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Butternut Squash and Beet Green Burrito

This was really good, really satisfying, and pretty cheap.  Also, in what I consider a bonus, it's vegan and healthy.

The amounts aren't exact, I had small quantities and just tossed them together, but basically, you will need:

1/2 of a butternut squash.   
1 bunch of beet greens (I had the greens from about 3 beets.)
Chipotle tabasco sauce (or, really, any salsa/hot sauce containing chipotles. It's the smoky, mildly hot part that's important here, more than the brand.)
Chili powder- I had Valle del Sol chili powder from Whole Foods. It's basically a chili powder with a little bit of cloves in it. If you can't find this, add a tiny pinch of clove to regular chili powder. The sweetness, I think, is important here.
half a lime
small sweet onion
agave nectar-or honey
olive oil.

First- score the squash with a deep cross hatch.  Poke some holes in the bottom   Then, rub the flesh with olive oil, agave nectar and a little chili powder.  It doesn't need to be much, just a light coating.    Roast at 400 degrees until tender and mashable, at least an hour.

Then, cook the greens, according to this recipe. The differences:  I used lime instead of lemon; beet greens are a little softer than kale, so you probably won't need as much water. And, of course, since I had less than a pound of greens, I decreased the amounts of everything appropriately. 

When the greens are done, put a pile of greens on your tortilla.  If the squash needs to be reheated, add a little oil to the pan you cooked the greens in and fry the squash until just heated through.  Maybe do this step even if the squash doesn't need to be re-heated.  =)  Top greens with squash, and then chipotle Tabasco to taste, with more for dipping if you like. 

The result is earthy, sweet, spicy and smoky in a way that is incredibly satisfying.  Also, really healthy.

If you can't find beet greens, I hear they are similar to swiss chard.  Really, any kind of greens would work, but this was the best thing I've made with beet greens.

Any tips for clarifying this and making the description better/more useful, let me know!

Another successful experiment

I often experiment with food, tossing together things that I think sound like they'd be good together. From small things like putting grated parmesan cheese in a black bean burrito to full meals, I've done a lot of experiments. Here is another of the successful ones:

Cheap chicken stew

Let's say you bought some unbreaded chicken breasts so you could do the last recipe I posted here, or you have some already anyway. Let's see what else is in the cupboard. The other day I did just that, and I came up with this recipe:

* One can of mixed vegetables
* Some cooked rice
* One or more cooked, unbreaded chicken breasts, cut into cubes.
* Dried grated onion (I'd guess it was about 2 or 3 tablespoons)
* Table pepper (I used about 2 tablespoons)
* 32 ounce container of chicken broth. (Or you could substitute water and chicken boullion.)
* Salt to taste
* Water if needed

Directions: Toss it together and heat to desired temperature, serve, and enjoy. Not sure of the prices, but I almost always buy cheap and/or bulk. (I think the pepper really brought it all together well.)

Spinach chicken burritos

This won't be an exact recipe, since I came up with the idea in just a minute and started it a couple minutes later, tossing stuff together.

Spinach chicken burritos

What you need to buy, unless you have it already:
* Some spinach. (Fresh would probably work best. At least, it's what I used. You can get bags of fresh spinach1 for $1.99 or less.)
* Frozen chicken breasts
* Shredded cheese
* Burrito-sized tortillas
So pretty cheap stuff, all but the chicken, and even that you can get good deals on.

What to do:
1. Take a frozen chicken breast and cook it. I did mine in the microwave.
2. When the chicken breast is done, cut it into cubes.
3. Steam or boil your spinach. (As I was experimenting, I tried steaming and ended up sorta-boiling it.)
4. Drain the water from the spinach. (This will be difficult; be prepared for drippy burritos.)
5. When spinach is drained, add chicken and however much shredded cheese looks good to you.
6. Melt cheese in microwave.
7. Cook your tortilla in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it easier to fold without it tearing. (Optional)
8. Spread your spinach/cheese/chicken mixture on your tortilla, fold, and enjoy.

This was a delicious experiment! I often do experiments. Usually they work, sometimes they don't. If you're interested in my favorite failure story, ask me about the time I tried making green eggs.

1 = Or "spinch," as I like to call it sometimes.

Quick Question

I'm in a bit of a bind in the house I moved into recently our stove is propane and the oven flat out doesn't work, but even if we got it fixed we still couldn't use it since the deposit to turn on the propane is the same as our rent ($700) and we just can't afford it. So right now we have one electric burner and a microwave, oh and I rice pot, to work with and it's just not working out for me. Does anyone have any good recipes that doesn't require much in the way of cooking. I'm just tired of the canned foods and microwave meals. I have a few things I can do but it's so frustrating. I'm looking into getting an electric range but until then it's been very difficult. Thank you for any help.
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Fish Chowder

So, it's getting into the season of hearty soups. I am doing South Beach on the cheap (and have lost weight, yay!) and discoverd this gem of recipe over at allrecipes.com. So, I'm sharing!

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And the money break down (not quite exact):
Bag of frozen cod fillets (2.5 lbs) = about $10 (but will make 2 hearty soups, plus a fish bake)
Can of diced tomatoes = $0.55
Bunch of celery = about $3 (makes multiple soups, plus left-over for salads/snacks, etc)
Mushrooms: = about $1.20
Onion = about $0.69
Garlic = $0.69
Total = $16.13 (with extras for 2 soups or other stuff!!)
I assume you have the herbs at home!

Yay food! it's good. If you like spicy, be liberal with the red pepper and add a dash of tobasco. If not, omit the red pepper and add a tiny bit more basil. It's hearty and a nice change from chili and veggie soup.

Edit: x posted to total_health and southbeachdiet
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Success! And brunch!

please forgive crappy cell phone pic.



I've tried to make these a couple times, and it mostly has ended in profanity and scrambled eggs. Not this time! It tasted yummy, too.

It's also super cheap. I don't have an exact price breakdown, but the tamagoyaki just has sugar and soy sauce. Some of the layers were a little under-done, so after slicing, I browned them a little on the sides, and that seemed to work.
Also pictured: Rice, carrot, onion and sugar snaps fried in sesame oil and soy sauce. Would've been very tasty, I think, except the rice was too dry (leftovers, y'know.) =( But I don't care, because TAMAGOYAKI!

*skips away, inordinately pleased with self*

xposted to food_porn

Bangers and Mash

Hi all.
It's been a bit drowsy over here, so I thought I'd share one of my fave cheap-o, yet delicious recipes. It's adapted from the British Bangers and Mash, and can be made on the cheap.

What you need:
Some potatoes - as many or few as you want to eat.
Some sausage - whatever kind you like best. We buy a box of lumberjack links and freeze what we don't use for a rainy day. I find that hot dogs aren't quite flavorful enough, though. But you can do what you like.
Some mushrooms, about 1-2 cups, depending on how much you want to eat.
Some onion, 'bout half of a large yellow or more - again, to your preference.
Some olive oil, about 2 tablespoons.
Some milk - we use anywhere from 1-2 cups depending upon the amount we're making (we also have 1%). The more milk, the fluffier the potatoes will be.
Some butter, umm a tablespoon or so, I guess.
Salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare:
Peel the potatoes, cut into quarters, and boil.
When throughly cooked through (20 minutes? - check by poking w/ fork), strain then add milk and butter.
MASH (the longer you mash, the lighter and fluffier they'll be).
Saute mushrooms and onions in oil. My BF adds a little vinegar, but you don't have to.
Cook sausages - MAKE SURE they are cooked through - food poisoning is BAD!
Add mushrooms/onions to potatoes and mix well. lay cooked sausages on top.

It's not the healthiest dinner in the world, but on a cold day, it'll fill you up and keep you warm.

x-posted to poor_skills
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Knock, knock? Anybody still here?

Well, with summer over, here's a cooler-weather recipe. It isn't quite pizza, it isn't quite chiles rellenos. It's also quite vegetarian, and quite good.

2 boxes of Jiffy pizza crust mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 large green chiles (Anaheim), seeded and chopped
2 cups of shredded cheese (I used the Kraft Mexican Cheese Blend)

Preheat oven to 375.

Make up pizza crust according to box directions.

Spray-coat a 9" X 13" glass baking dish. Be generous.

Press the pizza crust into the bottom of the baking dish.

Spread the can of soup over it all, all the way to the sides.

Top with the chopped chiles.

Top with the cheese.

Bake 20-25 minutes, until cheese browns up. Remove from oven, let set 5-7 minutes.

Slice and serve from baking dish. Dollop sour cream on top, if you are so inclined (we were.)
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Easy Black Bean Soup

Hey ya'll! It's been a bit quiet around here letely, so I thought I'd add a recipe I found for easy black bean soup. I love this recipe! It is good as a hot soup, or over rice (I bet you could thicken it for a taco filling or on nachos).
It's taken from the book You: On A Diet.

1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 quarts (8 cups) low-salt veggie or chicken stalk or broth (you can make your own!)
2 cans (15 or 16 ounces) black beans, rinsed and draiened (you can always use dried, just soak before hand)
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayanne (I use a little etra because i like spicy foods, just experiment)
1 T balamic vinegar
1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped (for ganish, it's optional)

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat and add the onion; cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, carrot and celery and cook until soft (about 5 min) stirring occasionally. Ass stock, beans, and spices then simmer uncovered for 10 min. Stir in vinegar. Transfer to blender or food processor and process to desired consistancy (if you want it smooth, add rice if you want a thick, bean-y filling). Warm if nessisary and ladle into bowls.
Enjoy with a bit of cilantro!
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Red Pepper Request

Red peppers have gone on sale in my grocery store! $1/ea, which is unheard of in this area. So, what good recipes does anyone have that's cheap yet elegant involving red peppers? I'm thinking they may be going into my Valentine's Day dinner :3  so points for something pretty or romantic-ish.  Must be vegetarian.