Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Upcoming Recipes

Quick Onion Dip

Marvelous Mini Meatloaves

Scrumptious Spaghetti

Baked Salmon with Panko

Salmon Cakes

Tomato Basil Bisque

Cole Slaw

Criss Cross Apple Muffins
Photo to come

Bananas Foster

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream

Sticky Buns

Iced Cinnamon Buns

Carrot Cake

Quick Cherry Cheesecake

Spritz Press Cookies

Friday, September 18, 2009

Check Out this Blogger!

Monique, where have you been all my life? LOL

Please check out her blog. It's INCREDIBLE!

Ateya used one of her recipes!

She's on YouTube as well

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

3 Reasons to Cut Down on Meat

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3 Reasons to Cut Down on Meat

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sloppy Joe from SCRATCH

Evoking warm childhood memories, this is an inexpensive comfort food & family favorite.

Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.

Saute fresh vegetables

Brown the meat

Soft Potato Bread is ESSENTIAL



1/2 of each red & yellow bell pepper seeded & chopped
1 large yellow onion chopped
3 garlic cloves pressed
2 lbs ground meat (turkey, chicken or 80/20 beef)
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp paprika
1 8oz cans tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp sea salt or lawry's seasoning (optional)
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1/3 cup sugar (optional)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


1. Heat saute pan
2. Add oil
3. Lower heat
4. Saute peppers, onions & pressed garlic
5. Cook until onions are translucent
6. Remove from pan
7. Brown meat
8. Add seasonings
9. Replace veggies to pan
10. Add sauce & tomatoes
11. Add sugar and vinegar
12. Stir
13. Simmer on low for 15 minutes or until reduced to the desired thickness of sauce
14. Serve on potato bread hamburger rolls or over fluffy rice.

Here is the link to a Vegetarian Recipe

Monday, September 7, 2009

Asian Chicken Salad

This was a salad requested by most of my hostesses when I was a Pampered Chef Consultant.

A lot of restaurants have their own version of this salad.

Chicken Breast (Grilled)
3 Romaine Lettuce Hearts
5 Radishes
1 Red Onion
1 Naval Orange (segmented & sliced)
...you can substitute manadarin organge segments if you prefer
Chow Mein Noodles (optional)

1/3 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Garlic Clove Pressed
1/8 tsp dry ginger powder
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup canola oil

wash all veggies. seperate lettuce. cut into strips.
remove ends from radishes. slice thinly.
slice onion into thin rings.
segment the orange & cut into chunks. there should be no membrane
add chopped chicken & chow mein noodles.
add dressing. toss

I'll post a video preparing this later.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Modern Pressure Cooking

I watched in amazement as Wolfgang Puck cooked meal after meal in minutes on HSN.
I decided when I got the money, it was definitely time for me to invest in a modern pressure cooker. I checked the reviews online. Most were not favorable. I decided to buy a pressure cooker from Target. When it arrived, it sat in the box for a week. I was scared! How many of us have heard HORROR stories about beans all over the ceiling? Don't be scared! The modern pressure cooker has safety features that prevent this from happening. A friend assured me that she uses hers all of the time. She anecdotally encouraged me to READ THE DIRECTIONS!

This is a MUST HAVE item for every cook. From the novice, to the veteran.

NESCO 3 in 1 Pressure Cooker $119.00

•Rugged stainless steel with a steaming rack and a powerful 1,000 watts
•2 pressure settings
•Pressure-cooks, slow-cooks and steams your foods to perfection
•Adjustable digital temperature control
•13.5H x 11W x 13.25D"
•6-qt. Pressure Cooker
•Includes Glass Lid, Stainless Steel Rack
•Dimensions: 13.5x11x13.25 "

Why I love it:

It saves me a tremendous amount of time.
Meat falls off of the bone. Presoaked beans cook in just 10 minutes.
I've browned ground meat in the pressure cooker on the BROWN setting, added DirtyRice Mix & water, switched to pressure cooker setting & had dinner on the table in 20 mins.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Agave Lemonade

This is a little expensive to make, but everyone who tastes it tells me it is the best lemonade they've ever tasted.

Here's what you'll need.

4 Qts Cold Filtered or Spring Water
1 23 oz bottle Agave Nectar
8 Lemons (seeded & juiced)

Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index. It comes from the Agave Plant.

It is a thinner consistency than honey. It readily dissolves, even in cool liquids.
It is a great natural alternative to artificial sweeteners.

Make quick work of mixing soft drinks by using The Pampered Chef
Quick Stir Pitcher.

New ergonomic handles give you added leverage and comfort. Our exclusive stirring plunger is now clear, highlighting the fresh and trendy dot pattern on the pitcher. Mix juice, powdered drinks, baby formula and more with a few tugs of the handle. Dishwasher-safe.(2 qt.)

You can find Agave Nectar @
Whole Foods

buy Pampered Chef products @
Check Ebay for the 4qt Quick Stir Pitcher

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Greek Salad

This is a refreshing summer favorite. It utilizes peak fresh summer veggies.

3 Cucumbers washed, peeled, quartered & cut
3 Plum (Roma)Tomatoes washed, quartered & cut
(or 1 pint of cherry/grape tomatoes sliced in half)
1 can Black Olives drained
2 stalks Celery sliced
1/4th of a red onion quartered & sliced
sea salt (to taste)
fresh cracked pepper

1 tsp dried basil or 3 tsp fresh chopped basil
1 tsp dried oregano or 3 tsp fresh chopped oregano
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp white vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

4oz crumbled FETA goat cheese (optional or on the side)
if you like spice, you can serve each portion with an individual pepperoncini

cut up cukes, tomatoes, celery, onion, reserve in a mixing bowl. add drained black olives. add seasonings. add lemon juice & vinegar. add olive oil. mix well

Serve on a bed of baby spinach or romaine lettuce for optimal nutrition.

Store in a covered glass or stainless steel bowl in the fridge.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

This is a quick & easy recipe.
It makes a great side dish.
You could easily nuke a whole potato & just load it up.
It takes an hour to bake potatoes. When they are nuked, they are considered steamed.

1 box of 13 oz. Box Instant Mashed Potatoes
1 tsp Sea Salt

10 cups hot water

Follow the directions on the box to mix.
You can control your fat portions better by adding them to each individual portion.

Add toppings.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream or Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
Bacos (Imitation Bacon Bits ...soy product)
Beef Bacon
Smart Balance tub margerine
Fresh Cracked Pepper

These are the toppings we like in our family.
You might also consider microwaving a 16 oz bag of broccoli cuts. Steam them.

Set up all the condiments & fixings on a lazy suzan.

This is a great set up for buffet style parties.
The kids LOVE to dress their own potatoes.

Tonight we had it with baked breaded Flounder. (Cape Gourmet Brand)
It's the BEST!

Blue Balsamic Salad with Grilled Chicken

When I worked at Atlanta Bread Company, I enjoyed this salad regularly.
I often make it at home. It is the perfect balance of savory, sweet, & sour.

Here's what you'll need:

Field Greens and Romaine Lettuce
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Toasted Walnuts
Tomato washed & quartered or seeded & chopped
Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored, sliced & chopped
Red Onion sliced
Dried Cranberries
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Grilled Chicken (optional)

These are fresh, but craisins are dried. YUM