Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bacon burger

Today I grilled some burgers.
I used:

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
bread crumbs
*Mix it all together
*Cook on grill
*top with your favorite toppings (I used tomatoes, lettuce, bacon, cheese and ciabatta buns)
* I also grilled some squash that I served as a side
Cost about $6.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Today I simply made grilled chicken and corn and steamed some broccoli.

Cost about $5.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Easy Stroganoff

I finally found a recipe for Stroganoff that Keith likes as much as his moms recipe (*sigh*) and its really easy to make!

You will need:
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom
8 ounces sour cream

hot cooked noodles

*Cook meat and onions, drain fat
*add everything else but sour cream, stir and simmer for 10 minutes
*add sour cream
*serve over noodles

Cost about $6.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baked Salmon with Tomatoes, Spinach & Mushrooms

Tonight I made a pretty healthy dish with fresh vegetables. It came out very good.

You will need:
4 salmon fillets (1 lb.)
2 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup zesty italien dressing (or Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing)

*Heat oven to 375°F. Place fish fillets, skin-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

*Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over fish.
*Bake 20 to 25 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork.

*Serve over rice
Cost about $9.
It was even toddler approved!

Creamy chicken, rice and veggies

My friend Susan gave me this recipe a while back- I love making this!
You will need:

4-5 pieces of cooked (boiled) chicken, shredded
8oz sour cream
1 can cream of chicken
1 tub of ritz crackers
1/2 stick butter
*mix chicken with sour cream and cream of chicken
*put in casserole dish
*mix crushed crackers with melted butter and put it on top of the chicken
*bake at 350 degrees for 20- 25 min
I served mushroom rice and mixed veggies with that.

Cost about $9.50.

Easy sprite cake

I am usually not big on box cakes but this one came out so moist and yummy!!

You need:
1 white or yellow box cake mix
1 box instant vanilla pudding (3 oz. size)
10 oz sprite
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Grease and flour bundt pan
*Mix ingredients on low until combined and then increase speed to medium and mix for about 2 minutes.
*Pour batter into pans and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Once it was cooled completely I made a simple icing out of 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3-4 Tbsp milk.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cheesy stuffed shells

I am going to make this tonight- since I've never made it before I won't change anything from the original recipe (from Kraftfoods btw).

You will need:

1 container (16 oz.) Cottage Cheese
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
20 jumbo pasta shells, cooked, drained
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 large tomato, chopped

Make it:

*Heat oven to 400°F. Mix cottage cheese, spinach, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and seasoning; spoon into shells.

*Mix sauce and tomatoes; spoon half into 13x9-inch baking dish. Add filled shells; top with remaining sauce. Cover.
*Bake 25 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 2 min. or until melted.

Will add pictures after dinner.
It turned out great! So good. I made 2 changes: shredded parmesan instead of grated and a can of italien diced tomatoes instead of the fresh tomato.
Cost about $7.


I was craving pizza last Friday....

I used:
2 jiffy pizza crust mixes
1 jar pizza sauce
Canadian bacon
mozzarella cheese

*mix 1 cup of hot water with the crust mix

*spread on baking sheet

*top with your favorite toppings

*bake for about 20 min at 425 degrees


Cost about $6.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Shepard's pie

Tonight I made a Shepard's pie- I honestly don't have an actual recipe for it though....
I used:

leftover mashed potatoes (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion
about 10 oz frozen peas
about 10 oz baby carrots
2 Tbsp flour
shredded Parmesan cheese

*Brown beef

*add spices (pepper, salt, italien seasoning,...)

*add peas and carrots, simmer for about 8-10 min
*add the flour and stir
*spoon into casserole dish, spoon potatoes over it, top with Parmesan (and some butter if you like)
*bake for about 20 min or until brown and heated through

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

You will need:
2 chicken breasts, grilled
2 buns (I love ciabatta!)
pepper jack cheese
4 strips of bacon
dressing of your choice (I used ranch)

Cost about $6.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sausage& Rice skillet

Wow, I am finally caught up. Here is tonigths meal. Very easy and tasty.

You will need:

1 Tbsp. oil
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 pkg. (14 oz.) Turkey Smoked Sausage, sliced
2 cans (14.5 oz.) italien diced tomatoes, undrained

I cup uncooked rice

*Cook rice according to directions

* Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add green peppers, onions and crushed red pepper; mix well. Cook 2 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

*Add turkey sausage, tomatoes with their liquid and the cooked rice; stir.

*Bring to boil, cover. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 min. Stir before serving.

Cost about $5.

Chicken quesadillas

A few weeks ago I tried to make chicken quesadillas in my little George Foreman grill- they came out perfect!

You will need:
Flour tortillas
cooked chicken
shredded cheese

and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes,....)

*Top half of flour tortilla with chicken and cheese

*cook for about 4 min or until heated through

*serve with toppings

Tomato chicken with feta cheese

Very easy to make and the chicken comes out very moist and tender!
What you need:

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lb.)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 cans of Italian diced tomatoes
1 pkg. (4 oz.) Crumbled Feta Cheese

*Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange chicken in 13x9-inch baking dish

*Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. of the lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Top with tomatoes and feta cheese; drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.

*Bake 35 to 40 min. or until chicken is cooked through

*Serve with asparagus or your favorite veggie
Cost about $6.