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Monday, June 8, 2009

Healthy meals using leftovers and crunchies for the cookiejar

With plenty of time on my hands while visiting my mom in SA, I decided to page through her recipe books. Found a few old favorites and some new ones to try. Keeping the budget in mind and keeping it as easy as possible. Hope you find a few to try amongst them

Individual Pies (pastry makes 2 pies)

First the pastry: 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon Bicard powder 4 Tablespoons Margarine

cold water

Using the rub in method ... add marg to sifted dry ingredients

add a little cold water to make a stiff dough.

Roll out the pastry thinly, cover the pie dish, cut of excess pastry. Fill pastry with your favorite left overs. rollout remaining dough and cut tops, cover and press edges together. a quick brush with egg and milk mix. But my version is to pipe some mash potatoes ontop and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven in a hot oven(200) until golden.

Pie fillings: Chicken and veggies

Diced onions, carrots, peas, chunky potato pieces, shredded chicken breast.(cooked) add a thin seasoned gravy. Add curry or chillies just to warm it up a bit if desired.

Mushroom and Beef

Saute Slice mushrooms, garlic and diced onions

Add cubed beef (cooked) and add 1/2 pkt stroganoff mix

(Knorr,Continental or MaCornick) a little sourcream or gravy

Ham and cheese (great for brunch)

Saute diced onoin, add diced bacon or ham steak

Grate some tasty cheese and add a little chopped parsley

Add a egg to the mix to bind ingredients and season well

Fill pie with mix, crake another whole egg on top, add more grated cheese on top

Serve pies with a salad or homemade chips.

Leftover Tart ... Is great as you can vary ingredients as you have available

9 slices of bread cut into cubes 1 diced onion

500 ml cold milk a little parsley

250 gr leftover meat (anything) chopped up 1 ml mustard

200 gr tasty cheese grated 50 gr melted marg.

6 eggs beaten

Preheat oven 180/200 Spray baking dish with non stick spray. Soak bread in milk, add remaining ingredients, mix and pour into baking dish. Bake for 30 mins or until golden. Serve with a salad.


250gr margarine 1 cup coconut
2 cups rolled oats 1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon syrup 1 teaspoon Bicard
1 cup flour

Melt sugar, syrup and butter in a large saucepan on med heat. Add bicard (will froth up) remove from heat, mix dry ingredients into the syrup, mix well. Press mix into a sprayed Baking Tray. Bake in moderate oven until golden. Cut into squares and let cool before removing them. Store in an airtight container.

Crunchies were a regular as my kids were growing up. Next time I have a nice apple roll to post
Thanks for visiting.

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