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Use what you got!

Where I have noticed the biggest impact of smaller expenses is with food. I don’t have much time to actually slip into the kitchen and whip something up. Dinner for me is chips and salsa or whatever my boyfriend has on hand. But if I want a full meal, I have only limited options on my time restraints: fast food or restaurant food. Both are expenses I could do without and both are just downright horrible for you.

So I went on a mission! A mission to find recipes that involve only using things I already had on hand and were easy enough that a person with all thumbs like me, could manage to whip up. I designated a cooking night, had my recipes and went to work. And it all turned out fantastic!!!

So if you’re looking for a few recipes involving anything in your cupboard, fridge or freezer, please check out Mommy’s Kitchen for more recipes like the ones below!

Fall Off The Bone Ribs
These are the ingredients you will need: Country Style Pork Ribs, BBQ Sauce any brand, Brown Sugar, Honey, Seasoning of choice, Apple Juice or Beer and Foil.
Take a broiler pan and fill the bottom section of the broiler pan about half full of Beer or Apple Juice. On the top section (the part with the slits) lay out your ribs. You may add a rub or sauce at this time or leave them plain. Use Seasoning Salt, Emeril Essence Spice or whatever spices you have on hand will work.

Cover the pan with foil and fold edges under to seal in the steam as they cook. Place in a 300 oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Remove foil carefully as steam will be hot. Now all the grease is down in the bottom of the pan with the beer or apple juice, the ribs are completely cooked and tender.

All you need to do is finish them up on the grill or under the broiler with sauce. Add honey and brown sugar to any barbecue sauce. For grill place ribs on grill and coat with you favorite sauce. Grill on each side just a few minutes until crispy. For broiler, Add barbecue sauce and broil for a few minutes on each side. Watch closely because sugar in the BBQ sauce will burn quickly.

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes
1 Recipe Basic white sauce (recipe below)
1 1/2 Cups Cubed Velveeta Cheese or Shredded Cheddar Cheese
(I used Velveeta)
6 - Medium Potatoes, Peeled cooked and cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 Cup plain Bread Crumbs
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 T. Margarine (Melted to use with bread crumbs for topping)

Boil potatoes, cool, peel and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place potatoes in a greased 2 qt. casserole dish. In a separate sauce pan prepare white sauce. (recipe below) Stir in cheese salt and pepper cook and stir until cheese is melted. gently add cheese sauce to the potatoes and turn gently to coat. Mix bread crumbs and melted butter sprinkle over potatoes. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 additional minutes till bread crumb topping is golden brown.

Basic White Sauce

2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
salt and pepper
1 1/4 cups milk

In saucepan over medium heat melt butter. whisk in the flour salt and pepper until smooth. gradually add milk Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. until thickened; use immediately.