Sorry for such the delay in blogging; between bad weather, getting sick, and my oldest daughter's algebra class, my hands have been full. So back to blogging I go. We have to forego getting groceries for an extra week due to some budget issues, but with a well-stocked pantry and freezer, that isn't a huge problem. I decided to make lasagna last night. I did have a problem though: I had no cottage cheese. The lasagna I make is fairly traditional: mozzarella, meat sauce, cottage cheese, a sprinkling of parmesan. However, with no cottage cheese, I felt my lasagna would fall pretty flat. I didn't have any extra meat to put in it so what to do???
Well, this is where the homemaker must get creative and improvise!!! We had some leftover mashed potatoes...yes, mashed potatoes! I mixed in extra sour cream and layered the tasty potatoes as I usually would with cottage cheese. I baked it and served it and it was quite tasty and gave the lasagna some bulk and substance! It absorbed any extra liquid and made a very nice substitute. Is it traditional? Of course not. But we made do with what we had on hand and turned out an excellent meal without having to run to the store. Problem solved. Stretching your food budget means being creative with the food you are blessed with and not running to the market every time something comes up. Mashed potatoes (or potatoes in any form) can be substituted to give your dish an extra oomph...try it and see what happens! I'd love to hear what you're doing to stretch your food budgets!
I hope you all have a warm and toasty weekend as I know many are still digging out from the snow! Blessings to you and hope to hear about any awesome substitutions you have made with your meals!!!