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One Recipe Three Ways….

2 Jul

Lately I have been looking for ways to make food fast and easy, without spending a lot of money. The answer was clearly freezer cooking. You can check out my broccoli cheese soup recipe, it freezes very well! Yesterday I was looking in the fridge and had some onions and left over salsa that needed to be used up quick.

So out of that came this.

I know this looks kind of gross, but think of this as the base for other recipes. Or dumb it down and use it as queso….SO good!

Here we go….by the way I made this recipe up, that is why when I use brands its because it is what I had, so use whatever you have.

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs Hamburger I used frozen

1 Medium Onion

a little olive oil

2 jars of half used salsa…so one full jar I used On the Border and Newmans Own

half a block of velveeta cheese

1 packet taco seasoning

2 corn on cobs, with the corn cut off the cob

One can of peas

Directions:

Cook onions and hamburger meat in pot with olive oil. When meat is done add salsa and velveeta. When velveeta has melted add in the remaining ingredients. This is your base. I put it into two seperate containers one to freeze and one to use today for dinner.

RECIPE #1

Use everything in the ingredients list except the corn and peas. Cook to package directions and serve with chips, a perfect queso.

RECIPE #2

What we had for dinner tonight! Step one cook some pasta in milk….yes milk the pasta comes out better and it makes any cheese dish creamier.

 

Do not drain the pasta, and be sure you use enough milk…milk is absorbed by the pasta much quicker than water is. It gives your pasta a nice texture as well! 

Then add one container (seen above) to the pan and mix until heated. Viola…..awesomeness in a pan!

Dan loved it and it came out wonderful! 

You can serve with rice if you prefer also! However this is great if you have left over pasta or rice as well…less cooking time on that day! 

Recipe #3 

I will be doing this with the container I saved. Thin it out with left over chicken broth and make a soup. Add more veggies or a starch like pasta or rice and you have a really good soup! If you have left over stock in the fridge and dont plan on using it soon, freeze it in an ice cube tray and use t whenever you defrost the container of queso mix as well! 

These recipes are great and use left overs so there is no waste and save time….PERFECTION!

This led to an important life question tonight though. If you are eating something like we did tonight with elbow macaroni or rice, FORK OR SPOON?!?!?!

I always have to use a fork even for mac and cheese Dan a spoon….please tell me in the comment section, as this is a debate in our house!

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2 Responses to “One Recipe Three Ways….”

  1. Nicole Oppelt July 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I am going to have to try that sometime! FORK all the way 🙂

    • Alex K July 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      Yea it is really good to use up some left over things like salsa which I ALWAYS end up throwing out, and I totally agree fork 4 ever! 🙂

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