Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Polish Beef and Cabbage Casserole | Lazy Golumpki | Deconstructed Golumpki

Our family enjoys Polish Golumpki which takes time to prepare. Here's a simple casserole recipe I used for Stuffed Cabbage and meat filling which is basically the same as the stuffed cabbage leaf recipe.

I made it for my daughter and her family and brought it over when she had her third child.  It freezes well.  You can either cook the meat filling ahead and prepare, or just mix it and use as a freezer meal.

Sometimes you just have to have Golumpki but don't have the time to pull the cabbage leaves apart and roll them.  So this is a good recipe to make if you want to bring a casserole dish to a party, buffet, or a friend.

Dump and Bake Polish Casserole

Lazy Golumpki Casserole Polish Beef and Cabbage

To see how I make the authentic real deal Polish  stuffed cabbage rolls - check out my recipe here

Lazy Golumpki Casserole

Easy clean up with Handmade Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet Shop ~

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths Cleaning Wash Cloths

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths Cleaning Wash Cloths

Polish Beef Rice and Cabbage Casserole with Sauce -

Authentic Polish Golumpki

1 Green Cabbage, large

*Meat Filling*
2 lbs. Ground Beef (or use Meatloaf Mix)
1/2 c. Minute Rice
1 egg
1/2 c. Bread Crumbs, plain
1/2 c. water
salt, pepper to taste

2 (14 oz.) cans Tomato Sauce
2 tbl. Light Brown Sugar
1 tsp. White Vinegar
1 tsp. Lemon Juice

Shred cabbage in a food processor.
Par Boil cabbage about 10 minutes, until almost soft. Drain and cool.
Prepare meat mixture (ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, water, rice, salt, pepper)
Prepare sauce (tomato sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, lemon juice) and bring to a slight boil
Cover bottom of baking dish with sauce.  Alternate layers with meat mixture, cabbage and sauce, ending with sauce.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or so until done at 350 degree oven.

© Frugal New England Kitchen

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore | Easy Freezer Meal Recipes for Slow Cooker

By using your crockpot or slow cooker more often, take advantage of sales on beef and chicken, and try making several cheap crock pot recipes such as this Freezer Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore.

Meal Planning Helps Lower The Grocery Bill

I've been trying to take advantage of B1G1 grocery sales on meat and chicken lately to make ahead using easy freezer meal recipes. Oftentimes I find some great buys on chicken at my local Aldi.

Usually I cook dinner for two at night, but even though my family is grown, our grocery bill expenses haven't gone down since when the kids lived at home.  I still prepare most of my large meals on the weekends, and have everyone over for Sunday dinner, holidays and special occasions. How many trips do you make to the grocery store each month? How many of those are planned? You could be spending extra money each month by taking those unplanned trips.  Planning your meals ahead of time can take the impulse shopping out of your grocery budget.

Freezer Meals Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Another kitchen tip is that I've been doing some OAMC and preparing some frozen meals starters ahead and put them in a freezer bag. Saves me time as most of the prep work is then done ahead.

Make Ahead Freezer Meals

I've been trying to become more organized at home and have actively started participating in some Facebook groups and also checking out Pinterest to pick up some organizing tips, and frugal freezer meal and recipes. It only took me about one hour to chop all the veggies and chicken to put together two chicken slow cooker recipes  that I could use throughout the month to save time and money.  I bought some celery, zucchini, red peppers, green bell peppers, onions and chicken breasts. Once assembled and in the freezer, after I plan my menu for the week, I take the frozen meal out of the freezer, thaw it overnight in the fridge and the next morning dump it all into my slow cooker, set it on low, and I'm good to go for the day! All I have to do is prepare the pasta. A healthy home made dinner will be be on the table in less than 30 minutes when I get home after running my errands for the day or babysitting the grandkids.  It also frees up time to head to the beach or lake, or go berry picking during the summer!

Now that's organization!

Dump Freezer Meals

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Kitchen cleaning is easy with my crochet Handmade Dish Cloths that I make. Find them at my Moomettes Crochet Shop!

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 3 lbs chicken breasts, cut up in pieces
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
6 ounces (one can) sliced mushrooms
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 green zucchini squash, chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 -4 garlic cloves, minced
1 package Good Seasonings Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1 Tbl. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1 Tbl.Old Bay Seasoningfor Poultry mix
2 Tbl. Kraft Minute Tapioca
Cooked, pasta, spaghetti, linguine or egg noodles (if desired)
2 one-gallon Zip-Lock Freezer bags

Trim any fat off chicken. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.
Chop and dice veggies
Divide into two portions and add everything to freezer bags, shaking well.
Release air from freezer bags.
Mark freezer bags with date and type of meal.
Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours
Serve over pasta of choice

© Frugal New England Kitchen

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Warm Pizza Dip | Snack Food | Dip Recipe

Easy dip for snacking, a TV night sitting around with the family, or bringing to your next celebration.

Easy Dip Recipe

Serve this warm Pizza Dip recipe with warm tortilla shells cut into triangles or bread sticks with this dip.  Tortilla or nacho chips can also be served.

Pizza Dip

Check out my recipe for Breadmaker Pizza Dough and Homemade Pasta Sauce (or Sunday Gravy)

Warm Pizza Dip Recipe

Easy clean up with Reusable Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet Shop

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

Warm Pizza Dip

What You Need:

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 C sour cream
1 t oregano
1/2 C pizza sauce
1/2 C pepperoni, chopped
1/2 C green pepper, chopped
1/4 C green onion, chopped
1/2 C mozzarella cheese, shredded

How to Make It:

Place the oven temperature on 350 degrees and allow to heat while mixing up the dip.
Place the cream cheese, sour cream and oregano into a large mixing bowl.
Use an electric mixer on low speed and blend the ingredients together well.
Spread the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 in pie plate.
Spread the pizza sauce over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
Place the pepperoni, green pepper and onion into a mixing bowl and toss to combine.
Sprinkle the pepperoni and vegetable mixture evenly over the pizza sauce.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and layer the cheese over the top.
Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted.

Serving Size: 2 C

© Frugal New England Kitchen