Leslie's Little Corner https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com Food . Family . Life Mon, 27 Apr 2020 22:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.leslieslittlecorner.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Leslies-Little-Corner-2.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Leslie's Little Corner https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com 32 32 139890005 Whats for Breakfast ? Baked French Toast https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/baked-french-toast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baked-french-toast https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/baked-french-toast/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:00:43 +0000 http://leslieslittlecorner.com/?p=356 One of my kids favorite meals is when we have dinner for breakfast. Especially Baked French Toast.  I love breakfast foods, but I am not a big breakfast eater, so breakfast for dinner is perfect for me! The only problem is that when you make eggs, bacon, hash browns and biscuits, you wind up with […]

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One of my kids favorite meals is when we have dinner for breakfast. Especially Baked French Toast. 

I love breakfast foods, but I am not a big breakfast eater, so breakfast for dinner is perfect for me! The only problem is that when you make eggs, bacon, hash browns and biscuits, you wind up with a bunch of dirty dishes. So I really wanted to try something a little less messy.One thing that we all love is French toast, and a few years ago I found some recipes for Baked French Toast. I am really bad about finding recipes and then losing them, so I made up one of my own. It is always a hit at our house! The only complaint I get is that I didn’t make enough.

 

This is a great meal to have your kids help with. 

My daughter helped me make it last night and really enjoyed it. This is also a one pan dinner, which makes it even more of a breeze. All you need is a 13 x9 glass pan, and a mixing bowl.

Kate loves to help me cook!

Here is my recipe:

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Baked French Toast

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Texas Toast
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.
  • Melt the stick of butter and mix it with the brown sugar.
  • Pour the mixture on the bottom of the pan. Spread.
  • Layer the Texas Toast (about 6 pieces) in the pan.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the bread.
  • Then, put another 6 slices to make a new layer.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Beat eggs and milk together, then pour over the bread as evenly as you can.
  • If the mixture pools, you can take a butter knife to spread it across.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • (You can also make this ahead and refrigerate overnight to cook in the morning.)

 

Serve with bacon or sausage.  Enjoy!

Other great breakfast for dinner recipes: Quiche

Sausage and Egg Muffins

 

 

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Four Easy Ways to Save Money https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/four-easy-ways-to-save-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=four-easy-ways-to-save-money https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/four-easy-ways-to-save-money/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:55:27 +0000 http://leslieslittlecorner.com/?p=696 When you are trying to stick to a budget, it can be difficult due to the rising prices of basic household and food items. It can be really frustrating to have to budget more and more money month to month to pay for basic necessities! Here are some practical, easy tips to help you cut […]

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When you are trying to stick to a budget, it can be difficult due to the rising prices of basic household and food items. It can be really frustrating to have to budget more and more money month to month to pay for basic necessities! Here are some practical, easy tips to help you cut down on your household spending and save money.

 

 

Buy Your Meat in the Clearance Section

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Most grocery stores clearance out meat a day or two before the sell by date. Ask the department manager when they usually clearance out the meat, so you know when to shop. Make sure you grab some freezer bags, because you are going to freeze the meat when you get home. I would suggest dividing the larger portions of meat into smaller portions to make it easier to thaw for later.

Once you have divided up the meat into the bags, write the date and the contents on the bag. I also suggest keeping a list of what you have on hand, so you don’t go out and buy meat that you already have. To make the most out of your savings, you will need to plan your meals around your meat deals. *Right now buying meat on clearance has become a little harder, and stocking up hasn’t been easy. But you can still buy the meats that are on sale in larger quantities and freeze them and save money.*

Total Possible Saving Per Year: $780

Don’t Throw Out Fruit that is Over- Ripe

How many times have you bought fruit with the best of intentions, and wound up trashing more than you care to admit? Let’s just all agree that we raised our hand on this one! The good news is that you don’t have to do this!

Grab those strawberries, bananas, and peaches that are going to go bad and put them in the freezer. Peel the bananas and freeze them whole. You can use these later for smoothies, banana bread or popsicles! Peel your peaches and slice them, you can use these for peach cobbler, fruit salad, or a smoothie. For the strawberries, cut off the tops and slice them, you can use these for smoothies or a strawberry pie! There are many ways to use your frozen fruit!

Total Possible Savings Per Year : $310

Make Your Own Cleaning Products and Laundry Soap

Look no further than Pinterest to find a zillion articles about how to make your own cleaning products! There are so many great recipes out there for making your own household cleaning items. The key is to read the articles and reviews on these recipes to discern which ones work best. This is a great way to save money right now. I personally love Vinegar and Dawn!

Total Possible Savings Per Year : $150

Open a Separate Checking Account

Here is a way to tangibly watch your savings build up! Find a bank that is offering one of those $150 bonuses to open a checking account and open an account with them. Usually the only stipulation is that you have money direct deposited into that account.

Have a small amount from your paycheck deposited into that account every week. The trick is to keep the debit card out of your wallet! By the time Christmas rolls around, you are going to have some extra money for presents!

Total Possible Savings Per Year : $300 – $600 (or more)

When it comes to saving money there are endless possibilities! All you have to do is get creative, and be prepared to put in just a little more effort and time. That little bit of effort can pay off big time!

 

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Easy Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Cabbage & Carrots https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/easy-polish-sausage-potatoes-cabbage-carrots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=easy-polish-sausage-potatoes-cabbage-carrots https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/easy-polish-sausage-potatoes-cabbage-carrots/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:49:45 +0000 https://www.leslieslittlecorner.com/?p=3921

Hey friends! I am back with a fresh recipe after a loooong summer! Now that the kids are all settled in, I finally got to try out a new recipe! Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Cabbage and Carrots. I don’t have a fancy name for it! This is pretty healthy, but it isn’t as kid friendly as […]

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Hey friends! I am back with a fresh recipe after a loooong summer! Now that the kids are all settled in, I finally got to try out a new recipe! Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Cabbage and Carrots. I don’t have a fancy name for it! This is pretty healthy, but it isn’t as kid friendly as my usual recipes. Unless, of course your kids LOVE vegetables… Mine, not so much. This weeks recipe is really easy and  doesn not require a ton of prep. I used my Instant Pot, but this can also be done in a crock pot or a large frying pan. In fact, if you are using Turkey Kielbasa, you may want to stick to a frying pan at least for the sausage. The instant pot made the sausage a little soft. But it was still really good!

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I used Turkey Sausage since its a little healthier, but you can use any kind of sausage that you want. Usually polish sausage is labeled Polska Kielbasa, but if you can find a Russian grocery store nearby, that is the best sausage!!  I also used a small bag of fingerling potatoes, a head of cabbage and two sliced carrots. The instant pot is great for steaming the vegetables quickly and still having plenty of flavor in them. If you use the crock pot make sure that you also fry the sausage in a pan before you add it to the veggies.

Here is the recipe!

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Instant Pot Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Cabbage & Carrots

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2
Author Leslie Simmons

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Polish Sausage
  • 1 head Cabbage
  • 2-3 Carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 bag Fingerling or Small Red/Yellow Potatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Slice sausage into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Using the saute' feature on the Instant Pot, brown the sausage and remove from pot.
  • Chop cabbage into small wedges and pieces.
  • Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork.
  • Place all veggies in the Instant Pot.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste, and pour in the broth.
  • Cook on Meat/Stew setting for 30 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to relese naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Then open the pressure valve to release the remaining pressure
  • Add sausage back to the vegetables.
  • Stir well and serve.

Notes

This can also be made in a large saute pan or a slow cooker. For slow cooker, cook for 4 hours on low. Keep meat at the top of the slow cooker. 

 

Looking for some other Instant Pot recipes? Check out my Instant Pot Baked Spaghetti or Instant Pot Mexican Chicken.

 

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This is by far one of my most popular recipes, and since it’s hot outside, using your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker is a great way to keep your house cool! I thought it would be a great time to repost my Baked Spaghetti recipe, especially since Amazon just had the amazing deal on the this week!! […]

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This is by far one of my most popular recipes, and since it’s hot outside, using your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker is a great way to keep your house cool! I thought it would be a great time to repost my Baked Spaghetti recipe, especially since Amazon just had the amazing deal on the Instant Pots this week!! (which is still going by the way $49.99!!!) Not only can you get a great deal but Eat at Home is currently doing a FREE Instant Pot School!

 

I finally broke down and bought a Crock Pot Express this summer and I have really come to LOVE it.

When I first started reading up on how exactly you could make baked spaghetti in an Instant Pot, I was a little thrown by all the water that they called for ! Most of the recipes had some fancy DIY recipe, which was fine, but all I had was a jar of spaghetti sauce. So, you can see how I was freaking out a little to pour all of that water into the mix. I was afraid it was going to be watery and have no flavor!

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After a little hesitation, I decided I was just going to do it, and if it was bad we could just order pizza! But, guess what? We didn’t wind up having to order pizza that night! My “Baked” Spaghetti was a success and it was done in no time.

For those of you who are asking: Okay, but honestly is it really worth it to have ANOTHER gadget in my kitchen?

I already have a crock pot…. Well here is MY answer to that. Have you ever bought a roast and wound up throwing it out because your week got crazy and you never had time to stick it in the crock pot? Well, with the Instant Pot, that would never have happened. It could have been made in there in less than an hour. And yes, the meat is just as tender!

Yes, it is definitely worth it!

 

Now, on to the recipe! First, brown the ground beef in the Instant Pot/Crock Pot Express using the saute option.

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Then, pour all the other ingredients and spices in and stir them well. Close and fasten the lid. Press the Chili Button, set the time to 5 minutes, and press Start!

*Quick tip: Make sure the pressure release is closed!*

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Instant Pot “Baked” Spaghetti

Servings 6 +

Ingredients

  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce any kind
  • 1 box Ziti noodles
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Seasoning
  • Onion Powder
  • 1 pkg Italian Blend Cheese optional
  • 1 4oz can tomato sauce

Instructions

  • Put the ground beef into the pressure cooker. Press the Saute' button, start, and brown the meat.
  • Use a little salt, pepper, garlic seasoning, and onion powder to season the ground beef. (Just a couple of shakes will do)
  • Pour jar of spaghetti sauce and can of tomato sauce into the pot.
  • Pour Box of Noodles into the pot
  • Pour 2 - 2 1/2 cups of water into the pot.
  • (I measure the 2 cups of water and pour into the spaghetti sauce jar to get all the sauce out)
  • Stir ingredients until mixed, making sure that the pasta is covered with water/sauce.
  • Close and lock the lid. Make sure the pressure valve is closed.
  • Press the chili button, adjust the time to 5 minutes. Press Start.
  • When the cook time has finished, use a long spoon to open the pressure valve for a quick release.
  • When all steam has stopped coming out, it is safe to open the cooker.
  • When serving the spaghetti you can sprinkle a little cheese on, if desired.

 

I would LOVE your feedback if you try this recipe! Would you like some more Instant Pot recipes: Instant Pot Mexican Chickenand  Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken.

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy for details!

 

 

 

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I don’t know about ya’ll, but we LOVE shrimp at our house. And apparently, a certain friend of Kate’s raved about my Shrimp to her mama after eating with us one night! The great thing about this recipe is that it is quick and easy. The hardest part is peeling the shrimp, so call your […]

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I don’t know about ya’ll, but we LOVE shrimp at our house. And apparently, a certain friend of Kate’s raved about my Shrimp to her mama after eating with us one night! The great thing about this recipe is that it is quick and easy. The hardest part is peeling the shrimp, so call your teenagers and older kids up because they can help with this part!
I usually serve this with pasta drizzled in butter or oil and a little garlic salt. You have to be kind of careful with the garlic salt, so go easy with it! I also make a Spring Mix Salad with dried cranberries , walnuts, and goat cheese crumbles to serve with it. But you could actually serve this shrimp with practically anything and even use it for tacos if you take off the tails.
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Here are some recipes for sides to serve:

 

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans

 

Quick and Easy Butter Garlic Noodles

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Sauteed Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1- 2 lbs raw shrimp
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 -1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3-5 tbsp butter plus

Instructions

  • Adjust ingredient amounts based on the amount of shrimp you use. ie. for 1 lb use the smaller amount. For 2 lbs use the larger amount.
  • First you need to peel your shrimp. I leave the tails on to make it easier.
  • Melt 3-5 tbsp butter in a skillet.
  • Put all of the shrimp in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour all spices on the shrimp and stir until all pieces are covered in the spices.
  • Then pour the shrimp into the skillet and cook until pink. About 2 - 4 minutes.

 

I would love to get some feedback if you decide to make this recipe, what did you serve it with? Did your kids love it as much as mine did?

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Looking for more quick and easy recipes? Try my Ahi Tuna Tacos or Instant Pot Bake Spaghetti.

 

 

 

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