The Cheap Dish
Mango Smoothies - $1.99

My roomie and I have been re-watching LOST from the beginning, and they seem to eat a lot of Mangoes on that creepy island. So, Liz got it in her head to make a Mango smoothie, but quickly ran into issues. How the heck do you cut a mango? It proved much harder than was first expected, but, with a little help from the Internetz and only a little frustration, she got it done. You will need:

  1. Mango - 2 for $1.00
  2. Banana - $.79 a pound
  3. Strawberry Yogurt - $.70

The staples you will need include:

  1. Milk
  2. Orange Juice
  3. Ice

Place 7-8 cubes of ice (one handful) in the bottom of the blender. Add the diced Mango (or 1 cup fruit of your choice), then add the yogurt, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of OJ and one cut up banana. Blend together until smooth. Serves 2 people.

After tasting the smoothie, the Mango doesn’t really blend well. So, we decided that we’ll stick to our normal Strawberry-Banana smoothies and save those pesky Mangoes for the islanders.

Happy drinking!

Liz’s Weekend Brunch Special - $19.06

My roomie, Liz, is the breakfast queen. She makes perfect eggs, bacon and has even mastered chocolate chip pancakes. So, in honor of the 11:30AM World Cup matches, she made brunch this weekend.

The staple ingredients you will need:

  1. 4 Eggs
  2. Butter
  3. Bread

You will also need:

  1. Bacon (12oz.) - $3.99 

Cook bacon according to package directions (you can slice off 1/4 of the bacon package with a knife, making a few small slices of bacon that are more than enough for 2 people and easy to cook in a small frying pan). While this cooks, crack 4 eggs into a shallow bowl and whisk with a fork. Set aside.

Once your bacon is well done/crispy, take it out of the pan and set aside. Here comes the tricky part. You want to keep just a touch of your bacon grease and the tiny, leftover bacon bits in the pan. So, be careful when you are pouring the excess grease into the sink.

Pour your whisked eggs into the pan and scramble with a spatula, mixing in with the bacon bits. While your eggs are cooking, put your bread into the toaster and place your bacon, eggs and toast onto two plates. Feeds 2 people and makes about 4 brunches.

Optional: Have some strawberries (On Sale at Vons for $1.99) with sugar or add cheese to your eggs (Velveeta Cheese - $3.99 for 32oz.) by cutting of a slice and breaking it up into small pieces. Then stir into your eggs after they have been poured into the pan with leftover grease and bacon bits.

We also made Fresh Squeezed Mimosas. The last time I visited my parents, I talked my mother into buying me a hand juicer at Bed, Bath & Beyond (only $4.99 with a coupon!). I didn’t realize how much work goes into squeezing your own juice, so now it only gets used on special occasions. You can buy the oranges of your choice (I like navel oranges for $1.69 per lb.) with cheap champagne, Andre’s is only $4.99 a bottle. 2 oranges squeezed equals one glass of juice, then add the champagne to taste.

Happy eating!

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls - $3.19

I barely ever give myself enough time in the morning to shower, dress and eat breakfast before work. So, I normally bring something to eat like pop tarts or instant grits. I’m not a fan of frozen egg, but, in honor of Jimmy Dean, I bought one of his breakfast bowls to try.

It surprised me with how good it was. There was enough cheese, the scrambled egg was light and fluffy, the sausage was perfect, and best of all - it filled me up. I would definitely buy this treat again, but not that often. I just don’t think my heart or my wallet could stand it.

Feeds 1 person.