Monday, January 24, 2011

Skip the Supermarket

We’ve all been there - your stomach is growling but the clock is ticking, and you’ve got better things to do than cook. Your homework is piling up but your fridge is emptying out. Here are some quick and curiously delicious meals you can make from almost anything in your fridge that isn’t furry yet.

- Condiment sandwich: Toast two pieces of bread (or use a panini machine if you're fancy like us). Spread on some cream cheese and add olives, pickles and salsa (or old mushy tomatoes). Push the bread down so it makes a gooey mess, and cut the sandwich into an X – it tastes better that way.

-Ten minute stir-fry: With any flavour Ramen noodles, add some frozen veggies (or whatever greens you have that are about to expire) and chopped up breaded chicken nuggets/hot dog/tofu. Add soya sauce and cook in a pan for 7 minutes or until meat is heated through. 

- Frugal fried spaghetti: No sauce needed. Toss some plain pasta (even leftover) in a frying pan with basil, oregano and olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes until slightly crispy. Enjoy, and wonder why you’ve never tried frying spaghetti before.

- Stale Pita crisps: Revive some hardened pita bread in the back of your pantry. Brush on some olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic powder and tear the pita into pieces. Bake in a heated oven (400 degrees F) for 7-10 minutes. Delicious on their own, or keep some cans of hummus/baba ghanoush on hand for dipping. 

The only problem with these snacks? They may not impress if you’re cooking for a first date (save it for the second). Oh, and you might not want to let your roommate know how good they really are – you’ll end up back at square one.

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