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BBQ Beef Muffin Pies

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BBQ Beef Muffin Pies

Posted on 06 February 2013 by noelskitchen

It’s been a long time since I truly sat down to watch a football game. Since High School in fact. I was a die hard Raider fan. I know, I know but I’ve always liked them. My husband doesn’t usually watch football routinelyeither (since I’ve known him) but he’s a 49ners fan. And because they were in the Super Bowl both he and our 12 year old son sat down for some male bonding time. So for dinner, I thought this fun dish might be appropriate. I originally was going to make this in a baking dish but since it was the Super Bowl, I wanted to make a finger food dish.  Either way you make it, it will taste good!

BBQ Beef Muffin Pies


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1-2 cups of BBQ Sauce (use as much as you like)
  • 1/2 of a large green pepper pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped sweet potatoes (I used canned–great way to sneak this vegetable in :) )
  • 2 1/4 cups of Homemade Baking Mix (another frugal recipe sharing  soon)
  • 2/3 cup of Milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Add beef and onion to skillet and cook until done.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and mix in BBQ sauce, green pepper and sweet potato.
  4. Mix baking mix and milk in a bowl.
  5. Drop a spoonful of dough into a muffin tin. Repeat until you’ve used all the dough.
  6. Bake biscuits for about 2 minutes, then take out of oven and add a large spoonful of the meat mixture to each muffin tin on top of the biscuit dough. Press the spoon down making a little cup for the mix.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 8-10 minutes.

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Homemade Pasty Recipe

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Homemade Pasty Recipe

Posted on 15 November 2012 by noelskitchen

Today, I’m sharing another family favorite recipe…it’s a Homemade Pasty Recipe. They are amazingly good and a perfect recipe choice if you’re looking to stock your freezer with some pre-made meals for your family.



Makes: 8


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 box rolled pie crusts (usually 2 per box)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef. Chop ends of carrots off and clean. Grate carrots on a cutting board and add to bowl with the meat.
  3. Peel all potatoes and chop them up into fine squares. Add potatoes to the bowl with the ground beef and carrots.
  4. Take the skin off the onion and dice into tiny squares. Add to the ground beef mixture.
  5. Add as much salt and pepper to your liking to the mixture.
  6. With clean hands, mix ingredients by hand until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  7. On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out one pie crust. With a knife, slice the pie crust down the middle. (Each pie crust will give to two good size pasties).
  8. Place one cup of beef mixture in the middle of one half of pie crust. Push filling down and shape it so that it all stays together. Add a small amount of butter, about half a Tablespoon on top.
  9. Fold the pie crust over so it looks like your’re making a little pocket. This is also where a little ice water comes in handy. Using your fingertips, wet the sides then push down the pastry. This helps seal and make a pie type edge on it. Push down and fold the sides if you can. 
  10. Repeat with remaining pie crusts until all beef mixture is gone. Carefully place each pasty on an ungreased cooking sheet. Using a sharp knife make five slits on top of each pasty. 
  11.  Place in preheated oven and cook for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve for dinner or if you are freezing, allow to cool and store in freezer zip-loc bags. (If you are freezing, I let cool then place entire cookie sheet with pasty in the freezer for 15 minutes. This allows them to firm up a bit so they are not so fragile when putting them in the zip-loc bags).
You could also make you’re own pie crust for this recipe which I’ll share in another post. This one is a little different than my Mom’s Perfect Pie Crust recipe I shared with you last year. 

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Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

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Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Posted on 13 June 2012 by noelskitchen

Ahhh…Summer vacation is finally here…we love Summer! But with Summer here, comes a bit of a busier schedule! We start having swim parties and sleepovers, canning and cooking classes, 4-H fair entry for poultry, trips to the lake and camping trips and all this won’t stop until the end of July.With all these activities going on, we now we need to be a little more organized with our family meals.

These Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches our family loves are perfect for those hot summer nights, a quick weeknight meal or even your Sleepover Pool Party! On Monday, I shared our recipe for Homemade Italian Meatballs, it’s one of our family’s favorite budget friendly recipes. Lots of flavor! It’s really easy to whip up a batch or even a double batch, cook and freeze them, and have the Meatballs ready to go whenever you need them.

Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Serves: 4 to 6


  • Homemade Itlalian Meatballs
  • Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • Quick Pizza or Pasta Sauce
  • Rolls or Buns


  1. Cook up a batch of Homemade Italian Meatballs
  2. Warm the quick pizza or pasta sauce
  3. Place a layer of mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the bun, add some sauce, meatballs and more cheese
  4. Place on a cookie sheet and warm in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted

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Homemade Italian Meatballs for Freezer and a Budget Friendly Weekly Meal Plan

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Homemade Italian Meatballs for Freezer and a Budget Friendly Weekly Meal Plan

Posted on 11 June 2012 by noelskitchen

Happy Monday my friends! Did you get a chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather? Did you make any meals for your freezer? What did you make? Let me know if you tried one of my recipes, and what you thought.

Along with my weekly menu, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Italian Meatballs. It’s really simple recipe actually plus making them from scratch is actually pretty fun, especially with the kids.

I started with my original Meatball/Meatloaf recipe, and changed it up just a bit. I used a combination of ground beef and Italian pork sausage, which gave the meatballs that extra Italian flavor.

I used my smaller cookie dough/ice cream scoop to make the meatballs a little smaller than I normally make them, so I could use them in my Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches.

A little roll around in the flour….

And off to the frying pan for a little browning…..

Then after some very quick browning, it’s in a glass pan and off to the oven……

Be sure you stop back by later this week as I share my tips for freezing meatballs. And watch for the Italian Meatball Sub Sandwich Recipe coming soon!

Homemade Italian Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian pork sausage
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sweet basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • Vegetable or Canola oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined
  2. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet
  3. Roll meatballs in flour, and fry in oil about 2-3 minutes turning once
  4. Place meatballs in 13×9 glass baking dish
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes
  6. Serve with spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce, or make Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Budget Friendly Weekly Meal Plan

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

One of my goals and challenges this week is to re-stock my freezer by doing a freezer cooking session at the beginning of the week to prepare lots of our meals quickly and save on our grocery budget. Plus, we’ll have more tasty meals to choose from.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches, Pasta Salad

Monday: Crunchy Chicken Fingers, Oven Fries and Corn

Tuesday: Breakfast Pizza and Smoothies

Wednesday: Meatloaf Sandwiches with Fried Smashed Potatoes (new recipe)

Thursday: Chicken Phillies, Green Salad, Oven Fries

Friday: Twice Baked Potato Bar and Appetizers

Saturday: Lasagna, Green Salad with Homemade Croutons, Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Free Templates

Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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New June Meals For The Freezer Weekly Challenge

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New June Meals For The Freezer Weekly Challenge

Posted on 10 June 2012 by noelskitchen

Each month, I spend a few hours (or a few days) cooking up big batches of our family’s favorite recipes in order to save me a little bit of time in the kitchen during the week.

This “power cooking” or “make-ahead meal” planning is not just a hobby…It’s a routine habit that has become a way of life for our family and keeps our grocery budget fairly reasonable. My goal or should I say challenge for the next six months is to keep our grocery budget in check and our family everyday expenses to a minimum. Especially, if we plan to go on our big family New Year’s vacation.

Since we don’t typically use everything I make for the freezer up all in one month’s time, there is eventually a variety of meals to choose from. And with summer vacation here, I don’t want to heat up the kitchen if I don’t have to either.

Making meals for the freezer will allow us to have a constant rotation in our freezer throughout the month of great tasting recipes. And I get a break from cooking a few nights during the week.

Some ideas for dinners this week are:

  • Crunchy Chicken Fingers
  • Meatloaf Sandwiches
  • Chicken Phillies
  • Lasagna
  • Hearty Beef Stew
  • Taco Soup (back up)

So, this week’s freezer cooking session was designed to get our dinner meals up to speed and include a couple of breakfast and snack options. Here’s the plan for today:

That’s the plan for today. What about you? Making any tasty meals or snacks for the freezer today?

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