Tuesday, January 29, 2013

And you spend WHAT on groceries?

And you spend what on groceries? There was a piece on the network newscast night about a family of four . They were talking about what they were spending on food and not throwing so much food in the garbage. They spent three hundred dollars a week on food. That's Four months on my budget. It did not sound like they were eating any different than we do for about 65.00. The difference is paying our utility bills and real estate taxes.

Beef Soft Tacos

3/4 pound cooked and defatted groumd beef
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 of a green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green olives, sliced
1/2 tsp cumin
1can diced tomatoes
6 inch corn tortillas
Romaine lettuce,torn

Cook beef,garlic and green pepper in skillet for three minutes. Add remaining ingredients except lettuce. Cook 5 minutes more.

Heat tortillas accordimg to package directions.
Add torn lettuce to top of taco.

Notes. I would serve with rice cooked with salsa.
Romaine is the least expensive of the lettuces because it lasts so long there is usually no waste. The darker the green, the more food value it has.

Quick Crazy Tamale Dish

Combine 3/4 pound of cooked ground beef, 1-1/2 cups salsa and a can of kidney beans in a microwave safe square dish.
Heat on microwave until warm--about 8 minutes. ( cover to reduce splattering.)

Place a tube of polenta on a 9 inch square casserole. (microwave safe) Cut in slices to cover bottom of pan.
Place meat mixture on top of polenta.
Cover dish with plastic wrap and cook for 6 minutes or until thoroally heated. Sprinkle with cheese and heat until
cheese is melted. Serve with salsa, as spicy as your family likes.

You could substitute small pieces of cubed cooked chicken foe the beef and make polenta and spread it in the pan.

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