by Jessi Maple
Having the right, budget friendly, ingredients on hand is important. If you have the right ingredients, you can whip up a quick meal in no time! Let’s face it mommas, we have all found ourselves standing in front of the pantry scratching our heads wondering what to make for dinner.
Eggs are a must have. Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack and salad ingredient. Fried eggs or scrambled eggs are a quick tasty meal and provide a great source of protein. They are also budget friendly.
Salad greens are great to have on hand. They can be thrown into pasta, soups and sandwiches, or just make a side salad. I also always have an endless stock of onions and potatoes in my pantry. I cook with onions almost daily and potatoes are a favorite to my family. Mashed, fried, baked, or grilled, potatoes are great any ways you make them.
Rice is the most consumed food on the planet. Rice is great alone or in soups and casseroles.
A great selection of peppers. My family doesn’t exactly know it yet, but they like peppers. I always have a bag full of jalapenos and a selection of bell peppers on hand and use them in many of my recipes. I also keep a stock of both canned and fresh tomatoes readily available.
Always keep a variety of dried beans. Beans and lentils go well in slow cooker recipes, veggie burgers, warm and cold salads, dips and spreads.
In the winter months, I have trouble keeping up with produce. I often fill my freezer with local and store-bought frozen veggies of all varieties.
My most favorite ingredient of all time: Bacon! Bacon gives food a high flavor profile and is a one-of-a-kind product that has no taste substitute. Also, save your bacon grease. That is nothing but liquid gold in the cooking world. You have a can of green beans and a little onion? Add some bacon grease to that and some seasonings and mostly drain those beans and you’ve just taken those blah beans to new levels.
Now that your pantry is stocked, dinner possibilities are almost endless! Of course, there are other ingredients out there that will be needed to complete a meal, but if you are anything like me, I’m sure that you stock your freezer when meat is on sale. Today’s recipe will feature many of these versatile ingredients that you’ve got on hand.
- 2 ½ lbs potatoes
- 1 stick butter
- ½ flour (more or less depending on how many layers)
- ½ cup chopped onion (optional)
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup milk
- 4-5 sliced of bacon cooked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice potatoes. Grease an oven safe casserole dish. Layer the bottom of the casserole with potato slices. Thinly slice butter and place over the potatoes. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of flour. Add 1/3 of the onion. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Spread ½ a cup of cheese over the potatoes. Repeat the process another 3 times or until the dish is full. Once all layers are complete, pour the milk over the top. It should be about halfway up the sides of the dish. Do not over fill. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour covered or until potatoes are fork tender. Crumble bacon over the top and serve.
Farmhouse Favorites, tying tradition back to the good old days
one apron string at a time.
Following in the footsteps of her ancestors, Jessi, momma to three kiddos, enjoys country cooking because it is inexpensive and the ingredients are easy to find. Having kids that are actively involved in sports and rodeo, she understand it is hard to always get dinner on the table. Jessi says her goal is to get families out of the drive thru window and back to the supper table.
She enjoys re-creating old favorite recipes for busy families. Farmhouse Favorites is a blessing in disguise and served as great therapy when her mother passed away unexpectedly to cancer. Being able to honor her mom’s cooking skills and keeping her legacy alive, not only through Jessi, but through thousands of other families is beyond fulfilling.