Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

6 Apr 2009 In: Entrees, Recipes, The Show

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Maybe it is just me who never had this as a kid-but I love it now! How do you make your version of TTC?

1 pound of ground beef ($1.89)
1 small can of sliced mushrooms ($0.49)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup ($.89)
1 cup of mozzarella cheese ($1.25)
Tater Tots ($0.75)

Start by turning your oven onto 375 degrees. Next, brown your beef in a 10 inch skillet. Drain any excess fat from skillet. Start to assemble your casserole in a 2 1/2 quart oven safe dish. Spray the bottom of dish with some non stick spray. Place your browned ground beef in an even layer. Spread the can of cream of mushroom soup of top of the hamburger.  Drain the mushrooms and put on top of the soup.  Top with one cup of mozzarella cheese and an even layer of frozen tater tots. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on and 30 minutes with the lid off or until the tater tots are crisp and brown. Serve immediately with green beans.

This meal would certainly feed a family of 4 possibly even 5 or 6 depending on how big your portions are- anyway you serve it- it will only set you back $5.27 (or $1.31 for a family of 4). Let me know how this dish turns out!

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Dinner Menu For The Week Of: 4/5/09

3 Apr 2009 In: Menus

This week I am making some of my all time favorite meals.  There is no fuss to them, maybe that is why I love them so.  Anyway- I hope these dinner ideas help you out!

Monday: Ham and scalloped potatoes
Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Wednesday: Chicken stir-fry
Thursday: Tuna noodle casserole
Friday: Fish sticks

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Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

3 Apr 2009 In: Entrees, Recipes

This casserole recipe is no fail.  Both Doug and I love having it!  More recently, we have been adding peas to the noodles so that it is just a one pot meal!  This makes enough to serve 4.

1 can of tuna in water- drained ($0.49)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup ($0.89)
1/2-1 full can of milk ($0.20)
4 cups of egg noodles ($1.00)

Start by cooking your egg noodles according to the directions on the package.  In a small saucepan, mix the soup and milk.  Bring to a simmer and add the drained tuna.  Stir to combine and keep on low for about 5 minutes.  

Once the noodles are cooked, drain and return to pot.  Add the soup and tuna mixture to the noodles.  Stir to combine all ingredients.  Transfer to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish and bake on 350- for 30 minutes.  You can’t beat any other classic meal for only $2.58 (that’s only $0.65 per serving!)

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BFC Benefits – Storing Your Food

1 Apr 2009 In: Tips & Ideas

Don’t you hate it when you open up a new bag of pretzels or chips only to forget about them and a week later you have stale food? Here is a quick money saving tip: pre-package your treats.

I know it may sound like a hassle and you may be telling yourself, well-this doesn’t happen too often, well try it anyhow. They make these great snack sized baggies that are perfect for this!

Next time you purchase a bag of pretzels, Chex mix, cereal, fruit, or veggies; portion your food into those snack baggies. This is something that kids love to do-after they have clean hands, of course. I really love getting all of our snacks ready to go. In the morning, I can just grab my snacks for the day and I am good to go! This process is great to get into the habit of doing especially if you haves school aged children who take a lunch to school or you brown bag your own lunch (like we do). Your mornings won’t be filled with little chores-the kids can even choose their own goodies.

In addition to having all this work already done for you, you won’t fall into the habit of 10 crumb-filled bags of stale treats all lying around your pantry. Your shelves will be clean and you will never again pick up a bag of chips only to find the crumbs or stale pieces left.

Take some time the next time you open up a bag of treats-portion them out-place them into a container or a shelf and enjoy not having to throw away and waste your food and money.

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Here is the quick and easy snickerdoodle cookie recipe. We usually make these cookies only around the holidays- but after making them for you now- they are going to be a year round treat! This recipe only cost me $2.95 or $0.07 a cookie- what a steal!!!

1 cup soft shortening (Crisco) ($1.50)
1 1/2 cups sugar ($0.25)
2 eggs ($0.15)
2 3/4 cups flour ($0.80)
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar ($0.20)
1 teaspoon of baking soda ($0.05)
1 /2 teaspoon of salt

Equal parts cinnamon and sugar (2 tablespoons each). Place this mixture in a shallow dish in which the cookies can be rolled in before going into the oven.

Cream together the first three ingredients-add one egg at a time. Sift together the rest of the ingredient and then add to the creamed mixture a little at a time. Mix on medium speed until all of the flour mixture is incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Roll the dough into balls about the size of walnuts.

For this show, I used a tablespoon measuring spoon and I got 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Roll each dough ball into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place on a cookie sheet and bake on 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. These cookies do not brown, but if left in the oven too long they will be crispy and you want them to be nice and chewy. Leave on a baking sheet for about 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

I hope you enjoy these little delights- let me know how they turned out!

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