Secrets of successful budgeting
FRUIT SHAKES. Pour 1 cup juice, 1 cup water, 1 egg (optional), 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup crushed ice in the blender. Blend until smooth. Customize by adding fresh fruit, yogurt, protein powder, leftover pudding, applesauce and even leftover Jell-O.
Keep banana slices in plastic bags in the freezer. Add them to any fruit shake, or even just plain milk.
MONKEY MILK: Blend 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of milk and a few drops yellow food coloring (optional).
PURPLE COW: Blend grape juice and milk.
FIVE-MINUTE BACON AND EGGS. Cook a whole package of bacon (fry or microwave), drain it well and then put the strips into a zip-close freezer bag. Put the bag in the freezer. In the morning, remove a few strips (they won’t stick together in one big clump, as you might expect). Microwave for 30 seconds, or until sizzling. Put bread in the toaster, and while that’s going scramble the eggs.
FRESH-BAKED MUFFINS. On the weekend, make your favorite muffin batter. Once you’ve lined the muffin tins with paper cups and filled them with batter, instead of baking, stick the entire pan into the freezer. Once frozen, put the muffins in a zip-close plastic bag and store them in the freezer. In the morning, preheat the oven while you’re in the shower. Then, put as many frozen muffins as you need back into the muffin tins, and bake according to recipe instructions, adding about five extra minutes.