Money is a little tight until the next pay check so I wrote out a short list of groceries that will get me through the next three days. I swung by Target on my way home from work, picked up some potatoes for potato soup, some milk, lettuce and pasta.
If I have to eat on a tight budget, I like to make sure I at least get some veggies in there or a nice salad, I just didn't have all the fun stuff to throw on my salad. I did a quick internet search and found the most simple homemade crouton recipe.
I knew I had a few pieces of wheat sandwich bread that had been sitting in my cupboard a little longer than it probably should have, but it was still soft and mold free so I went with it. I think I actually prefer sandwich bread verses something a little thicker.
Sorry, there are no step-by-step pictures, but here's the breakdown.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
Cut up the bread into 1/2 inch pieces (or however large/small you like your croutons)
Toss into a bowl
Drizzle some olive oil over the bread
Add your prefered seasonings, then mix (I used pepper, salt, and garlic salt)
Mix until each piece of bread is evenly coated in oil and seasoning
Spread out on a cookie sheet
Bake for 10-15 minutes, toss and bake another 10 minutes until the croutons are nice and crunchy
I didn't measure anything out. I just 'eye-balled' it. The one thing I would do next time is to add more garlic salt. I love garlic, especially garlicy croutons, I just always feel like I over salt, this time I could have added more for sure. However, I guess this keeps the sodium level down!
They really are quite tasty, super cheap to make, like, free, and they work great as a potato soup topping too (who makes potato soup during a heat wave??)!!