recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/279/all en-US 11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade_cooked_sweet_potato.jpg" alt="Homemade Cooked Sweet Potato" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may be feeling less than inspired about those leftover tortillas, mashed potatoes, or that garlic bread. I am also guilty of overbuying &quot;pick of the season&quot; corn. Those sweet potatoes, which seemed like good idea at the time, need to be used up. Here are 11 fun ways to use up leftover starchy foods. Your refrigerator will thank you for making the space, too.</p> <h2>1. Sweet potato haupia pie</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.ilovehawaiianfoodrecipes.com/recipes/sweet-potato-haupia-pie/" target="_blank">sweet potato pie</a> recipe uses Okinawan sweet potatoes, which are naturally sweet, so you can cut back a little on the sugar if you'd like. The Okinawan potatoes also make the bars a pretty purple color, so it's a showy, yet homey, dessert. When you chill the bars, the haupia &quot;sets&quot; into a firm layer so these pie slices can be easily cut.</p> <h2>2. Mashed potato cinnamon rolls</h2> <p>Adding mashed potatoes to rolled dough results in super soft, tender rolls with more body. While that's one great use, imagine what happens when you add leftover <a href="http://www.shelovesbiscotti.com/easy-mashed-potato-cinnamon-rolls/" target="_blank">mashed potatoes to cinnamon rolls</a>. They are completely irresistible.</p> <h2>3. Brown rice salad</h2> <p>Always on the lookout for work lunch ideas, this <a href="http://www.saveur.com/brown-rice-salad-avocado" target="_blank">brown rice salad</a> with avocado made me stop in my tracks. It's worth your time to cook extra rice just so you can make this. I like to drizzle the tiniest bit of sesame oil into it. As the recipe mentions, you can add in a leftover protein, too.</p> <h2>4. White rice balls</h2> <p>These <a href="https://www.justataste.com/arancini-rice-balls-with-marinara-sauce/" target="_blank">arancini (rice balls) with marinara</a> are totally delicious, and you probably won't be able to eat just one. They are very easy to make, which is probably a bad thing, because they are so good. Toss a side salad, and dinner will be ready.</p> <h2>5. Salted caramel bread pudding</h2> <p>Salted caramel anything is pretty good ... but have you tried it with leftover bread, to make <a href="https://food52.com/recipes/25653-salted-caramel-bread-pudding" target="_blank">bread pudding</a>? This recipe utilizes brioche, but as that wasn't available to me, I used French bread cubes and it was still mouthwatering.</p> <h2>6. Garlic bread croutons</h2> <p>Ever buy that garlic bread that's all ready to pop into the oven? If you have leftover pieces, just wrap them up. The next day, cut into small chunks and toast over low heat in a skillet. Toss into a salad for extra-flavorful croutons.</p> <h2>7. Mexican lasagna with tortillas</h2> <p>We all love comfort food, and here it is, in the form of a <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/favorite-mexican-lasagna" target="_blank">Mexican lasagna</a>. It matters not if your tortillas are slightly stale &mdash; they will work just fine. Substituting ground turkey or chicken is a great option, too.</p> <h2>8. Migas with tortilla chips</h2> <p>Tortilla chips are so cheap and delicious, until they go stale. Ugh. So what do we do with them now? Try making Migas, which are <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/how-to-make-tex-mex-migas-scrambled-eggs-tortilla-breakfast.html" target="_blank">scrambled eggs with tortilla chips</a>, onion, tomatoes, cheese, and other delicious goodies. I like to build mine like a power bowl, adding avocado and some plain Greek yogurt on the side.</p> <h2>9. Mexican street corn salad</h2> <p>A decision of overbuying fresh corn sent me to the internet. While I love Mexican street corn, I find it's a little messy to eat it straight off the cob. That problem is resolved with this <a href="http://www.katiescucina.com/2016/06/mexican-street-corn-salad/" target="_blank">Mexican street corn salad</a>. This is great with barbecued chicken or grilled shrimp.</p> <h2>10. Lentil salad</h2> <p>Any recipe that suggests combining bacon, shallots, goat cheese, and Dijon is bound to be delightful, am I right? This <a href="http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/warm-bacon-dijon-lentil-salad-goat-cheese-crostini" target="_blank">warm bacon-Dijon lentil salad</a> is absolutely great and I think it works well in any season. My husband is not a huge goat cheese fan, so I substitute a little feta.</p> <h2>11. Black bean dip</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/black-bean-dip-38564" target="_blank">black bean dip</a> has great flavor and goes together quickly. I like cilantro on top, but not everyone is a cilantro fan, feel free to skip it altogether. It's also vegan.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Ways%2520to%2520Turn%2520Leftover%2520Sweet%2520Potatoes%2520and%2520Other%2520Starchy%2520Foods%2520Into%2520Something%2520Special.jpg&amp;description=11%20Ways%20to%20Turn%20Leftover%20Sweet%20Potatoes%20and%20Other%20Starchy%20Foods%20Into%20Something%20Special"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Ways%20to%20Turn%20Leftover%20Sweet%20Potatoes%20and%20Other%20Starchy%20Foods%20Into%20Something%20Special.jpg" alt="11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special" width="250" height="374" /></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-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">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-16"> <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/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge">8 Recipes That&#039;ll Clean Out the Fridge</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-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific 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/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Don&#039;t Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps</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> Food and Drink dinner ideas easy dinners leftovers meal planning recipes rice starchy foods sweet potatoes Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Marla Walters 1989547 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make the Most Out of These 6 Kitchen Gadgets http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-these-6-kitchen-gadgets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-these-6-kitchen-gadgets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-487542494.jpg" alt="Woman making the most out of her kitchen gadgets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're running a more minimalist kitchen &mdash; or even if you aren't &mdash; you may be wondering which small appliances are worth keeping around. Or maybe you're planning your wedding registry and want to know what should you include on your list. You've seen everything from bread makers to ice cream machines to margarita blenders on the shelves at your local shop. Single-task appliances may not seem like a smart buy, but you need to consider that not all all of them perform only one task.</p> <p>Here's the lowdown on kitchen appliances that every kitchen should include, and how to make the most of each one.</p> <h2>1. Blender</h2> <p>We took the plunge last fall and bought a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2nTpfEO" target="_blank">NutriBullet blender</a>. I sincerely believe that a blender is an appliance no kitchen should be without. Beyond smoothies, you can blend together soups, sauces, condiments, and even baby food. And you can also make milkshakes, banana ice cream, and even peanut butter.</p> <p>Yes! You can make peanut butter in a blender. It's best if you use a heavy duty blender that can grind up the peanuts. Simply pour in your desired amount of dry-roasted peanuts, salt, and sugar. Then blend on the highest setting until smooth. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a>)</p> <h2>2. Waffle maker</h2> <p>We use our&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2p7VZ0o" target="_blank">waffle maker</a> almost every single day. First, we like waffles. I even make my own mix so we can easily whisk it with water and get it cooking in just a few minutes flat. We also use our waffle maker as a panini press to make delicious sandwiches. I mean, this little appliance cost us just $17.00 and we use it often enough to keep it out on the counter.</p> <p>What else can you make with a waffle maker? Pizza, cake, brownies, quesadillas, and the list goes on. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-foods-to-try-in-your-waffle-maker?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Delicious Foods to Try in Your Waffle Maker</a>)</p> <h2>3. Slow cooker</h2> <p>I own a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2nM3TZk" target="_blank">slow cooker</a> that also cooks rice and steams veggies. Still, I don't think I need to elaborate much on the merits of owning a crock pot. It can be your best friend in the kitchen. It can be your tool to making dinners a breeze. It may even be your key to keeping your grocery budget low.</p> <p>How? There are countless recipes online for vegetarians and carnivores alike. If you can dream it, you can likely make it in a slow cooker. Toss the ingredients in the pot, set the timer, and sit back. The rest of the work is done for you. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-to-get-more-out-of-your-slow-cooker?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Slow Cooker</a>)</p> <h2>4. Instant Pot</h2> <p>If you want to go an extra step, you can get an <a href="http://amzn.to/2oNjMz0" target="_blank">Instant Pot</a>. This multifunctional pressure cooker is extremely popular with my meat-eating friends. It can cook up a pot roast in as little as 20 minutes. Not only that, it also does the work of seven &mdash; yes seven &mdash; appliances. It functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning device, yogurt maker, steamer, and a warmer.</p> <p>The Instant Pot basically cooks everything &mdash; and fast. Trying to decide between a slow cooker and this device? Consider what you'll be cooking. If you don't need the 7-in-1 functionality, you may be able to get away with a traditional crock pot. If you do a variety of cooking &mdash; especially things like meats, dry beans, and other tough stuff &mdash; the instant pot may be the kitchen tool of your dreams. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>5. Mixer</h2> <p>You don't need a large stand mixer, even if you bake a lot. I have one, but I don't use it much since I got a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2p89JrJ" target="_blank">hand mixer</a> for a fraction of the price last year. You can do a lot with this handy appliance. My favorite is creaming together butter and sugar for cookie-baking marathons. You can also blend fluffy mashed potatoes, whip up salad dressings, and whisk together eggs for a quiche.</p> <p>If you want to get even more use out of a hand mixer, consider buying a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2qb3zpo" target="_blank">dough hooks</a> attachment. They'll help knead together anything from dinner rolls to delicate pastas in a flash.</p> <h2>6. Bread machine</h2> <p>Did you know that bread machines make more than just loaves? You can mix and rise dough to bake pretzels, naan, pizza dough, and rolls. You just have to stop the machine before the bake cycle and continue the process in your standard oven. You can even make jam. No, really. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/simple-strawberry-jam-in-the-bread-machine/" target="_blank">Strawberry Jam</a> comes together in the bread machine. Simply combine chopped strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice, and hit that jam setting you probably hadn't noticed before. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso" target="_blank">A Beginners Guide to Homemade Bread</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-these-6-kitchen-gadgets">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/the-5-best-vacuum-sealers">The 5 Best Vacuum Sealers</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/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</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-5-best-air-fryers">The 5 Best Air Fryers</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-5-best-electric-griddles">The 5 Best Electric Griddles</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-5-best-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Food home appliances how to kitchen appliances kitchen gadgets recipes Tue, 02 May 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1938295 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Recipes That'll Clean Out the Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-622987214.jpg" alt="Couple making dishes that&#039;ll clean out the fridge" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Mom, there's nothing to eat!&quot;</p> <p>Ah, the cry of the hungry child. But there is plenty of food in the fridge, even if it looks like a collection of mismatched ingredients. Maybe instead of hitting the grocery store, you need to get into frugal mode and whip up something delicious and easy with those leftovers. Handy items to have around that can bring any assortment of ingredients together are whole-wheat tortillas, spring roll (rice paper) wrappers, biscuits, panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), and eggs. Here are eight easy meals that'll clean out the fridge. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fried rice patties</h2> <p>Got fried rice? Make crispy fritters. Stir an egg or two (start with one, and see if that is enough to bind the rice). Add some chopped onion, a tablespoon or two of panko breadcrumbs, and a little garlic. Heat up some oil, add the patties, and fry on each side until crispy. This will be delicious with a fried egg on top or some peanut sauce.</p> <h2>2. Fried chicken salad</h2> <p>Lucky you, if you have fried chicken leftovers. Dice the chicken up, toss it onto a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers, and pour over some buttermilk salad dressing. It's such a good salad, you may find that you prefer the leftovers to the original dinner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a>)</p> <h2>3. Roasted veggies and quinoa</h2> <p>Toss together your remaining quinoa with any other veggies in your fridge &mdash; leftover roasted vegetables are great, or sauteed mushrooms &mdash; and toss with a lemony vinaigrette. Top with some nuts and you will have a delicious power bowl ready to take to work.</p> <h2>4. Cheesy baked potatoes</h2> <p>Leftover baked potatoes are so versatile that I just bake extras on purpose. Slice cold potatoes in half and scoop out the center. Mix the potato with any leftover vegetables. If you have any frozen broccoli or spinach, use them up! Add some cheese and heat in the microwave. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>5. Rotisserie chicken lettuce wraps</h2> <p>Costco has wonderfully low-priced rotisserie chickens, and at $5 a chicken, these are pretty much a constant in our refrigerator. Use any chicken you have left over in these <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/chicken-lettuce-wraps-52719031" target="_blank">delicious lettuce wraps</a>.</p> <h2>7. Stuffed biscuits</h2> <p>Refrigerated biscuits are so versatile that I keep a can of the Pillsbury rolls around at all times. You can put pretty much anything in a flattened biscuit, fold it in half, and bake. I especially like leftover sausages, tomato sauce, peppers, and mozzarella.</p> <h2>8. Tamale pie</h2> <p>Bet you have some Jiffy cornbread mix in your pantry. It's all of 59 cents, so you should. Put your leftover chili into a casserole dish. Prepare cornbread as directed and spread over the top. Add some grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes and you have a sort-of tamale pie.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Recipes%2520That%2527ll%2520Clean%2520Out%2520the%2520Fridge_0.jpg&amp;description=8%20Recipes%20That'll%20Clean%20Out%20the%20Fridge"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Recipes%20That%27ll%20Clean%20Out%20the%20Fridge_0.jpg" alt="8 Recipes That'll Clean Out the Fridge" width="250" height="374" /></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/8-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge">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/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</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-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</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/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Don&#039;t Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps</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-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</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/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas dishes easy dinners fridge frugal dinners leftovers lunch ideas recipes Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Marla Walters 1934994 at http://www.wisebread.com 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> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Instant%2520Pot%2520Recipes%2520That%2520Will%2520Save%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=12%20Instant%20Pot%20Recipes%20That%20Will%20Save%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Instant%20Pot%20Recipes%20That%20Will%20Save%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money" width="250" height="374" /></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/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better 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/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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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/12-no-bake-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">12 No-Bake Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</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-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/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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</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-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-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/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific 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/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/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 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-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/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/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</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-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/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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</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-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/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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</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-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/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-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-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> </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-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/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</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-recipes-thatll-clean-out-the-fridge">8 Recipes That&#039;ll Clean Out the Fridge</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-fantastic-lettuce-free-salads">13 Fantastic Lettuce-Free Salads</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-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/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</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/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade</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-75-cheap-ways-to-enjoy-the-final-days-of-summer">Flashback Friday: 75 Cheap Ways to Enjoy the Final Days of Summer</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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. 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