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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
can of pineapple chunks drained-$1.25
$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.
Total   $5.10- served 6,   .85 cents a serving

Friday, June 12, 2015

Pizza pasta hawaiian style

My husband  and daughter love ham and pineapple pizza.  I am really tired of pizza at the moment, but had some of the fixings in freezer and pantry but had no time to make the crust today.  I had seen a blog post about hawaiian  style lasagna  and thought that sounded  interesting  so, I am making my own version.

1 TBS oil- .03 cents
1 pound cubed ham-$2.99
1 can pineapple chunks w/juice-.99 cents
1/2 box of lasagna noodles  broken into pieces-.75 cents
1 jar pizza sauce- $1.25
4 cups shredded  cheese-$4.00
8 strip precooked bacon, crumbled-$2.00
Parmesan cheese to taste-.25 cents
Total $ 12.26, total servings (12) $1.02 a serving


Heat oil in pan, but wipe out excess with paper towel before it's  too hot.  Add ham and pineapple to pan, cook stirring frequently  till pineapple juice is almost gone.  Add broken pasta, just barely  cover with water, bring to a boil and then lower heat to a medium boil.  Stir frequently. Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes.  Most of the water should be gone and you will have a slight pasta sauce left.  This is when you have to watch it closely so nothing burns.  Add the pizza sauce to pasta-ham-pineapple  mixture. Stir till everything is coated in sauce.  Spray a  casserole dish or baking pan with baking spray.  Put 1/2 of pasta in dish.  Cover with 2 cups of cheese.  Sprinkle 1/2 of bacon on top.  Spoon rest of mixture on top, cheese, bacon and parmesan.  Bake in 400 F oven for 20 minutes.

This was yummy!  I can't wait to enjoy the leftovers!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cheesy chicken quesadilla casserole


Cheesy chicken quesadilla  casserole came about as a desperation dinner.  It's time to go grocery shopping but we have stuff the next 3 nights, so it's use up stuff from the pantry, fridge and freezer.
it was pretty good considering!

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 box 4 cheese rice a Roni
3 TBS  butter or margarine
1/2 envelope taco seasoning, use more if you have it and like it spicier.
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2can water, 1/2 can milk
3 TBS  cream cheese
8 flour tortillas
5 to 6 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Black pepper
Heat oven to 375 F
In large deep frying pan place chicken breasts.  (Mine were frozen)
Just add enough butter to almost cover chicken.  Bring to boil.  Cook till cooked through, adding water as needed.  Remove chicken, add butter to pan, melt on medium heat.  Shred chicken, add back to pan.  Add rice.  Brown rice and chicken till lightly brown. Add water called for on box, with about a 1/2 cup extra.  Cover and cook on low 20 minutes.  Meanwhile in small saucepan heat, soup, water and milk.  When blended well add 1/2 of the packet of taco seasoning to soup mixture.  Add cream cheese and heat on low till well blended.
when chicken/rice mixture is cooked through, add the rest of the taco seasoning and 2 to 3 TBS of water, and the cheese mix from box.  Stir till blended well.
Spray a 9x13  Pyrex or cake pan with baking spray.  Add a ladle of soup mixture to bottom of pan.  Cut tortillas in 1/2.  Place 2 to 3 tortillas on top of soup mixture.  Like you would place lasagna noodles, laying them to cover bottom of pan.  Add a little more soup on top of that, then 1/3 of chicken and rice evenly over tortillas, layer of shredded cheese.  Repeat with tortillas, soup, chicken/rice, cheese.  Repeat and end with tortllas, soup and cheese. Sprinkle black pepper on top.  Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, let rest 10 minutes. Serve in squares.