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Budget friendly snack.

Hey guys have an easy snack recipe for you on my Channel. It is a quick and budget friendly snack that you can make ahead and freeze for later on. It is also perfect for summer , picnics and hangouts.

Click the link below to make this flatbread Samosa recipe. Be sure to subscribe to my channel and turn on the notification bell button. If you enjoy the video leave me a like and a comment. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜.

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Rescuing day old bread

So you bought a baguette ๐Ÿฅ– or some fancy Italian bread ๐Ÿž , you didn’t eat it or eat the whole thing and now it’s dry, hard or stale.

That’s exactly what happened and I tried watching a couple YouTube videos to find out how I could restore it and make it edible again but all the recipes/ solutions involved an oven. Now if you’ve read any of my posts, you know that I don’t use my oven at the moment so I try to find recipes that don’t require one.

This is a very easy recipe that doesn’t involve you baking the bread ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿฅ–.

What you’ll need:-

~ Bread of your choice

~ dried or minced garlic

~ butter or olive oil.

~ herbs ๐ŸŒฟ (optional)

The YouTube videos suggest you soak the bread in cold water then bake it in the oven for a few minutes. I tried soaking it then putting it in the pan but it only ended up soggy, so here’s how I did it.

Slice the bread ๐Ÿฅ– and put some butter or olive oil in the pan. You can also try buttering up the bread if you prefer.

Have your stove on low to medium heat and spread/ sprinkle your garlic powder or minced garlic into the pan and sliced bread. Place bread onto pan and when browned flip over before that side burns and then flip to the other side.

Repeat for all other slices. Serve with any sides and spreads if your choice. Bon appetite ๐Ÿ˜‹.

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My Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

Yo! This is my first time making and tasting cranberry sauce and can I say it is so delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹.

I made mine more tart than sweet though and it was a good move on my part (self high give ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿพ) ๐Ÿ˜‚.

This will be my first thanksgiving as itโ€™s not a holiday we celebrate in Nigeria and so I am trying new things and going into the holiday with an open mind. I started preparations a day ahead to give me time to experiment and decide on recipes I ca afford to try lol.

But anyway this recipe is so easy, quick and affordable to make #mealsonabudget ๐Ÿ˜Ž. If I can do it so can you.

Ingredients :-

1 bag of fresh cranberries

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1 Tbsp of white sugar

1 lemon ๐Ÿ‹ (squeezed)

1 tsp of lemon zest

2 green apples

1 cup of cranberry grape juice

Make it :-

Rinse the fresh cranberries, pour that in the pot along with the sugars and the juice. Zest your lemon ๐Ÿ‹ and squeeze in the juice without the seeds.

Stir everything together and cook on low heat for about 30mins.

Mine took that long because I had it in really low heat.

Keep an eye on it when it starts to thicken and ensure it doesn’t start to burn.

Be careful when tasting the sauce because it will be scalding hot at this point.

When most of the cranberries pop and look a bit mashed you can then it off and serve it with your pastry ๐Ÿฅฎ of choice when it cools down.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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Lentil Stew

I made Lentil stew for the first time ๐Ÿ˜

I bought lentils 2 months ago I think, both the red and green ones and I have avoided them like the plague ๐Ÿคช.

I looked up so many different recipes but still made no attempt to make some, but this week I said to myself I had to give it a try and boy was I glad I did!

Turns out itโ€™s also very filling ๐Ÿ˜.

In my bowl are red lentils that I made with lots of onions (you know I love onions), garlic, scallions, sweet potatoes, tomato sauce (and fresh) bell pepper, meats (beef, chicken and sausage) broth, and seasoning.

And let me just tell you it tastes amazing! I donโ€™t know why I was so afraid to try it before now.

To make it vegan ๐ŸŒฑ, just skip the meat and stick to the veggies and roots.

What to do :~

~ Rinse and soak the lentils (I used 1 cup)

~ wash, peel and dice a medium sweet potato ๐Ÿ 

~ cut up some onions (I used half each of two kinds)

~ cut up 3 green pinions, 1 green bell pepper, crush 2 pieces of garlic.

~ wash two fresh tomatoes and open your can of crushed Tomatoes/ sauce.

~ wash and cut up meats (optional)

~ set broth, herbs ๐ŸŒฟ and seasoning aside.

~ book meats in broth with seasoning, herbs and a little of your veggies for flavor.

Pour your tomato purรฉe of choice in a pot with oil (optional because I didn’t use any oil) fry with onions, garlic and peppers. Add the meats and broth to this.

Pour your lentils which should have doubled in size by now and let cook. Before it’s done add the remaining veggies and sweet potatoes to the mix and let it cook together.

Serve with some fresh veggies of your choice ๐Ÿ˜‹.

I had a bowl in the morning and I didn’t get hungry till around 4pm.

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Sweet potatoes Stir Fry with Veggies.

Fiber and Veggies who can resist and on a budget?

Everything in this plate can be achieved for $5!or less.

Okay how many of you don’t eat sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ ? Raise your hand ๐Ÿ–

Well I am here to tell you that if it’s not for health reasons, then you should rethink your decision and include this power vegetable into your meals here in out ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ.

Sweet potatoes are high in fibre and contain a good array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium. They are a great source of B vitamins and vitamin C. One of the key nutritional benefits of sweet potato is that they’re high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed.

This recipe is pretty easy, quick and direct.

What you’ll need :-

~ Sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ  1 medium size for single serving and you can keep adding to fit your requirements.

~ I large onion or 2 halves of two different kinds like I did (red and sweet onion)

~ scallions / green onions ( I used 2)

~ 1 medium sized green pepper

~ cauliflower

~ peas

~ a handful of green beans

~ seasoning of choice

~ I added mint leaves ๐Ÿ

~ chicken cuts

~ beef cuts

~ beef and chicken stock (home made )

~ garlic fresh and crushed

~ Ginger powder

And anything else you want. I was tempted to add broccoli ๐Ÿฅฆ to the mix but my pan was getting full lol.

What to do….

~~~~ Peel and chop up the sweet potatoes (rinse first) and keep this aside.

~ chop up all your veggies (after cleaning them of course)

~ cut your beef and chicken to desirable size.

~ Add veggies to pan with little oil and fry / caramelize the onions, add meat the mix and let cook.

~ When cooked add your veggies and when they start to soften

~ add in your sweet potatoes because it doesn’t take much to cook them.

~ don’t forget to season it ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can make this totally vegan ๐ŸŒฑ by eliminating the meats

Serve as desired and Bon appetite ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Spring mix

Make this salad with ingredients you have in your pantry and fridge.

ingredients:-

~ 1 cup of pasta (your choice)

~ half of a medium green pepper (bell pepper)

~ 1 big tomato ๐Ÿ…

~ scallions (spring onions)

~ a handful of well rinsed spring mix (arugula, spinach, lettuce ๐Ÿฅฌ etc)

~ black pepper

~ herbs (optional )

~ celery salt ๐Ÿง‚ (optional).

You can add cheese ๐Ÿง€, eggs ๐Ÿฅš, turkey ๐Ÿฆƒ or anything else you want.

Rinse and cut up your veggies ๐ŸŒถ, cook macaroni with a handful of the peppers and scallions for more flavor. Add any seasoning of choice you want or salad dressing. And voila! That’s all she wrote๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜˜.

If you are like me this is enough for 3-4 servings but if you are a big salad eater then it will make 1-2 servings for you.

And all this can be achieved for less than a dollar if you have most of these in your fridge / pantry.

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Pan Seared Tilapia with potato salad for less than $2

I love working with left overs and making it fresh and new.

This whole meal was done on a budget because it has become my passion to make beautiful, healthy and delicious meals on a budget and with basic kitchen appliances as not all of us have access to food processors, ovens, ranges, mixers, instant pots etc.

>> the bag of tilapia had about 9-10 cuts of tilapia in it. It’s a 2Ib bag and it cost less than $6.

>> the whole bag of potatoes ๐Ÿฅ” was about $3 dollars

>> the green peppers were 85 cents each.

>> green onions were 98 cents for the bag.

>> the box of cherry ๐Ÿ’ tomatoes was about $2.33

This whole plate per serving is less than $2.

Ingredients:-

~~~Tilapia fish

~ 1 cut of tilapia fish

~ crushed chips / bread crumbs

~ 1 egg ๐Ÿฅš

~ seasoning of choice ( celery salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger etc)

== cut tilapia into fillets, roll in beaten egg ๐Ÿฅš and crushed seasoned chips. Place on greased hot pan till sufficiently cooked.

~~~ potato ๐Ÿฅ” Salad

~left over boiled potatoes (2 cups)

~ Crushed garlic (2 garlic not cloves)

~ 1 small green pepper

~ I spring onion

~ half of a medium white onions

~ half of a medium red onions

~ 6 cherry ๐Ÿ’ tomatoes

==For my potato ๐Ÿฅ” salad ๐Ÿฅ— , I had left over per-boiled potatoes I was going to make chips with. I defrosted that and while that was happening, I stir fried some red onions, white onions and spring onions. I threw in some green pepper and cherry ๐Ÿ’ tomatoes and let that fry together once done I added my potatoes in till it all came together.

~~~ for the fresh veggies,

~ cut 1 medium tomatoes ๐Ÿ…

~ a little green pepper

~ a little spring onions.

== sprinkle this on your plate before serving for some added freshness.

I served it with the fish and it was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹.

Bon appetite.

Let me know how you cook healthy meals for your family on a budget.