In my last blog I pointed out how you can feed your family in a way that makes you feel positive about the experience, and does not cost the farm! All of these ideas and more can be found in my book, “How to Beat a Tough Economy: A Mom’s Survival Guide to Living on a Tight Budget.”
Today I wanted to share with you a few more ideas and we start with leftovers; those fridge inhabitants that we forget about until they turn into science experiments – yuk! Don’t forget them, “upcycle” them instead. For example, let’s say you made up a nice big bowl of mashed potatoes to accompany your dinner. In the case of leftovers, and by the way, you may want to actually make sure you have leftovers for this recipe, here is a yummy recipe for you. This and many more ideas are included in the book.
Mash Potato Pancakes: To 3 cups of mashed potatoes add 2 eggs, 1 Tablespoon of flour, some minced onion and a dash of nutmeg. Spoon ¼ cup of the batter onto a hot griddle, flatten, and cook on both sides until lightly browned. Serve topped with crumbled turkey bacon and/or sour cream or applesauce and you have a meal.
How about substitutions? For time-challenged moms, having to make a last minute run to the store can really throw you off your game. I have listed several surprising substitutions that will carry you through to the next grocery store trip. Did you know you could substitute the oil in baked goods with equal amounts of no-sugar-added apple sauce? It won’t change the flavor or texture, and save you on calories – now that’s a good deal!
Stay tuned for my next blog where we will talk about easy to make mixes to have on hand (super easy, very inexpensive and no scary ingredients) for everything from brownies to crisp coating mix!