Isn't that the way the saying goes? Necessity is the mother of all invention.
Case in point: tonight's dinner.
I thought I had planned...Tonight's menu was a Salmon and Scalloped Potato Bake. I failed to pull the chopped spinach from the freezer this morning. Substitution: fresh spinach, sauteed in a bit of olive oil. I thought I bought a box of Betty Crocker Sour Cream & Chive Potatoes (please, don't judge). Turns out they were mashed. Substitution: shredded potatoes. Since I didn't have the boxed potatoes, I also didn't have the sauce. Substitution: a homemade Bechamel sauce.
What choice does a working mother have besides get creative? Sure I could have ordered take-out but I try hard to avoid that. Don't get me wrong, we do take out, but we try to plan for it.
The end result is in the oven baking right now. I'll let you know the results. My guess is that it will be better than the original recipe.
Have you had a similar situation in your kitchen? Did it force you to get creative? Was the end result better or worse?