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Quick Recipe- One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice

Smoked sausage and rice with beetsWeeknight dinner on the fly! Stove top, one pot meal. Feeds 4-6 people.

Quick tip: hide beets so kids will eat them ;-D

5 ingredients; Total Time: 20 minutes. Total Price: $6.00

  • One Pot Smoked Sausage and Rice
  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ to 1 can Beets- drained, rinsed & diced fine [not pickled]
  • 2 cans Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans Water
  • 1½ -2 cups Instant White Rice
  • Optional: 1 can diced Green Chili
  1. In a large fry/saute’ pan {at least 4 qt.} or soup pot
  2. Add: sausage pieces. frying for 2-3 min., med. heat/ Stir. {with a drizzle of oil for Turkey Sausage}
  3. Pour in tomatoes & water. ADD beets. bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice. Plus -1 tsp. Italian seasonings, garlic powder, S&P to taste.
  5. Stir until boiling again.
  6. Remove from heat. Cover & let it set for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Uncover: Mix again. Simmer if it’s a bit watery for 1-2 minutes
  8. or add water by Tbls. if it’s too sticky.
  9. Serve hot with garlic toast or crackers.

Mixed with the tomatoes, you’ll be surprised that you barely taste the beets. Friends and Confidantes, at least that’s one way to use cans in the back of the pantry. –Grandma Auburn

#maindish #onepot #howtocookbeets #freerecipes #quickrecipe

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Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms for Two

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Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms – Free Recipe

Stuffed Mushrooms for Two – Quick, flavorful side dish! ->Total time: 20 minutes. Budget: $2.00 Simple recipe to double.

  • Preheat oven 375F
  • 6 Whole Baby Bella Mushrooms – Separate caps/stems.
    • Rinse. Pat dry, Cut & discard stem tips.
    • Save stem pieces!
  • In a small mixing bowl add: 
  • 2 T. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 T. Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning blend {OR  less than 1/8 tsp. Pesto}
  • Dash: Garlic powder, salt, black pepper
  • Mash with a fork until mixed.
  • Then add veggies…
  • Finely chopped: mushroom stems
    • Plus: 1-2 T. each finely chopped Celery and minced Onion
    • {OR 1 or 2 t. dried flakes.}
  • Stir to combine. Over fill each cap.
  • Small buttered baking pan.

Bake 375F/10-12 min uncovered. {Add 3-5 min for a double batch or large caps.} Serve hot.

  • Summer meal idea-
  • Feed a Family of four: Budget $8.00-$10.00
  • Whole container of stuffed mushrooms- $4.00
  • ADD: a mixed veggie salad -$2.75
  • PLUS: a cup of cream of celery soup – $1.25 {or roasted radishes!)
  • {OR 4- 2 oz portions of thinly sliced steak, add – $2.00}

Thanks for stopping by today! –Grandma Auburn*who is not a food picture stylist 😉   Need more quick and frugal ideas? Follow this blog or Pinterest 

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Recipe- Roasted Radishes

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Roasted Radishes

Take advantage of fresh spring radishes. Don’t care for them raw? Try roasting them. It will add a whole new dimension to your weeknight side dish rotation. 

Budget Friendly Side: $2.00. Feeds 4-6 people. Total time: 20-25 minutes.

  1. Tinfoil lined baking sheet  PERHEAT: 425F
  2. 1 or 2 bunches of radishes
  3. Trim ends and rinse. Cut each in half.
  4. MIX: 2-3 T. vegetable oil with:
  5. 1/8-1/4 t. – seafood seasoning or lemon pepper or oregano/thyme blend**
  6. S & P to taste.
  7. Pour over radishes and toss to coat.
  8. Baking cut side down first gives them a little more brown.
  9. 425F/10 min. per side. {12-15 min. for larger radishes}
  10. Done when they feel a little soft to the touch, and the skin starts to wrinkle. Serve hot.

**Notes & Pictures: These were teeny radishes! Seasoned with garlic/Italian blend. Paired with leftovers from last night’s roast: potato cakes, carrots, onions and sliced pork loin.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Need more ideas or a quick dessert? Can’t get the kids to eat veggies? Follow Grandma Auburn here or on Pinterest for more.

Free Recipe- Stuffed Mushrooms    #appetizers #sidedish #familymealplans #freerecipe #foodbudget

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Potato Cakes and Pork Loin. Leftovers re-imagined!
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Recipe- Beefy Hash Brown Bake

Beefy hashbrown plate 1Beef up your mealtime potatoes! The whole family will want generous portions.  Budget: under $9.00 total/Feeds 4-6 people. Total Time: 30-45 min.

  • Pre-heat oven: 400F.  2- 8 or 9 in. square or round baking dishes. Buttered or sprayed.
  • 1 pkg. Frozen Shredded hash browns–
    • Thaw. Squeeze excess water out. Divide in half.
    • Press evenly into bottom of both baking dishes. Set aside.
  • 1 lb. Ground beef– cooked, crumbled, drained.
  • Return to the skillet.
  • Add: 1 med. Onion- chopped
  • 2 sm. Cans Mushrooms, drained.
  • 1 pkg. powdered Beefy soup mix [or Lipton onion soup mix]
  • PLUS: 2.5 to 3 c. Water.
  • 1/2 tsp. each garlic and onion powder. S&P to taste.
  • Bring to a boil. Stir frequently. Then reduce heat to simmer for 6-8 min.
  • Make the SAUCE: In a small bowl combine until smooth:
    • 2 T. each flour & milk.
    • Then add: 1 T. of the hamburger soup broth. Mix well. Set aside.
  • When hamburger broth has reduced by 1/4, remove from heat.
  • Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture into soup.
  • Yet more stirring! Pour more… Repeat until there’s no lumps.
  • Re-heat to a low boil once more. Stir 2-3 min longer.
  • POUR: equally over hash browns; Spread mixture evenly to edges.
  • BAKE: 400F/15-18 min. Uncovered. Sauce firms & edges get crispy!
  • Last 3 min: Optional-Top with Shredded mozzarella [pictured] or cheddar.
  • Serve hot – with peas or salad with radicchio. 
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Flashback: Foraging Morels -Indiana

TRADITIONS!

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Picture: LaPorte County – Circa 1997 My Dad teaching shroom hunting to my daughter, the ginger, and her BFF.  – Now at 85, ‘Papa’ will soon be teaching his great-granddaughter as well.

  • Cut ’em; don’t pull ’em
  • carry a mesh bag
  • toss the paper bag back in the woods
  • soak ’em in salt water

#oldfarmers #shrooms #foraging #traditions #Indiana

Picture 2: Last year- my sister took our Dad. 2018 – Hendricks County, IN.

Northern IN, I think, is much better hunting ground than Central Indiana. – Grandma Auburn #greys #teachtheoldways