Oct 12, 2015

General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken
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General Tso's Chicken
Slow cooker
Serving Size: 4

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast -- cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
4 sliced green onions -- optional
hot cooked rice

In a large Ziploc bag, combine cornstarch, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Add chicken pieces; shake to coat evenly.

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add chicken pieces to a lightly greased 3qt-5qt crock pot.

In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients (about 1 cup). Add half of the sauce mixture to crock pot. Stir until chicken is evenly coated. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

One hour before serving, add broccoli florets and remaining sauce. Cover and cook on low until chicken is no longer pink and broccoli is tender. Serve over hot cooked rice. If desired, top with sliced green onions.

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Sep 1, 2015

Taco Chili

Taco Chili

Taco Chili
Soups, Stews and Chili
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can chili beans in sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can corn with liquid (if using frozen add 1/2 cup water)
1/2 cup white rice (long grain or instant)
1 (28 oz or two 15 oz) can peeled and diced tomatoes with liquid
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and peppers with liquid
1/2 can (2 oz) black olives, sliced
1 package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef and onion until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set in crockpot.

Place rice, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, diced tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, olives and seasoning mix in the crockpot. Stir well, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream

Tip: Freeze leftover black olives. Place in freezer container and cover with the olive juice or water. Use in other dishes like Spaghetti and Tomatoes

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Aug 31, 2015

Sometimes you just need to laugh


True Story!!  For anyone dealing with lower extremity Lymphedema, this meme will surely make you nod your head in agreement!

Aug 20, 2015

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins
Yield: approx 1 dozen

1 box yellow or spice cake mix
1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree (not the pie mix)

Pour dry cake mix into bowl, add the can of pumpkin. Mix together and pour into paper lined muffin tin, Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

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Dill Dip

Dill Dip

Dill Dip
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 2 Cups

1 cup sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1 Tbsp minced onion flakes or 1 tsp onion powder
2-3 Tbsp dried dill weed
1 Tbsp parsley flakes

Mix ingredients together, until well blended.  Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with raw vegetables.

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Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake

Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake
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Croissant Omelet Breakfast Bake
by: SomewhatSimple.com

1 can  (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 oz. thin sliced deli Ham, chopped
6 eggs
1/2 cup  milk
1/2 tsp.  pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1  cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Dried Parsley, optional

Heat oven to 350ºF. Unroll dough in 13×9-inch baking dish; press to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing perforations and seams together to seal. Top with ham.

In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pepper until blended. Pour over ham. Top with cheeses.

Bake for 25 min. or until center is set. Sprinkle with parsley & serve!

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Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup
Soup, Stew and Chili
Yield: 4-6 servings

1 lb. ground round
1 small onion, chopped
1 T. minced garlic...
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
14.5 oz. petite diced tomatoes with juice
8 oz. tomato sauce
3 1/2 C. beef broth
1 C. uncooked elbow macaroni

In a dutch oven, brown the meat (there was no grease with mine to drain, but if you have extra grease, drain it off). Add in the onion and all the seasonings. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add in the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce and stir well. Add in the broth and macaroni. Cook, covered for 30 minutes over med. heat.

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Jul 1, 2015

Breaking the Silence

Break the Silence, Stop Domestic Violence

An abuse victim leaves her abuser on average seven times before she leaves for good. It’s hard to understand why women stay with or return to the men that hurt them, but you have to remember an abuser’s most lethal weapon is his ability to manipulate his victim’s mind. Leaving is far more difficult than people think. Fear, intimidation, lack of financial resources, and shame are just a few of the reasons women stay or return. If children are involved, it’s even more complicated. Many women truly have or feel they have nowhere to go. She won't ask you for help, she feels you will sit in judgement of her, not understand and think she is stupid.

Crisis shelters fill up fast and are few and far between as it is. And sadly, as far as we’ve come in regards to strengthening laws to protect women, it’s still way too easy for abusers to track down their victims and murder them. That is when most murders take place, after she leaves. So some women just stay, hoping to survive another day. We need more crisis shelters and we need to educate people more about the dynamics and mechanics of domestic violence. And most of all, we need to shed our own preconceived notions about the victims. They need our support and empathy. I learned that the hard way. I used to judge other women who stayed with their abusers too. And I stayed on that high horse until the man I loved knocked me off with his fists.

You taught me one of the biggest lessons of my life, which was to value my own worth.

Sep 30, 2014

Hungarian Goulash (Mylar Meal/ReadyJar Meal)

Hungarian Goulash - Mylar Meal / ReadyJar Meal - The Senseless Housewife
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Hungarian Goulash
Mylar Meal / ReadyJar Meal
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup dehydrated onions, chopped (1 cup if Freeze Dried)
1/4 cup dehydrated green bell pepper
2 1/2 cup freeze-dried Thrive roast beef slices
3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp tomato powder
2 Tbsp beef bouillon

Mylar Meal: Add all to a quart size mylar bag (5 mil thick) with a 100 cc oxygen absorber. Seal closed with an iron, Label with meal name, date and amount of water needed. Store your mylar meals in a cool, dry, rodent-resistant container, like a five gallon bucket.

Ready Jar Meal: Add all to a quart size canning jar with a 100 cc oxygen absorber. Screw on lid and ring. The jar will self-seal on its own. Label with meal name, date and amount of water needed. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.

To Eat:

3 cups water

Combine all ingredients in pot with 3 cups water and soak for ten minutes. Bring to a boil, stir well, cover and continue cooking with the lid on for one minute. Simmer until tender or remove pot from heat and put in Insulated Thermal Cooker (or transfer to a wide mouth thermos) to save energy/fuel. 

Serve over instant mashed potatoes, instant rice or cooked noodles

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Hungarian Goulash (Freezer Meal)

Hungarian Goulash -Freezer 2 Crockpot - The Senseless Housewife
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Hungarian Goulash
Freezer 2 Crockpot
by: The Senseless Housewife
Yield: 4 servings

3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds stew meat or roast, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 seeded, chopped green bell pepper
1 cup white onions, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup red wine

In a medium bowl, combine paprika, salt and pepper. Coat beef cubes in spice mixture.

Add meat and remaining ingredients to a ziplock bag. Label and Freeze.

To Eat:
Thaw, pour into crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

* To prepare without thawing first freeze the meal without adding broth and wine. Write on the label to add those in liquid form to the crockpot the day of cooking.

Serve over dumplings, cooked noodles, mashed potatoes, or cooked rice.

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