WonderWash Video

October 20, 2008

I thought everyone would like to see how the WonderWash works for themselves. I put together a short video to help answer any questions you might have about the WonderWash.

BBQ Beef Casserole

October 15, 2008

When I get board I like to get online and look for interesting recipes. Allrecipes is a good place to find nice and easy recipes. I found this one called BBQ Beef Casserole. Since I was looking for something cheap that I could eat all week long I decided to give it a try.

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 (8.5 ounce) packages corn bread mix
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until evenly browned. Add the onion, bell pepper, corn and tomatoes. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Drain excess grease, and stir in the barbeque sauce. Spread the beef mixture in an even layer in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Prepare the cornbread batter mixes according to package directions. Spread the batter over the top of the beef mixture.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown, and a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread layer comes out clean.

When I first saw this I was excited because I always have cornbread mix in my kitchen. Then I saw it requires 3 packages of it! So off to Kroger I went. I have always liked the Jiffy cornbread mix so I was so surprised to see Kroger was sold out! I ended up with a bunch of these…

Turned out that it was pretty good for only 75 cents a pack. As you can see by the recipe it is very easy. The biggest pain was cutting everything up with my small cutting board. I really need to get a bigger one. Here is everything cooking together…

After the meat mixture is done cooking I transferred it to my casserole dish. I had never mixed four packs of cornbread mix together so I was a little worried I had bought too much until I spread it over the top. It was just the right amount to cover the meat mixture perfectly.

As you can see this makes a lot! I think I am going to be eating this all week! I put it in the preheated oven and cooked it for about 25 minutes. It came out nice a golden brown.

This picture makes it look like there is only cornbread in the casserole dish, but believe me the meat mixture is under there.

It tastes great! Next time I am going to try different kinds of BBQ sauce. This was also very cheap. Here is the price breakdown.

2 lbs ground beef – $3.98

Onion – $0.66

Green Pepper – $1.29

Corn – $0.59

Tomatoes – $0.59

BBQ Sause – $0.70

Cornbread – $3.00

TOTAL – $10.81

I definitely recommend this recipe. I just hope I don’t get tired of it with all the leftovers!

Salsa Beef Stir Fry

October 12, 2008

I was browsing through a Southwestern cookbook the other day and found something called Salsa Beef Stir Fry. It sounded interesting, but some of the ingredients seemed very expensive. I decided to take this recipe and change it to make it easy and cheap. Here is what I came up with.

1.5 lbs beef (any kind, see below)

1 cup salsa

1 15 oz can whole corn

8 oz dry pasta (any kind)

Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese to top once cooked.

The original recipe called for ground beef. This seemed fine to me but sounded boring. I went to Kroger and found two different meats that were on Manager Special. I find Manager Special is great if you are going to cook it very soon. I ended up with 1 lbs of Top Round and .5 lbs Skirt Steak for a total cost of $5.59. This really made the dish more exciting. I cut all the meat into about half inch strips. I then browned the meat and drained off the fat. Next is the easy part, add all the remaining ingredients and cook covered for about 12 minutes. The pasta is what will determine when this dish is done. Just give a piece of pasta a taste. If it is crunchy keep cooking.

See how easy! The best part is you will end up with lots of leftovers that are great for lunch. After cooking I topped mine with the cheese.

If you have any suggestions for this recipe please let me know.