Thursday, October 9, 2014

What's been cooking??

We used the last bit of ground beef my DH bought for dinner last night. I made cheese burgers, topped with very generous slices of tomato and onion. I was trying to use what was available and keep our expenses down.

1 lb ground beef
1 cup of beef stock
1 egg
3 slices of "honey wheat bread" grated in the blender
Worcestershire sauce

I shaped this into burgers (HOLY CRAP very generous sizes I might say for the five of us)
and baked in the oven. We had a few buns in the freezer (two plain and a few onion buns from Aldi) that needed to be used. I sliced our last tomato and sliced a onion to top our burgers. We also had a few slices of Kraft deli cheese that needed to go, along with the last few slices of pickles in a jar......see a theme here???

I baked half a bag of tater tots for the kids, and onion rings I bought a while ago from Dollar Tree. Dinner was great. Kids loved it. My DH loved it. It's a lot cheaper than going to McDonald's.

Today's meal is going along the same lines of "using things up". I have some dental expenses that will occur later this month. I am working hard to use what we have to keep expenses down.

I am making potato soup today. I am using two containers of homemade chicken stock form the freezer. I am using a few carrots, the last bit of celery, two cloves of garlic, chopped onion, some parsley, and a bunch of very small potatoes. I put it in the crock pot. I don't have any ham or bacon, so we left it out. Later I will use the flour, butter, and milk to mix in the sauce pan and cook, then add it to the crock pot.

I figure with the homemade chicken stock and spices in that, we may not really need the ham or bacon. At least we are not going to have it today.


  1. Your dinner sounds yummy! I like the feeling of using up the last 'stragglers' hanging around the fridge and freezer- it almost feels like a free meal to me. :)
    Whenever we get the craving to go to a fast food joint I make burgers and fries at home and my husband always placates the kids by saying, 'Tonight we are going to Mommy King instead!" haha. :)

  2. I like using up the stragglers to make a meal. My DH said once to me, "you are the only person I know that can make a meal out of nothing".