1.When you have Alaskan salmon with roasted asparagus and potatoes for dinner, the leftovers make an amazing lunch the next day - combined with a couple of eggs, a little dill, and a small handful of crumbled feta.
2. Often, if you offer to make a child a cup of herbal tea, they'll decline (how come they never decline hot cocoa?). But if you just go ahead and make a pot, then put it down on the table in front of them with a mug, before you know it they'll be pouring and sipping, happily.
3.Things prepared in the crock-pot just don't seem to take a pretty picture. But lately I've been revisiting the crock-pot recipe post on this blog (read the comments!), and have been reminded that a crock-pot can indeed produce delicious things, pretty or not. This dish I highly recommend. It's the Moroccan Chicken Tangine, left in the comments by Melanie.
I used only 2 lbs. of chicken instead of the 5 lbs.. Also, I removed the skin before putting in the pot. 1/2 hour before serving I took all the chicken out of the pot, put it in a large bowl so it was easy to work with, and removed the bones. Then I put the meat back in the pot to marry a little more with the rest of the dish. Serve over any grain, we used jasmine rice.This could easily be made vegan by using veggie stock, holding the chicken, and adding more chick peas. All of the Indian spices and stewed dried fruit are so warming and tasty.
4. Apples dipped in honey. My family always says yes to this snack. And thankfully, it is made up of two simple things that I always seem to have on hand.
5.Instead of spending $5 on those fancy herbed cheese spreads at the grocery store, just throw a block of cream cheese (in addition, a few tablespoons of butter is nice too) into the mixer with some Italian seasoning, garlic powder (I actually use granulated), black pepper and a pinch of sea salt. If you choose to add the butter, let the mixer go at high speed for a bit, it will whip up nicely.
6. Then you have a simple, ready to go snack waiting in the fridge for the kids to smear on crackers or carrot sticks.
A short list of simple, economical, yummy thoughts from my kitchen to yours.Thrifty kitchen ideas have been on my mind lately... wouldn't a weekly Thrifty Kitchen post be a fun idea? Like, how to stretch a half pound of salmon to feed four adults - I have a great recipe to share for that! Oh, this could be a fun topic, and one that readers might like to link up to, to share notes from their own kitchens. Hmm...
What's the thriftiest, dollar stretching thing you've done in your kitchen lately? Any tips to share?