Green Chile Enchiladas

Green-Chile-Enchiladas

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

Green Chile Enchiladas is a recipe our family discovered many years ago in the cookbook, Once-A-Month Cooking, and it immediately became a family favorite! These creamy, cheesy enchiladas are easy to put together and freeze beautifully. Pair them with Spanish rice, a tossed salad, and some chips and salsa for a simple, budget-friendly company meal that will feed a crowd!

This recipe as written is mild, so if you prefer your Mexican food spicy, you will want to jazz it up with some hot chiles or peppers and extra seasonings. I usually make it as is and serve jalapenos and hot salsa on the side.

Growing up, Green Chile Enchiladas was always a personal favorite of mine. Now that I have my own family, I’ve come to appreciate it even more: any freezer-friendly recipe that is simple to make and uses inexpensive ingredients plus tastes amazing is a winner in my book!

Green-Chile-Enchiladas

Green-Chile-Enchiladas

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This has been one of my Mom’s go-to recipes for as long as I can remember (so long that none of us can remember where the original recipe came from). It still is! Any time we visit my parents for more than a few days, Spaghetti Pie will most likely be on the menu at some point. It’s another one of my Mom’s crowd-pleasing recipes that can be made up ahead of time and frozen – perfect for company!

Although Spaghetti Pie is similar to lasagna in taste, it’s cheaper to make and quicker to assemble! You can always substitute your favorite homemade or jarred spaghetti sauce if you are in a rush. My Mom usually serves this with a tossed salad, a fruit salad, and fresh homemade bread (Dill Bread is especially yummy with this!).

spaghetti pia

spaghetti pie

 

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Poor Man’s Steak

Poor Man's Steak

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This stick-to-your-ribs recipe is sure to be a favorite for all those meat-and-potatoes guys out there! Growing up, it was always a meal that the men in our house looked forward to. Now, my little boys gobble up man-size portions of this and still ask for more! Although it requires a little bit of prep work, the ingredient list is simple and short.

Poor Man's Steak

My mom has been making Poor Man’s Steak for almost 30 years! She usually served it with some kind of potatoes, a tossed salad, and fresh homemade bread. Yum! The original recipe came from an old church cookbook, submitted by a long-time family friend.

This hearty recipe is especially delicious during the chilly winter months!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Upside-Down Pizza

Upside-Down-Pizza

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

The first time I ever made this recipe was with my great-grandma. Every Saturday for many years, Crystal and I would spend several hours at our great-grandparent’s house. After the cleaning was finished, I loved helping my Grandmother in the kitchen. Even well into her 80’s and 90’s, she loved trying new recipes!

This was one we tried together – and I liked it so much that I copied it out and brought it home with me. It quickly became a staple in our family’s recipe box!

Upside-Down Pizza is an easy, kid-friendly, all-in-one dish. Add a bag of frozen veggies, and dinner is ready!

I rarely follow the recipe exactly, as I love mixing it up with different pizza toppings and spices. Feel free to improvise! (Note: If you end up adding a bunch of salty toppings such as olives or pepperoni, you will probably need to add less salt than the recipe calls for.)

Upside-Down Pizza

This is a fun variation on pizza that even my pickiest eaters gobble up. If you are looking for something a little different to serve for dinner that only uses basic ingredients and can be at the last minute (or made up ahead of time and frozen) – this is definitely a recipe to add to your “must-try” list!


Upside-Down Pizza

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Taco Pie

Taco Pie

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This twist-on-a-taco recipe has always been a hit at our house! The original recipe came from the Once-A-Month Cooking cook book – a resource my mom and sisters and I often relied on during one of our marathon freezer cooking days.

If you like making up meals ahead of time, this is a great one to have in your collection since it requires only minimal last minute preparations! Of course, you can also just make it and bake it immediately, which is what I normally do these days.

Taco Pie

Feel free to experiment by adding other taco toppings such as salsa, onions, or black olives. If you like your Mexican food spicy, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper, or add some jalapenos on top! Yum!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy and another on the way. She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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Old-Fashioned Vinegar Pies (for pennies!)

1-Vinegar Maple Pie

Guest post from Carissa of Pretty/Hungry

I’m not sure what it was about this recipe that grabbed me as I thumbed through the hundreds in my Grandma’s recipe book. Maybe it was the odd name, Vinegar Pie. (Who ever heard of such a thing?) Or maybe it was the first ingredient listed: a quart of water!

Could Grandma Montgomery be serious? How could this recipe produce an actual, edible pie? An edible puddle maybe… but surely not a pie.

Recipe

So in the hopes of resolving some of my confusion, I did what any respectable child of the internet-age would do… I posted a pic of the recipe to my Instagram account and asked people to enlighten me! And I was astonished to learn that this recipe was, in fact, legitimate.

One friend even told me that she and her children had recently read in Little House in the Big Woods that Laura Ingalls’s “Ma” would make vinegar pies at Christmastime. They were a perfect dessert for poor farming families who didn’t have access to fancy ingredients like cream. Eggs, water, vinegar, and sugar were always on hand!

That solidified it for me. I love the Little House books, so I had to find out what this pie would taste like! Besides, what did I have to lose? A few eggs and a quart of water weren’t going to break the bank if the recipe failed.

So I tried out the recipe, and color me shocked when this humble method turned out one of the creamiest, most luscious custard pies I’d ever tried! In my opinion, it rivals any custard or cream pie I’ve tasted. And the maple flavoring makes it especially cozy for wintertime.

Vinegar Pie is a dessert every money-saving mom should know about. You can make it when the cupboards are nearly bare!

Here is a recipe with a little more explanation than dear Grandma Montgomery gave me in the little slip of paper above. I hope you enjoy making it and feeling like “Ma” Ingalls, one of our country’s earliest money-saving moms!

Vinegar Maple Pie

Do you make any old-fashioned, penny-pinching desserts?

Carissa is a wife and mother of a sweet 1-year old girl. She loves the Lord, her family, and cooking! In recent years her family has made drastic cuts to their budget in order to start saving to build a home. Carissa blogs at Pretty/Hungry about all her kitchen creations!

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