Sunday, October 9, 2011

Three Ingredient Shortbread




I love butter. Especially in cookies. This was so very easy and I actually made mine with a butter spread. They came out like a simple shortbread. Soft biscuit like texture and oh sooo buttery! The hubby thought these were just ok, but he is not a true biscuit cookie lover.

*1 stick of butter (may use  VERY COLD Butter Spread)
*1 cup flour
*5 tablespoons of sugar

Mix ingredients together and roll into balls.
Press down with a fork. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each cookie. Bake 350 10-13 minutes- cookies will look very light.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Frozen Monkey


Idea and image compliments of Tasteofmom.com



So I finally figured out what to do with my left over bananas that are going ripe too fast. You chop them up and make Frozen Monkeys. Great tasting Ice cream without an Ice cream maker. Sweet!
Frozen Monkey Recipe:
* 3-4 leftover Bananas
* 1/2 - 1cup Whole Organic Milk
* Chocolate Syrup
* Chopped Roasted Peanuts
Chop & freeze Bananas. Place in blender or food processor, add milk in short intervals while blending. Gradually add a bit more until it is creamy like ice cream. Top with syrup & peanuts.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What's In the Freezer Minestroni Soup

This Picture is actually from tasteofhome.com

This is a great way to fix a very tasty soup by just using whatever you happen to have in the way of frozen veggies. I used a small leftover bag of peas, string beans and a frozen mix blend of okra, lima beans, onions and carrots. Imagine my surprise when even my meat eating husband and son devoured it.

*1/2 cup frozen peas
*1/2 cup french style frozen green beans
*1/4 cup of frozen vegetable blend
*1 yellow potato diced
*1 med tomato diced
*1 small onion diced
*1 garlic clove diced
*3-4 cups low fat reduced sodium chicken broth
*Dash cayeen
*Sprinkle instant garlic
*Italian blend shredded cheese
Sautee up garlic and diced onions in a tblsp. of olive oil. Add potatos cook for just a few minutes. Add the spices to the pot and cook just to bring out the flavors then add the vegetables. Pour in the Broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated cheese. Serves 4. Update: Our next batch was made with fresh musrooms, mixed veggies, rice, & beef broth, Delicious!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tillapia with Yogurt Mustard Sauce

Not only is this delicious and very refreshing, but healthy also! I simply drizzled abit of extra virgin Olive oil on three fresh fillets of tillapia, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt and pepper and cooked gently ( med -low heat) in a saute pan with a splash of Olive oil & a tblsp. of Smart Balance Butter substitute. Cooked on both sides until nice and crisp, the fish was then topped with the fresh, slightly tart sauce below:

*1 cup greek yougurt
* 1-2 tablespoon of honey
* 1 to 1  1/2 Tsp. Dijon Mustard or Ground mustard with a splash of white wine
* Splash or two of lemon juice
*Dash of Black pepper
* Chopped fresh chives
Just mix the sauce together and add honey, lemon and ground mustard to your liking. Serve this over the fish with some more fresh chopped chives for color. Add some wild rice blend or sweet Yams and green beans and you've got a great healthy meal thats also very budget friendly!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cheap & Easy Meal Ideas

The low cost meals below costs me about $8.00-10.00 ea. by planning meals based on the sale specials and using what I had in the pantry shelves.

* Marinated Grilled Chicken with Black Beans & Jasmin Rice
* Chicken Penne Pasta with Black Olives & Tossed Salad
* Grilled All Natural Andoulli Sausages, Baked Beans & Corn Bread
* Italian Salad with crisp bacon slices & Cheesy Garlic Toast


Recipes Notes:
Savings tip: Buy a large whole chicken and cut it up into pieces, marinate 1 hour or more with mango juice or Dales low sodium steak seasoning and garlic powder, olive oil, black pepper.Grill or bake 45 min. Save any chicken left overs for the penne pasta meal. 4 servings.

Chicken Penne Pasta w/Olives
Saute up some diced garlic & 1/2 can black olives in olive oil, add any leftover diced chicken, 2- 8 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, cayeen powder if you like it a bit spicy, dash of sea salt, dash of dried basil or use diced fresh basil and simmer. Boil up 1/2 box of Penne Pasta for 8-9 min.drain and add to the sauce. Serve with fresh grated parmesan.

Our Favorite Black Beans Recipe:
Saute some bacon or ham pieces, add a bit of diced onion and garlic in the fat & cook till tender. Drain fat and add large can of rinsed & drained Goya Black Beans. Add small can of reduced sodium chicken broth , a dash of hot sauce or some salsa if you prefer, cumin, cayeene powder, garlic powder and simmer for 30 min.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Money Saving Menu Ideas

I am currently on an all time high. This week I actually made six tasty healthy meals for only $36.00 and no, we did not eat hot dogs or macaroni and cheese. So how did I do it? Well, here's my secret: I planned. Granted, it took a bit of time, and the meals were made using whatever I had left in the cupboards and fridge and I used only meats that were on sale. The result? Very Tasty, almost gourmet type meals so easy and so quick that I just had to share them. So here is the menu at least to help to get you inspired, I will be posting the recipes as soon as I can...

* Herbs D Province Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Sauce & Roasted New Potatoes - recipe notes below
* Triple Decker BLT Sandwiches w/ Roasted Steak Fries
* Ground Beef with Fresh Mushroom Gravy in Steamed Deli Hot Dog Buns - Better known as Sloppy Dogs or Marqisis's
* Homemade Italian Style Tomato Soup & Munster Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
* Cuban Black Bean Soup w/ Creamy Corn Bread
* Slow Cooker Chicken Burritos - Using the remaining leftover chicken from roast; See recipe Below
I purchased a 6 1/2 lb chicken  on sale for .99 a lb and included a free seasoning packet of herbs, and the bacon was a buy one get one free leftover package from last week. So only the tomatos, Beef and Beans and a few other items had to be purchased. I simply covered the bird in a mixture of the herbs & olive oil and after sprinkling the inside with a little black crackcd pepper & sea salt, I stuffed it full with baby portabellas. The resulting juices were skimmed of fat while the cooked bird rested ( 375 @ 2 1/2 hours) and 1/2 cup of wine was added to the simmering broth. Served with the small roasted potatoes, that were covered in my favorite seasonings of olive oil, garlic & italian dried spices and cooked in the last 45 minutes during the roasted chicken, they were fantastic with the mushroom wine sauce. I had so much meat leftover I was able to use the rest in my mexican burritos...a real two for one special! Now What can my savings goal be for next week?....