Thursday, October 28, 2010



Well this is the first Thrifty Thursday . So the first thing should be about saving money$$

Save Your Pocket Change
If you empty your pockets or purse of change every day and set it aside, you might average about $2.00 a day or $730.00 per year. Try and make a habit of doing this and look at the money that you will have by the time Christmas rolls around. The change goes into a bowl on the top of the refrigerator. Out of sight and out of mind you will never miss it.

We are getting closer to the weekend and Halloween. Tonights dinner is nice and easy and very economical to make. The first thing you have to do is make rice or broad no yolk noodles is also very good. When you make pasta just remember you first boil enough water that will cover the noodles and cook for 8 minutes. Make sure you do not add the noodles til the water has boiled. Do not over cook pasta and cook the whole bag and freeze whatever you do not use. If you had some left over from Chicken Tettrazini it should already be in the freezer so just put it in a strainer or colander and pour boiling water overtop and you are ready to put the Beef and Broccoli on top. Now how easy was that.

Easy Beef and Broccoli

1 head broccoli - about 12 oz / 350g
8oz / 250g mushrooms, sliced
8oz / 250g lean beef - fillet, rump or another steak cut
1 bell pepper, finely sliced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oil for shallow frying

1.Cut the meat into slivers. *
2.Steam or lightly boil the whole broccoli head in a little water until it is just cooked. It should still be quite crisp and perfectly green. Don't overcook it otherwise you land up with bitter yellowy broccoli. Once cooked put it in a bowl of cold water to stop it from cooking and to keep it green.
3.Break into florets.
4.Fry the bell pepper until it is just soft.
5.Add the mushrooms and fry for two minutes. Do this at a high heat so that they cook quickly and don't lose their shape.
6.Add the meat and fry until it is just cooked. You may like it slightly pink in the middle, or you can cook it a little longer so that it is well-done.
7.Add the soy sauce and the broccoli florets. Cook for a minute.
8.Serve with rice.
As an option, you could sprinkle toasted cashew nuts or sunflower seeds over the top


Look at the way that the lines are running in the steak and if you slice this steak in the same direction as those lines, you'll have to chew through the fibers. Whereas if you cut across the lines, the knife will have already done that work. When you see in a recipe and it says slice cross the grain that is what it means. Think of it similarly to slicing a stalk of celery. The strings are less likely to get caught in your teeth if you cut those strings into smaller lengths.


PS..If you bought a frozen pizza that is what your are having to eat on Fast Food Friday. What I would recommend you do is buy some sliced pepperoni at the deli and have some grated cheese on hand cause you will add that to your bought pizza.

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