Friday, August 12, 2011

Cheap Easy Meals

With the Freezers winding down I am still on a food budget. Today I tried These Taco Rings. I left off the cheese when cooking them. I served the cheese and a fresh salsa (tomato,onion,jalapeno peppers, and salt) with them after they baked.

Taco Ring

Instead of traditional taco shells, use refrigerated crescent rolls to create a Taco Ring that's a main dish or a fiesta-style party appetizer.
Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 40 min

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (1-1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-inch pizza pan.

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in taco seasoning; add water according to package directions. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Add cheese, stirring until it melts. Remove from heat and set aside.
Unroll crescent rolls. Place wide end of triangles in center of pizza pan/stone, forming a ring, overlapping dough as necessary. Spoon meat mixture into center of each triangle. Bring smaller ends of triangles over meat, tucking ends under.
Bake 20 minutes, or until rolls are golden. Serve warm.

Transfer to a serving platter and add whatever traditional taco toppings you like, such as shredded lettuce, salsa, and sour cream to the middle of the ring.
Another budget friendly meal is Creamed Beef. My Mom use to make this when we were growing up.
She would take Carl Buddig Corned Beef and slice into really thin slices. She would brown it in a little butter and set it aside. She would take the drippings and a little flour and  make a rue. Add milk, Worcestershire sauce to taste, salt and pepper. When this thickened up she would add the meat back. She would serve this over toast points. You can serve it over eggs, taters, noodles or any other thing that you can think of. It can be made with ham, chicken, hamburger meat, sausage or left over turkey.
Another one for this weeks menu was breakfast sandwiches. I love going to the bakery section of a store and getting day old bread. Today was French Bread. I made bacon, sausage, eggs,and had tomatoes, cheese, mayo on the side. That way they can make it the way they want it. I sliced the bread and grilled it in a little butter. I got 10 sandwiches out of one  loaf. Plus the end pieces that Wesley ate while waiting for me to cook.
Do you have any budget friendly meals you would like to share?  Let all of us know.


Catherine said...

Hello Jenn, Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You have a lovely blog with some great ideas. I love this taco ring. It sounds innovative and delicious. I am a fellow homeschool mom too. I hope that you visit again. I will look forward to your visit. I am now following your blog. Blessings, Catherine

Savvy Practicality said...

That taco ring looks delicious and I am really enjoying you quest to clean out the freezer.

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