Comfort Food: Chicken Noodle Casserole

This is a good dish for a cold day using up leftovers. Enough for two.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

1 cooked chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup egg noodles, cooked
1/4 – 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Mix soup and sour cream, add chicken and noodles, top with bread crumbs and heat in oven for 30 minutes at 350º F.
Add veggies and you have a wonderful meal!

Budget Tuna Salad

A recent blogger asked, “What Is Your Favorite Frugal Food?” and the first thing that came to mind is the tuna salad I just whipped up this morning.  It is inexpensive, tasty and simple.  Get creative! Add chopped hard boiled eggs, dill relish,  avocado, or green pepper.

Tuna Salad

1 1/2 cups of pasta
1/2 cup celery chopped
1/4 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup light mayo
1 can or pouch of tuna

Cook pasta as instructed. Mix celery, onion, mayo and tuna. Drain pasta and rinse pasta in cold water. Add salt and pepper to taste (I used seasoned salt and seasoned pepper).

Double Chocolate Brownies

This  brownie recipe, designed for the smaller household, are incredible.  This recipe is a keeper.  Adapted from Taste of Home’s Cooking for One or Two

Double Chocolate Brownies

  • 1 square or 1 ounce packet of unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 TB butter (do not substitute)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a loaf pan (8″x4″).

Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in small saucepan or in the microwave. Stir until smooth (don’t overcook!).  In a mixing bowl, combine the egg and sugar, stir in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) and gradually add to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the nuts once the mixture is fully combined.  Spread in a loaf pan and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. . Bake for 350º F for about 17 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Makes about 8 wonderful brownies.

Note: As I think about it, you could also bake these in a mini muffin tin but it won’t take nearly as long to bake! I might try that soon.  I am ready to make another batch! ☺

Skillet Grilled Catfish

This incredible catfish is flavorful and easy to fix. You can substitute tilapia or swai.

Skillet Grilled Catfish

2 TBS flour
2 TBS cornmeal
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 to 1/4 tsp red pepper
1/8 cup (2 Tbs) butter
2 large catfish fillets

Mix the flour, cornmeal, onion powder, basil, garlic salt, thyme, pepper and red paper  in a gallon storage bag or bowl.  Add each filet at a time covering to coat. Melt the butter in a cast iron pan large enough to handle the catfish with room.  Add the catfish and fry on each side for approximately 10 minutes over med/high heat. Don’t walk away from this! Fish will flake easily with fork when done.  2 servings/25 minutes

Apple Crisp for Two

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This tasty treat will make two large servings.

1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup of flour
1/3 cup of butter melted
1 cup of apple, cored/chopped
1 tbs white sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a baking dish large enough to hold a couple of cups. In a bowl mix the brown sugar, oats, flour and melted butter until crumbly. Place 1/2 of the mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Add the apples on top and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then top with the remaining crumb mixture.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

This simple recipe is quick to make and will make a creamy side dish for two or a meal for one.  As a variation, you can add some finely diced ham when you add the macaroni.

Mac “N” Cheese for One or Two

2 TBS butter, divided
1 TBS all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup diced cheddar cheese (add a little more for extra cheesiness)
1/4 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chopped onion (option)
1/3 cup elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 saltines, crushed

Preheat oven to 350º. Following the directions on the package, cook the macaroni. In a separate saucepan, melt 1 TBS of butter; stir in the flour, salt and pepper until incorporated into the butter. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes while it thickens. Add the mustard, worcestershire sauce, onion and cheese; stir until the cheese is completely melted and blended. Drain the water and add cooked macaroni to the sauce.  Transfer to a greased small baking dish. Sprinkle with the crushed saltines and dot with the second tablespoon of butter.  Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.   ☺

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

2 Tb sugarice cream
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
freezer style gallon-sized ziplock bag
freezer style quart-sized ziplock bag
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt
ice

 

Put the milk, vanilla and sugar into a quart-sized freezer bag. Squeeze out the majority of the air and seal well. Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt. Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal. Now shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes.  Fun for parties, or kids.  You should use gloves or a towel as the bag gets pretty cold.

You can also do this with a large coffee can. Put the quart sized bag inside of the can and surround it with the ice and salt. Great for kids to roll around and shake.

Makes 1 serving