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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1260 on: January 19, 2018, 05:34:45 PM »
I have a larger freezer on the top of my refrigerator. I also no longer use containers but freezer bags and sometimes if it is a smaller amount, leaving no leftovers, I will vacuum freeze it. For a single, it isn't that significant an amount broken down into servings.

If you saw into my freezer; it is color coded freezer bags stacked in order of type of food in containers or on shelves. You may also use binder clips to hang the freezer bags vertically from the freezer shelves. See link for clips below. It doesn't take up much room, and I've meal prepped long before it became the next new thing on Pinterest.

You don't have to do it all at once, and a lot of what I do is accomplished overnight while I'm sleeping. I started out by just doing a little more and freezing the extras while I was making a meal and when I became ill and had to go to no chemically laden food, it was an excellent way to prevent myself from backsliding when I was too tired or too unenthused about doing more than snacking.

None of it lasts three months, but that is the amount I try to keep on hand. On the freezer door is a list of items available [ Guests cannot view attachments ] on a dry erase board. I just cross out what is used so I can add it to the grocery list below.

If I had a freezer such as the one you have, I would probably store way too much. 


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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1261 on: January 19, 2018, 08:53:27 PM »
Angel. Wish I could organize my freezer like you do.Mine gets in a mess. I do end up throwing some things away that get buried in the back. I love that video showing all the uses of Clips. Going out to buy some
My shelf not quite like in that in the video but maybe I can find a way to hang like that. Same with wires for all electrical stuff. Going to put the video on desktop and figure some things out. Look for some small shelves for freezer.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1262 on: January 19, 2018, 09:29:29 PM »
All good ideas Jeanne. I use refrigerator baskets to separate and store food in both the fridge and freezer. I also keep a list on a dry erase board so I can erase what's used and then add it to my grocery list. Once you take the time to learn what works for you and keep it up, it will save you money and time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLF7Y1CL3Vo

https://www.thespruce.com/refrigerator-and-freezer-organization-ideas-4114589
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1263 on: January 20, 2018, 05:22:47 PM »
Angel. I put that Utunes on my desktop. Spent a hour last night just getting onto some of the other idea that can be found. Like the One from the Dollar Tree.   Going to be trying to put things in better order around here.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1264 on: January 20, 2018, 05:26:45 PM »
I have another problem I need to fine now. My Oven. With having so many gadgets it has not been used for at least 6 years. I have pans stored in it. So today I went in with the thought of cleaning it out. So shocked. Around the sides and inside the door I found rusty. Wonder what will clean that off.
Like any ideas.....
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1265 on: January 20, 2018, 06:15:39 PM »
Jeanne;

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/remove-rust-metal-ranges-22600.html

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Remove Rust from Cast Iron Cookware in Your Oven. If you have a rusty cast iron skillet or dutch oven the easiest way to remove the rust is by running it through the self-cleaning cycle found in most modern ovens; by the end of the cleaning cycle any rust is turned to ash.Oct 2, 2011

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1266 on: January 22, 2018, 10:22:33 PM »
Been a cold and rainy day today. Not done a thing other than I made a bunch of Sausage Biscuits for the freezer and some Tomato and Mushroom sauce. Had to use up the mushrooms.
Got laundry ready for the cleansers tomorrow if weather clears. Read a little. a cleaned up the front yard from limbs and leaves. Oh! and took a nap for a hour. Hope I sleep tonight. Better put a movie on and stay up late.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1267 on: January 25, 2018, 02:14:16 PM »
Sopapilla Cheesecake

https://livelaughrowe.com/sopapilla-cheesecake-recipe/

Ingredients
2 cans refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 8 oz packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 tablespoons sugar, reserved
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup honey
Instructions
Grease a 9x12 baking dish. 

Lay one can of crescent rolls in pan.

Mix cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla with mixer.  Spread on top of crescent rolls.

Lay second can of crescent rolls on cream cheese mixture.

Melt butter and pour over the top.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.    Drizzle with honey immediately.

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1268 on: January 25, 2018, 04:05:16 PM »
Oh! that has a lot of sugar in it. Isn't it a lot more than a regular Cheese Cake?
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1269 on: January 25, 2018, 04:15:56 PM »
Jeanne, "One slice of cheesecake can contain upwards of 18 grams of added sugar and 350 milligrams of sodium. ... Regularly eating large amounts of sugar can cause you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight, but it also puts you at risk for heart disease."

And this cheesecake has not only regular sugars but also honey, so yes a lot of added sugars! So it wouldn't be something you would have while dieting or cutting down on fats, sugars or sodium. But otherwise, for a special occasion, it would be fine.

I would love to have it, but since I am lactose intolerant, it wouldn't be a good idea. I could see someone serving it on holiday such as Valentine's Day, at a tea, however.

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1270 on: February 07, 2018, 01:30:56 PM »
Old fashioned simple meatloaf;

https://www.thespruce.com/simple-meatloaf-with-optional-topping-3058275?utm_campaign=househomesl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=12153828&utm_term=

What You'll Need

    For the Optional Glaze/Topping:
    4 tablespoons ketchup
    4 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
    2 tablespoons Dijon (or similar mustard)
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
   
 For the Meatloaf:
    2 pounds ground beef
    2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
    1/2 cup milk
    1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs (plain)
    2 tablespoons dried minced onion (or 1/2 cup finely minced fresh onion)
    1 1/2 teaspoons burger seasoning (or 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper)
    1/2 cup ketchup (plus more for topping, if desired)


How to Make It

    Heat oven to 350 F.
    Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
    If using the optional topping, in a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons ketchup, maple syrup, mustard and Worcestershire until well mixed. Set aside.
    In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, seasoning and 1/2 cup ketchup. Mix until well blended and pack into the prepared loaf pan.

    Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Carefully drain off any excess fat and then top the loaf with the optional topping mixture or about 4 tablespoons of ketchup. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Meatloaf Tips

    Experiment with meat mixtures in meatloaf. While beef gives excellent flavor and holds together well, adding a portion of lean ground pork will provide juiciness. Ground veal would add lightness to a loaf, and ground chicken or turkey would reduce some of the fat and calories.
    Top the meatloaf with prepared barbecue sauce just before it's finished baking.
    Use cracker crumbs or soft breadcrumbs in the meatloaf instead of fine dry breadcrumbs.
    Line the loaf pan with parchment paper or foil, like a sling. Just grab the ends of the paper or foil and lift the meatloaf out of the pan when it's done.
    Bake the meatloaf in individual muffin cups. Use about 1/4 cup of meatloaf mixture for each muffin cup.
    Pack the meatloaf mixture into individual oiled ramekins, and then invert them onto a rimmed baking sheet for perfectly shaped individual meatloaves.
    Instead of breadcrumbs, use crushed cheese crackers in the meat mixture.
    Top a meatloaf with strips of bacon before baking, or add crumbled cooked bacon to the meat mixture.

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1271 on: February 07, 2018, 10:53:01 PM »
Made Fish taco in the Air cooker today. Never had them before . Really good. They seem to be getting popular now.only took 10 mins. That will be lunch tomorrow no.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1272 on: February 08, 2018, 11:22:55 AM »
Jeanne, fish tacos sound good--but what is an Air Cooker?  Your new hair do is very becoming!
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1273 on: February 08, 2018, 12:52:05 PM »
Sue . Oil less air fryers the name. Just google it. Very popular now and I like them. Fast ad sits on counter.

I am letting my hair go into a short bob now. Let it go gray. Was hoping for silver but my hair was really dark and so salt and pepper is s gray s it will go. I am getting use to it .don't  want to use hair colour. 

Has your weather warmed up? Still getting snow here today. On top of 2 inches. Can't take much more winter.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1274 on: February 08, 2018, 07:15:45 PM »
Will have to check the air cooker..is it expensive..Jeanne your hair looks very nice..don't see much grey...mine is silver/grey..if I leave it alone.....CC

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1275 on: February 08, 2018, 08:09:07 PM »
those Air fryers are a good buy right because a few stores have them 50% off. Do not buy the small one though. they have 3 sizes and mine in the middle one.
Now my hair doesn't look as gray in photo's but would like a little more silver in it. to bad that highlights of silver can't be done.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1276 on: February 08, 2018, 10:44:27 PM »
Jeanne,  Why don't you recommend the small air fryer?   That is the one I am looking at, because I don't have a lot of counter space and I only cook for myself.    I thought the small one would be big enough for 1 person. 

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« Reply #1277 on: February 09, 2018, 06:00:58 PM »
Joy. Because the inside of them not very big. I live alone also and could not have gotten by with the small one. Go the the store and look at them. The pans used in them. take 6 inch in small. 81/2 in mine and I think about 10 inch in the large . All separate utensils can be bought for them.
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« Reply #1278 on: February 19, 2018, 07:53:17 PM »
It has been a windy rainy day all day tday. Say will be all week. So as usual, Messing in the Kitchen with the new Air Fryer.
I saw at Walmarts in the freezer bags of Grands Southern Biscuits. 28 to a bag. So good that I will not do my own biscuits again. I have been buying their packets of frozen loaves bread also. Nice size last about 3 days for me. Fast to thaw out .  I bought a packet of Jimmy Dean sausage patties  perfect size for the Biscuits 8 to a pack. I love Hardees Sausage biscuits but they are to far from me. So I have 7 of them in the freezer and just ate one. Good as Hardees. Long as I just stick to eating one at a time and not every day will be fine. So each one works out to 52 cents each against the 2 for $5 at the fast food. It is about 8 min. to do the biscuits and the same for the patties. Pretty fast. Now the Chicken legs and thighs I did last week. dipped in Egg mix and Cornflakes were good also . did them in 12 minutes . No fat needed in anything. Just sprayed the pan a little.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1279 on: February 19, 2018, 11:57:48 PM »
JeanneP, I havenít seen those freezer bags of biscuits.  Going to look for them when I go to Walmart tomorrow.

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« Reply #1280 on: February 20, 2018, 08:54:36 AM »
Jeanne,  do you fix the biscuits and the sausage in your Air Fryer?? 

I am still debating about getting the Air Fryer.  Just not sure about having room for it on my counter.  And, not so sure I would get that much use for it.  But, I am still thinking????  :thinking:

I will have to look for the biscuits, also.  Thanks for telling us about the.

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« Reply #1281 on: February 20, 2018, 11:06:35 AM »
Joy. Yes I did biscuits first and then the sausage patties. Did four at a time.

Now I have a nice size counter in kitchen. Have a MW. A large convection oven and the air fryer on. All in black. They sit back so can still work lm the front part.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1282 on: February 21, 2018, 01:27:14 PM »
This makes a great Home type tomato soup to have with a toasted cheese.

2 tbl butter
1/2 fine chopped onion
2 cans diced tomatoes not drained
2 cans of tomato soup undiluted
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil (I buy the diced tomatoes with basil in )
1/2 tsp paprika
1 8 oz cream cheese
Saute onion in buter stir in tomatoes. soup,sugar,seasoning and milk. Add soup stock to milk instead of milk to stock (Keeps from curdling)
Bring to boil,deduce heat, cover and summer for 10 min. Stir in the cream cheese until melted.

Now I cut recipe in half if want to use one meal but still good the next day for lunch.  I don't like to freeze cream soups. 

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« Reply #1283 on: February 23, 2018, 12:44:46 PM »
JeanneP, our Walmart did not have the biscuits or the Jimmy Dean sausage patties,  but stopped by the regular super market where I do most of my shopping and found both items.  Have been busy and havenít had time to fix them yet so stuck them in the freezer for now.  The soup sounds good.  Iím going to save the recipe.  Our temps are in the high 70s so not the best time for hot soup.

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« Reply #1284 on: February 23, 2018, 07:33:23 PM »
I just made some more sausage biscuits for the freezer.  Had baked 4 chicken legs in the Air fryer so made the biscuits while it was still one. That thing is so handy. Roasted the chicken parts in 20 min. and then the biscuits in 14 min and sausage in 12 min.
Now those biscuits say to just put in ovens frozen but I pull out of freezer and thaw.
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« Reply #1285 on: March 03, 2018, 02:24:11 PM »
Now these look good to me. May be dinner tonight. I tried to copy but didn't work . Just go into YouTube and type "Stuffed Onion Bombs"  Looks so good...

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Stuffed+onion+bombs


 

   
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #1286 on: March 05, 2018, 02:42:06 PM »
For Larry and Pat plus other Instapot owners;

https://realfoodrealdeals.com/instant-pot-potato-salad/

Instant Pot Potato Salad

$.24 per serving
Prep Time 10 minutes   
Cook Time 15 minutes   
Total Time 25 minutes   
Servings 16
Calories 97 kcal
Author Annemarie
Ingredients

    2 pounds red skin potatoes chopped
    2 eggs
    1 celery stalk diced
    4 scallions diced (white and light green parts only)
    1/3 cup organic mayonnaise
    2 tsp red wine vinegar
    1 tsp stone ground mustard or your favorite kind
    salt and pepper to taste
    fresh chives for garnish

Instructions

    Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot, then add a steamer basket to the pot. Place the chopped potatoes and eggs in the steamer basket. Set the Instant Pot to 4 minutes on manual high pressure. Once it’s done cooking, do a quick release and remove the steamer basket from the pot using a pot holder.

    Place the potatoes in a large bowl, and put the eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool a bit. Then peel each egg, cut in half, and remove the yolks to a small bowl. Mash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Stir to combine evenly.
 
  Chop the egg whites and place them in the large bowl with the potatoes, along with the chopped celery and scallions.
    Pour the dressing onto the potato mixture. Stir gently to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.


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« Reply #1287 on: March 11, 2018, 07:01:37 AM »
Jeanne P.  I think you were the one who mentioned that you had gotten the Frozen Southern Biscuits from Walmart???   I got some yesterday and they are delicious.  I didn't have a lot of room in my freezer,  but moved a few things around, and put the biscuits in a smaller freezer bag,  I fixed two for my dinner last night and saved one for breakfast.  I baked them in my toaster over and I was really surprised how high they raised up.  I sure can't bake biscuits as good as they are,.  Thanks for mentioning them on here.

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« Reply #1288 on: March 12, 2018, 09:34:29 PM »
Joy. Now did you read that I made the Sausage Biscuits out of them. Just the Jimmy Deen sausage Patties and those biscuits. Like to keep them in a Freezer bag and grab for lunch in a hurry.
I keep a few also to just warm, Jam and butter. They are the rght size
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« Reply #1289 on: March 12, 2018, 10:09:34 PM »
Jeanne,  Do you bake the biscuits and cook the sausage and then put them together and freeze them that way.  Then, how do you heat them up?  In the microwave???   I forgot to get the sausage, but I will get some next shopping trip. But, I just like the biscuits with jam on them.  That with a bowl of fruit and coffee or tea is usually my  breakfast.   They really are good biscuits.  Thanks for telling us about them.

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