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Once upon a time there was a girl named Anna who loved to eat.  She was not always very creative in the kitchen, but tried to branch out on occasion.  She also had a bad habit of spending too much money on food but was doing her best to be thrifty in the tough economy.  Knowing she was going to be out-of-town for the weekend, she set out to use up foods in her pantry and fridge to create lunch.

She scavenged the cupboards and found some long-lost ingredients she could use…

A can of seasoned kidney beans she bought on sale months ago!  Mexican?

Oh and tortillas!  Her favorite kind.  La Tortilla Factory Fiber & Flax corn tortillas.  Only 2 left, plenty for 1 though.

What does this Mexican meal need?  Cheese.  Yes cheese. But not just any cheese…leftover Pepper Jack Veggie Slices vegan cheese.

Not quite the real thing but not so bad for a vegan cheese substitute.  It would add the perfect kick of flavor.

So she begin to assemble her lunch.  First, toasting the tortillas in the oven on Broil.

Then adding the canned beans, some frozen chopped spinach, and some slices of pepper jack veggie cheese.

Back in the broiler to melt.

    Mmm.  This could be pretty decent!

Yes, she thought, taking them out of the oven.  Let’s go take a picture of this budget lunch out on the patio.

FAILDisaster strikes.  The beans have jumped the plate!  Lunch is ruined!!!

Trying to be a good food blogger, she leaps for her camera snapping evidence.  Then, what am I thinking?!  SAVE the BEANS!

A split second decision and Anna swipes the tortillas off the porch.  Some of the beans and cheese did not make it and were covered in dirt but the tortillas come away unharmed.  5 second rule wins the day.

Thankfully there were leftover beans and some slices of cheese left.  Onto the tortilla and into the microwave for a quick melt.

Shew.  All is not lost.

What could make this budget lunch even better?  A budget ad hoc salad.  Some lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, and quinoa does the trick.

Much prettier than the tortillas.  Anna sat down and enjoyed her Budget Tostado and side salad. Another semi-lunch success.

Moral of the story: the 5 second rule always wins!

The end.


I hope you enjoyed this story.  What was your last kitchen flop?!