Category Archives: homemade

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

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Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

  • 1 C rice flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 t tapioca starch

In a medium bowl mix egg, milk, and oil. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour dough onto hot, oiled griddle. Turn when batter is bubbly and set.   Makes 4-5 8” pancakes.

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Easy Peasy Ranchero Soup

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Ranchero Soup is a cross between chili and vegetable soup and one of my favorite soups. It is a great choice for the frugally minded.   You can add a lot of left overs that will otherwise end up being thrown out.  When I made this one I used left over corn, home canned chili beans, lentils and left over broth in addition to the ground beef and a bag of mixed vegetables.  The end result was it cost next to nothing and tasted great.

Now about that left over broth. Whenever I cook vegetables I freeze the left over broth.  I also add that handful of vegetables that is too small to do anything else with.   I keep quart containers in the freezer and just keep adding left over broth and vegetables until it is full.  No need to worry about what type of vegetable broth it is. Just mix them all together.    I do the same with left over beef and chicken broth, however, I do keep them separate from each other.

This is the basic recipe but anyone that knows me knows that for me recipes are guidelines and I tend to deviate from the basic recipe a little every time I fix something.

Ranchero Soup

Brown 1 # ground beef, season with cumin, onion powder and chili powder Sautee ½ C diced onions with meat after browning is complete.

Add meat and onions to

  • 2 cans Ranch Style or Chili Beans
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 6 C chicken or beef broth
  • ¼ c chopped celery
  • 1 to 1 ½ t cumin
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 ½ t chili powder 

Bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes

 

Easy Peasy Healthier Biscuits

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If you read my last post you know that I love pancakes.  Biscuits are another favorite of mine.  My Mom used to make what she called “yam cakes” which was basically a biscuit that had yams or sweet potatoes in it.  A few years back I got a hankering for those yam cakes and called Mom to ask for the recipe.  Long story short, she hadn’t made them in years and didn’t know where the recipe was.  Sooooo, I started experimenting until I came up with a recipe that worked and don’t tell Mom but it is better than the one she made.

If you try to eat healthy you will be pleased to know these biscuits have less fat, less flour, and milk than the typical biscuit recipe and the sweet potatoes add fiber.  If you love fall foods you will love this one. It is loaded with cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin pie spice.  These biscuits are  good with jelly or honey.   My favorite topping on them is homemade  cinnamon spiced pear honey.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Mix

  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t allspice
  • ½ t pumpkin pie spice

Cut in 3 T butter until mixture is crumbly. Then cut in 1 ¼ C mashed sweet potatoes.  You can use canned or home grown.

Add ¼ c milk all at once and stir until mixture comes together. Place on lightly floured board and knead 10 times. Roll out or just pat it flat on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter or the opening of a pint sized jar and place on cookie sheet. (I like to stack 2 together for a thicker biscuit) Bake @ 450 for 12 minutes or until golden and puffed.

 

Safely Quick Thaw Meat Without the Microwave

There are those who claim microwaving food removes the nutrition from food and question the safety of eating microwaved food.  Others staunchly disagree.  I have no idea which is right. For those that want to avoid microwaving food or just don’t have a microwave to thaw their food here is another option.  It isn’t as quick as a microwave but is much faster than sitting it on the counter to thaw. Do not do this with any meat that has instructions to thaw in the refrigerator such as turkey.

Place frozen meat inside a clean zippered plastic bag.   Place the bag in a pan of very hot water.  Check it every 15 minutes or so. Turn the bag  as needed. Replace the hot water as it cools.  Do not leave in water longer than 60 minutes before cooking or placing back in the refrigerator.

 

Easy Peasy Healthy Okra Recipe

IMG_2982I was looking for something to do with all the fresh okra from the garden besides frying it. While I do love fried okra, it isn’t exactly good for the waistline.  So I experimented a little and came up with this yummy sautéed okra recipe.

Sautéed Okra,

2 C sliced okra

1 C chopped carrots

4 diced jalapeno peppers

2 chopped bell peppers

2-3 T olive oil

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add okra, carrots, and peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sautee on medium high heat stirring frequently  until okra is no longer slimy. Can be eaten as is or add a little soy sauce and serve over rice.

Easy Peasy Chicken Alfredo

Posting this for a friend in need of a birthday dinner. No time to take pictures.  This recipe is easy and oh so good.

Alfredo Sauce

 ½ C butter, 8 oz whipping cream, 8 oz cream cheese

Place butter in a sauce pan and melt. When melted add cream and cream cheese. Cook on low and stir frequently until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve over fettuccini or angel hair pasta.

Chicken

Dice 2 chicken breast. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Place 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium high. When it is hot add chicken and stir frequently.  It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook. When done it will cut easily with a spoon. MIx into alfredo sauce

Easy Peasy Chicken Alfredo

Posting this for a friend in need of a birthday dinner. No time to take pictures.  This recipe is easy and oh so good.

Alfredo Sauce

 ½ C butter, 8 oz whipping cream, 8 oz cream cheese

Place butter in a sauce pan and melt. When melted add cream and cream cheese. Cook on low and stir frequently until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve over fettuccini or angel hair pasta.

Chicken

Dice 2 chicken breast. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Place 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium high. When it is hot add chicken and stir frequently.  It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook. When done it will cut easily with a spoon. MIx into alfredo sauce