Well, this recipe was actually an accident. It’s Sunday afternoon, and I need to cook my meals for the week – but knew I had a lot of different odds and ends in my fridge and pantry that I wanted to use up.

What I really had a taste for this week was some chicken and fish salad – but sometimes you just have to put cravings aside and make do with what you have. What I have found, is when I do that, I end up forgetting what my craving was for in the first place!

By my original ingredients picture below, you can see that I was really going toward a “vegetable stew” route. However, after further investigation of the kale and broth, it morphed itself into a mac & cheese dish!



Here’s the formal Ingredient list and recipe – I started out with some kale and broth, too – but after further investigation decided they had gone kind of bad and they were removed!:


  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Chopped Onion
  • Tomato Paste
  • Macaroni
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese

*Note that you can make this with any vegetable, any noodle, and any cheese!

  1. Fill a pot with water and fill with broccoli, corn, onion, and macaroni (Water should cover all ingredients by about 1/2 inch)
  2. Bring to a boil, and then let boil with the lid off until almost all the water is absorbed
  3. Put in 1/2 can of tomato paste
  4. In a separate skillet, melt a couple handfuls of cheddar cheese into about 1/2 – 3/4 cups of milk
  5. Top the macaroni dish with the cheese sauce and season to taste
  6. Serve with shredded mozzarella cheese on top

The funny thing is that most of my frugality comes from the fact that I really just don’t want to walk to the store.

In turn, I end up saving a lot of money with these easy tips – like how to stretch that list bit of dish soap you have and/or make your own entirely!

There are a lot of different “recipes” for this out there – and I shouldn’t even call them recipes – more like “combinations”.

Bottom line, is you just want to make sure you are killing the germs.


Here’s what I use:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Castile Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Left over Dish Soap


Mix the Baking Soda and Castile Soap until you get a Paste Like substance


Add in about 1/4 cup of water, or enough water to get to the consistency of “dish soap” (If you make it too watery, just add more baking soda)


Add in 1 cap full of the white vinegar. The mixture will bubble and that is good!


Use a funnel to transfer the soap into the container. (If you don’t have a funnel, you can just drop the ingredients right in the container and then shake it)


And voila! You have dish soap!!