Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Cooking

One way my family saves money is by eating what is in season. With St. Patrick's Day a few days away, now is the time to find things like cabbage and corned beef on sale. Here are a few recipes my family loves using these seasonal items.

Chicken and Sauerkraut: FREEZER recipe
This recipe is great to just prep and cook or freeze ahead. It can easily be doubled to accommodate feeding more people. 

1 large can of sauerkraut (or bag)

1 small onion (chopped)
1 tsp mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 lb Chicken
For Immediate Cooking:
  • Mix first 4 ingredients
  • Lay chicken on the bottom of a baking pan
  • Top with mixture
  • Bake @ 350 (cover for 1st 30 minutes, uncovered for 1 hour)

Freezer recipe:
  • Place raw chicken breasts in the bottom of a gallon sized ziploc
  • Mix the mustard and brown sugar
  • Top the chicken with your mixture
  • Add onions and sauerkraut
  • Seal your bag (lay ingredients flat in the bag for better results)
  • Label and freeze
  • To cook: thaw and use the cooking instructions from above or place in the crockpot frozen and cook for 4-6 hours.

Crock pot: Corned Beef and Cabbage
Looking for a quick and easy recipe? Try this one. Prep it in the morning for a delicious dinner at night!


4lbs Corned beef brisket (score a great deal on corned beef with a rebate that is running right now)
1 large onion
1 head of cabbage (cut into wedges)
6 red potatoes (optional)
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar 
2 cups water
  • place corned beef in the bottom of your crock pot (cut it down to fit if you need)
  • layer remaining ingredients on top
  • cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours (high 6-8 hours)
Here are two more great Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes:

DIY Canning Sauerkraut
Right now cabbage is anywhere from .19 to .50 cents a pound. If you are not a huge cabbage eater have you considered making your own sauerkraut? Yum! It is quite easy. Check out these simple and delicious recipes from balanced bites.

Easy Homemade Reubens
Okay so these are totally "Amy Style" reubens. My first priority when cooking is my budget so I am quick to substitute if it saves me a trip to the store. If you are looking for a more gourmet Reuben recipe or another twist on this Irish classic try one like these delicious recipes.(posted by


butter rye bread (we honestly use any bread. I have even used pita bread before) thousand island dressing (homemade recipe below)
swiss cheese (I even like it with provolone.) 
corned beef (score a great deal on corned beef with a rebate that is running right now) If you don't like corned beef try pastrami or even roast beef
  • Heat butter in a pan.
  • Place one slice of bread onto the pan.
  • Layer with remaining ingredients and finally with the second slice of bread.
  • Flip sandwich over to fully toast your rueben.
  • Remove your sandwich from the heat and enjoy

Simple Thousand Island recipe:

1/4 cup vinegar 
1/2 cup sweet relish (I use my homemade sweet zucchini relish- yum!) 
1 cup ketchup 
1 cup mayonaisse
  • Mix ingredients
  • Adjust measurements to accommodate the amount of dressing you want to make. 
  • If it is too thick for your taste, add a small amount of milk.
  • Depending on the sweetness of the relish you are using you may want to add a dash of sugar.
  • This recipe really depends on how much you are wanting to make and how sweet you want yours to taste.

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