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May. 15th, 2007

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Feed 6 - Southern Beans meal - $7.50 total cost

Cheap and easy ...feeds 6  ( we have two adults, 3 teens, and a small person in our household ) 

Southern Beans

Ingredients for Southern Beans

3 smoked hamhocks  ( Cost $2.00 at Wallyhell )

1 Family size can of red beans

1 regular size can or pinto beans

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper ( if you don't have this it's no biggie ) 

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 medium chopped onion


Boil hamhocks on high heat for 45 minutes. Add all seasonings except hot sauce and onion. Continue boiling for 20 minutes. Add canned beans, hot sauce, and onion. Boil on medium heat for 10 mins.

You can serve the beans with cornbread or steamed rice ( which is super cheap to make ) and a salad for a nice healthy , low cost meal.

I estimate the whole meal for 6 with cornbread and a garden salad is about $7.50 total. 

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Poor Man's Lasagna

Poor Man's Lasagna

2 -3 cans of  beef or cheese ravioli's
1 small carton of cottage cheese
1 T of italian seasoning
1 T of garlic powder
1 cup of mozzarella cheese

Mix italian seasoning and garlic powder with ravioli's, layer ravioli's and cottage cheese in a pan top with cheese bake until heated in a 350 degree oven.

Serve with Salad and garlic bread.

May. 13th, 2007


some raw stuff

so i took a yoga class and since it was at the community college where i work (and thus free for me) we had a final, which happened to be researching raw recipes, making food and talking about what we learned. this one was mine:

Sunset Pudding

2 bananas
1 mango
5-ish strawberries

Put in a food processor (or a blender, I suppose) and you're done.

I actually doubled it and didn't count the strawberries, but it made quite a bit because it was surprisingly really filling. I imagined it would come out kind of like a smoothie, but it was much thicker. I put it in the fridge and ate it for breakfast the following 2 days. It kept pretty well, but you could tell there was a difference from the first day, but not exactly unexpected with the bananas...

Also, one of my classmates made kind of a raw/vegetarian version of PF Chang's lettuce wraps, which were awesome. She basically cut up broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, threw in some peanuts and brought the lettuce for us to wrap it in. We added some soy sauce (and optional avocado) and that was it.

May. 9th, 2007

Kitty Kisses



No recipe this time, but some tips that I've found has DRASTICALLY reduced my food budget

* I make meal plans every week, & include at least one meatless meal in it. When we do eat meat, we eat things like soups & casseroles so meat isn't the primary ingredient
* A few times a month we'll have something like roast chicken, but with lots of sides, so we get full & don't realize we're not eating a lot of meat. Everything we don't eat goes in the freezer & gets pulled out for future meals

* I save the bones from chicken & steak & keep vegetable peelings & trimmings (not potato, but carrot, celery, & juice from when you open canned veggies)
When I have enough, I throw them all into a pot on the stove & make soup stock. I keep it in the freezer in 1 cup portions so they're convenient when I need them

* I'm always putting things in my freezer to see how they'll hold up to freezing. I've learned that potato chunks in soup do NOT freeze well. Currently I have some cream cheese that was about to expire, 2 tablespoons of rice, & 1/4 cup of elbow macaroni in my freezer. If I have a small amount of something, & I can't really use it or I think it'll go bad before I use it, I throw it in the freezer to see how it reacts. I realize I'm wasting a bit of food this way, but I'm also learning, & chances are the food would have gone to waste if I didn't put it in the freezer anyway :)

* If you're like me, & you have a cookbook addiction, you might want to look into this program: Living Cookbook
Yes, it's $30, which seems steep, but I got it for Christmas this year, & haven't bought a cookbook since (& I usually buy one every 2-3 months)
I just look up recipes online & type them into the program
The good thing is you can try the program for free - when you download it, you get 25 free trials (I left the thing running constantly & only used 3 trials in a 1 month time period)
There's other programs like this, some of them free, so look for what fits your needs (or just use a regular cookbook that you write your recipes into... the main thing is to find what works for you :D)
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Kitty Kisses


May's Pasta Challenge

Here we go, 3 recipes

The first is a cheap, ghetto fabulous casserole XD
Cheap Dinner Casserole

12 inches kielbasa (or 3 hot dogs)
1 1/2 cups pasta, uncooked
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup cheese, grated
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 Cook & drain pasta. Put in small casserole dish
2 Slice kielbasa & cook for a few minutes. Add to pasta
3 Add chopped onion to pasta & stir.
4 Mix in all spices & cheese, & stir well
5 Top with bread crumbs
6 Bake at 375° for 10 minutes

Next something a little nicer up the gourmet scale
Tomato Beef Noodle Soup
8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni or other small pasta
1 lb ground beef
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
64 oz tomato vegetable juice, such as V8
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs sugar
1 pinch pepper

1 Cook the pasta according to instructions
2 Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook onion & meat until meat is fully browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain any extra fat
3 Add tomato-vegetable juice, chili powder, sugar, & pepper. Stir well & bring the soup to a boil.
4 Reduce heat to medium-low & cook at a slow boil for 5-7 minutes
5 To serve, spoon some macaroni into each bowl & ladle the soup over it.

& finally, something that tastes like you'd spend $10 for it at a restaurant (I get a good deal on shrimp occasionally & I stock up as much as I can fit in my freezer, just for this dish!)

Shrimp Scampi
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb shrimp, cleaned
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup minced parsley
hot cooked pasta

1 Saute butter & oil. Stir in shrimp, lemon juice, pepper, & oregano
2 Cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes
3 Transfer to casserole dish & sprinkle with parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, & parsley
4 Broil in oven for 2-3 minutes or until topping is golden brown
5 Serve over pasta


Recipe Challenge! Week One

Thought that this might be fun to do....every week we will post four ingredients lets see what kind of meal we can come up with with those ingredients. This week challange





Happy Cooking!!!!


What to do with noodles...

Here's something that I grew up on my mother made it all the time (because it was cheap to make *smile*)


1 bag of elbow noodles
1 can of tomatoes
garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound of hamburger meat
1 can of tomatoe sauce
1/2 onion and 1/2 of bell pepper
1 can of ranch style beans

Brown hamburger meat, onions and bell pepper...boil noodles. Mix everything in one pan let heat throughly. Serve with cornbread serves about 6 to 8 people.

Chicken Spaghetti

1 package of spaghetti
2 chicken breast (you can use thighs but I prefer breast)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of green chili sauce
1 small carton of sour cream
1/2 pound of processed cheese loaf or small jar of cheese whiz
1/2 onion
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Cook chicken (I usually boil it) saute onion in some butter, mix in garlic, salt and pepper add soup, cheese, chili sauce and sour cream.  Cook until well heated. mix into cooked noodles and serve. 

May. 7th, 2007

MeowMeow kitten


...to do with Pasta..

Recently I was invited to a pot luck, and didn't know what to bring since my cupboards were fairly empty.. so I made what I call "4x4 salad" now-
Cook 1 to 2 cups of each of 4 different kinds of pasta (shapes, colors, as long as it's 4 different) I used the pasta that was half of the boxes left in my cupboards..rinse pasta with cold water when done cooking
add to it.. 4 different vegetables - can be just about anything you like..
add to that... salad dressing (enough to coat your pasta and veggies) you have handy (I used lite Italian)
Mix together.. keep cold..
this went over great at that pot luck.. I was surprised. It's really just a spin on the summer favorite of "pasta salad w/ italian dressing"..
Serves.. 10 or more at a pot luck, or makes great side for dinner and then keep the rest for lunches.
Total cost was around $5, maybe $4. Keeps well in fridge for 4-5 days.
Kitty Kisses


What would you do with....

I think we should have a monthly ingredient to help encourage people to post :D

For May, we'll have Pasta (since it's pretty much universally inexpensive & most people keep it on hand)

Feel free to make posts giving us some ideas what you do with your pasta :) (& if you have recipes that don't have pasta, don't be afraid to post them either)

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