SuperCook Saves Money, Cuts Down Waste

SuperCook makes recipes with what you have

20081004pie1We’ve all been there. It’s dinner time, and you’re already hungry, but no matter how many times you open and close the fridge and the cupboards, a brilliant idea or meal doesn’t magically appear. Instead of going the expensive route of going out to dinner, which few of us have the luxury of being able to afford, just hop on your computer and head to SuperCook, a web site that can help.

For instance, the other day I had these four items in my cupboard: brown rice, macaroni and cheese, a can of tuna fish and peanut butter. I just put those ingredients into SuperCook, and it says I have everything I need for two recipes. It also suggests some other recipes that only require a couple of other ingredients.

Save big bucks with SuperCook

I like the idea of SuperCook a lot, especially for those times when I’m waiting for cash till payday. SuperCook can really help when I can’t afford to go to the grocery store. There have been so many times when I’ve said “We have no food,” when that was not literally true.

Now when the cupboards start to get bare I can just plug in whatever is left and SuperCook will tell me what I can make. It kind of makes me wonder if I could ever actually eat everything in the house, really, and wait to go to the grocery store until every scrap of food is actually gone. If I really tried to do that, I’d probably end up saving a lot of money.

Recipes from SuperCook

I plugged in a few different lists of ingredients into SuperCook to see what kinds of recipes it would come up with, and here are a few.

Macaroni Pie

• 32 ounces elbow macaroni
• 3 eggs
• 3 cups milk
• 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. Beat eggs and milk together. Pour half of the cooked macaroni into 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover macaroni with half of the cheese. Pour remaining macaroni into baking dish leaving a little room at the top. Cover with remaining cheese. Pour egg mixture over macaroni. Sprinkle with salt.
4. Bake in a preheated over for an hour or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Meal in a Muffin Pan

• 1 (15 ounce) can corned beef hash
• 6 eggs
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread/muffin mix
1. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Divide hash into six of the cups; press into the bottom and up the sides to form a shell. Break an egg into each shell; season with salt and pepper. Mix muffins according to package directions. Spoon batter into the other six cups. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and eggs are cooked to desired doneness.

Shirly’s Mom’s Cheese Strata

• 12 slices bread, each slice buttered then cubed (pepperidge farm white – use whole loaf)
• 3/4 lb grated new york white cheddar cheese
• 2 1/4 cups milk
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 4 beaten eggs
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
1. Butter and cube each slice of bread.
2. Alterante cubed bread and cheese in well greased 9×13 pan.
3. Mix the remaining ingredients together.
4. Pour over top.
5. Sprinkle pepper or paprika over top.
6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7. To bake, preheat oven 325 degrees.
8. Place pan in pan of water (use foil pan larger than 9×13).
9. Bake covered for 25 minutes.
10. Uncover and bake for 20 more minutes.

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