Discussing Questions And Answers About Crock Pot Dog Food Recipes

David asks…

How can people afford to eat decent food these days?

I live in Alaska where milk is $3.50 a gallon, eggs $4.19 for a dozen, a loaf of bread is like $3. I remember when I used to be able to eat decently on $25 a week when gasoline was .58 a gallon. Now it seems I spend most of my check on food and never have enough at the end of the month! I go to McDonald’s and eat their cheap hamburgers just to stretch my dollars. Course I am getting less than a thousand a month to live on my disability since I came down sick. How do you stretch the money when everything is sky high? Don’t tell me to eat beans and rice. I can’t stand either! Don’t tell me to live on macaroni and cheese. That just makes you gain weight. Produce is sky high in this state too and most of it is rotten. I am spoilt by decent reasonable food in Oregon.
Thank you for all the recipes and ideas. When I was in college I think I lived on potatoes and got so sick of them I can barely tolerate them and mac & cheese. I have a few recipes of my own too I’ve used that are pretty good and cheap. Such as microwaving a potato (LOL) and putting cheese on top and bacon bits. Makes a really good cheap meal. Plus, I’ve made a casserole just from a Package of Jiffy Mix Cornbread and add a can of Corn. Not sure what the rest of the ingredients are but I think you can get it on the Jiffy Mix box. Also, I sometimes get hamburger in bulk like 10-15 pounds worth and divide it up and freeze it for several meals like spaghetti, hamburger’s etc. I also use powdered milk when I cook instead of regular milk. I’ve tried making my own bread as it is cheaper but I tend to eat too much of it and gain weight. In Washington when I lived there and Oregon too we could raise alot of our produce but up here in Alaska the growing season is very short.

Jimmy answers:

Budget Minded Recipes

COLA CHICKEN
(And more variations of recipe)
(My favorite: Wings or Ribs)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup catsup
1 12oz. Can cola (pepsi, coke, etc.)

Put chicken in a non-stick pan.
Mix together catsup and cola, pour over chicken.
Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook 45 minutes.
(turning chicken a few times, while cooking…to prevent from
sticking to pan)
Uncover, turn up the heat and continue to cook until the sauce
becomes thick and adheres to the chicken.
It turns into the most incredible BBQ sauce. Yummmm!

You can double the recipe and use more pieces of
chicken….wings…would be ideal…add some hot
sauce….presto “Hot
Wings”!
I have used Ribs, just as good.

I tried this recipe with ‘meatballs’….was equally
as good…served over rice.

I found another variation…..omit the catsup and add a small
jar of Salsa (any variety).

I have tried using Salsa (omitting the catsup….not).
You’d think a recipe with only ’3′ ingredients couldn’t be
messed up….wouldn’t you??
Well…while I was preparing to fix the ‘Cola Chicken’ recipe
using Salsa…..I was also trying to carry on a conversation with my
husband…(just proves…I can’t do two things at once)….mixed
Salsa & Catsup (before I realized I was supposed to leave out
the catsup) & Cola……..still turned out really tasty (to me)…might
be a little sweeter than some of you like.

I fixed chicken wings, (using the above recipe)
but…I added the spices from a MILD (I don’t care for “HOT”) Buffalo Wings packet…(the kind you get to bake in the oven)…..I thought it was really good…..(but you/I can’t find a ‘bad’ way to fix chicken).

Finally….!! I fixed the ‘SALSA’ chicken……that’s good , too.

Another (bright)idea…..I thought of trying……replace the
catsup with a bottle of Shrimp Cocktail Sauce…and add a bag of (pop corn) shrimp…..!
Fixed the shrimp with cocktail sauce……eh…wasn’t all that
great…was OK…probably won’t be fixing it again.

Also tried beef stew cuts……that was pretty good…..I can see
myself making this again.
Served both over rice…..think the stew cuts would have been just as
good over noodles.

How about using the little cocktail wieners/sausages?

Gonna try some butterfly cut pork chops….boneless pork chops…..pork steak.

How about Vienna Sausages ?? Ummm!

CRUNCHY ONION CHICKEN

1 1/3 cups French’s Original French Fried Onions
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten

LIGHTLY CRUSH:

Onions in a plastic bag.

DIP:
Chicken in egg

COVER:
With onion crumbs, press firmly to adhere to chicken.

BAKE:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place chicken on lightly greased baking pan.
Sprinkle with additional onion crumbs, if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

Mushroom Chicken

4 boneless/skinless chicken breast (or any pieces you like)
1 can cream of mushroom soup.
1 can water

Place chicken in crock pot (or sauce pan for stove top cooking)
mix soup & 1 can of water together
pour over chicken
cook on medium heat until boiling then reduce heat and cook until chicken is really tender & falling apart.

Serve over noodles or rice or dressing….or???

CHILLI DOG CASSEROLE
1 pkg. (8) hot dog buns
1 pkg. (8) hot dogs (use more if you like)
1 can Chilli (15 oz. Without beans, use more if you want)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cups shredded cheese
mustard

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
In a 9″ x 13″ baking pan, break up hot dog buns (bite size) and spread in pan.
Cut up hot dogs (about 1/2″ size) spread over buns.
Spoon/spread chilli over hot dog/buns.
Sprinkle onions over all.
Squirt mustard over entire mixture (don’t spread…just make a few lines both ways across mixture)
Cover with shredded cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.
(Hint: If using extra hot dogs & chilli, don’t add extra buns.)

“Canned Soup”.
(My Way!)
Whatever cans of veggies I have, that I like, in cabinet it goes in the pot…..along with all the juices in the cans.
Cook on stove top or Crock pot.
Enjoy!

Canned:
corn
peas
carrots
gr.beans (any variety)
lima beans
wax beans
tomato (any variety)
potatoes (whole or sliced…or both whatever you like)

You get the idea….lol.

Also add a package of shredded cabbage (cole slaw mix).

You can even add a package of onion soup mix.

If it gets to dry and needs more liquids….add tomato juice…V-8…etc.

(I’ve not made this one yet)
EASY BEEF STROGANOFF

Ingredients:

3/4 lb lean ground beef
1 jar Heinz HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy (12 oz Jar)
1 can mushrooms, drained (7 oz can)
1/2 cup sour cream
4-6 cups hot cooked noodles
salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

In a medium skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned and thoroughly cooked. Carefully drain liquids and return to stovetop. Stir in Gravy and mushrooms, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, until thoroughly combined. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately over hot noodles.

Preparation Time: 1-15 minutes
Cook Time: 25+ minutes

“Corny Beanie Weenies.”
(from a country preacher in Mississippi…wife & 2 teenage sons)

Mix one can of good baked beans
We use a good sized can of beans (14-16 ounces, I think) and
get a kind that we like (maybe with brown sugar, onion, and bacon).
There are several kinds of good baked beans.

And a package of Oscar Meier Weiners (all sliced up).

With a can of whole kernel corn (drained)

Any way, heat up these three ingredients, and serve with brown bread
(maybe toasted ?) and a glass of milk.

It doesn’t get any easier than this, and is suprisingly good!

P.S…..Might put ingredients in a casserole dish and top with corn muffin mix.

POT ROAST
Your choice of beef or pork (to fit crock-pot)
1 pkg. Dry Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Italian dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Brown Gravy mix
1 cup water
Put beef in pot.
Mix together all the dry mixes….then add water …pour over meat and cover & cook on high 4-6 hours.
Until meat is tender.
The first time I mad it I didn’t have the Italian Dressing mix….so I added a pkg. Of Onion Soup Mix….I have to say I liked that better.
If you use more water you might want to add more Brown Gravy mix….to make a thicker sauce. Was gonna add
potatoes and carrots…but never got around to it.

Mock Ice Cream Bar

2 whole graham crackers
Cool Whip

Spread a thin layer of Cool Whip on 1 whole cracker….top with remaining cracker….freeze.

Make several at a time.

Melt some chocolate and drizzle over top before freezing.

E-Z Cake Recipes

NO EGGS, NO OIL, NO WATER …….JUST 1 12oz.SODA AND MIX.

WHITE CAKE MIX………………………………..7-UP OR STRAWBERRY SODA
CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX…….CHERRY SODA (BLACK FOREST)
ORANGE CAKE MIX….ORANGE SODA
PINEAPPLE MIX….PINEAPPLE SODA
SPICE MIX…..ROOT BEER SODA ETC

POUR CAKE MIX IN BOWL
ADD SODA USE LOAF CAKE PAN
BAKE 350 DEGREES AS BOX SAYS.
(PREPARE PAN WITH SPRAY)
Your choice of frostings or use cool whip.

E-Z Candy
(All recipes are mixed the same.)

Melt ingredients, seperately in microwave until runny.
Mix together and pour into serving dish.
Chill until firm, cut & serve.

Chocolate Fudge:
16 oz. Container of Fudge Frosting
1 bag of Chocolate Chips (any flavor you like)

Peanut Butter Fudge #1:
1 small jar Peanut Butter (18 oz.)
2 bags of Peanut Butter Chips

Peanut Butter Fudge #2:
1 small jar Peanut Butter (18oz.)
16 oz. Container of White Frosting

Marshmallow Nougat:
1 small jr Marshmallow Creme
1 bag White Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Almond Flavoring
1 small bag Chopped Nuts

(I’ve made this without the flavoring & nuts….I want to try
rolling
into balls and dipping in a chocolate coating….sounds good to
me.)

I’ve doubled all the above recipes. The Marshmallow Nougat
recipe…doubled and added a container of white frosting (had an
extra one….so thought….why not!)

I use a double boiler..(prefer the double
boiler)…add chips in first …then rest of
ingredients…..saving
nuts and flavorings for last.

CAKE MIX COOKIES
White Cake Mix
2 Tablespoons water
2 eggs
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients, except powdered sugar.

Drop batter (about a teaspoon per cookie) into a bowl of powdered sugar.

Roll in sugar until it is an approximate shape of a ball.

Place ion a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees about 18 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cool on wire racks. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

(Use any flavoring or cake mix you desire.)

Kreamy Kool-Aid Pie

1-(6 g) package un sweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
1-(14 oz.)can sweetened condensed milk
1-(8 oz)container Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed.
1-(9 inch) Graham Cracker Pie Crust (or Cookie crust)
Cool Whip for top (optional)

1. In a medium bowl mix Kool-Aid and condensed milk, thoroughly.
2. Fold in Cool Whip.
4. If desired, spread more Cool Whip on top.
5. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours.

I’ve used: Strawberry…Cherry…Lemon-lime (Key-Lime Pie)….Lemonade (Lemon Pie…might add some yellow food coloring for a more lemony look.)

If you like these recipes……

Find more quick – simple – E-Z – few ingredient….recipes…at E-Z Cookin’ group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/e-zcookin/

Lots of interesting ‘stuff’ in files & links…come join & check it out.

Pat in Indiana….

Pmsbar2@att.net

John asks…

Need help with a grocery list please?

Okayy soo me and my husband used to only have 200 dollars a month to feed a family of 5 food stamps. That would last about 3 weeks && he would have to buy food for the last week or so. Now we get about 500 dollars and it last the same amount of time. I don’t see how. It should last a lot longer if 200 lasted 3 weeks then technically it should last about a month and a half. Please help me with ideas for a month worth of stuff that i can buy with 500 dollars that will last that long. Please && Thank You.

Jimmy answers:

Kraft Mac and Cheese (sometimes it is on sale where I live – 10 boxes for 10 dollars).

Hot Dogs with Buns

Chili Ingredients

Crockpot – get a crock pot and look up recipes on the internet. You can get one at Walmart – that is what we did – we have a family of 5.

Sauces (tomato sauce, ragu if you’d like, anything to make past dishes with).

Cheese

Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Chicken Soup – can be used in the Crockpot with various recipes

Chicken / Beef

Peace.

Nancy asks…

Looking for domestic advice?

I asked this question earlier and it turned into a judgement fest from nitpicking at my work hours, the fact that I do not have children, and even my little dog (who for the record is the happiest little guy you will ever meet).

So let’s try again:

I am looking for honest non-judgemental domestic advice from women of all backgrounds for a newly married young professional also in graduate school and running a consulting project on the side with no children.

I have all the basics tackled (like bed made, dishes done, laundry done) but need help with the bigger picture of creating a happy, clean home with well fed inhabitants. Please share with me your tips and tricks, domestic blogs/websites you follow, domestic books you read, basically things for helping you create a happy home in spite of a busy work schedule.

Please please– non judgemental advice only! I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Blessings :)

Jimmy answers:

I can’t imagine why anyone would be judgmental of you for such a question. Many people desire to have a clean, well-organized home that’s harmonious and happy, and there’s nothing wrong in seeking advice on how to achieve it. I’m sorry that you experienced advice that was less than pleasant and helpful.

I have found that the best way to have a tidy home is to keep the clutter picked up and clean small areas at a time. For instance, while I’m watching tv, I might dust the furniture in the living room, or at least flick one of those little disposable dusters around. I have a drawer in the coffee table for mail and magazines. It gets full quickly, but at least the clutter is not visible!

When I have a spill in the kitchen, I wipe it up right away. I wipe the counters down as I’m working and put dishes either in the sink or in the dishwasher. I try not to let the kitchen get really messy, as it is very, very small and looks like a tornado went through it if there’s more than a few dishes out of place!

I run a dust mop over my laminate floors in between vacuuming and mopping and dust just the tops of dressers and tables in between good dusting sessions. I wipe bathroom sinks and toilet seats with Clorox (or generic) wipes in between scrubbings. I spray the shower floor frequently with a shower-tub-tile cleaner and just let it sit so I don’t have to scrub it. Then I just run hot water for a few minutes. It never gets grungy so that I have to scrub with a brush. I do every once in a while, though.

All this really does not take that much time, and it makes the “big clean” much easier. My home is always presentable and company ready, although sometimes it is really just surface clean and tidy.

I live alone, so I don’t have to cook for a family. But simple meals are the best. Salads are always good, healthy, and quick. Soups and stews can be made in the crock pot and can be frozen for several meals. Casseroles are a one-dish meal and you need only a salad and store-bought bread to make a complete dinner. The stores are full of quick foods in boxes and packages that require only a few ingredients and short prep and cooking time.

The only website I can think of that may be of help is www.flylady.com. Or it may be www.flylady.net. It’s a website that offers excellent advice on how to clean and organize and keep a home in tip-top shape.

I’m sure there are many recipes online under categories such as “quick meals” or “easy dinners” or similar keywords.

Good luck to you, and blessings! Hope you get some good advice that will make your home more pleasant and your life easier.

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