Before we get started: I added the super simple and thrifty recipe for the stuffed peppers at the end of yesterday’s post.
Today, I practiced being cheap. Thrifty, if you will.
I learned a few things.
In fact, I can get by just fine – better, maybe – with the use of orange juice and yogurt.
Yogurt-Spice Pancakes for One
- 1/4 c. + 1 T. flour (I used graham flour)
- 1 1/2 T. wheat germ
- 3/4 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 2 t. chia seeds mixed with 2 T. warm water, and allowed to gel
- juice of one large orange
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 2-3 T. yogurt (I used SoDelicious vanilla. aka crack in a cup)
- butter/earth balance/non-stick spray, for greasing pan
Mix dry ingredients together. Add in chia egg, orange juice, extract and yogurt. Whisk until a thick batter forms. Divide into two pancakes on a pre-heated, greased non-stick skillet. Cook until golden on both sides.
For the maple cream, buy it here and prepare to become an addict. I wanted to swim in it this morning.
It prepared me for a day of being cheap while shopping.
See, I spend too much money at the grocery store. I used to be pretty diligent about printing coupons and buying stuff on sale, but recently I’ve slipped. In case you couldn’t tell, because it’s not like I use twenty different flours at a time. hardee-har-har.
I’m not going to be too cheap with myself, but I realized last night how couponing can be such an addiction.
Because I only paid 9 cents (yes, cents) for this bag of sticks and twigs. Now sure, I don’t even know if I like them, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this company, but have always been too cheap to try them for myself. I’ll just make crackers myself! But 9 cents? I can’t make pretzels for 9 cents, people.
Oh, and just to share with you my relatively ridiculous obsession with cashews at the moment, I purchased 2 pounds of cashews today. (At $10, that means it was only $5/lb! oh, no – I really am becoming a bargain freak, aren’t I?!)
And I even decided to make my own hummus instead of paying $4 for my favorite brand.
Recipe a la Appetite for Reduction. I love how it’s basically pure chickpeas. No call for tahini or even very much oil, just pure chickpea bliss. Which is pretty thrifty, too.
…so that they would stick to my onion rings!! Okay, when I first saw the O.M.G. Oven Baked Onion Rings in appetite for reduction, I sort of said “oh yeah! onion rings!”
Truth be told, I think I sort of forgot they existed.
I mean, the last time I was introduced to one was when I still thought vegetables would give me cooties.
As such, the recipe seemed fun, but maybe not one I’d go through the hoops of making.
But then fate happened.
Every time I’d pick up the cookbook, it’d open to onion rings.
And then I saw sweet onions on sale at the grocery store.
And then I realized I was thinking about them so much, they worked their way into a conversation. I was debating between making onion rings and getting work done on my photo website.
My method needs help. It will come with time. I blame the breadcrumbs.
Don’t ask. It worked. These were damn fine onion rings. I ate them and ate them until my belly could take them no more. And I think I need to go finish the leftovers now. And go back to the store and get more onions to make them all week.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, this plate pretty much defines my life right now. Dates a la Gabriela (stuffed with almond butter and dark chocolate chips) and homemade pumpernickel with almond butter and/or maple cream.
Even if you, like myself, claim not to be a chocolate fan – you will love these dates. I promise.