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Tighter wallets are asking us to get creative in every spending category. In the kitchen, that creativity can be a delicious surprise. Want to cook like a gourmet, on the cheap? Take $25 cash to the grocery store and see what you can buy with it. Then, go home, combine it with the fridge and cupboard food you already have, and see how many meals it will make you. Just last week, I pulled together three scrumptious dishes that were so good, my kitchen will see them again and again. And they were easy on the budget! Here are my current favorites. What are some of the recipes you have found?

Crisper Veggies Concoction
Grab everything in the crisper that looks like it can withstand the roaster, and mix it together for a tasty new staple.

Red bell pepper
Back shelf seasonings (cumin, coriander …)
Half an orange

Put in a roasting dish and drizzle with olive oil. Break out some of those seasonings in the back of the shelves. Sprinkle with cumin, coriander seed to give it a delicious Indian flavor. Bake at 375 degrees F. After 15 minutes, remove and squeeze juice from half an orange over the top. Bake for another 15–20 minutes or until tender.

Serve it one night over quinoa or brown rice. The next night serve it sautéed with chicken or tofu on top of salad with oil and vinegar. Yum!

Second Life Sandwich

Don’t throw away last night’s bread! Make it into a delectable sandwich.

Left over hardened French bread
Olive oil
Miso mayonnaise
Spinach leaves (fresh)

Slice the bread, brush with olive oil and roast it in broiler for 3 minutes or until toasted on top. Spread with Miso Mayonnaise (a zingy mayo blended with Japanese mustard), and top with your choice of what’s in the fridge or garden. My faves are tomatoes, spinach leaves, and avocado slices. Serve open face. Melts in your mouth.

Kale to Write Home About

This kale salad can bend to your whims with all kinds of additional and creative ingredients. Fresh kale is hardy, inexpensive, and can be eaten raw or cooked, with turbo nutritional power. Here’s my fave.

Olive oil
Sea salt
Half an orange
Balsamic vinegar
(Optional: goat cheese, avocados, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries …)

Chop one bunch of fresh kale. Sprinkle with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add a quarter teaspoon of sea salt. Massage together ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes. Then squeeze juice from half an orange on it, or mix with a teaspoon of tahini. This salad makes a terrific base. Add different ingredients to your liking, and see how many delicious versions of it you can create.

Originally published on GreenSherpa


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