Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice is one of our favorite dishes when we get take-out.  After the success of our Japanese Steakhouse Fried Rice, we decided to tackle our other favorite fried rice recipe.  Like our other fried rice recipe, this one uses day old rice and cooks super fast.  The fried rice that you get from take-out utilizes smaller sized shrimp, but we used full size shrimp to turn this side dish into an entree!  Check out our recipe below.

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Garlic and Ginger Beef Stir-fry

Garlic and Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

My wife and son love steak, especially filet mignon.  So I have been buying whole beef tenderloins, when they are on sale, and cutting them up into steaks.  Saves me a ton of money, they end up being about $6 each.  Not to shabby for 1.5 inch thick steaks. When doing this I end up … Read moreGarlic and Ginger Beef Stir-fry

Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love baked sweet potatoes, but they take so long to make.  Plus, you have to heat up your oven and thereby heat up your house.  Not what you are looking for when it is hot outside.  So I started to roast the sweet potatoes in coals of the grill.  You need a charcoal grill for this method, but it is worth it.  The high heat sears the outside and makes the sweet potatoes come out super sweet and tender in around 45 minutes.

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Quick Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Quick Breakfast Sausage

I am on a huge breakfast sandwich kick right now.  No idea, but I love the combination of sausage, egg and cheese.  However, this new kick has not been to good to my waistline.  So I decided to find out a way to eat my favorite meal and keep my stomach happy while keep my … Read moreQuick Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

Ever since I found the pressure cooker in our garage, I have been thinking of various dishes to make with it.  So when I went to the store and found that short ribs were on sale, I knew I needed to make short ribs.  Braising short ribs takes forever.  At least 3 hours at a … Read morePressure Cooker Short Ribs

Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms

Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms

Back in the day I used to work at a go-kart track that was situated right next to Ponderosa Steak House.  One of my favorite lunch time meals was Sirloin Tips.  I haven’t thought of that for a while until I went to the store and saw that top sirloin steaks were on sale.  So … Read moreSirloin Tips with Mushrooms

Homemade Softbox Lights

Homemade Softbox Lighting

With winter fast approaching, the amount of light in my kitchen is dwindling.  It is hard to cook a meal and take photos when there is little to no natural light.  As you may or may not know, food photography requires natural light in order to get the mouth watering images that we love.  A … Read moreHomemade Softbox Lights

Summertime Picnic Brownies

Picnic Brownies

I have a vast collection of cookbooks.  Some are new and some I have collected from yard sales and random book sales.  I was looking through one random book on baking when a cutout of random paper fell into my lap.  That cutout was from a July issue of Coastal Living, and described this brownie … Read moreSummertime Picnic Brownies

Super Quick Dinner Rolls

Super Quick Dinner Rolls

The main problem with making bread or rolls in general is that they take a long time to make.  You need at least 6-8 hours of notice if you are going to make them.  However, I was going through my old cookbooks and found an old Betty Crocker recipe for Double-Quick Dinner Rolls.  So I … Read moreSuper Quick Dinner Rolls

Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan

Italian food is one of my vices.  I love the sauce, the pasta and the bread.  The main problem is that my favorite recipe chicken Parmesan takes a while to cook, it requires a full chicken breast per person.  Doesn’t seem like that big of a problem, but when you start cooking a bunch and half of your guests only eat 1/3 to 1/2 of the chicken because they don’t require a full chicken breast along with salad, pasta and bread then it starts to become a waste.  Plus, pounding out 6-8 chicken breasts can be quite burdensome.  So I decided to make everything a little bit easier.  Bite sized chicken pieces that can be scooped out so that everyone gets only as much as they want.  Saves on time, saves on money and makes everyone just a little bit happier.

Quick Chicken Parmesan

I topped this concoction with strips of mozzarella cheese that were broiled to melt perfectly over the whole dish.

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Cheap Eats – Chicken Bake for $1.69 a person

I have been getting a lot of emails from people who want quick and easy recipes that are cheap. So for now on, I am going to devote thursdays to cheap eats.  In this economy people want to save money and an easy way to do that is by cooking at home. Cheap food does not have to be bad either. For instance I made this chicken bake for $6.74, or $1.69 per person. I purchased the ingredients on sale and that was the reason why it was so cheap. For instance, instead of having to purchase cheese, which is not cheap, I purchased frozen vegetables in cheese sauce. They were on sale for $1.49 a bag. I used half a bag of broccoli and half a bag of cauliflower in this recipe for a total of $1.49. Sure beats buying cheese at $3 for a 8 oz bag. 

Chicken bake for less than a $1.70 a serving.
Chicken bake for less than a $1.70 a serving.

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