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#1 JustAPrepper

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:43 PM

I'm a menu planner and am always looking for inspiration and these days whatever I cook has to be economical. I spent some time today reading through some of the links and posts and was wondering...what are you serving up tonight?

Tonight we tried a new Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Casserole with mashed potatoes and garden carrots from the freezer. The casserole came out a little too sweet for my liking so I don't think I'll be adding that one to my recipe box.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:05 PM

Crockpot Ribs (picked up on sale awhile ago & mac and cheese

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:31 PM

:ashamed0002: I'm letting everybody get their own from leftovers.

I just realized that I've had 2 coffees and a pastry in the entire day today. I have to get something better. :shakinghead:

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:11 PM

Scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese.


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:39 AM

Cat, I hope you ended up eating something last night!

Tonight we're having a Skillet Chicken with Gravy that calls for potatoes and carrots. I have both white and sweet potatoes but need to check to see which ones need to be eaten first. If the whites need to be eaten first I'll follow the recipe, if the sweets need to be eaten first I'll just add the carrots and bake the sweet potatoes. I'll add either a tossed salad or a side of green beans.


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:55 PM

Chicken Pot Pie from my canned chicken and a salad!
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 04:17 PM

A homemade hoagie and salad. Grandson is here--helped to make sandwich. He won't eat it but loves to help.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:01 PM

Can anyone give me an idea for carne asada seasoned meat? I've never done anything with it but DH bought it on SALE. Also, we're Low Carb. :shrug:


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:24 PM

Mt. Rider - how about a Lettuce Wrap with some Guacamole and Salsa? Or maybe Creamy Cilantro Sauce (an EatingWell Recipe that we LOVE and can post if you're interested)

Or maybe just on top of a salad with a salad dressing of Salsa and Sour Cream combined?

I've never done Low-Carb and most things I've thought of have carbs. :huh:


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:42 PM

Hmmm, well I do have low carb tortillas and fresh spinach..... :shrug:

Is carne asada supposed to be HOT spicey?


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:03 PM

Amazing that I've never eaten it before because we love Mexican food but I knew it was a steak dish so I looked up a few recipes. It doesn't appear to be hot at all, mostly just a meat marinade consisting of some kind of citrus, Lemon, Lime and/or Orange, and traditional spices like garlic, cumin, etc., then grilled but nothing I would consider "hot". Now that I'm more familiar with it, It actually sounds delicious and I want some!



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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:20 PM

lamb, sweet potatoes, and chick peas


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Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:34 PM

Is carne asada supposed to be HOT spicey?

Sometimes it is. I make it but not hot.

You can use it in burritos: Bean, cheese, and carne and/or sour cream, or carne, diced potatoes (takes some of the burn out), diced onion & scrambled eggs.

In tacos, enchiladas, or anything as a garnish.


Tonight we are having, a pot of pinto beans, Mexican rice, red chilli cheese enchiladas.

Made the enchilada sauce a month ago and froze the left over. Pot of beans will make another meal of bean soup before I crush them for re-fried beans.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:57 PM

Quinoa with stir-fried mushrooms, lentils, tomatoes, black olives, sliced garlic, scallions, and eggs, with feta and a bit of cider vinegar sprinkled over the top.

Next time I'm going to try barley instead of quinoa. It's much cheaper, it tastes better, and I have a reasonable grasp of what "a serving" means.


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Posted 26 August 2011 - 06:43 PM

Wasn't feeling so great last night so it was plain baked chicken thighs and a salad.

Tonight I splurged and spent the money for a couple of Italian Subs from Walmart. I used to buy all the ingredients seperately from my local grocery and make my own but I can't do it anymore with the price increase in deli meats and even come close to what Walmart sells them for. :(


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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:52 PM

Soup (cream of chicken with Chinese vegetables) and sandwiches.


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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:34 PM

Soup (cream of chicken with Chinese vegetables) and sandwiches.


Tell me about this...is it just the soup and a can of Chinese Veggies or is there something more to it? It sounds interesting. :)

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:10 PM

Pork chops with sweet potatoes in the crockpot and green beans. Peach for dessert.
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:18 PM

Ambergris -- If your quinoa tastes bitter it may need to be rinsed before it is cooked. Quinoa tastes much better without it's natural, bitter coating of saponin. Just a thought, in case you want to give it another try.

Tonight's dinner was an avocado, re-fried beans and rice on millet and masa harina flat-bread, with fruity lemonade.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:34 AM

Thank you, Lau3Turtle. I rinsed it but perhaps not well enough. It had the same sort of tooth-scraping near-bitter taste I get from pecans. As sensitive as I am to bitter tastes, I think I need a lot more sauce or a lot less quinoa.

For the soup, I chipped up chicken thighs, garlic, and onions, and browned them together. Deglazed the pan into a pot, and added a can of chopped baby corn and half a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and while it thawed a little went out in the yard and picked up garlic chives to mince in, ginger to grate in, and two stalks of lemon grass. Mixed up enough white sauce from powdered milk to bring it together. I had planned to freeze the leftovers in cups for lunches, but even with the sandwiches there nothing was left over. Previously, I've made this with a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of chopped baby corn, and some chopped leftover chicken, but I wanted something a touch racier because school's starting and we can use the immunity boost.


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