Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff with steamed carrots

I love slow cooker meals, my house smells so yummy all day! Stroganoff is one of my absolute favorite meals so I am constantly trying new recipes. I hope you enjoy this one!

Here is what you need:
2 tbsp. flour, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 3/4 lb. boneless beef round steak (I used 3/4 lb and it was plenty for 6 people or mix it up and just use ground beef), 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, 1 envelope dried onion soup mix, 1/2 cup sour cream, 9 oz jar (can or fresh) mushrooms (we opted to not put these in our stroganoff so they are not pictured).

Step 1: combine 2 tbsp. flour, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. pepper in slow cooker

Step 2: Cut meat into 1 1/2 x 1 inch strips (or cubed like mine) and toss in flour mixture until well coated.
Step 3: Add mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, and soup mix. Stir until well blended.

Step 4: Cover, cook on High 3-3/12 hours or Low 6-7 hours

Step 5: Stir in mushrooms, 1/2 cup sour cream.

Let the sour cream cook in the stroganoff about 10-15 minutes or until heated through

Step 6: Cook your noodles. I chose to eat our stroganoff over noodles, but it would be just as good over rice, bread or potatoes.

Step 7: Don't forget your veggie for a side! We chose to cook some carrots

Step 8: Serve and enjoy! Yummy!

Cost of meal: $7.50 (for steak), $5.50 (for ground beef)
Cost per person for a family of 6- $1.25 (for steak) .91 cents (for ground beef)

I hope you enjoyed this meal. I would love to hear your comments on it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday: Marinated Pork with homeade applesauce, green beans and roasted potatoes

I absolutely LOVE this meal.

1. The apples make your house smell SOO good.
2. The pork marinade is so Easy and very tasty.
3. It is a crowd pleaser
This is a Rachael Ray recipe that I saw her do on the show and tried myself. Trust me, it is EASY! I will do this in three steps: potatoes, applesauce and then pork. When cooking, this is the best way to do this meal so that everything gets done at around the same time!


Here is what you need for the potatoes:

5 potatoes (I would say use 1 per person eating w/ you. 5 potatoes for me fed 4 adults and 3 toddlers), 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: Dice up your potatoes into bite size pieces. I love to use red-skinned potatoes b/c you don't have to skin them.

Step 3: Place them on a pan and drizzle w/ olive oil

Step 4: Sprinkle w/ salt and pepper. Toss to coat and place in oven for 20-25 minutes

*Note fresh green beans also roast REALLY well this way. If you want to add some fresh green beans- wash them, break of the ends and after the potatoes have been cooking for 10 minutes, take the pan out that has the potatoes - add your green beans to the same pan (toss in olive oil, salt and pepper) and cook for another 10 minutes w/ your potatoes.


Here is what you need for the applesauce:

4-5 apples (I love Macintosh, but I went ahead and used GALA b/c I had those on hand. I would recommend using 1 apple per person), 1 cup apple juice, apple cider OR water., 3-4 tbs. brown sugar.

Step 1: Slice and peel your apples. Then dice!

Step 2: Place diced apples in sauce pan w/ water (apple juice and cider) and brown sugar on top!

Step 3: Cook on medium- high heat until apples become nice and soft (about 12 minutes). Your house will really smell yummy now!

Step 6: Once your apples are mushy, use a potato masher to make your applesauce! If you prefer your applesauce less chunky, you can use a food processor instead of a potato masher.

Step 7: Serve warm or cold.


Here is what you need:

Boneless pork loins (1 for every person), 1 cup orange juice (or juice of 1 orange plus the zest), 1/2 cup soy sauce

Step 1: Preheat a skillet w/ 2 tbsp.olive oil on medium heat

Step 2: Mix 1 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup soy sauce in a dish. I also like to add a bit of pepper. Dip each of your pork loins (after you have cut them in half) in the marinade mixture and place in preheated pan. (I usually let mine sit in the marinade for a minute or two)

Step 2: Let your pork loins sit for about 4 minutes on each side (or until no longer pink)

Step 5: Serve your roasted potatoes, pork and applesauce and enjoy!

Our veggie of choice was Green beans- this mom had a lot going on so we just zapped them in the microwave. Yummy!

Cost per family of 5: $7.00
Cost per person: $1.40

I know this is a bit pricey and we don't typically do such an expensive meal, but sometimes you have a little extra in your grocery budget and it's worth it to splurge on a great meal!

I hope you enjoy! Thanks to Rachael Ray for the great recipe!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday: Wafflewiches

Waffles are not just for breakfast anymore! If you have never tried a wafflewich, you are in for a great meal! A wafflewich is basically a sandwich- hot or cold served on a waffle. I made plain waffles using bisquick and then added shredded cheese and sauteed onions to the batter. Then you add your sandwich toppings- eat cold or heat to eat warm. We had our first waffle sandwich at a local restaurant in town and we have now recreated them to enjoy at home!

Here is what you need:

Bisquick (or frozen waffles), cheddar cheese, turkey, bacon, mayo and red onion (Note- these are the toppings we chose for our sandwiches, but you can choose other toppings as well). I also used peanut butter and jelly for my youngest.

Step 1: Mix up your waffles if you are making them homeade. Then, preheat the waffle iron.

Step 2: If you are using bacon, fry your bacon and then sautee your chopped red onion.

Step 3: If you are going to make all of your waffles w/ cheddar cheese and sauteed onion in the batter, go ahead and mix these two ingredients into your batter. Otherwise, make a few plain waffles and then make some with cheese and onions.

Step 4: Add your ingredients to your sandwich (Note- your sandwich toppings may be different than mine). We used turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese and mayo.

Step 5: Cut and serve! If you want to eat them cold, you are ready to go! I prefer mine warm, so after adding my ingredients to my sandwich, I put my sandwich back on my waffle maker (which was still warm) and it melted my cheese.

Step 6: My daughter loved her peanut butter and jelly wafflewich!

Cost per family of 6: $4.00

Cost per person: .66 cents

I really want to hear how you like the wafflewich!

Please post and let me know what great ideas you have for mix-ins for the waffle batter and toppings for your sandwiches!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday: Chicken Bruschetta

This is a yummy comfort food, I make it at least once a month. My husband is a pretty picky eater and he thinks it's pretty good also!

Here is what you need:

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes (undrained), 1 pkg. Chicken stuffing, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic), 1 1/2 lb. Chicken, 1 tsp. dried basil leaves (optional), 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, add the diced tomatoes (undrained), stuffing mix and water in a bowl.

Step 2: Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 minced cloves of garlic to mixture

Step 3: Stir until just moistened

Step 4: Dice up chicken into bite size pieces

Step 5: Place chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, sprinkle 1 tsp. dried basil leaves on top

Step 6: Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken

Step 7: Spread stuffing mix on top of the cheese and then add the other 1/2 cup of cheese on top

Step 8: Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes

Serve with green beans for a yummy meal!

This will reheat great and is perfect for leftovers!

Cost for a family of 6: $6.00

Cost per person: $1.00

Recipe taken from "Kraft: Food and Family" magazine; Fall 2008- p. 26. If you haven't signed up for kraft's free recipe magazine, you absolutely should. I use their recipes all the time, it is a great FREE magazine!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday: Calzones

Today we are making Calzones. This is a super easy, very frugal recipe that you can use for lunch, dinner or even breakfast! This recipe freezes well (after cooking) and works great for leftovers.

Here is what you need:

Refrigerated pizza dough (click on on our sidebar to get a great coupon for Pillsbury pizza dough), 1 jar pizza sauce, pizza cheese and toppings

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, roll out your pizza dough onto your pan and cut into 6 squares.

Step 2: Add a couple of spoonfuls of pizza sauce on each square and spread out evenly.

Step 3: Add a handful of cheese to each calzone.

Step 4: Add your toppings. We go simple to save $$$ and just use pepperoni.

Step 5: Pinch the corners of each square until they are sealed.

Step 6: Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Step 7: Enjoy!

If you have leftovers, these freeze great or just stick in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.

Here are a couple of different ways to spice up your calzones: ham and cheese; eggs, cheese and sausage; mexican style (taco meat, cheese veggies).

I would love to hear your other great ideas for calzone fillings. Post a comment and let me know!

Cost of meal for a family of 6: $4.50

Cost per person: 75 cents

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Frugal Table Meal Plan and Grocery List

This week we are having some warm, yummy comfort foods on a budget. You will not want to miss out on the wafflewiches and the Calones are a great meal to have on hand! Enjoy!

Frugal Table Meal Plan

Monday: Calzones

Tuesday: Chicken Bruschetta with green beans

Wednesday: Wafflewiches (a panini style sandwich made with waffles instead of bread, so good!)

Thursday: Marinated Pork w/ homeade applesauce, roasted potatoes and green beans

Friday: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff with steamed carrots

Here is your Grocery List:

Monday: Calzones- Makes 6 small calzones

1 Jar pizza sauce

1 cup mozzerella or pizza cheese

pepperoni or other pizza toppings

refrigerated pizza dough (or make your own cheap!)

Tuesday: Chicken Bruschetta Serves 6

1 cup each 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 pkg. Stuffing mix for Chicken

2 cloves garlic (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder)

1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp. dried basil leave (This is optional, if you don't already have these or can't get a great deal on dried or fresh basil you can leave it out b/c they are semi-pricey)

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Wednesday: Wafflewiches: Serves 4

Bisquick or Frozen Buttermilk waffles

Turkey Deli Meat

Cheddar Cheese

Red Onion



*All of the above were the sandwich toppings we chose. You can be creative and make your own sandwich up w/a different meat or whatever you have on hand!

Thursday: Marinated Pork w/ homeade Applesauce and roasted potatoes with green beans
This is my favorite Rachel Ray recipe. Sooo yummy and easy! Serves: 4

4 center cut boneless pork chops
1/4 cup soy sauce
orange juice

4 Macintosh apples
1 cup apple juice (or cider)
brown sugar

1 1/2 lb red skinned potatoes
olive oil
fresh green beans (or canned)

Friday: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff w/ Steamed Carrots Serves 6
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 3/4 lb. boneless beef round steak (I used 3/4 lb and it was plenty for 6 people or mix it up and just use ground beef to make it more frugal)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
1 envelope dried onion soup mix
1/2 cup sour cream
9 oz jar (can or fresh) mushrooms (optional)

1/2 package of Egg Noodles
baby carrots

That's it folks. This week is so yummy and sure to provide lots of leftovers to freeze or for lunch the next day!