Saturday, August 31, 2019

Dill Chicken Broccoli Braid Recipe That'll Knock Your Socks Off

This was originally posted over at my blog The Kerrie Show, so you'll have to click here to find it. I promise it'll be worth it!

This is what your mixture will resemble.

Bundle it up like a baby. Yeah, I know it's called a BRAID, but have you ever tried actually braiding one of these bad boys? It's hard, and I'm lazy and easily frustrated with food. Mine would end up across the room ... again.
Wow, do I really not have a final picture of this? I'll have to make it next week and come back to post that! Sorry about that!

Lazy Fast Easy Chili Recipe

Perfect for chilly weather, and freezes well.

2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
1 large package Williams chili seasoning
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cans Bush’s mild chili beans
1 can Bush’s medium chili beans
Fixins (see #4)

1. Brown ground beef in large pot or Dutch oven and drain fat.
2. Add chili seasoning (entire package), tomatoes and beans and stir.
3. Cook for about 20 minutes on medium-low, stirring every few minutes so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
4. Serve with Saltines, cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions, hot sauce.

Tips: This is an AWESOME Crockpot meal. Cook ground beef ahead of time, throw all ingredients in the Crockpot and let it go all day on low so you can get working on your long to-do list.

If you liked this recipe, you'll love my book, The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook! It's available in print and ebook versions (free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member so you can try it before you buy it in print!).

Friday, August 30, 2019

At-Home Iced Coffee (Light, Coconut and Naughty Versions!)

RECIPE 1: Light
1/4 cup cold-brewed coffee (I love Trader Joe's but you can cold-brew your own at home even cheaper)
1/2 cup water
1 T half and half (I do not use fat-free)
2 T sugar free vanilla syrup

Mix the ingredients together and you have a little iced coffee!
You can double it.
You can change up the syrup flavor.
You can add more cream, less cream or go fat-free.
Customize it for your own taste!

RECIPE 2: Naughty

1/4 cup cold brew
2 T chocolate syrup
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
Splash of vanilla extract (imitation is fine)
ICE ICE BABY comes last
Stir it up with a fork or spoon and stick a straw in it

RECIPE 3: Coconut

RECIPE TO COME because I just bought this today!

If you liked this recipe, you'll love my book, The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook! It's available in print and ebook versions (free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member so you can try it before you buy it in print!).

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Crustless Shepherd's Pie Recipe with Real Mashed Potatoes

This one’s “lazy” because it has no crust (which also means less preparation time AND fewer calories), as well as easy to make gluten-free. You can also make it lazy by using boxed mashed potatoes, but I don't prefer this recipe that way.

Box mashed potatoes (even though this is faster, my husband is not a fan, so I actually peel, boil and mash about 6 medium potatoes)
1 stick of butter for potatoes
2 cups frozen mixed veggies
2 lb. ground beef
1 T. garlic, pinch onion salt, pinch thyme, pinch white pepper
2 packages brown gravy mix (yes, I DO know how to make real gravy, thank you very much) or two cans of beef gravy
Melt a couple of frozen zucchini cubes into gravy (or not!)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1. If you use real mashed potatoes, add at least 1 stick of butter and some white pepper. Otherwise, make the boxed variety as directed. Set aside potatoes.

2. Brown 2 pounds of ground beef in 1 T. minced garlic. Drain the fat and put the beef in a 10” x 8” pan, or whatever you have around. Add some onion salt and thyme and mix. You can skip the onion salt, but don’t skip the thyme!

3. Cook the brown gravy mixes according to the directions, sneaking in a couple of frozen zucchini cubes, if you had a few baseball bat-size zucchinis over the summer, like I did. Dump the gravy over the ground beef and stir it around.

4. Boil frozen mixed veggies according to the package directions and add to beef mixture. If your kids hate veggies, puree some and sneak them into the beef mixture.

5. Spoon potatoes over beef mixture.

6. Cook at 350 degrees for ½ hour.

7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and cook another couple of minutes.

8. Smile to yourself that you snuck veggies into dinner!

By the way, I’m usually the anti-Martha Stewart, so if you have problems with this recipe, please contact her because she will know what to do.

If you liked this recipe, you'll love my book, The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook! It's available in print and ebook versions (free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member so you can try it before you buy it in print!).

Monday, August 19, 2019

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

This recipe is a hit in my house with the kids, and it's the perfect thing to serve a double portion of on co-op nights, when I sometimes bring home double the kids I arrived at co-op with. Fantastic for summer, whether you are on the go or just trying to chill out all day by the pool. Even better for winter, when you're looking for the perfect meat-and-potatoes comfort meal!

1.5 pounds of beef stew meat, cut into small pieces
4 large potatoes, skin on and cut into small pieces
4 large carrots, skin on and cut into small pieces (to make your life even easier, you could toss in 5-8 ounces of carrot shreds, which can be bought in 10-ounce packages)
1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
1 1.25-ounce package onion soup mix
Salt and pepper (about 2 teaspoons of each)
1 cup flour
2 14.5-ounce cans beef broth
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Place stew meat, potatoes, carrots, onion, soup mix, salt, and pepper into slow cooker.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir to coat all the ingredients.

Pour in the beef broth.

Set slow cooker to low heat for 4-6 hours.

Toward the end of the cook time, stir in the Worcestershire sauce.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Trim Healthy Mama Protein and Fat-Stripping Shakes and ICE CREAM!

You definitely want to check out these posts from my other blog, The Kerrie Show, which I started in July of 2008 when I was in Phoenix with my husband and then-four kids traveling with him for work. When I'm feeling blah or unhealthy, I whip up one of these shakes and I'm good to go for a nice sipping session.

How to lose weight drinking a yummy orange creamsicle shake every day

How to lose weight drinking a chocolate fat-stripping frappa every day

Here's the Almond Milk Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe!

One-Month Easy Meal Plan #FamilyOf7 #BackToSchool

I panic when I don't know what's for dinner. I hate wasting time shopping last-minute for food, and it also causes me to waste money because I pick up junk food and also spend too much on convenience foods. A little bit of planning goes a long way toward my peace of mind and toward sticking to our family's budget.

I've always tried to make a meal plan but never stuck to it. Things would come up and need to be shifted around, and then I just quit. Recently I decided to make a one-month easy meal plan for our family of 7 so I could focus on homeschool and co-op planning, as well as my job of proofreading from home.

I hope you'll find some inspiration from my meal plan. I just created a table in Microsoft Word and filled in the blanks. I've already veered off the path, but that's okay! Monday the 12th we had chicken tenders because I had them in the freezer and needed to us them up. Plus I did the crockpot BBQ chicken just a few days ago. We are probably going out to dinner on the 14th, so I can just use the salad on another night that calls for a veggie, and the frozen pizza will keep for another night or occasion, like a teen party at my place!

I have many more easy meals for rotations in the coming months, so check back! I'd love to hear your favorite fast and budget-friendly recipes in the comments!

Also, to make my life even more easy and save a lot of time, I use Walmart Grocery Pickup. You and I can both get $10 off when you give it a try. Check out my post about it to answer a lot of questions you might have. Minimum order is only $30 and, yes, you can get practically anything in the store that you need, not just food.
*If there is a star after a recipe, it can be found on this blog. Please scroll to the bottom of the post to see a list of recipes and links
We are trying to be frugal around here lately to try to pay off our van and braces, but every other Sunday I put a nice meat in the meal plan for smoking so we can have a little splurge and my husband can have some fun with his smokers. He has a smaller one, a Weber, and then a wonderful longtime family friend gifted us his huge Smoke Hollow stand-up smoker.

September 4th is our first day back to coop so I wanted to hit the Trader Joe's and get the Japanese fried rice we love. We need three bags, so it's a splurge, but it's fast and yummy.

Crockpot BBQ chicken sandwiches (coming soon)

Beef ravioli lasagna

Tuna melts (coming soon)

Cilantro lime chicken pesto fajitas

Slow cooker beef stew

Shepherd's pie

Mexican cornbread casserole

You may have noticed I don't have Tater Tot Casserole on this rotation. We are taking a break from it, but it will be back next month! Please check out my cookbook on Amazon here!

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