Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I know the title is kinda stupid, but for lack of a better one...we'll just go with it. It's that dreaded end of the month time here at the ol' homestead, where groceries and money are getting thin (too bad it doesn't work on me, you know the getting thin part). At any rate, I hate when this happens. I stand in front the fridge and cupboards for hours thinking about what I can pull out and throw together for dinner. No matter how much planning ahead and menu planning I come up with I always fall short around this time.

Last night as I was staring at the cupboards and pantry shelves, I saw about 20 cans of tuna and 10 cans of chicken and 10 more cans of salmon. I also saw a can of chicken gravy and some instant mashed potatoes (Rich likes to stock up on stuff, if you didn't already know that and he likes keeping those potato buds for when Amanda makes dinner on nights that I'm working). I also remembered that I had some refrigerator biscuits in the fridge and I also had some Bisquick (that I could use to make biscuits, if I needed to). So there it was Chicken and Biscuits with Mashed Potatoes and Peas for dinner. I had enough for leftovers too.

See, I used to always look at this time and dread it, because I hated trying to come up with something at the last minute. It drove me nuts. But last night, something inside just clicked and I thought "I can do this. I can pull something together with what I already have and not have to spend alot at the store to make it." All I needed was some more gravy. It might not have been the big dinners that I like to make at times, but it was somewhat creative and cheap. It was fun challenging myself to use what I already had in the pantry and I was pretty darn proud of myself.

I also used a recipe that a friend had given me for dessert. I had everything I needed to make it as well, except for the bananas, so another cheap and yummy thing to make. This dessert came out really well and the kids loved it. It was super easy to make too...Gotta love that!

Black Bottom Banana Bars

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar (I used 3/4 c.)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 med. ripe bananas
1-1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cocoa

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in bananas. Combine flour, b. powder, b. soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half; spread into greased 9x13. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife.

Bake at 350* for 25 mins. or toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Pure Yummy Deliciousness....I'm telling you. Tasted like banana bread (with chocolate), but it had a cake-like texture. A must try dessert!
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