Easy Peasy 4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler

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I have to admit, I am not one for sweets.  I really prefer salty snacks over baked sweets or ice cream treats , but the other day I found myself rummaging through my kitchen freezer and came across half a bag of frozen blueberries, half a bag of frozen strawberries and half a container of vanilla frozen yogurt.

I knew these ingredients had potential for some deliciousness, but upon doing a little research, I came across one of the most simplest, most appealing recipes to use them up and the result was the easiest and most delicious desserts I have ever made.

And as you might have guessed it…my brood ate it up with no complaints.

4 INGREDIENT BERRY COBBLER

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.

1/2 cup sugar

1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.

3. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

4. Serve warm or room temperature with or without ice cream or whipped topping.

Try it yourself and tell me what you think.

4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler
Serves 8
Ridiculously simple berry cobbler the whole family will love.
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453 calories
68 g
32 g
19 g
3 g
8 g
154 g
433 g
16 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
154g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453
Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 8g
42%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 32mg
11%
Sodium 433mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 68g
23%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
61%
Calcium
10%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.
  3. 3.Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Notes
  1. Great served warm with your favorite ice cream.
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calories
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fat
19g
protein
3g
carbs
68g
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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon

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By Liz

This is a light and easy side dish that will go great with any meal.

Ingredients:

lemon-cauliflower-011 head of cauliflower, rinsed

1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Directions:

1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.

2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.

3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.

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4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).

5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.

6. Discard lemon wedges; serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.

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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon
Serves 6
A light and easy side dish, bursting with flavor.
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75 calories
7 g
1 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
125 g
69 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
97%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
  2. 1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.
  2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.
  4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).
  5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.
  6. Discard lemon wedges before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
7g
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Proper

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By Liz

This article is really a miscellaneous article for me, because, let’s face it…it’s peanut butter and jelly, who doesn’t know how to make this age old, beloved sandwich?

I had recently gathered one evening with a group at my church that gets together once a month to make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter. I watched this well oiled machine of about 20 people make up almost a five hundred sandwiches in about 20 minutes. One of the sandwiches they make is PB &J, I noticed however, they were not making this simple sandwich correctly.



When I came home that evening I happened to be watching the news and during one of the breaks was a commercial for a kitchen design store…I think, and the well, cinematographed ad depicted a girl in this beautiful kitchen making a PB &J sandwich for her mother. As the camera looked down on her making the sandwich, I noticed again, it was being made incorrectly.

This may sound like rantings of a crazy woman, who has nothing better to do with her time than obsess over how one makes a PB &J sandwich, but in today’s world of “foodies” and endless streams of reality cooking shows, I figure the least society can do is learn to make a proper Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

What you need:

A clean, dry flat surface.

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Two clean butter knives.  You don’t want to “cross contaminate” your condiments.

Your favorite creamy peanut butter.  You could use chunky, but it tends to be harder to spread and you are more apt to rip the bread while spreading.

Your favorite jelly. Grape is best and the most traditional, but you could use strawberry as well.

Sandwich bread. Plain old white bread is customary. Wheat, sandwich bread is acceptable too, but please, no tortillas, bagels or any fancy shmancy artisanal bread, let’s not re-invent the wheel here people…it’s PB&J for pity’s sake!

Directions:

1. Place 2 slices of bread on your clean, flat surface.

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2. Take 1 clean butter knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and spread on one slice of bread. Repeat with other slice of bread. (This creates a barrier so the jelly won’t soak through the bread, making your sandwich really soggy, really quickly).

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3. Take the other clean knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of jelly and spread on which ever slice of bread you desire.

4. Close sandwich by marrying the condiment sides together.

5. Eat, and enjoy this childhood favorite!

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And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen; Peanut Butter and Jelly Proper.

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*Just a side note to my New England peeps…the same application is to be applied to a Fluffernutter sandwich as well. Just replace Marshmallow Fluff for the jelly.



Easy Cheesy Danish Recipe

danish

By Liz

Our Monday through Fridays are rush, rush, rush but thankfully come Saturday mornings, our vibe in the house is relaxed.  I treat the family with some sort of continental breakfast one day a week making it interesting and tasty for them, and really easy for me.

On this day of the week, our breakfast usually includes fresh coffee, juice and some sort of pastry that was either store bought or just really easy to make.  Here is the pastry I made this past, dreary, rainy Saturday.

I doubled this recipe for my large brood to make a total of 16 Danish, however, the recipe below is for 8 Danish.

cheesy-danish

Easy Cheesy Danish

*Makes 8 Danish

Ingredients:

1 can of crescent rolls

4oz cream cheese (softened)

¼ cup Granulated Sugar

½ tsp. lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Fruit jam or jelly, optional

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

cheesy-danish

2. Beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, & vanilla.

3. Remove the crescent dough from the tube. Do not separate into triangles! Slice the roll of crescent dough into 8 rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

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4. Press an indentation in the center of each crescent round with your fingers. Fill the indentations with a big dollop of cream then a small addition of jam or jelly if desired.

5. Bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating pan during ½ time of cooking (8 minutes).

cheesy-danish

6. Serve warm or at room temp.

7. Store any leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.


Easy Cheesy Danish
Serves 8
Delicious and easy morning pastry.
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88 calories
9 g
17 g
5 g
1 g
3 g
26 g
64 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
26g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 64mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 can of crescent rolls
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  3. ¼ cup sugar
  4. ½ tsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. *Fruit jam or jelly, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, & vanilla.
  3. Remove the crescent dough from the tube. Do not separate into triangles! Slice the roll of crescent dough into 8 rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Press an indentation in the center of each crescent round with your fingers. Fill the indentations with a big dollop of cream then a small addition of jam or jelly if desired.
  5. Bake at 350 for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating pan during ½ time of cooking (8 minutes).
  6. Serve warm or at room temp.
Notes
  1. Store any leftovers in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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fat
5g
protein
1g
carbs
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Dusting it Off

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By Liz

Do you like to clean? Do you look forward to getting your home ship shape? Maybe put on your favorite music and sing and dance while cleaning like no one is watching while you do so? Yeah……me neither.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean house, but I don’t like to do it.

Many of my family and friends know this about me and have asked why I just don’t break down and hire someone to clean my house.  Simply answered, I just can’t justify my laziness in this area. We all have things we hate to do, but sometimes you just “gotta suck it up buttercup”….right? So if there is any way I can shorten my weekly ritual, and still get clean results, you bet your bippy I am going to find it.

Let me first give you a quick synopsis of my home décor.  There is very little of it. When I was a kid living at home, my mom had so much stuff, it was like being in a museum.  I think because her parents were from the Great Depression era, that way of thinking (never throw anything away) and decorating were a part of the baby boomer generation as well. So back then, in our house, you could always be sure that there was a knick knack of some sort occupying every flat surface that was available in the house, and it was my chore to dust it all!




Needless to say, when I became an adult and moved out on my own, I took a more minimalist approach to decorating. I do have some tchotchkes of my own that I display, but they are few and far between which means, there is a lot less to clean.

The following is a list of the best tools that I have found for dusting that make this chore easy and produce the best results.

1. Microfiber cloths. This wonder material is great for surfaces that you need to dust, but don’t want to put any cleaner on. I use this cloth to knock the dust off of my T.V.s; table top glass framed pictures; and it does wonders getting all the pet hair off of our leather couch.

2. Orphaned, cotton socks. Slip one of these babies over your hand and you now have a 2 sided polishing cloth to use with your furniture polish. The great thing about this tool, is once the sock becomes to dirty and dusty, simply pull it off your hand and replace with a clean one.  Since we are a family of 7, we seem to have an abundance of these dusting cloths, if you don’t have many in your inventory, I am quite sure you can ask friends or family to start saving them for you, even though you might get some strange looks.

3. Walmart’s, Great Value, Furniture Polish. After many years of dusting and trying many different products, this furniture polish is my all time favorite because it works great! It doesn’t go on heavy so it does not leave a thick residue behind. It leaves my furniture dust free with a nice, streak free shine to it; and the answer is NO… I am not getting compensated to say this.

4. Ostrich feather duster. I love this tool, I use it every week, sometimes 2 times a week to dust the whole house (if the spirit moves me)without using my furniture polish and cotton socks. It is easy and I can glide through my entire house and dust off all surfaces in less than 15 minutes. I generally use the polish and sock method about once every 4 to 6 weeks. A helpful note: only use 100% ostrich down feathers for the best results.  Ostrich down is softer, more pliable, and more valuable than run-of-the-mill feathers. Forget cheap synthetic dusters, brightly dyed chicken-feather dusters, or even regular ostrich feathers. They don’t work.




You might be asking; what is the best way to keep these tools clean?…glad you asked.  To remove the dust from your feather duster, simply take it outside and shake it upside down vigorously. If you require a more thorough cleaning of the duster you may use warm soapy water, followed by a clean water rinse, then hang to dry.

For both your cotton socks and microfiber cloths, proper care is a snap. No fabric softener, no bleach, no heat – that’s all you have to remember! Wash in the washing machine with detergent only. Tumble them dry on low heat or no heat.

Now let me add that these aren’t all the tools I use for my deep spring cleaning, all of them make an appearance during that time, but a few more come out as well, but that is another article to be had later on and just a reminder that these products are meant to be used in this fashion for maintenance of your dusting needs. If you have neglected your dusting duties and are starting from a position with a few inches of dust on your surfaces, you will need a deep cleaning first, and then you can maintain your clean surfaces with these 4 products.




Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins

I am sorry to say, this recipe is not of my own creation and I cannot remember where I got it from, but give it a try if you want a very easy, healthy and delicious treat you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert or as a snack anytime of the day.

muffins

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch

1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin

½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)

Directions:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.

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3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).

4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.

5. Bake  for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.

6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.

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I have to admit that because of how thick the batter is with these muffins, they aren’t the prettiest thing to look at, but they taste great, they are lower in fat and calories than the average muffin, and are packed with veggies because of the pumpkin.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins
Yields 12
So easy my sister can make it.
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240 calories
39 g
1 g
9 g
3 g
1 g
53 g
332 g
0 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 332mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch
  2. 1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
  3. ½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.
  3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).
  4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.
  6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.
Other great variations are
  1. Yellow cake mix with peanut butter chips
  2. Spice cake mix with butterscotch chips
  3. Chocolate cake mix with; chocolate, white chip, peanut butter or mint.
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fat
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protein
3g
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Food Subscription Boxes

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By Liz

Talk about all things trendy.  If you haven’t seen or heard about food subscription boxes yet, then you must be living under a rock. This is not a new concept, I mean, take Omaha Steaks for instance…they have been around since 1917.  But nowadays you can get just about any kind of food, delivered to your door with easy step by step instructions, with little to no waste and without the hassle of visiting your grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

Types of boxes available are fruits, vegetables, and snacks, jerky, chocolate, bacon, cheese, full meals, seasonal, regional and the list goes on and on.

Sorry to say, I think this trend, is a waste of your hard earned money!

We as a society already spend so much money on food, whether going out to eat or at our local grocery store(s), so it seems to me that this kind of service is really irrelevant.  However, like most trends, these companies are trying to convince you, that you need their product to be hip, trendy, creative, and money savvy; but do you really need their help?

I decided to do some research on these companies, because many of my fellow, “frugal” bloggers have wonderful things to say about them, (although, I personally believe that if you are calling yourself a “frugal or money saving” blogger and promote or purchase these kinds of subscriptions…..you’ve missed the mark).

There are so many companies trying to cash in on this latest trend, it is overwhelming, so I decided to just concentrate on just produce boxes, but most of this information also applies to most of the other subscription boxes and this is what I have discovered:

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1. Many are locally based, so they might not deliver to your zip code, or you will be paying very high shipping costs for this convenience.

2. Your going to pay for this kind of convenience, anywhere from $11 to $110 (and these are prices for produce boxes).

3. Most offer both traditional or organic products.

4. You really don’t get what you pay for. If you were to do a price comparison, you would see that in most cases, you are paying double and in some cases, triple what it would cost you at the grocery store for the same or very similar products.

5. Packaging can sometimes be environmentally unfriendly. Some of the organic products being purchased, come packaged so as they are not bruised or damaged; all well and good, but many of the materials used for packaging, are not good for mother earth. (Ironic…..huh?)

6. Some of the produce subscription services are selling “recovered”, produce, meaning fruits and vegetables that are perfectly fine to eat, but would have otherwise been thrown away. It’s often discarded because of aesthetic imperfections or logistical inefficiencies. They don’t try to hide this; in fact, for some it is on the main page of their website.




So it has been pointed out to me is that these kinds of services  are helping local farmers and business owners  not to mention the convenience it brings to the consumer of not having to go the store to pick these items out for themselves.  My argument is this….you have to go to the grocery store anyway, right? So while you are there picking up the myriad of other items on your list, why aren’t you taking a few extra minutes to purchase fresh, traditional or organic produce from the same place you shop in the first place?

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It has also been argued that these kinds of services offer more natural choices, help many with diet restrictions due to health, and offer step by step instructions with just the right amount of ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home.  My argument for this is the following:  just about everyone owns or has access to a cookbook, (these resources also come with step by step instructions) or the internet, which offers an endless supply of recipes.  Natural and organic produce can be found not only at your local grocery store(s), but also at specialty stores and especially local farmer’s markets.

No matter how old I get, I am always looking for ways to save money, as much money as I can, because my dream is to retire with my husband somewhere close to the ocean and be able to travel, volunteer, relax, and really to just wake up on any given day and do whatever we want, when we want.  We don’t want to realize one day that we don’t have enough for our retirement, and we have to keep working until we are 75 or 80 years old, or that any one medical condition that myself or my husband might encounter down the road, will wipe us out financially.  So we are all about saving as many pennies as we can for as long as we can. My husband and I are both foodies, and we both enjoy cooking, but we also know that, throwing money away on the latest band wagon of what is hip and trendy today, will not help us achieve our goals for tomorrow.

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If you too are financially conscience, and not only want to eat healthy, but well; I suggest that rather than subscribe to one of these, trendy, overpriced and under stocked box services, you should take a little time each week, plan out a few meals, list your ingredients, purchase only what you need for these dishes and keep the money you have saved in your wallet.




Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers

 

salmon

by Liz
This is one of my new favorites and is a quick and healthy lunch. As usual, the idea of this recipe came to me while looking around my fridge, thinking I really had to use up some of the stuff in there.

I use salmon burger patties for this recipe, but you could easily swap this out for a veggie, black bean or a regular beef burger….whatever your preference.

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Ingredients:

2 frozen salmon burger patties

2 large portabella mushroom caps

2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)

Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)

Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.

2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy).  With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.

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3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray.  Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes.  Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.

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4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.

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5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella.  Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.

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This lunch is oddly satisfying, because of the protein of the burger patty and the “meatiness” taste and texture of the portabella.  This recipe is not only good for lunch, but makes for a really good dinner option as well.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers
Serves 2
A healthy twist for a burger.
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359 calories
24 g
52 g
20 g
25 g
7 g
370 g
541 g
3 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
370g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 52mg
17%
Sodium 541mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
325%
Vitamin C
80%
Calcium
39%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 frozen salmon burger patties
  2. 2 large portabella mushroom caps
  3. 2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)
  4. Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)
  5. Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.
  2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy). With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.
  3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray. Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes. Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.
  4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.
  5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella. Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.
Notes
  1. Can also be made with a beef, tofu, veggie or black bean burgers.
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fat
20g
protein
25g
carbs
24g
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Dollar Tree Musts

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By Liz

If you are like me, you have read many an article from different folks sharing their top buys at the Dollar Tree store.

Dollar Tree stores have been in existence since 1991 and operates more than 13,600 stores throughout the 48 contiguous U.S. states and Canada.

Dollar Tree is classified as an extreme discount store and while initially, it’s targeted consumers were those who were suffering financial burdens, it has now become more popular with affluent customers (that’s how the affluent, stay affluent, by saving their money).

So here is my list of must haves from Dollar Tree:

cards

1.Greeting cards.  While I do “care enough to send the very best”, I am not particularly fond of taking out a small loan to pay for the sentiment. This is especially true when you are shopping for several cards for special occasions and you can’t find a box set with the repeated greeting. If you look hard enough, Dollar Tree even offers a section of cards that are 2 for $1.00.

bags

2.Gift bags/wrapping.  The store offers a wide variety of gift bags, in assorted sizes, plain, unmarked as well as occasion specific decorated bags.  In addition they offer bows, tissue paper, stickers and tags.

seasonal

3.Sesonal items.  Each major (and some minor) holiday, you can find wall décor, table décor,  crafts, ornaments, baking items, disposable and non-disposable kitchen items, and more to help you celebrate, without breaking the bank.

party

 

4.Party. Whether you are hosting a birthday, holiday, shower or a wedding, you can find invitations, thank-yous, banners, balloons, party favors, table ware, centerpieces and more.

readers

5.Reading glasses. Dollar Tree offers an array of magnifications and a wide variety of frame styles for both men and women. The store also offers, cleaning cloths and hard shelled glass cases in different sizes to help you keep your readers safe.

newspapers

6.Your local Sunday newspaper.  If you are a “couponer”, I personally believe that this is your most cost efficient way of obtaining duplicate coupons, (unless your friends, family and/or neighbors donate them to you).  If you are going to buy multiple Sunday papers, some locations may limit the quantity, so you might want to check with store personnel. Also, if they haven’t sold out, you can still find the Sunday paper, throughout the week at the store.

books

7.Activity books. Sophisticated coloring books for youth and adults are all the rage right now and I have seen some of these complex, designed coloring books with a hefty price tag being offered at both online and brick and mortar stores, Dollar Tree offers the same kind of coloring entertainment, just at a bargain rate.  Dollar Tree also sells puzzle books, so if you, or someone you know enjoys passing the time with word search, Sudoku or crossword puzzles, you can find plenty of options for only a $1.00 a piece. This is not only a great form of entertainment on the cheap, but it also requires one to “unplug” for awhile, while engaged in these activities….and who couldn’t use some more of that?

foil

8.Aluminium foil pans. Due to the size of our household, 7 people, we generally wind up hosting all of the major and some of the minor holidays at our house. It doesn’t feel right converging on my sister’s family of 3 and expect them to cook for our brood.  That’s when these lifesavers come in handy.  I can generally do some or most of the cooking a day or two prior to the event, store the food in the foil pans, and then just re-heat the day of the feast. Then there is the clean up factor, it is exhilarating to just empty the pan, crumple it up and toss it in the trash.  These beauties are a wonderful time saver for me and I am able to enjoy the day with my family and not be stuck in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes all day.

pasta

9.Pasta. Most stores offer this pantry staple pretty cheap, so you might be wondering why I listed it. When was the last time you actually looked at the size of the package when you bought pasta at your favorite grocery store? I have noticed that at even at my own beloved grocery stores, offers pasta for as low as 85 cents per package……great deal, right? Not exactly, upon further inspection, the size of the package is only 12 ounces. This equates to 7 cents per ounce. Dollar Tree offers both 16 and 24 ounce packages, this equates to 6 cents and 4 cents per ounce, respectfully. This probably does not sound like much of a savings, but when you eat as much pasta as we do, it just makes cents (see what I did there?).

broth

10.Broth. I know….I know….making your own homemade broth is more economical, but I use so much beef and chicken broth on a weekly basis, that I would have to make a batch every 2-3 days. Dollar Tree offers beef, chicken, and sometimes when I can find it vegetable broth. Each container is 32 ounces (4 cups) for $1.00. Even though making it from scratch would save me money, this option saves me time, and that too is just as valuable to me.

So there you have it, my personal favorites from Dollar Tree.  I hope that you will be able to apply some of these suggestions into your own time and money saving routines.  Stop in at your local Dollar Tree, you just might be surprised what you find.




The Best Ever Fresh Beans

by Liz

beans

I have to admit, before I moved to Texas, the only beans I had ever really known were baked beans.  However, since then, I had been introduced to this very delicious and very satisfying Texas staple.

Beans are not only great tasting, but they are very economical and versatile.

Here is my recipe for the best tasting beans; I used black beans for this recipe.

In a 5 quart slow cooker, add 1 pound of dried beans (pinto, red, black, navy…the possibilities are endless) fill slow cooker ¾ full of water and cover, (you want plenty of water to cover the beans as they will expand overnight).

Let soak overnight.

The next day, drain and rinse beans.

Add beans and fresh water back into the slow cooker, one again filling pot ¾ way with water, (the beans will expand a little more and some of this water will evaporate during cooking).

Add 1; 2” x 2” piece of salt pork and 4 to 5 large cloves of peeled garlic to slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. (Beans will be fully cooked when they are soft and/or their outer skin starts to crack.)

Turn off slow cooker, remove and discard salt pork.

Add 1 Tablespoon of salt (do not add salt in the beginning of this process as this will toughen the beans) and 2 teaspoons of oregano, stir well, replace lid and let sit for about a half hour. (This lets the spices, permeate the beans).

Enjoy as is, or over rice with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, green onion, avocado, fresh tomato or whatever you prefer.