BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Quiche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447649 I'm in the mood for quiche today. In fact, I have been for the past few days. Today I'm going to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I have a generic quiche recipe, and then I add whatever I have that sounds good. It can be a good way to clean out the fridge. I'm going to add sausage (which I bought specifically for the quiche), onion, a few old mushrooms, some mini peppers my SIL left at Mom's house that are really too flabby to be much good raw, and maybe some kale from the garden. <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:11:48 EST Taco Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444749 Very, very closely based on a recipe from Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes at <link>www.genaw.com/lowcarb/taco_pie.html </link> <BR> <BR> TACO PIE <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 2 T taco seasoning* <BR> 1 c salsa (I used medium, and I don't like spicy food) <BR> 3 eggs <BR> 8 oz grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, colby jack, whatever) <BR> <BR> Brown ground beef; drain fat. Add taco season and mix well. Spread evenly in 9" pie pan or 8" square cake pan. <BR> <BR> Combine eggs ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:53:59 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432631 B - black tea with cream and splenda <BR> L - salad of broccoli slaw, eggs, mayo, mustard, splenda, vinegar, sunflower seeds <BR> D - Caribbean Chicken and Squash (or Pumpkin, if you want to be more precise) <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.40 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:57:02 EST Caribbean Chicken and Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432628 I'm not really impressed with this recipe. It's OK, but not great. I'm not sure what i was expecting, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Maybe more salt would have helped, or using hot curry powder (like the original recipe calls for) instead of milk curry powder. Some yogurt or sour cream would probably have helped, too. But then, sour cream helps just about everything! <BR> <BR> CARIBBEAN CHICKEN AND SQUASH <BR> (based on a recipe from recipelion.com) <BR> <BR> 700 gr peeled and se... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:39:47 EST Roasted Pumpkin Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432552 I got another pie pumpkin at Winco (well, three pie pumpkins, actually) and I'm using half of one of them in Caribbean Chicken and Squash. It's a new recipe; I'll tell you how it turned out tonight. It was big for a pie pumpkin and had lots of seeds, so I'm going to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. <BR> <BR> Though you can use any kind of winter squash seeds, actually. I've used pumpkin, spaghetti squash, and delicata squash, and have read that other kinds (acorn, butternut, buttercup, hubbard, e... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:44:56 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432366 I ate too much tonight. Like twice as much as I had planned. Two servings each of chicken and cabbage. I was in a hurry, so I just scarfed it down. So, naturally, it cost twice as much as I had planned. Still wasn't bad, and it's easily offset by cheaper than usual meals earlier this month. So not too bad. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - salad of broccoli slaw, eggs, onion, mayo, mustard, vinegar, sunflower seeds <BR> Super - baked chicken thighs, Escalloped Cabbage <BR> <BR> Total ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:27:35 EST Escalloped Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432362 I had doubts about this recipe. It is, after all, boiled cabbage. But I ran across a lot of similar recipes so I thought I'd give it a try. It's actually very good! I made it just as it is written, except for using a bit more butter. I think it would be good with ham in it, like Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. Or as a sauce for cauliflower, like Scalloped Faux-tatoes. I don't know about using the sauce on broccoli, though. For some reason, it just doesn't "taste" right in my head with broccoli. B... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:16:44 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432099 A really cheap day, mostly because I was gone most of the day. <BR> <BR> B - none, no time <BR> L - eggs scrambled in drippings <BR> S - chicken skins, Roasted Pumpkin Bites <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $1.95 <BR> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:10:32 EST Vegetable Marrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431745 I found a couple of recipes for Vegetable Marrow Chips, which look like they're supposed to be sort of like potato chips. I'm not entirely sure what vegetable marrow is. It's a really overgrown zucchini, isn't it? So overgrown and old that it turns into a keepable winter squash? I have one in the garage that I picked a month or two ago and then forgot about, and it seems to still be ok. I think I'll try making chips out it. <BR> <BR> Here are the two recipes. <BR> <BR> VEGETABLE MARROW A ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:34:51 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431730 B - green tea with lemon and splenda <BR> S - green tea with lemon and splenda <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, celery, eggs, mayo, mustard, lemon juice <BR> D - Roasted Pumpkin Bites, scrambled eggs and bacon <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.30 <BR> <BR> I took some chicken thighs out of the freezer but they didn't thaw in time, so I had the bacon and eggs, instead. Not as much protein as I would usually have, but that's ok. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:29:25 EST Roasted Pumpkin Bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431729 I needed to use up the other half of the pie pumpkin, so I made these tonight. Turned out pretty good, too. Definitely a keeper. I think I'll use more butter next time, and less cinnamon, but it was pretty good as is. I used pumpkin because it's lowest in carbs, but other winter squash would work, too. I added the sweetener. The original recipe called for some salt instead. <BR> <BR> ROASTED PUMPKIN BITES <BR> (adapted from a recipe in Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook, Sarah Fragoso) <BR> <BR... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:25:33 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431623 B - homemade mixed bone broth with cream <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, celery, eggs, mustard, mayo, lemon juice (Sumptuous Pork Salad but with eggs instead of pork) <BR> D - chicken scraps and skin and fat <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.90 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:11:32 EST Sumptuous Pork Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431319 SUMPTUOUS PORK SALAD <BR> (Carbohydrate Addict’s Cookbook) <BR> <BR> 8 oz (raw weight) pork shoulder roast, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces <BR> 100 gr diced celery <BR> 100 gr diced cauliflower <BR> 1 T Dijon mustard <BR> 3 T mayo <BR> <BR> Combine all ingredients and stir well. Serve on a bed of lettuce. <BR> <BR> Total cost - $1.60 <BR> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:07:42 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 12 and 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431172 So, how did your Monday the 13th go? Hope it went well. Mine did. <BR> <BR> 11/12/17 - <BR> B - homemade beef bone broth with cream <BR> S - chicken scraps, fat and skin <BR> L - salad (at Mom's house - "free") <BR> D - Sumptuous Pork Salad <BR> S - leftover pork <BR> <BR> Total cost of Sunday's food - $4.40. Would have been $2.90 if I hadn't eaten all the leftover pork that I had other plans for. <BR> <BR> 11/13/17 - <BR> B - mixed bone broth <BR> S - green tea with lemon and splenda <B... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:07:12 EST Centsable for the Holidays - Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430646 I'm not sure why, but this is going really easy this time. Usually keeping my food costs under $3.00 a day (my goal is no more than $100 for the month, but $3.00 a day is easier to see and figure on) is a challenge, but it hasn't been this year. In fact, my average daily food cost for the past week was only $2.52! And it's not like I've been deprived or hungry or not meeting my macros. I've been eating plenty of good food and my macros have been just fine. In the past I've had trouble meeting... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:13:25 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430640 A bit late with this, but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> B - homemade chicken bone broth <BR> S - homemade chicken bone broth, chicken scraps <BR> L - salad of cauliflower, celery, eggs, mayo, mustard <BR> D - Pork with Pumpkins, honeydew <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.60 <BR> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:55:28 EST Pork with Pumpkin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430488 This is based quite closely on a recipe from The Frugal Gourmet. Not sure which of his books, but I kind of think it was the first one, The Frugal Gourmet. It was good, but I think I would like it better if it had a more Asian feel rather than a sort of Southwestern feel. In other words, ginger instead of cumin. Also I think I'd prefer it closer to a stir-fry rather than sort of soupy like this recipe. <BR> <BR> I got a pie pumpkin a while ago and used half of it to make this. The pumpkin w... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:27:20 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430225 A kind of strange day. <BR> <BR> First, I blew my Spend Nothing Week. I called yesterday to order some chicken necks for my dog, which usually take about two weeks to come in, but they had just received some, so I picked them up today. And I said I'd take some of the backs that they get with the necks, thinking a couple of pounds, but they put together about 15 pounds for me. And while I was there I saw cauliflower for 69 cents a pound (the last I got was on sale for $1.29 a pound) so I got... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:02:40 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429859 B - homemade beef bone broth with cream <BR> L - Chard and Feta Soup, eggs with mayo <BR> D - Broccoli, Spinach, Egg and Chicken Casserole, yellow bell pepper <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.70. <BR> <BR> I made another batch of Chard and Feta Soup, to use the chard I picked right before it got down to 20 at night. I know chard is a spring veggie and is somewhat cold resistant, but not sure just how much so. It looks like it would have been OK, but why take chances. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:51:28 EST BROCCOLI, SPINACH AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429845 Actually, I made Broccoli, Spinach, Egg and Chicken Casserole, but only because I was low on chicken so I added some egg to make up for the chicken deficit. Apparently it started out as just Broccoli and Spinach Casserole, and a recipe that I got from somewhere but no idea where. At some point I added chicken to it to make a main dish casserole. I've also made it with about a dozen hard-boiled eggs and no chicken. And sometimes I add grated cheese. It would be good with ham, too. Lots of poss... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:13:24 EST Pantry Challenge II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429729 Or maybe more than II. I think I probably did it more than once before, with varying rules. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to do a full month Pantry Challenge this month, because my brother and his family are coming down for a few days Thanksgiving week and I don't want to put them on my challenge, too. Though it might be interesting to see what I could do. They will be staying with the parents and not me, so I'll feed them two dinners (a scaled back turkey dinner Tuesday and a pot roast dinner an... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:24:31 EST Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429550 I was looking at some of my really old blog entries, trying to find a recipe to post today (just had leftovers), when I came across of "Pantry Challenge" posts. These were from February 2014, so almost four years ago. I'd forgotten all about my Pantry Challenge. <BR> <BR> There's a book called "The $21 Challenge: Save $300 in a week! No coupons required!" by Fiona Lippey and Jackie Gower. The idea is to spend no more than $21 for the week, and instead eat only out of your cupboards, freezer... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:23:10 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429541 Not a normal day today. And not what I had planned, either. I had to rush through lunch, so just grabbed a leftover chicken thigh. And didn't get home in time to fix supper so just had the leftovers from last night's Scalloped Tuna and Cauliflower. I did have my usual bone broth and cream for breakfast and green tea with lemon juice and splenda in the middle of the morning. I have some tea tonight. If I do, I'll update this blog post. As of now, after supper, here's the day: <BR> <BR> B - ho... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:38:01 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429222 And the first week (7 days) is over! <BR> <BR> B - homemade beef broth with cream <BR> S - green tea with splenda and lemon juice <BR> L - Chard and Feta Soup, eggs, mayo <BR> S - egg <BR> S - green tea with splenda and lemon juice <BR> D - Scalloped Tuna and Cauliflower, honeydew melon <BR> <BR> The honeydew was free. It was from one I grew in my garden. I took it over to Mom's house and left most of it with her, but brought back two servings. <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.7... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:16:43 EST Scalloped Tuna and Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429208 This is basically Tuna Noodle Casserole, with cauliflower instead of noodles. Sounds like a modern low carb recipe, doesn't it? Like fauxtatoes or something like that. Nope. It came from Good Housekeeping’s Book of Good Meals, c 1927. I made some changes to it, of course, but the basic recipe comes from 1927. <BR> <BR> When I made it today I doubled the tuna, and that's not reflected here. I needed more protein today so I just doubled it. The original recipe - or my original version of it - ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 19:17:46 EST Russell the Ferocious Guard Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429198 I have a little ChiWeenie (chihuahua/dachshund cross) who weighs about 12 pounds. He's very ferocious, though. Mostly he just barks a lot, but today he really protected me. <BR> <BR> I'm having new siding put on my house, and Ken, the contractor, has been in and out of the house. Russell has been barking, of course. Ken has been petting Russell and they've been good friends. Until Ken came over to pet Russell when Russell was sitting on my lap. Ken reached his hand out to me and Russell real... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 18:28:21 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428872 B - homemade beef broth with cream <BR> S - green tea with lemon juice and splenda <BR> L - eggs poached in butter and cream; lettuce and tomatoes with ranch dressing <BR> S - green tea with lemon juice and splenda <BR> D - BBQ Chicken and Veggies <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $3.15 <BR> Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:45:21 EST Eggs Poached in Butter and Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428868 Another of my go-to meals, this one usually for breakfast or lunch. It's not for anyone who eats carbs, though, because of all the fat. But oh, is it ever good! For those of you who are not familiar with low carb, without carbs the fat - whether saturated or not - won't cause problems with cholesterol. Most low carbers see their HDL increase dramatically and their LDL and triglycerides decrease dramatically. And that's eating lots of fat. <BR> <BR> EGGS POACHED IN BUTTER AND CREAM <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 19:39:56 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428533 B - homemade beef bone-broth with cream <BR> L - eggs, ham, bacon, lettuce, feta (Mom fed me today, so lunch was free) <BR> D - chicken, cabbage, carrots, onion, drippings <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day's food (not counting what Mom fed me) - $1.50 Sun, 5 Nov 2017 19:40:26 EST Quick Saute/Stir-Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428531 Which are pretty much the same thing, though stir frying is done in a wok over higher heat, and sauteing is done in a saute pan over lower heat. Or so they say. Same thing, as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> One of my go-to meals when I'm tired and/or don't know what to fix and/or don't really care is a sort of stir-fry or saute sort of thing. In a skillet, and not in either a saute pan or a wok.I usually keep it really simple - just cabbage, onion, carrots and some kind of leftover cooked m... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 19:37:48 EST Centsable for the Holidays - Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428380 Which is actually on four days, since my "week" ends on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Turns out I did really well. My average daily food cost was only $2.58! My goal is $100 for the month, or an average of $3.33 per day. That does include a couple of meals using kale or chard from my garden, which I consider "free," but I did include the grocery store price of the cabbage and tomatoes from my garden. No, I don't know why the inconsistency. It just seems "right." <BR> <BR> My macros are great, too. I... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 10:10:27 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428221 B - beef broth and cream <BR> S - green tea with lemon and splenda <BR> L - soup (chicken broth, chard, onion, chicken grease, feta, cream), hard-boiled eggs with mayo <BR> D - BBQ Chicken and Veggies, coleslaw <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.95 (with "free" chard) Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:14:08 EST BBQ Chicken and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428202 I've been meaning to make this for a few days now, but things kept getting in the way. I finally made it tonight. I'm not crazy about the barbecue sauce, but you could use your own or a commercial sauce. And I changed the veggies a bit. I added the daikon and onion and cut back on the celery, which I don't like cooked. You could use whatever veggies you want. I was concerned about the barbecue sauce running off the chicken and getting on the veggies. As it happened, this particular sauce didn... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:59:25 EST Chard and Feta Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428151 The recipe (if there ever was one - I may have invented this myself, or adapted a few to come up with what I consider the recipe to be) originally called for spinach, and that's what I had intended to have. But it's snowing and I figured I should probably pick the chard and use that. I consider it hard core frugality to go out in the snow to pick chard to save the 85 cents that a box of spinach would cost! It turned out exceptionally well, but that's probably because the chicken broth was so ... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 15:10:52 EST CREAMED KALE AND EGGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427912 I had some raw eggs and some hard-boiled eggs that I needed to eat tonight, so had to figure out something that would use both. I was going to make Eggs Florentine (creamed spinach with eggs) but then remembered the kale I have in my garden and decided to use that instead. The recipe for Creamed Spinach calls for butter, but I didn't have any so used bacon grease instead. Here's what I actually fixed (it turned out ok) and also the original recipe from Dana Carpender. <BR> <BR> CREAMED KALE... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 19:39:59 EST Centsable for the Holidiays - November 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427910 Supper was definitely not what I intended, but it worked out all right. I was putting some eggs on to boil and I dropped the box. Four of them were already in the pan, two were smashed and Russell got to eat them, two were visibly cracked so I set them aside for supper, and cooked the rest. Two of those ended up cracked when they were done and two were ok. It could have been a whole lot worse! But I did end up eating lots of eggs for supper. <BR> <BR> B - green tea with splenda and lemon jui... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 19:23:29 EST DAIKON HASH BROWNS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427633 Daikon is a huge radish. It can grow a yard or more long and 4 or 5 inches in diameter. It's white and is used more in the Orient than it is in America. <BR> <BR> It can be used as a potato substitute in some cases. One way it can be used is to make hash browns. It's just a bit spicy and that extra bite works well in hash browns. You make them pretty much the same way you would make hash browns from potatoes. I read someplace that you should squeeze the shredded daikon to get out the extra ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 21:19:40 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427613 A much more expensive day today, though I don't feel like I ate any more or any better than I did yesterday. <BR> <BR> B - homemade beef bone broth with cream <BR> S - green tea with lemon and splenda <BR> L - salad of tuna, eggs, celery, mayo, lemon juice and splenda <BR> D - daikon hash browns cooked in duck fat and scrambled with eggs; cucumber in sour cream <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $3.00 <BR> <BR> I might maybe have a cup of green tea with lemon juice and splenda tonight.... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 20:51:11 EST Cheap Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427277 I was reading old blog posts and ran across a hint from Veg that if you add just a pinch of soda, you can get a quart of tea from just one tea bag. I tried it back then, and it worked. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 20:45:17 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427264 My food ended up being really cheap today. In fact, I keep double checking it to be sure it's right. I'm pretty sure it is. Here's what I ate: <BR> <BR> 0.00 - beef bone broth (homemade) <BR> 0.15 - half and half <BR> <BR> 0.00 - chicken bone broth (homemade) <BR> 0.00 - chard (home grown) <BR> 0.20 - tomatoes <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> <BR> 0.40 - chicken skins <BR> 0.30 - carrots <BR> 0.40 - daikon <BR> 0.00 - drippings <BR> <BR> 1.75 - total cost of food eaten <BR> <BR> A few comments abou... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:55:43 EST Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427145 My Centsable for the Holidays Challenge begins today! I have my menu planned and my food entered in my food tracker. I have the food I need and have taken what needs to be thawed out of the freezer. I know how much most things cost. I'm off and running! Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:20:42 EST Get set... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426903 Two years ago I started a similar challenge about the first of November. I called it Centsable for the Holidays. I'm going to call this year's challenge the same thing. Centsable for the Holidays. Catchy, don't you think? <BR> <BR> I've done a lot today to get ready to start tomorrow, on the first of November. Which is unusual. I usually just decide one day to start and off I go. I'm actually pretty well prepared going in to it this year. <BR> <BR> I looked through old SP blogs and various... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:42:29 EST Mouse Buttock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426884 Have you ever served this? I bet you have! <BR> <BR> Mouse Buttock, also called Mouse Piece - "the piece of beef cut from the part next below the round or from the lower part of the latter." <BR> <BR> "The mouse buttock or second round of beef was smaller than the buttock or round and located lower down the rear end of the cow." <BR> <BR> Sounds like bottom round, to me. What do you think? <BR> <BR> So, those of you with kids - especially boys - the next time you're serving bottom round, ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:01:02 EST OATMEAL AND POTATO SOUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426591 Here's a recipe from "Low Cost Cooking," by Florence Nesbitt, published in 1915. It's a dish for lunch or supper. That is, it is for the lighter meal, not dinner. The recipe is for "Oatmeal and Potatoes," not soup, but I don't see how it could be anything but soup. <BR> <BR> I find these old recipes interesting. I am amazed at what people used to eat and apparently consider it a good meal. I'll be sharing more of this type of old-time budget recipes. <BR> <BR> OATMEAL AND POTATO SOUP <BR> ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:05:03 EST On My Mark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426441 I have been so off plan the past couple of months, both in terms of food and food budget. I'm going to do a modified Food Stamp Challenge for November. I will keep track of the cost of what I eat, rather than how much I spend. As you know, I've done it several times and it's not a big deal. One thing it does force me to do is to watch how much I eat, as well as what I eat, and that's important at the moment. I need to get the duck eaten first, though - the leftovers of the duck itself would b... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:28:27 EST NO BAKE (SKILLET) CASSEROLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406610 Someone on my team said that my casseroles sound good but it's too hot to turn on the oven. That's a definite problem with summer veggies - it's too hot to bake or can, or even cook. (Can you imagine cooking on a wood stove in a house with no a/c, and wearing a dozen or so layers of clothes?) <BR> <BR> So, what do you do? Well, many "casseroles" don't really need to be baked. Baking does a few things for casseroles - it gets them hot, finishes cooking the meat and/or veggies, gives the flavo... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:29:52 EST PEPPER STUFFING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405479 I used to like Stuffed Peppers, or at least the stuffing. I didn't like the slimy, flabby peppers themselves. Yuck! Eventually I had a flash of brilliance. I could chop up the peppers and mix them with the stuffing and avoid those nasty pepper shells. Success! <BR> <BR> This is one of the recipes that changes every time I make it, because it all depends on what I happen to have on hand. My original recipe calls for a pound of chorizo and a pound of hamburger; lately I've been using all hambu... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:03:43 EST ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405070 ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI <BR> (from a recipe in The Hoosier Cookbook) <BR> <BR> 1 lb Italian sweet sausages, sliced <BR> 1/2 c onion, chopped (50 gr) <BR> 2 c tomatoes, peeled and chopped (1 lb) <BR> 4 c unpeeled zucchini, shredded (1 lb) <BR> 1 t lemon juice <BR> 1/4 t salt <BR> 1/4 t Tabasco sauce <BR> 1/2 t dried leaf oregano <BR> 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese (1 oz) <BR> <BR> Brown the sausage in a BIG skillet. My 12" skillet was barely big enough. Add onion and cook for another 5 mi... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:19:21 EST ROPA VIEJA (Cubanish shredded beef) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402058 This the meat that went with the recipe for Cuban Cauli-Rice, which I modified and posted as Spanish Cauli-Rice. Both recipes are from paleomg.com. Here's a link to the paleomg.com's recipe. What I've posted below is what I actually cooked, with changes mostly due to what I had on hand. <link>paleomg.com/crockpot-ropa-vieja-cuba<BR>n-style-rice/ </link> You'll notice that I left out the capers and the tomato sauce (didn't have any), used a green pepper instead of yellow and red, and used a... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:30:38 EST Saturday, August 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401752 Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - garden tomatoes <BR> 0.00 - from garden <BR> Lunch - broccoli slaw salad <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.25 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 0.05 - tea <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.20 - cream <BR> Supper - liver and onions and bacon <BR> 0.35 - jowl bacon <BR> 0.60 - beef liver <BR> 0.15 - onion <BR> 0.00 - garden tomatoes <BR> 0.20 - cucumber <BR> 0.60 - feta cheese <BR> <BR>... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:40:21 EST