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Just about anywhere you go, there 4 great ingredients are on hand and really affordable:
spaghetti sauce in a jar
garlic
cheese of some sort
baguette

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And with those 4 things you can make a delicious snack, dinner, lunch, treat in about 10 minutes. And if you have a little ham or veggies or whatever you find around it makes it all the better.

::Traveler’s Pizza::
Cut the baguette into a 6 inch piece and slice down the middle so you have two flat pieces (the top and the bottom).

Put 1 Tablespoon on each side, then chop up the garlic and any other toppings, toss on a little cheese and bake.

You can bake it in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes or in the toaster oven on medium toast – you just want to melt the cheese.

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The really great thing is that anything that looks good to you while you are wandering around – eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onions, odd things you don’t know what they are, can be used to really dress up and fill out this little mini pizza. And from one baguette you can usually get about four 6″ sections – so at least 2 days of meals. You can change up the sauce too and use pesto or hummus or mustard, add some greens and you have a tasty sandwich to take out with you. Bagels can also be used instead of a baguette.

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I’m going to make more tonight, and I’ll have my camera then so I’ll post a picture later after dinner.

My plan is to find some tasty clam chowder for lunch – they serve it in a sourdough bowl around the bay – i’ve seen it from 7.75 to as low as 5.25, so I’m hoping to get it for 4.75 today if I can find a shop that’s not a touristy area (aka not pier 39!).

See you all later!
Kristin

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Just a few of my favorite things went into these cookies. I just dug around in the freezer and cupboards and whipped these up last Thursday night. They started out as cookies, but I really feel like they came out more like scones – delicious either way. I have to admit I’ve been eating them for an afternoon snack, breakfast, and dessert. What a useful treat to have around the house, right? Haha.

Wonder Blend Scookies

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 stick softened butter (8 T)
2 t vanilla extract

1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup white all purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnut
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash up bananas and blend with softened butter – add sugar and mix together.

Add remaining ingredients except for walnuts and chocolate chips. Once thoroughly mixed, stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Place drops of batter onto cookie sheets – about 1 1/2 – 2 T per drop.

Bake at 375 for 12 – 15 minutes.

Makes: 18 – 24

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And then there was one. I actually had to make sure we didn’t eat the last one so I could take a picture of it. I chomped through this last one while I was finishing up this post 🙂 Delicious!

See you soon!
Kristin

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Yesterday we were having baked Salmon, so instead of just baking two pieces of Salmon I marinaded 4 chicken breasts and baked them along with the Salmon. I’m going to use the leftover chicken in meals for the next few days so I can whip up meals super quick and easy. Today I made Curry Walnut Chicken Wraps for lunch and it was delicious!

Curry Walnut Chicken Wrap

Here is how I marinaded the chicken and baked it, and then how I made today’s lunch.
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It’s important to make sure that even while you are scoring great deals, on boxes of this and that rice mix, you get plenty of fresh foods in your diet.And buying what’s in season is the best way to make that an easy and affordable thing to do.

Find out what’s in season from this Produce Calender for the US or this one for the UK.

Asparagus right now is great to pick up from the store (or the garden if you are lucky enough to have some established) because it’s in season. I’ve seen it for as much as $4.29/lb during the winter and it’s usually woody and not tasty. This bundle was just .99/lb (on sale) and nice thin slender tasty stalks.

Today was a great day! I had a day old muffin and a coffee with a friend for a coffee date ($3.75), worked out when I came home, had a Spru-Tien protein shake ($1.29) after lifting (which kept me full until dinner – no it’s not a diet thing, it’s just a hefty protein shake), then Jason and I made dinner together – which is the main point of today’s post.
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We did a quick look though the cupboards and decided on using some Zaterain’s Red Bean rice mix with tuna (under $2.00 for both because Jason bought the tuna on amazon.com coupled with some rebates and such and I scored the red bean mix for just 97 cents ). And then I dug around in the frig and remembered asparagus and red onions in the crisper.

We made the rice mix as directed and added the tuna at the end. Then I chopped up the asparagus and onions to make a little sautéed veggie side dish so we can get some greens with our protein and carbs.

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I put a 1/4 t. of olive oil in a hot skillet, tossed the onions until fragrant, added 1/2 t. vinegarette (asiago cheese in this particular case), stirred, and then added the asparagus. Sautéed for a minute or so until it turns bright green.

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grilled cheese03 I love grilled cheese. Especially on homemade bread with a super sharp cheddar cheese. The thing is, it’s not always the most healthy meal – fat and carbs mostly. I’m not saying there aren’t some good things in there, but it’s not what I would think of as a “meal”. More like a snack. Well, let’s upgrade that grilled cheese into a one course meal.
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whitebread08 I remember getting fresh baked bread from the bakery with my mom as a special treat. She loved it and would savor every nibble. I also remember one Christmas my mom baking what seemed like 2 dozen loaves of knotted bread for presents. Homemade bread has always been a special treat. But why should it be? Is it just the time? Well, it takes an evening but there is only about 30 minutes where you are actually prepping it. So say on laundry day or when you know you will be home for the evening you; you should really give it a try.
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 omelette 1.1 When I was a kid I watched the Frugal Gourmet all the time and the only thing I really remember from it was his show on making omelettes. Which is great because I love them, but a little funny because it’s the only thing I remember. Anyway, I’m digressing.

So the Frugal Gourmet had a great point about omelettes – use water instead of milk. He said that the milk actually causes you to have watery eggs – the dairy content of the milk cooks with the egg and then the water separates out after the fact. And interestingly enough, if you use water instead of milk and wisk it together, no water separates out.

And the neat thing is, this technique makes a tastier omelette and it’s less expensive than using milk in your omelette.
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