Ever have one of those days when you just don’t want to do anything at all? You just want to crash into your comfy chair and command the remote? Yet, you have to walk the dog, cook meals, do the laundry, clean the kitchen, whatever it is that is required of you. Sometimes, being thrifty isn’t only about being a tightwad, much as I am one of those. Often (well, usually!) I try to save time and energy on the things I need to do (so that I can waste it some other way). I like to challenge myself to see if I can do things faster or more efficiently. Mostly, I love my chair and I want to commune with it some more.
While I am thrifty with my skimpy cash, I also look for ways to save the time I have. I want more time to bead, or even watch my recordings on the DVR. Or Skype with my girlfriends. Even just hug the hubby and pet the dogs. Sometimes it’s using the slow cooker that works, sometimes I even use convenience foods (yes, even though they might cost more – but much more on that on another day). Suffice it to say, there are many ways to be frugal, and not all of them are with your money. Here is one idea to save you some time:
Quick Chicken and Noodles with Mashed Potatoes*
2 cans condensed reduced fat, reduced sodium cream of chicken soup
1 soup can lowfat milk
2 10.5-ounce cans chicken with broth
1/2 tsp dill weed (optional)
1 12-ounce bag noodles
1 container precooked mashed potatoes, such as Bob Evans
In a large saucepan, combine the soup and milk, stir to combine well. Add chicken and stir gently; add dill weed and warm over low heat (do not boil).
Meanwhile, cook noodles and mashed potatoes according to package directions. Drain noodles and add to chicken mixture; heat through over low heat.
Serve over hot mashed potatoes. Serves 4-6.
*yes, two starches is a tradition in our area – combining noodles and potatoes with chicken and gravy