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Beef and Portobello Minestroganoff Recipe | Dinners under $10

Frugal dinner recipe (under $10), healthy, and delicious! Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Dinners under $10

This Beef and Portobello Minestroganoff recipe is another great Fall treat! It is simple to make and there are a few opportunities to use your own homestead ingredients (carrots, onions, chicken broth, tomatoes). Soups are definitely one of my favorite fall dinners. All ingredients for this recipe cost less than $10 (if you buy everything from the store).

This recipe is reprinted with permission from the Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. If you like magazines then I recommend this one. There are a lot of great recipes and a year subscription is only $7.99.

Beef and Portobello Minestroganoff

Serves 4; Prep 10 minutes; Cook 25 minutes

Ingredients (for Beef and Portobello Minestroganoff):

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, halved and thickly sliced
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • One 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tiny pasta, such as ditalini
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Directions (for Beef and Portobello Minestroganoff):

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened and browned, about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a medium bowl. Add the beef to the pot and cook over medium-high heat, breaking it up, until browned, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetable mixture, chicken broth and tomatoes.
  2. Stir on the pasta and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the pasta is tender, 10 to 12 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with the sour cream.

Super simple, right! Be sure to check out my other dinner under $10 recipes.

Top 100 Homestead Posts | HomeAcre Hop 9/25

Growing luffa sponges - featured post for the HomeAcre hop found at PintSizeFarm.com

Growing luffa sponges.

So we did make an offer on the property I was talking about last week. Everything looked good until we called the water company. Turns out it does not have water. So, we are going to have to back out. Back to looking I suppose.

The featured post of the week is from Garden up Green. It is on harvesting luffa sponges. I have seen these seeds and sponges at our local seed store a couple times now, but I always pass them up. I will give them a try now – it really looks like a fun (and useful) plant to grow. Be sure to click over to the post and let her know where you found her!

Now for this weeks submissions!  The linky for this weeks submissions is below. If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to my Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page. The one that seems to be missed most often is to make sure to feature the button from the hop on your page (or link back to it in the post you submit)! The button is in the footer of my page. Without that, I cannot feature you. Most weeks I try to feature somebody who has forgotten that so I choose another.

Have fun reading!

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Potato Corn Chowder Recipe | Dinners Under $10

Yummy! This would be great for cold days. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.comIt’s starting to cool down (well, in most of the country!). As October rolls closer I start to think of chowders. I love a good chowder, but it really is a cool weather food.

This Potato Corn Chowder is made in the crockpot (my favorite – very easy for a busy day) and the ingredients cost less than $10.

Potato Corn Chowder Ingredients

  • 16 oz. of hashbrown potatoes
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 8 slices bacon
  • onion to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce.

Potato Corn Chowder Directions

  1. Put everything (except the bacon) into the crock-pot and cook for 3 hours.
  2. Top with bacon

Find more great recipes in the Betty Crocker cookbook!

Top 100 Homestead and Garden Posts | HomeAcre Hop

Featured post at PintSizeFarm.com for Vanilla Spiced Zucchini Batter Bread.

Vanilla Spiced Zucchini Batter Bread

It’s been a busy week here at Pint Size Farm. We have been searching for some land with less restrictive zoning for almost 9 months now. We finally found something that might work, but we are not completely sold on it. Maybe we will make an offer – I’ll keep you updated. If we do that means paying the land off, building a new home, and all the craziness that goes with all that!! We have gotten quite a bit of rain, which is great for the citrus trees. I tried some passive rain catching methods and they are working great! Hopefully I will get more of that in a post (especially for you Arizona people).

The featured post of the week is Vanilla Spiced Zucchini Bread (doesn’t that sound wonderful) by Stephlin’s Mountain. Be sure to check out her post and make some Zucchini bread.

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$100 Amazon Giveaway | Be Prepared

Giveaway at www.PintSizeFarm.com for National Preparedness Month #NatlPrep

Be prepared #NatlPrep

I know everybody would love to win $100 to Amazon? It will be a great start to a basic disaster supply kit! Read on and see how.

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Being prepared for a natural disaster is extremely important for your family. If disaster strikes you may only have a few moments to grab what you need. Depending on the emergency you may be stuck in your house (tornado or a winter storm) or be forced to leave (wildfire or hurricane).

There are six main hazards you can prepare for. America’s PreparAthon goes into detail about each so please check out the hazards that are in your area:

  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • Wildfire
  • Tornado
  • Winter Storm

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Pan Fried Pork Wonton Recipe (with Spinach)

Pan Fried Pork Wonton recipe at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Pan Fried Pork Wonton

Pan fried pork wontons are delicious! This recipe is reprinted with permission from the Every day with Rachel Ray magazine. It has some great recipes and information that I hope you check out!

Pan Fried Pork Wontons with Spinach

Ingredients for Pan Fried Pork Wontons

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • two 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 40 square wonton wrappers
  • 3 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Directions for Pan Fried Pork Wontons

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a food processor, finely chop the garlic; transfer half of the chopped garlic to a small bowl. Add the pork, scallions, ½ cup spinach, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt and half of the ginger to the garlic in the food processor; pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and season with pepper. In a colander, drain the remaining spinach, squeezing to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Arrange 10 wonton wrappers on a work surface. Top each with a heaping teaspoon of pork mixture. Moisten the edges of each wrapper with water and, working with one at a time, fold over to form triangles, pressing the edges to seal. Transfer the assembled wontons to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
  3. Working in 3 batches, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add one-third of the wontons and 1 cup of water; cook for 4 minutes, then turn and cook until the water has evaporated and the wontons are browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Transfer, browned sides up, to a plate and tent with foil.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil, garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the remaining spinach and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce; season with salt and pepper. Serve the wontons on a bed of spinach.

SERVES 4 PREP 35 min COOK 25 min

Top 100 Homesteading and Garden Posts | HomeAcre Hop

It’s that time of the week! There are always so many amazing submissions to the top homesteading posts that it is so hard to choose a feature. This week I decided to focus on fall gardening since the Free Fall Garden Planner is so popular. If you haven’t got it yet then just sign up for my email newsletter here to receive it!

Chickadee Homestead wrote a great post on starting your fall seeds in egg cartons. That is a great way to recycle! Lindsey has some great pictures in the post and talks about starting the garden with kids. It is a great post and I recommend reading it.

Featured post from chickadee homestead - one of the top 100 posts from the week. Feature at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Featured Post from Chickadee Homestead

Now for this weeks submissions!  The linky for this weeks submissions is below. If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to my Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page. The one that seems to be missed most often is to make sure to feature the button from the hop on your page (or link back to it in the post you submit)! The button is in the footer of my page. Without that, I cannot feature you. Most weeks I try to feature somebody who has forgotten that so I choose another.

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