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post #21 of 61

tonight is stir fry. whatever veggies we have, a packet of stir fry seasoning, ground beef and rice. sometimes i add beans.

post #22 of 61

someone mentioned potato cassarole, that is super easy and i have all the things, thanks for tomorrows night dinner

post #23 of 61

 When we were eating more carbs I would make a big pot of brown rice and a big pot of beans on Sunday. I would use these throughout the week for easy, fast, cheap meals:

 

Stir fry

Dirty Rice

Chili

Frito Pie

Nachos

 

I'm really watching my blood sugar and try to eat more protein now. I have a large family and it always cracks me up to see people get four meals from one chicken. I roast a chicken and debone it, serve with potatoes and carrots and a couple of vegetables. (It goes a lot further deboned). I save the skin and bones and make broth EVERY TIME. I make soup from the broth (adding the leftover bits of meat). That's about as far as I can stretch a chicken around here.

 

The other night I made a really good white chicken chili. I used homemade stock, a pound of navy beans, cooked in the crock pot all day. I sauteed and onion and a small can of green chiles and dumped that in. I cut up a leftover chicken breast (I had roasted two chickens earlier in the week) and seasoned heavily with garlic and cumin. It would have been fine without the meat, but again, I need the protein right now.

 

Also, I like to brown ground beef and onion, add a little broth or tomato juice, and layer potatoes, carrots and cabbage quarters and steam. Easy, one pot meal and I am able to eat more of the cabbage and fewer potatoes (my low carb strategy at most meals).

 

Truly one of the best ways I've found to save money is to cook big pots of rice and several different beans early in the week. It is much cheaper to have 'homemade convenience' foods in the fridge.

 

post #24 of 61

 

Ooh, so many things to try. After the holidays I'm going to do some quiches. That crust does look super easy. 

 

Thursday - I've never had injera out of an ethipoian restaurant. Have you? If so where do you get it or how do you make it? I'd LOVE to recreate some of the dishes we have at our favorite ethipoian place. It's in a little hold in the wall, prices are really low (Like $10 for an entree), and the owner is an incredibly awesome lady. 

 

A friend just gave me a cast iron wok. I haven't made anything in a wok in a long while because I had one that only worked for a gas stove…and we moved into this house with a electric range. Hmm...need to think about starting to make meals on that...

 

Itsasecret - DH and I get three meals out of a chicken…maybe four. Our dinners and lunches consist of chicken plus veggie…not usually any carbs to fill us up. So when I read someone has chicken for a whole family I was really shocked. Then I also realized that maybe not everyone else's DH eats a breast, a leg+thigh, and a wing at one sitting. :lol: Anyways, I roasted two chickens today, stock yesterday, and now will make white chicken chili tomorrow. Thanks!

post #25 of 61

Hah, Rosie, my dh would if he could! He knows he better not because he's got six hungry boys to feed every night, seven on the weekends when ds is home from college. He really feels the financial responsibility of feeding all of us.

post #26 of 61

I served ours over rice.I have seen it in some stores, my sister said it was gross though.  Check your library for an ethiopian cook book.  does your library have a book request? Ours is connected to all the others in the county and we can request the book we want and they will deliver it to the library we go to, which is AWESOME! I think that cookbook I got the dinich wat recipe from has an injera recipe but heck if I presently know where that cookbook is, go figure.

 

its a secret I so want to try your beef, cabbage potato recipe, sounds delish!

 

tonight we are having the beans I made yesterday (i forgot to mention add salt and pepper) with cornbread, colored greens and sliced beets. Ihave no doubt that everyone will complain but that's what I want to eat,so they can starve or eat it and if they complain toomuch I will leave themalat the table and eat in my room in peace. lol.

post #27 of 61

I make quick curry by starting the pan with oil and whatever protein I'm putting in (tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp, really works with anything) then add some fresh ginger if I have it, a scoop that curry (red or green) paste that comes in a little can, and a can of coconut milk.  I add whatever veggies I have, but I love sweet potatoes and peppers in it especially.  I let the veggies cook and towards the end add a bunch of fish sauce.  I literally have craved spicy food constantly with this pregnancy so we've eaten this a lot.  The last batch I added so much curry paste nobody else in the family could eat it, although I loved every burning bite!!  I serve it with whatever grain I have around, it is great with short grain brown rice and also with barley.  This week I had it with quinoa and that was good too.  

I'm making the tamale pie recipe from the mothering website for dinner tonight, I've made it before and my hubbie who doesn't love beans really liked it.  I added a whole 6 oz bag of cheese on the top not the dinky 1/4 cup it calls for though.  

post #28 of 61

rosie- I have made injera. It's pretty easy. you can use regular flour, but millet flour is more traditional. All you do is about a day or so before you want to cook it, mix some flour with enough water to make a thin batter (don't remember if it takes salt or not, but i'm going to say try it without first). Put it in a loosely covered bowl or container and let it sit in a warm/room temperature place (it should get a little fermented and bubbly). When you are ready to cook it the next day, heat a large griddle or pan, preferably nonstick of one sort or another, give the batter a quick stir and pour out a large thin pancake onto the griddle. Cook it on one side only. It should be set, but not too dry. Good luck with it :)

post #29 of 61

jess - I have never looked up how to make injera. I always just kind of assumed it would require some kind of special fermentation process. Since it isn't in my fremented-at-home book I just dismissed the possibility of it being easy! Now I must try it. Thanks! 

 

Thursday - my library does have ILL available, but I admit to often being WAY too impatient. I turn to the internets for recipes mostly, or my mom's extensive recipe library.

 

Fern - Thanks for the curry description. I have never used the paste, always dry spices (except for the ginger). I'd like to get more comfortable with south indian spices and combinations. That's pretty much all I've wanted all pregnancy (although the urgency for spice has died down in the last month).

post #30 of 61

I have a pound of chicken livers. Anyone have a knock-down chicken liver recipe? DH tolerates some pates, but I love them. I would like to try a pate or maybe chopped liver (I have lots of fat to render for chopped liver, but no trustable recipe as of yet).

post #31 of 61

My favorite quick chicken liver meal is to saute up a little onion, garlic and bacon.  Once the onion is soft I add in my chicken livers which have been cleaned up a bit and sitting in a bowl with a little Tapatio and soy sauce.  I cook until the livers are just a little set and still mostly raw in the middle and serve (raw liver is so much better for you and this is the only way I can get it down).  You can cook to your taste, obviously.  The soy and tapatio season it well and who doesn't like bacon.

post #32 of 61

So many good recipes! 

 

We're vegetarian and due to multiple allergies on my side I don't do a lot of major cooking I guess...

 

Today I made some Tinkiyadi brown rice pasta (celiacs...) and topped it with some vinigarette sauce and it was so good.  I cooked in some frozen veggie mix that had broccoli and carrots with a few other veggies.

 

I made some crock pot red beans and after seasoning them with salt and a garlic pepper spice I mixed it with some rice and again veggies on the side.  Tonight I plan on warming up some corn tortillas and making GF burritos with some daiya cheese in them.  I may even include some salsa, we'll see.

 

Yesterday I had a baked potato.  I rubbed it down with olive oil and then baked it in the oven for an hour and a half.  I topped it with daiya cheese and then put some salsa and spicy brown mustard on it (I know salsa and mustard together sounds weird, but it is so good at the moment.)

 

I also made a quesadilla with corn tortillas and my cheese. 

 

For breakfast it's usually toast with sunbutter and applesauce on top and then some So Delicious coconut milk yogurt with ground flax seed in it.

 

Of course I can't forget my frequent egg eating love!

 

The cheese I get and yogurt isn't the most thrifty, but it's good and I've loved yogurt this pregnancy.  It's hard to be really really thrifty with food allergies and celiacs.

post #33 of 61
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Originally Posted by RosieL View Post

I have a pound of chicken livers. Anyone have a knock-down chicken liver recipe? DH tolerates some pates, but I love them. I would like to try a pate or maybe chopped liver (I have lots of fat to render for chopped liver, but no trustable recipe as of yet).


After we butchered chickens in September, I cleaned and seasoned them with salt, pepper and garlic, threw them in a stoneware baker and roasted them at 400 til done. They were so good. I was really craving them at that moment. Usually, I boil them with carrot, celery and onion. Drain, season and blend in the Vitamix to make liverwurst. I love liverwurst. I've never made pate. I've got a huge bag in the freezer from butchering day - I'm off to look at pate recipes!

 

post #34 of 61

Pate has another draw - nice yummy snack. I've needed to snack recently, and nothing in the fridge has been appealing, but a slice of pate sounds great.

 

Instead of making a navy bean soup a la itsasecret, I came home the other night to DH throwing veggies into my pot of stock, along with the white meat of one of the chickens I roasted earlier. I was skeptical of his method (he doesn't cook much and wasn't following any recipe...), but the soup turned out AMAZING. Pretty simple chicken soup, but incredible (he added tumeric, and a couple other things). I gobbled much of it up this week but I saved four good servings of it. I plan to have it as my restorative meal after labor. There's something awesome about the process this soup has been through. Chickens roasted over months, backs and giblets saved, stock made (including veggies ad herbs from the garden), more chicken roasted, DH making the soup. Feels good.

 

Whoops, I just realized I will have five (six, but one non soup-eating) people in the house. I hope the four servings stretch to five. 

 

itsasecret - do you raise chickens? Once Odin turns 1 or 2 we will set up a small coop for eggs. We can't have a rooster or more than about six hens, I think, without catching the attention of neighbors (they're not legal except in the *very* center of our yard - a certain number of feet from any home). 

post #35 of 61

My dd's in-laws raise them on their farm. We go out on butchering day and butcher. We pay for the chicks and the feed. It's a phenomenal deal for organic, free-range chicken! Plus, my kids get to see that food does not come from the grocery store. You should have seen how big my 4yo's eyes got when he watched! I've learned how to clean and dress the chickens and dh has learned every step of the process. I'm really glad to gain that knowledge.

 

We've also visited the local ranch at which we buy beef and the dairy from which we buy milk. I think it's good for the kids to know where our food comes from.

post #36 of 61

I forgot about this soup until I posted the other thread:

 

One easy soup dh can make with pantry/freezer items is hamburger soup. 1lb of hamburger, browned (I don't drain mine, but it is grass-fed and very lean), stock, a generous portion of frozen mixed veggies and some pasta if you like. It's super easy to put together and the kids love it.

post #37 of 61

I'm definitely going to have to try some of these recipes!  I have been in a recipe funk lately, so I don't currently have any recipes to share.  Thankfully our friend who owns 200 acres of organic dairy land just got 2 elk from the herd that lives on his land.  He was kind enough to send some meat our way, so I've probably got at least 10-15 lbs of organic ground elk meat and some backstrap in our freezer just waiting to be used.  DH got an elk on our friends property 2 years ago and we split it with him and had enough meat that I didn't have to buy any all year!  Hopefully DH will be able to get another one this year and we can fill our freezer again!

post #38 of 61

Oh wow, I wish for a place to get REAL meat.  Hubs says he wants to hunt, and if he could bring meat home, that would be awesome. I keep trying to talk him into breeding rabbits that we could butcher on our city homestead.   We do have 2 chickens and will get more when we move the chicken coop. We aren't actually allowed to have them but I HATE regular eggs now after having our own chickens so we are quietly keeping the chickens despite the cities letter.

post #39 of 61

I actually shot a deer with a bow a few years back, and was with my dad on a hunting trip that resulted in a moose.  I love game, and I'm lucky my dad hunts a lot so I have good access to it.  Since we own a small grocery store and we use a really cool vendor who distributes tons of different organic local meat, produce and other products, I'm pretty lucky.  I'd love to raise my own chickens for meat someday, I have about 20 layers, and I've had to kill one on my own before that my dog maimed (pictures 2 wk old baby, 1.5 yr old, all alone in the pouring rain and coming home to a half dead chicken on the kitchen floor that the dog had dragged in through the dog door.....me, a hatchet, and two crying babies!).  But I have access to locally raised birds at wholesale prices so the motivation is a little lower.  My dad is also a lobsterman so we get random fish, usually cod or flounder, that come in his traps, lobster and crab too, although DH is somewhat allergic.  

post #40 of 61
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Originally Posted by Fern5Fern View Post

I actually shot a deer with a bow a few years back, and was with my dad on a hunting trip that resulted in a moose.  I love game, and I'm lucky my dad hunts a lot so I have good access to it.  Since we own a small grocery store and we use a really cool vendor who distributes tons of different organic local meat, produce and other products, I'm pretty lucky.  I'd love to raise my own chickens for meat someday, I have about 20 layers, and I've had to kill one on my own before that my dog maimed (pictures 2 wk old baby, 1.5 yr old, all alone in the pouring rain and coming home to a half dead chicken on the kitchen floor that the dog had dragged in through the dog door.....me, a hatchet, and two crying babies!).  But I have access to locally raised birds at wholesale prices so the motivation is a little lower.  My dad is also a lobsterman so we get random fish, usually cod or flounder, that come in his traps, lobster and crab too, although DH is somewhat allergic.  


 

SO jealous! (except the part about the chicken, but I know those kind of scenes, the truth about real country living, lol)

 

If anyone hunted or fished in this family, we could be doing alot better; you'd think that with boys they would be into going hunting, but without the men to take them, it's just not happening. So we content ourselves with local grass fed beef. I buy 3-6 lbs at a time, usually ground, sometimes a roast, and make a multi-meal dish with it- most recent was Sloppy Joes. It's good meat, but I do get a bit bored of it so sometimes I splurge on lamb from the same place if I can get a leg for a good price. Mostly my food strategy is to spend more on somethings where quality and freshness are most important ie; meat, milk, local produce, and go super cheap on stuff like pasta and beans, and also really optimize sale items.

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