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Mexican Pizza

006Mexican Pizza

1 lb ground beef
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning
2 tablespoons water
8 small flour tortillas
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans, warmed
2/3 cup mild picante sauce or 2/3 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or 1 cup monterey jack cheese, blend
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped green onion


-Using your hands, mix together beef, taco seasoning, and water.
-Brown the beef mixture in a skillet over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks; set aside.
-In 375 degree oil, fry tortillas for 30-45 seconds per side, keeping as flat as possible and popping any bubbles that may form; drain on brown paper bags.
-Spread beans, then meat, then picante sauce/salsa over 4 of the tortillas; set aside.
-Spread cheese, then tomatoes, then onions over remaining tortillas; stack one of these tortillas on each of the others.
-Place pizzas under a hot broiler just until cheese has melted.
**** I usually just brown the burger and add the beans in with it.


Chicken Pot Pie

This one was fast, easy, and yummy!! I found it here.


Turkey Pot Pie(Or Chicken)


2 c. cooked turkey, cubed (pennies if using leftovers)
1 can cream of chicken soup ($.60 on sale)
1 can Veg-all brand mixed veggies, drained ($.50)
1 can biscuits ($.50 on sale)

In a 2 quart casserole dish combine turkey, soup and veggies; mix well. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven. Place biscuits on top of casserole. Increase oven heat to 400 and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Total cost of this dish is around $2.00 for 6 servings. That averages out to about $.30 per serving.

Budget Gourmet Taco Pasta

Now this was yummy! A definite keeper. It came from here. I did cut back on the cheese quite a bit and we added it along with the sour cream, black olives, and jalapenos in the end. We are still picking peppers from the garden so we had peppers stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon as a side.


Taco Pasta:  (Printable recipe can be found here…)

You will need:

1 package taco seasoning

1 pound ground beef or turkey or chicken

1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes – do not drain (**if you use fresh tomatoes, you will need approx. 1.5 Cups, diced and you will need to add a bit of water.)

1- 16 oz box dried pasta (use penne or rigatoni or ziti or farfalle or whatever you prefer)

2 Cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 Cup diced green onion

Sliced black olives

Sour cream for garnish


Bring large pot of water to a rapid boil and add the dry pasta.  Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, brown the ground meat in a skillet, draining any grease upon cooking.

Add your taco seasoning and tomatoes to drained meat, stirring to thoroughly incorporate.  **If you are using fresh diced tomatoes, add 1/2 cup of water to meat mixture.  Simmer until sauce thickens to your liking.

Turn burner off and add the diced green onions and one cup of grated cheese to the meat mixture.  Stir well to incorporate.

Drain cooked noodles and return to pot.  Stir in meat mixture with drained noodles and add remaining one cup of cheese while still very hot.

Sprinkle sliced black olives over the top of individual servings and garnish with a dallop of sour cream.

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I ate squirrel. Yes, I ate a rodent and liked it! We didn’t follow a recipe. Quentin cleaned them up and into the dutch oven they went. We let them cook in the oven at 250º for about 5 hours. That was long enough for them to become tender and start to fall off the bones.

001Then we piled on lots of veggies. Potatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers. The oven temperature was raised to 350º, and in about an hour the potatoes were done, and it was time to eat.

Fruity Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

I got this recipe from The Wannabe Chef. We used strawberry yogurt in ours, and it was so good!


Fruity Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

1/2 Cup fruit flavored yogurt

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Mix together and serve with fruit!

Lentil Chili-YUM, YUM!

This recipe came from The Hillbilly Housewife. It is so good, and my kids actually ask for it. You can serve it with sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, crackers, cornbread, or over rice. It is also good with or without hamburger added.


Lentil Chili

  • 1 1/4 cups dry lentils
  • 4 cups tap water
  • 2 T oil or bacon grease(I don’t use either)
  • 1 to 2 T dry onions(I use onion powder)
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes(I leave these out)
  • 15 oz can tomatoes( I use 1 pint canned tomatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Dash hot pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place the lentils and the water in a large pot. Put the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the lentils are simmering gently. Cook for 30 minutes. Do not add the other ingredients until after the lentils have cooked. If the lentils begin to get dry, or if their water boils away then add more water. You want the lentils to remain juicy while they cook. When your 30 minutes are up, add all of the remaining ingredients. Simmer the chili for 15 to 20 minutes and serve with crackers or cornbread or over rice.

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Menu Nov. 25- Dec. 1

This Week’s Menu

Sun. Turkey Noodle Soup

Mon. Spaghetti & Veggies

Tues. Deer Steak, Peppers, Onions, Baked Potatoes

Wed. Bean Burritos & Brown Rice

Thurs. Tacos (plus leftover beans & rice)

Fri. Poor Man’s Meal

Sat. Egg & Tuna Salad Sandwiches with fresh fruit








Ham & Swiss Sandwiches


Broccoli & Ranch Dip

This weeks groceries will come in under $50! I will start purchasing  items I will need for Christmas baking this week. It is amazing how low your grocery bill can be when you start to think outside of the box, lol!