Cooking On A Budget: Friday Night Pancakes - It's What's For Dinner

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Friday Night Pancakes - It's What's For Dinner

Cooking On A Budget often lends itself to using up what you have available - making do in other words. After scanning the kitchen possibilities for dinner and especially not relishing venturing out on this very cold Friday, I spotted tonight's supper.
You may have worked what seemed like an endless week of work and are just too tired to fuss over dinner. As with me, take stock of what you have. I spotted an unopened box of pancake mix - the only other ingredient required is water so how cheap is that?
Of course with this brand (and other brands) if you were to choose to make waffles you would need water, egg and some oil. Still not very expensive.
I also had some bacon in the freezer to go along side. I can think of other healthier things to add like some fruit - strawberries, blueberries or perhaps some ripe melon. But this chick is not budging - no store for me! So instead I'll drink a tall glass of orange juice and call it a day. Also the maple syrup will cure my sweet tooth today.
Grab a box of mix, a bowl and a spoon and measuring cup. Let the kids come in and help you out. For ease of clean up, if you are cooking bacon do it on a foil lined sheet pan and bake it in the oven. Set your oven for 400 degrees and cook the bacon until the desired tenderness - takes about 20-30 minutes.
Another suggestion for sides would be to whip up some fluffy scrambled eggs. And speaking of eggs - make sure you always check the expiration date on the carton as well as looking for cracks. Therefore, if you spot a sale on eggs at the grocery store and the expiration date is far away pick up 2 dozen. Remember you can always make omelets with vegetables or do a frittata or quiche.  All of those are inexpensive to put together.

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