Friday, January 22, 2010

Two Turkey Soups - Traditional & Chili

Here's two more meals made from my one turkey that gave me five meals. A traditional turkey soup and turkey chili.

For the traditional soup I boiled the carcass bones and meat left on them, I also added onions, celery, garlic, & carrots. The seasoning was from the turkey(poultry seasoning, salt & pepper, & rosemary). When the meat fell off the bones I removed the bones and added the cooked pasta & done.

The turkey chili was made using the legs and wings (which were a bit stringy, but after the fact my mom gave the tip of putting them into to the food processor to break up and mock ground turkey, guess I'll try that next time) I used the same process and added onions, garlic, chili powder & cumin to taste.
Topped it off with shredded cheddar & baked tortilla strips (sliced tortillas with a pizza cutter, sprayed with cooking spray salted and baked at 350 till crisp).
I dig any type of chili so this was great.

Mini Turkey Pies

This is adapted from another one of Rachel Ray's ideas. It's a great use of your leftover turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce. It's also one of five meals coming from one turkey!
I took one pie crust and cut into four pieces.

Layered my leftovers.

Folded the crust over and used egg wash (I know, I was a little messy:) Then baked at 350 for about 12 minutes (check the pie crust box). These are a BIG hit in my family.

Posted on $5 Dinner Challenge and Foody Friday

Thursday, January 21, 2010

One Turkey - Five Meals!

My beautiful 13 lb turkey:)
Whisked in flour to the drippings to make gravy.

1. Turkey Dinner with veggies and chipotle mashed potatoes (boxed mix from Aldis)

2. Turkey and gravy sandwiches (great lunch or dinner)

3. Mini Turkey Pies (stuffed with turkey and gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce) this ones from Rachel Ray. I will link some more details as to how to make soon.

Porkchops Two Ways

Smothered Pork Chops (in a mustard mushroom sauce)
Chops & Sauerkraut

Got a hankerin for some pork chops - try one of these versions.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mom's Porkchops with Sauerkraut

My mother made this for us on Christmas Eve, and it was so good, I thought I would share it with all of you.

Start off by browning the chops.
She added sliced onions and peeled (and sliced) apples to store bought sauerkraut, brought it up to heat and then added the pork chops until done.

Served up with mashed potatoes - mmmm, so good.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Smothered Porkchops

This one really hit the spot for the mustard lover in me (when I was kid I used to eat the mustard packs in the school lunch room, I know, gross, but still good:)
Season and brown your pork chops
Saute mushrooms & onions, add mustard powder, flour and then stock. Lastly add your spicy mustard (or Dijon, whatever floats your boat)
Add the pork chops to your simmering sauce, cover and cook till fully done

Check some other meals out at Foodie Friday and

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Orange Chicken

This was really tasty and I'm usually not one to enjoy sweet meals, guess those tastebuds are changing.
Boneless chicken thighs were chopped, and dredged in eggs (seasoned with cayenne pepper and a bit of salt) and then flour mixed with cornstarch (for extra crunch)

Didn't take any pictures of the sauce cooking but all I did was put it all together, bring to a boil and reduce.
What's in the sauce...
- 2 cups orange juice
- worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick (1/2 cup ) of butter
- & red pepper flakes

Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Foody Friday and $5 Dollar Dinners Blessed with Grace

Free Betty Crocker Cookbook - Soups and Stews

This was so good I had to share - it's online so you can print or save it from this link.

Thanks to the "Moms Need to Know" blog for the tip!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lentil Soup with Ham

This is a really simple crock-pot meal using my ham from Angel Food Ministries.

Into the crockpot went...
- chopped ham
- 1 pound lentils
- water (according to lentil bag)
- chopped onion
- chopped potato
- 2 bay leaves
- salt (to taste)
(you could also throw whatever other veggies you have on hand or add more spices if you like)

Cook it high for a few hours or on low for longer, stir and serve.

Posted on Tasty Tuesday
and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
and Tuesdays at the Table

Pulled Pork

Here's a Really simple recipe (if you consider it a recipe, it's so easy) for one of my Angel Food meals.

Either roast the pork roast with a couple inches water at 350 degrees till done (it had a pop-up button, so easy) or put in the crock pot for a couple hours with some water. Shred the pork.

When done - put your water in a sauce pan till boils, whisk in some flour and any seasoning you like and you're done, add it to the shredded pork, and serve it up on a roll.

Another option is to skip the gravy and add BBQ sauce, which my husband thought I meant when I said we were having pulled pork so he was a little dissapointed. Sorry, Hun:)

Meals made with Angel Food Ministries Food

Chicken Quesadillas - with chicken strips and tortillas from Angel Food

I figured since I posted about I might as well show you what I got - I did not take pictures of the chicken tenders or fish sticks but my kids ate thos right up on our busy nights. I will follow up with some of these easy recipes.

Steak Dinner - there were four portions of steak about this size and the lima beans were from Angel Food as well.

Lentil soup using the ham from Angel Food

Pulled pork Sandwiches using the pork roast - I even had some left over.
Again - if you do order from Angel Food please feel free to use me as a reference - (I'm not ashamed to take free food:)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Angel Food Ministries Food review

Just thought I'd let everyone know how my first Angel Food Ministries box went. First off - getting it was nice and simple, the place that we went to was very fast an efficient.

The box was made to feed a family of four for one week (at least for dinners) though you still needed to make some extra sides etc. We are a family of six (though baby boy is still nursing, so it's just me just eating a little extra:) so I did have to adapt some of the meals, and stretch the meat (which is what I usually do to save money anyway) but some required no stretching.

Though I usually strive to make my family homecooked meals the chicken fingers and fish sticks were easy fixes after a TaeKwonDo belt-test and to give to the baby-sitter on our date night when I made my husband take me to see "New Moon".

So over all - our first angel food box was a helpful addition to our meals and food budget. I will be ordering in January as well and keep you updated. In the meantime - you may want to try it for yourself and lower that food budget.

Pics of some of the meals I made here