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Beef Stroganoff Instant Pot

Gluten Free_Chicken EnchiladaCasserole

Beef Stroganoff is not something I make often.  I don’t make it often because I simply do not think about it.  Pasta is my favorite thing, ever, but it is not Big Daddy’s.  Sad, I know.  However, I have found something that involves pasta that he actually LOVED.

The roast was done in the crockpot.  When I do a roast, I make 2 and put potatoes in both.  I do this because A) we are a large family B) my children believe they are starving 98% of the time C) I use the leftover roast to make soups or some sort of Chinese food.  This day was no different.

Roast

1 roast

Seasoning

Worcestershire Sauce

Onion

2 c. water

Put in crockpot with potatoes and cook on high for 10-12 hrs.  I say this because I *always* put my roast in the crockpot frozen.  Always.  I reckon if it is thawed, it would need to be in there for 5-6 hrs.

Once I realized that we were not going to eat it (they ate the other one), I just dumped it all in a bowl, with a lid, and waited until I could figure out what I wanted to cook with it.  My ah-ha moment was pretty epic, only because Big Daddy loved it!

Beef Stroganoff

I separated all the potatoes from the roast/juice.  The roast was cut up into bite-sized pieces.  That and all the juice was poured into my instant pot.  Also added was minced garlic and one whole onion, chopped.

Beef bouillon granules were added (I’d say about 4 teaspoons), more seasoning, Thyme, 2 T flour, mushrooms (canned or fresh), 2 T butter, and about 2 c water.  I sauteed this down and then added another cup of water.  The Instant Pot lid was placed and sealed.  I set it on manual for 10 minutes (the meat was already done).

While that was doing its thing, I put my egg noodles in a pot of boiling, seasoned water.  I do not do egg noodles in the IP because they turn into mush after one minute of being in there.  Once they were done, I drained them.

In the meantime, I’m quick releasing the IP and adding 2 heaping tablespoons of sour cream in there and some parsley.  Once that is all mixed in and melted, I added my noodles.

It is ready to serve!

**You can use ground beef, steak tips, beef stew meat, or deer meat for the recipe.**

Mama’s Old Fashioned Tacos

Mama’s Old Fashioned Tacos.  My Martha would make this, as we could afford when we were children.  The memories attached to this dish are even better than the actual dish.  It floods back family, food, togetherness.  One of my favorite recipes EVER.

Mama’s Old Fashioned Tacos

2 lbs beef
1 lb ground pork (or sausage)
Onion
Seasoning
Fresh garlic

Cook and drain. Add cumin and chili powder.

In a skillet, put some water and then put another pan in it. In that other pan, add 1 stick butter, a large thing of Velveeta (the real stuff), 1 c. water (to start). Cook that on low until melted. Add some pepperoncini juice to that until it has a bite to it. I usually use about a 1/2 a small jar of the juice. When your cheese is thinned out, well, add in some chopped up pepperoncini’s.

Buy taco flavored Doritos, put them on the bottom of your plate, add your meat, and cheese sauce. Some people put lettuce, sour cream, and/or green onions on top.

A lot of times, I will make rice to put over the chips. I make it in a beef broth to give it flavor.

 

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Chicken and Rice Soup

 

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas is SO easy to make and you can do a variety of things to make it different.  I will try and add in parenthesis some variations but use your imagination.  Now, remember I am using this recipe for MY LARGE FAMILY so you may need to adjust the ingredients to suit your family size.  A side bonus to making this large amount, it freezes beautifully.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

5 cans of chunk chicken, drained (you can use fresh or frozen and chunk it up)

Minced onion

Minced garlic

Seasoning

2 cans of cheddar cheese soup

1/2 jar of salsa

**You can also add chili powder, cumin, taco seasoning packet, cayenne, green onions, peppers, cilantro…  The world is seriously your oyster, this is just a basic, quick recipe.**

Mix all of that in a bowl.

In your instant pot, 4 c. rice with seasoning and chicken bouillon mixed in.  Add 6 c. water and put it on rice.  Let cook while you make the enchiladas.

Flour tortillas, place a couple of tablespoons of chicken mixture and roll up.  I used a lot of tortillas, but if we don’t eat them, I freeze them for quick lunches.

On the bottom of a sprayed 13×9 pan (I used 2 of these pans and 1 – 11×8 pan), put a layer of rice.  Next, line up your enchiladas over the rice.

In a small bowl, mix the rest of your salsa and a can of enchilada sauce.  Next, pour it over the enchiladas.  Finally, add a layer of cheddar cheese (or any cheese for that matter).

Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Take off foil and cook for another 30 minutes.

Then, go slap yo mama.

Concoction of Champions

Concotion of Champions

Scraping the depths of the Fridge

A concoction of champions is what I have going on, right now.  I have been cooking up all that I have stashed in my pantry, fridge, and freezer lately. I do this quite often because I am trying so hard to save money and get out of debt.

The grocery money I save goes straight to making an extra payment on the loan we are working toward getting rid of. So, there has been no stockpiling of canned goods around here.

In fact, I have cut out buying ‘cream of whatever’ type soups and making my own. I know, I know, I am awesome and frugal. *Pats self on back.*

I do have to go and pick up staples like milk, cheese, butter, breakfast foods and such. All in all, my grocery bill has been slashed. Oh, I made the BEST peanut butter granola bars…recipe will be put up (if I remember).

Working with What I Have

So, I dug around in the fridge and found some kielbasa, 3 peppers that were starting to look sad, a head of cauliflower, and I had a bag of frozen broccoli. I also have an onion and rice.

That being said, I sauteed up my onion and peppers in extra virgin olive oil and a tab of REAL butter (these are healthy fats). Once that was sauteed down, I chopped up my kielbasa and added my seasoning concoction I use for everything. I also sprinkled some chicken bouillon powder on top and a few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce. Let this simmer. A cup of uncooked rice was mixed in. I was using my Instant Pot.

When that was done, I put it all in a greased 13×9 dish. That dish was covered and I baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes.  I ended up adding an additional cup and a half of water and stirred it really well.   My rice was not cooking.  Next time, I will cook the rice first instead of putting it in there uncooked.

Roasting Vegetables

On a baking sheet, I cut up my cauliflower and broccoli in bite-sized pieces. Then, I added my seasoning, some of the chicken bouillon granules, and Worcestershire Sauce. I roasted those in the oven at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

Once all of that was done, I tossed served it all together. It was really good. There was no need for another vegetable or side dish. We ate it all and we’re all pretty full.

For pizazz, you could mix it all together and put some cheddar over it and put it back in the oven long enough to melt the cheddar down.

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Oh My Word Becky

Oh. My. Word, Becky

Rainy Days

Oh, my word, Becky, it has already been a day and it is only 2 pm.  It has rained all weekend, and that is not a bad thing.  Well, the flooding part is not great, but the rain was much needed.

I love listening to a gentle rain on our metal roof.  The sound makes me want to just stay in bed and snuggle up with a warm cup of chicken broth.  Alas, this was not what my day entailed.

Therapy

We (meaning Hunter and me) had to get going to therapy, this morning.  OT, SLP, and PT is about 35 minutes away, so we had to hustle.  With the rain, it is hard to hustle because, at some points, I could not see the road.

He did really well, in therapy.  I got teary watching him struggle, though.  It is hard for me to think that this is the only life he remembers.  He does not remember being a healthy, busy toddler.  Shaking, compensating for his shaking, that’s what he remembers.

I had to call it a day during PT because he began drooling.  Drooling is a sign that he has overdone it and that his body is fixing to shut down.  Once the drooling starts, the belching begins and then we are done for the day.

I hate this condition.

Coming Home

Heading home, I decided I would stop and get him lunch.  It was already afternoon and he had had a couple of peanut butter power bites, but he was hungry.  I stopped by Burger King and prepared to get him a salad (his choice) but at the last minute, he wanted a burger.

He ate the burger and my fries, on the way home.  I had forgotten his sippy cup so he could not have his juice.  He can’t hold those little packets of juice to his face, squeeze and drink at the same time.  That is just too much for him.

How sad is that?

Once Home

Kids are doing their schoolwork, though one of my children “forgot” that he lied about doing some work, from last week.  Now, I grade everything at the end of the week, except the Bible.  That, I ask where they got too and they tell me.

This particular child stated that XYZ was done, so when I asked him again today (to make his new schedule), he suddenly realized that he lied to me and now he is backtracking in a  big way.

So, he sits, thumbing through his Bible to see where he actually stopped and how big of a lie he decided to tell me.

I can’t even.

Shaving a Cat’s Butt

In the midst of Lie-Gate, I decided that Karole (our cat) needed her butt shaved.  She was getting a bit unruly and since she is older than dirt, she smears on her fur.  I really just wanted to make a safe exit from point A to get point B on the mat without smearing it from here to high heaven.

Have you ever shaved a cat’s butt?  It was not one of my best moments.  I have a kid crying because he needs someone to feed him his applesauce, one kid crying because they lied, one rushing through and washing every dish known to man (I have no idea why), and one jumping up and down because they lost 1 lb…then, there is Karole, her butt, fur flying, and a turd smeared.

Good times.

In the Midst

I received a sad email from my niece, my youngest son’s biological mom.  Broke my heart.  My heart is heavy for one of my nephews.  I am missing my Lady like crazy and her one year anniversary is sneaking up on me.  Plus, there is supper to cook, things to put back on my wall, baseboards to paint, a house to clean, and so on.

For now, I will finish shaving the cat’s butt.  I am having said child reread what he already “read.”  I turned the diffusers on, so my house may be dirty, but it smells good.  I will delegate the paint of the baseboards to Alyssa when she gets home.  There is an email that I will be sending to my niece and prayers that go up for my nephew.

I will wipe the drool, wipe my tears, love my God and trust that His ways are higher than my ways.  There will be no running down the road naked, screaming at the top of my lungs.  Not today, Becky, not today.

Lasagna Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

 

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole (Gluten Free)

Gluten Free: Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole (Gluten Free)

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole (Gluten Free) is quickly becoming one of my family’s favorite recipe.  So, here’s the thing…firstly, it was as good as it looks in the picture.  Secondly, I am not a food picture taker, so excuse the poor quality of the picture.  Third, I’ll be just writing this as I cook it because the “proper way” is not my style, it irritates me, and this way, I don’t forget anything.

I bought a family pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts.  All of the chicken was placed in my instant pot with my seasoning mix (if you want this recipe to be garlic free, then use 1 c. kosher salt, 1/8 c. pepper, 1/2 c. onion powder) and minced onions.  There was a total of about 6 c. water that was used.  The instant pot was set on manual for 20 minutes.  For the love…save the broth.  Let it cool in a bowl, overnight, and then skim the fat off the top.  You can store this in a DOUBLE BAGGED gallon freezer bag to use for anything under the sun.

While That was Cooking

I fried up a pound of bacon.  I also chopped up and onion and I fried that in the bacon grease.  Once my chicken was done, I kept out 3 large chicken breasts.  The rest, I put in a baggie and froze.  You can use a large bowl and shred it up.  I added more seasoning and then I put in 4 packets of dry ranch mix.  You could get away with using 2 packets if you wish (I just wanted the flavor).

I also cut up some green onions, 6 large potatoes (cubed, peeled or unpeeled), 1/2 c. sour cream, my chopped up bacon, 2 T. of bacon grease, a ladle of the chicken broth and I smooshed it all together with my hands cause the spoon was just not cutting it.

In the meantime, I shredded up some smoked gouda (you could use any cheese).  I put, in a greased 13×9 dish, 1/2 the chicken/potato mixture, then the cheese, then the chicken and topped it with cheese.

Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes.

It was good.  Happy cooking.

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

2 pounds ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 c. kale, chopped

2 green peppers, chopped

In instant pot, brown these all together with seasoning and drain.

In the same pot, mix beef mixture, basil, oregano, and Italian Seasoning, 2 cans diced tomatoes (I pureed these up because Big Daddy does “not like chunks”), the equivalent of one can of cream of mushroom (can either use canned or make your own GF version). 4 chicken bouillon cubes, 32 ozs. water, and lasagna noodles (I used about 6) that are broken up.

Turn on manual for 15 minutes.

Quick release.

Check noodles and put back on manual, if needed.

Add 1 c. milk, 2 c. cheddar cheese, 1/2 c. sour cream.

Stir well and serve with parmesan.

Gluten Free Beef Scalloped Potato Casserole

Gluten Free Beef Scalloped Potato Casserole

Gluten Free Beef Scalloped Potato Casserole

2 pounds ground beef cooked with a chopped up onion and some seasoning.

Once that is cooked up, drain.  Add in 1 c. beef broth or vegetable broth.  Sprinkle over 2 Tablespoons gluten-free flour.  Stir until it is thick.

Place this in a greased 13×9 dish.

Cut up some fresh mushrooms and sprinkle over top of beef.

Next, cut up some kale (can use spinach) and sprinkle over mushrooms.  Add a bit of seasoning.

Grate up some smoked gouda cheese (you can use any cheese, this is just what I had on hand).

Scalloped Potatoes

Take 8 small-medium sized potatoes.  Peel and Wash.  Use a mandolin to slice them up very thin.  In instant pot, put potatoes and add enough water to cover the top of potatoes.  I also added 3 tsp. gluten-free chicken bouillon cubes.  Manual for 2 minutes.  Quick pressure release and drain.

Layer on top of kale.  Add some seasoning and thyme.  In a pot, place 1 c. milk, 1/2 stick of butter and the rest of your gouda cheese.  Allow to melt and then pour over your potatoes.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and then place under the broiler for about 5 minutes to crisp up the cheese.

It was yummy!

Side Note:

**I will say that I have made this several times.  I have substituted the ground beef for chicken, as well as, ham.  This has been extremely good, no matter the meat used.  You can also substitute homemade scalloped potatoes for the boxed kind, though that doesn’t do much for me.  I try to stay away from processed food, as much as possible.  You could also sneak in shred up zucchini or squash for even more nutrients.  These items take on the taste of whatever you are cooking.**

Gluten Free Larabar Bites

Gluten Free Larabar Bites

Gluten Free Larabar Bites.  My sister introduced us to Larabar’s when we were in GA visiting her.  Hunter LOVED them, but dang…those suckers are expensive.  Considering they are only 4 ingredients, I figured I would tackle those little suckers.  Also, the bars were too hard for him to hold, so I opted to make mine smaller and in ball form.

Gluten Free Larabar Bites

Chocolate chips (melted in the microwave with a couple of tablespoons of water) *can buy dairy free*

2 c. plain cashews (can use almonds)

1 c. chopped dates

1 tsp. vanilla

pinch of kosher salt

Put your dates in your food processor and pulse them until they are small.  Take them out and put them in a bowl.  Next, put your cashews and salt in and pulse that up.  Add to the bowl of dates.  Add vanilla.

Roll into balls and put on wax paper.  Flash freeze for 5 minutes.  Roll in melted chocolate and flash freeze again.  Then, you can put them in a baggie and freeze them up.

 

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bites

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bites

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bites

1 c. GF peanut butter

1 c. oats

1/2 c. flax

2 T. honey

**I drizzled mine with melted dark chocolate chips.  Put chocolate chips in a bowl, add 2 T. water and microwave.  Do small intervals, stirring after each time to keep it from burning.**

I put the oats in a food processor just to make them finer in consistency.  Add all ingredients to the bowl.  Mix well.  Form into balls.  Place on waxed paper and flash freeze for 5 minutes.

Once you flash freeze them, drizzle or dredge them with chocolate.  Flash freeze again and then put in baggies and freeze.

You can also not drizzle them and add chocolate chips to the ball, but I didn’t want too much sugar and frozen chocolate chips hurt teeth too badly.

 

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