Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July!

It's been far too long! How was your 4th? Patriotic?

I got back from a middle school church camp yesterday so, needless to say, my energy wasn't as high as usual to pack a deluxe picnic, pick out the best spot to see fireworks and stay up late with friends. So we had a low-key, super delicious 4th at home.

On the Menu:
Hot dogs and brats with wheat and potato buns
Pork ribs (for Matt)
5-ingredient corn casserole
Super easy baked beans
Mini cherry pies with whipped cream and blueberry sauce

I won't add all of the recipes here because Matt did the grilling but these are the ones made inside in the air cond--we don't have A/C, so I made the dishes that didn't involve sweating. :)

5-ingredient Corn Casserole
Adapted from the apologetic Paula Deen    
$3 to make, serves 8

1 can whole kernal corn, drained (15 oz)
1 can cream corn (15 oz)
1 cup light sour cream
1 package of cornbread mix, like Jiffy (8 oz)
4 TB melted butter or margarine 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well blended. (Add a dash of garlic powder if you like.)

In a 'greased' 9X13 baking dish, pour the batter. Spread out evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, or until middle is cooked through and edges are slightly browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. (Optional: drizzle top with melted butter or honey butter for sweetness.)

Super Easy Baked Beans
A super easy way to stretch baked beans ($$), combining seasoned beans with plain cuts down on sugar, calories and salt, while adding protein and 'fillingness' to your plate. No more puddles of syrupy goo taking over your plate anymore. :)
6 servings

1 can baked beans (flavor + size of your choice)
1 can kidney beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons mustard of your choice (optional; spicy, regular, dijon)

Combine both cans and mustard into a medium pot; stir. Cook on medium heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot!

I hope you have taken a moment to be thankful for our freedoms as residents of the United States. More of the 4th of July recipes to come, including the mini cherry pies...yummm!

Happy eating!

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