While checking out specials in the supermarket two days ago I came across a pre-packaged Caesar salad mix (lettuce, dressing, bacon bits, cheese and croutons) that had been reduced to two dollars and a punnet of grape tomatoes for a dollar-fifty.
Grape Tomatoes courtesy of Woolworths online
These are two items that I wouldn’t normally buy, but for those prices I couldn’t resist. With these two products (a total cost of three dollars-fifty,) I made myself three lovely meals. Here’s how:
First I separated the salad into its individual components and shared the lettuce between two bowls. To the first one I added half of the bacon bits, about a third of the cheese, half of the dressing and a third of the croutons for a substantial salad.
I then made toast and topped it with some of the tomatoes and a sprinkling of the cheese and grilled it. That was dinner number one.
Yesterday I cut up half of the remaining tomatoes and added them to the second bowl of lettuce along with the rest of the dressing and a few bits and pieces from the fridge and topped it with a few more croutons. This was dinner number two.
Today I cut up the rest of the tomatoes and softened them in a saucepan along with some onion and a tablespoon of tomato sauce.
I then added enough milk to make a creamy soup which I topped with the last few croutons. To accompany this I made a cheese and bacon toast roll. Dinner number three.
These rolls are easy to make and delicious. Here's how:
Flatten bread and cut off crusts, sprinkle bacon and cheese - Colmo
Roll and brush with butter - Colmo
Fry lightly - Colmo
By using our imagination and looking at ingredients in a new way, we can stretch our dollars even further while eating delicious and nutritious meals.
Delicious Soup and Toast Roll - Colmo
So the next time you see a product on special, have a think about how you can use it to create something very different.