Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

So I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about my journey!

I have been busy getting comfortable with the routine and have allocated two days a week to just baking, and generally those days are my days off, hee hee!

Anyhew, this week I opted to make my favorite Three Bean Turkey Chili for dinner!

I posted an ingredient list on my MyTrendingStories blog here

All in all the total cost: $14.31

Doesn’t this look Yummy!

All of the ingredients purchased with our Food Stamps! Part of our weekly shopping!


Tomato Sauce, Large Can, $0.98

Tomato Paste, 1 Small Can, $0.36

Diced Tomatoes, 1 Can, $0.98

Pinto Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.58

Kidney Beans, Reduced Sodium, 1 Can, $0.87

Black Beans, Reduced Sodium 1 Can, $0.58

Chili Seasoning, 1 Packet, $0.98

White Ground Turkey, 1/2 lb $5.00 for 1 lb, freeze half for use in Spaghetti Sauce!

Shredded Cheddar Cheese, $2.50

Sour Cream, 1 Small Container, $1.48

Total Cost of Making this Meal: $14.31, less than $15.00 and makes enough for two nights of meals!

Steps are simple, in a sauce pan cook the ground turkey until white, while cooking add 1/2 of the chili seasoning packet – once all of the meat is cooked through add 1 can of tomatoes and 1/2 of the can of tomato sauce, stir, cover and simmer for 10-mins.

In your crock-pot add the other 1/2 of the tomatoes and tomato sauce, the tomato paste and beans (drain the beans), stir together – add the cooked sauce mixture, cover and cook on low for 6-hours.

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Please Enjoy! I look Forward to hearing all about it!

So I’ve been getting a LOT of requests from Facebook for the bread recipe I posted about the other day here Using our Food Stamps to Bake Bread, and with permission of the amazing author ML Gardner I am sharing her recipe here, so Thanks ML for the recipe and permission!

So go gather your Supplies and let’s have fun baking! You’ll need roughly 20-Mins Prep Time, an hour and a half of rising time and another 22 mins of baking time, so make sure you set aside a good chunk of time.


6-Cups Flour split into two 3-Cup Portions

3-tbsp Sugar

1 – tbsp Salt

2-tbsp Shortening

2-pkgs Yeast (NOT the fast rising yeast) or 4 1/2-tsp of reg. yeast

2 1/4 Cup Warm Water – NOT Hot that will KILL the yeast

You will need 2-Bread Pans, this recipe yields two loaves of bread


In a large bowl/mixer- mix 3-Cups flour/water with everything else, when all mixed together slowly add the remaining 3-cups of flour 1-cup at a time until it’s all worked in.

If the mixture is still too wet, add flour in small amounts until mixture is not as wet.

Knead this mixture for 5-Mins, should form a ball that looks like pizza dough.

Cover and let rise for 60-Mins

*hint my Mom’s used for eons, heat oven on 200-degrees for 1-Min, turn off the oven, cover dough in bowl with towel and place into warm oven for rising*

Punch down and form bread into bread pans

Cover and let rise again for 45-Mins

*re-heat your oven as you did previously*

When 2nd Rise is complete, bake loaves

If using short pans, 425 x 20 – 25 mins, my oven only required a 22-Minute bake time

If using long pans, 375 x 20 – 25 mins.

Tap the top of the loaf, it should be golden brown and have a hollow sound – this determines doneness.

And there you have it! ML suggested putting some butter over the bread top when it comes out of the oven to soften – I used margarine to do this the other day and the butter taste was overpowering – so if doing this use salted butter – the real deal!

Finished Bread Loaves

Done Baking

This bread is good for sandwiches, as a side to spaghetti or as toast! It’s very multi-dimensional!