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Word of the Day: Postern  Definition: Rear, private  Used in a sentence: All deliveries are to be made through the postern gate.

Happy Sunday everyone!

I spent yesterday gathering information to plan my next trip to the East Coast. The Girl and I are headed to one of my favorite places on earth… Maine. I hope. ;) The weather has been a wee bit crazy up there lately so I do have a plan B in place…. but I’m hopeful we will be able to hang out in Maine for a few days for a little R&R. Fingers crossed.

Do you live on the east coast? How have you been handling all the snow? Do you have any tips for us?

Mavis

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Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $79.60. 40 pounds may sound like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but buying in bulk is such a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor. Go HERE to place your order.

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Shopping at Costco Week 7 of 52

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I know what you are thinking. How can I possibly feed my family for an entire week when the only groceries I purchased we a case of noodles, goldfish crackers, milk,lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, a dozen English muffins and a pineapple?

breakfast tray

This breakfast I made the HH the other day is a great example for how I ration out our food.

  • Bacon – Bought with the Christmas Costco Gift card my parents gave us.
  • Eggs – I purchased 5 dozen eggs last week.
  • Toast – I like to buy several loaves and freeze them until we need them. {Purchased 2/2/15}
  • Yogurt – I purchased a case of 24 yogurts on 2/2/15 as well.
  • Orange Juice – Bought a 6 pack of frozen concentrate back in late January.
  • Blueberries on Yogurt – I froze those last summer and tucked them away in the freezer to enjoy all year long.

Maybe my family is weird in that just because I bring home a case of Cup of Noodles… they don’t get eaten in 3 days. I don’t know how else to explain it other than to say when you cook most of your meals at home using simple ingredients, it doesn’t cost all that much. Sure, it costs you time, but money? Not so much.

I think the one thing I always forget to mention, is that since we get our meat in bulk, {chicken, fish,ham, ground meat from Zaycon} making recipes in large quantities and tucking them into the freezer to use on nights when I don’t feel like cooking, helps tremendously. It not only cuts down my desire to shop, but it really makes me focus on using what we already have.

Being able to pull pre-portioned meat like hamburger, fish or chicken breasts out of the freezer and adding a simple side dish like rice or frozen veggies is so much easier than getting sucked in to the “What am I going to make tonight, I don’t have all the ingredients I need” game.

taco night

We enjoyed soft tacos with homemade refried beans twice last week. {The taco meat was already pre-cooked and ready to go}
beef stew

I also made a giant pot of beef {actually venison} stew using a package of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Chili that I had in the pantry. All I did was soak the beans, add the meat, spices, carrots, onion,  and a little of tomato sauce and it was delicious. freezer meal beef stew

And there were plenty of leftovers to freeze as well for the HH’s work lunches and quick dinners.salad and grilled cheese

We also had grilled cheese sandwiches and salad one night. Boring, but yummy.oatmeal cookies

Monkey Boy’s lunch  box treat of the week was homemade oatmeal cookiesblueberry crisp

And last night I made a blueberry crisp using berries I froze last summer and oats I purchased in bulk last year. We also had cod fish and chicken strips last week with a side of rice and green beans {frozen} last week as well.

It may not have been the most exciting week of meals on the planet, but it worked. ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $41.32
Total Spent Year to Date $234.52

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Zaycon Ground Beef and Smoked Ham Coming Soon

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beef_BI love me some Zaycon 93/7 lean ground beef . It cooks and freezes so well {which is totally important when buying in bulk!}. Now Zaycon is bringing it back this December and including their Applewood Smoked Ham {I’ve had that too, and it is also freakin awesome!}!

Zaycon’s ground beef is just $4.49 per pound and it sells in a 40lb case. Their Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham is just $3.89 per pound and comes two per case, each ham weighing in at 11 lbs. It’s pre-cooked and ready for you to heat n’ serve as part of a delicious holiday meal.

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Sales are open now and you can order Zaycon beef or ham HERE for pickup in December. I’d totally recommend getting on it because they sell out every year!

Find out where the nearest Zaycon event is to you HERE. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Wondering what to do with all that beef?

Cooking-Ground-Beef-in-the-Crock-PotHow to Cook Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

I love having a freezer stocked full of high quality meat! How about you?

~Mavis

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Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole

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Cheesy Beef  Tortilla Casserole

You know how you get to the end of the chip bag and you have all those bits of chips that are too tiny to dip in anything, but too yummy to throw away or you’ll totally feel like a waster? Well, this recipe gives those little chiplets new purpose. They are the main event in this recipe, so think before you toss them next time. Give them a chance to be awesome. They might be small, but man do they make this recipe tasty.

Cheesy Beef Tortilla CasseroleIngredients

2 cups crumbled tortilla chips
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained { I use  Zaycon beef}
1 can {15 ounces} corn or 2 cups frozen
1 can {15 ounces} black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped sweet peppers
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 9×9 baking dish {I used butter} and add 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, corn, black beans, peppers, salsa, olives and 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Pour half of the mixture over the tortilla chips. Add a second layer of chips and pour the remaining beef mixture over the chips. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Looking for something to toss in the crock pot this weekend? This recipe for slow cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili is out of this world delicious. And it’s filling too.

I made it for the HH the other night and he liked it so much, I’m making another batch so he can bring some to work for lunch. This recipe rocks!

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Ingredients

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts {I use Zaycon chicken}
2 {14.5 ounce} cans of diced tomatoes
1 {15 ounce} can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce} can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn
3 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

Instructions

Place all your ingredients in a slow cooker, stir and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Right before you serve, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, and shred it with two forks. Place it back in the slow cooker for a few minutes before serving.

Top with sour cream, guacamole or shredded cheese. Yum-O!

Looking for more easy crock pot meals? Check out my Crock Pot Meals recipe index.

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Freezer Meals – Teriyaki Chicken

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Freezer Meals - Teriyaki Chicken
You know how I’m always raving about freezer meals and how they make my life so easy and yadayadayada? Well I’ve combined two of my favorite things with this meal: freezer meals and crock pot meals. Pretty sure I hit the jackpot of genius ideas with this one. Freezer meals just got even easier {if that’s even possible}.

Freezer Meals - Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients

3 large chicken breasts {I used Zaycon chicken}
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 garlic cloves
3 slices of ginger {optional}

Freezer Meals - Teriyaki ChickenDirections

Load all the ingredients into a gallon sized Ziplock bag, lay it flat, label and freeze.

Crock Pot Cooking Method: Cook from frozen on low for 6 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator overnight and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Oven Cooking Method: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Here are a few more of my Freezer Meal Recipes:

Roadside Sliders Recipe

Easy Freezer Meal Meatballs

Peach Crisp Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

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Crock Pot Ground Beef w/ Taco Seasoning

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Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Since I started cooking my ground beef in the Crock Pot back when I got my 40lbs of Zaycon ground beef, I just can’t stop. It makes dinner time a snap. Now I’m experimenting with different seasonings so I can freeze seasoned ground beef for even easier dinners! Here’s how I combine my DIY Taco Seasoning Mix with the Crock Pot cooking method. Easy peasy!

First, go whip yourself up a big batch of my DIY Taco Seasoning Mix & then head back here and get started:

Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

4 pounds of ground beef {I used Zaycon ground beef of course}
8 tablespoons of DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Directions

Place four pounds of meat in crock pot. Completely break up meat if you plan to walk away from your crock pot & leave it. The meat will cook exactly as you left it. Sprinkle seasonings on top of meat and mix in thoroughly {a lot of the seasoning cooks off, so feel free to add more than you normally would}.

Cook on low for about 5 hours or high for 2.5 hours. Once meat is completely cooked through, drain all of the fat off {You can throw frozen meat in the crock pot too, just cook for 2 hours on high and then break it up in the crock pot. Then follow the cooking instructions above}. Ignore the fact that it looks like you just cooked a bunch of brown worms, let it cool and then transfer to Ziploc bags or Gladware containers. If you’re looking to freeze 1 lb bags for taco recipes, about 2.5 cups of cooked meat is equivalent to 1 lb {give or take}.

6 Quart crock potI own 2 Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cookers and LOVE them!!

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White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

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White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

Chili is one of my favorite fall recipes to make because it’s so simple and such a warm fall-ish meal. It’s another recipe that’s perfect when life gets crazy around here with fall sports! But sometimes we get a little bored with regular chili, so I’m spicing things up with this recipe. Literally.

Ingredients

2 {14.5-ounce} cans white beans
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium poblano peppers, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth {I get mine from Vitacost}
2 limes, juiced
1 lb {3 cups} shredded chicken {I use Zaycon chicken}
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

shredded chicken

Directions

Drain and rinse the beans. In a medium bowl, mash about half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Set the beans aside.

Add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, garlic and salt/pepper to taste. Saute until soft {approx. 5 minutes}. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken broth and lime juice and bring just to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.

Stir in the shredded chicken and cilantro, and simmer about 5 more minutes. Serve hot. We like to top ours with sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

Loved this chili recipe? Check out this cookbook:

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Chili Madness: A Passionate Cookbook

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Easy Freezer Meals: Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

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Easy Freezer Meal  Simple Meat LoafWith fall sports season in full swing, our evenings are sometimes always hectic. Back in July when I picked up my 40 pounds of Zaycon ground beef, one of the recipes I made and froze was a simple meat loaf. It makes dinner time on crazy nights a piece of cake. I just throw the meatloaf in when we walk in the door and by the time we’ve fed Lucy and tackled homework, there’s a piping hot meal waiting with virtually no work on my part. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Easy Freezer Meals Simple Meat Loaf RecipeIngredients

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef {I used Zaycon ground beef of course!}
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves {I’ve made this without the sage & it turned out great!}
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 small onion, diced {I used a fresh onion so I included the green tops}

Easy Freezer Meals Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

Directions

Combine all ingredients. Shape into a large loaf and place in an ungreased 13x9x2 inch pan. Wrap in saran wrap, then foil, date and then store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake uncovered at 350º for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Let cool to room temperature and serve.

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Why I Love Zaycon Foods: High Quality Meat/Fruits at Wholesale Prices!

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I’ve decided bulk is seriously the only way to go! I just placed my order for the next Zaycon chicken event, and I’m getting excited. But while I was on their website, I noticed they have so much more than just chicken and ground beef. They sell fruit, seafood, pork, and even raw honey. And you guessed it, they’re all at wholesale prices. Zaycon is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to save money by spending money. I know it sounds weird, but when I buy in bulk I not only get a good price, but I make all sorts of meals & cook a bunch of meat in advance. So I’m not only saving money on the meat, but time. And since time is money, well, you get my point.

Speaking of saving time. I knew today was going to be a crazy day around here, so I took some of my Zaycon chicken I had in my freezer and threw this crock pot meal together so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking at dinner time.

Easy Crock Pot Meals – Honey Chicken and Rice Recipe. Hands down one of my favorite, favorite crock pot meals EVER. You should go order yourself some Zaycon chicken and then make this. You just might love me forever for suggesting it {or at least until you finish off this meal, then you might become an angry elf}.

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