Raise your hand if you’re on a tight budget!
If you’re like myself and my home front, and you’re on a tight budget you might know what I mean when I say that I like to buy multi-purpose groceries.
What I mean is each thing I put on the grocery list, I try to make sure is capable of making multiple nights/days/mornings worth of meals. You know even if you aren’t on a tight budget this might make sense to you, it’s not exactly a revolutionary penny-pinching tip!
Now I don’t often use recipes to meal plan, or ever, as I find what happens is I’m adding things to my list that I only plan to make one dish with. This usually isn’t a problem for me, I don’t mind not using recipes, but I accidently tripped into this blog post idea when I had unintentionally posted 3 breakfasts in a row (Instagram of course) with the same base ingredient… and joked about making a series (because you know, I think I’m soooo funny!)
It got me thinking, why not a blog post?
So here are 5 breakfast, or snack, variations to add to your idea bank when it comes to mixing up your food daily, without hurting your wallet.
What You’ll need
**DONT be alarmed by the size of the list. I tried my very best to work with things I guessed to be items either already “in house”, or potentially on the grocery list anyway!
***P.S I know… I lied major about the one ingredient thing… but you get the idea!
- Rice cakes (I buy no name brand for $1, cause when we go cheap, we go extra)
- Peanut butter
- Hummus (or chickpeas if you want to be fancy and make your own)
- Coconut shavings
- Your choice of seasoning
What You’ll Need to do
- Cut up some stuff
- Put together some stuff
Seriously it could not be easier, you don’t even have to make it pretty, just throw it together and away you go, it all goes down looking the same!
Banana Pb & Jam
Classic peanut butter and jam with some sliced banana. Nothing too fancy, and chances are you might already have all these goodies in your house already! I added a little cinnamon to the top just to add a slightly different flavor… and to pretend I’m a little fancy.
Cinnamon Apple PB & Coconut
I thought, to stay true to the theme of the post, I’d get more than one use out of a couple other ingredients! So I went with peanut butter (again), sliced apples, cinnamon (again) and coconut! The flavors are delicious together and, maybe aside from the coconut, still things that may have a home in your kitchen already!
Guacamole & Tomato
Ok I lied. You need 3 more things. Salt & pepper & garlic powder. But I mean… if you don’t already have these things… then who are you reeeaaalllyyy. I kid.
AAANNNYYWWAAYYY… I threw together the quickest guacamole with just a half of an avocado, a little salt, pepper and garlic powder, and gave it a quick mash. Add some tomatoes to the top and sprinkle with some dried (or fresh if you got it!) oregano and enjoy! This is also a bit of a classic, can’t go wrong with tomatoes and avocado!….. Unless of course you don’t like tomatoes… or avocado…
Salsa & Avocado
Another ingredient re-use. This is a take on my favorite combo of avocado toast with toasted black sesame seeds. Of course without the toast, and I also added some salsa to the bottom! No need to add salt & pepper to this, the salsa does aaaallll the work for you. It’s delicious!
Alright, this ones taking a walk on the wild side and being different from the rest. He’s sporting some delicious hummus (home made if you like, or not if you don’t), fresh sliced cucumber and a seasoning of your choice. In this case my choice was Mrs. Dash’s southwestern chipotle. Now Mrs. D’s seasoning mixes are salt free (as in no added sodium), and you may choose to add a little salt to your cake BUT if your hummus has salt you may not need to!
There you have it! Five breakfast and/or snack ideas for rice cakes! Of course, you can mix and match these to make even more variations. There are literally limitless (ok there may be a limit out there somewhere) ideas for what you can put on top of a rice cake for a quick, easy, cheap, delicious AND healthy breakfast!
What are your favorites? If any one has any funky ideas I’d love love love to hear them!!