Classic Ruben Sandwich

The hubby and I love this sandwich.   It’s the perfect meal for a quick lunch and super easy to throw together.  Serve it with a dill pickle and chips on the side and enjoy!


Jewish Rye Bread (no seeds)
Corned Beef – thin sliced from the deli
Swiss cheese – Sliced
Thousand Island dressing
You can add sauerkraut if you want you should drain/rinse and warm it up first.

Butter both sides of bread, add dressing, Swiss cheese on each side of the sandwich and a good helping of corned beef and cook on stove top (or George Foreman) till brown and Excellent!


Quick Philly Cheesesteak

Sometimes you need a quick, easy meal.  Who am I kidding….I want every meal to be quick and easy!  Sigh.

Being from the great state of Texas, it is hard to find a good Philly Cheese steak, but my husband request them fairly often.  I don’t even bother with the battle between provolone or cheese whiz.  If the cheese comes in a jar, it isn’t real cheese! Right?  So, grill up some veggies and slice up some beef, these sandwiches are delicious!

Here is what you need:

Olive oil

Sliced onions

Sliced Bel Peppers

salt and pepper

1 pound trimmed strip loin

provolone cheese

Hoagies (I just use this quick rise bread!)

20140126-212144.jpgPut a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of your pan and toss in your onions and Bel peppers.  Saute until the onions are almost clear and the peppers are soft.  (Sometimes I add mushrooms, but hubs doesn’t like them so they didn’t make it this round.)

When the veggies are ready, toss your trimmed and sliced beef into the pan.

20140126-212152.jpgWhile your meat is cooking, slice your bread and place the provolone on each side.

20140126-212158.jpgWhen the meat is fully cooked, toss it on the bread.  You want it hot so the cheese will melt.


Super Bowl Recipes

This Sunday is Super Bowl.  I don’t know who’s going to win because I don’ really care about either team… What I do know is that I’m going to eat my body weight in all these yummy recipes!  And hey, I do also appreciate the Super Bowl for uniting all Americans in our inability to read Roman numerals:)

To get you ready for the big game, Two Frugal Gals put together a list of what we think are the best game day menu items here on our blog.  There are dips, appetizers, crock pot desserts, some main dishes and sides. We hope you enjoy!


Seven Layer dip
Black bean salad

Finger Foods, Snacks & Appetizers
Jalapeno poppers
Copy Cat Auntie’s pretzels Dogs
Football pizza pockets
Copy cat sonic pretzel dogs
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Spiced Nuts in the Microwave
Giant Soft Pretzels
Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken
Homemade pretzel bites
Pigs in a Blanket

Main Dishes
Smoking Mac and Cheese
Texas pile on
Tator Tot Casserole
Pretzel Bun Sandwich
Chili dog casserole
Pizza Pasta Casserole

copy-cat Chick-Fil-A Cookies
S’mores in the oven
Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Dessert in Crockpot
Chocolate Covered Snacks
Chocolate Spice Cake
Mini M&M Cookies
Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies
New York Cheesecake
Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Peanut Butter Striped Delight
Salted Carmel Brownies

What’s your favorite thing to serve for the Super Bowl?

Quick Rise Bread

I hate buying bread at the store!  The problem is that time sneaks up on me and I realize an hour before dinner that I have no bread.  Well…here is a quick rise bread that is ready in half the time!  Here is what you need:

4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 TBS Sugar

3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

(I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can’t.  I adapted it from this one. )

20140126-211625.jpgDump your yeast, water and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Let sit for about 3 minutes.

20140126-211638.jpgDump your flour, salt and balsamic vinegar on top of your liquids.  Mix with a dough hook for 12 minutes.  I started out slow until the dough began to form.  Then, I cranked it up to medium speed for the remainder of the time.

20140126-211646.jpgWhile your bread kneads, pour a little olive oil in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl.

20140126-211653.jpgDon’t be tempted to shorten the kneading time!  When you are done, the dough will be very sticky.  That is how you want it….the result will be a nice soft bread!

20140126-211701.jpgPut your dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth.  Microwave on high for 25 seconds.  Leave the dough in the microwave and let it rest for 5 minutes.  Microwave once more for 25 seconds.


20140126-211707.jpgIsn’t this awesome?  The extra yeast and microwave time helps this dough to double in size in about five minutes.

20140126-211737.jpgDivide your dough into 8 equal pieces and form mini loaves.


20140126-211743.jpgUsing a serrated knife, cut three slits across the top of each mini loaf. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  While your oven warms up, let your dough rise for about 15 minutes.


20140126-211751.jpgBake your bread for 15-18 minutes.  Enjoy!!

DIY Bisquick Pancake Mix

I used to buy Bisquick all the time so I could make a quick batch of pancakes for breakfast.  I was almost out one morning, and instead of buying another box I decided to make my own (with the help of Google).  I make up this mix and keep it in an airtight container.  Remember not to over mix the batter, if there are a few lumps, and there will be, don’t try to work them out. Over mixing will make your pancakes tough, not tender.  You want tender pancakes right?  I promise, you’ll be glad you did, maynard:) Enjoy!


4 C All Purpose Flour
3 T Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 T Sugar

When you’re ready to use it, just beat up one egg in bowl…add one cup of the dry mixture and one cup milk.  You can also add 1 Tablespoon of melted butter or oil.

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chop

Ok my friends, Let me start by saying that I have never made a meal that is truly like going to a fine dining restaurant. I’m serious… These were probably the best pork chops I have ever made, low calorie and simple too.  It goes great with Broccoli Rice Casserole or Loaded Mashed Potatoes or just a good ol’ side of veggies.  So, if you’re ever having one of those days where life is knocking you down, and your just pretending to be a functioning adult and/or parent… try making dinner a little easier by having a few pork chops in your freezer it’s a fabulous go to meal for your entire family:)


4 boneless thinly sliced pork chops, pounded to 3/4″ thick
garlic salt
onion flakes or onion powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon sugar

Pound pork chops to 3/4″ thick.  Season chops with garlic salt, pepper, and onion flakes or onion powder.  Heat pan to medium heat for one minute, then add olive oil and heat another minute.  Add pork chops and cook over medium high heat until browned on both sides (about 5 minutes.)  Place pork chops on plate, lower heat a bit, then add vinegar and sugar and cook until sauce thickens (about two minutes, sauce won’t get very thick but will become a little more syrup like.)  Place pork chops back in pan and cook an additional 4 minutes, rotating and turning over a few times to glaze the pork chops with the sauce.  Serve hot, with sauce poured over pork chops.



Crock-Pot Roast

Isn’t it great to come home to your whole house smelling wonderful!  I guess that’s mostly why I’m addicted to my crock-pot and the fact that it’s super easy to throw a warm meal together in the morning and have it ready to eat before my kiddos fall apart in the evenings.  I’ve made this recipe several times and have never been disappointed.  I typically buy a  3 -4 lb. chuck roast which always seems to be enough for my family of five.  But before I place the roast in the slow cooker I lightly cover the meat with a mixture of flour, garlic salt, celery salt and pepper and then sear all sides a bit with butter or olive oil (this only takes a few minutes and really helps to seal in the juices of the meat).  The meat is so tender and the gravy is awesome. If you have leftovers, take the rest and add about 1 cup of sour cream, and a pound of cooked egg noodles, and 1/4 cup chopped green onions to make a simple yet different beef stroganoff.  A delicious and frugal meal for any two nights of the week!


3 -4 lb. chuck roast
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef broth
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 Lb. bag baby carrots
6-7 small red potatoes
1 small chopped onion
4 tablespoons of minced garlic


Mix cream of mushroom soups, dry onion soup mix, and beef broth together.  Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture, carrots, red potatoes, garlic and onions.  Cook on high setting for 3-4 hours, or on low setting for 8-9 hours.


Bada-Bing!! Enjoy!

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