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Cowboy Casserole, Money Saving Recipes, Ground Beef Recipes, Casserole Recipes

Want to feed your gang, but don’t want to spend a lot of $$$$ doing so?! Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Today’s recipe is featuring ground beef. Ground beef, my go to meat when the budget is a little tight. :) This recipe is packed with, as I would call, “healthy fillers” including beans, corn and tomatoes to make the ground beef stretch farther. I have my little tricks, as I’m sure you do too, when it comes to feeding your family and making your dollar stretch farther for your gang.  If you have a “stretch your ground beef farther method”, please share it with the rest of us. We’d love to hear it!

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick taco seasoning
  • approx. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • approx. 1/2 vintage white cheddar

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 cup half and half

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet combine ground beef, celery and onions. Brown over medium high heat; drain fat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; stir.
  4. Scoop mixture into a large 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheeses. Set aside.
  5. Let’s make the crust – In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, taco seasoning, baking powder, melted butter and half and half; whisk until smooth. Pour crust mixture evenly over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35-40 minutes Or until crust is lightly brown. Serve.

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Vegetarian Enchiladas, Freezer Meals, Money Saving Recipes, Freezer Recipes

Vegetarian Enchiladas by Tiffany

Being that I run a household with many different diet requirements, I thought I’d share one of our absolute favorite vegetarian meals – for my vegetarian friends. This recipe is hearty, simple and very satisfying. The carnivores in the house don’t even miss the meat – now that’s saying something!

*Notes* This is a great freezer meal. Make one for now, freeze one for later. To bake frozen enchiladas, remove from freezer, bring enchiladas slightly to room temp. Remove lid, cover with aluminum foil. If covered with plastic wrap and foil, remove plastic wrap, bake as directed. Add additional time to make sure the enchiladas are baked all the way through. Approx. 1 hr.

Ingredients

  • approx. 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • approx. 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • handful of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 16 flour tortillas
  • medium vintage white cheddar cheese, shredded – desired amount
  • fresh mozzarella, shredded – desired amount
  • 1 can (28 oz.) enchilada sauce ( I use El Pato)
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced olives

Directions

  1. In a large non stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, zucchini, squash, onion, mushroom, red pepper and broccoli slaw. Cook, tossing frequently, until zucchini and squash are slightly fork tender. Reduce heat to low, add drained artichokes and fresh cilantro; toss. Remove from heat. Set aside
  2. Warm tortillas. Keep tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer. This will keep them pliable and easy to fold when making the enchiladas.
  3. Pour approx. 1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce into a round baking dish.
  4. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, fill with approx. 1/4 cup vegetable filling, top vegetables with desired amount of both cheeses; fold. Place enchiladas in TWO 3 qt. baking dishes for a total of eight each, in each dish. Top enchiladas with additional enchilada sauce, vintage white cheddar, mozzarella, remainder vegetables, olives and cilantro if desired. At this point they can be frozen. Cover with lids and freeze. If you do not have lids, cover each baking dish with a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil, freeze.  See notes for baking instructions if freezing.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 40 minutes. Serve.

 

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No Machine 4 Ingredient Mint & Chip Ice Cream   by Tiffany

You want to know what I learned this week?! I learned that you could take heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk and turn it into ice cream - thanks to my handy dandy Woman’s Day magazine.  I love homemade ice cream – but really don’t like the hassle that goes along with it.  This recipe is easy peasy and if you have a mixer – you’re in business! The end results were creamy-minty-chocolatey goodness without a lot of fuss! The best part – the flavor combinations are endless. Just start with a base of heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk and use your imagination. :) Of course -  I had to go with my favorite the first time around. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional

Directions

  1. In a standing mixer, beat heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and mint extract (If adding green food coloring, do so now.) until thick, stiff peaks form. Fold in chocolate chips. Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container or loaf pan. Cover and freeze overnight.

Adapted recipe/photo by: Tiffany

Original recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream/Woman’s Day Magazine Aug. 2012 issue page 119.

 

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Orange Vanilla Yogurt Pops by Tiffany

It’s been hot! I thought it was time to bring y’all a cool treat. The kids and I love yogurt pops. You know what I love the most about them?! It gets us all in the kitchen developing different flavors – together! Sure – we could just buy the yogurt tubes – stick them in the freezer and call it a day – but I try really hard to involve the kiddos and let them use their imagination in the kitchen. Plus - we get to spend valuable time together while they are learning life skills. They get so excited knowing that they actually created something that was worthy of eating.  Pucker up! This recipe will be for my tarty lovin’ friends! ;)

Yields approx. 12 pops

Ingredients

  • 1 container 32 oz. vanilla non-fat yogurt (we used Nancy’s brand)
  • 1 cup 100% frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract

Directions

In your standing mixer, mix yogurt, orange juice and extract together. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Heath Bar Cookies by Tiffany

Looking for a cookie full of goodness?! This cookie is has it with milk chocolate chips – roasted pecans and Heath toffee bits. Get your milk glasses ready – you’ll definitely want to take these babies for a dunk! ;) I found this recipe on one of the Food Network shows years ago – slightly adapted it – and have been making them ever since.

Yield approx. 3 doz.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (finely ground in your food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Heath english toffee bits
  • 1 bag  11.5 oz. milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. confection setting.
  2. In your standing mixer, beat butter, sugars and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. (10 minutes) Next beat in eggs. Meanwhile, roast pecans in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes; remove and let cool. Chop nuts, set aside. In your food processor, process oatmeal until finely ground. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Slowly add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Next stir in roasted pecans, toffee bits and milk chocolate chips. Roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and let set on baking sheet for about 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

 

Slightly adapted recipe/photos by: Tiffany

Original Recipe by: Food Network

 

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Honey Garlic Chicken by Tiffany

Put your hands in the air if you love your crock pot! I LOVE when I find a great crock pot recipe or develop one, don’t you?! They just seem to make my sometimes crazy schedule much less hectic. The other night I was thinking about a recipe my mom gave me years ago. The recipe wasn’t for the crock pot and wasn’t even for chicken, buuuut I had an idea and got to adapting. Voilà! Honey Garlic Chicken was born. This recipe got a big thumbs up all around the table. I served Honey Garlic Chicken along side steamed broccoli with sour dough garlic toast, but rice or mashed potatoes would have made a great companion too! Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 7 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. In your crock pot/slow cooker, whisk together ketchup, honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onion and red pepper together.
  2. Place chicken breast in crock pot/slow cooker, spoon sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours or until chicken easily falls apart.
  4. Remove chicken breast from crock pot. Whisk cornstarch into the sauce mixture in your crock pot/slowcooker, cover with lid and set crock pot/slow cooker to high. Sauce will thicken after about 5 minutes. Turn crock pot/slow cooker off. Return chicken to crock pot, cover chicken with sauce. Serve.

 

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