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What To Do With Leftover Chili-Cheese Fries          

by Texas Homesteader~ 

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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Roasting Peppers On A Gas-Powered Stove

by Texas Homesteader~

When the garden is pumping out those peppers I’m going through them almost as fast as they’ll produce. Jalapenos, poblanos, bell peppers, banana peppers – I love ’em all!

But we especially love poblanos and bell peppers. I’ve discovered that although they’re delicious in many ways, my favorite flavor is accomplished by roasting them.

But, you know – peppers are producing most prolifically during those hot & humid months of summer. I can’t stand the thought of turning the oven on high and roasting those peppers. Even for the delicious end result.

So when I’m making Chile Relleno or Creamy Hatch Sauce and wanting to use my garden peppers, I take the shortcut in roasting them.  You like to use shortcuts here too? Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

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Quick & Easy Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce

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It’s hatch chile season, y’all! Recently I whipped up some quesadillas and topped them with this creamy hatch chile sauce that I made from scratch. It was simple, really. I only used hatch chiles, greek yogurt, garlic and olive oil. RancherMan is still raving! I’d say that was a success!

We try to buy hatch chiles every year. But before I toss them in the freezer, I remove the stems and seeds & peel the roasted skins (if they’re tough). Then I lay the chiles in a single layer and freeze them.

That means using my roasted hatch chiles is as easy as cutting off a chunk and proceeding with my recipe. Come see how I made this quick & easy Creamy Hatch Chili Sauce.


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Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience

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Almost every savory dish I cook includes sautéed onions and/or garlic. But although I’ve found a way to easily Preserve Garlic for cooking, I don’t always have fresh onions.

So I wondered, why not take this glut of Harvested Onions and chop/sauté them now for use later? (smacks forehead) why didn’t I think of that sooner??

Saute & freeze onions for your own convenience food right in your own freezer. I scored them to make it easier to break off pieces. #TexasHomesteader

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