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Monday, February 13, 2017

Easy Ham Lo mein

Not a pretty picture!! Forgot to take a picture until my daughter had eaten most of it!!
2 TBS canola oil
1/2 large onion cut in strips
1 1/2 cups of frozen carrots
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
no salt added all purpose seasoning
garlic powder
onion powder
3 pkgs ramen, cooked, (save approx 3/4 cup of cooking liquid)
1 pkg deli ham sliced into strips-( we use uncured so low sodium)
1 TBS garlic diced
3 Tsp. Low Sodium soy sauce
2 TBS bbq sauce
2 to 3 squirts of Bottled Lime juice
1 TBS brown sugar
2 tsp corn starch

(Make sauce) mix soy, BBQ, Lime, brown sugar and corn starch in a bowl. Set aside
Heat oil, on Med High Heat, add onion and frozen veg.  Stir frying till color showing on onion.  Add small amounts of pasta liquid to help cook veg through and deglaze pan. when liquid is gone, sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Add ham.  Stir fry till ham takes on a little color, adding more pasta liquid if it begins to stick.  Add garlic,  Cook 3 to 4 more minutes to cook garlic, stirring constantly.  Add cooked ramen and sauce.  Toss to cover noodles with sauce.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

lasagna soup

1 Lb ground turkey
1 small onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
1 to 2 TBS oil
1 TBS no salt added steak seasoning
1 TBS Italian seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 TBS brown sugar
2 cups bow tie pasta
4 to 6 cups no salt added chicken broth
2 small cans of no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 TBS onion powder
1/2 TBS garlic powder
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large saute pan, add onions and bell peppers and seasonings.  Stir for 2 to 3 minutes to warm up dried spices and bring out fragrance.  Add water, bring to boil, stirring frequently until vegetables are tender and water is boiled off.  Add ground turkey.  Brown turkey.  Add brown sugar and pasta.  Add enough broth to cover pasta.  Bring to a boil, and then turn down to medium heat.  Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes till pasta is cooked through.  Add tomato sauce, garlic powder and onion powder.  Taste test to see if it needs more seasoning.  Add more Italian seasoning if needed.  add cottage cheese.  Stir and separate curds until they mostly melt in.  Add shredded cheese and parmesan cheese.  Stirring on low heat till cheese is melted.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken and Pasta salad

I had intended on making the chicken in my crock pot, but forgot to get it started till it was too late.  But this turned out well.

3 boneless chicken breasts- 2.25
1 1/2 cups of water
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar-.10
Sweet Baby Ray's Gourmet Barbecue Sauce Sweet Vidalia Onion-2.50
2 TBS brown sugar-.10
1 large can cubed or crushed pineapple, reserve juice-1.25
1 to 2 TBS cornstarch/water slurry-.05 
toasted bread-1.50

Suddenly salad creamy Italian-.98
1 1/4 cups of mayo..30
1/4 cup miracle whip.10
2 TBS Dijon mustard.05
2 tsp lemon juice.05
1 can olives chopped-1.00
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese-1.00
1 cup frozen peas and carrots-.25
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8 sandwiches and about 8 servings of pasta salad.
about $2.75 a person

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Hawaiian BBQ chicken sandwiches

In large deep skillet, add chicken, water and reserved pineapple juice.  Add vinegar, and BBQ sauce.  Bring to a boil and then lower to medium heat.  Cover and cook 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, check chicken is cooked through.  Chop or shred chicken and add back to sauce.  Add Brown sugar and reserved pineapple.  Cook over medium low heat until sugar is dissolved and pineapple is warmed through. Top, Toast or Hoagies

Pasta salad

Follow instructions on box, except, during last 4 to 5 minutes of cooking pasta add Frozen Peas and carrots to the pasta. Drain and chill.  In another bowl, mix mayo, miracle whip, Dijon, lemon juice, and seasoning packet.  Add olives and cheese.  When pasta/vef mixture is cold, add to dressing.  


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Crock pot French dip


I am writing this down because it was a experiment and it turned out so yummy, I want to remember the recipe.

one 31/2 pound chuck roast  $9 ( I have no idea if this was a good price or not, I rarely buy beef since my parents moved in)
3 TBS better then bouillon beef- .75 cents
about 4 cups of water, I just covered the roast
1 envelope of dried onion soup mix -.50 cents
2 TBS diced garlic- .30 cents
6 Hoagie buns-$2
about 1/2 a loaf of bread- $1.50
Provolone cheese- 2.50

About $1.30 a sandwich 

and I will get gravy for another meal out of the drippings.  Not bad!

I sprayed my crock pot with baking spray, peppered the roast on all sides, Added water, bouillon, dry onion mix, and garlic.  Covered it and cooked on low from about 10pm Saturday night until about 1 pm Sunday.   Cooking it low and slow resulted in the moistest roast beef I have ever tasted.  I served it on toasted hoagie buns with provolone cheese and shredded the beef.  A little pepper on each sandwich and drippings for dipping... and OH MY GOSH!!  So good.  We had 3 sandwiches at lunch between us, and then for dinner, I made 5 more sandwiches and fed, hubby, me, my 2 year old, (She ate about 1/3 of a sandwich) my mom and my step dad. We had chips on the side.  I put the rest away in a glad ware with enough drippings to cover the leftover beef. We got about 5 more sandwiches out of it over the next few days.  I saved the rest of the drippings in the freezer for gravy at some point.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Chicken cordon bleu casserole



4 Boneless chicken breasts-$2.50
1 whole onion diced-.20 cents
1 TBS butter or margarine- .20 cents
1 TBS oil-.10 cents
1 1/2 cups cubed ham-$3.00
2 cups favorite shredded cheese-$3.00
1 can cream of chicken soup with herbs-.98 cents
3/4 soup can of milk- .75 cents
2 TBS dijon mustard-.05 cents
1 box stuffing mix-.98 cents
2 TBS butter-.40
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Boil 4 chicken breasts until cooked through and dice into bite sized chunks.
Heat 1 TBS butter and 1 TBS oil in a fry pan, saute onion, cook till soft and translucent.  Add ham, cook for about 5 minutes with onion until ham takes on a little color. Add to chicken in a casserole pan.  Mix in cheese. Heat soup, milk and dijon mustard in same sauce pan until mixed and hot. Pour over onion, ham, chicken/cheese mixture.  Stir to combine.  Make stuffing as directed on box.  Top casserole with stuffing.  Dot with butter.  Bake at 350 F. For 20 min or if you prepare the day before and refrigerate  then cook for 40 minutes.
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Total $12.16 ,  10 servings-$1.22 a serving

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ramen stir fry






Easy dinner!

4 strips of cooked bacon crumbled-$2
3 thick slices of ham diced-$1.50
1/2 bag frozen peas and carrot-.50 cents
1 TBS oil- .10 cents
1 TBS butter-.20 cents
1/2 bag  of your favorite frozen stir fry vegetables-.75 cents
4 packages of ramen broken, discard seasoning packets-.88 cents
3 TBS teriyaki sauce-.30 cents
2 TBS soy sauce-.20 cents
water
can of pineapple chunks drained-$1.25
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$7.68 total,
6 servings- $1.28 a serving

Stir fry ham and vegetables in the heated oil and butter.  When ham is taking on color add the ramen.  Cover without about 2 cups of water. Heat till boiling, keep stirring mixture until noodles are cooked through and vegetables are tender.  Add extra  water as needed.  You want to keep stirring and cooking till most of the water is gone except for 2 to 3 Tablespoons.  Add teriyaki sauce and soy sauce, stir mixture till everything is coated in sauce.  Add pineapple, heating till pineapple is hot. Add crumbled bacon.


It was quick and yummy.  I didn't get a picture.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Goulash...another desperation dinner

We had a crazy Saturday and didn't make it to the grocery store like we planned.  So I am pantry cooking tonight.  I looked over the ingredients  I had available and thought I would attempt a goulash of sorts.  My mom who never liked to cook would attempt this when I was a kid. She would cook hamburger, throw in macaroni, a can of tomato soup and some canned corn.  No seasonings.... I hated it!

So I am going to give it a go and see if I can change my attitude about goulash.

1 pound ground turkey   $3.28
8 Oz macaroni.  .33 cents
season salt.........03 cents
black pepper.....03 cents
paprika........04 cents
1 can Manwhich .89 cents
1 can green beans drained...45 cents
3 or 4 sprinkles of that powdered parmesan..05 cents

Brown ground turkey in a scant amount of oil, season meat with all the seasonings. Cook till brown, remove from pan.  Add macaroni to hot pan and cover with water.  Cook on medium high, but don't walk away.  You may need to add a 1/2 cup of water or 2 if it cooks off too quickly.  Cooking pasta this way leaves a slight sauce on the pasta that helps it stick to whatever sauce you pour over it.  You have to keep stirring so it doesn't stick. After about 10 minutes lower the heat and cook it a minute or two longer stirring constantly till most of the liquid is gone.  Add your cooked meat, manwhich, 1/2 can water and green beans.  Cook till thick and everything is hot.  Taste for seasonings.  Add more as needed.  Sprinkle on parmesan and serve with buttered bread or toast.
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Total   $5.10- served 6,   .85 cents a serving