easy hot summer pasta

I am making this real easy for you. Here are the ingredients, except you need lots more tomatoes. The amounts are you to you, cook enough for your family. Cook and drain the pasta, add 1/4 cup virgin olive oil, several diced fresh from the garden tomatoes, some minced garlic to taste (I like lots), a diced bell pepper, stir altogether and sprinkle some shredded Italian blend cheese. Really easy, really economical.

feasting on the Word Wed

Genesis 1:29 (New International Version)

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

cheeseburger casserole

Our cheeseburger casserole is one of those “big family” meals. Filling, hearty, easy and frugal. It is similar to a homemade hamburger helper but a thousand times better.

Since all of the ingredients are things I have in my price book (see my Bless-my-budget.com site for price book info) I can easily add up the cost of this dish.

here are the ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (I paid $1.37)
  • 3 16oz packages of pasta (I paid 50cents each = $1.50)
  • 1 large onion ( I paid 99 cents for a bag so 25cents)
  • 1 8oz bag shredded cheese ( I paid $1.67) I use the Fiesta Blend Cheese
  • 1 16oz can tomato sauce,  (94cents, if I don’t have it from the garden)


This is super easy, boil your water and cook your pasta in a large pot. While that is cooking, brown your ground beef with your diced onion. After both of those are done, drain your pasta and then add the cooked meat and onions and the tomato sauce and the shredded cheese to the same pot and mix well. You can put in serving bowl and serve as is or you can put in a casserole dish and add more cheese to the top and bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted. this dish easily serves our big family of 10 with some homemade rolls and salad. The main dish should cost under $6 if you shop like I do 🙂 .

jalapeno chicken and rice

Ok, before I forget. I stood over Georgia tonight while she made this. Here goes. Remember we like it hot and we feed an army (Beau). First she takes 2 chicken leg quarters and either boils them in a stock pot or cooks them in the crock pot with about 10 cups of water. You will need this. Here are the ingredients.

  • 4 cups uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2T vegetable oil
  • diced cooked chicken from leg quarters
  • 8 cups hot chicken stock
  • 8oz shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • toppings of sour cream, salsa or diced tomatoes

Put your rice, peppers, onion and oil in large deep skillet that has a lid. Cook on med high until onions transparent. Add chicken, and stock. Stir well. Cover and turn to simmer stirring occasionally until most of the liquid is absorbed. then leave covered with heat off for another 10-20 minutes. Serve with cheese on top and a dollop of sour cream and topped with fresh salsa or diced tomatoes.  Don’t forget to bless the cook.