This morning slipped away from me and before I knew it was lunch time. My two little girls had tart cherry smoothies, whole wheat bread, a plain salad (we’re dealing with picky eaters), blueberry breakfast bar, and sliced apples. Simple, cost effective and took less than ten minutes to prepare. If you are looking for cost effective and easy snacks to make and keep on hand try some of the following suggestions below.
- Popsicles. My children love homemade popsicles. Because of the variety we never tire of eating them. You can make them as healthy as you want to, which is a plus. A simple one we can do is take lemon juice, water, and a sweetener of your choice. I often take leftover yogurt, fruit, and some sugar and pour into the molds. Mix yogurt and fruit juice to your liking, then freeze. Pour chocolate pudding into molds and freeze. One hint, I add a bit of sugar to all the popsicles I make otherwise they come out of the freezer hard as a rock, sugar seems to soften them up a bit. Tupperware popsicle molds have proven to be the hardiest for my family.
- Sandwich spread or dip: 1 can black beans, pinto, or garbanzo. Drained and rinsed, 2 TBS yogurt, 1/2 chili powder, 2 TBS onion or a dash of onion powder, 1 TBS lemon juice or lime juice, dash of garlic powder. Place in blender. Mix until smooth. Spread on pita pockets or tortilla shells for sandwiches, or use with tortilla chips or crackers for a dip.
- Homemade bread or biscuits. Simple, easy, and tastes so good.
- Cheese balls
- 3/4 cup melted margarine
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika, black pepper, or any Cajun spice
- Liberal Dash of hot sauce, or omit if you prefer a more mild taste.
Get out your trusty big bowl. Combine the melted margarine, cheese, flour, salt, paprika, and Tabasco. Stir it all together with a fork until it forms a dough similar to pie crust. Form the mixture into small balls about the size of a marble. Arrange them on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or so. Makes between 50 and 60 balls. I tweaked this recipe from Hillbilly Housewife. This is a great website to peruse if you need cheap and easy recipes of all sorts.