We have been eating as simply as possible, that's all we can afford to do, but you know what? With our limited means, it has helped me become more creative, and more confident in my abilities and my hunches how certain flavors will work. I've learned that I enjoy adding surprise ingredients, or spices to make the recipe my own.
Today for lunch I was very hungry and grumpy and needed some food, fast, but not fast food of course. So I just cooked up some rice, and took a can of tuna and a SMALL amount of soy sauce, it didn't need much. It wasn't the healthiest meal, or the most complete meal, but it filled me up, and gave me leftovers, and that was a lunch that I didn't have to buy.
Today for dinner I am making chicken and drop dumplings from my "Busy Women's Slow Cooker Cookbook" cookbook, and I didn't have all the ingredients called for, so I substituted some of my own ideas:
A box of beef broth (No chicken)
half a bag of frozen mixed veggies
two diced uncooked chicken breasts
and let it go on low for almost 10 hours, then I dropped on the biscuit mixture, which was:
2 cups bisquick
1/2 cup water (I added extra)
and some dill in the mix, that was my little oomph to make it mine
After I dropped the biscuit mix on, I "dilled" the top of them for some extra flavoring.
My verdict is that this was an extremely simple meal to make, and to eat, and that is what makes it comfort food. The biscuits made the broth really creamy and nice. Next time I make this I wouldn't use water but extra broth, but I had to make a sacrifice with this.
Let me know what you think, you know you want to try it ;)