Category: Recipes


Saving in NEO has joined the Meatless Monday movement!

From the Meatless Monday website: “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.”

This week’s Meatless Monday meal was Stovetop Casserole.

Here is what you need:

1 box Stovetop (I used the Cornbread flavor)

1 can Great Northern Beans (substitute cubed chicken if you want a meat version)

1 bag of Steamfresh rice and veggies mix

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 can water

Prepare:

Mix all ingredients in a casserole dish.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350.

I love this meal because it is tasty and filling.  We always have the ingredients in the pantry making it a staple in our recipe box.

Previous meals: Potato Boats, Baked Spaghetti 

Be sure to check out the Meatless Monday website to take the pledge and find more great recipes.

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Tofu U – week 2

I am continuing my education with Tofu U from Nasoya.

I tried something completely out of my comfort zone….sloppy joes!

Talk about shocking, these were great.


  Ingredients:

1 lb tofu, mashed

1 red pepper chopped

1/4 C onion chopped

1 C mushroom chopped

1 can black beans

1 can Manwich

Instructions:

Saute veggies in medium pan.  When soft add tofu, beans and manwich. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve on a hamburger bun with chips.

Please share your favorite recipes or let me know if you are joining too!

Previous Tofu U entries: Intro, banana bread

Meatless Monday – Potato Boats

Saving in NEO is joining the Meatless Monday movement!

From the Meatless Monday website: “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.”

This week’s Meatless Monday meal was Potato Boats. This meal is very simple, quick and cheap.  It is so yummy, its sure to please anyone.

Here is what you do:

Bake potatoes until soft.  Let cool for a few minutes.  Scope the insides out and put into a bowl. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup,  rice and veggies of your choice to the bowl.  Mix well, put back into potatoes.  Top with cheese.  Put back into warm oven to melt cheese.

Last weeks meal: Baked Spaghetti 

Be sure to check out the Meatless Monday website to take the pledge and find more great recipes.

Kid’s lunch ideas

The kids have been back to school for a while now and they are getting tired of the same old thing for lunch.  They normally take sandwiches or pack something like Chef Boyardee.  Time to change it up a bit.  Each week I’ll be posting a new idea for lunches that should be healthier and cheaper than the typical school lunch.

We tried to go meatless again this week only the planned lunch was a flop.  I thought Sushi would be a nice change.  We found a recipe, bought all the stuff and made up 10 full roles.   Joseph was the only one that really enjoyed them. We probably won’t be making these again, but it was good to try something new and different.

Anyone have any yummy lunch ideas?

Tofu U – week 1

I have begun my education with Tofu U from Nasoya.

I thought I would start small and made Banana Bread.

I was quite surprised by the result.  The bread was very moist and tasty. The whole family enjoyed it.

  Ingredients:

3/4 c tofu

1 C sugar

1/4 C oil

3 ripe bananas – mashed

2 C all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 C chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350

Beat tofu until smooth and creamy in a medium bowl.  Add sugar, oil, bananas and vanilla and mix together. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until smooth consistency.  Add chocolate chips and fold in. Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Place in preheated oven for 1 hour.

Test if ready by inserting a toothpick, bread is ready when toothpick comes out clean.

Next week…Sloppy Joes

Please share your favorite recipes or let me know if you are joining too!

Previous Tofu U entries: Intro

Meatless Monday – Baked Spaghetti

Saving in NEO is joining the Meatless Monday movement!

From the Meatless Monday website: “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.”

This week’s Meatless Monday meal was Baked Spaghetti. This meal is very simple, quick and cheap.  It is so yummy, its sure to please anyone.

Here is what you do:

Combine 1 lb cooked and drained pasta, 3 beaten eggs, 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese, 16 oz of mozzarella cheese.  Cook in a casserole dish for about a half hour on 350. Serve with spaghetti sauce.  A new twist to an old favorite!

Be sure to check out the Meatless Monday website to take the pledge and find more great recipes.

Kid’s lunch ideas

The kids have been back to school for a while now and they are getting tired of the same old thing for lunch.  They normally take sandwiches or pack something like Chef Boyardee.  Time to change it up a bit.  Each week I’ll be posting a new idea for lunches that should be healthier and cheaper than the typical school lunch.

This week we are going meatless!  On the menu is hummus, tortilla chips, banana or apple, Clif Bar and water. Doesn’t that sound yummy?

I have made hummus home-made and it is quite easy, however I bought the single serve Sabra brand for convenience this time.

Anyone have any yummy lunch ideas?

I have to admit I’m afraid to cook tofu.  I’ve never been very fond of it….but I really don’t know how to use it correctly either.  I have a son who is a vegetarian and I would like to learn how to use tofu to cook him some more interesting meals.  When I saw Tofu U from Nasoya, I thought this is the perfect challenge for me.  When you sign up, you are given coupons for $1 off any Nasoya Tofu.  Each week they will email you additional coupons. The challenge is to create 4 meals at home and they will give you  an official Nasoya Tofu U t-shirt or Nasoya gym shorts. The Tofu U website is full of how to videos and recipes.  I think this will be a fun project for me and the kids.

I already signed up and got my coupons.  Now…what should I cook first?  I’ll post updates weekly.  Please share your favorite recipes or let me know if you are joining too!

Homemade Applesauce

Has anyone taken advantage of all the apple picking that is going on this month?  I haven’t got to go picking apples yet, but I got a great deal at the grocery store at $.99 a pound.

While at camp this weekend I decided to try making applesauce in the crock pot.  It came out
wonderfully.  The smell was amazing and everyone kept asking what we were cooking.

The recipe couldn’t be simpler.  I cut up a bunch of apples, a few varieties, into bit size pieces.  Put them in the crock pot with cinnamon and brown sugar.  That was it.  I didn’t measure
anything.  I did add water, but then needed to take some out at the end because it was to soupy.  I let it cook until I was able to mash with a fork.  If we had been at home I would have used my food processor to make it smooth, but homestyle was perfect for an afternoon snack.

I can’t wait to make this again.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

I saw a recipe for Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal and thought what a great idea, I have to try that.  And so I did. Though as usual I didn’t follow the recipe and made it in a crock pot instead of the oven.

Here is what I did: I put in half a can of quick oats, a can of pumpkin, about 1.5 cups of milk, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar.  I mixed it all up and let it sit in the crock pot on high for a few hours.  The aroma from this was amazing!  The taste was even better.  The entire family
enjoyed it.  Definitely something I will be making more often.