Homemade Soup from a Can with Real Southern Cornbread

When the weather turns cold, Mom declares it to be “Soup Day”.

The date of Soup Day is not only dependent on the temperature but also on her mood so I keep the Homemade Soup from a Can & Real Southern Cornbread ingredients on hand from early fall.  One batch of soup can last all winter long because we store leftovers in the freezer, making fresh cornbread every 2-3 meals.

I consider the soup “homemade” because you can customize it to your liking.  The cornbread is “Southern” because it is salty, not sweet like Northern (Yankee) Cornbread.

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Lazy Philly Cheese Steak

You can cook up a restaurant favorite in less than 10 minutes for less than $2.50 ea.

Quick, easy, cheap, and tasty!  What’s not to love?

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Meatloaf Burgers

Back when I was a kid, my single mom got some meal plans from the US government for cooking healthy meals on a budget.  I’m pretty sure this Meatloaf Burgers recipe was one of them.

It’s important to understand why meatloaf was invented.  The eggs and crackers helped stretch the ground beef, a practice that was crucial during hard times.  Though beef isn’t such a luxury these days, we can still benefit from reducing the amount of red meat in our diet.

But I love these meatloaf burgers because of the taste — They’re flavorful, super-juicy burgers with all the onions and Worcestershire sauce built-in.

Plus, I can make a huge batch and pull them from the freezer for easy meals later.

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Mexican Mess / Micro Taco Salad

I make a taco salad pasta dish I affectionately call Mexican Mess or Micro Taco SaladI have no idea where the recipe came from.

The taco pasta is sort of like a Mexican-spiced Spaghetti with Meat Sauce … but once you add all the toppings, the similarity fades.

Stretching meat with pasta (or beans or tofu) has long been a strategy for poor folk (myself included) but it is also healthy by cutting red meat consumption.  And using whole wheat or fiber-fortified pasta makes the dish even more nutritious.

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