Lazy Budget Chef: April 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Takeout Containers

One of the ways my husband and I save money and reduce household waste is to try to get an extra reuse out of everything within reason before it goes into the trash or recycling bin. 

Lately, we've been doing Quarantine Takeout Date Night as a replacement for our regular weekly date night and to help keep our local restaurants in business especially those that are now doing takeout to survive. Some of the food containers we can compost in our compost bin. Others are the hard plastic type we cannot compost or put in our city recycling bin because they are made from number 5 plastic.

Lucky for us, plastic takeout food containers are extremely easy to repurpose which makes them very, very useful.


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If you’re looking for ways to recycle those food takeout containers into something useful, we have you covered!

10 New and Easy Ways to Repurpose Empty Plastic Containers


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

How to Make Instant Pot Yogurt with Powdered Milk

I keep a small box of powdered milk in our pantry for bread machine recipes and for my husband to use in his coffee on those rare, pre pandemic occasions when we are out of milk.

Which is coming in handy now that we are out of milk.

I planned ahead when I placed our latest Instacart grocery order (you can learn about Instacart here) but Ohio’s latest quarantine order limits the number of people allowed inside a store at one time. I’m pretty sure that is going to  make our hard working grocery delivery hero’s job harder and we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the delivery. It’s understandable. I’ll pivot. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)


Can You Make Yogurt From Dry Powdered Milk?


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Monday, April 6, 2020

5 Easy Bread Machine Recipes You Have to Try Right Now!

I absolutely love the taste of home baked bread. Unfortunately I also have some horrible affliction where I cannot correctly proof bread dough to save my life. Fortunately there is a remedy for that - a bread machine.

I got my first bread machine as a wedding present and love that I can make all sorts of fancy pants bread recipes for a fraction of the cost of a loaf in the bakery or grocery store. I used my bread maker so much I wore it out. Bread maker Number Two is happily chugging along and providing us with yummy bread. Which to be honest, we’ve been eating more of paired with soups and stews to stretch out the time that we have to order groceries using Instacart (learn more about it here). (affiliate link for your convenience.)


5 Easy Bread Maker Recipes You Have to Try Right Now
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But mostly, like everyone else who has gone on a bread baking kick during quarantine, we just like the comforting smell of warm bread baking in the kitchen. In fact I have a load of bread started in my bread maker right now as I type that is destined to accompany a big batch of my husband’s  chili for dinner tonight – yay!

The Best Bread Maker Recipes for Beginners