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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 😘.

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Rescuing day old bread

So you bought a baguette πŸ₯– or some fancy Italian bread 🍞 , 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 🍞 πŸ₯–.

What you’ll need:-

~ Bread of your choice

~ dried or minced garlic

~ butter or olive oil.

~ herbs 🌿 (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 πŸ₯– 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 πŸ˜‹.

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Lentil Stew

I made Lentil stew for the first time 😍

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

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 it’s also very filling 😍.

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 don’t know why I was so afraid to try it before now.

To make it vegan 🌱, 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 🍠

~ 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 🌿 and seasoning aside.

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

Pour your tomato purΓ©e 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 πŸ˜‹.

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 🍠? Raise your hand πŸ–

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 πŸ’ͺ🏾.

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 🍠 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 🍁

~ 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 πŸ₯¦ 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 πŸ˜‰

You can make this totally vegan 🌱 by eliminating the meats

Serve as desired and Bon appetite πŸ˜‹

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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 πŸ…

~ scallions (spring onions)

~ a handful of well rinsed spring mix (arugula, spinach, lettuce πŸ₯¬ etc)

~ black pepper

~ herbs (optional )

~ celery salt πŸ§‚ (optional).

You can add cheese πŸ§€, eggs πŸ₯š, turkey πŸ¦ƒ or anything else you want.

Rinse and cut up your veggies 🌢, 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 wroteπŸ˜‰ 😘.

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.