Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holy Crap Winter Mashup

I named it this because HOLY CRAP IT'S GOOD!! 

I bought some pork steaks on sale, and thought "What shall I do with them?"  So, I did this....and we all were mmmmming through the whole meal!

  • pork steaks (cut into small pieces, fat trimmed)
  • half of head of cabbage, chopped
  • kale, washed and torn into itty, bitty pieces (no long stringy pieces! because yuck!--kale is so cheap, buy it fresh, not bagged)
  • leftover cold potatoes, cut into bite size pieces (or fresh ones--I just wanted to use them up!)
  • a bag of stir fry veggies (whatever you have in your freezer--or a mashup of many!)
  • Uncle Ben's (or generic) chicken flavored brown rice and wild rice mix (I think aldi has an excellent brand)
  • any seasonings you want (I used JoJo's potato seasoning because I use that shit like crack!) 

So, oil up a BIG pan (the biggest you got), and throw in the cabbage, kale, and veggies to saute.  You want to brown that cabbage a bit, it's soooooooooooo good that way!

Then make your rice in another pan.

Then in another big pan (or when your veggies are done and put into a big bowl to sit),  oil it up and put in your pork steaks and potatoes. Leave it on low and cover until done. 

When ALL is done, combine and enjoy! 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Gourmet Mac N Cheese Casserole

HA!  It's not gourmet.  It's cheap.  And delicious.  But feel free to tell your friends you ate a gourmet meal last night!

-1 lb. hamburger
-1 can fancy green beans (or regular, but we prefer the skinny/shreddy kind)
-2 boxes Mac N Cheese

Cook and grind up your hamburger, then drain.  Cook Mac N Cheese (any brand).  Mix with drained green beans and hamburger.

Voila!!  Gourmet eats!  (I love this stuff, it's very tasty!)

Serve with toast or even some cornbread if you got it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Corn Dog Bites

-1 to 2 pkg. of hot dogs, any kind
-1 to 2 pkg. of Jiffy cornbread mix (or any cornbread mix)
-bottle of canola oil or veggie oil
-skewer & fork
-slotted spoon

Pour your oil in a small saucepan.  Get it hot.  Drip a teeny little bit of prepared cornbread mix into the oil, and if it sizzles, then it's ready. (fish this piece out)

Chop up your hot dogs into thirds (three pieces each wiener).  

Prepare cornbread mix with eggs and milk in a bowl.  Let sit.

Using a skewer (or fork), push half of the hotdog piece onto it and dip it into the prepared cornbread mix.  Let some drip off, but not all.  Use fork to slide the piece into the oil.  Let it go until brown (if it browns too quickly, then turn your stove down--otherwise you'll have a gooey inside of the cornbread crust).  You COULD use a food thermometer, but I don't have one, and have no idea what temp it should be at.  You can google that if you'd like.  Or use an electric skillet with a temp control on it.  I say start around 350 degrees and test from there. 

Use a slotted spoon to drain dog before placing on paper towels. 

This is WAY better than store bought corn dogs and WAY cheaper.  Yum! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cheesy Pasta

Today I was broke, and I had to make lunch for FOUR adults.  So this is what I had on hand:

-1 box of pasta (elbow macaroni--that's what I used, mostacciolli, or whatever you got)
-1 bag of cheese (any kind you have)
-homemade pasta saucey sauce or a can of store-bought sauce

Make pasta, drain, add sauce, add cheese.  Whole bag.  BOOM.  You're done. 


Homemade Pasta Saucey Sauce

This one is uber easy, uber cheap, and totally customizable!

Here it goes:

-1 can of tomatoes (any kind, any I used fire-roasted, and it wasn't bad!)
-onions (if you have them or like them.  If not, leave 'em out!  Today I used bagged frozen ones)
-butter or oil (to saute onions)
-Italian seasoning (or oregano and basil--I only used oregano because that's all I had)
-a tad of sugar (omit if you don't want it)
-garlic powder or canned chopped garlic (which is what I used, but I added too much and now I have heartburn)
-salt and pepper to taste

That's it!  So easy, and not bad! 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Easy Cheapy Deapy Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 C flour
1 C sugar
1 t baking soda
1 C canned pumpkin
1/2 C oil (whatever you have)
1 medium banana or 2 eggs (or flax eggs)
1/4 water
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg

chocolate chips optional

Mix all that shit together, and pour into a greased loaf pan.  And bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.  Slide a butter knife in the middle and see if it's done.  If it's dry, it's done!

You can always cut the amount of sugar by half if you use chocolate chips.  They help to sweeten without adding as much sugar.  I always cut the sugar, and see if it tastes good.  If it doesn't?  Sweeten it up by spreading peanut butter on top before chomping :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ham N' Corn Chowda

I am not from Boston, I but I like how they say "chowder", so from now on, we'll pronounce it the same, too!

So, you're going to get this stuff right here:

-potatoes, diced (any kind you want)
-onion, chopped (as much as you like)
-green pepper, chopped (as much as you want)
-2 cans creamed corn (or more if you want to make it bigger)
-2 C milk (1 cup for every can o' creamed corn)
-butta (again, Boston accents are fun!)
-ham, cubed (or turkey ham...whatever you got, already cooked)

Saute your onion & green pepper in your butter till soft.  Then put it in a pot, with the cans of creamed corn and the milk and the ham and the potatoes (mine were already cooked, leftovers, but you don't have to have them already cooked).  Simmer until the potatoes are done (or in my case, until it's hot).  That's it.   If you want it thicker?  I always add a little potato flakes from mashed potatoes into any soup that's "chowdery" or "potato-y".  Like in my Kale Sausage Soup.

Enjoy!  Serve with crusty bread.  Or rolls or something.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Oh wow, this pizza sauce is so much tastier than any other pizza sauce I ever had!  AND it's uber duber easy and cheap to make.  And it make a shit ton! (esp. if you double it like I did because I only had a huge can of tomato sauce):

1 (15 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1 T oregano
1 1/2 t garlic
1 t paprika

That's it.

And oh boy is it good!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SUPER EASY Grilled Cheese!

Hahahahaha!  I though you guys would enjoy this :)  I snagged it off Bob's Beard Juice on Facebook, have no idea if he made it or not, so I don't know who to give the credit to, but it cracked me up, so I had to share! 

I've never been poor enough to eat post-its, but I have been poor enough to eat lettuce sandwiches LOL  Close enough, right?   hee hee

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Leftover Potato Roast

Need something different for your potato side tonight?  Why not try this?

Now, if you're awesome like me, you will have a Valli Produce in your area.  One sec and I will check and see if this is a global chain or not....NOPE!  Dangit.  It's Chicago Area only....well, then you can be the person who says to your produce manager at your local grocery store, try this:

Get up all the ALMOST EXPIRED loose potatoes of random kinds and put them in a bag and sell them for $1.50 a bag.  That way, patrons can go buy the bag and fix the potatoes that night.  That's how I got my mixed assorted potatoes today, that included PURPLE potatoes.  I can't afford that shit otherwise.  And they are GOOOOOD!  Ever had them?  I not, try them if you can.  Yummy!

But use whatever random leftover potatoes you have that you haven't used up yet: russet, red, yellow, purple, fingerling (again, who can afford fingerling??), purple, sweet, whatever.  Any size, if big: cut into little pieces.

Throw them all into a roasting pan or a deeper 9x13 (or whatever size you want), drizzle with whatever oil you have on hand (butter yes, margarine, no) and roast at 425 for 30 minutes, stir, then roast until done (keep checking every 10-15 min or so, every 5 near the end).  You can roast at 350, but it will take longer.  Cut your pieces as even as you can so you can get them all done at once.  If they get a tad burned on the sides of the pan?  GOOD!  Because YUM!!  Mmmmmm so tasty......

That's it.  Throw in some carrots, celery, or whatever else you got you need to use before it goes bad.  Maybe some tomatoes?  Should taste okay, not sure though.  Try it and see if it is!  Or use a separate pan for tomatoes, zucchini, celery, and other veggie and leave the potatoes alone :)  Carrots though? Are always good with potatoes.  Esp. sweet potatoes (which is a staple at my house: a bag of carrots and lots of sweet potatoes cut up and roasted!).

Valli produce does this with ALL the fruits and veggies, not just potatoes: the $1.50 package of almost expired produce.  See if your grocer will do the same!  Makes it affordable for everyone to eat delicious fruit and veggies!

Mmmmmmmm tasty!!  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lay-Z Chili and Cornbread

1 can Brookdale Chili (from Aldi or any chili you like)
1 box Jiffy Cornbread (from Aldi)  (I use GF cornbread)
1 egg (or 1 tsp ground flaxseed and 3 T water)

8x8 pan  (you can do a 9x13 if you switch the chili to three cans and 2 boxes of Jiffy and eggs/milk to adjust for size)

Preheat oven at temp on box.  Prepare cornbread with milk and egg).  Pour chili in pan, spread cornbread on top.  Bake according to cornbread instructions.

BOOM!  Cornbread and chili in the same pan :)  Yum!

Extras: cheese, corn, green onion, jalepenos, etc. as mix-ins into cornbread before baking