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 :)