Okay, can we just talk about this BEAUTIFUL weather? Blue skies, nothing but sun and 75 degrees out..you know what that means. That’s right. Cook out season is upon us! Yesterday, friends gathered for a nice cookout dinner: potluck style. I was in charge of desserts and as I was thinking of what I could easily whip up, the question “what speaks summer?” popped into my head. The answer? Popsicles. I don’t know about you, but I have fond childhood memories of popsicles. I decided on blueberry greek yogurt popsicles. This recipe is easy, cost effective and of course; delicious. These popsicles are protein packed, gluten free which makes for a great guilt-free snack.
On a bad note: I couldn’t upload the tutorial pictures due to my computer. So…use your imagination.
-2 table spoons of honey
-2 cups of blueberries
-2 cups of any flavor of greek yogurt
1. Blend blueberries throughly on high speed until it’s at a smoothie like consistency
2. Pour mixture into a large bowl and mix in the honey and yogurt, but make sure you don’t fully mix in these ingredients. You’re going to want patches of blue/purple and white.
3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds evenly and distribute popsicle sticks.
4. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight
I LOVE THESE POPSICLES. The end product was a great, creamy and tasty mixture that everyone loved and wanted more of! The one modification I would make for next time is to add more honey which would make it sweeter. I will definitely be making these again with different fruits and flavors!
So, I know that Frugal Food is all about decently healthy meals..but here’s the thing. I had a sweet tooth and a REALLY bad one at that. I could have indulged a lot more, trust me. Last night, I was binge watching Scandal because I needed a break from the obsessive midterm season and decided to make peanut butter banana chocolate quesadillas. I love those three ingredients together and I love quesadillas. It was a match made in heaven. It’s a single serving dessert that you will want to make over and over and over.
Overall Cost: .90 cents
-1 whole grain tortilla
-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
-1/2 cup of chocolate chips (melt them. it tastes better for some reason.)
1. Spread peanut butter on tortilla and layer banana and melted chocolate
2. Cook quesadilla on medium heat until both sides are golden brown
This is my new go-to guilty pleasure. Everything just melts all together, is super gooey (can be messy), and is everything it should be!
The weather is absolutely gorgeous out today and it’s beginning to look a lot like spring..in February. Nonetheless, it makes me really want to go on a hike or something. I will definitely have to make some time for that. Anyways, I was raiding my fridge and pantry trying to figure out what to munch on for a snack. I then discovered that I had neglected to eat the rest of my bananas before they went very, very…very overripe.
I was trying to figure out what to do with them. Bananas can be used for so many substitutes: eggs, baking oils, etc. So, I decided on making some chocolate chip cookies! Keeping in mind, we are supposed to keep things frugal and outside the box, I am putting my own little spin on your average chocolate chip cookies. Only 3 ingredients for multiple servings! (12 cookies).
Cost per serving: $1
-2 ripe bananas (.50 cents)
-1 cup of quick oats (.25 cents)
-1/4 cup of chocolate chips (.25 cents)
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine banana and oats in the bowl thoroughly and add chocolate chips over time
3. Distribute to sprayed cookie sheet
4. Bake for 15 minutes for deliciousness
These cookies are actually really good! They’re not messy, but still gooey. The texture and appearance is very similar to a monster cookie, which is something anyone can appreciate. The banana comes through with the taste of chocolate, making it sooooo delicious. A recipe for the books!