Freezer

The Freezer and Fridge is full and yet you have nothing to eat? Let’s roll up our sleeves and clean out the freezer, pantry and fridge and see what we can come up for with meals for 2 weeks only using our bits and pieces. Money is tight, some foods are hard to find and we want to be as frugal and budget friendly as we can to help us stay on track. Also….did you know that you can get some foods sent to you via UPS with free shipping from Walmart. I have a small Walmart Haul with a few fillers.

A small Walmart Hall via Walmart.com
So what can we find in the freezer to make a meal with?
So what can we find in the refrigerator to make a meal with?

 

Lentils and rice/ Instant pot cooking

This was my first try ever eating lentils and rice let alone cooking them. I found a great recipe using the instant pot. It takes only about 20 minutes from prep to serving it up and it’s absolutely delicious.

 

This recipe that I made fed my family of three for one meal plus at least 2 to 3 additional meals. So you could obviously stretch this out for 5 to 7 lunches or dinners comfortably if you need to stretch things.

It is warm and delicious and my picky eater even liked it. Enjoy!!!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Lentils or 2 cups
  • 1 cup of rice of your choice (I like white rice)
  • 4 teaspoons of dried onions
  • 6 even cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2 teaspoon of chicken or beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
  • 2 teaspoon of minced garlic

Easy instructions:

  1. dump all the Ingredients into the instant pot
  2. give it a good stir
  3. place lid on and turn to sealing
  4. turn on manual for 20 minutes
  5. you can do a quick release or let it release on its own
  6. open lid and enjoy

*use as a side dish or as a main dish

*use leftovers in a soup or a casserole

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Budget Cooking, Depression Cooking and HOT MILK CAKE!

Right now we are in weird times and everyone is scrambling to find budget friendly meals, and resources for these meals as well. Many people have not had to cook so many meals at home until this virus hit us. On top of having to cook the meals we are now finding that our resources are limited for meats, rice etc. Here are two books I can recommend not only give you a budget friendly recipes but also for alternatives for when you can’t find what you need.

I’ve included a great recipe for a yummy cake. This recipe is basic ingredients that you have normally at home and all you do is change up the extract to create a different flavor every time you make it. I hope you enjoy the show me a cake as much as I do. It’s moist and delicious and great deserve as a snack or dessert at any time. Be creative with the icings and toppings that you use for a different dessert every time you serve it.

Buffalo Chicken Soup… Only using leftovers.

Well I think I made the absolute best soup that I have ever made in my life. If you like buffalo chicken then you will love this soup. To be honest with you, there’s not really a recipe other than using leftover buffalo chicken. I went tomy pantry and my refrigerator and gathered up what I could find to add to make a soup. I found things like diced tomatoes, black beans, some baked beans, garlic and spices, cream corn, some fresh celery and carrots. Mix this altogether along with your chicken and you have one awesome pot of soup.

Leftovers
Buffalo Chicken Soup in the Instant Pot

Buffalo Chicken Soup! Only using leftovers https://youtu.be/8MlM6WpAQOA

Honey, Garlic Instant Pot Pork chops #quick and easy dinner

Need a quick and easy and delicious dinner?  Check this out!

Ingredients:

  • 4-8 pork chops (thin sliced or if thick, pound down for a thinner cut) – taste better this way
  • 2-3 teaspoons of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon of orange marmalade

 

How to cook in the Instant Pot:

  • Turn your pot to sauté
  • Place butter and 2 strips of bacon in the pot to cook for 1-2 minutes only (cut bacon up into small bite size pieces)
  • Salt and pepper both side of chops
  • Place chops in pot and brown on both sides
  • Turn Instant Pot off
  • Now pour in the rest of the ingredients on top
  • Place lid on pot in sealing position
  • Turn on Manuel for 7 minute for thin chops and 10 minutes for thick chops
  • When you are done with you 7 minutes ….do a quick release
  • Open pot away from you and enjoys your oh so good pork chops.

 

Great over rice, pasta or just about anything!

 

Cleaning out the freezer/freezer and pantry challenge #2020

I love watching You-Tube channels on home and organization.  How about you? I sat one day and watched two of my favorite channels….Jamerrill Stewart and Parsnips and Parsimony.  They are two large families, but the overall idea is the same. One family will fill their pantry once a month for the next month’s menu, with a few extras. The other family will fill their pantry with extras for when the budget is tight.  They then have food in the pantry to pull from.

After watching the two of them, I took one look at my freezers and realized….what a mess!!! Not only was it a mess, but I would buy doubles of things I did not need, and not enough of what I needed because I was not organized.  Another You-Tube channel that I love is Coupons to Provide.  She goes on to say how she is a visual person…and oh how I could relate to that.  If she puts it away in a closet, etc…and she does not see it….she forgets she has it.

Bingo…that gave me an idea.  What I need is a place for a pantry that would be organized, simple (with my busy schedule I need this), efficient for the family to use, and visual for me. I need to know quickly what I have in order to work for meals.

So, I emptied my pantry….what a job.  I sorted what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to give away. I was able to bless someone else with the things I will not use, and I created a great little nook.

Now every time I enter and exit my kitchen….I get to see my pantry stash of stuff, and I love it.  If you are not a visual person, and/or a practical, functional homemaker….this would probably drive you nuts.  But for me it is perfect.

So now it is time to clean up, and clean out my two freezers. Creative cooking will be happening in our home from now until Easter. Come and join in the fun; clean out your bits and pieces in both your pantry and freezer.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Sausage Casserole (or AKA Hotdog Casserole) # Quick and Easy

Do you want quick and easy? Do you want simple and yummy? Do you want a crowd pleaser….try this yummy recipe!

Ingredients:

1 package of hotdogs, kielbasa, or chicken sausage

5 lbs. of potatoes

1 can or bag of sauerkraut

2 bay leaves

1 cup water

½ stick of butter

How to prepare:

I use a slow cooker (I have tried doing this in the instant pot but I didn’t think it tasted as good).

Potatoes – Wash, peel, and cut in half;  dump in the crock pot.

Meat – Slice the meat of your choice into bite size pieces and pour over top of the potatoes.

Next, take the sauerkraut and pour over the meat and potatoes, and then add butter and water too.

Add two bay leaves on the top of the mixture, and then cook two hours on low for four hours on high.

Before serving ….just remember to take out the bay leaves.

Oh soooooo good!!!

 Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

Homemade Meatballs #Quick and Easy Meal

Nothing beats homemade meatballs over a big plate of pasta!  Meatball subs and sandwiches are always a treat too. I find when I have a crowd over or a large family gathering for the holidays, this is a great thing to serve. This is a simple foolproof recipe that I am sure you will enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. of meatloaf mix (my preference but you can use ground chicken, turkey, or 100% beef)
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • ½ parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large jars of spaghetti sauce (enough to cover the meatballs)

 

Easy to prepare

  • Dump everything in a bowl and then mix together.
  • Roll into the size of a meatball that you prefer.

 

Easy to cook:

  • Toss in a crock pot and cover with spaghetti sauce for four hours on high, or six hours on low ( if you find this is the best tasting).

Or…

You can bake them in the oven or fry them in a pan first, and then cook on the stove top or crock pot the same way.

For best results, I find letting them cook slow and long will retain all the flavors!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

Quick and Easy Gift…no Cost Gift Idea!

Do you need a cheap and inexpensive gift idea that can last a lifetime?  My kids, this year, gave me a wonderful gift and I wanted to share with you all.

Gifts can be expensive, and/or sometimes we just don’t really know what to get.  I know myself; so many times I have purchased a gift for someone and they in turn gave it back to me, put it on a shelf, or who knows what.  Why waste your time and money buying something when you have other options?

Check out this great gift idea; comment below if you decide to do this, and let me know what you did.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother