Thursday, April 2, 2009

Foodie Friday: Making Dinner w/Staples on Hand

Hello, and welcome to the best day of the week, FRIDAY!! Not only is Friday wonderful for obvious reasons, but it is also a great day for another good reason, food. Our hostess today on this wonderful culinary adventure is over at Designs by Gollum. Stop by to see what is on everyone’s menu today.

Well, it all started with a pound of ground beef that needed to be cooked. I thought about what I had on hand & came up with the idea to make little muffin loafs. I just made up that name because I do not have a recipe. Keep in mind I am one of those people who does not really use a recipe, I just sort of add a little of this, and a little of that. Also, my friends, Barbara & Buck were coming over this evening to let me borrow their pressure washer. So, I thought I would return the favor & make them dinner.

After taking inventory I came up with the following simple menu: Muffin loafs, Zucchini/Squash, potato bake (I made up that name too) & green beans.

While browning the ground meat I added sea salt, ground peppercorn & a basil/garlic seasoning. I then added green onions/chives, garlic & olive oil. Last I added spaghetti sauce & let this simmer for a bit.

I then got some crescent rolls & smushed them in the bottom and up the sides of a muffin tin. I added my ground meat mixture, diced tomatoes, and topped it off with some shredded cheese.

I sliced up a zucchini & squash added sea salt, ground peppercorn, basil/garlic seasoning, green onions/chives & topped off with butter (Smart Balance). I always cover my veggies with tin foil while they bake.

I then took my frozen potatoes from Schwan's & put them in the oven on 450 degrees for 12 minutes or so. Since they were frozen I needed to speed up the cooking process.

I then took them out of the oven & mixed in a couple of tablespoons of sour cream, seasonings & butter. Then topped it off with shredded cheese & onions/chives. I also cover my potatoes with tin foil while they bake.

The last thing on the menu was to prepare the green beans. I always use the Italian green beans. I drained about half the juice out of the can & then transferred them into a baking dish. I then added vinegar, seasonings, garlic & green onions/chives.

I put all of these items in the oven together and cooked it about 25 minutes or so at 350 degrees.

It is amazing what simple things you can come up with just by shopping your own kitchen! Here was my end result:

Do not forget to stop by Designs by Gollum to see what everyone else is cooking. I promise that your taste buds will be screaming in delight!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!



Gollum said...

This is such a great post. I love the idea of shopping the kitchen. And what great things you cooked!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Nicole,
Wonderful ideas and recipes you came up with. I'm going to try all of them. I really like the looks of the little muffin cups. Delicious!

Thanks for sharing with us.
~Melissa :)

The Stylish House said...

I am impressed with the way you think, vinegar added to the canned green beans, wow that would totally transform them very neat idea. Last night I was struggling with the dilemma of what to do with yet another pound of ground beef. I am copying this recipe. Here is the perfect name to call yourself when you go on TV “The Everyday Gourmet”………~Cathy~

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Yum! Everything looks so good. And you used what you had in the kitchen. I love that. What a great idea to make little cups of your main entree. The squash looks really good.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

May I come over and shop your kitchen, too??? Mine cupboard is bare. LOL! Loved what you did!

Happy Foodie Friday...


Sheila :-)

marty39 said...

Great recipes and the meal looks so delicious. I love to shop the kitchen. I'm not one to plan each day out with a menu, but you went one step further and created a feast. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Chandy said...

I love the ones in the cups and the potatoes the best. Yummy to all of them! I shop a lot in my kitchen and fridge, too!

Ashley ~ said...

Yummm, it all looks delish*!!!

_Ashley ~

Kristen said...

Wonderful post - I love how you described your thought processes behind everything. Very clever way to cook from your pantry!

Tracy said...

Hi Nicole! Yum, everything looks great! I love the idea of the muffin loaves, they look so good I will have to give them a try. Have a great weekend!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

Ok, I am really hungry now!! Have a great weekend and thanks for the recipe!


susan said...

The cresecent rolls were a good idea! I don't know what you are presuure washing, but good luck--It's a big job, but I like to do it--instant gratification :)

Domestic Designer said...

What a wonderful meal! You are a talented cook if you can make things like this up! I am definitely going to try several of these ideas! Your friends are lucky to have a friend like you! Have a great weekend!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

How clever of you! I like that you shopped your own pantry and came up with innovative ideas for dinner! Love your creativity!

marty39 said...

Nicole, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments about my mom's clocks. They really are treasures to me and such precious memories. I appreciate the visit as always. Hugs, Marty

prof en retraite said...

I love the end result! My grandson woulf love your little muffin loaves! I prefer those Italian beans, too. I think I decide they are pole beans!! Happy birthday to Bentley! Can't wait to see the pics! Baby Kitty has had several parties...complete with party hats and candles in the catfood. He's the only one whose exact birthday I know, since the others are mostly strays. Hope you have fun!!!...Debbie

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

So would love to be at your house for dinner...look's delish!! I love to be in the kitchen cooking something good for family and friends! Now a follower! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs to you,