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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Ceasar Salad, Salad Kit, Salad
Ceasar Salad Kit Courtesy of Woolworths online

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.

Ceasar Salad, Salad Kit, Salad
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:

Components of Ceasar Salad Kit

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.

Ceasar Salad, Salad Kit, 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.

Components of Ceasar Salad Kit

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.

Ceasar Salad, Salad Kit, Salad

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.

Components of Ceasar Salad Kit

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:

Making a toast roll
Flatten bread and cut off crusts, sprinkle bacon and cheese - Colmo

Making a toast roll
Roll and brush with butter - Colmo

Making a toast roll
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.

Making a toast roll
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.

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