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Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

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Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound
    Ground Beef
  • 1 medium
    Onion
  • 2 cloves
    Garlic (minced)
  • 2 red or yellow
    Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup
    Grated cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • ketchup

Cooking Directions

  1. brown ground meat in a fry pan with garlic and onion until cooked through.
  2. Slice peppers in half and de seed.
  3. Fill pepper half with beef and cook in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup.

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Garden Salad with Garlic Grilled Chicken

This delicious and light  dinner was a perfect way to end a hot and steamy 95 degrees fourth of July. The vegetables for the salad came straight out of our garden which is out of control right now.  We cooked the chicken on the gas grill , which was perfect for a hot day because it doesn’t heat up the house and cooks pretty quickly.

Salad Ingredients:

Kale

Butter lettuce

tomatoes

Carrots

fresh basil

fresh scallions

chopped

white onion

Chopped avocado

Grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Hard boiled eggs

Garlic Parmesan Italian dressing

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Chicken was rubbed with a garlic spice rub from Aldis and some olive oil and grilled on a gas grill until cooked through. Simple and easy.

We paired this with a light crisp chilled white wine and it was the perfect refreshment on a hot summer evening.

 

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Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red white and Blue Sangria recipe

Servings:

10

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle dry white wine
  • 1 Bottle sparkling wine
  • 1 Cup(s) Apple juice
  • 2 Cup(s) Blueberries
  • 1 Cup(s) Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Cup(s) Raspberries
  • 3 – 4 Granny Smith apples, cut into star shapes (use a small, metal cookie cutter

 

perfectly with le Cadeau Semi-Seco and Brut Sparkling Wine.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Stir together all ingredients except sparkling wine, apples and ice.

2. Cover and chill for at least two hours.

3. Stir in the sparkling wine, apples and ice just before serving. Please note, the longer the sangria chills, the more red it will be. Cut and mix in the apples last to keep them white

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Posted in Recipes, Wine

Salted Caramel Dipped Grapes

 

These salted caramel dipped grapes are fun and elegant at the same time. Could be a great addition to your family bbq or for a more formal cocktail party. Whatever your event these are a crowd pleaser.

Servings:

24

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound(s) Cotton Candy® grapes (about 40 to 50 grapes) washed and dried
  • 1 Package (11 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Heavy cream
  • McCormick® Sea Salt Grinder (set to coarse setting

This delicious recipe for Salted Caramel Dipped Grapes pairs perfectly with the le Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Spear each grape with a toothpick. Set aside.

2. Microwave caramels and cream in small microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.

3. Dip each grape into melted caramel, allowing excess caramel to drip off. Place grapes on wax paper-lined tray. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt grinder. Refrigerate until caramel is set.

*Recipe and Photo Courtesy of McCormick & Company, Inc

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Summer Crab Cakes

Summer Crab Cake Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 12 Ounce(s) Firm white fish fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste
  • 1 Egg
  • 8 Green beans, thinly sliced
  • 4 Green onions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Thai Kitchen® Premium Fish Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon(s)Cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Vegetable oil
  • Thai Kitchen® Sweet Red Chili Sauce

 

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Place fish, curry paste and egg in food processor; cover. Process until smooth. Set aside. Mix green beans, green onions and garlic in large bowl. Add fish sauce, cornstarch and sugar; stir to make a smooth paste. Add fish mixture; mix well. With lightly moistened hands, divide fish mixture into 1/4 cup portions and shape into thin patties.

2. Heat a wok or heavy skillet on medium-high heat; add oil. Fry patties in batches until golden brown on each side. (Do not overcook.) Drain on paper towels.

3. Serve warm or cold with Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce for dipping.

*Recipe and Photo Courtesy of McCormick & Company, Inc

 

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Godiva Triple Chocolate Strawberry No Bake Dessert

Easy No Bake Dessert for summer events

Its Summer Time and the weather is heating up. As Much as I love baking, having the oven on during the warmer days can be unbearable. (Especially since we do not have air conditioning). This decadent and Easy No Bake Dessert is absolutely a favorite summer dish in our house and is great to bring to summer family gatherings because it makes a HUGE amount for a small price tag.

This no Bake dessert features three layers of Godiva pudding in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It also has fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whip cream on each layer.

 

Ingredients Needed:

1 box Godiva White chocolate pudding mix

1 box Godiva milk chocolate pudding mix

1 box Godiva dark chocolate pudding mix

1 box of Nilla Wafers

6 cups of milk

2 pints whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered Sugar

1 large crate of strawberries

1 extra large bowl or deep pan

 

Easy No Bake Directions:

Step 1: line the bowl or pan with a single layer of Nilla wafers

 

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Step 2: Mix the White chocolate pudding mix in a separate bowl according to the box directions. Immediately and gently pour the pudding on top of the wafers and refrigerate 5 minutes.

Step 3: while the pudding is chilling. Whip the whipping cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and whip until completely blended and fluffy.

Step 4: Slice strawberries into this slices and layer on top in a single layer on the pudding. Then carefully spread a thin layer of the whipped cream on top of the strawberries.

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Step 5: repeat layering with the milk chocolate and dark chocolate pudding. Refrigerate the pudding layers for 5 minutes each before adding on the strawberries and whip cream.

Step 5: After the last layer of pudding add sliced strawberries and a top layer of whipped cream. Decorate with chocolates and strawberries as desired.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Scoop into bowls to serve.

 

 

Variations:

Quicker:  Use pre made cool whip topping instead of making your own whip cream

Healthier/ Less Sugar: Use Sugar free pudding mix and Sugar free Cool Whip toppings.

 

Want a treat for your dog too? check out Homemade Doggy Ice Cream

or In the mood for some great grilling ? check out The Kitchen Magician’s Burger Commandments!

 

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The Best Bean Recipe

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You will never buy canned baked beans again!!!!!

My Husband started making these beans a few years ago and they have become a summertime staple in our house. We have  gotten so many compliments that we now always bring them to picnics and BBQs. But they are also a great warm side dish for the winter months. They are amazing, sweet but not too sweet and packed full of flavor! Try them and you will never want canned beans again.

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper

1 large vidalia onion

1 fresh jalapeño pepper

1/2 cup white wine

1 tsp. mustard powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 bay leaf

A tablespoon or two of bacon fat

1 can black beans

1 can red beans

1 can white beans

1/2 cup chicken stock

 

Directions:

Dice peppers and onions. Saute onion and red pepper in bacon fat until translucent but not brown.

Add Jalapeno pepper and saute another 5 minutes.

Add the 1/2 cup wine (you can substitute whiskey if you want)cook down about 3-5 minutes.

Add chicken stock, mustard powder, salt, pepper, molasses, Apple cider vinegar and beans. mix thoroughly and add the bay leaf. Make sure bay leaf is submerged in the liquid. Bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally.

** My Husband would like me to add that to ensure proper flavor , you should have a sip of whatever beverage you are drinking in between each step. For the sake of not being responsible for drunk people in the kitchen I left that step out……..LOL!

You can always add cayenne pepper or chipolte pepper if you like them a little spicy!

These go great as a side dish for

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Ground Turkey Salisbury Steak with Bacon Jam Gravy

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Pork Stir Fry ($.94 per serving)

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We are trying to stick to a $500 a month Budget for our family of four. You can read more about our budget plan in my post Feeding a Family of 4 on $500 a Month.

Cheap and Easy Stir Fry Pork

Pork Loin (1 pound) $2.22

2 cup White rice (uncooked measure) ($.50)

1 Bag Frozen Snap Peas ($.99)

1 red Pepper ($.53)

1 /2 onion ($.08)

2  cloves Garlic ($.08)

1 table spoon olive oil ($.10)

1/2 jar Hoi Sauce ($1.15)

 

Total Cost $ 5.64

This made Enough for all four of us for dinner and for 2 servings of leftovers for mike and I for lunch the next day.  Which makes it $.94 per serving.

We bought the Hoison sauce at Super Walmart. But it may be cheaper to make your own if you have the ingredients in your kitchen . There is a really easy recipe Here.

We bought the pork roast on sale for 50% off at Stop and shop for a total of $4.44 for a two pound pack of pork loin. The pack contained two 1 lb. loins. This made each loin only $2.22.

We buy a 50 lb. bag of rice from the Asian market making each cup of uncooked rice only $.25. We store it in a sealed tupperware tub in the basemen pantry and it last forever. If the apocalypse happens we will have enough rice for awhile..lol.

Cut the pork loin into 1 inch slices and marinate in a zip lock bag with about 1/4 the jar of Hoison sauce for at least 4 hours, all day while you go to work , or overnight is great too.

Directions for Making Cheap and Easy Stir Fry Pork

In a large wok. Saute pork slices until cooked all the way through and inside is no longer pink. Remove from wok.

 

 

Add into hot walk, chopped onion (How to Dice An onion,)chopped pepper, and chopped garlic. Saute until onions are translucent. Add in frozen snap peas and the other 1/4 of the Hoison sauce. Heat until frozen vegetables are hot. You can add the pork back into the wok and toss for a few minutes to warm it back up.

Cook rice however you normally cook your rice. We use our pressure cooker because it is quicker. We added a little parsley  to the rice and some seasame seeds just because we had some in our pantry. They make nice garnish for the pictures. But not nessissary for the recipe.

 

Plate and Enjoy!

We stored the leftover servings in a sealed container in the refrigerate and microwaved it the next day  at work for lunch for Mike and myself.

 

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Cheap and Easy Sausage and Peppers Grinder ($1.51 per serving)

Cheap easy Sausage and peppers
cheap easy sausage and peppers

We are continuing on our journey (or challenge I guess) to feed our family of four for only $500 per month. You can read more about our budget plan HERE.

Feeding a Family of 4 on $500 a Month

Cheap and Delicious sausage and Pepper Grinders

4 shady Brook turkey spicy Italian sausage (1.84)

2 Bell Peppers ($1.06)

1 yellow onion ($.16)

1 jar tomato sauce ($.88)

4 Hoagie Rolls ($1.32)

1/2 block cheese shredded ($.80)

Total Cost $6.06 for 4 servings or $1.51 per serving.

The Turkey sausages were originally priced at $5.49 per pack of four links. But Big Y had them on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Making the cost per pack only $2.75 per pack of six links.

The Hoagie Rolls are Big Y brand and again were on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. Original price was $3.99 per pack of 6. The sale brought the price per pack of 6 down to $1.99 and the price per roll to $.33 per roll.

The bell Peppers were at Super walmart for $.53 cents each and the Pasta sauce also at walmart for only $.88 per jar.

The onions we had bought a big bag of at Aldi and the price per onion was calculated out to be $.16 per onion

Now we calculated out these portions based on the assumption that all four members of your household will eat all the ingredients. But being a mother I totally understand that this is not the reality of family dinner. One kid may only eat the sausage and bun without the peppers and onions, one kid may only eat the cheese and bun, one kid might just eat the veggies and then there is that one kid, like mine that will only eat the bun! Ohhhhh! Such is life at the family table. So if that sounds lie your family , the good news is the meal may end up even cheaper. BONUS!!! HA HA!

To make these Cheap and delicious Sausage and pepper Grinders:

Brown Sausages in fry pan or dutch oven until cooked through and brown on the outside.

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Remove sausages from the pan. Slice the peppers and onions into thin strips and cook in the sausage juices until soft. Add in the pasta sauce and stir until heated through. place the rolls on a cookie sheet and fill with 1 sausage link , cover link with the pepper and onion mixture and sprinkle cheese on top.

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Bake at 350 in the oven until cheeses is melted.

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Bonus Meal:

Used the leftover peppers and onions and mixture to make a yummy cheap gourmet breakfast.

Toast ($.15)

Egg ($.10)

Peppers and onions ($.00)

Coffee ($.16)

Total breakfast cost ($.41)

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Two Family Dinners under $6

Our family is attempting to keep our grocery budget under $500 a month for a family of four.  You can read more about our plan Here. In order to make this work our daily dinner budget has to be between $6 and $8 most nights. If we can find dishes that are even less on some nights we can then use the saved money to splurge a little on a dinner here and there. So this week I tried to come up with two dishes that were about $5 per meal. We also save money in the budget by having leftovers for lunches. So both of these dinners provided enough for us to have a hearty dinner meal and also left overs for a few of us to have for lunch the next day.

We are super sale shoppers and we buy a lot of our meat when Big Y has their buy 1, get 2 free sales. We have a chest freezer. So we can store the meat for when we need it. We also have chickens, which means we get eggs very cheap. But if you do not have chickens you can buy cheap eggs at walmart or Aldi. You can also stock up when big Y sells them for $.99 a dozen. Crack the eggs into ice cube trays to freeze them.

I hope you like these super cheap dinner ideas. They were easy to make, tasted great and we very budget friendly! Enjoy.

Chicken Club Quiche Bake

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6 eggs  ( $1.00)

1 cup pancake mix  (.40 )

1/2 cup water (free)

1 tomato chopped (.50 cents)

3 strips of bacon chopped (1.20)

1 chicken breast (1.60)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (.40)

1 yellow onion  (.16 cents)

 

1 sweet potato (32 Cents)

2 tablespoons pancake mix (.10)

 

Total Cost  $5.68

This made enough for all of us to have seconds for dinner plus lunch for my husband the next day.

Dice chicken in to small pieces. Cut up the bacon into small pieces and  dice the onion.  Cook the bacon on medium heat in a fry pan until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and add chicken and onion into the bacon grease. stir over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Drain off excess grease. Scramble 6 eggs and mix with 1 cup pancake mix and water. Pour egg mixture into a 8×8 greases baking pan. Add chicken , tomato , onions and bacon to the pan of egg mixture. Cover with the Parmesan cheese. Cook in a 400 degree oven until egg is cooked through and firm.

While Quiche is cooking, grate the sweet potato and mix with the 1 tablespoon of pancake mix. Using the extra bacon grease in a frying pan. Form the potato mix into 4 small patties and fry until brown on either side. You can put them aside and then heat them on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes before the quiche is done.

Check out How to Dice An onion

Chicken and Zucchini Pasta

1 tomato (.50)

1 zucchini (.33)

1 chicken Breast (1.60)

1/2 block of cheese  (.90)

1 cup Parmesan cheese (.50)

1 box of elbow macaroni (.88 cents)

1/2 container of pasta sauce (.50)

 

Total cost 5.11 cents

 

This made enough for everyone to have two helpings for dinner plus three lunches leftover.

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and saute in a fry pan with some oil until cooked through. Grate zucchini and dice tomato.

In a 9×13 baking dish, mix pasta, pasta sauce, zucchini, tomato, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.