Beefy Bean & Tator Casserole

Makes 8 servings
• *1 pound lean ground beef (make sure to use lean or it will be really greasy)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• *1 onion chopped
• *1 16-ounce bag frozen green beans
• *1 can cream of mushroom soup
• *1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 21-ounce bag tater tots
****1. Crumble raw ground beef in bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Layer remaining ingredients on beef in order listed.
3. Cover. Cook on high 1 hour, Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 hours.

Personal Alteration from community member Trillmom:
* I used 2.5 lbs of beef, no onion, canned green beans to cover the beef, family size can of great value soup, 2 cups cheese.
****I fried and drained my ground beef first, simply because I don’t buy lean ground beef – it’s too expensive. I then layered everything in the pan, and put it in the oven for at the temp and time for the tater tots. It turned out perfect, and the kids LOVED it!!
This meal cost just over $12.00 – I buy in bulk so the cost is really an estimate – you could probably follow the original and do it for close to $5 – that’s a great way to feed 5 people!

Ground beef – 5lbs $9.88 = 4.94
Green beans – Giant can $3.16 = $1.00
Soup – $1.94
Cheese, 6 cup bag – $5.84 = $2.92
Tater tots $1.33

Tasty Tuesday: Chop Suey

We love this recipe and I wanted to share it with you because of it’s ease and simplicity. Here’s what you do:

    Ingredients

3 Pounds Chop Suey meat
2 TBSP Oil
8 TBSP Soy Sauce
2 Cups Water
1 Bunch Celery/chopped
1 Onion/chopped
2 TBSP Cornstarch
1/4 Cup Water
Salt & Pepper to taste

    Directions:


Brown meat in oil. Once browned, add soy sauce and 2 C water. Cover loosely and simmer for two (2) minutes. Add chopped celery and onion. Simmer for one and a half (1.5) hours, stirring occasionally. Blend your cornstarch and remaining water in a cup and slowly add to meat mixture, stirring constantly until blended. Season with salt and pepper, serve over rice. (make it easy and use instant rice!)

Marshmellow Eyeballs

Not that this has anything to do with anything, but as you all start to get to know me, you will see, I bare it all from family life to work life and this is the best place for me to share. Some of the companies I have worked with for the last two years, well, they just know that I love to chat. Well now I get to chat with the entire world, lucky world!

Ok, so I was put in charge of the “Preschool Class Halloween Party Planning Committee”, not a job I volunteered for, but one that I accepted graciously. I do not do games well, and to plan things for 11 four year olds, well, it scares me. I decided to delegate and pass that portion off to another mom. High five me there! I on the other hand know a few things about food and crafts. I found this really cool idea and thought I’d pass it along to you all since I know you all have small children and if you haven’t done this, they will think you are just the coolest mom, EVER!! This is actually fun for all ages, even the adult children! ;-)

It is called, “Marshmellow Eyeballs” and this is what you need.
Big Marshmellows
Gummy Lifesavers
Chocolate Chips
Red Decorator Gel

Directions are simple: Take a large marshmellow, stand it up. Put a dab of the red gel in the center. Stick one of your gummy lifesavers on it. Then take a chocolate chip and place the point part down through the center of the lifesaver so the flat side is flush with the lifesaver…get where I am going with this??? Then take some more red gel and make squiggly lines to look like veins! OMG, they will laugh and be all grossed out!!! HOW FUN!!!

Here is a quick sampling of what it would look like…shh, I whipped this up while the kids were playing so I had to throw it away after creating! I can’t let Gianna see it yet!!!

Marshmellow Eyeballs - Edible Halloween Treat

Dinner on a Dime

I needed a quick and painless dinner tonight, so this is what I did. You can pay $12.50 for 5 pre-made burgers or you can pay $5.00 for 7, you do the math.

This is what I did tonight:
2 pounds of ground beef = $7.50 (on sale)
bread crumbs
parmesan cheese (the dried up spaghetti kind)
1 egg
Parsley
1 package of hamburger buns $1.27
american cheese (if necessary)
Frozen French Fries $2.50

You want to mix the ingredients together to form a patty. I don’t measure anymore, but add equal amounts of parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and it is done just so that the meat will pack well. The egg helps it to stick, and the parsley gives it extra flavor. I was able to make 7 patties out of 2 pounds of ground beef.

For $11.27, I was able to feed my family of 5.

**If you have a special time saving or cost efficient recipe and would like to share it with us, please forward it to us at support at momswithaview dot com.

Dinner on a Dime

That is what I am calling my dinner recipes because they really do not cost much at all to make and it will feed a family of 5! Tonight we are having the ever loving “Chicken with Cream of…” dinner. This is a family favorite and very inexpensive to make.

Chicken Breasts (I use 5 for my family) = .58 each (great deal on Tyson boxed breasts)
2 cans of Cream of Celery Soup = .58 each can
Egg Noodles = 2.48 (bag and I will only use half the bag)
1 Can of Carrots = .50
1 Can of Peas = .50

Cook chicken breasts on both sides until fully cooked.
Mix 2 cans of Cream soup with 1/2 cup of milk and heat
Make egg noodles and peas/carrots and mix together
Pour cream soup over noodle mixture and eat with chicken.

YUM! Quick and easy, and best of all CHEAP!!! To feed my family of 5, it cost me $6.30!

Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan

This was a recipe that my mom gave me because I am always looking for quick and easy. With three kids, time is very important and I don’t want to spend a lot of it in the kitchen.

4 pieces of chicken breast
3 small cans of tomato sauce
breadcrumb
1 egg
2 TBSP water
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Spaghetti or linguini

Mix the egg and water together. Dip chicken in the egg mixture and coat with bread crumbs. Take one can of tomato sauce and pour on bottom of baking dish. Place chicken on top. Pour two cans on top of chicken. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over that and place slices of mozzarella cheese on top. Fill one can with water and mix through the entire mixture. Cover and bake in a 350 oven for one hour.

Serve with your choice of pasta. Easy peasy and delish to boot!

My first decorated cake!

I have always wanted to take a class in cake decorating so when a neighbor of mine said she signed herself up for the class, I jumped in on it too. We are taking it at Michaels and it is a Wilton cake decorating class. The instructor told me that once I learned how to make these cakes, I will never want to buy another store made cake again! So when I heard that, I was all pumped up!

We had to make our own buttercream frosting and cake to bring to class. Of course I was not prepared and forgot the cups and toothpicks. Luckily there were nice classmates who learned how to share 20-30 years ago.

Frosting was pretty good I must say. I was happy with how it turned out. I of course was happier not knowing what was in it and how it was made, but being the sweet toothed person that I am, I can learn to live with this knowledge. I will post a separate recipe for that next so you can see for yourself how to make it. *Very easy to do*

Frosting my cake took a moment to get used to and I had to stand up to do it. Decorating it took a bit longer to get used to, but I think I did a good job seeing it was my first attempt at a more professional look. We could have used different colors for the flowers but I was lazy and went with all one color. My neighbors did great as well. It was a fun, stress free night and one that was much needed after my weekend!

Here is my first decorated cake….

Decorated Beauty!

Decorated Beauty!

Ice Cream Pie oh my!

Now obviously you have to love ice cream for this to be a success, but I will tell you this, once you try it, you too will be saying “Oh my”, out of sheer pleasure.

It is a lengthy process but an easy one at that. Please allow yourself at least 4 hours before you stick your fork into this one. This was a recipe that was first given to my mom by her sister and now I have it and I am sharing it with you all!!!! YAY YOU!!!!

Ok, here it goes. You will need to have the following ingredients to make this masterpiece:

1 gallon of any flavor ice cream
1 package of oreo cookies
1 stick of butter
1 regular size tub of cool whip
1-2 jars of your favorite topping (caramel, chocolate, etc…)

Now here is the rest of the story:
First you need to crush all your oreo cookies. I stuck one row at a time into a baggie and rolled it until it was crumbs with my rolling pin. Dumped that into a nice sized bowl and did the next roll. Keep doing that until all the rows in the package are crushed. BTW, it is a good upper body work out by rolling it crushed.

You want to make sure that your butter is pretty soft because you will need to mix it into that oreo mixture. When it is all mixed in and looks moist, then flatten it out onto a 13×9 pan. Cover it with saran wrap and stick it in the freezer for 1 hour.

After your 1 hour has passed, now is the time for the ice cream. I used vanilla, but you can use what ever you prefer. You will need to have your gallon of ice cream softened so you can spread it. what I did was take it out when my hour had 10 minutes left. It was pretty soft then so I used a knife and more or less cut slices of ice cream. Spread the gallon over the oreo crust. Once you have it all covered, then cover the pan again with your saran wrap and freeze for one hour.

Ok, so now it is time for your topping. I used one jar of caramel topping but I think I would have loved it gooier so I will do 2 jars from now on. Pour the topping on top of the ice cream and spread around. The topping gets hard to spread so just do the best you can to cover the ice cream. Cover again with saran wrap and freeze again for 1 hour.

And finally, now is the time for the cool whip. In my attempt to make it less fattening, I used a fat free cool whip. I guess there are other options too to making it a tad bit healthier, but hey, this is ice cream, I can’t skimp that much!

After the topping is frozen, you will need to spread one last layer of cool whip on top. This is best done by defrosting the cool whip prior by keeping it in the fridge instead of the freezer. Simply spread again on top of the pie and cover and freeze again for the final hour!

That is it, you are done!!!! You can now stick your fork into the ice cream pie and savor ever bite! You can decorate the top of it with icings if you wish to make it a bit more decorative, but I can tell you that any ice cream lover will love making this treat. If you do try this, I would love to hear your feedback. I want to see if you all love it at much as my family does.

Monthly Meal Menu – June

Back by popular demand, I will be sharing our monthly meals with you.  If you are in need of a recipe, please let me know and I will either post it or email it to you.  I am in the process of making a weekly recipe posting so you can share yours and see others.  For now, any questions, please direct them to support at momswithaveiw dot com!

 

Here ya go….
June\'s meals for the month!

 

 

Aunt Jeans Pork Chops

This is the easiest recipe you will ever come across!

 Ingredients:
Pork chops
1 can of french onion soup (Campbell’s)
1 can of water
1 cup of rice
(optional chopped celery)

 Directions:
Brown pork chops and season with salt and pepper.
Once brown, pour in onion soup and water.
 (If you decide to use the chopped celery, add it now).
 Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Pour in long grain rice around chops.
 Cover and cook for 20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked. 

 Serve with corn if you wish.  We love to mix the rice and corn together.  Delish!!! 

If you try this, let me know how you and your family like it!