Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mix and Match Burritos ($9.00 total cost, $1.13 per serving)

1 lb. ground protein of your choice (I used turkey, $4.00)
1 can vegetarian refried beans ($1.00)
1 cup salsa (I used peach mango salsa, $2.00)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend, $1.00)
8 burrito-sized tortillas ($1.00)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown your ground meat over medium heat and drain. (If you are using textured veggie protein or tofu, skip this step.)
3. Add refried beans and stir until well combined and heated through. (If you are using a vegetarian option, add it now and heat through.)
4. Add salsa and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
5. Lay out tortillas and divide the cheese equally. Lay it in a line down the center of the tortilla, leaving about an inch free at the top and bottom.
6. Top the cheese with 1/8th of the bean mixture.
7. Flap the top and bottom edges over the mixture. Then flip one side over the mixture and roll tightly. Place in a baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the burritos.
8. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with sour cream and salsa on the side
Makes 8 servings

The Verdict
Josh was sick with strep throat and he STILL housed his burrito and half of Julia's. Julia enjoyed half of it but was more interested in the green beans and tomatoes that Grammy made as a side dish. Jim and I argued over who was going to get the leftovers for lunch. I won :) I will make this again soon. I want to try different types of salsa and proteins... "smart ground" and salsa verde, chicken and black bean and corn salsa, the possibilities are endless!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

$5.95 total cost ~ Marianne's Famous Chicken Salad

This week I was really missing my family. Maybe it was the sunny, warming weather, or the upcoming holiday, but I wanted to be in Florida, out by my Dad's pool, chatting with my stepmom Marianne and laughing with my family. Based on that (and my crazy hectic parent-teacher conference schedule) I planned to pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home Friday. Not because I love roast chicken so much, but because I had a plan for the leftovers!

Marianne's Famous Chicken Salad ~ $5.95 total cost
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (1/3 a rotisserie chicken, $2.00)
1 cup halved seedless grapes (1/4 lb. $0.25)
11 ounces mandarin oranges, drained ($1.00)
1 cup chopped celery ($0.25)
1/2 cup sliced almonds ($1.00)
1/4 cup T. Marzetti's Poppyseed Dressing ($1.25)
1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0.10)
2 tbsp sliced green onion ($0.10)

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Mix dressing, mayonnaise, and green onions in a bowl. Add to chicken mixture, stirring gently.
3. Refrigerate several hours. Toss lightly before serving. Serve over lettuce, with crackers, on toast, or all by itself!

The Verdict
I don't know how many servings this makes. I just know we all love it here and it doesn't last long!

Monday, April 4, 2011

$1.57 per serving ~ Ham and Cheese Twists

Tonight marks Puttanesca's return to creative cooking!

Ham and Cheese Twists ~ $1.57 per serving, $6.29 total
1 lb. pizza dough (I used storebought today but will share my homemade recipe later) ~$1.79
1 tbsp dijon mustard
Dried minced onion
8 slices deli ham ~ $2.00
8 slices swiss cheese ~ $2.50

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Roll pizza dough out into a large circle. Spread mustard on it, sprinkle with dried minced onion. Cut dough into 8 triangular pizza-style slices.
3. Fold up 1 slice each of ham and swiss and place at the wide end of each slice. Carefully roll up (filling will extend out of sides.) Place on prepared baking sheet, with the narrow tip on the bottom.
4. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 4 servings

The Verdict
Both kids really enjoyed this and so did Jim and I. There's barely any leftovers and Jim and I are arguing over who gets to take them for lunch tomorrow! I served these with baby carrots and raw broccoli florets with ranch dressing for dipping. I'm already contemplating all the different combinations to make this again: turkey and cheddar, salami and provolone, barbeque chicken and monterey jack, breakfast sausage with scrambled eggs and muenster... Please comment with other combinations you think would work!

Has it really been a year?

I'm not sure why I've been away from this blog for so long. I wonder if I put too much pressure on myself when I started it to update every day, to top myself each time with something newer/more interesting/better.

No matter, Puttanesca is BACK! I'll have more recipes, and also chronicle some of my "adventures in faux-bento" lunches for my son. I hope you all enjoy what's to come. If you do, let me know!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hello everyone!

yes, she lives.... I know I owe you all some great recipes! Cola Barbeque Beef, Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries... I promise to get back in the swing. But first, check out my entry in the Paula Deen Real Women of Philadelphia contest!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

$0.88 per serving ~ Ravioli and Broccoli

This was thrown together on a whim...

Ravioli and Broccoli~ $4.40 total cost, $0.88 per serving
2 packages mini ravioli (I used Seviroli's Mac-a-Roli) $2.00
1 bag broccoli florets $2.00
1 stick unsalted butter, cut up $0.40
grated lemon peel
2 handfuls grated cheese

1. Boil water and cook ravioli according to package directions. Steam broccoli in microwave 3-4 minutes.
2. Drain ravioli. Place butter into hot pot. Return ravioli to pot and add broccoli. Gently stir until butter is melted. Add lemon peel to taste and grated cheese. Toss and serve.
Makes 5 servings

The Verdict
This was ready in about 10 minutes! Jim and I loved it. The kids, not so much. I was bummed because I really thought they'd like these "mac-a-roli" that are filled with cheddar and ricotta. They taste like a less-salty macaroni and cheese dish. But neither of them ate it. I will try this again with regular cheese ravioli, and just do the mac-a-roli in plain butter and garlic.

Friday, March 26, 2010

$0.39 oer serving ~ Super Fast Rotini with White Beans

Fridays are hectic in my house. We get home from work around 4:15 and at 5:15 I need to get Josh off to gymnastics. Usually we rely on "breakfast for dinner" but I had an idea for something fast and easy...

Super Fast Rotini with White Beans ~ $0.39 per serving, $2.55 total cost
1 13.25 oz. box whole grain rotini ($1.00)
olive oil
minced garlic
1- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings, NOT drained ($0.80)
1- 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed ($0.75)
chopped dried onion
shredded or grated parmesan cheese

1. Boil water, cook and drain rotini according to package directions.
2. While waiting for water to boil/rotini to cook, saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
3. Add tomatoes, beans, and spices to taste. Bring to bubbling and cook about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve sauce over pasta, topped with cheese.
Makes 4 servings

The Verdict
Jim devoured this. Julia devoured it. Josh was grumpy and didn't eat at all. I really liked it too, and we have NO leftovers. I will definitely make this again, but I will double it next time! I served it with crusty bread to sop up all the sauce... YUM :)