Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Banana Nut Bread and Stuffed Bell Peppers

I'm really adjusting to this not having classes thing! Making legit meals every day, baking; man, I'm on top of my shit! ;)

Yesterday I baked a batch of banana nut muffins (I only have one baby loaf pan) and then made some delicious stuffed peppers for dinner. The muffins are from a recipe I grew up on so that's DEFINITELY going to get shared with you guys and the peppers... Damn, that's a winner. Neither are the BEST budget friendly meals but it's still cheaper than 2 large combos at McDonald's!

On top of stuffing the crap out of myself, I also had an AMAZING day on cam last night. I'm so thankful for the lovely guys in my life! You're all too fun and I couldn't do this without you. :) I'm finally starting to like my hair a bit too, so I can stop whining about it. :P

So, for the recipes. Neither of them are super complicated, they're fairly simple to learn and they aren't exorbitantly expensive to make either! I'll be snacking on these muffins till Sunday at least!

For the muffins...

Banana Nut Bread

20 muffins or one full size loaf

3/4 cup butter - $0.75
1 1/2 cup sugar - $0.25
2 eggs - $0.28
3/4 cup mashed bananas (best to use old mushy brown bananas) - $0.20
1 tsp vanilla - Essentially Free (large bottle of vanilla brought home from Mexico)
2/3 cup buttermilk - $0.50
1 3/4 cup flour - $0.09
1 tsp baking powder - less than a penny
1/2 tsp salt - less than a penny
1 tsp baking soda - less than a penny
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts are great in these) - $0.50

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until its a nice pale yellow.
  2. Add eggs and beat well.
  3. Add in bananas and vanilla, beat again. (Beat, beat, beat! lol)
  4. In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add buttermilk and dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, alternating back and forth. Beat after each addition.
  6. Fold in nuts. 
  7. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans or lined muffin tins. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes (muffins) or 45 minutes (loaf) or until done.
  8. Enjoy!  


Stuffed Bell Peppers

4 servings

4 green bell peppers - $3
1/2 cup cooked white rice - $0.20
1 lb ground beef - $2.16
1 bunch green onions - $0.69 (I used part of these yesterday so, realistically $0.50 worth)
Cheddar cheese - $0.75
Garlic salt - less than a penny
Pepper - less than a penny

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Cut tops off of green peppers, remove seeds and core.
  3. Place peppers in a pot and cover with water. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from water and place in a 9x9 casserole dish.
  4. Meanwhile in a pan brown the ground beef, season with garlic salt and pepper. Drain.
  5. Dice green onions and shred cheese, however much cheese you'd like. 
  6. In a large bowl, combine rice, beef, most of the cheese and green onions.
  7. In the bottom of the peppers place a small handful of cheese. 
  8. Fill the peppers with the meat and rice mixture till you have a nice mound on top. 
  9. Bake in oven for 35 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and lay two slices of cheese over the top of each pepper in an "X" shape. 
  11. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese starts bubbling.
  12. Serve and enjoy! They're easiest to eat if you slice them in half, that way you have stuffing on ever bite of pepper. :)
         Note: If you know you won't eat all the peppers that meal, only boil the peppers you need and save the remaining stuffing for the next meal.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Meal List Monday

Now that I'm done with school my goal is to eat better and more responsibly (financially). So to help me stay on top of it and not slack I'm doing a weekly menu plan every Wednesday because that's when the new ads come out (I didn't do that this week because I'm just starting this today and we'll be out of town next week) AND keeping this blog. This weeks plan is...

Day Meal
Monday Buffalo Chicken Mac (side: broccoli)
Tuesday Stuffed Bell Peppers
Wednesday Pork Tenderloin
Thursday Cranberry Chicken
Friday Pizza (side: salad)

I built this plan by reviewing what I have at home and checking the sale items.

Tonight I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed for tonight's dinner (buffalo sauce, milk and green onions) + quite a few other groceries I'm needing for the rest of the week and I got out of there for $23 (milk was on sale for FREE with 4 boxes of cereal!!!!). Heck yes! I love shopping sales.

I kind of just made stuff up as I went along today, just topped mac and cheese with shredded chicken breast mixed with buffalo sauce (it was based off a friends suggestion but he also had no real recipe). It wasn't QUITE a failed experiment but... I think with some tweaking it could definitely work.


  • Chicken breasts (2): $2 
  • Macaroni and cheese: $1 
  • Butter (1/4 stick): $0.25
  • Milk: Free 
  • Green onions (1 green onion): $0.10 

Making a total of 4 servings
Tonight's total was: $0.84/serving

Like I said, there was no real recipe for tonight but I promised at least one person that I'd post Thursday's recipe so I'll post that at the bottom of everything. Now to catch up on all the Christmas Trees I need to make...


Cranberry Chicken 
About 4 servings 

2 chicken breasts ($2)
1 bottle creamy french dressing ($2 expensive because I wanted to use Kraft...)
1 packet onion soup mix ($0.75)
1 can cranberry jelly - the type that comes out of the can in a log ($1.50)

What to Do:
  1. In a large bowl combine everything except the chicken, mix well.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  3. Dump everything into a slowcooker/crockpot.
  4. Cock on high for 2 hours.
  5. Serve over a bed of rice (1 cup=$0.40). Remember to ladle on extra sauce, it's the best part!