Rach prepares a really fast and frugal tomato sauce with a rich buttery base. Using crushed tomatoes rather than breaking down whole tomatoes cuts the cook time of this sauce in half! Serve with Pork Chops Smothered with Peppers and Onions.tags: dinner lunch Budget-Friendly cheese pasta vegetables 30 Minute Meals boil simmer more
I was always intimidated by crepes. They sound fancy, and I thought you needed a special pan, special ingredients, etc. I was wrong and they actually are just as easy as pancakes. They're now one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts (or dinners if my husband is out – they seem to think it’s a secret if we have them for dinner and will ask me, “Does Dad know?”). But you need to make the batter in a blender and chill in the fridge for at least an hour or even overnight if you want to be organized on a Sunday morning.
Once you are ready to roll, the key is to have everything assembled before you start cooking them, because the pace is fast and furious. I set out sliced strawberries, powdered sugar, warm maple syrup, chocolate syrup and whipped cream (it’s a special treat, after all!), call the kids to the table and transfer the crepes to their plates as I make them. You can make them in advance, cool them, and freeze them in a resealable plastic bag separated by wax paper. However, I’ve never had the opportunity, as we never have any extras!tags: breakfast BLD brunch lunch Budget-Friendly rice, grains and breads griddle food processor or blender more
It's hard to believe that I (lover of all things chocolate) have never made chocolate chip muffins, but it's true. My kids recently discovered them at Tim Horton's with friends, which inspired me to make some hopefully healthier and more reasonably sized versions at home. They make a great after-school snack or even dessert – the sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on their tops make them a little bit special. Like most muffins, they freeze well. Adapted from Joyofbaking.com.
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Rachael creates her version of Italian Wedding Soup with a mixture of mini meatballs, rice pilaf and escarole simmered in chicken broth.