Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil (we used 1 Tbsp. salted butter)
  • 1 cauliflower head, broken into very small florets
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 lime, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (mommy bias-cut an additional green onion for garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp. sriracha or other hot sauce, or to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the oil (butter) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower and garlic and stir them around. Cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, until there are some very dark brown areas on the cauliflower.
  2. Turn the heat down to LOW and add the soy sauce. Squeeze in the juice of the whole lime. Add the green onions NOT meant for garnish. Stir everything around for another minute.
  3. Add the sriracha and stir the cauliflower until it’s all combined. Then serve it up with lime wedges and a sprinkling of the green onions meant for garnish.

Makes 2 to 4 servings.

We were able to squeeze so much juice from our lime that it overwhelmed the other flavors. So we added more of the soy sauce and sriracha.

We got this recipe from a Ree Drummond cookbook, we just changed the directions some.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Ree Drummond.

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Indian-Style Vegetable Curry with Tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into ½-inch pieces (we pressed and drained the tofu before cutting it into ½-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon salt (we used kosher salt)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning (we used kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
  • 2 cups canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups frozen cut green beans
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Take a large microwavable bowl out and add to it the potatoes, 1 tablespoon ginger, oil, curry powder, and tomato paste (we chose to stir everything together). Place the potato mixture in the microwave to cook for 5 minutes or until the potatoes have softened, stirring occasionally*. Place the potato mixture in a 4 to 4 ½-qt. slow cooker. Add to the slow cooker the broth, tofu, tapioca, and the teaspoon of salt, stirring to combine. Put a lid on the slow cooker and cook until all the flavors have melded and the potatoes are tender, 4 to 5 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH (we went with the LOW heat method).
  2. Once the flavors have melded and the potatoes are tender, microwave the coconut milk in a bowl until hot, roughly 2 minutes, stirring it into the curry afterwards. Stir in the green beans as well as the remaining ginger, allowing the curry to cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated through (if the curry looks too thick, thin it out with some extra hot broth**). Stir in the cilantro and season the curry with pepper and any additional salt if you think it needs it. Serve immediately.

*We had to microwave the potatoes for 6 minutes in our 1200 watt microwave and we stirred them around after every minute.

**We didn’t think the curry looked too thick so we didn’t add any extra  broth.

We really liked this dish ! The flavors are more subtle and it takes several spoonfuls before they start to build in your mouth. If you have an issue with the texture of tofu, we think you might be able to mask it as long as you eat the tofu with potatoes and/or green beans.

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Cheeseburger Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dry onion soup mix (half 1-oz. package)
  • 2 eggs (we used large eggs)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (4 oz.)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Take a 3-quart saucepan out (we just used a large skillet) and set the heat to medium-high. Add the ground beef to the saucepan, stirring frequently until the beef’s fully cooked. Take the saucepan off the heat, draining any grease before stirring in the tomato sauce, ketchup, water, and the soup mix.
  2. Take a medium-sized bowl out and add the eggs to it, beating them well. Now mix in the cottage cheese and the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Take a 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish out. Spoon 1 ½ cups of meat sauce in the bottom of the baking dish (we had 4 ½ cups of the meat sauce remaining afterwards). Lay 4 of the noodles down on top of the meat sauce (it’s okay if the noodles don’t touch the ends of the dish). Take half of the cottage cheese mixture and spread it over the noodles, followed by half of the remaining meat mixture.
  4. Repeat those layers with the remaining noodles, cheese mixture, and the meat sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cover the dish loosely with foil (spraying the inside of the foil with cooking spray if you’re using regular foil as compared to nonstick foil) and stick the dish in the oven afterwards.
  5. Cook the lasagna for 1 hour or until the lasagna looks bubbly and the noodles are tender (if the noodles can get pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, they’re good to go). Take the foil off and stick the baking dish back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes more or until the shredded cheese has melted. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving.

We know it’s not the prettiest lasagna and the flavor is just okay, but when you’re scraping by at the end of the month, this recipe can help stretch the budget ! What we loved about it was that it was cheap, filling, and very quick and easy to make. We loved that the noodles didn’t have to be cooked ahead of time ! While it does take a while for it to cook, you can spend that time either relaxing or getting something else done before dinner’s ready. We know this isn’t a glowing review, but we want you to know that we’re honest with you. Sometimes we don’t have the money to make what we would really like to fix. We hope that you can relate to that and that this helps you out when your money is tight as well.

This is the nicest looking piece we could take a picture of, the ONLY nice looking piece really. If we’d taken a picture of what the lasagna looked like as a whole, you might not have wanted to give this recipe a try !

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Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cubed and cubed (we used Yukon Gold potatoes)
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed (we used salted butter)
  • 1 tsp. salt (we just salted to taste and we used kosher salt)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper and didn’t measure how much we used)

Directions

  1. Take your cubed potatoes and place them in a large pot, filling the pot up with enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring the water up to a boil. Turn down the heat, putting a lid on the pot and letting the potatoes cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender*.
  2. Drain the potatoes (we transferred the potatoes to a large mixing bowl after draining them). Mash up the potatoes with the remaining ingredients and enjoy !

*We didn’t turn down the heat and we didn’t put a lid on the pot.

We loved the tanginess that the cream cheese gave these mashed potatoes.

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Sour-Creamed Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt (we used kosher salt)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 4 medium-sized pork chops (don’t know if they count as “medium-sized” but we used boneless pork loin center cut chops)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine (we used salted butter)
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • ½ cup white vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take a plate out and mix together the flour, salt, and pepper on it. Roll the pork chops in the flour mixture, making sure they’re completely coated and shaking off any excess flour afterwards.
  3. Take a large skillet out and add the butter to it, setting the heat to medium. Once the butter’s melted and the skillet’s hot, add the pork chops to the skillet, browning them on both sides. While browning the pork, take a casserole dish out (we used a 2 qt. casserole dish). Once the pork chops are browned, place them in the casserole dish.
  4. Taking a mixing bowl out and stir the sour cream and vinegar together in it until thoroughly combined (it’s okay if there’s some little bits of sour cream that don’t get fully blended).
  5. Pour the sour cream mixture over the pork chops. Cover the casserole dish and stick it in the oven to cook for 40 to 45 minutes (our pork chops were done by the 40 minute mark and we accidentally forgot to cover the dish).

We realize it’s not the sexiest looking dish but it really is flavorful ! It’s got a wonderful tanginess to it and the acidity from the sour cream mixture helps tenderize the pork chops as well.

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Stir-Fried Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¾ pound green beans (we bought a pound so that even after cutting off the ends and any bad spots, we’d have ¾ pound)
  • 3 red jalapeños or serrano chiles, quartered lengthwise, ribs and seeds taken out if you’d like (we minced 3 green serrano chiles that we left the ribs and seeds in)
  • Coarse salt (we used Kosher salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Trim the green beans first. Now take a large skillet out and pour the oil in, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the green beans and the chiles, seasoning with the salt afterwards. Put a lid on the skillet and cook, stirring now and then, until the green beans are tender and look browned in spots, 5-7 minutes (ours took about 7-8 minutes). Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the lemon juice, adding more salt in if you think it needs it.

Serves 4.

If you have any congestion issues, this dish should take care of it, especially if you’re the one making it ! It’s spicy enough that it made our noses run but it was worth it. We actually forgot to add on the lemon juice at first and they still tasted great (the green beans do taste go with the lemon juice as well though). This is meant to be a side dish but it’s tasty enough that we’d eat it as a snack !

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Garbanzo-Vegetable Green Curry

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (13.66 oz.) coconut milk
  • ¼ cup green curry paste
  • ½ tsp. salt (we used kosher salt)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • 2 pkg. (8.8 oz. each) ready-to-serve long grain rice (we cooked up some white rice)
  • ½ cup lightly salted cashews (we didn’t measure how much we used)

Directions

  1. Take a large skillet out and mix together the cauliflower, beans, coconut milk, curry paste, and salt in it. Turn the heat up high enough for a boil to occur. Once boiling, let the dish cook for 5-6 minutes or until the cauliflower’s tender (we had to cook ours longer than 6 minutes and we stirred occasionally during that time).
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until the mixture’s smooth. Slowly stir the slurry (cornstarch/ water mixture) into the skillet, followed by the peas. Wait for boiling to occur before constantly stirring for 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Cook the rice based off the directions on the package. When serving, get your rice first then spoon the skillet mixture over the rice, finishing off with a sprinkling of cashews.

The different components all together make you feel like you’re eating a hearty, filling meal. If we had one complaint about this dish, it’s that the coconut milk really tempered the heat from the green curry paste. We like having some heat in most of our dishes.

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