Spoiler alert: This article contains several images of mouth-wateringly delicious, food, glorious food. The gruel in that scene from Oliver! (in case you didn’t click the link) makes Ramen noodles sound good. Actually, I take that back.
There are so many creative things to do with food before, well, eating it. Check out some of these delectable DIYs on Pinterest that are easy to make and cheap. Whether you consider it an early start to a Thanksgiving feast or an addition to tonight’s dinner, you’ll leave your friends saying, “Please, sir, I want some more.”
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Appetizers. Hors d’oeurves. After-school snacks. You can’t go wrong with these simple items that will take you minutes to prepare.
Never underestimate the power of toothpicks. They can do anything. With some grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves, you can make an easy appetizer that will satisfy your palate and your aesthetics.
Think of them as really big scoop chips. All you need is soft tortillas and a muffin tin. Sprinkle the back of the tin with some cooking spray, arrange the tortillas, and bake for 10 minutes. They’re easy to fill with whatever you like: guacamole, salsa, hamburger, fish. Is it just me… I think the ones in the picture might have fish.
Save that muffin tin. Flip it right side up to make some homemade, extra tiny pizzas. Don’t they remind you of these? Just some pizza sauce, tortillas, and cheese are all you need. Bake in the oven until the cheese has melted, and make sure they cool before consuming.
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This food piece is a little bit unbalanced, mainly because I have such a sweet tooth. Thank goodness it’s Halloween—I can’t wait to steal all my brother’s candy hand out candy to all the lovely trick-or-treaters.
I got so excited when I saw these on Pinterest. I made these once with my cousin for my little cousin’s 5th or 6th birthday party, and they were a hit. A bag of Jet-Puffs and some lollipop sticks (or skewers, they’ll do just fine), baking chocolate, and sprinkles are all you need.
Like raspberries? Like chocolate? Why not put a chocolate chip in a raspberry? They were meant for each other. Pinterest never fails to amaze me. Some of these ideas, like this one, are genius.
A festive-fall treat. I’m pretty sure a lady in my neighborhood handed these out once for Halloween instead of candy. They’re still sweet enough to count as dessert, and make your apartment look homey. The popcorn sticks together with a sugar-water and corn-syrup mixture.
This. Looks. Amazing. I’ve saved the best for last. And yes, this recipe requires some actual cake ingredients, like cocoa and flour, sugar, and an egg. But don’t let that stop you from experimenting in your dorm room microfridge microwave! You don’t want Ramen noodles to haunt your dreams.
What recipe would you try? Any ideas for cheap and easy treats, sweet or savory? Let us know in the comments!