Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Little This and A Little That

Today I am going to list a couple recipes that I thought you all might be interested in.  I will also try to explain the veggie bouillon I made.
As indicated by the title - each recipe contains a little of this and that!  That is just kind of the way I cook!  I read a recipe and have basic idea I like - then I just go and do my thing!

This is how I made it!

1 lb. ground beef - browned
3 potatoes  - cut into bite size cubes
1 - 15 oz. can of corn (drained)
1 15 oz. can of red or black beans (could even use chili beans if desired)
1 - 8 -10 oz. can of diced tomatoes (with chili's if desired)
1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
OPT:  shredded cheese
(of course home canned can be substituted)
Brown your ground beef, then 'fry' up the potatoes till almost done.  Add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer till potatoes are done.  Serve with shredded cheese on top of each serving if desired.
This is a very hardy and filling dish.  We will definitely make again!

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C chopped onion
1/2 C chopped bell pepper
2 C water
1 pkg. of taco seasoning
1 1/2 C instant rice - uncooked
1 C salsa (or to taste)
1 C shredded cheese
1 tomato chopped
GARNISH;  Crushed tortilla chips, sour cream if desired

Brown ground beef, onion and pepper.  Drain.  Stir in water and taco seasoning into beef mix.  Bring to a boil; add rice.  Cover and cook till rice is tender.
Sprinkle with cheese and salsa over the top.
Top each serving with crushed tortilla chips, diced tomato and sour cream if desired.
YUM and so easy!
VARIATION:  Add a drained can of corn and a can of chili beans to above mixture and call it TACO CASSEROLE!  A complete one skillet meal!!

This is an estimation of what I did to make this season mixture.
You will need dehydrated tomato skins (or tomatoes), onion, garlic, herbs, celery, broccoli  leaves (or cabbage) and anything else you want to add!
I made a pint - but I did have a lot of tomato skins dried from canning.
It is hard to tell you how much of everything - I guess it depends on your taste buds!

I used about an inch (at the bottom of a 2 oz. bottle) of dried broccoli leaves.  That was probably one good size leaf.  Could use the same of cabbage if desired.
Also about an inch (at bottom of 2 oz. bottle) of dried garlic
Maybe 1/4 C of  ground basil.  Threw in some thyme as well as rosemary. (Depends on your taste)
I used what could probably be 1/4 C dried onion.
Added the equivalent of a bunch of celery. (a jelly jar - 8 oz. - was 2 bunches of celery I dried)
**Basically it depends on your taste.  You can add any type of dried veggie or herb you desire.  This is a great addition to soups and casseroles - so much flavor.   Your family will be getting added vitamins and minerals without ever knowing it!
I stuck my finger in it and tasted - it has wonderful flavor!!!!!

This is a great way to use up things that might otherwise become compost or trash!
I added a desiccant packet to the jar to absorb any moisture. (I keep them from all pill bottles and such)

So there you have it - a little of this and a little of that!  Something yummy!
Waste not want not.

Don't be afraid to experiment.  I DO follow recipes when baking and canning (most of the time), but when it comes to cooking - well I just go with the flow of whatever my little mind can think up.  I think only once or twice in 32 years have I had a "don't make that again" comment from G!!!


  1. Those all sound delicious, Cheryl. I like the idea of drying to tomato skins to make bouillion. There are so many of them when you can.

    1. I agree - no sense in throwing away all that goodness. Skins hold so much nutrition.
      I cringe now, when I think of how many years they got tossed.

  2. I made your skillet goulash recipe tonight with a few substitutions for what we had on hand. I added onions, chili beans and substituted Ro-tel for the diced tomatoes and it was so yummy! My family devoured it! There was so much flavor and it was super quick and easy! Thanks for saving this (exhausted from being back to teaching) momma. ;)


    1. Marlana YAY! Glad you and your family liked it. I am always tweaking recipes and adding different things. Use what you have.
      You are welcome!!!!
      Have a great day.

  3. Sure wish I would have known about drying the tomato skins when I was doing my juice! Hope I don't forget about this the next time! Nancy

    1. Nancy it is amazing how many years I didn't know. Glad I finally heard about doing this.
      It adds so much flavor.

  4. Sounds so good! I know they would all love it here

  5. A real late afternoon what am I making for dinner SAVER ! thanks, Cheryl!

    1. You are completely welcome. Let us know which you tried and if you enjoyed!

  6. These sound delicious! I bought a bunch of ground turkey on sale and will substitute that. Thanks for posting these!

    1. You are so welcome. Turkey is a great substitute. I do that sometimes too. ENJOY

  7. Thanks for the tips on making the dried spices.
    The pan taco sounds really yummy can't wait to try it!
    Another great post!

    1. You are so welcome Laurie. The died spice/bouillon is really tasty.
      We love the taco dish.
      Have a great day!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes and especially for the veggie bullion powder. I will have to give it a try!

    1. You are very welcome. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
      Have a great one