Posted in Recipes, Side Dishes

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

Baby Dragon Tail (Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Pork)

Ground Turkey Salisbury Steak with Bacon Jam Gravy

Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin

 

Posted in Budget Friendly Meals, Cooking Tips, Recipes

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

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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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You may also like to check out our other budget recipes:

Two Family Dinners under $6

 

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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Posted in Cooking Tips, Recipes

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.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Recipes, Side Dishes

Strawberry Balsamic Jam

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Strawberry Balsamic Jam

A Savory twist on an old sweet favorite!

I am a huge fan of making your own mother’s day gifts, no matter how old or young you are. This year we started making homemade bread. So I wanted to make bread for mother’s day gifts. I have three special moms that I need great gifts for this year…my own amazing mom who helps me out every day and is amazing, my sister in law, who not only tolerates my brother but is an awesome mom to three boys, and my mother in law, who gave birth to the best husband, father and friend. So what do you put with homemade bread for three great moms? Delicious Strawberry Balsamic Jam!

Makes half dozen  4 oz jelly jars

2 lbs fresh strawberries

2 cups of sugar

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

 

 

Hull and cut strawberries into fourths, Place in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sugar lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Mash with a food masher to release the juices.

 

*I like my jam really chunky so I only mash a little to get sugar to dissolve. But mash as much as you want!

Mix thoroughly and often, as you bring it to a boil, sugar burns quickly so keep stirring and keep on a medium heat to avoid burning.

Boil Mixture until it reaches 220 degree.

I use a candy thermometer to test the temperature. It can seem like it takes forever to get there. But if you don’t let it reach that temp. It will not gel properly and will be more like syrup than jam.

Meanwhile, prepare jars and lids. I boil my 4 oz. glass ball jars and lids for 5 minutes to sanitize.

Pour jam into hot, prepared jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.  Seal and process jars for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.  With properly sanitized jars, sealed jars should be good for up to one year.

 

These are delicious with Rosemary Sea Salt Rolls

Also checkout How to Make Mason Jar Butter.

Posted in Cooking Tips, Join Us in Our Kitchen

Caring for and Cleaning Cast Iron Cookware

 

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We cook in Cast Iron a lot. It can take some getting use to, as it takes longer to heat up and becomes very hot and cast iron definitely has some unique needs as far as care and cleaning.

 

 

Here are some advantages and disadvantages to cooking with cast iron cookware as outlined by shopperschoice.com

Advantages of Cast Iron

  • Low Cost – One of the biggest advantages of cast iron cookware is the low cost compared to that of similar quality aluminum or stainless steel cookware. You can usually find a quality cast iron sauce pan or cast iron griddle for a fraction of the cost you would pay for other materials.
  • Even Heating Area – Unlike stainless steel and aluminum, cast iron cookware offers an even heating area for cooking no matter what type of cooking surface you use. This is extremely advantageous when cooking over an open fire.
  • Naturally Non-Stick – A well seasoned cast iron skillet or cast iron bakeware becomes naturally non-stick when properly seasoned. This natural non-stick characteristic offers another advantage over stainless steel and aluminum cookware as well. Unlike other materials, seasoned cast iron eliminates the need for using oil or butter on the cooking surface, making your foods lower in fat.
  • Dietary Iron – Cast iron cookware offers a major health advantage as well. During cooking, iron from the cookware flakes off and is then consumed with the food, making cast iron a great source of iron, especially for people with anemia. What other materials can actually claim to make your food healthier?

 


Disadvantages of Cast Iron

  • Seasoning – Many people consider the fact that you have to season cast iron every so often to be a major disadvantage because the process takes time. The advantages that you get from a properly seasoned cast iron skillet or dutch oven, however, make the seasoning process well worth the effort.
  • Cast Iron Is Heavy – This is one fact that cannot be argued. Cast iron cookware is much heavier than other materials including stainless steel and aluminum. In fact, some cast iron dutch ovens and camp pots can weigh as much as 20 pounds. This weight, however, also adds to cast iron cookware’s durability.
  • Cast Iron Rusts – Another point that is hard to argue. If not seasoned properly, cast iron cookware will rust when exposed to moisture. Properly seasoned cast iron will not, however, and rust can be easily removed and the cast iron cookware re-seasoned without much effort. This aspect is especially useful if you find an old, rusty cast iron skillet at a yard sale or flea mall. Read more on using and caring for cast iron.
  • You Can’t Cook Acidic Foods – Cooking acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, will turn your food a darker color because the acid in the foods pulls iron from the cast iron skillet or sauce pan. Many people actually enjoy this because it adds iron to their diet. It is very important, however, to never leave foods, especially acidic foods, in cast iron cookware for very long

 

Some of our Cast Iron recipes:

Ground Turkey Salisbury Steak with Bacon Jam Gravy

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Mojo Pork with Orange Apple Salsa

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Roasted Turnip, Sweet Potatoes and Chickpea

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Mojo Pork with Orange Apple Salsa

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Mojo Pork with Orange Apple Salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6- 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Table spoon
    minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 1/2 cup
    hot suace
  • 1/2 cup
    orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons
    grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup
    minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons
    chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 2 boneless
    pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup
    sour cream

Cooking Directions for mojo pork

  1. saute garlic in oil, cool. Slowly stir in hot sauce, orange juice, zest cilantro , chili powder and oregano. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade for later.
  2. Place pork in a zip lock bag. Pour remaining marinade over pork. Seal bag and refrigerate 3 hours. combine remaining marinade with sour cream and refrigerate.
  3. Grill pork over medium high direct heat for 30 min. or until center is no longer pink.Slice and serve with marinaded sour cream and orange apple salsa.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6- 8 servings

Orange Apple Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3
    navel oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large
    apples cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons
    chopped red onion
  • 1/2 pound s
    chopped cilantro
  • 2 table spoons
    hot sauce

Cooking Direction

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, chill until ready to serve.

Check out some cooking tips that will help you with this recipe:

How to Dice An onion

How to Core an Apple

 

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