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1 box mac and cheese
As a single mom when my girls were little, we had this quite often. It is tasty, filling, and a complete meal in itself. For the three of us, one box of mac and cheese worked fine with no added noodles.
Combine soup and veggies. Serve over the rice. If the soup is a concentrated soup, prepare it according to directions, then add the veggies. Serve over the rice, or mix the rice into the cooked soup, and then serve.
Left over hamburger patties or chicken breast
1 can of any type of beans
1 can of tomato sauce
2 cups cooked rice or noodles. (We prefer rice)
Seasonings, your choice. (We like chili powder and garlic)
Crumble/shred hamburger/chicken . Add can of beans with juice. Add can of tomato sauce. You do not have to, but you can thicken this with a bit of flour, cornmeal, or cornstarch.
Serve over rice or noodles
Stretch your pancake/biscuit mix
To every 2 cups of pancake or biscuit mix, add 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder. You do not have to add the baking powder, but if you do not, your pancakes or biscuits will not rise as much.
Out of bread? This is too simple!
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (If you do not have, it will not affect the flavor, just the rise)
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups water
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add water to make a batter like pancakes. You may not need the full amount of water, or you may need a bit more.
Fry as you would pancakes, let cool, use as sandwich bread.
That little bit of peanut butter in the bottom of the jar is not much to do anything with? Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and start scraping the jar. mix completely. Using a spatula, continue to mix and get it all mixed up. Yes, it will be a bit runny, but it will help you to use that last bit in your jar. Canola oil or peanut oil works best, but any oil will do. You are just trying to stretch this out until you can get more.
Remember, Walmart has price matching. Use this if you have a local Walmart. Spend an hour online, going through your local grocery ads, write down what is on sale, and price match what you need.
Add these items to your pantry:
Rice, white and/or brown
Flour, whole wheat and/or white
Oatmeal, quick or regular. (Add 1/2 cup quick oatmeal to your instant oatmeal packages with the correct amount of added water to double the serving)
Dry beans (We use a LOT of pinto, Navy, and red kidney beans to stretch meals)
Canned and powdered milk - We all run out of milk at times. these are GREAT to cook with!