Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using up the squash - Veggies Burritos

By now we are all drowning in squash. I have made several recipes with them and I hope to make many more. I am not sure how to convince my children it is great. They use to eat ANYTHING. Now not so much.

So this is the 2 recipe I started with http://allrecipes.com/recipe/squash-and-zucchini-burritos/detail.aspx
and this one http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-corn-and-black-bean-salad-310607

In an attempt to use up leftovers in the fridge I combined the recipes.

Veggie Burritos
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 3 large yellow squash, shredded
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups Corn and Black Bean dip (recipe on blog)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Colby -Jack Cheese divided
  • 8 burrito-size flour tortillas
Combine oil, onion, garlic, squash, and green pepper.  Cook until the squash is soft. Add the dip.  Put 2 TBSP and 1/3 cup mixture in a tortilla. Continue until all 8 are finished.  Place in a baking dish. Add remaining cheese to the top and bake for 30 minutes at 350. 

Simple Corn and Black Bean Dip

My CSA had this recipe listed in the newsletter. I have made it before, but it has been a while.
http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-corn-and-black-bean-salad-310607

Here is what I did with it

Simple Corn and Black Bean Dip

Combine and let sit for 2 hours until flavors combine.  Eat with crackers or tortilla chips. YUM!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kale Soup

My husband and I discussed that soup in the summer was just plain out wrong, until I mentioned soup was inexpensive and a good way to eat veggies. He he.


I have been wanting to try this recipe http://champaign-taste.blogspot.com/2007/11/portuguese-kale-soup.html ever since we watched the Victory Garden video 2 years ago.  So this year when I got the Kale I dug out the recipe. But like usual.. I changed it to fit our needs.

Wisconsin Portuguese Kale Soup

2 quarts chicken broth or a combination of beef and chicken
3 pounds chopped tomatoes
3 cups cooked pinto beans
2 pound turnips
1 pound brautwurst
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 pound kale

Cook brautwurst.  Put the broth, brautwursts, and beans on a large soup pot. Chop turnips, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. Add to pot.  Cook until the veggies are tender. Remove the stems from the kale and chop.  Set aside. Add the kale to the soup. Cook until soft. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Canning Pickles

It is that time of year again.  Canning time. I used this recipe, but I had to convert it to our american measurements. The funny thing is I found it last year and it was in our measurements. But now it wasn't. I had a hard time tracking it down.  So odd.
http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/1363/dill-pickles.aspx
So here is the converted version I used. The last 2 days my daughter and I canned 25 jars. And this was our FIRST pickle session. Sounds like a good start. YAY!

Michelle's Dill Pickles

Ingredients
Serves: 64
·         long pickling cucumbers
·         4 cups white vinegar
·         4 quarts water
·         1 cup pickling salt
·         16 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
·         8 sprigs fresh dill
·         8 heads fresh dill
Prep:2  hours |Cook:15  mins
1.
Wash cucumbers, and place in the sink (I use the bathtub!) with cold water and lots of ice cubes. Soak in ice water for at least 2 hours but no more than 8 hours. Refresh ice as required. Sterilize 8 (1 litre ) canning jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.



2.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, water, and pickling salt. Bring the brine to a rapid boil.



3.
In each jar, place 2 half-cloves of garlic, one head of dill, then enough cucumbers to fill the jar (about 500g). Then add 2 more garlic halves, and 1 sprig of dill. Fill jars with hot brine. Seal jars, making sure you have cleaned the jar's rims of any residue.



4.
Process sealed jars in a boiling water bath. Process quart jars for 15 minutes.



5.
Store pickles for a minimum of 8 weeks before eating. Refrigerate after opening. Pickles will keep for up to 2 years if stored in a cool dry place.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Squash Pancakes

Summer is here... and so is the squash. I have never had success growing it at my house, but I have been able to grow some at my mom's house and I get some in the CSA box.
I tried this recipe.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zucchini-pancakes-2/detail.aspx
It was meet with mixed reviews.  We all agreed that the dip we used "made" the "pancakes"
As usual I changed the recipe to meet our ingredients.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini or summer squash
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons butter
Dean's Dip

In a bowl, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper. Combine the zucchini, egg, onion and mayonnaise; stir into dry ingredients until well blended.

In a large skillet, melt butter. Drop zucchini mixture by cupfuls into skillet; press lightly to flatten. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Penne and Broccoli

Another meal filled with some yummy veggies.  I think broccoli might possibly be the favorite vegetable around here. Even the baby eats it happily.


I found this recipe... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/penne-with-sausage-and-broccoli-rabe/detail.aspx

I did not have all the ingredients to make it "right" so I switched it up.

Simple Broccoli and Penne

1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta-cooked
1 pound breakfast sausage - cooked
1 pound broccoli 1/2-inch chunks- steamed
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes to taste

Combined cooked pasta, meat, broccoli, seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve up with Parmesan cheese and red peppers for those to like it HOT!

I remembered to take a picture of it this time. Too bad it got lost is cyber space somewhere. WEIRD!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Squash and Kohlrabi Empanadas

I know it has been a while. Took a small break from coupons and now I am back in the saddle of cooking/baking. Although I dislike the process I realize that it is part of life.  With coupons I rarely have to cook, but I get CSA, of which I am so thankful.  The fresh vegetables are delicious and push me back into cooking again. Once I lose the CSA I am sure I will go back to coupons and not cooking again.I prefer to do once a month cooking, but the group I did it with stopped after December.  Looks like I will be cooking myself for a while until I can get a group together again.  So far no luck.  Maybe I need to go begging. "snicker".

Here is a recipe I tried yesterday.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/squash-and-kohlrabi-empanadas/detail.aspx
I followed the recipe fairly close. Here is how my recipe looked.


Squash and Kohlrabi Empanadas Murphy Style

1 large yellow squash, cubed
2 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and cubed
I put them in the steamer for 1/2 hour
Then I added in a bowl:
2 green onions, chopped
1tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger
salt and pepper to taste
Then made:
1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch
double crust pie
Preheat oven to 350


Roll out the pie crust by running a rolling pin over it once or twice. Cut out about 16 6-inch circles using a large cookie cutter or cereal bowl. Fill the center of each circle with about 1 tablespoon of the kohlrabi mixture. Brush the edges of the pastry with water, then fold the dough in half. Crimp the edge of the dough with a fork to seal, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pastry and vegetable filling. Prick each empanada with a fork. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and flaky, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve hot from the oven.


 I forgot to add the spinach. Oops. I was requested to put in meat or beans next time. I think I will try beans first since I am not a meat fan. We topped the pastries with salad dressing.. compliments of my coupons this spring. :-) I think we will be making them again. Although I might take the lazy route and use tortillas or bread dough instead of a pie crust. I hate making pie crusts!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My extreme couponing week

I took 3 days... yes I know that is a lot, but with my car situation that is the best I could do. I have no pictures from the 1st day. I totally forgot to take them. Sorry. I do have pictures from the last 2 other then the VERY last trip that my husband took. I forgot to take a pictures. I did put the groceries away so hey.. I did that. LOL!

Thursday
5 transactions at Walgreens. Not all at the same time though so don't get too worried. We have 2 Walgreens in town as well.  Both stores the check out personal couponed so they were patient and one even got me a deal I did not know about!

I rolled my RR between the Herbal Essences (2RR) and the Colgate Toothpaste($3RR)

#1
$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$.39 Cadbury Egg
MFG Coupon BOGO $3.23
Used my $3RR
Total was $1.57
#2
$2.99 Colgate TP
$. 39 Cadbury Egg
Used $2RR and $.75 MFG coupon
Total $.81
#3
$3.50 H/E Shampoo
$3.50 H/E Shampoo
$.39 Cadbury Egg
MFG Coupon BOGO $3.23
Used my $3RR
Total was $1.57#4
$2.99 Colgate TP
$. 39 Cadbury Egg
Used $2RR and $.75 MFG coupon
Total $.81
#5
$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$.39 Cadbury Egg
MFG Coupon BOGO $3.23
Used my $3RR
Total was $1.57
I saved $26.79
Total Spent was $6.33 for 2 Colgate and 6 HE Shampoo/Conditioner.

Walmart
not so great, but hey I was basically looking for tomorrow. :-)

$2.58x4 Beechnut Yogurt Nibblers
$.33x2 Frigo String Cheese
used MFG coupon
$1.00x4 Beechnut Yogurt Nibblers
$.40x2 Frigo String Cheese
Saved $4.80
$6.18 total OOP

Friday -
My good hauls I worked on all week.. and pictures 
Target




$2.66x3 M&M Pretzel
$.99x6 Chocolate Peeps
$.99x4 Skittles boxes
I used
$1.00x4 TQ
$.50x3 MFG for Skittles
$1.00x6 MFG
Total OOP $7.20
Saved $12.49



Pick N Save

$2.49x13 One Beyond Cat Food
Used 13 $3/1 coupon
Oop $1.78 (tax)
Saved $32.37








Walgreens - 
I have 4 messed up transactions. Posting them first because they were oops. Partially my fault, partially the store because they had a tag still up from last week and I forgot to use my coupons. Oops. I am obviously still learning.  I again rolled my RR between the HE and Colgate like the day before.

#1
$2.99 Colgate toothpaste
$.39 Cadbury Egg
Used
$2 RR
$.70 Wags discounts
$2.00 MFG
Saved $2.70
Total Oop $1.56
Forgot my coupon for the TP. GRRR

Did this one 2 times without coupons. UGH WHY?????
$2.99 Colgate TP
$. 39 Cadbury Egg
Used $2RR

Total $1.56

 I did this one 2 times
$1.29x2 Colgate Wisks
Toms of Maine toothpaste $1.19
Used 2RR
Total $.82
Saved $5.30
Forgot to use my wisk coupons UGH!

$2.99 Colgate TP
$. 39 Cadbury Egg
Used $2RR and $.75 MFG coupon
Total $.81

$.39 Cadbury Egg
$.50x4 Snicker Egg
$2.99 Colgate
$1.49 Puffs
Used
$1.00x2 MFG Candy
$.50 MFG Puffs
$.75 MFG Toothpaste
$.50 Wags
$2.00 RR
$1.47 OOP
Saved $6.45

Did this deal 5 times

$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$3.50 H/E Conditioner
$.39 Cadbury Egg
MFG Coupon BOGO $3.23
Used my $3RR
Total was $1.57

Walmart -
I saved the best for last.

$3.00 2 inch binder
$1.68x4 Eggs
$1.72 NYC nail polish
$.93  NYC nail polish
$1.00x4 Snicker Egg
$1.00x4  M&M Eggs
$2.00x4 Wonka Easter Jelly Beans
$2.50x2 Jello Temptations
$2.00 Orv's Pizza
$2.00x4 Chocolate Cross
$1.00x2 French Mustard
$5.24 Connect 4 game
$1.50 Infusion Shampoo
$1.50 Clear Duck Tape
$.58 yogurt
$2.50x2 Creme Egg
$2.50 Carmel Egg
I used these coupons:
$5x5 Hershey's Candy
Free Yogurt
$2/1 Infusion Shampoo
$3/1 Connect 4 game
$.50/1x2 Mustard
Free Orv's Pizza
Free Jello Temptations
$1/1 Jello Temptations
$1.50/2 x2 NYC nails
$1/1 x4 Eggs
$1/1x4 Snicker Eggs
$1/1x4 M&M Eggs
$1/2 Wonka Jelly Beans
$.55/1x2 Wonka Jelly Beans
$63.55 Total before coupons  
$11.97 Total OOP
I had to get the manager to come over and ok the purchase and I had quite the crowd at the end... everyone kept asking me... have you seen the extreme coupon show. Um.. no I have never seen it sorry. I just did all my Easter Candy shopping this week. I had been collecting all my Easter candy coupons for about a month. I am done and ready for Easter now. hehehe.

Saturday - 3 trips to Pick N Save because they had double days that you could double 10 coupons. I also learned you only had to spend $25 BEFORE coupons. That made it easier and I think I want to do it again. I thought it was after. That is way too hard for me to do. Before is easy... I do not have a picture of the last one because my husband did the run and I forgot until a few minutes ago.  The buy 6 Kelloggs, $10 off, and 2 gallons of milk was also part of the deal.

#1
$1.69x9 Kens
$2.25x8 Ore-Ida Potatoes
$1x9 $10/10 Birdseye  Broccoli & green beans
$3.19x2 Corn Flakes
$3.34x4 Kripix
$1 BBQ sauce
Used
$1/3x3 Birdseye
$1x3 cereal
$1/2 Ora Ida potatoes
$1/1 Kens
$14 PnS coupon
Savings $74.27 Oop $24.12


#2 - 
not pictured is the milk. I forgot
$3.19x2 Corn Flakes
$3.79x2 Raisin Bran
$2.89x2 Cinnabon
$3.79x3 Crunchy Nut
$3.49x3 Berry Filled
$1.88x7 Classico Pasta sauce
$1.00x6 Birdseye Peas
$1.00x3 Birdseye Green Beans
$3.59x2 Roundy Chocolate Milk
$1 String Cheese



Coupons used
$3.59x2 milk coupons
$1/3x3 Birdseye Veggies
$1x7 Classico Pasta
$24 PnS coupon
$1/1x2 Berry Filled cereal
$1/2x5 Cereal
Saved $69.25
Oop $13.74

#3
3@$.66 Mac N Shells
3@$1.45 Hormel Chili
3@3.59 Ken's Dressing
18 @ 10/$10  Birdseye Steamers
2 @ $10/10 Freshlike Veggies
$1.99 Jumbo Turkey Hot Dogs
Used
$1/1 Kens
$1/3 Birdeye
$.50/1x2 Freshlike
Saved $42.55
Payed $14.30

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Couponing 2/18-19

I have not done it very often. Mostly because I simply am too lazy to try to line up coupons for the ads and I also don't like to buy pre-packaged food.  But it is cheap and my husband likes it. He does not care if I make it from white or wheat. So in an attempt to make do with less I am going to try using coupons etc to be more frugal.

My Piggly Wiggly run #1
3# onions
1 dozen eggs
4 bags chex mix
2 bags gardetto
1 pkg american cheese
2 rolls cinnamon rolls
4 boxes totinos pizza rolls
4 boxes gogurts

Saved $29.66 with coupons and I spent only $14.71

My Piggly Wiggly #2

4 boxes fruit snacks
10 bags chex mix
1 dozen eggs
6 rolls cinnamon rolls
8 boxes pizza rolls
4 boxes gogurt
7 boxes pies (dh's contribution for being dragged shopping. LOL!)

Saved $51.47 without coupons and I spent $27.18

Saved the best for last:

Pick N Save (rainbow foods)
I went on Saturday when I was able to use double coupons.  I also did 2 other bargins. I bought 24 boxes of cereal. Every 6 boxes I received a $10 discount. I spent $20 on GM so I received a $10 gas refund. And I also received coupons for 4 gallons of milk and 4 dz eggs.  Everything I bought I used coupons for.

24 boxes of cereal
2 jars pasta sauce
12 boxes pasta sauce
2 dz eggs

I saved $73.83, but I spent only $34.70

I wish I had taken a picture of everything I bought. It looks like more then that list does!  To put into perspective 24 boxes of cereal... think 2 rubber made tubs.  Since I am just starting out on the couponing thing I am not set up to do pictures. I will try to do it next time. Which won't be this week! LOL!

Breakfast meals

I have been working on cooking them for over a week. These are the recipes I choose....

Pancakes
Waffles
Muffins
Granola
Quiche
Breakfast pizza
Breakfast burritos

I did not change the recipes much.  Other then the Mocha muffins. I used a Mocha mix instead of the instant coffee, powdered milk, sugar, and creamer etc.  I also used turkey instead of chicken in the quiche. I was given a turkey in our Christmas box.  So many of my chicken meals will be made from Turkey this time around.  

I will be making more meals this next week. My goal is to do the rest of my meals in the next week.  Then no more cooking for 2 months.  I enjoy OAMC. I can sit back and enjoy life and not worry about cooking EVERY SINGLE day.

Taking a break to survive.

Taking a break from cooking. That is what I did. Not intentionally. It just happened. Survival mode kicked in.  Not sure I will ever get back to cooking like I did either. That part of my life, along with many other things, is over. I don't really care if I ever cook much again. The motivation is no longer there. Cooking good food for my family is something I do because it is what I believe is the right thing to do. I can coupon and buy things for way less then I can make them so why bother anymore? We still eat.  That is all that matters right now... surviving.

So this blog will still have recipes etc., but it will also share my shopping deals. ie coupons.