Serve up some hidden vegetables in this Italian Pasta Casserole with Zucchini. Continue reading
Did you know that if you substitute some butternut squash for cheese in a pasta dish that you don’t need to add any additional thickener? Sneak in vegetables and nutrition with this Pasta Squash Pasta and Cheese with Tomatoes!
When my fourth son came upstairs for dinner and saw these Manwich Sloppy Joe Egg Rolls, he exclaimed, “Mom! Why didn’t you tell me we were having sloppy Joes?! I’d have been up here much sooner! Continue reading
Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.
If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above. Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages. Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans. Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make. Yes, yes, yes, I know. This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading
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I live in the South where football is king and food is a close second. Every chance we get, we combine the two! There is nothing like a huge spread of #gametimegrub and a big crowd gathered to watch the exciting games leading up to the big game next week. My husband was born and raised in one of the cities whose team is playing, so without naming which, I can tell you we are very anxious for another win for the home team. One of our favorite things to eat while waiting for a first down is smothered fries. Alexia Foods helps us do just that with their sweet potato and crinkle cut French fries. Continue reading
It’s the new year and with remembering to write 2015 on my checks also comes a wave of personal goals that I want to accomplish. My family purchased a gym membership in December so we could all do more exercising. My husband has requested that I serve more fish and seafood for dinner. For my own personal health, I am stepping closer and closer to a grain-free lifestyle. With an eye still on my food budget, I am adding meals of seafood without grain by using Bumble Bee® seafood products like their Fancy Lump Crab and Tiny Shrimp Continue reading
Beef Lombardi is a hearty casserole with ground beef, egg noodles, cream cheese, tomatoes and tons of flavor.
I know it’s almost Christmas and everyone is anxious to read about the latest fudge or cheese filled appetizer, but let’s face it folks, we all have to sneak in a little dinner here and there. And is this ever a dinner to remember! Oodles of oniony cream cheese layered between egg noodles and a beefy tomato sauce will have you saying, “What plate of holiday cookies?” and going back for seconds and thirds. Continue reading
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Sometimes I wish I could drive a little mini front loader into my kids bedrooms, scoop them up when their alarms go off and drop them onto the ground. Nothing seems to wake them up! Well, I take that back. Second Son, who is a senior, gets himself up all by himself. However, Third and Fourth Sons and lately, even Only Daughter, seem to have no ability to get up on time. So we rush and rush through the morning with me calling out, “10 minutes!” “5 minutes!” “Your ride is here!” “You are late…again!” Thank goodness for Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, now with #4morewaffles. Continue reading
I had the most interesting conversation with a Canadian friend the other day. I said something about her celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this week and she told me it wasn’t until next week. I “hmmm’d” to myself and went home to Google it. It appears she will be eating her feast a week after the rest of Canada… Any-hoo, I thought I’d get a jump on the U.S. Thanksgiving by posting a roast turkey on our northern neighbor’s holiday. Continue reading
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My kids are all about big flavors. It doesn’t matter if I am making steak or beans, if the dish has enough flavor, they will like it. With a big family like mine, I try really hard to make meals for less than $20. It just isn’t feasible to spend oodles of money on big ticket food items for every single dinner. We are big on budget meals…as long as they taste good. It almost doesn’t matter what I serve, as long as it is tasty.
Ah school; I love it and I hate it. I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy. That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more. I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year. It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.
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I believe in diving into local cuisine. When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern. It wasn’t too long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds). They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits. Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking. It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.
I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking. I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty. I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon. I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs. They sounded like something my entire family would devour.
A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar. All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it. When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he was a happy camper.
***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free. From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published. Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading
Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
When my kids asked what meal I’d like for Mother’s day, I said grilled pork chops. They looked at me a little blankly, because they were hoping I’d say something like frozen pizza and boxed macaroni and cheese. I rolled my eyes at them and said, ” Don’t worry, I’ll make it myself!” They let out breaths of relief and said, “Thanks, Mom, you’re the best! Happy Mother’s Day!” They let me make my own birthday cakes, too. Aren’t they great?
In my mind, there is nothing like marinated, grilled pork chops. This particular marinade came about because my husband and I realized we had 5 open bottles of mustard in our refrigerator. Desperate to use up the two Dijon’s , I created this concoction. It was such a hit that I had to go out and buy more Dijon. We eventually ate the 2 bottles of regular yellow mustard up with hot dogs and hamburgers, so I can proudly say that we only have three open bottles of mustard now. (don’t ask me to give up my Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic mustard; it stays no matter what).
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil (or any kind of oil that doesn't solidify in the fridge)
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp honey
- 6-8 pork chops
- Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
- Place pork chops in a glass 9x13 pan.
- Pour the marinade over the chops, moving the meat around to coat both sides.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-60 minutes.
- Heat up the grill and cook the chops about 7 minutes on each side (longer if thicker meat, less if thin).
This “burrito” recipe is more of a modern interpretation of Mexican food. I am not sure it would pass any authentication tests, but it sure is delicious. If you are looking for something light and different, this is just the thing.
- corn tortillas
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 15 oz can beans, rinsed and drained (use black, pinto, white, or whatever you like)
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup cojito crumbles
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cooked and cubed
- Cook the onion in the oil until browned,softened or caramelized (or just the way you like it)
- Add the chicken, beans, sweet potato and herbs.
- Heat through, stirring little, so as not to mash the sweet potato.
- Heat the corn tortillas on a griddle or pan so they are softened.
- Spoon some chicken/bean mixture onto the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
- Fold over the tortillas or serve open-faced.
My son’s motto is “bury me in bacon.” He would eat it every day, if it weren’t for his mama. When he sees a package of bacon on the counter and me getting pots and pans out to make dinner, he asks if we are having bacon. He has learned, however, to follow that question up with, “is it going in something?” It is the bane of his existence that I use bacon as an ingredient instead of as a focal point. Continue reading
Necessity is the mother of so many of my recipes. Seriously, if I didn’t have leftover roast or chicken or bones or whatever staring at me from the refrigerator, how many dinners would simply be spaghetti and meatballs? Continue reading
This month’s Pass the CookBook Club book is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil. As an added bonus this month, we are also able to giveaway three copies of this wonderful cookbook! As always, three recipes were chosen for us to pick from, each of us made one. You can see the dishes in the linky at the bottom of the post.