Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

July 14, 2010

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole


  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 10 ounces dry bread stuffing mix (boxed or make your own)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook broccoli according to package instructions. Lightly Grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cheese, eggs, onion, cream of mushroom soup, and mayonnaise (sour cream).
  3. Arrange the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Spread stuffing mix over the sauce.
  4. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

**NOTES: This recipe makes enough to serve 4 adult and 2 children and still have leftovers to freeze for later.


Little Frugalista


Meal Plan for Week of May 24th and a Small Grocery Brag

May 25, 2010

I was running behind this week and didn’t make it to the store until Monday. My brag is that this week I was able to buy groceries for the whole week which includes all Breakfast,Lunches and Dinners for $80 and that even included a few cleaning supplies! My goal is usually around $100-$120. That was even without using coupons or doing comparison ads. Cooking from scratch and Recreating Leftovers really does make a difference in your food budget and your health.

Ok enough bragging on my mad shopping/cooking skills and onto the Meal Plan of the Week :-D….

Monday-Spaghetti with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Garlic Bread

Tuesday-Hobo Dinner with Potatoes,Onions and Fresh Corn on the Cob (they had the Corn for .19 an ear at Walmart on Monday)

Wednesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast,Green Beans and Rolls

Thursday-Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans and Mixed Veggies

Friday-Breakfast (Shredded Wheat Pancakes, Bacon,Scrambled Eggs,Omletes with Veggies and Biscuits)

Saturday-Going to a Graduation Party

Sunday-Baked Potato Bar(a post to come on this later),Hummus with Veggies and Homemade Bread


Little Frugalista

Meal Plan Week of May 3

May 6, 2010

Yes this is VERY late to post this but better late then never lol

Monday-Turkey Burgers and Corn on the Cob

Tuesday-Chicken Kabobs (Green and Red Bell Peppers,Onions,Squash,Tomato), Baked Potatoes and 1/2 Pack of Rolls (got the whole pack for .59)

Wednesday-Salisbury Steak,Green Beans, Other 1/2 Pack of Rolls

Thursday-Pinto Beans and Hushpuppies

Friday-Scrambled Eggs w/Cheese,Biscuits,Fried Potatoes

Saturday-Eating Out for Little Dude’s Birthday

Sunday-Mother’s Day Cookout at our house/ Making for my portion BBQ Chicken, Dessert Tray,Baked Potatoes

Breakfast for Lunch

April 15, 2010

Yet another easy Lunchbox idea… Breakfast for Lunch. Little Miss removes the syrup from the container and puts the waffle,egg and precooked bacon in the microwave to warm up. Add to that a side of cut up Strawberries sprinkled with Truvia and Ihop eat your heart out lol


Little Frugalista

Easter/ Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies

April 3, 2010

Nothing says Easter and Spring time to me quite like Bird’s Nests and Eggs. I was asked to make something for our Church’s Easter party and thought these would be perfect. The Eggs pictured are Hershey’s Hardshell Eggs. We used those because Little Dude picked them out. He’s a boy after my own heart and skipped the jelly beans in favor of chocolate.

Bird’s Nest Cookies


  • 1 (11.5 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 (5 ounce) can chow mein noodles
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 50 jellybeans


  1. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and shortening over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in the chow mein noodles and coconut until well coated. Divide into 15 mounds on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into nests; press an indentation on the center. Place three or four jelly beans in each nest. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

*Note: These can also be made with butterscotch chips rather then chocolate chips if desired*

Save Money Making an Easter Centerpiece

March 22, 2010

My neighbor Quiltie and I can be dangerous when thrown together to brainstorm and get creative. She is the only person I know that loves to make something out of nothing as much as or maybe even more then I do.

This little centerpiece for Easter is from our latest brainstorming session. It went something like this…

Quiltie:”I’ve been thinking of growing grass in containers”

Me:”Wow that sounds really cool and pretty, bet that would make a great centerpiece for my table for Easter”

Quiltie”OOO yeah and it would look great with Easter Eggs in it”

Me:”Hey! I have this great bowl someone left at my house ages ago. Will you have Mr. Quiltie drill a hole in it and then grow some grass in it for me”

As you can see from the picture the answer was yes.

**Note to Quiltie** I found these plastic eggs in the house already (in the toy box). So no need to worry that I went out and bought new plastic eggs and increased my carbon footprint 😉

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

She loves that it replaces that plastic grass and I love that it cost me nothing lol

Meal Plan for week of March 15

March 15, 2010

In no particular order and just a general outline to know what I have to work with:


-Meatloaf Sandwiches (made from Meatloaf I had leftover and froze),Homemade Mozarella Sticks (this is a tricky healthy recipe I will post a little later),Baked Sweet Potatoes

-Breakfast (a Favorite of Little Miss) Bacon,Biscuits,Gravy,Eggs,Oatmeal

-Potato Soup, Cornbread (leftover from the week before) Hotdogs and Green Jello (St. Patrick’s Day)

-Santa Fe Rice and Beans

-Chicken Parm (something I made and froze again) with Homemade Marinara and Garlic Bread

-Steaks (from Rocky),Baked Potatoes,Green Beans

*Sunday after Church Meal* Veggie Soup in the Crockpot (made with Venison this time)  and Cold Cut Sandwiches(made the night before and put in the Fridge)

Lunch for Little Miss,Little Dude and Mr. Littlefrugalista….

Boiled Eggs



String Cheese


Lunchmeat sandwiches




Brownies (homemade)


Easter Cookies (homemade)






 English Muffin Pizzas






On the Go Breakfast Cookies (Homemade from a recipe from Quiltie)

This is a general outline and is the bulk of what we will eat this week



Got stale bread?

March 11, 2010

My family will not eat the heels of bread. Well correction, my family will only eat the heels of bread if they have no idea they are the heels. Likewise they will not eat stale bread unless it is equally as incognito.

 I save a bread bag in my freezer door and place all the bread heels they won’t eat in it. In this bag also goes pretty much any other piece of bread that I have that is about to go bad or is stale.For those of you keeping score thus far… yes my freezer door is full of containers of this and that leftover ready to be made into something else (fruit about to go bad, stale bread/heel bread,leftover veggies from dinner to be made into soup etc…) 😉 Yes you need a decoder ring to figure out what is what in the door of my freezer BUT my grocery bill runs around $100 per week for a family of four buying healthy,whole foods. So not a bad trade off.

Once I get enough bread in the freezer I make Breakfast Casserole, French Toast, Bread Crumbs (to put in meatloaf, stuffed peppers, etc…) or Bread Pudding.

So without further ado. Save money using bread you would have thrown away with these recipes…..


Breakfast Casserole


1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

1 lb sausage browned and drained

8 slices of bread torn into pieces


Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes the next day.


French Toast


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk, brown sugar and nutmeg; stir well to combine.
  2. Soak bread slices in the egg mixture until saturated.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Brown slices on both sides, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve hot.




Bread Pudding


  • 10 slices white bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot milk (160 degrees F/71 degrees C)
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter one 2 quart baking dish.
  2. Combine bread cubes, butter, cinnamon and raisins; mix well and place in baking dish.
  3. Beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Add milk, mix well and pour over bread cubes.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg and bake for 25 minutes.