Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I have found a great way on how to use a few leftovers and make an ordinary meal taste even better.
This week I did a bunch of freezer meals and one of them was the Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions.
5 Italian Sausage Links
1 nice green pepper or I used about 8 of the sweet Peppers (I had them in the fridge) slice them up.
1 really large onion (I sliced them length wise like strips to match the peppers)
1 12oz jar of tomato sauce (can or jar) (if you have any leftover sauce- use it)
1) Poke the Italian Sausage Links and then saute them in a pan. When they are done, cool a bit and then cut into chunks.
2) In the pan with a little olive oil, start the onions, peppers and when they are soft, dump back in the sausage and the tomato sauce. Saute for a bit to warm through.
At this point you can layer into a 9x13 and freeze for a meal. You can eat this on pasta, or even hogie rolls with a bit of cheese.
We however are going to use this for the Casserole-ish....
Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions Casserole - ish
Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions (all ready) (warm it up)
Bread (any kind of bread. I used my leftover hamburger buns. But you could use any kind.)
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1) Rub your pan with Olive Oil, this will make a crispy bottom to your bread layer.
2) Lay in the buns inside up.
3) Sprinkle a thin layer of motzerella cheese on top.
4) Put this pan in the oven at 400 for about 5 minutes, so the cheese melts and the bottom is a little crusty.
5) Remove pan from oven and gently empty put the warm Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Mixture on the top.
6) Sprinkle with the rest of the Mozzarella cheese on top.
7) Pop back into oven and let it come together and the cheese brown a bit. check the bottom to make sure they don't burn.
This was very good, the bottom was so crusty and crunchy. The sausage and peppers was very good. I also found out that instead of eating three sandwiches, they became open faced sandwiches. Actually saved on how much bread we actually ate.
I can see this for meatballs, sloppy joes, and even bq. Great family style way to eat a meal.
See sometimes, the easy stuff is just delicious. It really is just this simple.
Well I am off to get my kid to bed, just wanted to do quick share...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sooo... coming from the Queen of Gadgets House...That is my name to myself. I find such delight in the small cool stuff. Must have been all those years raising kids.
We found this one ...marked down..yea, for reals.. for 5 bucks.. wow, can't imagine why and 5 bucks is in my price range..and of course I got space for it...not...
The Pop Tart Maker.. on a stick.
The thing is you cut your pastry and push in the molds, fill with a filling,
********(we used raspberry jam- which you need to be super careful, cause when it is hot it is like molten lava.)
YOU MUST LET COOL.
Then you put a top piece of pastry and shove a stick in it. I did it the instruction way the first time.
Cute, and quick. Was fun for the kids and for the newness.
Me, of course I have to find something else to do with it. Thinking I will get some pizza dough tomorrow, make a mixture of sauce, cheese, minced pepperoni and bammmm...
Pizza Rolls.. YEA BABY..
Good thing will be there will be very little preservatives and I will use whole wheat crust.. hmmm.. Maybe a bit healthy.
I will get back with you this week and share what I did.
So here is to a great weekend.. It is now 80 again here in GA.. trying to squeeze in a few more days in my pool.
Have a great one.. and It really is that simple.,...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This was the first attempt at a recipe, that I saw a while back. I tried to find it again, but alot of them had eggs, butter and stuff. This one only has three ingredients.
I am going to share again. If it is your recipe, holler at me and I will tag it. This is just too good not to share.
1 15oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
2-3 tsp of pumpkin spice
1 cake mix (light color)
1) Spray a 9x13 cake pan with pam spray or layer with parchment.
2) Mix can of pumpkin, and spice into the dry cake mix. Stir until all the powder flour of the cake mix is gone. This batter will be thick.
3) Pour into pan and spread it out, as far as you can get it, and gently.
4) 350 for about 30 minutes, then check for browness..and doneness. If the knife comes out clean.
I couldn't get enough of this. I squirted a little whip cream on top and yummy, yummy I was eating it again at 3am.
This I researched. A regular yellow cake mix has like 800 something calories and the pumpkin is like 240 and I got like 15 nice size pieces which would average about 80 calories...you could make cup cakes and what average about 50 a cup cake.. and think of the vitamins and the fiber...
This is one of the easiest desserts I have made in a long time. I will be doing it again soon.
Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely fall. Here in GA we are climbing back up into the 80's shewww..
Well gotta hop out to the bus stop, for my baby.. take care.. and really keep it easy.. it is that simple...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today, I was hungry for something cold and would fill me up. I had made a turkey breast this weekend, and before I served it I took about 1/3 of the breast and put it up. I am a pushover for a nice salad.
I am also in love with these, different colored sweet peppers. You can eat them raw, stuff them, cut them in half, use as scoops. They are very crispy and crunchy and refreshing.
So I began my hunt in my fridge to create a single portion of turkey salad. But as I finished it actually with the veggies, made enough for two . Next time I make it I think I will create a larger size. My problem is with kids, is one day they like it and gobble it all up, and then the next you make enough and they don't touch it.. go figure...
1/3 turkey breast (3oz maybe)
1/4 diced carrots
1/4 diced celery (today I had no celery so I subbed for sugar snap peas)
1/4 cup diced onion (real small)
1/4 of crushed pineapple (drain a bit)
1tbs of light mayonnaise
1) Cut the turkey very small, it makes it more, spreads it out into a bit for every bite.
2) Mix everything together.
3) Salt and Pepper to taste.
Eat how you would like it.
I actually cut my sweet peppers open in half and scooped it on top of them. I ate 4 peppers which gave me 8 filled scoops and I was truly full. It was a very filling dish, cold and refreshing. I would say one of my lighter dishes.
The best part is that I still have half for tomorrow, unless I share with my husband. Hmmmmm, gotta think about that.
I am taking simple stuff you have in a fridge, pantry and stuff leftover and making a completely different meal and taste.
It really is just that simple
Fried Rice is one way to actually stretch a meal. Maybe use up something you have left over. I actually plan ahead for making it.
I always make an extra pork chop, or an extra chicken breast. That is all the protein you need, and I can feed 6 people. With this recipe however only feed 2 and was very quick and simple to make.
I keep Uncle Ben's 90 second rice on hand. I used the chicken flavored one, that way I wouldn't have to do any spices, except a bit of soy sauce.
Fried Rice for 2 in 5 minutes
1/4 cup of diced carrots
1/4 cup of frozen peas
1/4 cup of diced onions
1/4 cup of diced (small) of pork chop
1tsp of garlic powder
1 bag of Uncle Ben's 90 Roasted Chicken
1tsp of olive oil
1tsp of soy sauce
1) Take a medium size saute pan. Dump in the carrots, peas (you can buy these frozen in a bag and just throw in a handful frozen), onion, and the diced pork chop (or protein you like)
2) Saute until the onion are tender, while you are waiting, make the Uncle Beans (follow instructions on bag).
3) Pour in ready rice into sautee pan, a pinch of garlic powder and a splash of soy to your liking and mix around.
**At this point, if you would like the fried egg in it. Pull ingredients to one side and pour in a scrambled egg. Mix the egg a bit to cook through and then cut up and mix back in with the ingredients.
Mine is usually so good, I forget about the egg, sometimes I even forget about the protein.
This can serve 2 medium portions or 1 large portion.
I confess, I ate it all myself. It just was so good. Next time I make shrimp I am going to hold back a few for a good fried rice.
I hope that you enjoy the things I share. If you notice alot of it, is taking left overs or making leftovers into other things.
Stretching that grocery food dollar. Seems like it is the only way to keep a family feed, and feed healthy.
If we had gone out to Chinese it would have cost us, 50 plus dollars. By making the rice, and if I made a simple broccoli and chicken to go with it, I could feed my family of 6 for less than ten dollars. That to me is a no brainer.
Don't get me wrong, I love take out. I adore Wendy's but who has that kind of money to throw down on food, that is not nutritious for your family.
If you try anything of mine, holler, I love feedback.
Have a nice day, and do something nice for yourself..
It really is just that simple.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Wednesday Food Save..
In this day, groceries are getting to be very costly. Fruit is outrageous, and it really never lasts very long.
I once a week, check on my produce and make sure that it is either eaten, or made into something to be eaten, or cut up and frozen for something.
Bananas are one of those fruits, that I don't mind cutting and freezing, cause at the point where they are black, they are the sweetest. I cut them freeze and use them in all kinds of stuff.
A favorite is a banana bread, you know great that tastes on a cold winter afternoon with hot chocolate.
A lot of us have a yonana maker. Love mine, frozen bananas in and other fruit and a ice cream out. Forget the chemicals, calories, just healthy eating.
After I cut up three I bag them in a regular quart bag. I will do a few baggies, and then put into a freezer gallon. That way I can take a portion out at a time.
So my friends get in that kitchen take a minute and decide on what is needing attention and save it.. save you money.
It really is just that simple.
Has such a rap as being a wonder tea for losing weight, speeding up metabolism and such. I actually like the taste of it.
I used to buy it pre-made by the Arizona Tea Company. After awhile of splurging and buying a gallon. I started to wonder how that it stays good for more than a week if kept in fridge. HMMMMM....
So I bought a big box of green tea bags and I make two quarts at a time. Fresh, mine only really lasts about 3 maybe 4 days. It is usually gone before that.
It so much cheaper to buy the bags..I use 5 in a small pitcher, pour in about a quart of boiling water. Put a top on and leave for about 1/2 hour. Then I make it in a 2 quart pitcher. Pouring plain water to fill up the container. Add your sweetener of choice. If you use sugar, I would put it in the tea while it is steeping hot. I use sweetener and it is small and dissolves quickly.
I also sometimes, but in small bits of candied ginger in it while it is steeping. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory.
I have a Keurig and I used it for the hot water. I actually have a small quart pitcher for my Keurig, in which I steep the water.
So for less than oh, a dollar I now have 2 quart of refreshing tea.
Isn't it a really pretty color.
I wanted to share with you another simple way to keep from throwing those dollars out the window.
I also do this with regular tea too. If you feel adventurous, use 2 tzso passion tea bags, 3 green tea bags. fill a quart with boiling water and steep. Then in a 2 quart pitcher, add 2 cups of real lemon aide, 2 cups of water, then the tea steeping...chill and yummy...
Life is really just this simple...so enjoy