for you. To keep costs down, either buy in bulk or at Sam's Club or Costco. The white quinoa is cheaper than red or black, too. For the first meal, I like this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quinoa_pilaf/">quinoa pilaf</a> served with a salad and French bread. I make mine with vegetable stock, which does, as the recipe suggests, give more flavor.</p> <p>For the leftovers, take the chilled remains and add diced artichoke hearts and jarred red peppers. Any leftover French bread can be made into croutons. Toss and serve as a salad.</p> <h2>7. Salmon</h2> <p>We eat a lot of salmon, as it's an excellent source for vitamin B12 and vitamin D. I buy the big packs at Costco and split it into smaller pieces. That runs around $8 per pound. For the first meal, try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12720/grilled-salmon-i/">grilled salmon</a>; and make baked potatoes to serve on the side.</p> <p>Bake two extra potatoes and on night two, try these decadent <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1466-potato-salmon-and-spinach-patties-with-garlicky-dill-cream">potato, salmon, and spinach patties</a> with garlicky dill cream.</p> <h2>8. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p>With 22 grams of protein in only a three-ounce serving, pork tenderloin is one of my favorite go-tos. Look for it to go on sale for around $4.99, or less per pound, and stock up. I buy big loins at Costco, cut them into three or four one-pound pieces, and freeze. They make a really easy dinner (like this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/132815/balsamic-roasted-pork-loin/">balsamic roasted</a> loin) on night one.</p> <p>For night two, mix up some Mojitos, fry plantains, and try some easy <a href="http://icuban.com/food/cuban_sandwich.html">Cubanos</a> (Cuban pork sandwiches).</p> <h2>9. Lentils</h2> <p>There aren't many things that are as cheap to make (and as filling) as lentils. A 16-ounce bag can be had for less than $3. Besides being a great source of fiber, they also contain potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. For the first meal, lentils prepared in the <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8175-french-lentils-with-garlic-and-thyme">French</a> style are simple and flavorful.</p> <p>For the leftovers, let's make lentil burgers. Allow the lentils (about a cup and a half) to come to room temperature. Add two beaten eggs, a half-cup of panko crumbs, salt and pepper and about a tablespoon of flour. Mix well. Shape into patties and fry. Serve on toasted buns with the usual fixings.</p> <h2>10. Tacos</h2> <p>Tacos are usually a very inexpensive meal. They can be filled with so many different things, from hamburger to turkey, fish, roasted vegetables, or just beans. You may spend a lot of time chopping up toppings on night one, but on night two, it's farmer's omelet time. I like to toss all the leftovers into my big skillet, add 3-4 beaten eggs, and fry it up. Top with salsa and sour cream. It's fast and delicious.</p> <h2>11. Turkey</h2> <p>Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? The best prices are, of course, around the holidays. When they are less than a dollar a pound, why not buy two and freeze one? Besides being a great source of protein, turkey is also a source of iron, zinc, potassium, B6, and niacin. My husband smokes them in our smoker and on night one, we do a semi-traditional turkey dinner (even in summer).</p> <p>There will be a ton of meat to package for leftovers. I think my favorite way to feature the meat on night two is in these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13837/turkey-enchiladas/">turkey enchiladas</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you salvage leftovers? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas dinner recipes eating healthy Food frugal food frugal living leftovers recipes Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1759842 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprising Foods You Can Turn Into Chips http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-foods-you-can-turn-into-chips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprising-foods-you-can-turn-into-chips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_67550617_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="sweet potato chips" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few things I like more than a good chip. Crunchy, salty goodness &mdash; perfect for dunking into a bowl of ranch dip. You've heard of banana chips and potato chips, but what about tomato chips? Or zucchini chips? Turns out, there are many unexpected foods that can be turned into chips. Here's how to get your crunch fix while getting a few healthy servings of fruits and veggies, as well as a few other surprising foods, at the same time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tomatoes</h2> <p>Soft, juicy tomatoes aren't usually what you think of when you picture crispy chips. This <a href="http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/crispy-parmesan-tomato-chips/">tomato chip recipe</a> takes slices of tomatoes and smothers them with parmesan and seasonings. After they crisp up in the oven, you've got perfectly seasoned, crunchy little mini pizzas made of tomatoes.</p> <h2>2. Zucchini</h2> <p>If you're going to be making a lot of chips, it's a great idea to invest in a mandoline slicer. This super-sharp kitchen gadget slices almost anything up into thin, even, rounds. I don't know how low-calorie these <a href="http://rasamalaysia.com/parmesan-zucchini-chips/2/">zucchini chips</a> are after being coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, but they certainly look delicious. Use your mandoline to thinly slice the zucchini, cover them in breadcrumbs and cheese, and bake until crispy.</p> <h2>3. Cucumber</h2> <p>Cucumbers are a delicious and crunchy dip-vehicle even when freshly sliced, but if you want to shake things up, turn them into <a href="http://www.hellonatureblog.com/easy-cucumber-chips/">cucumber chips</a>. This recipe calls for baking them at a low temperature for several hours, and is customizable with the seasonings of your choice.</p> <h2>4. Prosciutto</h2> <p>Vegetables typically get all the glory when it comes to chip alternatives, but here's a delicious method for turning thinly sliced prosciutto slices into <a href="http://nomnompaleo.com/post/25437941473/porkitos-aka-crispy-prosciutto-chips">prosciutto chips</a>, or as this cookbook author calls them, &quot;Porkitos.&quot; Simply layer the thin slices of meat onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350&ordm; F for 10-15 minutes until crunchy. Serve as a garnish on a salad, or munch on them straight up.</p> <h2>5. Beets</h2> <p>Beets are extremely good for you, but not necessarily crowd-pleasers. Downplay the natural earthiness of beets and increase the sweetness and crunch by turning thinly sliced beets into these rosemary-infused baked <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/baked-rosemary-beet-chips/">beet chips</a>. Beet chips are delicious in a salad, where they add extra nutrition and crunch, but are just as good eaten by the handful.</p> <h2>6. Brussels Sprouts</h2> <p>If you have a hard time getting kids to eat super healthy Brussels sprouts, having <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/brussels-sprouts-chips-51230230">Brussels sprouts chips</a> in your arsenal might just revolutionize your game. Remove all the leaves from the Brussels sprouts, toss them with olive oil and salt, and after a few minutes of baking you'll have a bowl of chips that your kids won't even recognize as healthy.</p> <h2>7. Pears</h2> <p>Pear chips are a great alternative to apple chips, and they make a sophisticated cracker substitute on a cheese plate. Imagine a crispy pear chip topped with goat cheese and drizzled with honey. Delicious! Try this recipe for <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1080799/slow-roasted-pear-chips">slow-roasted pear chips</a>.</p> <h2>8. Pineapple</h2> <p>Make pineapple portable and easy-to-eat by drying <a href="http://www.thisdiabeticlife.com/2013/04/oven-made-pineapple-chips.html">pineapple slices</a> in the oven. For a spicy and unconventional kick, try seasoning the apple slices with chili pepper. Just be sure to store the crunchy slices immediately after they cool to prevent them from softening.</p> <h2>9. Tofu</h2> <p>Now that you know you can turn vegetables, fruit, and even meat into chips, next you'll be making chips from&hellip; wait for it&hellip; tofu! Yes, this bland and sometimes spongy food can be turned into crisp, flavorful, protein-rich <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/tofu-chips-341819">tofu chips</a>. Since tofu absorbs flavors, slices of extra-firm tofu can be seasoned to perfection before being baked into crispy chips that can be used to scoop up hummus or guacamole.</p> <h2>10. Parmesan</h2> <p>If your favorite part of cheese and crackers is the cheese, why not ditch the cracker and make cheese chips instead? These <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/parmesan-crisps-recipe.html">parmesan crisps</a> are full of flavor and crunch. They make a delicious appetizer or garnish on a salad, as well as on a sandwich or burger.</p> <p><em>What other surprising foods can be turned into chips? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-foods-you-can-turn-into-chips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink chip recipes chips DIY chips freshly baked chips frugal living healthy eating healthy food recipes vegetables veggie chips Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1756334 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Soda Alternatives That Won't Bust Your Wallet — Or Your Waistline http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lime_flavored_drink_68546813.jpg" alt="Finding healthy and frugal alternatives to soda" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One thing that is hard to give up is soda &mdash; but for your health, and the health of your wallet, you really should try. Each time you go out to eat, a soda will add about $3 on your bill per person. In 2012, U.S. households spent <a href="http://business.time.com/2012/01/23/how-much-you-spend-each-year-on-coffee-gas-christmas-pets-beer-and-more/">$850 a year on soft drinks</a> alone.</p> <p>As far as health disadvantages, drinking soda regularly can increase belly fat, decrease bone strength, and can increase cavities and gum disease. Soda has been linked to diabetes, obesity, cancer, and high blood pressure. Not only are these health issues scary, but they are also very costly to manage. Don't think that switching to diet will help you out either, since diet soda can be even worse for you with its artificial sweeteners.</p> <p>Kicking your soda habit is the best thing to do for your health and wallet, but that is definitely easier said than done. Here are some frugal ways to satisfy your soda craving without risking your health.</p> <h2>1. Kombucha</h2> <p>If you have never had kombucha, then prepare yourself for a very strong drink. I could not take more than three sips of my first kombucha, but now I actually enjoy certain flavors, like Kevita's Mojita Lime Mint Coconut. Not only can kombucha satisfy your soda craving, but it can also aid in digestion because it is full of healthy bacteria. Kombucha is not the cheapest alternative to soda, unless you make your own. Buy a few when there is a coupon or when there is an <a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">iBotta</a> offer.</p> <h2>2. Healthier, Homemade Sprite</h2> <p>You can make your own healthier soda by mixing sparkling water, a squeeze of lemon and lime juice, and stevia (or your favorite sweetener) to taste. In my opinion, it tastes very similar to Sprite, but much more refreshing. Obviously if you are drinking soda all day, every day, you will need to allow your taste buds time to adjust.</p> <h2>3. Other Healthy Soda Recipes</h2> <p>If Sprite is not your favorite soda, then here are a few other mixes to try:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Root beer: </strong>Mix sparkling water with a few drops of root beer extract (use organic if you want to avoid chemicals), and sweetener to taste.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Mountain Dew: </strong>Mix two cups of sparkling water with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, &frac12; teaspoon of grated ginger, and sweetener to taste. If you enjoy this drink, try increasing the amount of apple cider vinegar over time to increase your health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can help prevent diabetes, lower cholesterol, and give you an extra energy boost.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Cherry-vanilla: </strong>Heat two cups of cherry juice with one vanilla bean (split the bean and scrape out the seeds and pod) and one cup of sweetener of your choice (use less for stevia extract).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Strawberry: </strong>Blend one cup of strawberries with &frac14; cup of honey (or sweetener of your choice). Put two tablespoons of this mixture into a cup and pour sparkling water on top. Use frozen strawberries for a colder drink.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Juice and Seltzer</h2> <p>Another easy alternative to soda is mixing one part juice to two parts seltzer water. Use juices that are 100% juice. Pure pomegranate and cherry juice will give your soda an extra health boost.</p> <h2>5. Flavored Sparkling Water to Go</h2> <p>It is not always convenient to make your own soda, especially if you are traveling. Flavored sparkling water will give you the carbonation and sweetness you are craving. My favorite is the coconut flavored La Croix because when it is really cold, it reminds me of a Coke. Check the labels on sparkling water and make sure that the ingredients are only water and flavoring. Avoid any that have sugar or artificial sweeteners in them.</p> <p>If you need a soda alternative that has caffeine, then the Bai waters are tasty and have as much caffeine as tea. Costco regularly has coupons for Bai water.</p> <h2>6. Green Tea</h2> <p>If you drink soda strictly for caffeine reasons, try going with unsweetened green tea. It will be a big switch on your taste buds at first, but the caffeine from green tea is a little gentler on the system compared to soda and coffee. Green tea is also full of antioxidants and can <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet">reduce your cancer risk</a>. The easiest way to get green tea on the go is to pop a tea bag into a water bottle and let it sit for about 20&ndash;30 minutes.</p> <h2>7. Spruce Up Your Water</h2> <p>Perhaps you are continually reaching for soda to quench your thirst. Many people will avoid water because they find the taste boring. Try adding fresh cut up fruit or vegetables to make your water have more flavor. Some options to try are cucumbers, strawberries, lemon, lime, oranges, grapefruit, and mint. Mint water can help promote your digestion and reduce inflammation.</p> <h2>Tips to Kick the Soda Habit for Good</h2> <p>When you are trying to kick your soda habit, you don't want to just replace it with another bad habit. For example, if you use five cups of soda to get you through the day, then switching to five cups of coffee is not going to do anything for your budget or health.</p> <p>The best thing to do is to try to change your taste buds and decrease your cravings. For example, if you drink three cups of soda a day, try replacing one cup with just plain water, and the other two cups with one of the healthier alternatives.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-healthy-saves-you-money-and-why-bad-health-habits-cost-you?ref=seealso">How Being Healthy Saves You Money (And Why Bad Health Habits Cost You)</a></p> <p>If you are used to having a big cup of soda always at your hand, then put ice water in the same type of cup. You will reach for the water out of habit, and it will take a few days to accept the water as a suitable substitute. Prepare yourself for a few days of withdrawal headaches, knowing that these get worse before they get better.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite alternatives to soda?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda">How to Make Your Own Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/2-juices-that-are-surprisingly-bad-for-you-and-5-to-drink-instead">2 Juices That Are Surprisingly Bad for You (and 5 to Drink Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">How Water Can Save You $977 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-most-surprisingly-unhealthy-beverages">The 6 Most Surprisingly Unhealthy Beverages</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bad habits drinks healthy alternatives juice recipes seltzer soda tea water Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:30:30 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1738703 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sandwich_lunch_18207339.jpg" alt="Woman eating delicious lunch and excited about brown bagging it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch might not be as important as breakfast, and not as decadent as dinner, but it's still a meal you need each day. But so many of us are pressed for time that we either skip lunch, get quick and easy fast food, or are utterly bored with the plain sandwich we brought from home.</p> <p>It's time to change that. Here are 106 delicious lunches that will make you excited to brown-bag it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/63560539.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold?ref=fbf">These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold</a> &mdash; In the heat of the summer, who could ever get a hankering for soup? Well, cold soups are so in right now, and here are some other delicious lunches that taste good hot or cold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=fbf">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a> &mdash; When you buy lunch everyday, you spend way more money than you should. But it's hard to top the convenience and taste in a meal that's loaded in sugar and that you didn't have to make yourself. There are ways to make brown-bagging it way better, though, and they're all right here.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eating-5336068-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas?ref=fbf">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a> &mdash; With just a little planning, you can prep and pack a ton of easy lunches for the week. Oh, and they'll taste amazing, too!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a> &mdash; Who knew a basic can of tomato soup could be so versatile? It's true. So stock up on tomato soup and have some of the best lunches ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000017035986_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal?ref=fbf">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a> &mdash; The wonderful thing about spring roll wrappers, is that you can put just about anything in them. I'm talking buffalo chicken, mac and cheese, or chili. And here are 17 more you'll absolutely love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=fbf">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a> &mdash; Sandwiches are the most common option for lunch, as they're portable and uber affordable. However, don't let that be a daily routine, or you'll get sick of sandwiches quickly. Here are 25 excellent non-sandwich options.</p> <p><em>What are some other lunch hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink bag lunch brown bag fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living lunch lunch hacks recipes Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1732948 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_16330968_LARGE.jpg" alt="making meals out of food scraps" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to save money? Are you also interested in cutting back on food waste? Sure, most of us are on board with that. What you may not know is that you are probably tossing out both money and nutrients every day. Don't be put off by the word, &quot;scraps.&quot; These 19 food scrap meal ideas are easy and delicious &mdash; and practically free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression?ref=seealso">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a>)</p> <h2>1. Power Bowl Beet Greens</h2> <p>Beet greens, or tops, are my favorite &quot;greens.&quot; All you need to do is to wash, dry, and sauté those greens. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Add a tablespoon of chopped onion and stir until it is tender and translucent. Add beet greens, stir, and cook until the beet greens are wilted. A dash of balsamic vinegar on top and some chopped bacon really &quot;make&quot; this dish. This is makes a nice power bowl with a side of grains (quinoa or barley are good), a poached egg, and a little diced, cooked squash.</p> <h2>2. Juice Pulp Muffins</h2> <p>Are you a juicer? My favorite juice is carrot-ginger. When I make it, I save the carrot and ginger pulp. It makes a delicious muffin. Just take your favorite, basic muffin recipe (here is <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/220651/quick-and-easy-oatmeal-muffins/?internalSource=search%20result&amp;referringContentType=search%20results">mine</a>) and add &frac14; cup of pulp. This is also good with pineapple pulp.</p> <h2>3. Candied Orange Peels</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yIGztrldUvM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGztrldUvM">candied orange peels</a> take a couple of days to make, but they are well worth it. I made them as Christmas gifts one year and they were a hit. Watch for oranges to go on sale, and DIY some cute packaging for adorable treats.</p> <h2>4. Roasted Seeds</h2> <p>Seeds are full of nutrients. You probably know to save pumpkin seeds (soak them overnight, drain, then spread on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and salt; roast), but did you know you can also roast cantaloupe seeds? They are high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E, so roast away. They are great for snacking, or sprinkled onto a salad.</p> <h2>5. Onion Skins for Soup</h2> <p>Onion skins are full of flavor, so next time you peel an onion, save those skins. Either freeze for stock, or just toss into soup or broth for extra flavor. Remove before serving.</p> <h2>6. Fish Stock</h2> <p>You may have made beef or chicken stock, but how about a <a href="http://www.morethangourmet.com/our-family-recipes/category/fish-fumet-stock">fumet</a>? Fumet is the French term for a fish stock. Using fumet in a poached salmon, or in linguine with clam sauce gives a huge flavor boost.</p> <h2>7. Broccoli Stalks</h2> <p>For years, I just chopped the florets off the broccoli to cook and tossed the rest. Big mistake, because it's all edible. Slice the stalks thinly and cook with the rest of the broccoli, or save for another use, like a stir-fry. The leaves, too, can be eaten. Just wash them and sauté.</p> <h2>8. Celery Leaves for Broth</h2> <p>I have never understood why grocers remove celery leaves. They are the most flavorful part. I keep them in a bag in my freezer until I am ready to make chicken stock. Just toss them in with your other scraps for a super-flavorful broth.</p> <h2>9. Beef Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WvIbGOBNblA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Cutting scraps from beef? Don't throw the fatty scraps away. Put them into a freezer bag and later, make beef stock. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIbGOBNblA">Here's</a> how.</p> <h2>10. Pickled Watermelon Rinds</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lu4xGmMHBNQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Ever heard of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu4xGmMHBNQ">pickled watermelon rinds</a>? They are delicious, and really easy to make. They are refreshing right out of the jar, or added to a salad.</p> <h2>11. Beef Bone Broth</h2> <p>My mother rarely gave bones to our poodle. Instead, she made <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beef-bone-broth-51260700">Beef Bone Broth</a>, which was delicious.</p> <h2>12. Chicken Stock</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bOTUU9S_pXc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Speaking of broth, done with that rotisserie chicken? Make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOTUU9S_pXc">chicken stock!</a> It's so easy, and so much more flavorful than the canned stuff.</p> <h2>13. Apple Peel Smoothie</h2> <p>I love the idea of making a healthy smoothie using <a href="http://www.southernliving.com/food/how-to/what-to-do-with-apple-peels-video">apple peels</a>. Or, you can <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/925882/apple-peel-twigs">roast</a> the peels for a fun, fiber-filled snack.</p> <h2>14. Lemon Peel Butter</h2> <p>Done with a lemon? Zest it, and make this yummy <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/herb-lemon-zest-butter">compound butter.</a> Put a dollop of this on a grilled steak or a piece of salmon. Or, save the lemon peels and put them inside your next roast chicken for extra lemony flavor.</p> <h2>15. Steamed Carrot Tops</h2> <p>Carrot tops can easily be steamed or sautéed, and they make a great side dish. Or, if you are a smoothie fan, wash and toss in the blender, along with the other ingredients.</p> <h2>16. Herb Stem Dressing</h2> <p>Don't waste those herb stems! They are good in salads or stock; you can also use them to infuse oils and vinegar. They are even good tossed into scrambled eggs.</p> <h2>17. Bread Heel Croutons</h2> <p>Not everyone in my household likes the heel of a loaf of bread, but nobody complains when I use them to make croutons. Save them in a freezer bag. When you want fresh croutons for a salad, just defrost, slice into small squares, and sauté in olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and toss over a salad.</p> <h2>18. Cereal Cookies</h2> <p>Right now, I am staring at a box of cornflakes. There must be a cup of them left in the box, but everyone seems to be tired of cornflakes for breakfast. Solution? Cookies! Cornflakes are a great addition to a basic cookie mix. Also, leftover unsweetened cereals can be tossed with crackers, pretzels, and nuts, and baked in the oven with a little butter, garlic salt, and oregano.</p> <h2>19. Nut Butter</h2> <p>I seem to accumulate bags of leftover nuts. Solution? Nut butter, my newest addiction. Using roasted nuts, just toss into your blender or food processor. It takes patience, so don't give up. Add a tiny bit of honey, if you'd like a little more sweetness.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use food scraps?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner ideas easy dinners food scraps healthy eating lunches recipes Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1731886 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000065700299_Large.jpg" alt="refreshing diy popsicles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need fancy plastic molds to make delicious popsicles &mdash; they can be made a variety of ways with a variety of tools. You can buy plastic equipment to make them on a regular basis, or just use popsicle sticks, Dixie cups (or any paper cups), and saran wrap. Keep in mind that popsicles take about four hours to set, so plan ahead if you want to use them for parties.</p> <p>To make your own popsicles, you can use juice, fresh fruit, pudding, yogurt, cream, and even alcohol. We've found some of the most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes">delicious popsicles</a> the Internet has to offer. Some are healthy and some, not so much, but all of them are absolutely divine.</p> <h2>1. Watermelon Pineapple</h2> <p>Watermelon mixed with pineapples makes for the quintessential summertime treat. This <a href="http://iwonderasiwander7.blogspot.com/2013/09/watermelon-pineapple-popsicles.html">easy popsicle recipe</a> only requires those two simple ingredients. Blend the watermelon until it becomes liquid, pour into your mold, add the pineapple, and freeze!</p> <h2>2. Orange Pink Lemonade</h2> <p>Shake up your lemonade stand with this <a href="http://thesimpleparent.com/easy-homemade-popsicles-orange-pink-lemonade/">delicious summertime treat</a>. The recipe requires an &quot;orange drink,&quot; like Kool Aid or orange juice, and pink lemonade. Pour the orange drink into your mold about a third of the way full, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the popsicle stick. Let it freeze completely. Add in the pink lemonade, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the orange drink to mix. Let it freeze completely and add just pink lemonade at the end to freeze. While this is a multistep process, it adds a little more transition time to the popsicle and gives it yummy layers!</p> <h2>3. Iced Coffee</h2> <p>Iced coffee popsicles are the perfect ones for me. Brew some strong coffee, grab some heavy cream and sugar (to taste), and you'll be on your way. Follow this <a href="http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/iced-coffee-popsicles/">iced coffee recipe</a> from <em>The View From Great Island</em> and create some tasty goodies for a midday pick-me-up or brunch.</p> <h2>4. Red, White, and Blue</h2> <p>To recreate those <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/kids/healthy-kids/homemade-popsicles#red-white-blue-pops">red, white, and blue popsicles</a> you grew up with, you'll need a little more patience, but not too many ingredients. Use strawberries, blueberries, cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, and corn syrup to create a (somewhat) healthier take on the popsicles of your childhood.</p> <h2>5. Horchata</h2> <p>Horchata is my go-to drink at any Latin restaurant. Refreshing and a little spicy, it also <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/horchata-pops">makes a great popsicle</a>. Take four ingredients: rice milk, cinnamon, heavy cream, and sugar, combine and freeze. You can substitute the rice milk with almond milk, if you prefer.</p> <h2>6. Creamy Lime</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.architectureofamom.com/2014/05/creamy-lime-popsicles-two-ingredients.html#_a5y_p=1719932">two-ingredient recipe</a> only takes one cup of limeade and 4 oz. of whipped topping. Whisk the two ingredients together and freeze. It's simple and adds the right amount of sweet and sour to your day.</p> <h2>7. Banana and Nutella</h2> <p>I couldn't resist this one! It's so easy and anything <a href="http://thevietvegan.com/banana-nutella-fudgesicles/">Nutella is delicious</a>. Take six overripe bananas and puree. Add half a cup of Nutella and blend. Pour into popsicle molds and add sticks (if using paper cups). Freeze and enjoy.</p> <h2>8. Jello Pudding Pops</h2> <p>Seriously, these <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-creamy-chocolate-pudding-pops-50306.aspx">creamy chocolate pudding pops</a> sound good, even if they aren't the healthiest. Grab a box of pudding, milk, and Cool Whip, and make these quick and easy popsicles everyone will love. Make the pudding and stir in Cool Whip, spoon into molds or paper cups, add a popsicle stick or spoon, and freeze.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to homemade popsicle recipes? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink DIY homemade popsicles popsicles recipes summer summer desserts summer food summer treats Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1722969 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Smoothie Bowls You Want Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fruit_smoothie_bowl_000087391049.jpg" alt="Smoothie bowls you want to eat right now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's getting warmer, and hot oatmeal, or scrambled eggs, just don't have the same breakfast appeal. Rather, a cool smoothie bowl, with fruit, nuts, and grains, sounds much better. The prices, though, when buying them, gives me sticker shock. How about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning" target="_blank">making your own smoothie</a> bowls?</p> <p>Here is the basic concept for the smoothie bowl, in case you haven't tried one yet.</p> <p>Your smoothie is made a little thicker, either by not adding as much liquid, or by adding other ingredients (avocado, banana, nut butters, etc.) to make it thicker. Think &quot;spoonable.&quot; Toppings are then added, which usually consist of sliced fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, granola, and maybe some small sweets like cacao nibs or flaked coconut. Like a lunchtime <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">power bowl</a>, they are usually artfully concocted, so that they look decorative and appealing. This time in prep, plus the sometimes expensive toppings, are what drive those high take-out smoothie bowl prices. Here are 12 delicious, healthy, and frugal smoothie bowls that you can make right at home.</p> <h2>1. Healthy &quot;Peach Pie&quot;</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2015/07/22/peach-pie-smoothie-bowl/">peach pie smoothie bowl</a> reminded me of summertime at my aunt's house, where we'd eat fresh peaches with cream at breakfast. You don't need fresh peaches, though, for this bowl. In fact, frozen ones work better when making a smoothie. To keep things frugal, check your pantry for nuts before you buy more, as most nuts have a shelf life of less than a year.</p> <h2>2. Peanut Butter and Banana</h2> <p>Bananas are one of the most inexpensive fruits to buy. When on sale, buy extras, slice, and freeze. You'll be glad you did when you want to try this <a href="http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com/kitchen/2015/06/23/peanut-butter-and-banana-smoothie-bowls-how-to-make-a-smoothie-bowl/">peanut butter and banana bowl</a>. To keep it more frugal, skip the chia seeds, which are expensive, and use your favorite nuts.</p> <h2>3. Creamsicle Bowl</h2> <p>Remember cxreamsicles, or &quot;Fifty-Fifty&quot; bars? I still love those things. Try making a <a href="http://justins.com/recipes/orange-creamsicle-smoothie-bowl">creamsicle bowl</a>, smoothie-style! I love this recipe because this is all stuff I have around the house, so I can easily satisfy a &quot;popsicle&quot; craving with something much healthier.</p> <h2>4. Healthy &quot;Apple Pie&quot;</h2> <p>Apples are another wallet-friendly fruit, and they keep well, so you'll want to bookmark this <a href="http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2015/10/apple-pie-smoothie-bowl/">apple pie smoothie bowl</a>. I substituted granola in place of the rolled oats; it was delicious. Keep it even more frugal and learn to <a href="http://greatist.com/health/make-your-own-homemade-yogurt-how-to-diy">make your own Greek yogurt</a>. (I make my own, and it's simple, and <em>so</em> much cheaper.)</p> <h2>5. Blackberry Bowl</h2> <p>One of my favorite berries are combined here with shredded coconut in this <a href="http://the-fit-foodie.com/recipes/blackberry-smoothie-bowl/">blackberry smoothie bowl</a>. Although expensive in grocery stores, you can forage for free! In summertime, go berry picking, then wash and freeze. Berries freeze very well. Or, look for a U-Pick farm and take your kids along.</p> <h2>6. Green Smoothie</h2> <p>My friend Chuck drinks a green smoothie every day (and he did lose a lot of weight). It gets a little boring, though, so he was glad that I shared this recipe for a <a href="http://www.thebalancedberry.com/green-smoothie-bowl/">green smoothie bowl</a>. Keep it frugal: Buy your spinach in a bunch, and wash/dry it yourself, rather than buying the &quot;prewashed&quot; in the small bags.</p> <h2>7. Carrot Cake</h2> <p>I love carrot cake, but it is usually really fattening (which seems so wrong). Good news, because this <a href="http://www.flavourandsavour.com/carrot-cake-smoothie-bowl/">carrot cake smoothie bowl</a> has the flavors &mdash; but it is so much healthier. The spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves) are spot-on for carrot cake flavor, and the toppings seal the deal.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate and Fiber</h2> <p>I loved the ingenuity here of combining oats and quinoa for more fiber and texture in this <a href="http://1bigbite.com/2016/03/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-bowl/">healthy chocolate smoothie bowl</a>. To keep it easy, make a larger batch of the porridge so that you have it on hand.</p> <h2>9. S'Mores</h2> <p>Kids love these <a href="http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2016/04/smores-smoothie-bowl.html">s'mores smoothie bowls</a>, and so do big kids, like me. Using yogurt instead of ice cream keeps the calorie count down, a little.</p> <h2>10. Oat, Coconut, and Banana</h2> <p>This is another recipe I love because the ingredients are things I have on hand. I can whip up an <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1144132/oat-coconut-and-banana-smoothie-bowl">oat, coconut, and banana smoothie bowl</a> at the drop of a hat. However, I must confess: I did not use a vanilla bean. Just toss in a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. (Sorry, Martha.) I also like that this is not overly sweet, unless you use a lot of syrup.</p> <h2>11. Cherry Bowl</h2> <p>Cherries were on sale today at the market, and so I grabbed a bag, hoping that I could find a smoothie bowl recipe to suit. As luck would have it, yesterday I bought a bag of cacao nibs. What a glorious combination in this <a href="https://downshiftology.com/recipes/dark-cherry-smoothie-bowl/">dark cherry smoothie bowl</a>! My husband and I ate it for dessert. What a treat.</p> <p>Tips for keeping your costs down: Watch for fruit to go on sale. Chia seeds are really expensive, so if you have a friend who also loves to use them, consider splitting a package of them. Don't limit yourself to the type of nuts in a recipe. Use what you have, or what you need to use up. Experiment!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite smoothie bowl?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">10 Smart Uses for Food That&#039;s About to Go Bad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfasts clean eating desserts dieting fruits healthy recipes smoothie bowls smoothies Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Marla Walters 1717323 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_watermelon_000070809455.jpg" alt="Woman trying amazing food hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best part of summer isn't the warmer weather, or the days spent lounging on the beach. It's the food. Summer food is fresh, light, and often grilled to perfection. Whether it's produce, meat, or a bowl of ice cream, everything just tastes better in the summer. So to kick your summer food game up a notch, give the following summer food hacks a try. You will not be disappointed.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grilled_vegetable_kabobs_000020035070.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; The grill is not just a place for meat. Pretty much anything can be tossed on the grill, especially veggies. And you won't even notice the lack of meat in these grilled veggie dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill?ref=fbf">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a> &mdash; Summer is ready, set, and itching to get the go ahead from Memorial Day weekend. And the best way to kick off the best season of the year is with these early summer dishes that are yummy and grill-friendly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling?ref=fbf">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a> &mdash; With the charcoal or gas, and the constant bulk buying of meat, buns, and produce, grilling can be a costly way to cook. But before you start emptying your wallet for this summer pleasure, check out these smart ways to save on grilling season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes?ref=fbf">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a> &mdash; Ice cream is a summer staple, but those sugary calories can add up quickly. But these substitutes are healthier, and equally as refreshing as your classic ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies?ref=fbf">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a> &mdash; From zucchini fries to hot pepper relish, and grilled tomato gazpacho, you can use in-season summer veggies to make some of the best meals you've ever had. Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000060439792_Large%20%281%29.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a> &mdash; If you're looking to give the Raw Food lifestyle a try, then whip up these summer raw recipes. Trendy diets are often very restrictive and no fun at all, but any diet where you can eat sushi, guacamole, and almond butter doesn't sound so bad at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer?ref=fbf">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a> &mdash; You might think that grilling is simply the act of putting food on a grill and making sure it doesn't turn into a burned ball of charcoal. But it's so much more than that. Master the art of grilling this summer with these brilliant tricks.</p> <p><em>What other summer foods are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fbf flashback friday food hacks healthy eating healthy living recipes summer food Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1713533 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000080725467_Large.jpg" alt="cooking healthy and frugal meals with your kids" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a lot of great reasons to cook with your kids. They'll taste and sample ingredients during the process, which I have found is a good way to introduce new foods. Secondly, cooking is an excellent time to hang out and bond with them. Lastly, they'll need to know how to cook eventually, when they go off to the real world. So having an arsenal of frugal, easy recipes will come in handy.</p> <p>Children can begin to learn to cook at a very young age. In fact, in the Montessori method, cooking is part of the school curriculum, and you can purchase small-hand size cutting and slicing tools.</p> <p>The first step is to teach cleanliness &mdash; show them the importance of washing hands and how to wash fruit and vegetables. Then, demonstrate. It's hard to explain to someone how to crack an egg. You just have to try it.</p> <p>Here are 10 frugal, fun recipes to make with your kids.</p> <h2>1. Stone Soup</h2> <p>You may remember this wonderful book by author <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0689711034/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0689711034&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4QKL4RDZ63H437HD">Marcia Brown</a> about three hungry soldiers. My mother used to make this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/stone-soup">soup</a> in her kindergarten classroom with the children after reading the story. The children each brought ingredients and would prep the ingredients, add them, and make soup for their lunch. It was a huge hit. Besides working on chopping and measuring skills, they'll learn how to chop an onion, which can be a real challenge.</p> <h2>2. Chicken in Cracker Crumbs</h2> <p>This is a very simple, yet really delicious dinner. To serve four, pop four boneless, skinless, chicken breasts into Ziploc bags. Zip, place on a sturdy breadboard, and hand your kid a mallet. Let them pound away to about &frac34; inch thickness. When all have been pounded, fill a clean Ziplock with a sleeve of crackers and let them pound again until you have crumbs. Add a cup of shredded cheese (another great kid chore) and combine the cheese with the crumbs. Dip each breast into melted butter (use about half a stick), and then into the cheese-crumb mixture. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray, add the chicken breasts, and sprinkle the top with the remaining coating mix; drizzle with another two tablespoons of melted butter. Bake at 375&ordm;F for about 45 minutes, until thoroughly cooked through. Serve with rice or pasta and vegetables.</p> <h2>3. Stuffed Baked Potatoes</h2> <p>These are one of the easiest things for kids to make, and if you let them choose their own &quot;stuffings,&quot; they'll really get a kick out of them. I like to use russets. Preheat the oven to 400&ordm;F. Scrub each potato and prick with a fork. This is important! I like to rub mine with a little butter before they go into the oven, directly onto a rack. Bake for an hour. Assist the kids with removing from the oven safely, and carefully cut open. To make it a meal, add chili, or broccoli with cheese. They can even make a potato &quot;taco&quot; with cheeses, olives, salsa, etc. Pre-teens might also like to make a potato &quot;bar&quot; with various fillings for parties.</p> <h2>4. Dutch Baby</h2> <p>A Dutch Baby is a sort of a puffy popover pancake. This is a good recipe for practicing egg-cracking and juicing skills, as well as measuring. If have an oven with a window, these are fun to watch while baking with your child. It is loaded with egg, which causes it to puff up when baking. As it cools, it will mostly deflate. They go together quickly in the blender.</p> <p>Here is an easy <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/239993/chef-johns-dutch-babies/">Dutch Baby</a> recipe. I don't use a cast-iron skillet &mdash; melting butter into a large casserole dish works just fine. I like them with butter and lemon juice, as suggested in the recipe, but younger palates may prefer Nutella, peanut butter, or sliced, sauteed apples. These also work for a savory meal. Try filling with cheese, chopped ham, well-drained broccoli, and sliced green onions. Yum!</p> <h2>5. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GyLX64aJY80" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My father was a big fan of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLX64aJY80">grilled cheese sandwiches</a>. He taught me how to make them at age seven and I thought they were divine. Here is a classic, easy, method using American cheese.</p> <h2>6. Mini-Pizzas</h2> <p>There are two ways you can make these. One is to split English muffins and spoon over pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, etc., and then bake. Another method is to use biscuit dough (the refrigerated kind in the can) and flatten. If you want to try this, place the biscuit dough between two sheets of wax paper. Either use hands or a rolling pin to flatten, then put toppings on and bake as usual (400&ordm;F oven, about 12-15 minutes). I like to set the toppings in small bowls and just let the kids go to town on choosing their own.</p> <h2>7. Chicken &quot;Curry&quot;</h2> <p>My mother-in-law loved to recruit her grandchildren for help when making this recipe. It's a huge family favorite and kids love it because after preparing the toppings, they can put whatever they want on their own plate. Kids can grate cheese, crush tortilla chips, slice olives and green onions, cut up hard-boiled eggs and avocados, etc.</p> <p>Method:</p> <p>Cook a pot of rice; set aside, covered. Prepare two cans of cream of chicken soup; heat. Add curry powder to taste.</p> <p>Toppings: Hard-boiled eggs, avocados, tortilla chips, black olives, tomatoes, pickle relish, grated cheese, raisins, green onions&hellip; the sky's the limit.</p> <p>To serve, put a large spoonful of rice on a plate. Add the &quot;curry sauce&quot; and any toppings you like.</p> <h2>8. Eggs</h2> <p>At age four, my niece was making herself eggs. It was quite a thing to watch her drag a stool into the kitchen and go at it. Her method was to make <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipe/microwave-coffee-cup-scramble/">scrambled eggs in a cup</a>. After spraying your cup with non-stick spray, add two eggs (stir with a fork), two tablespoons of milk, and add two tablespoons of grated cheese, once cooked.</p> <h2>9. Crepes</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C1DgmbMMOgA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1DgmbMMOgA">Crepes</a> might sound sort of fancy for a cook-with-kids project, but it's easier than it seems. My daughter, who loved them from an early age, finally figured out she needed to learn to make them herself, because I didn't make them often. A single recipe makes seven or eight crepes. As a young adult, she'd fill them with spinach and goat cheese for dinner, then with jam and powdered sugar for dessert. A nine-or 10-year-old can make these; just make sure you supervise, since the stove will be in use.</p> <h2>10. Tortilla Roll-Ups</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nj_Y-SovfwM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj_Y-SovfwM">tortilla roll-ups</a> are really kid-friendly, and as another bonus, kids love them in their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-school-lunches-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">school lunches</a>. Make several rolls on a Sunday and you'll be ahead of the game. I prefer using &quot;light&quot; cream cheese in mine, rather than a mayonnaise (and it makes a better adhesive), but let your child decide.</p> <p>Nervous about kids cutting with sharp knives? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzZyUErS76U">Here</a> is a good demo. Keep safety in mind and supervise, but get creative and have fun!</p> <p><em>What are some other meals that are fun for the kids to cook? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink cooking lesson cooking lesson for kids easy dinners frugal meals how to cook kid-friendly activities kids recipes Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1712071 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000050693370_Large.jpg" alt="make easy recipes with a can of tomato soup" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, tomato soup. Not only is it inexpensive, but it's a terrific comfort food. You don't need to be limited to eating just soup, though. Tomato soup is also a great base for fast meals. Here are 11 delicious dishes to make using that can of comfort food.</p> <h2>1. Quick Creole</h2> <p>This one comes from Campbell's Cookbook, published in 1969. Saute one chopped green pepper, one onion, and one minced clove of garlic in a skillet until tender. Stir in a can (10 &frac34; ounces) of tomato soup, ⅓ cup of water, two teaspoons of lemon juice, a dash of pepper, and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Add a pound of cooked, cleaned shrimp. Serve over rice.</p> <h2>2. Mexican Marvel</h2> <p>Prepare soup using milk rather than water. Place a handful of tortilla chips in a soup bowl. Sprinkle generously with shredded pepperjack cheese; top with hot soup and a dollop of sour cream. This is good when you have a cold, especially when used in conjunction with a soft quilt and Netflix.</p> <h2>3. Mom's Layered Dinner</h2> <p>This feeds a lot of hungry teenagers. You'll need a large, covered skillet.</p> <h3>Ingredients</h3> <ul> <li>3 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>3 carrots, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>&frac12; onion, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch rings</li> <li>1 pound hamburger or turkey burger</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>2 T olive oil</li> <li>2 cans tomato soup</li> <li>1 can water</li> <li>1 can corn, drained</li> <li>1 cup shredded cheddar cheese</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Heat the olive oil in the skillet and brown the hamburger; drain off any fat. Remove the burger from the skillet and set aside.</p> <p>In the skillet, add the potatoes; salt and pepper generously. On top of the potatoes, add the carrots, a little more salt and pepper; finally, add the corn. Return the meat to the pan, on top of the corn. Combine the soup and water; pour over all. Cover skillet and turn to medium. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, adding a little more water if necessary. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.</p> <h2>4. Slow-Cooker Lasagna</h2> <p>The busier I get, the bigger fan I have become of slow cookers. This <a href="https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2657595">lasagna</a>, using tomato soup, is easy to throw together quickly. While the shape will be more like, well, a stew, you'll still get the lasagna flavors. I skipped the bouillon cubes altogether and used one cup of red wine in place of one of the cups of water. Yum! Serve with garlic bread.</p> <h2>5. Grilled Cheese Croutons</h2> <p>A grilled cheese sandwich is always a natural with tomato soup. Amp that up by cutting your sandwich up into little squares, and then float those on the top of your soup as &quot;croutons.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Quick Curry</h2> <p>Cube and steam butternut squash. Add a teaspoon of red curry sauce to the prepared soup, and a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Stir well and serve it over jasmine rice. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.</p> <h2>7. Meat and Noodles</h2> <p>Add leftover hamburger, diced chicken, or chopped ham to the prepared soup. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley for a little color.</p> <h2>8. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls</h2> <p>Combine a pound of cooked, ground beef (or turkey) with a cup of cooked brown rice, two tablespoons of diced shallots, and a beaten egg. Stir together; add &frac14; teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of garlic salt. Cook eight cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water for 3&ndash;4 minutes to soften them. Drain. Roll meat mixture in drained cabbage leaves, and place in skillet. Combine a can of tomato soup and a can of water; pour over rolls in skillet. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, spooning tomato soup mixture over frequently.</p> <h2>9. Hot Dog Stir Fry</h2> <p>Slice eight hot dogs (any type, even tofu) and heat in a pan in a little olive oil. Add a teaspoon of prepared mustard, a can of tomato soup, a dash of Worcestershire, and a half-can of water. Heat until bubbly. Prepare hot noodles (two cups). Serve mixture of over hot, buttered noodles.</p> <h2>10. Cheesy Delight</h2> <p>If you add some cream cheese (stir well) to the soup, the result will be absolutely decadent. I feel very guilty doing this so I just use a tablespoon or two. Add a small handful of baby spinach leaves and stir in for a delicious lunch.</p> <h2>11. Fast Stew</h2> <p>Season and flour a pound of beef or pork cubes. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in two tablespoons of shortening or oil. Add a can of tomato soup, a soup can of water, a third of a bag of frozen pearl onions, three carrots, peeled and halved, and three potatoes, peeled and quartered. Add a soup can of red wine. Toss in a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of garlic salt, and sprinkle with a little pepper. Put the lid on and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.</p> <p><em>What other tomato soup dinners can you make? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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