Category Archives: Cooking

Sausage and Cheese Biscuits

Hubby works a grueling job and he is constantly tired. He likes (and in my opinion, deserves) to be able to just grab something out of the freezer or fridge, nuke it in the microwave, and eat whenever he is hungry.

Pre-made meals from the store are expensive and not at all healthy so I try to save us some money, time, and his heart by making homemade freezer meals.

Today I made sausage and cheese biscuits. I just squished some turkey sausage into patties and baked them at the same time as a couple of cans of biscuits. Canned biscuits probably aren’t the cheapest or healthiest option, but it is still better than a Hot Pocket and was all I felt up to while twenty-nine weeks pregnant. When the biscuits were done, I opened them up and stuck a slice of sharp cheddar cheese inside and a sausage patty. Then I closed them up and set them on a rack to cool before wrapping them in foil and sticking them in the freezer.

I ended up with more sausage patties than canned biscuits so I did end up making biscuits for the last batch. First time making biscuits too, but a friend tried them and said they turned out okay.

Now whenever Hubby feels like a snack he can just grab one and stick it in the microwave for a few seconds. He ended up taking one to work for lunch today because I got so caught up cooking for the future that I forgot to make his lunch in time.

But convenience food is, well, convenient so he just grabbed a sausage and cheese biscuit and I wrapped up a sizable hunk of the banana bread I make sure is always in the fridge and he had a lunch ready to go.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

I have decided to read 100 books. That actually isn’t too big of a deal for me because I absolutely love to read and will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. However, this time I have a list of one hundred books that everyone needs to read. I just have to decide if I am going to re-read any on the list that I’ve already read or just go ahead and cross them off.

Anyway, today I made a week’s worth of blueberry-apple packs for Mr. Bubbles. He approves of the flavor and I approve of the fiber and antioxidants.

I also made fried green tomatoes for the first time tonight, gluten free of course. They weren’t bad at all, I just need to remember to salt and pepper them next time. My recipe? I sliced the tomatoes, dipped the slices in corn meal, and fried them in coconut oil. Yep. That’s it… I always take the easy route when it comes to cooking.

They Made It!

My baby arugula plants survived the freeze! Yay! I’m already glad that I got those seeds as they seem to be tough little beasties. If they can survive wild temperature swings, being sat on by multiple cats, and accidental neglect, they are more than welcome to stay in my garden.

Hubby used up the last of his pre-made lunches today so I’ve been baking up a storm. I have a batch of chicken and carrot hot pockets, a batch of sausage and cheese hot pockets, and a batch of chocolate chip cookies all made and cooling.

I made a little too much dough for the amount of hot-pocket filling I had on hand (still a couple of days until shopping day) so I rolled out the extra and made a whole-grain pizza crust for my dad to keep in the freezer so he can whip up a fancy pizza whenever he feels like it.

Come to think of it, I should make freezer pizzas for Hubby. Pizza night costs a pretty penny, especially because Mr. Bubbles and I have to buy the gluten-free crusts. Between the gluten free frozen pizzas the store carries (for a quarter of the cost of delivery) and making my own, I bet I could save quite a bit. I bet I could make them healthy too if I made a whole grain crust and put a lot of veggie toppings on it.

Hmmm. I will have to do a bit of research and try that out.

Temptation

Today I made banana-pecan bread and banana-almond bread for Hubby’s lunches. They are made with whole wheat flour and no refined sugar. (Both Hubby and my dad love them) The first loaf turned out a bit too moist (probably because I used three large bananas instead of measuring it out) so I omitted the 1/4 cup water in the second loaf and it turned out perfectly.

My house smells like freshly baked banana bread and I watched my dad and husband eat half a loaf of it hot out of the oven.

Now, I don’t eat gluten because if I do, I have to deal with a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, one of the more severe being frequent migraines. Normally I can make snack cakes and meals and whatever else for Hubby without being tempted to eat them, but this time, I am almost considering a month of migraines worth a bite of banana bread. That is how good it smells.

I won’t eat any, because of course a moment of tastiness isn’t worth the amount of headache I would have to deal with.

But I’m tempted.

We Must Go Cheaper!

So, I made some frozen burritos for Hubby’s lunches again. This time though, I made my own re-fried beans to cut the cost even more.

Last night I soaked two cups of dried beans in some water and when I woke up I drained them and tossed them in the crockpot with fresh water to cook while I did more entertaining things.

Things like going to the library and the produce store and taking a nap.

After the beans were nice and soft I drained them and tossed them into a pan with about a pound of ground beef that I had cooked last shopping trip and frozen. I seasoned them liberally with garlic (of course), a bit of red pepper, and some fiesta lime seasoning mix. Then I just stirred and cooked until the hamburger was hot and the beans had kinda mushed into a paste.

There was enough to make ten large burritos, only eight of which made it into the freezer because I gave two of them to Papa for supper.

You can probably skip the soaking step if you want to save time, but soaking them really cuts down on the gassy nature of beans so I don’t recommend skipping.

I Don’t Remember It Being Like That…

I have a tendency to cycle between crippling self doubt and overconfidence. One minute I will be so terrified of messing up a forty second phone call that I put it off until the last possible minute, and the next I think I can make a dish from a several year old memory of watching someone else cook.

Yeah…

I don’t actually remember how to make a quiche. However, I do know how to make a pretty awesome hash-brown casserole!

(I forgot to take a pic until after my dad and Mr. Bubbles had demolished half of the pan.)

I just grated several fresh potatoes into the casserole dish until it was full, spread some chopped onions and garlic on top along with salt and pepper, and poured beaten eggs into the pan until the potatoes were thoroughly soaked. I cooked it at 400 until the eggs were set (about 45-50 minutes), then I spread some minced chives and parsley over top, and then I covered with shredded cheese. Then I stuck it back into the oven until the cheese was melted and bubbly.

If you have the patience you can wait until the cheese browns a little bit. If you don’t have the patience you can pull it out the second the cheese bubbles and serve. Either way, it will probably disappear quickly.

Next time I make this I will probably add some chopped veggies into the potatoes, such as peppers, celery, and maybe a green of some sort. This time I was just pulling what I had in the fridge into a meal because grocery shopping is still two days away and I’m out of the ingredients I usually have on hand for what I normally think to make.

Tomorrow we will be having either bean burritos or bean nachos or something with beans because that is all I have on hand.

By the way! If you can only go shopping once a week I highly recommend making a menu ahead of time so you can be sure to have enough food for the week. Otherwise you end up trying to figure out what sort of meal you can make out of a can of chicken and if you can feed three to four people with it.

We do have enough food. Just not convenient food. I don’t like getting out of my comfort zone.

Grilled chicken with veggies and rice is comfortable.

Random concoctions made with beans are not.

Lemon Flavored Nostalgia

Hubby is a few years older than I so he has some child hood memories that were a bit before my time. One such memory that he has is of lemon Girl Scout cookies, something that I didn’t know had existed until he told me about them. They aren’t made anymore and they are his absolute favorite cookie, so I had to make them for him, as I have to at least try to make anything he raves about. I looked around and found a recipe and a little while later I succeeded. He loves them so I am happy with a job well done.

Mr. Bubbles was happy with my baking experiment as well. After I zested and juiced a lemon for the recipe, I saw this little hand feeling around the edge of the counter. He managed to grab one of the lemon halves and ran off with it. I let him, figuring he would taste it and give it back. Nope. He ate the whole thing, pith and all.

Also, a word of warning to those who decide to make homemade snack cakes: They don’t have preservatives in them, so I highly recommend storing them in the freezer or fridge. I had made some pumpkin snack cakes but forgot to put them in the fridge so they molded after just a few days.