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Sausage Stuffed Peppers and Baked Potato

Stuffed bell peppers come in many flavors. From mostly rice, to mostly tomato base to mostly meats. I’d classify this recipe as a good combo of all of them! Lots of yummy meats and flavors with some rice and a good amount of cheese to hold the stuffing together. So, if you like meat, cheese and rice, you will LOVE this dish!

Sausage Stuffed Bell Pepper:

4 large bell pepper with tops cut and seed removed – $2.00 (on sale, 2 for $1)
3/4 lb ground chicken – $2.18
1/2 lb Jimmy Dean or similar sausage – $1.00
1/2 Large yellow onion, diced – $.25
1 can tomato sauce (8 ozs) – $.20
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, powdered – $.75
1 cup cooked white rice – $.25
2 Tbsp dried parsley, fresh or dried – pantry
1 Tbsp minced garlic – pantry
1 1/2 tsp salt – pantry
1 1/2 tsp pepper – pantry

COST: $6.63

In a large skillet, cook sausage and set aside. In same skillet, cook ground chicken and season with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. When done, add onion and cook for 2 more mins. Then add parsley and garlic, stir and cook for a few more mins. Add cooked sausage back to pan and add a can of tomato sauce. Simmer for 10 mins. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese, 1 tsp of salt and pepper and cooked rice. Stir and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare bell peppers by cutting away stem and removing seeds. Stuff peppers. Don’t be afraid to really stuff them tight. Next, sprinkle with a little parmesan, if you choose. Top with cut stems and cover with foil. Bake 25 mins, then remove foil and return to oven for 10 more mins. I use my leftover foil to hold my microwaved baked potato and leave them in the oven during that 10 mins to keep them warm.

Once they are nicely browned, you’re ready to serve! Add some grated cheese and butter to the potatoes and enjoy! Due to the amount of meat in each pepper, you will NOT need more than 1 a piece, unless you’re a sumo wrestler. So all Sumo wrestlers, please double the recipe.

COST of BAKED POTATO: $2.00, at most, for the potatoes and $.50 for cheese

GRAND TOTAL: $9.13


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Serrano Cheddar Burgers with Baked Chips

Some nights, the kids beg for grilled cheese and soup. This, of course, allows for me and my hubby to have something a little more adult. Something spicy and with a kick! Not that some kids wouldn’t dig a good, firey burger, but I wouldn’t call this recipe, “Kid Friendly”. However, to make it great for the whole family, just omit the Serrano Chiles. And in our case, the onion too. Our daughter hates onion in her burgers. But she loves onion rings!  Go figure.

And to go along with the burgers, potato chips, of course!  This recipe is for baked chips.  I figured I’d do a more healthy version of a traditional chip.  If you’re trying to really cut calories, make these burgers with turkey meat.   Good for your wallet and your waist!

Baked Potato Chips:

3 large Russet Potatoes (2 1/4 pounds total) sliced into 1/8-inch thick rounds- $1.50
2 Tbsp Olive oil – pantry
2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper – pantry
Sea Salt – pantry

COST: $1.50

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl with water and ice, drop sliced potatoes in till submerged completely and let sit for 10 mins.

Drain potato slices well and pat dry with clean towel or paper towels. Toss with 2 tablespoons of oil and pepper until well coated. Arrange potato slices in 1 layer on 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until chips are crisped and lightly browned. Remove from oven, season with sea salt and cool.

Note: My oven runs hot, so 425 was better for me. You might need to adjust for your oven.

Serrano Cheddar BurgersSerrano Cheddar Burgers:

1 lb Ground Beef (80/20 fat ratio) – $3.17
1 medium Onion, diced – $.20
2 Serrano Chile, diced – $.15
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper – pantry
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder – pantry
1 tsp Sea Salt – pantry
1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter – pantry
1 Tbsp Worcester Sauce – pantry
4 Hamburger Buns – $1.20
4 oz sliced Cheddar Cheese – $.50

COST: $5.22

Dice onion and Serrano. Set aside. Slice cheddar cheese and set aside also. Now’s the time to preheat your grill.  Medium to medium high on a gas grill should be fine.  You can do on the stove, but grilling is best.

With beef at room temp, place in a mixing bowl and add pepper, salt, garlic, worcester sauce, onion, butter and serrano chile to meat. Mix very, very well, using your hands.

Separate meat mixture into 4 equal balls. Now form balls into large patties no more than one inch thick and place on hot grill with a spatula. Cook 5-6 minutes on each side or to your preferred temp.  Once cooked, place slices of cheese on each burger and shut grill for 30 seconds.

Serve with whatever condiments you desire.  I love yellow chiles and just lettuce and tomato.  Maybe a salsa or spicy mayo.  Choices are endless!

GRAND TOTAL: $6.72 (but condiments can add $2-3.00)


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