Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Week of (Healthy) Bare-Bones Meals: Day Two

One of the key ingredients to make it through a food hardship is variety. I've seen many blogs and websites geared toward bare-bones recipes, but they all seem to focus on the same ingredients, with little variation from day to day. A big part of surviving hard times with your sanity intact is having variety and feeling like you have choices. You aren't going to be very happy eating Ramen-style noodles, oat porridge, and beans everyday, are you? You need variety. It will make you feel better, both physically and mentally.

Variety doesn't have to mean buying more ingredients. It can be as simple as changing the way you present them or the way you use them. Take flour, milk, and eggs, for example. You can turn them into egg noodles, muffins, breads, pancakes, or popovers. All different. All the same. See how that works? Take this new trick and make this delicious, pretty, fun to eat breakfast that costs very little to throw together.

Day Two

Breakfast: Popovers with Eggs & Cheese (recipe follows)
Lunch: Leftover Vegetable Fried Rice
Dinner: Roast chicken, rice, and carrots, yeast rolls with butter or margarine

Popovers Stuffed with Eggs & Cheese
serves 8

What You Need:

for the popovers:
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter or margarine (or cooking oil)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cooking oil for greasing pan
for the egg filling:
  • 8 eggs
  • splash of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter, margarine, or cooking oil for the pan
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) & 1 green onion, chopped, for garnish
How it's Done:
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Stick your muffin tin(s) or popover pan(s) in the oven to warm up.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except greasing oil in a blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Remove pan(s) from the oven and oil them well. Pour batter into the pan(s) to 3/4 full.
  4. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.Popovers will be high, hollow, and golden brown when done.
  5. After reducing the heat, beat the eggs with milk and salt and pepper for the filling. Cook in a hot skillet until done. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions.
  6. Cut them open as soon as you remove them. This is to allow steam to escape. Cut the tops off almost all the way. Fill with the eggs, cheese, and green onions. You can add some cooked leftover vegetables if you have them for even more nutrition and variety.

Frugal Tip #2: Buy some things in bulk. Namely, cheese, eggs, and baking supplies. Buying cheese in large bricks, then slicing or shredding at home saves money and takes very little time. Always check unit cost, but bulk buying gives your money more power.


Andrea said...

These sound amazing!! I've always wanted to try popovers. Do you need a special popover pan or did you use a muffin tin? Great recipe & meal idea on the cheap, LOVE IT!

Michelle said...

Thanks Andrea. :) I just used muffin tins. I don't have a popover pan, although someday...

ginger-n-wyo said...

These look great! I think they would also make a yummy breakfast for dinner served with potatoes or salad. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the weeks meals. Are you going to post the cost for meals?

Michelle said...

Hi Ginger, I'm not going to post the cost, because costs vary so widely from state to state, country to country, region to region. I have access to my garden and a military commissary, so my costs aren't reflective of other people's costs. I will post a shopping list, though, and would love to hear back from people who use it to see what it costs them.

StephenC said...

I love popovers but have never made them. Your recipe is very much like what I've had at a breakfast place here in Denver. Maybe I'll get the courage now.

Jenn said...

I love popovers! I actually made them for the first time last year. Mine were just plain old boring popovers though..these looks really good. Adding them to my list of things to try this year!!! I'm loving the bare bones meal ideas!

April said...

What a great blog idea. I've always been curious about popovers, but thought they would be complicated to make. Thanks for showing me they're not!

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