“What’s for dinner, Mom?” Ever hear that question in your house? Sometimes the cupboard’s bare and time is severely limited. It’s hard to answer that dinnertime question. Ever been there? I know I have. Even one of these situations—hungry kids, empty shelves, or no time—can add up to another quick call to the pizza delivery guy. And if you add tight finances into the equation, it’s pretty much impossible to order fast food, or even run out to the store for last-minute ingredients to prepare some new recipe from your favorite magazine or website.
On those “Old Mother Hubbard days” when the troops are clamoring for something more nourishing than dry ramen noodles straight from the package, wouldn’t it be great to transform that lonely can of stewed tomatoes, a stray packet of chicken soup mix, a few partially emptied pasta boxes, and some frozen mixed vegetables into something tasty for the family?
Well, welcome to the world of Mix-n-Match Recipes. Making a real meal out of assorted odds and ends from the pantry and refrigerator? Is it possible? Is it even edible? You bet it is! “Happiness is making the most of what you have.” Not only is it a good motto to live by, it’s also an accurate description of the philosophy behind this book’s collection of recipes. The concept of Mix-n-Match Recipes is making the most of what you have in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
No more last minute trips to the store. No more panic about what to eat when you run out of money before you run out of month. As long as you can unearth a few dusty cans on a shelf somewhere, there’s a good chance a Mix-n-Match meal awaits. These recipe ideas cover the entire gamut of eating … soups, appetizers, desserts, main meals, snacks. If you can name it, you can probably Mix-n-Match it!
The recipes in this book are the result of the author creatively meeting the needs and desires of her family over many years of living on a tight budget with competing demands on her time and energy. Sounds a bit like the story of modern American life, doesn’t it? Extremely busy, sometimes, broke, but always resilient and resourceful. Never knowing how the final product would turn out was half the fun—a true adventure in eating.
Do you remember that old children’s story, Stone Soup? Everyone came along and threw a little of this and a little of that into the pot with the stone, and before their eyes, the first unofficial Mix and Match soup was born! And remember how much they all loved it? Contributing something to the finished product goes a long way toward increasing a child’s enjoyment of their meal.
Just think of Mix-n-Match cooking as an art form all its own. This book will give you the general guidelines and starting points—you take it from there and see what tasty concoctions your kitchen has hiding in the dark recesses of its shelves and drawers. To get started using this book, you won’t need to run out to the store to stock up on hard to find ingredients. Just pick from what you already have on hand.
Save time, save money, and save your sanity!
The definitive cookbook for using a spiralizer: the kitchen gadget that turns vegetables and fruits into imaginative, low-carb dishes.
On her wildly popular blog, Inspiralized, Ali Maffucci is revolutionizing healthy eating. Whether you’re low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo, or raw, you don’t have to give up the foods you love. Inspiralized shows you how to transform more than 20 vegetables and fruits into delicious meals that look and taste just like your favorite indulgent originals. Zucchini turns into pesto spaghetti; jicama becomes shoestring fries; sweet potatoes lay the foundation for fried rice; plantains transform into “tortillas” for huevos rancheros.
Ali’s recipes for breakfast, snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, casseroles, rices, pastas, and even desserts are easy to follow, hard to mess up, healthful, and completely fresh and flavorful. Best of all, she tells you how to customize them for whatever vegetables you have on hand and whatever your personal goal may be—losing weight, following a healthier lifestyle, or simply making easy meals at home.
Here, too, are tons of technical tips and tricks; nutritional information for each dish and every vegetable you can possibly spiralize; and advice for spiralizing whether you’re feeding just yourself, your family, or even a crowd. So bring on a hearty appetite and a sense of adventure—you’re ready to make the most of this secret weapon for healthy cooking.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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