Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make Dinner *CHEAP and EASY*- Turkey Sliders, Fries and Milk Shake

HERE IS A CHEAP- EASY meal plan for any day of the week! I actually made myself a milk shake smoothie for breakfast, they are perfect for a healthy breakfast or add ice cream to make them a delicious dessert. Here are some coupons that will make the 
TURKEY SLIDERS, FRIES  and MILK SHAKES even more affordable:

Turkey Sliders Coupon:

Fries Coupon:

Milk Shake Coupon:

Sliders are very popular right now and this version made with ground turkey and baked rather than fried is not only good, but good for you. My kids ate these like there was no tomorrow and even the pickiest of them finished his plate without a complaint. Served with baked Parmesan fries this was the perfect 'fast food' meal and the cost per slider is about 45 cents -- that's good, too.
·         20 ounces lean ground turkey
·         2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
·         1 clove garlic - minced
·         1/2 teaspoon basil,, dried
·         1/2 teaspoon oregano,, dried
·         1 teaspoon salt
·          freshly ground black pepper
·         16 dinner or slider rolls
·         1/3 cup mayonnaise
·         1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard (COUPON)
1.     Combine ground turkey, cheese and all seasonings. Mix together well.
2.     Shape turkey into 16 small patties.
3.     Place patties on a greased baking sheet.
4.     Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 - 10 minutes or until cooked through. Be careful not to cook too long or they will become dried out.
5.     Combine mayonnaise with honey Dijon mustard and stir until well blended.
6.     Place on rolls and top with honey Dijon mayo.

Easy Oven Frites

Easy Oven Frites
Here's a recipe for oven-baked French fries that taste just as good as the deep-fried variety. The secret is a simple two-step process -- the potatoes are first steamed, then baked at 500 degrees, which ensures both a moist and fluffy interior, and perfectly crisp crust. No one will guess how healthy they are, or how easy they are to whip up. Tossed with minced parsley and garlic, you'll think you're dining at a bistro in Paris. Of course, set aside some plain ones for the kids if necessary.
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries
  • 2-3 cup extra virgin olive oil  (COUPON)
  •  kosher or sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 500 F degrees.
  2. Bring one quart of water to boil at the bottom of a steamer. Place the cut potatoes on the steaming rack of the pot, cover and steam for 10-12 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the potato comes out easily. Take care to not cook the potatoes all the way through (or they will fall apart).
  3. Carefully place potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and toss gently. (At this point, potatoes can be set aside and refrigerated until ready to bake.)
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally so they brown evenly. When potatoes are done, they should be crisp and deep golden brown.
  5. Remove fries from the oven, sprinkle with salt, parsley and garlic if desired. Serve immediately. Recipe Note: To cut a potato into French fries, simply make long slices every half inch along the potato with a very sharp knife. Turn the potato on its side, and continue to slice in the same direction, making square, "stick"-shaped fries.


The Ingredients
This recipe is extremely versatile. You can vary them to comply with your diet or special needs. These shakes are great alternatives for those with diabetes, food allergies and intolerances and vegetarians. Experiment and have fun!
Here are descriptions and ideas for each ingredient:

Frozen bananas - I buy them when they are dirt cheap, peel and deep-freeze in Ziploc-type bags. In a deep-freezer, they will keep up to a year without darkening, but in a regular refrigerator freezer, they start turning at 3 months. Frozen bananas give these shakes their creamy consistency, and you generally can't taste them. If you don't like bananas and don't want them in your drink, substitute crushed ice instead.

Liquid - You can use milk, water, soy milk, rice milk or juice. All work just fine. Milk will give you a creamier shake. If you use water, add a little at a time until you get to the consistency you like. Juice is a great way to sweeten these drinks, and it adds some fun. *MILK COUPON HERE* and another MILK COUPON HERE

Sweeteners - Any fruit of your choice, extracts, drink mixes, syrups, jams or spices. You'll see lots of examples below. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! If your shake turns out on the tart side, you can sweeten it naturally with honey, pitted or chopped dates, raisins, grapes or juice. You could also use the traditional method - add sugar. If serving for breakfast, try to keep it as healthy as possible.

1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Blend together. Yummy!
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
A few squirts of chocolate syrup
Strawberry Cream
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
1 handful of strawberries, washed and sliced
1 to 2 pitted dates to sweeten (optional)
Blueberry Fool
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
A handful of blueberries (use as much as you want!)
Purple Cow
1 frozen banana (or 1/4 cup crushed ice)
1/2 cup grape juice
1/2 cup milk
Peanut Butter Dream
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
2 tsp of peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
Blend. (My oldest son loves this one - it tastes like peanut butter ice cream! Great with chocolate syrup too for a "Reese's" shake.)
Pina Colada
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk/soy milk
1 to 2 tsp. shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped or crushed pineapple (fresh is best, but canned is pretty good too)
Blend. One of my personal favorites!
Apple Pie
1 frozen banana
1/2 peeled, chopped apple
1 cup apple juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Blend. Great substitute for applesauce! Control the consistency by adding more or less chopped apple.
Key Lime Pie
1 frozen banana
Juice of one lime, diluted with water or milk to make 1 cup of liquid
Blend. Use milk if you want it to be creamy. This one is really good!
PBO - Pineapple Banana Orange
1 frozen banana
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh or canned pineapple
Melon Coolers
1 to 2 cups chunks of frozen, seeded watermelon
1/2 to 1 cup of water (enough to thin consistency to milk shake)
Note: Watermelon freezes very well and is ideal for summer shakes. I like to deal with the storage problem of melons by cutting into chunks and freezing. If you don't want to seed the watermelon, you don't have to - the seeds will float to the bottom of the glass.
Julius Shakes
1 cup juice
1 cup water
1 egg white
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice (crushed is best)
Blend at high speed. Serves 2.
Note: The egg white is to make the drink frothy, which it is famous for. You can omit the white, or use that powdered egg white (I think it's called meringue powder) that is sold in the Wilton baking section of most stores.
Here's what I do: I wait for a sale on eggs, then get them home, separate into whites and yolks and freeze. I freeze the whites in small ice cube trays. I put the yolks into juice cans with 1/2 tsp salt and once frozen, put in a Ziploc-type bag. When I want to make a Julius or meringue, I take out the white in cubes and throw them in. Variations: Try any juice. Some of my favorites are pineapple, strawberry, lime or cranberry. Try mixing different kinds too. Cranberry and orange would be great together, and there are so many juice blends at the store. Experiment to your heart's content!

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