Showing posts with label real recession recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label real recession recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Magic Cheese Bread

Magic Cheese Bread
It's Magic Cheese Bread
This is a no fail bread recipe for the bread maker and the reason I named it Magic Cheese Bread is because, although it contains cheese and garlic, you cannot taste either. The cheese however gives it a light texture and yet it has a crusty European crack going on too. You will love it! I have a friend that eats it with blackberry jam, he has no clue their is cheese or garlic in it. If you are afraid of the garlic, just substitute plain salt but please don't leave out the cheese, it won't be the same. Oh, did I mention it is healthy too?

Magic Cheese Bread

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
11/2 cups white wheat four
1 1/2 teaspoons Florida Crystals
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Layer ingredients into your bread maker according to your type of bread makers instructions (mine loads liquid first, if yours loads dry goods first then reverse the order of ingredients). So I load, water, olive oil, flour, sugar, yeast, salt and cheese. Set your bread maker for a European two pound loaf.

I serve this bread with my Split Peas Soup and it is a big hit.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake
Apple Dapple Cake is so perfect for Fall!
 Apple Dapple Cake came from my grandma's depression era recipe box and it is a fall favorite at our home! Made with fresh apples and brown sugar it fills the whole house with a wonderful fragrance and its a very moist and delicious cake. The best is when we are able to find a 'you pick' orchard and bring home fresh apples to make it with! I like to make it in a Bundt pan, the texture seems to come out best and the leftovers are great for breakfast!

Apple Dapple Cake

2 cups organic cane sugar
11/2-cup canola oil
3 cage free eggs
3 cups organic non-bleached flour
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp, salt
1 tsp. Soda
2 tsp. real Vanilla
3 cups diced fresh organic apples
½ cup chopped walnuts

Cream the sugar and oil and add 1 egg at a time. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture.  Add apples, nuts and vanilla and mix well.  Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes in greased Bundt pan.

1-cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
2/3-stick butter

Mix and boil 3 minutes.  Pour over hot cake.  Let set 2 hours before eating.  

You may also enjoy frugal Fall and Winter Meals.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Amazing Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

banana bread
Money Saving Banana Bread
There is nothing more money saving than using over ripe bananas to make banana bread! I re-pinned this amazing Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread recipe on Pinterest this morning and I baked two loaves of it and left them on the counter at 3:00 this afternoon. When I returned at 5:00 I found that my hubby had consumed one whole loaf for dinner. He says it is better than Starbucks!!! You can find the recipe and a prettier picture @ Lovin From the Oven as well as a link on my Pinterest Fun Frugal Foods Board.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hearty Meatless Meals/Mushroom Enchiladas

Hearty Meatless Enchiladas
Hearty Meatless Enchilada Sauce
As promised I am starting a new series of recipes for Meatless Monday meals. Any one of my frugal recipes can easily be converted to organic and vegetarian with a few substitutions but these particular meals are guaranteed to be family friendly, super hearty, nutrition packed and husband approved.

We started our quest with Mushroom Enchiladas, a simple and hearty recipe that will feed a crowd and I wouldn't be ashamed to feed to company. Here it is.

Hearty Mushroom Enchiladas

1pound of your favorite variety of organic mushrooms
1 pound grated organic Colby Jack cheese
1 small can organic enchilada sauce (or prepared package Simple Organics Enchilada Sauce)
2 tsp. fresh organic minced garlic
1 finely chopped organic onion
Sea Salt to taste
1 small can organic green chili peppers, drained
1-package organic corn tortillas
Canola or olive oil
Saute sliced mushrooms, garlic and onion in oil until transparent, salt to taste. Add green chili peppers and set aside.  Heat oil and soften each corn tortilla in the oil and then drain (for lower fat recipe soften tortillas in warmed enchilada sauce).  Wrap veggie mixture and a little cheese in each tortilla and put in greased 9x 13 pan. (you may need an additional pan for overflow) Cover with enchilada sauce and then remaining cheese.  Cover with greased aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 minutes for browning. Recipe makes about 14 enchiladas.

And you are ready to eat. Caution, don't burn your mouth...we do it every time. You can also strain and rinse a can of black beans, add these when you add the mushrooms. Serve with organic guacamole and sour cream, perhaps a little homemade salsa. These are so good your family will beg you to make them every week! Your husband will go to work bragging about your vegetarian enchiladas. I promise. 

You might also like my Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Easy steak for a family of four around $3.97

saving on steak
Buy Steak on Sale and Serve it in a Dish
Steak is a luxury we all crave and in this tough economy it is often a menu item cut in lu of it's less expensive counterpart the ground beef.  Steak however can be a flavorful and affordable option when prepared at home.  The trick is knowing what cut of steak to buy and how to prepare it.

Don't let price shy you away from the better cuts of meat.  Fry's food and drug often has Boneless Rib eye, New York Strip and T-Bones on sale.  This week Boneless Rib eye is on sale for $3.97 per pound.  Purchase the higher quality meat in smaller portions.

Do take the time to marinate and grill your meat purchase properly.  I like to keep my marinate simple, seasoned salt and olive oil over night in the back of the fridge.  I grill my steak to medium rare and then let the meat rest for five minutes to retain the juices.  Once the steak is ready, I slice it against the grain so it will be tender. 
Steak Alfredo Pasta

1 box Alfredo noodles
1 envelope Knorr Alfredo sauce mix
1 pound sliced steak

Steak Fajitas

1 bag frozen fajita mix veggies
1 package fajita seasoning mix
1 pound sliced steak
12 flour tortillas

Purchasing a higher quality of meat in smaller portion is not only a great way to save money it is also a good way to afford organic, grass fed beefSliced steak will make just about any recipe where you normally use ground beef more rich and satisfying.  You will be saving money and still eating like a king.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love affair with leftovers

Have I mentioned that, in the past, I have hated leftovers....but not anymore.  In fact I am learning to stretch our groceries quite far with the creative use of leftovers.  There are a couple of tips to keep in mind when cooking with leftovers.

#1.  Use them while they are fresh. 

#2. Use them as close to their natural form as possible; i.e. spaghetti turned into baked pasta, roast beef shredded into loose meat sandwiches.

This weeks creative use of leftovers has gone something like this: Tuesday I slow cooked a pot roast with potatoes and carrots in the crock pot.  I served three adults and two children and put the leftovers in the refrigerator.  Today I cut up the leftovers and put them in the crock pot with the addition of packaged brown gravy and a can of corn (use whatever vegetable you have on hand).  This meal fed another three adults and two children.

Now, I fed my husband soup so later tonight he is going to be hungry again at which point I will cut up some leftover steak and assemble steak and cheese tortillas for a late night snack.

Keep track of how much food you cook and use up what is leftover and your groceries will never seem to run out.

Other uses for leftover pot roast; beef BBQ sandwiches or shepherds pie.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Real recession recipes


2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large can pinto beans

½ large can V8 Juice

14 oz. diced tomatoes

1-diced onion

1-diced pepper

3 tbsp. chili powder

Salt and pepper

Broken thin spaghetti

Brown ground beef and then simmer all ingredients for 2 hours, add thin spaghetti at the end.  You can also leave the spaghetti out and use up your leftovers on chilidogs the next day!

Hamburger Noodle Casserole

11/2 lbs hamburger

1 small onion

1 pkg baby seashell macaroni

1 can corn mexicana

1 container sour cream

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup water

1 dozen small crackers for top

Brown meat and onion. Cook Macaroni. Mix all ingredients together and pour into large casserole dish. Top with cracker crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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