Cooking the Morning Away

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We are busy full swing around here and have been for days.  We are doing as much of the work that we can ourselves to save money and to get the project done quicker.   On the nights that we aren’t doing something for the house it’s a scramble around here to keep this house in a tolerable order.  I’ve found that cooking is one of the hardest things.  Sometimes we are so tired we don’t care what we eat and have ended up at the local bar and grill….well that doesn’t save us any money so last week I came up with a plan.  Cook ahead.

I took an afternoon last week and made four supper dishes and put them in the refrigerator.  As we needed them I took them out, finished the last step or so and popped them in the oven.  I worked wonderfully.  I added a salad, baked beans or cottage cheese and we ended up with a decent meal.

Yesterday I decided to take time out of my day and do that again.

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In the upper left had corner is lasagna.  The upper right corner is makings for a Stroganoff Bread that I make.   I’ll need to spread this on some french bread, then add cheese, peppers and mushrooms.   In the lower left is Ground Beef Grand Style.  Biscuits and cheese need to be added to the top of that.  You can get that recipe here.   The dish to the lower right is Overnite Casserole.  I’ll try to get pictures and share the recipes for the dishes I don’t already have on the blog as we eat these dishes.

While doing all this I made two Sour Cream Blue Berry Pies, put a roast in the crock pot for that night, made a batch of ham and bean soup and made egg salad for sandwiches for lunch.

In total I did all of that and washed all the dishes in just over two hours…What a time saver!!  Now we can enjoy some meals over the next five days without having to rush and worry.

Feeding a Farmer: Chicken Quesadilla

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I have a series called Feeding a Farmer. It’s food that can be prepared in a few minutes to make a meal for those last minute meal times.  To find out how this all originated, check out this link.  Keep in mind, none of these foods are glamorous…they are fast…and not bad tasting.

Kelli got a new Pizzazz for a shower present.  She asked me if I’d like her old one.  I wasn’t especially excited about it as we eat little to no frozen food including frozen pizza. Rarely do we eat anything pre-made so I didn’t know if I would use it at all besides, who needs another appliance-not me.

I ended up taking it figuring if I didn’t end up using it I would just pass it along to Goodwill.  I have ended up loving it.  I don’t use it a lot but we do use it more and more.  Yesterday I had a short notice that Hubby would be in for lunch so I quick plugged the Pizzazz in and start it heating.

While it was spinning around I added some Chicken Alfredo sauce, left over chicken and cheese.

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I sprayed a tortilla with cooking spray and popped that on top.

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In about eight minutes I had a Quesadilla.

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They are VERY good.

I gave Hubby this along with some baked beans and cottage cheese.  It was a very easy no hassle lunch that tasted good too.

I really love the Pizzazz.  I started making garlic bread with it and it is so good.  I’ll take pictures and share the recipe next time I make it.

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