Tag Archives: Cooking

Quick Meal: Simple Southwest-Style Quesadillas

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Sometimes you need to get a meal on the table quickly. Maybe it’s just been an incredibly busy day. Or perhaps unexpected company stops by.

My go-to arsenal for a quick and easy meal is to whip up quesadillas. They’re fast, they’re delicious and by golly they’re always a crowd pleaser.

If it’s early spring, Spinach Quesadillas are always delicious. And I’ve been known to use leftover meatloaf to make a Quick & Meaty Quesadilla.

But another option we absolutely love that’s also totally guest-worthy is Southwest Quesadillas. They’re filled with cheese, tender-crisp veggies, corn & black beans.

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Perfectly Smoke A Turkey With Pecan Wood

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I’ve heard of cooking a chicken ‘spatchcock’ style. That’s simply where you cut away the backbone to open the whole chicken and spread it out flat. It cooks much faster that way.

But we were wondering if we could do the same thing with a larger bird. Perhaps our holiday Turkey? So we sat out to experiment.

We had two turkeys to experiment with. This should be fun.

Spatchcock smoked turkey cooks much faster than a whole bird traditionally roasted in the oven. The flavor is deep and delicious. #TexasHomesteader

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How to make Peach Pie Filling From Plain Canned Peaches

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So many fun desserts are topped with pie filling. Not only for a burst of flavor, but also for pretty presentation. But today I’m just using it as topping. Buying a full can of pie filling would be a waste.

The good news is you don’t have to plunk down the money for that can of pie filling. You can easily make it yourself in minutes with a simple can of fruit for cheap.

Peach pie filling made from a can of peaches #TexasHomesteader

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What To Do With Leftover Chili-Cheese Fries          

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I had leftover chili cheese fries and didn’t want to just throw them away. My superpower is eliminating food waste. I’m not kidding, y’all!

I’m typically able to fully (yet deliciously) utilize all the food we we have in various ways so it’s not wasted. Come see what I did with those unappealing leftover Chili-Cheese Fries.

What can you do with leftover chili-cheese fries? I make them into a delicious frittata. Good food you can eat with one hand! #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Chicken Fajitas

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Recently we had my parents over for supper. RancherMan grilled boneless chicken breasts as well as different garden veggies. I made Rosemary Rice & chocolate Crazy Cake to go with the meal.

The whole shebangie only cost about $15, much less than treating them to a restaurant meal. So we saved some money yet enjoyed a hearty meal together. We all ate our fill (plus some!) and there was still plenty leftover for RancherMan & me for subsequent meals. 

But after a few days all I was left with were a couple of grilled chicken breast & some leftover grilled veggies. Since we’d already enjoyed some of the leftovers over the last few days, I decided to finish off these last leftovers with a completely different meal – chicken fajitas!

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8 Simple Zero-Waste Swaps In The Kitchen

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Did you ever wonder how you could eliminate single-use waste in your kitchen? Thankfully it’s easy to find simple zero-waste kitchen swaps.

Recently while entertaining family for supper, my sister saw me incorporating several zero-waste efforts. She exclaimed “Oh wow, I would have never thought to do that!”

It got me thinking, maybe I should share the various ways I’m able to reduce (or even eliminate) those single-use items in my kitchen. There are many easy ways I’m able to make zero-waste swaps for those things.

Here’s a list of single-use items I no longer buy. I’ve been able to reduce or eliminate these things completely:

I'm working on eliminating single use waste with these simple zero-waste kitchen swaps. It's remarkably easy to do & can save money too. #TexasHomesteader

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Easiest Homemade Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

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Occasionally we have need for breakfast sausage. But not really that often. So on the limited occasion that we need it we’ll typically buy it.

I’m always surprised at how expensive that little one-lb pkg of breakfast sausage costs! Especially since we have an abundance of ground pork in the freezer.

So I sat out to season our ground pork into homemade breakfast sausage. I settled on what I think is the simplest breakfast sausage seasoning blend.

Make your own breakfast sausage with this simple breakfast sausage seasoning and regular ground pork. No complicated seasonings here! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Quick Honey Glaze

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Are you looking for an easy sweet honey glaze recipe? You’re gonna love this. I’m not a big fan of spending time in the kitchen. This honey glaze is about as quick as it gets!

You know how it is – sometimes frosting is just a little too heavy on your cupcakes or sweet breads. I’ve opted for a sprinkling of powdered sugar in the past and that’s a good option for sure.

But RancherMan loves to have those breads topped with a little extra sumpin’. Enter this super easy honey drizzle – it whips up in about a minute! Check it out.

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