DIY ~ Plastic Bag Food Crumble

 

Looking for an easy way to crush something, like cookies or croutons, for a recipe without the big mess? Fill the ingredient in a Ziploc type bag and then run your rolling or use your mallet to get the job done.

 

Crunchy Orange Fish Fillets Recipe

 

We aren’t big seafood eaters in our home but I’m trying to get better so I’m always on the lookout for tasty ideas. Here’s one that is asked to be made again and again.
 
What You Will Need:
– 1 pound fish fillets
– 2 cups cornflakes cereal or I have used Special K too
– 1/4 tsp grated orange rind
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp tarragon
– 1/8 tsp pepper
– 1/4 cup chopped parsley
– 1/4 cup butter
 
What You Will Need to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
2. Place the cereal in a shallow dish and mix with the orange rind, salt, tarragon, pepper and parsley.
3. Dip each piece of fish in melted butter and then coat with cereal mixture. Once completed coated, place on a foil covered baking sheet.
4. Bake for 25 minutes or until fish becomes flakey, when tested with a fork. 

Chicken Bruschetta Recipe

This is a great chicken dish that is full of flavour.

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 can diced tomatoes

–   3/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

–   1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

–   5 boneless skinless chicken breasts

–   1 cup canned tomato sauce

–   1 tsp minced garlic

–   2 cups small garlic croutons, crushed slightly

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a bowl, mix the drained tomatoes, cheese and basil together.

2.   In a skillet, place the chicken and then pour tomato sauce over top.  Cook for 5 minutes.

3.   Add the garlic, tomato cheese mixture and cook for at least 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

4.   Top with the croutons and enjoy.

 

DIY / Frugal Tip ~ Reduce the Convenient Food

We all are in a time crunch now and again; however, if you can, avoid or cut back on buying frozen, microwaveable or foods like that, you’ll notice a difference in your grocery bills as these items definitely cost more than making them yourself.

 

Just Like KFC Gravy Recipe

Hmmm, I’m a huge fan of KFC gravy.  I think the best combination would be McDonalds french fries and KFC gravy.  Anyways, here’s a recipe so that you can KFC gravy at home:

What You Will Need:

–   1 cup of water

–   1 cup of chicken broth

–   2 tsp of beef powder

–   2 tsp of chicken powder

–   3 Tbsp of butter

–   2 Tbsp of flour

–   3 Tbsp of Breading flour

–   1 tsp of sage

–   1/8 tsp of pepper

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a pot, melt the butter.

2.   In a separate bowl, dissolve the chicken and beef powder with the water.  Add to the pot with the butter.

3.   Stir in the chicken broth.

4.   Slowly add both types of flour by continuing to stir on low heat.

5.   Continue to stir and add the sage and pepper.

5.   Next stir the contents of the pot for about 10 minutes on low heat.

Enjoy!

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the recipe.

Pesto Puff Pastry Twists Recipe

These great pastry twists are great with salad, pasta or so much more which is quick and easy.

What You Will Need:

–   1 package of frozen butter puff pastry, thawed

–   4 Tbsp of pesto

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 425°F.

2.   On a floured surface, roll out the pastry into 10-inch square and then brush with pesto.

3.   Cut in half crosswise and then cut each half crosswise into 24 equal strips.

4.   Starting from centre of each strip, twist to form like a straw.  Bake for 12 minutes or until the twists are crisp and golden.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

 

 

Save some money by making your own peanut butter cups and I also think these taste better too!

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 cup creamy peanut butter

–   4 ½ tsp butter

–   1/2 cup sugar

–   1/2 tsp salt

–   2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

–   3/4 cup of milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of peanut butter, butter, sugar and salt together until smooth.

2.   In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips, milk chocolate and remaining peanut butter together until smooth.  I usually melt in 30 second intervals, stir and then repeat until melted.

3.   Drop tsps of chocolate mixture into small paper muffin cups.  Top each with a tsp of peanut butter mixture, top with another tsp of chocolate mixture.

4.    Refrigerate until set.  Store in an airtight container.

 

Enjoy

 

Simple Salmon with Hoisin Recipe

 

I seem to be using a lot more hoisin sauce in our meals lately and why not make salmon extra delicious with this recipe:

 

What You Will Need:

–   2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

–   2 tsp soy sauce

–   1/2 tsp dark sesame oil

–   4 skinless salmon fillets

–   1 tsp sesame seeds

–   Cooking spray

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 400°F.

2.   In a bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce and dark sesame oil together.

3.   Next, add the fish to the bowl and let marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes, turning half way through.

4.   Remove fish from marinade and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

5.   Sprinkle fish evenly with sesame seeds and bake for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

Enjoy!

Frugal Tip ~ Homemade and Reusable Baby Wipes

Have you heard or do you use alternatives to reusable baby wipes?  I’m curious to hear any suggestions.  I’ve found an idea and curious if anyone has tried yet?  To replace your average baby wipe, cut old t-shirts or worn cloth diapers into your average wipe size.  Next, combine 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo with 2 cups water.  After, soak the t-shirt/diaper scraps until they are really wet.  Squeeze out the excess liquid.  Make sure to store them in a plastic airtight container/bag.

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

 

A delicious recipe that is full of taste and is sure to have everyone asking for seconds:

 

What You Will Need to do:

–   1/2 pound ground beef

–   3/4 cup chopped onion

–   3/4 cup shredded carrots

–   3/4 cup diced celery

–   1 tsp basil

–   1 tsp parsley flakes

–   4 Tbsp butter

–   3 cups chicken broth

–   4 cups diced and peeled potatoes

–   1/4 cup flour

–   2 cups cubed process cheese

–   1 ½ cups milk

–   3/4 tsp salt

–   1/2 tsp pepper

–   1/4 cup sour cream

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a saucepan, cook the beef and then set aside.

2.   In the same saucepan, cook the onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 Tbsp of butter until the vegetables become tender.

3.   Now add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil.  Once the contents start to boil, reduce the heat, cover and let simmer until potatoes are tender.

4.   While you waiting for the potatoes to cook, in a separate saucepan, melt the rest of the butter.  Then add the flour and cook until the contents begin to bubble.  Add this to the potato mixture and then bring to a boil.

5.   Once the contents are mixed together well, reduce the heat and stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper.  Continue to cook and stir until the cheese has melted.

6.   Now turn off the heat, stir in the sour cream and enjoy!

 

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