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Burritos: The Delightful Leftover

I know, I know, burritos aren’t glamorous but they are yummy and cheap! I made about a pound of pinto beans in my crockpot and a few cups of rice in my rice maker to go with enchiladas one night. The I take the leftover beans, throw them in a pan with a touch of oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Then I take an immersion blender to them and Voila! Refried Beans!

Then get tortillas from the bread store ($2 for 30), shredded cheese, and taco sauce in a squeeze bottle (50 cents for 1 from the Dollar Store). Make an assembly line with these, the beans, the rice and either a saute pan or griddle (to heat the tortillas to make them bendable).
Then assemble! To fold the burritos first fold the edge in, then the 2 sides like a present. Then continue to roll. All my kids eat these and they don’t leak! But don’t over stuff!
That is it! You can even make a ton and freeze them!

Cheap and Easy Throw Together

So I have found another cheap and easy meal. It has been over 95 for so long, I don’t want to be caught in the kitchen. I wanted to find a way to incorporate ramen noodles since they cook in just 3 minutes and are just 17 cents a package. The reason that the noodles are done so quick is because they are already deep fried. Now a lot of the oil in the noodle is washed away in the boiling water so don’t freak about the oil;).

This is more of a process than a recipe so adapt away!

2 Packages of Ramen Noodles (toss the seasoning)
1/3 stick Butter
2 tsp Garlic
1/4 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Dried Parsley
2 cups Bite sized left over meat (I love leftover BBQ Chicken Thighs)
2 cups Bite Sized left over Veggies (I like leftover BBQ Asparagus and Zucchini)

Boil noodles, drain and remove from heat. Put butter in the pan and heat until melted. Then add seasonings (including garlic) and stir. When you smell the garlic add meat and veggies, cook until warmed through. Then add noodles and stir all together. Chopsticks are great for separating and stirring the ramen noodles. Once all is warm just serve!

Easy Peasy!

Frezer Friday: Pasta Alfredo Bake

Welcome to Freezer Friday. The goal here is to make our lives easier. Due to the fact I have 4 little ones and homeschool, I need all the help I can find. Simply post a recipe that can be made, frozen and then later reheated(thawed, etc) and consumed. Make sure that you include freezing and reheating instructions in your post. Then come here and add you post (not your blog) into Mr. Linky.
Now for some disclaimers:
If it isn’t a recipe, I will delete it.
If it can’t be made ahead, I will delete it.
If you don’t have a family friendly site, I will delete it.
Now onto the food fun!

Due to my women’s retreat I am reposting this as a Freezer Friday recipe. (It was around before Freezer Friday was)

Pasta Alfredo Bake

Here is my easy, peasy made up recipe to use leftover meat. I have done this with pork roast and chicken so far.

Anywhere from 3/4lb to 1lb of pasta
2 cups of cubed meat
1 large bag of frozen veggies (I use broccoli)
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 small jar of alfredo sauce or one batch of my Cheap and Easy White Sauce
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded Fontina Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil your pasta and drain. Rinse frozen veggies in warm water and drain. Then mix pasta, meat, veggies, chili powder, and alfredo sauce. Dump into a 9 by 13 pan and top with shredded cheeses. Then bake for 30 minutes until everything is warm. You can assemble this ahead of time and freeze it. Then just thaw and bake. I put it in partially frozen and cooked it for an hour and it turned out great.

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