Act 217

Spud for dinner

The potato is a hero in my kitchen. If I happen to have leftover anything – veg, cheese, chili, some sour cream, what have you, I bake a few potatoes in the oven for an hour, empty the fridge of the leftovers and have a jacket potato feast. Pick your own topping and enjoy. It’s cheap, cheerful, yummy and good for you.

Act 55

Make stock and take stock

Cooking is a form of therapy for me. I like the ritual of looking in the fridge and finding something to make on a quiet weekend day.

With some sad looking veg, a couple of stale bagels and some nearly empty pots of jam, I spent my Saturday chopping and stirring, thinking and reflecting on the week that was.

Without a trip to the grocery store or yet another debit transaction, I made a hearty soup, some yummy bagels chips and a sweet little desert while cleaning out the fridge and getting ready for the week ahead.

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So when I take stock and I make stock I defy my debt.

 

Act 51

Make mine a mini

Craving something? Food can be so nostalgic but it can be quite a production to bake your favourite cake or concoct your favourite meal.

So go ahead, indulge. Just think mini.

I made 4 mini meat pies – just craving a taste of home. Minor production and half the usual cost and fuss. Got what I needed. Ready to move on.

When you’re debt defying, you don’t have to think none or never, just less and fewer. It all helps.

Act 43

When life gives you salad, make dressing.

Salad dressing is expensive. And judging by the ingredients list, you may be buying stuff you can’t even pronounce never mind recognize as food.

I try to make my own. Olive oil, good vinegar, dijon, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, whatever’s on hand. Put your ingredients into a small mason jar with a lid. Shake to your heart’s content. It’s yummy. And cheaper. And doesn’t come with an expiry date because you only make as much as you can use.

And it makes it easier to “eat your vegetables” as mom used to say.

Act 29

Shake it and bake it

Did your mom ever use shake and bake? I don’t think mine did – all the same – it’s one of those convenience foods that can, let’s face it, be well, more convenient than sensible.

Did you know you can buy Shake ‘n Bake on Amazon – an 8 pack is 20.15 (I wonder if that includes shipping).

Hhm. All the same. Make your own bread crumbs, add salt, pepper and your favourite spices – find a bag – and away you go.

Truth be told, for the price of 8 chicken thighs ($3.50) and my home made bread crumb concoction, my meal will cost – uhm, less than a box of convenient shake ‘n bake.

Now that, my friends, is debt defying.

Bon Appetit!

Act 23

Pizza dough is play dough you can eat.

Kids love pizza. Well at least my kids do. Rather than watch the flyers for sales on frozen pies, I decided to try making pizza dough. And it was much easier to do than I would have thought.The kids enjoy watching me and offer to help. It’s quick, easy and fun and doubles as a great way to use up leftover veg, cheese and pasta sauce. Plus, it’s WAY cheaper than any deal on Delicio or delivery.

On second thought, maybe you can eat play dough? Nah.

Act 22

Cut to the bone.

Chicken that is. I don’t understand why we agree to pay the premium for purchasing boneless, skinless chicken parts. Where’s the fun in that?

Buy the whole chicken. Debone it (it’s not that difficult – even I can do it) and use it all. There are great how to video on youtube. And if that’s too daunting a task, just roast the whole thing. Make soup, make chicken salad, make chicken wings and thighs, make chicken fingers. Make as many meals as you can.

Sometimes I think we’re tricked into the illusion of convenience. It’s not convenient to spend that much money on parts when the whole is a much better, more practical and more sensible buy.