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post #21 of 25
Pseudo stroganoff:
1 lbs ground beef
1 can cream soup
2 cups water
Flour/corn starch solution

Put meat, soup and water in a crockpot. Cook until done or supper time, whichever comes last.
Take the lid off the crockpot. Use a spoon to coarsely chop up the beef.
Add flour or corn starch solution to thicken the juice just a little.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over egg noodles, of course. Strangely, I like this made with cream of asperagus best.
post #22 of 25

Egg drop soup (I haven't tried making it yet but it's inexpensive):


post #23 of 25

Hey, let's get this thread going again! My contribution:


Brussel sprouts fried rice (if you don't have brussel sprouts, use frozen peas)

For every 2 people:

  • 1 cup brussel sprouts, shaved thin with a potato peeler or a small sharp knife
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • Leftover cubed chicken meat (or beef, or pork, or whatever you like)
  • Leftover cooked white rice (1 cup?)
  • Shrimp, OPTIONAL
  • 1 egg (if you like moist/gooey fried rice; otherwise skip it)
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan at high heat, then stir-fry the onion slices, carrots, and brussel sprouts until almost cooked through.
  2. Add the rice, and stir-fry until it mixes with the vegetables.
  3. Add the meat, stir-fry for a minute or two.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the food and crack the egg.
  5. Work fast and stir-fry the egg just until cooked through! Don't overheat.



post #24 of 25

Thanks, EloiseMM! I don't know if my family will eat brussel sprouts (and I don't know if I've ever tried them), but I'd like to try making that with peas sometime.


I made this recipe that my mother gave me for tonight's dinner:


Lil' Cheddar Meat Loaves

1 egg                             1 cup (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese

3/4 cup milk                    1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup chopped onion     1 tsp salt

1 lb lean ground beef       2/3 cup ketchup

1/8 cup packed brown sugar    1/2 tsp prepared mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into eight loaves (or less, bigger loaves if you have less than 8 people); place in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Combine ketchup, brown sugar & mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

8 servings.



post #25 of 25
Tonight we made chicken & dumplings: chicken stock (homemade), chopped chicken, ad homemade dumpling(3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 egg, 1 those baking powder, about 1 1/2 cup of water, mix, roll out, cut into 1 inch squares, let air dry for several hours), boil stock, add chicken, drop in dumplings one at a time, let simmer for about 10 min.
We like to serve over smashed potatoes or bread, or with a salad.
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