From Leftovers to A Healthier New Recipe By Using Substitutions

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Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great Friday!  I am on a little break because I am celebrating my daughter’s birthday and my family will be visiting, so I will be on a mini vacay.  With that said, I have wrote a little piece for this week’s blog post, so I hope you enjoy!

As moms or parents, I am sure we have all endured the leftover takeover that goes on in our fridges.  Recently, I have been trying to find a way to re-use our leftovers, so that way we do not waste our food (especially since we are on a budget).  But first, this is how this all came about…

My family and I all have a BIG sweet tooth.  So, one day, my husband and daughter comes in and asks me to make some chocolate chip cookies.  I was looking around the pantry because we were out of Vanilla extract and we also had two ripe bananas.  After looking, I looked up on what I can use as substitutes and there I saw it, that there are ingredients in most pantries that I can use as substitutes.  Plus, I had most of them in my pantry, so I got down to work.

I used my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I used the two ripe bananas instead of two eggs and I used 1 tablespoon of sugar free maple syrup instead of the vanilla.  Let me tell you now that it was good (okay, it was good for me and my daughter, but not for the husband because he hates bananas)!  Then, it hit me, I could have done this all along and I wouldn’t have to stress over our food going to waste.  I mean, if you have the leftovers and if you use them at the right time (meaning that they did not go bad), then you can totally turn them into a new recipe that might actually taste good.  All this time since then, I have asked myself, “Why????” and, “What can I do next?”

Then, it came to meal prep time for the week and we had some leftover croutons (I was making myself a salad), so I decided to crush some up and put it on some leftover mac and cheese.  The outcome…OMG!!! It was delicious!!  It tasted like it came out of an oven that had some bread crumbs crumbled on top of it.  This really got me thinking that this is like Food Wars.

If you don’t know what Food Wars is, then I definitely recommend you to check it out.  It is obsurd (there is a lot of nudity, but nothing too crazy), but it is hilarious!  Anyways, this is an anime that follows Soma Yukihira, a teenager who works in his dad’s cafe.  His dad says that he has to be away working for someone else and he will be sending him to a cooking school. Once arriving at the school, he starts his journey and studies to be a chef, but along the way, he has to endure food wars to become number 1.  Sounds cool huh?  Plus, the food looks amazing!

Okay, now back to my story…with this being like Food Wars, it felt like that you are adapting to your surroundings and figuring out that you can make a new dish by the limited ingredients that are in front of you.  It really is neat to see how everything comes together and for me, I felt so accomplished that I could make something work the way that I did.  So, yes, I am going to keep experimenting and looking into what I can make if we do have limited ingredients and I will say now that you definitely don’t have to spend more money than you have to if you do have ingredients that you can substitute with.

Have you substituted or experimented with your cooking before?  How did you do it?  I would love to hear your stories on this.  Well, I am sorry for cutting this short, but I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope that this helps anyone that was like me and started freaking out over not having the ingredients to make something.  After all of this, I am confident now that if I do have something that I can substitute, then I will use it and see how it works.  Again, become a friend and follow me on social media, share and subscribe.  As always, I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you in the next post!

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Featured In: DIY, Food, Mom Life | Tips, Nerd Mom Life | July 13, 2018
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