Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's fall, you all!

I am going back to basics on this one.
For review, I try to do 5 dollar dinners. I average them so that we get a variety of meats and some more expensive cuts and shrimp or fish. I try to pay about 2 plus dollars a pound for meat. It used to be 2.25 until meat prices went up. I can still get pork, chicken, ground beef, beef roast, round and sirloin and chuck, for my target amount. Turkey breast was in that model as well last week.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

2acorn squash, halved and seeded
1cup water
3/4 pound ground beef
1celery rib
1small onion
1tart apple, chopped
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1egg, beaten
5 tsp brown sugar, divided
1 -1/2 tsp salt, divided
Generous tablespoon of butter

1) turn squash upside down in baking pan, add water, and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.
See notes!
2) cook celery, onion and beef until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, drain. See notes
3)Add rice, apple, sunflower kernels, stir and cook for 3-5 minutes until apple is tender. Stir in egg, 1tsp brn sugar and 1 tsp salt.
4) put squash cut side up in baking pan. Place 1 tsp EACH of butter and brown sugar into bottom of squash halves.
5) salt, fill with meat mixture.
6) bake uncovered at 375 15-20 minutes.


If you poke acorn squash several times with a fork, you can microwave it for 3 minutes or so and it will be easier to cut. You can also "bake" off the squash in a pan in the microwave until almost done. Fill and finish baking in the oven.

Sunflower kernels are at the dollar store.
Acorn squash has been a buck a pound, but I got it for .70 net at Safeways last week.
( 20 percent off vegetables, and another ten percent off the entire bill. )I think that doesn't compound so it should be 30 percent off).

You can use your already defatted hamburger and just microwave or sauté the veggies and put them together.


1pound hamburger, shaped into 4 patties
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into strips or a handful of baby carrots.
1medium pepper, cut into strips
1envelope onion gravy mix
2 tomatoes, cut in half and seeded.

1) cut 4 pieces of heavy foil about 14 inches square.
2) place a meat patty on each.
3) arrange vegetables aroumd the patty.
4) sprinkle with onion gravy mix
5) put tomato cut side down on top
6) tightly seal foil and arrange on a sheet pan or other pan with sides.
7) bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
8) uncover one and check tom see if the meat is done (no longer pink) and veggies are tender.

Note: gravy mix is inexpensive at business Costco or add onion to the vegetables and add beef better than bouillon and a little flour mixture on top.

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