Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recipies to write home about!

In my attempt to be homeschooling my son Joshua this comming school year, I decided I needed to prepare some easy and nutritious recipes that I can make through out the school year. Preferably in the Slow Cooker or by taking 2 of my Saturdays and making meals and freezing them so I can take it out and cook it later!

Here are some recipes I found.

Beef Stew

1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into eighths
1 (8-ounce) package baby-cut carrots (about 30)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10-ounce) can condensed beef broth
1 (8 1/4-ounce) can tomato sauce
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 new potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), cut into fourths
2 cups sliced mushrooms (about 5 ounces) or 1 package (3.4 ounces) fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced

1. Heat oven to 325°.

2. Mix all ingredients except potatoes and mushrooms in ovenproof 4-quart Dutch oven. Cover and bake 2 hours, stirring once.

3. Stir in potatoes and mushrooms. Cover and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.

NUTRITION FACTS: 1 Serving (about 1 1/4 cups):; Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 55); Fat 6g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 770mg; Carbohydrate 31g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 14g % DAILY VALUE:; Vitamin A 50%; Vitamin C 20%; Calcium 4%; Iron 18% DIET EXCHANGES:; 1 Starch; 1 Medium-Fat Meat; 3 Vegetable

Slow Cooker Directions: Chop onion (1/2 cup). Omit tomato sauce. Increase flour to 1/2 cup. Mix all ingredients except beef in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add beef (do not stir). Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir well.

Tamale casserole:

2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 chopped onion
minced garlic
1 jar salsa (mild medium or hot)
1 can corn
2 cups shredded cheese (optional)

Brown the meat with the onion and some garlic. Add the salsa and corn. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Layer on the cheese if desired. Mix the cornbread mix, eggs and milk. Pour over the cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until the top is brown and the cornbread is done. Serve with more salsa and sour cream if desired. If you get the meat on sale (and I don't buy it if it's not) you should come out around $5-$6.

You can also add a can of black beans to the meat to stretch it out more.

Minestrone and fresh bread.

One can of each drained unless specified (Aldi's, SaveALot cheap)
green beans
black beans not drained
2 cans diced tomato not drained
1-3 cans chicken broth
seasonings (salt, pepper, bay leaf)

Simmer for about an hour and serve hot with fresh bread.


2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
3 2lb bags tater tots
2 cans cream of mushroom
2 cans evaporated milk
2 cans cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
Makes 2- 9”X13” pans


1 lb. ground beef/turkey
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 tsp. liquid smoke
Brown & season meat, drain. Add all other ingredients, heat
Through. Serve on buns; enjoy!


3 lbs ground turkey
1 med. onion, chopped
3 (4oz.) cans green chilies, chopped
3 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
3 pkg. taco seasoning
3 pkg. ranch or 1 c. liquid ranch dressing
3 cans hominy, undrained
9 (14 1/2 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
3 (15oz.) cans kidney beans, undrained
6 (15oz.) cans pinto beans, undrained
5 c. water
Brown ground turkey w/ onion. stir in remaining ingr. Bring to boil. Simmer 30 min. Serve w/ Tortilla chips, grated ched. cheese & sour cream. Yum! Yum! Triple batch


4 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 dozen corn tortillas, each cut into 6-8 triangles
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. jar salsa
1 c. sour cream
1/2-1 c. cheddar cheese
Combine the soups, salsa, and sour cream in a bowl and blend well. Grease the crockpot and make 2-3 layers of chicken, tortillas, and sauce. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Add the cheese 15 min. before eating. Serve with salad and warm tortillas. Enjoy!
Serves 8

Baked Ziti -- serves 12, can easily be doubled.

1 pound ziti, cooked and drained
1 pound ricotta or cottage cheese
½ pound Mozzarella cheese, grated
1 egg
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.

Mix ziti with cheeses and egg. Pour 1/2 of the sauce in bottom of dish. Top with ziti, then remaining sauce. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with foil.

Bake 30 - 45 minutes. Let sit 5 - 10 minutes before removing foil and serving.

You can easily add ground beef to the sauce, or slice smoked sausage and layer with the noodles.

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole -- serves 12, can easily be

4 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
¾ cup chicken broth
1 package Stove Top Stuffing
1 stick butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In saucepan mix chicken, soup and broth, heat over low heat until heated through, stirring frequently.

Toss stuffing mix with melted butter and place 1/2 of this mix in bottom of greased 9 x 13" baking dish. Pour 1/2 of chicken mix on top of stuffing mix. Repeat. 

Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly.

To make a gravy for this dish, heat 1 can cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 can of milk. For and added depth of flavor, add 1 - 2 T. sour cream.

Chicken Pot Pie -- serves 6 - 8
3 - 4 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
salt and pepper
2 unbaked pie crust - 9 inch
Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Pour into prepared pie shell. Top with remaining pie crust, seal edges with water and flute. Cut steam slits in top, brush with milk.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Corn Muffins -- 1 dozen
2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
2 eggs
1 can cream style corn
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients just until moistened. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, grease muffin pan(s) for 12. Stir mixture gently, then evenly distribute into muffin pan. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden. Allow to cool in pan about 1 minute, gently remove from pan.

Crockpot Chili Beans-- serves 6 -- 8, can easily be doubled.

1 pound ground beef chuck, browned and drained
1 can pinto beans, do not drain
1 can stewed tomatoes, do not drain
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon vinegar
Place all ingredients in crockpot and stir well. Cook on high for one hour, turn to low and continue to cook four hours.

Crockpot Swiss Steak - serves 6 - 8, can easily be doubled.
2 pounds round steak, cut into serving size pieces
1 onion, sliced
1 can crushed tomatoes (15 ounces)
salt and pepper
Season round steak with salt and pepper. Place in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8 - 10 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice or egg noodles.

Hunter's Casserole -- serves 4 - 6, can easily be doubled.
1 can tamales (large can)
1 can chili with beans (large can)
1 onion, chopped
1 can tomato sauce (small can)
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
Cut tamales into bite size pieces. Place in casserole. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Mix well. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with cheese, return to oven until cheese is melted.

Meat Casserole with Gravy -- serves 6 - 8, can easily be doubled.
2 pounds stew meat, cubed
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 ½ cans water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place stew meat in shallow baking dish. Stir together the onion soup mix, mushroom soup and water. Pour over meat. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake for 3 hours. Serve over rice or with mashed potatoes.

Tuna Baked Pasta


1.                  Heat oven to 350. Boil the pasta for 2 minutes less time than stated on the pack. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then gradually stir in the milk to make a thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese.
2.                  Drain the pasta, mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweet corn and parsley, then season. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes   until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

Tubular pasta works best in bakes; as well as rigatoni you could use penne or macaroni.

752 calories, protein 37g, carbohydrate 99g, fat 26 g, saturated fat 15g, fiber 4g, sugar 12g, salt 1.43 g

Beans and Sausage

1.                  Heat the oil in a large pan. Sizzle the sausages for about 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, then remove to a plate. Tip the carrots and onions into the pan, then cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft. Add the vinegar to the pan, then stir in the drained beans. Pour over the stock, nestle the sausages in with the beans, then simmer everything for 10 minutes.
2.                  Scatter in the frozen peas, cook for 2 minutes more until heated through, then take off the heat and stir in the mustard. Season to taste. Serve scooped straight from the pan.


569 calories, protein 35.0g, carbohydrate 41.0g, fat 31.0 g, saturated fat 9.0g, fiber 11.0g, sugar 13.0g, salt 2.81 g

General Food stretching idea!
add more rice, pasta, or potatoes to anything. they are cheap and cause the dish to be much more than it was before.

At the end I will link each site from which I collected these recipes!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Novice Homeschooler... Part 1

Well I am a Novice Homeschooler!

When I say Novice I mean I started by meeting New York State Regulations in having my Letter of intent sent to my Local School District by July1st! Woot Woot for me! I made the deadline! 

Then I sent in my Individualized Home instruction Plan aka IHIP! 

Now I just have to follow those plans... LOL!

I also chose the Curriculum I would use for my homeschooling of my son Joshua!