Cheerful Frugality Cooks From Afar
Just a quick post from sunny vacation! At Like Merchant Ships I mentioned that I'd be bringing along some meal starters , so I could treat the in-laws to a couple of meals.
This seemed only natural to me--I'm a mom, feeding people is what I do! I tossed a few pantry items in my suitcase (Ziplocked, natch) so I could whip up a couple of easy dishes on the go.
- 1 small bag of orzo pasta makes a giant bowl of cold salad. Add whatever fresh chopped veggies you have on hand and season with a quick vinaigrette. Great side dish to contribute to the family cookout.
- 1 gourmet jar of Greek olives, peppers, and feta works 2 ways: drain the flavored oil for a grilled chicken marinade, then toss the good stuff with a spinach salad or couscous. Even better? Each jar marked down to $1.99 at Harris Teeter.
- 1 bag of Monica's best brownie recipe, dry ingredients only, took me less time to measure at home than a trip to the grocery. Just add 4 eggs, oil, and bake!
- 1 can evaporated milk to chill, whip, and combine with fresh limes and sweetener. Freeze over a nut crust for a thank-you-Lord-something-cold dessert.
- 1 box of Barilla Pasta Plus spaghetti noodles and a pouch of Bertolli sauce (with coupon). Bonus: novelty value and sure-fire kid appeal.
Heather from Home-Ec 101 raided her freezer for quick vacation foods for her busy family.
Even if you're not so extreme as to fly groceries with you (!), you might consider jotting down a couple of good recipes before leaving home. There's nothing worse than being away from the comforts of your own house, hot, and pregnant...except all of the above AND no stable internet connection.