Tag Archives: Recipes

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Simple Sweetened Popcorn Into Christmas Trail Mix

by Texas Homesteader~

Time’s running out! Looking for a quick homemade gift idea? This Sweetened Popcorn was made into a sweet Christmas Trail Mix. It made for a delicious last-minute Christmas gift idea.

Although we typically gift our grands Experience Gifts these days, we still wanted something cute to present to them on Christmas day. So we decided to make an easy yet delicious edible gift for them.

I started with this sweetened popcorn treat. It was beyond easy to make. Seriousiosly, as in add 3 ingredients, boil 4 minutes and pour onto popcorn easy! Y’all aren’t gonna believe this…

Simple sweetened popcorn recipe - coat popcorn with syrup made from sugar, butter and water - Easy recipe! #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Goulash – A Fast Meal That Cooks In Just 4-Minutes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s true, I was late to the game in getting my very own Instant Pot. Oh sure, others raved about their Instant Pots, but I just wasn’t convinced.

Until I was!

Now I use my Instant Pot All. The. Time.

One of my favorite meals to make with it is Instant Pot Goulash. I mean – brown the meat, dump in the rest of the ingredients, press a button for 4 tiny minutes cook time & walk away?

Yeah, that’s my kinda cooking, y’all!

Instant Pot goulash needs only 4 minutes of pressure cooking. It's a delicious comfort-food meal made FAST! #TexasHomesteader

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Quick Meal: Simple Southwest-Style Quesadillas

by Texas Homesteader~ 
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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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Sour Cream Substitute Made Healthier With Yogurt

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Sour cream is something I enjoy from time to time, although RancherMan’s never been a fan. I prefer sour cream on my baked potatoes instead of butter. And I enjoy sour cream topping quesadillas. There are actually lots of ways I enjoy it.

But since it’s not consumed regularly it seems a waste to buy a tub of it just to throw most of it away. And c’mon, sour cream’s a little less than healthy #amiright?

So instead I use my own homemade yogurt for a healthy substitute for sour cream.

I quickly make a healthier sour cream substitute using unflavored yogurt, lemon juice and a few seasonings. #TexasHomesteader

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Our Favorite Ways To Change Up The Flavor Of Rice

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Rice is an inexpensive pantry staple here. So I prepare it as a side with our meals often.

The beautiful thing about rice is that it’s easy to mix up the seasonings for completely different rice flavors.

I’ll serve rice often as a side dish, whether we’re enjoying Mexican dishes or grilled chicken. It’s very versatile and easy to change up the rice flavors to pair with whatever meal you’re enjoying on any given night.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite (yet super EASY) rice flavors to serve:

There are many super-easy ways to dress up the flavor of plain rice. Cheap, fast, delicious! #TexasHomesteader

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How to make Peach Pie Filling From Plain Canned Peaches

by Texas Homesteader~

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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Easiest Texas-Style Spanish Rice Recipe

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Spanish rice (or some call it Mexican rice) is a super-simple dish to make. And it’s a good thing too. We’ve been eating lots of rice lately, y’all.

I’m trying hard to keep us fed using what’s in our pantry & freezers so I don’t have to mingle among the masses at the grocery store. And there’s lots of rice in our pantry.

Rice is a pantry staple for us. And there are lots of ways I enjoy serving it. RancherMan’s favorite is Buttered Garlic/Sage Rice. If I’m having company over I’ll often opt for Fresh Rosemary Rice. And if the cilantro is growing in my garden and we’re having Mexican faire, I love Cilantro/Lime Rice.

But another of RancherMan’s favorites is Spanish Rice. If it’s past season for cilantro in my garden, this is my go-to for our many Tex-Mex meals like Carnitas Tacos, our homemade Tamales or even Pulled Pork Enchiladas. Here’s my oh-so-simple Spanish Rice recipe.

This is the easiest Texas-Style Spanish Rice recipe ever. Long-grain rice, chunky picante salsa, onions, garlic & broth. #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Chicken Fajitas

by Texas Homesteader~

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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