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Late nights at work always result in random choices for dinner. Last night we ate grilled cheese at 10 o’clock at night. Tonight we ate grilled chicken without any sides. Every so often work seems to get the better of us. With no children in the house and no need to rush home we sometimes get home too late to make a decent meal. When that happens we’ll cook whatever we can find in the pantry. We defrosted chicken for dinner but I wasn’t in the mood to take the effort to make anything else. So we ate the chicken and called it a night.
To add to the time crunch of working late, we’ve also been trying to save up for some new camera equipment for my husband. Rather than going out to eat or heading to the grocery store we’re trying our best to cook whatever is already in the house. For the last few nights this resulted in some unusual meals, but eating the food in the pantry really does save a lot of money.
Grilled cheese has become a staple in our household on late nights when we’re trying to save. We’ve also turned to breakfast foods like pancakes and french toast or simple sandwiches like tuna and turkey and cheese. They are not exactly the tastiest of meals, but they are quick to prepare, (after a long day of work), and extremely cheap. Still… I’m hoping for something tastier tomorrow.
In an effort to squeeze more fruit into my diet I’ve recently turned to the wonderful world of smoothies. I usually just throw some soy milk into the blender with a whole host of frozen fruits, but this past weekend I came across a couple of very yummy recipes. In the past few weeks I’ve been keeping my eye out for frozen fruit sales at the grocery store. Sure enough some type of frozen fruit has been on sale every week for the last month. I’ll eat fresh when it’s economically feasible, but to be honest I like the frozen variety. When you use frozen you can skip the ice, which in my opinion waters the smoothie down.
Blueberry Bliss (2 servings)
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 7 oz vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup ice
Place all ingredients in a blender on full power for 30 seconds. (If you use frozen blueberries you don’t need the ice.)
Blue Mango (2 servings)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 mangoes (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
Puree the mangoes, then add the juice, blueberries and strawberries. If you don’t use frozen ingredients you’ll want to chill this mixture in the fridge.
Apple Attack (2 servings)
- 1 apple, chopped and cored
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 handful of blueberries (frozen)
- 1 handful of grapes
- 1 cup of apple juice
Blend all ingredients together until you get a smooth texture.