Time to try new things

I purchased a bunch of food that I don’t normally cook, so I guess for the next week I will be experimenting in the kitchen. A few of my new ingredients are cauliflower, butternut squash, garbanzo beans, a coconut,  canned asparagus,  canned sardines in tomato sauce and some other things. I also have a surplus of leftovers I just been freezing for later. Apparently later is now since stuff keep falling out ny fridge. I hope I come up with some awesome new recipes, some ways to reinvent my leftovers and  learn some southern comfort food.

Dollar Tree Baked Penne

So here are the prices of the ingredients of the pasta I made yesterday. All the ingredients can be bought at a Dollar Tree which keeps the cost down as well as make this a very quick dish.

  • 2-7 oz packs of Circle A meatballs (optional if you a vegetarian)
  • 1-15 oz can of Hunt’s tomato sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen spinach
  • 1-15 oz can of tomatoes (or 1-2 tomatoes)
  • 1-3oz package of  Sargento Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1-16oz box of penne pasta (I only used 8oz for my penne)

 I added some oregano, basil, and thyme,pepper and salt to increase the flavor. If you buy all this from the Dollar Tree it would cost $5 for decent pasta if you are vegetarian and $7 if you are non veg. It serves at least 4. I think that’s a steal.

Apple Dump Cake Recipe

This is  a simple recipe that is made with just a few ingredients found around the house.

For the filling you can either buy some pie filling in the can or make it. I made mine. The ingredients were:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg

For the crust:

  • 1/2 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)


  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, vanilla, and water in a bowl.
  2. Put apple slices in an 8 x 8 square baking pan. Cover with sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix cake mix, oats, and cinnamon. Pour on top of apples. Make sure you cover all the apples.
  4. Pour the butter on top of the cake mix. Making sure to wet all the dry mix.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle sugar on top. Serve warm with ice cream.

This recipe can easily be doubled to make more.


I have just made myself a challenge. The challenge is based off this quote: “Necessity is the mother of invention” -Plato. Each month I attempt to set a food budget for myself. I only have $10 left this month. So for the next 10 days I can only spend $10 bucks on food and use whatever is in my pantry. My pantry is kinda bare so I think I might end up making new dishes.