Posts Tagged ‘family’

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

July 18, 2010

These taste like brownies but hold together in slices like a bread. A great way to sneak veggies into something that tastes like a dessert ūüėČ

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine the eggs, oil, butter and extracts; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.

*If 2 Loaves are too much to consume for you at one time, freeze the second to eat later.*

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Little Frugalista

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

July 14, 2010

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 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)

 

Directions

  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.

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Little Frugalista

Make Your Own Gatorade/Electrolyte Drink

July 7, 2010

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation the other day that made me remember I had not posted these recipes on here….

Little Interesting Tidbits of Info. about Electrolyte Drinks: The importance of an electrolyte Drink is to replace the Water, Sugar (Calories) and Electrolytes that you lose through sweating, vomiting etc…. Sports drinks have quite a lot of sugar, but interestingly they have only about half the sugar of most other commercial beverages. This is because if you load in too much sugar at once, it slows down water absorption. The Electrolytes most Sports drinks focus on include ions of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and chloride.

Don’t want to waste money on expensive Sports Drinks? Want to know exactly what you are ingesting and be in control of the amounts? Make your own Electrolyte Drink with these Recipes:

 

Regular Electrolyte Drink aka Gatorade

  • 1 package unsweetened Kool Aid (any flavor)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

 

Low Calorie/Carb Electrolyte Drink Aka Propel

It turns out that two tablespoons of lemon juice contain almost exactly the amount of potassium in 8 oz of a typical sports drink. So, if you want to make your own low-carb sports drink, it’s quite easy. Just mix together:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) water (not carbonated)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • small pinch of salt
  • Flavoring and sweetener to taste

Flavoring Ideas:

  • Crystal Light Drink Mix
  • Sugar Free¬†Kool Aid

 

These Mixes can also be made up and frozen in an ice cube tray, crushed in a Food Processor and eaten like an Icee as well.

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Little Frugalista

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

July 6, 2010

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and¬†rinsed¬†¬†(I cook my own and freeze in 2 cup portions/ if you use the canned ones make sure they are drained very well)
  • 1/2 cup frozen green¬†or red¬†bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2¬†eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use oats to lower insulin reaction. Chop them in your food processor to a fine texture)
  • Directions

    1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
    2. In a food processor chop black beans into a fine texture and transfer to a big bowl. 
    3. In the food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
    4. Add to the bowl the eggs, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
    5. Mix in bread crumbs or oats until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into six patties.
    6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

     

    In my opinion these are even tastier then the Morning Star or Boca Burgers. Plus they are cheaper to make and you know exactly what’s in them ūüôā

    These can be cooked and then frozen to heat up later.

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    Little Frugalista

    Leftover Hambone Soup

    June 22, 2010

    We are not huge Ham eaters but every year at Christmas our Jewish Financial Advisor sends us one. I tell you he’s Jewish because I think it’s ironic and hilarious that he sends a ham instead of a turkey considering most Jews don’t eat pork. Anyway… He sends us a Harry and David Ham and it is the most delicious ham EVER. I’m pretty sure the fact that it’s free adds the best spice ūüėČ ¬†I cook it on Christmas Eve and we eat what we want of it on that day. The rest of it I freeze in various portions (cubed ham,bone,soup ham etc..) and since we eat so little ham it does us through the summer.
    The whole point to this was that this year with the leftover Ham Bone I made this soup and it was REALLY good. Also a big plus that it made alot and was cheap….

    After the Holidays Ham Bone Soup
    1 ham bone with some meat
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
    1 (14 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables (I used the veggies from dinners I’d frozen in my veggie container in the freezer), thawed
    3 potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
    1 cup chopped cooked ham, or amount leftover
    1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
    Directions
    Place the ham bone into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add the onion and tomatoes, then stir in the frozen mixed vegetables and potatoes. Simmer for about 20 minutes, then add the macaroni, rice, and chopped ham. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Any ham on the bone should come off easily. Remove the meat and discard bone. Stir in the tomato sauce and let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

    Nutritional Information
    Amount Per Serving  Calories: 195 | Total Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 6mg

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    Little Frugalista

    Hillbilly Housewife

    June 13, 2010

    I was taken to task yesterday by Quiltie for not posting here on my blog ūüôā She told me she had been checking every morning and night only to find that I hadn’t posted anything new. This past week was the first week of my kids summer vacation and my schedule has been juggled quite a bit. Instead of running at 10am I end up running at 6:30 am (shock to my system!). I also plan at least 4 free activities for my kids to do during the week so that they don’t get bored and kill each other ūüėČ Hopefully things will calm down and I will be able to fit blogging in better.

    For those of you that hunger for more Cheapness check out this site….

    Hillbilly Housewife is another great site I like to visit. Some of my favorite things on this site include:

    ¬†–an Emergency $45 meal plan for 4-6 for a week

    ¬†–Homemade Convenience Foods

    Recipes

    -For those of you that participate in¬† Angel Food Ministries¬†here are Angel Food Recipes. For those of you that don’t and have no idea what it is, check out the clickable link above and find out if you might be interested in buying inexpensive food this way.

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    Little Frugalista

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    June 9, 2010

    Chicken Tortilla Soup:

    1lb chicken, cooked and chopped (I use leftover Chicken I’ve frozen from other dinners)
    1 T olive oil
    1 small onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 can 28 oz crushed tomatoes
    1 can 10.5 oz low-sodium chicken broth
    1 1/4 cups water
    1 can 4.5 oz chopped green chile peppers
    1 can 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed (I cook my own on the stove and freeze them in 1 cup portions in baggies)
    1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped * I didn’t have this and it turned out fine*

    In large saucepan, heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Optional toppings include baked tortilla chips, low-fat sour cream, cheddar cheese, etc.

    Nutritional Info per serving (w/o toppings): 278 calories, 4.9 g fat, .5g saturated fat, 46 mg cholesterol, 30 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein, 466 mg sodium.

    This is a healthy protein packed meal that is sure to fill you up and is great the next day for lunch.

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    Little Frugalista

    Meal Plan for Week of May 31

    June 1, 2010

    Monday (Memorial Day)- Cookout at my house ūüôā My part is Grilled Steaks, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Zucchini,Pepper and Onions,¬†and Hummus with Whole Oat Bread

    Tuesday-Cut Up Leftover Steak and Chicken turned into Fajitas,Leftover Green Beans, Leftover Zucchini,Pepper and Onions (Leftover Hummus¬†went into a Wrap today fro¬†Mr. Frugalista’s Lunch)

    Wednesday-Crockpot Split Chicken Breast,Steamed Broccoli and Rolls (leftover Chicken will be frozen for Chicken Pot Pie later)

    Thursday-Pinto Beans and Hushpupppies (leftover Beans will be made into Refried Beans¬†because Little Dude has been asking for “Smooshed Beans”)

    Friday-Turkey Burgers on the Grill with Corn on the Cob

    Saturday-Grilled Chicken, Zucchini,Green Beans

    Sunday-Baked Potato Bar (Chili,Cheese,Sour Cream,Butter etc…)

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    Little Frugalista

    In Honor of The Memorial Day Cookout

    May 29, 2010

    If you are like me you have meat thawing in the fridge right now to cookout for Memorial Day. I love the taste of Marinated Meat but hate the fact that most store bought¬†Marinades have MSG,High Fructose Corn Syrup and a Whole Slew of other preservatives. Here is a great Marinade Website that has TONS of Marinades you can make from scratch to avoid the additives mentioned above. Don’t let that description throw you because they are EASY EASY EASY

    Nikibone Marinades

    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

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    Little Frugalista