Saturday, September 20, 2008

It is time for Waffles!

It is Saturday!

We are hitting the road and thus I needed to make a simple meal.
We are on a mission to find the best waffle recipe. Here is our first attempt.
If you do not have a waffle maker, then make some pancakes instead!

You will need:
* 1 and 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 cup milk
* 2 large eggs
* 4 Tablespoons melted shortening
* 2 Tablespoons sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon salt

In addition take two peaches, peel them, and cut them up. Place them in a pan with a little bit of sugar and simmer them. It will make a sweet peach compote that is delicious with the whole-wheat waffles. Instead of syrup consider using honey!

Mr Breakfast says:
Beat egg yolks well; add milk and shortening. Combine salt, sugar, and flour. Add to first mixture. Beat until smooth. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Sift baking powder lightly over the mixture and fold in quickly. Bake in hot waffle iron.



Friday, September 19, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie

Another hearty, veggie filled meal that is simple~

What you will need:
Frozen pie crust (2) or if you made the pie crust for the Shepards pie just get two of them out of your freezer, roll them out, and put them into the dish.

1/2 bag of frozen veggies

Step one: Put your chicken in a pan and boil it until cooked. This will provide you with the broth that you need for this meal.

Step two: While your chicken is cooking get your pie crust ready. Place it in a pie dish and cook the base at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until almost baked.

Step three: In a skillet put your frozen veggies and chicken broth.

Step four: While those are heating up cut up your chicken into small pieces and place them in the skillet.

Step five: Using the chicken broth, a little milk, and some flour make a gravy directly in the skillet with your chicken and veggies.

Step six: Pour the skillet contents into the pie crust.

Step seven: Place the top crust on, press it down around the edges, cut a whole in the middle for steam to escape and bake until nice and brown.

Serve and Enjoy!

TIP: This freezes great! We are traveling this week so I made this meal and froze it. Now, when we come home tired and hungry all I have to do is take dinner out of the freezer and bake it.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Potatoes, Beans, and Ham

Get out your crock pot!

What you will need:
Potatoes, cleaned and cut up
Fresh green beans, cleaned and snapped
Salt and Pepper

Add the above to a crock pot and let simmer for a couple of hours. You end up with a hearty, healthy and very easy meal!

(FLOP: I tried to use the remainder of the Kilbasa sausage from a previous meal. It did not give the same flavor as ham does to this meal. It also got really soggy. My son liked them and called the pieces "hot dogs". It did work for a frugal meal but would have tasted better with ham.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Grilled Cheese and Home Made Tomato Soup

Hi Friends,

This is easy to do and so warm and yummy.
I know what you are thinking, why make soup when I can just open a can?
Reason #1: It taste's better.
Reason #2: It is better for you.
What you will need for the soup:

If you have gone ahead and canned any tomatoes this season this is the time to bust open a jar. If you have not and would like to see how I have a post on my other blog about it. If you are going to make this soup, but do not have time to can right now then simply purchase about five beefy tomatoes. You need to remove their skin, which is called blanching. Simply put the tomatoes one at a time in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Remove with tongs and place in a bowl of ice water. The skin will peel right off. When you have finished this boil your tomatoes for about twenty minutes. Now, you are caught up! I highly suggest adding a little bit of lemon juice. When you can tomatoes you add lemon juice and thus when I made this soup it had a hint of lemon and was delicious.

Step 1:
Take your canned tomatoes or freshly boiled tomatoes (with added lemon juice) and put them in your food processor to really dice them up into what will look like tomato juice.
Step 2:
Place the tomatoes in a pot and heat them up to a boil.
Step 3:
Add fresh basil (it is so much fun to grow your own and so easy!)
Step 4:
Add garlic

Step 5: Add a cup of milk

Stir, heat, and serve.

Meanwhile, make your grilled cheese sandwiches. You can always add some tomato to them for an extra kick.

If you already have your canned tomatoes this meal is so easy. It took me a total of FIVE minutes start to finish and it was very good. If you do not have time for canning right now and do not have fresh tomatoes you CAN USE STORE BOUGHT CANNED tomatoes. Just remember to add a bit of lemon juice!

You can freeze any leftover soup for later.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kielbasa and Saffron Rice

This is one of those "so easy" meals that I almost did not post it. But, this is what I made so this is what I post!
We had little time and I needed a quick satisfying meal. Here is how to do it:

You will need 1/2 of the kielbasa sausage that you bought.
Cut it into small pieces.

Place them in a pan and cook on medium heat. Our family likes them a bit burned, but cook them however your family likes them.

Meanwhile, boil water and olive oil (skip the margarine!) in a pot. Add your rice and boil on low with a lid on top.

When the rice is almost finished add a 1/2 bag of broccoli. If you have fresh broccoli use this, it will be way better. But frozen broccoli works fine too. The broccoli will cook as the rice finished up.

Make sure to check your sausage and flip them to the other side to cook/brown.

When the rice/broccoli and sausage are finished you are almost ready to eat.
Cut up an orange into slices to serve with the meal.

Your finished! It took less then twenty minutes, few dishes, and was a breeze!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Shepard's Pie

Here is the mostly simple and very tasty Shepherds Pie!

If you want to make your own pie crust here is a quick HOW TO. This will make three pie crust that you can put in your freezer and save for later.

OR simply purchase a pie crust.

What you will need:
1 2/3 cup of crisco
3 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
5tbsp cold water
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp salt

Add your flour and your crisco together. I do not have a pastry cutter so I used two knives. It took a bit of time, but worked well. Cut the crisco into the flour until the two are combined well.

In a separate bowl beat your egg and then add it to your flour/crisco mixture. Now, add your water, vinegar, and salt.
Mix gently for a few moments. Once a nice dough is formed separate it into three balls. They do NOT have to be perfect at all. Pioneer Woman, where I got this recipe, just reaches her hand in and grabs about a big chunk!

Place your ball into a ziplock bag and roll it out a bit. This makes it easy once you need it for a pie.
Put two of your dough balls into the freezer for another day. Keep one out and roll it until you can place it into your pie dish.

Here is how I make Shepard's Pie:
Peel five potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water to cook.

Place 1/2 pound of ground beef onto the stove to cook.

While these are cooking make your pie dough.

When your pie dough is ready place it into the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

When your ground beef is cooked add one half a bag of frozen vegetables to it and allow them to cook.

Mash your potatoes with butter and milk...and share the beaters with a cute kid!

Take your pie dough out of the oven and pour the ground beef/veggie mixture into the bottom of the dish.

Like you would ice a cake, use the mashed potatoes to coat the top of your pie. Heap on those potatoes! I like to add salt, pepper, and a little bit of shredded cheese to the top.
We were too busy eating the mashed potatoes off the top and I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. I am sorry! It is pretty, healthy, and tasty!

Place in the oven until warmed through...usually just a few minutes!

ENJOY...this makes great leftovers!

If you want this to be even better, but not as healthy add to the meat/veggie mixture some beef gravy. Yum!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Meal Plan and Grocery List for Tasty Green

Hi friends!
This week's meal plan is a bit weak. But, for good reason~ we are getting ready to go out of town and I am cabinet/fridge clearing. The meals are all simple, some so easy I hesitated if they were good enough to post. But, hey we all can use easy, quick, some what healthy meals.
In addition to posting these meal plans I am going to post some fun "travel treats" that my family takes on the road with us to curb fast food cravings and save money.

Here is the Tasty Green Meal Plan for the week:

Monday: Sheperds Pie
Tuesday: Saffron Rice and Kilbasa
Wednesday: Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup
Thursday: Potatoes, Ham, and Beans
Friday: Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday: Breakfast for dinner (Waffles baby!)
Sunday: Eat Out/Leftovers

What you will need:
Bag of Potatoes
Bag of Mixed Vegetables
1/2 pound of ground beef
1 Kilbasa Sausage (we prefer the all turkey or all beef)
Bar of Cheddar Cheese
Chicken broth (if you are following Alisha's meal plan for last week save the broth then you will not have to buy any!!!)
Chicken (you will need about two cups, we used just one big breast)
Package of yellow rice
One pear for every person in your family (for a fun desert one night)
Can of Tomato soup
Corn on the cob
Snap beans (fresh!)
2 pie shells (if you want to make your own you need: crisco, vinegar, flour)
Whole wheat four (always keep this on hand!)

Using coupons this entire shopping list was under $30 for a family of three for the entire week. We did spend a little extra as we always stock our fridge with lots of fruit to eat through out the day. If you would rather make home made tomato soup like I do then you will need to add tomatoes to your grocery list.

********TIP for keeping the grocery budget low*******************

1. When whole chickens go on sale buy one and serve this as a meal to your family. Keep all of the broth and divide it into tupperware to freeze. This way when you need broth you do not have to buy it!

2. Reconsider desert. Fruit is sweet, tasty and so healthy. Instead of making deserts try a simple desert of fruit. You can simply cut it up or make a handful of easy baked treats.

3. Buy things that are in season. You will save money by purchasing local produce and freezing/canning.

Have a good week!