One of the most expensive parts of the holidays is preparing food. Here’s a few inexpensive recipes that won’t put a dent in your budget.
- 1 box of spice cake mix
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
Combine both ingredients in a bowl and mix it. If the texture is still thick you can add in a bit of apple sauce. Then bake it according to the cake mix directions.
You can easily make Pumpkin Cookies with this same recipe. Just place a spoonful of mixture onto a baking sheet after spraying it with oil. Then bake at 350º for about ten minutes.
Easy Brownies Made w/ Cola
- 1 box of brownie mix
- 1 can of cola
Mix both ingredients together and bake according to the directions on the brownie mix. No other ingredients are needed as the coke actually provides all that is needed to make the brownies!
If you want to spruce up the recipe, you can always add nuts, or make your own powdered sugar/cream cheese topping.
Squash with tomato sauce
- 3 yellow squashes
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 a package of shredded cheese
Slice the squash into thin slices and saute it in a skillet with a small amount of butter until it’s tender. Next, add in your tomato sauce and let it simmer for about five minutes. Finally add the cheese to the top and let it melt. Eat immediately.
You can add more squash and tomato sauce according to the amount of people you’ll be serving.
- 1 can of large biscuits
- 1 lb. of hamburger
- 1 can of chilies diced
- egg for egg wash
Cook the hamburger until it’s done. Next, add in your green chilies and whatever seasonings you want to add. Let it simmer for about five minutes to distribute the taste of chilies. Then set it aside to let it cool.
Roll out your biscuits dough to a larger size without thinning out the dough too much. Add a spoonful of hamburger mixture or two into the center of the rolled out biscuit dough. Then fold over the dough, creating moon shaped pocket. Seal the edges with an egg wash and then brush the top of your empanadas with the same egg wash.
Bake at 400º for about twelve to fifteen minutes. For this recipe, you can vary the ingredients according to taste.
Being frugal at home by stretching your dollar doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. You can still have delicious things for a fraction of the cost.