3 Ingredient Smoothie to Use Up Those Brown Bananas!

If you are like me, you probably have an old, brown and mushy banana sitting in your kitchen. For some reason, you didn’t get a chance to eat it. Like me, you have already made too much banana bread, but you don’t want to let the banana go to waste.

Never fear! In 2 minutes you can get that mushy fruit off of your counter and enjoy this delicious fruit smoothie. The addition of the orange juice in this recipe really cuts the sweetness of the overripe banana. I made this smoothie with frozen strawberry, but feel free to add any frozen fruit you have on hand. It is also good with frozen pineapple, mango, blueberries, etc.

From a cost perspective, it costs about $1 to make this recipe. James and I usually split the smoothie, but most people would probably consider it to be one smoothie.

Frugal Cost Analysis:

Note: This cost analysis is based on what I paid for my own ingredients in the year 2020. Actual prices may vary.

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3 Ingredient Brown Banana Smoothie

  • Servings: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious and quick smoothie that uses up an old banana and isn't too sweet!


Ingredients


– 3/4 cup orange juice
– 3/4 frozen fruit (I used strawberries)
– 1 banana (old is fine!)

1. Blend orange juice, banana and frozen fruit.
2. Garnish (if desired) and Enjoy!

Tortilla Pizza: A Frugal Use of Leftovers?

James and I had a craving for thin crust pizza. We also had leftover homemade tomato sauce, leftover fresh mozzarella, a less than fresh tomato, and a bag of tortillas. What resulted? Crispy margherita-style pizzas. Not super filling, but a delicious and light meal.

The question is, is it a frugal meal?

After completing a cost analysis, the results show a cost of $1.37 per pizza. As the portion was small, this is perhaps not the most cost-effective meal. However, the majority of our ingredients were close to expiration, so it was a good opportunity to reduce our household waste. The cost could also be reduced by changing the type of cheese (but for me, fresh mozzarella cheese is a luxury I am willing to splurge on!)

We could have used the leftovers to make more caprese sandwiches (which were more filling and cheaper to make), but it wouldn’t have satisfied our thin crust pizza craving!

Cost Analysis:

IngredientIngredient Cost per UnitUnits Required for RecipeRecipe Cost
Flour Tortilla$0.23 per tortilla2 tortillas$0.46
Fresh Mozzarella$ 0.37 per ounce3 ounces$1.11
Tomato$ 0.30 per tomato1 tomato$0.30
Leftover Tomato Sauce$2.64 for full batch1/6 of sauce$0.44
Fresh Basil$ 0.06 per leaf4 leaves$0.24
Olive Oil0.23 per tablespoon1/3 tablespoon$0.08
Balsamic Glaze$ 0.10 per tsp1 teaspoon$0.10
Total cost for TWO pizzas:$2.73
Total cost for ONE pizza:$1.37
Note: This cost analysis is based on what I paid for my own ingredients in the year 2020. Actual prices may vary.

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Tortilla Pizza: A Frugal Use of Leftovers?

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This crispy margherita-style pizza is delicious and light meal

Ingredients

  • 2 Flour tortillas (we used the “taco” size)
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (feel free to substitute)
  • 1 small roma tomato, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3-5 tablespoons leftover tomato sauce depending on your love of sauce! (you can use any pizza sauce/tomato based sauce that you have)
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rub a a little bit of olive oil on a baking sheet, add tortillas to baking sheet (do not stack), and rub a little bit of olive oil all over the tortillas (this will make them super crispy!)
  3. Spread tomato sauce on the tortillas .
  4. Add fresh mozzarella (1.5 ounce per pizza) on top of the sauce.
  5. Add fresh tomato to the top of the pizza.
  6. DO NOT ADD THE FRESH BASIL UNTIL AFTER THE PIZZA IS COOKED. It will turn BLACK if you do this which is a terrible waste!
  7. Bake pizzas for 7-9 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and add basil and balsamic vinegar glaze (optional).
  9. Satisfy your pizza craving and use up those leftovers!

Toastie Caprese Sandwich

If you have some leftover artisan bread (or any bread for that matter), this recipe is for you! When I made this recipe today, I used 2 day old artisan crusty bread, but any bread should work! Splurge on fresh mozzarella for this sandwich. Fresh mozzarella makes up half of the cost of the sandwich, but it makes the sandwich much more luxurious!

Cost Analysis:

Note: This cost analysis is based on what I paid for my own ingredients in the year 2020. Actual prices may vary.

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Toasty Caprese Sandwich

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An easy gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.


Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread (see artisan bread recipe)
  • 3 ounces of mozzarella cheese (preferably fresh mozzarella)
  • 4 basil leaves (I keep a basil plant for economical fresh herbs)
  • 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • balsamic vinegar glaze (or a little balsamic vinegar)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions


Heat a frying pan on medium heat
Butter one side of all 4 pieces of bread and place one piece of bread in the frying pan.
Top the bread with 1.5 ounces mozzarella cheese, half of the sliced tomato, a few leaves of basil, salt, pepper, and the balsamic vinegar glaze. Note: If you bread is very dry, you may want to butter both sides of the bread prior to cooking it in the frying pan!
Cook the sandwich until browned on the bottom and flip. Repeat the process until both sides of the sandwich are browned.
Serve with a salad, soup, or chips! Enjoy!