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Eat cheap: Semi homemade onion soup

12 Sep

So I know it’s summer time and most people don’t think to make hot soup on a hot summer day but I was totally craving soup the other day so I went ahead and made my favorite onion soup. It’s super easy to make, doesn’t take too much time and being semi-homemade it’s really fool proof.

Ingredients:

– 1 Medium sized onion chopped (I used several small onions)

– 1 clove garlic, minced

– Unsalted butter

– Onion salt

– Fresh ground pepper, to taste

– Can onion soup

– Water

I start by chopping up the onions. Depending on how much soup you are making you can adjust quantities, but I was just making enough for 2 people and mabye a little left over. Ok, so onions chopped and into a pan to be sauteed over medium heat with a little butter. Add minced garlic once onions have started to cook and this time I also added some chopped mushrooms because I had them in the fridge and figured why not! I also added a pinch of onion salt and fresh ground pepper. Once everything had cooked down I added a can of onion soup and 2 cans of water.

I brought it up to a boil and then simmered it on low for about 5 minutes. Then I shredded some motzarella cheese and added it to my soup before eating.  Such a super easy and quick recipe that I love on a nice cold winter day, or in the middle of the summer so long as I have the A/C on and can pretend it’s cold outside! =)

Kale Chips: Recipe

1 Sep

So this past week I made kale chips. The recipe is fairly simple and you’re pretty much baking the kale until it’s nice and crispy and then it’s ready to eat. I chose to make 2 different varieties to see which we would like best. I made a savory chip as well as a sweet chip. (Raw kale picture below)

Ingredients: Fresh kale, salt, olive oil, and honey.

Directions:

-Wash and dry kale

-Separate leafy part of kale from the hard center stem (either cut or rip away from the stem).

-Chop/rip kale into bite size pieces.

-Lay on a baking sheet, fairly spread out.

-Lightly pour olive oil over kale. (Just enough so the salt will stick to it)

-Season half the tray with salt.

-Season the other half of the tray with honey. (I just drizzled it over the kale a similar amount as I put of the olive oil)

-Bake 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just slightly brown and kale is crispy.

I would suggest watching the kale so it doesn’t burn. Some of the recipes I found online called for flipping the kale half way through which I did not do. (Kale ready to go in the oven)

The chips had an interesting taste but a LOT of crunch to them which I was surprised about. I’ve never cooked with kale and the smell wasn’t the best as they were baking but the taste was alright. I definitely enjoyed the sweet chips better than the savory ones, but both were edible and I felt like I was eating a healthy snack instead of fattening chips. I’m not sure how often I would make these since they did leave my tummy feeling bloaty and funny for the afternoon, but they were still pretty tasty.

Have you ever made kale chips?

Tuesday Tips & Tricks: Eat cheap @ the beach

2 Aug

This weeks tip is about being at the beach (since that’s where I am this week!) My tip is how to eat cheap while at the beach. A lot of time when you go to the beach, especially the big, touristy type beaches, it’s very easy to eat local food whether it be pizza, sandwiches or other beach food. But a smart and easy way to save money would be to pack a picnic. Bring a cooler with lots of cold drinks and sandwiches, chips, last nights left overs, whatever you want really since you can bring it from home!

Where we’ll be staying at the beach we’ll be bringing down some snacks and probably going back to our room for lunch I would imagine. It’s within walking distance of the beach and super easy to do.

What do you usually do when you go to the beach?

*image is from a Modern Mom Parenting article titled “Safety Tips For Picnic Lunches At The Beach“. It’s a good read if you’d like to hop on over. =)

Friday Find: Spaghetti pie recipe

29 Jul

 Doesn’t this image look yummy! My hubby makes this really good recipe he calls Fried Spaghetti so when I saw this dish I thought I had to make it! But when I mentioned the recipe, he said he really doesn’t like spaghetti pie. Oh well. I may have to make it when he’s out of town some time.

Go here for the full Spaghetti pie recipe from My Recipes.com or you can read my synopsis below. 🙂

YIELD: 6 Servings

Cook time: 30 min

Prep time: 15 min

Cool: 10 min

COST PER SERVING:$.67

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cooked bacon crumbles (such as Hormel brand)
  • 3 scallions (green portions only), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add spaghetti and cook according to package directions, stirring often, until al dente. Drain pasta and rinse well with cold water.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an ovenproof 9- or 10-inch skillet with about 1/2 Tbsp. butter.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, bacon, scallion, pepper and 3 Tbsp. Parmesan. Add spaghetti; mix well. Transfer mixture to skillet, spreading evenly. Dot with remaining butter and sprinkle remaining 1 Tbsp. Parmesan on top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until center is set and top is golden. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

All You
AUGUST 2005

New use for spare change!

10 Jul

This week I’ve found a new use for some of our spare change. You may remember me talking about our spare change jar in this post. Well last week I was short on cash when I was getting ready to go to the farmers market so I decided to see what I could find in our change jar. Four dollars in quarters and I was all set for the farmers market!So this week, I figured I would get myself prepared and I poured out our change jar and took just the quarters and put them in a zip lock bag. I’m going to leave this in my car as my farmers market money! All the rest of the change went back into the jar for other things in the future but a handful of quarters and I’m all set for some fresh produce!

Easy breakfast recipe – Scrambled egg & cheese melt

7 Jul

This recipe tastes as good as it looks, I can attest to that.  I used skim milk instead of half & half, and turkey bacon and I really enjoyed it. I came across this recipe at All You online and had to try it. breakfast foods are some of my favorites and I really could eat breakfast for any meal. I made this recipe for lunch one day while my little guy was napping.

 

YIELD: Serves 4

COOK TIME:                  10 MINUTES

PREP TIME:                  10 MINUTES

COST PER SERVING:$1.78

COURSE:Main Dishes, Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 1 24-inch baguette, cut into four pieces, each piece sliced in half lengthwise
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 4 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
Preparation
  • 1. Preheat broiler to high. Place baguette halves, cut sides up, on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together eggs, half-and-half and salt in a large bowl.
  • 2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Let bacon cool; crumble. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp. fat. Add egg mixture to skillet and cook, pushing and turning eggs with a big, flexible spatula so they form large curds, until moist but solid, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 3. Spoon eggs onto baguette. Top with reserved bacon, cheese and scallions. Broil until cheese has melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

All You
JULY 2011

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Happy cooking!

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