It’s a New Year and I am betting that many of you readers have not only made the resolution to cut spending this year (of which following this blog will indeed enable you to do), but I bet you also made the resolution like millions of others, myself included, have made to eat healthier and to lose weight. Dieting and eating healthy inevitably lead us straight down the path to “THE SALAD” for lunch or dinner or both, but don’t despair; it’s time to get creative and use everything you have on hand to liven up those salads and keep money in your pocket.
Homemade croutons are a great way to do this. Buying them costs a small fortune but making them cost nearly nothing. Use those heels and cut off crusts (yes I know there are Moms out there nicer then I who cut them off for their children) and any half loaves of bread sitting in your cupboard going stale before you have to throw them out.
- 6-8 slices of bread (or heels & cut offs ?)
- 3-4 tbsp. of butter, melted or olive oil
- 2 tsp. garlic & herb seasoning (or corresponding measurement for preferred seasoning)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Cut bread into small chunks; set aside.
- Mix melted butter and seasonings together until lump free.
- In a large bowl GENTLY toss together bread chunks and seasoned butter until all chunks are evenly coated.
- Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, toss and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, crisp & crunchy!
- Use to top salad and seal the remaining in a Ziploc bag or airtight container for future use!
Make sure you check out my other easy recipes!
This recipe may be linked at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Two Maids Milking, The Saturday Evening Pot, Permanent Posies, 33 Shades of Green, Blackberry Vine , Polka Dots on Parade, Southern Lovely, Crystal & Comp, Tatertots & Jello