Friday, October 16, 2009

Frugal Friday: Gizmo - Quick and Frugal Meal Idea

Today is Friday and that means it's time for some Frugal Friday tips over at Life As Mom! Be sure to check it out for some great money-saving tips!

My tip for today is a quick and frugal meal idea. Thursday, our nephew turned 16. I knew that we would be leaving to go visit for birthday cake shortly after hubby arrived home from work. I wanted to eat dinner before we left the house, but didn't want to make a big meal since time was short.

We did really well with finishing all the leftovers last week and all that was in there was a small bowl of spaghetti (enough for one) and a good sized bowl of meat sauce. Originally, my plan was to boil up some pasta real quick to use up the sauce, but I really didn't want to wait for the water to boil, etc. I spotted some hoagie rolls leftover from out Frugal Cheesesteak dinner the night before.

I remembered something I used to order from the local pizza place when I was a kid. It was a sandwich called a Gizmo. It was so long ago since I've last ordered a Gizmo. And I cannot remember if there was meat in the tomato sauce or not. But I made-do with what I had on hand.

Alison's Gizmo Sandwich

  • 2 hoagie rolls
  • about 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce
  • handful of shredded mozzarella cheese


  • preheat broiler
  • heat meatsauce in microwave until heated through
  • place sliced rolls in baking dish
  • fill with desired amount of meatsauce
  • sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
  • pop under broiler until cheese is melted and rolls are toasty

I love how quick and easy these sandwiches were to make and I really loved the fact that I saved 2 rolls from the mold monster that lives in our house!

Each of us had one Gizmo and hubby ate the last of the pasta. I still have enough sauce left to use over pasta for a quick weekend lunch for the two of us.

***I will be sharing this make-do dinner idea with Shari from My Practically Perfect Life and her Make Do Monday blog carnival! ***


Sharinskishe said...

OHHHHHH............. I love this! I have never had a true Gizmo, but I love quick and easy and this sounds delish! Thanks for sharing and linking with Ann at Food on Fridays. I am hungry and it is lunchtime right now, so I am going to go in and make some of these. I will use bread, because that is what I have, but I have everything else waiting in the fridge. Thanks!!!!!

I would love it if you linked this Make-Do dinner on my Make-Do Mondays meme- unless you have something else in mind. Hope to see you there.

Practically Perfect Life
Make-Do Mondays

Alison said...

Shari, Thanks!

That was my plan! haha! See you on Make-Do Monday!

By the way, let me know what you think of the Gizmo! I'm not sure if what I made was a "true Gizmo" either. Going by a long-ago memory and what I had in the fridge! haha!

Marie@Beginning, Meet End said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

This recipe sounds like something right up my husband's alley! I'm feeling a little hungry right now! Thanks for sharing!

Oh and re: your comment on my blog: That's why I wait a whole year to cash out from surveys...the money doesn't come in very quickly, but over an extended period of time it adds up if you stick with it. :) I took probably 20 surveys this week and only qualified for a few, and only made about $5 with those :o)

Sharinskishe said...

Thanks for sharing on Make-Do Mondays! Have a wonderful week.


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