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Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak

I know sometimes there are recipes or foods that just kind of stay away from because of one reason or another. Well, steak was one of those for me as they always turned out tough when I cooked them.

Then there might come along a certain someone, aka Mr. Awesome, who really likes his steak. I tried to convince him that I was incapable of cooking steak but he refused to give up on me. He has made some really great steaks on the grill but I really don’t grill that much anymore either so I wasn’t interested in trying that method.

After a little trial and error and a few burnt steaks, I’ve finally come up with an almost foolproof method that works for me. Now I do use my cast iron skillet for this so I don’t know how well this will work if you use something other than cast iron. These usually turn our about medium rare so you may need to adjust the cooking times for your preferred level of doneness too.

If you cook the veggies before you cook your steak you get a whole new level of taste. This method usually results in a nice crust too. This is really so good that I’ve even impressed myself with this.

Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak

Ingredients:

  • 2-6 T. butter
  • 1 steak (we usually use ribeyes that at about 1 inch thick)
  • Garlic salt (we like Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley and it looks really pretty too)
  • pepper
  • sliced onions, mushrooms, green peppers for toppings (optional)

Directions:

Season both sides of your steak with garlic salt and pepper.

Heat your cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.

Add 2-3 Tablespoons of butter and let melt.

Once melted, you can saute the vegetables until tender, if you choose. **

Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.

**If not using vegetables go directly to the next step but don’t add more butter to the pan.

Add another 2-3 Tablespoons of butter and let melt but don’t let it burn.

When the butter is melted and hot carefully place your steak in the pan.

Don’t touch it or move, just let it be for about 3-5 minutes.

Now carefully flip the steak.

Don’t touch it or move, just let it be for about 3-5 minutes.

Remove it from the heat and let it rest for another 3-5 minutes.

Serve with a simple salad, some baked potatoes, garlic bread, and top with sauteed veggies.

Enjoy!

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Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

I  know you can pop a potato in the microwave for a quick bite to eat but when you have as many people in your house as we do, everyone seems to want a potato at the same time. The microwave can’t cook them fast enough and the oven seems like it takes forever.

In comes our superhero of the kitchen, our Power Cooker XL, which can whip up some baked potatoes in a hurry. You can cook up a few extra to have on hand for a quick meal or snack during the week or you can also wrap the extras in foil and freeze them for later.

Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6-10 potatoes of similar size
  • 1 c. water
Toppings (optional)
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • ranch
  • bacon bits
  • chives
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese

Directions:

Scrub your potatoes well and poke them all over with a fork.

Place the steamer rack in your power cooker and place the potatoes on the rack.

Add the water.

Set the manual cook time to 12 minutes for small potatoes and up to 20 minutes for larger potatoes.

Place the lid on making sure that the pressure release is closed.

When the cooker is finished let it sit until the pressure releases on it’s on.

Top your potatoes with whatever you like.

For Crispier skin:

(takes a little bit longer but so worth it)

Rub the cooked potatoes with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

This recipe is just too easy and with just a few ingredients and minimal work you can impress your family and friends while taking an ordinary meal to an extraordinary meal. Really this is so good that a couple of guests said it was ‘the bomb’ the last time we had it and it is so easy a kindergartner can do it (with a little help when it comes to the oven).

The other great thing about this is that you can fix up a couple loaves at a time and store them in the freezer for easy additions to meals.

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 storebought French or Italian bread loaf (whatever kind you like, seasonings and/or seeds are ok too)
  • 1 stick melted butter or some spreadable butter
  • Garlic salt (we like Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley and it looks really pretty too)
  • shredded cheese, optional (whatever kind your little heart desires)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Split the bread in half horizontally or slice into thick slices.

Place on an ungreased baking pan.

Spread top sides with butter. I don’t put a lot on but you can choose how much you want.

Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Bake 10-20 minutes or until slightly crispy. **

Enjoy.

**If you want to freeze these for later then wrap them in foil before baking and place back into the plastic wrapper to store in the freezer. I usually write the baking instructions on the plastic so anyone can pull it out of the freezer and pop it into the oven.

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Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I had all intentions of making some delicious cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning however Mr. Awesome had an awesome surprise planned and I just didn’t have the time. Well Jacob had his little heart set on those rolls and as we all know this child loves to eat. He also loves coming up with new recipes and he decided we should try to make some Cinnamon Roll Muffins.

I combined the filling from our Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and Basic Muffin Recipe with a simple glaze to come up to sweeten the deal. The kids loved helping to mix the muffins and make the swirls. They also really enjoyed eating them too!

Did I mention how wonderful the house smells when you bake these? I will definitely need to make a double batch the next time around. I may also try this out in a loaf pan or as a super easy coffee cake.

Short on time? You could mix up everything and set it in the fridge until the next morning and then surprise your family with the aroma of these delicious treats. They will think you slaved all morning long! Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

Pizza Mac N Cheese

So you’ve probably seen the macaroni and cheese pizzas but my kids, more like my 5 year old, wanted something different. This is what we came up with.

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 c. Spaghetti sauce (or pizza sauce)
  • 1 pack pepperonis
  • 1-2 c. Shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare macaroni according to box.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Spread the prepared macaroni in the greased pan.

Top with sauce.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Layer pepperonis on top.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Broil for 2-3 minutes if you want a crispy top.

Enjoy!

Serve with a salad and rolls to make a meal.

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

This recipe is one of those super easy simple recipes. You could also substitute white rice or even wild rice if you like.

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 Pork Chops
  • 1 1/2 c. Yellow rice
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 c. Water
  • Garlic salt (I like Lawry’s)
  • Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Season the chops as desired.

Pan sear the pork chops, if desired.

Mix together the rice, soup, and water.

Pour the rice mixture into then pan.

Layer the pork chops on top.

Cover with foil.

Bake for 1 – 1 1-2 hours.

Uncover and bake an additional 20 – 30 minutes.

Let sit 5 – 10 minutes.

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Markdown Meals: Chicken Salad on Croissants

I have been doing a lot of grocery shopping at Walmart just because it is so close to me. Normally I really dislike Walmart and if there was another grocery store closer to me then I’d probably go there but right now Walmart it is.

I happened to pass by the deli section and found these rotisserie chickens marked down to $2.01! I’m not sure what they normally sell for but I grabbed two of them. One Traditional and one Lemon Pepper. I had also snagged a package of mini croissants on the mark down cart for less than $3.00.

Today I used the traditional chicken to make Super Easy Chicken Salad croissants. I served these with some cherry tomatoes on the side for a quick lunch.

Here is the recipe:

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or use 2-3 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 T. Pickle relish (optional)
  • onion, chopped (optional)
  • raisins, chopped apples, chopped nuts or whatever other add-ins you might like (optional)

Directions:

Mix everything together in a bowl. Season to taste. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, in a croissant, or on toast.

It was so simple and so good! You could use whatever seasoned chicken you prefer.

This is just one example of a quick, easy, and delicious meal that you can make on a budget. I spent less that $8.00 for the meal and it fed myself and 6 kids.

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Tuna Salad

This can be a quick and easy lunch or snack. You can eat it on bread, toast, crackers, or even plain. You can also serve it with a salad, hard boiled egg, and some sliced peaches w/cottage cheese for a cold dinner plate.

Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Beer Bread

I love how easy this recipe is and the crust is so good. I have to be careful or I could eat all of the crust off the bread by myself! This is a recipe that I haven’t made in a while but when I went for a spell without going to the grocery store I had to use up what I found in the kitchen to make up a couple of quick meals. I made up a batch of Boston Baked Beans and wanted some fresh bread to go with it.

I had seen a bottle of beer in the fridge and had no idea where it came from or who it belonged too. After a week or so I just guessed it must’ve been something forgotten by a guest. I dug through some old recipes and found this recipe. It smelled so good when it was baking and it tasted even better.

You could play around with the ingredients to make it different flavors and such. I’d say that different beers would probably give it different flavors too but I have not experimented with that.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. self rising flour
  • 1/4 white sugar or honey (optional)
  • 12 oz. beer
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 c. sharp cheddar, shredded (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Grease a Loaf Pan.

Mix together the flour, sugar or honey, beer, and the cheese, if using, Stir just until blended.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan.

Pour the melted butter over the batter. (You can mix the butter into the dough if you like for a softer crust.)

Bake 45-50 minutes. Cool about 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!