I made this recipe just to try something different and was pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it. The combination of oregano, cinnamon, and garlic powder give a wonderful and unique flavor to this recipe. I used spinach in the recipe and just put it in without thawing it and it worked well since it was loose in a bag of frozen spinach and not compact in a box of frozen spinach. Feta cheese can be expensive, but if you shop around, you might find it at an affordable price. I found feta cheese for $1.99 at Aldi compared to over $4.00 at Meijer. My preschooler and toddler loved this and any leftovers were gone by lunch the next day. I will be making this again.
Greek-Style Skillet Supper
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Makes 6 servings
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 can (14-14 ½ oz.) reduced sodium beef broth
1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 ½ cups uncooked penne pasta
1 ½ cups frozen leaf spinach or cut green beans, thawed
¾ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
1. Cook ground beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
2. Drain fat.
3. Add oregano, cinnamon and garlic powder, mix well.
4. Stir in broth, tomatoes and tomato paste.
5. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is nearly tender.
6. Stir in spinach and ½ cup of the feta cheese. Cover. Cook 5 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.
7. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup feta cheese. Let stand 5 minutes.
I found this recipe in the Sunday paper coupon advertisements. It is a McCormick recipe.
I want to share a little about coupon stacking. This is an incredible way to save a lot of money on the things you need. You can use a store's coupon and stack it with a manufacturer's coupon. Also, combine this with a good advertised deal and you can save even more money. I have done this both at CVS and Target many times. Today, I bought Huggies diapers on sale at CVS for $8.99. I used a CVS coupon for $2.00 off and a Huggies coupon for $2.00 off so I only paid $4.99 for the diapers. I also bought a large refill pack of Huggies Wipes on sale for $5.99 and used a CVS coupon for $2.00 off and a Huggies coupon for $1.00 off so I only paid $2.99 for a large refill pack with over 200 wipes.
I always scan my CVS card when I enter the store at the kiosk and have gotten many good coupons to combine with manufacturer's coupons. I recently received a mailer with several high value CVS baby coupons that I can combine with manufacturer's coupons. Target sends out great coupon mailers and has online printable coupons that are easily combined with manufacturer's coupons. So the basics of coupon stacking are simple and easy to do. Just combine a store coupon with a manufacturer's coupon. If you know of other stores that let you combine their coupons with manufacturer's coupons, I would love to learn more.
These Jello Jigglers are so easy to make and can be made for just about any holiday or theme.
Simply dissolve 4 (smaller size - 4 serving) packages of Jello into 2 1/2 cups of boiling water. Make sure it dissolves completely then pour into a 9 X 13 pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I used a mini cookie cutter for these.
This is my favorite apple pie. I have made it several times this year and it has been delicious every time. I have made the topping without the oatmeal for my husband and it still had a wonderful flavor, but I think the texture is better with the oatmeal. This recipe is from the Family and Consumer Science Dept. at Marysville High School.
Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie
1 cup flour
1/3 cup shortening
½ tsp. salt
3 to 4 T. cold water
1. Place flour, salt, and shortening in mixing bowl and cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly
2. Add cold water 1 T. at a time. You may not need the 4th Tablespoon.
3. Gather dough into a ball. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is slightly larger than your pie pan. Fold the dough in half and then in half again and lift it into your pie pan. Unfold the dough and press it into the pan. Trim and crimp edges of pastry.
6-7 apples peeled, cored, sliced or chopped (If apples are really large, use less)
4 T. flour
¾ Cup sugar
Dash of salt
¾ t. cinnamon
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add to pastry-lined pie pan.
½ Cup uncooked oatmeal
¾ Cup flour
½ Cup butter (1 stick)
½ Cup brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
1. Cut together these ingredients with fork, pastry blender, or mixer until even and crumbly.
2. Sprinkle topping over pie
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
Pecan Pie Bites
A friend of mine, Krista Waid, gave me this recipe years ago. It is really easy to make and so delicious.
If you use this recipe in a Family and Consumer Science classroom you will need to cut the recipe in half since you will probably have 4-8 kitchen groups per class period to cut down on costs. When I used this recipe in class, I cut the ingredients in half except I still used 1 egg white and I used 2 tsp. water. I usually mixed pecans and walnuts together since walnuts are less expensive than pecans. I also pre-weighed the nuts in ziploc bags so that students did not take more than they were supposed to. If using this recipe in a classroom make sure that none of the students have nut allergies.
Pecan Pie Bites
1 pound pecans or other nuts
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 T. butter (optional)
Welcome to Home Ec @ Home
Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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