Classy Corn Dogs and Cheesy Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes

What girl doesn’t love summer? Sunglasses pushed back in our hair, different sundress for each day of the week, and of course our favorite pair of sandals lying by the front door… honestly it doesn’t get much better! Some of the funnest days I’ve ever had were spent at the summer fair…and nothing quite says summer like a corn dog right?? But these girls are a bit too sophisticated for just any old corn dog…so we gotta to find a way to dress our old friend up a bit. I mean a corn dog is CENTSIBLE for a low budget , but we need to make him fashionable enough to join us in the high life!

Classy Corn dog
Ingredients:
Italian sausage 1c flour 1c corn meal fine ground 1Tb baking powder 3Tb sugar 1egg 3/4-1c milk (batter should be thick) Bake sausage at 400* for 25 min. Mix all ingredients,  Insert sticks in sausage. Dip in batter and deep fry them just until they are golden brown ( your sausage will already be fully cooked because we baked them) You can use a large sauce pan. Be careful and have fun girls!!!
I had a lot of fun with mine! I even dipped, and fried string cheese also!
I served my corn dogs with a side of:
Bacon Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes
6 large red potatoes
half a stick of butter
2 tbsps whipping cream
4 strips of bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
half a cup sour cream
4 cloves garlic chopped
2 jalapenos chopped
salt to tase
Cut potatoes in fourths, place in saucepan, cover in water and boil until tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Sautee garlic and jalapenos in 1 tbsp butter just until tender. When potatoes are tender drain water and place in mixing bowl, add remaining butter, whipping cream, sour cream, and salt. Mix until smooth. Now add the garlic and jalapenos and crumbled bacon!! Mix just until combined… try not to eat them all!

Skillet Lasagna

I’m a huge fan of lasagna…who isn’t with all of that creamy, delicious cheese…but I’ve had little success with oven lasagnas.  They are usually too dry, not to mention they take over an hour in the oven, and in these hot summer months who wants that?  When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. In less than 30 minutes I had a delicious, saucy lasagna that is lower in calories than a traditional lasagna.  What’s not to love?!?  I know my picture is not the prettiest thing in the world, but I promise this dish is fantastic!  If you want to see some much better pictures, click here, where I found the original recipe.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans Italian stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
About 6 ounces lasagna noodles, broken into thirds & fully cooked

Directions:

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until garlic is fragrant, about one minute. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook mixture until it thickens up a bit, around 5 minutes.
Add noodles to skillet and stir into the mixture well. Add scoops of ricotta cheese over the noodles; add in mozzarella and Parmesan. Cook about 2 more minutes, or until mixture is thick.
Serve immediately with additional basil or parsley.

Four Cheese Bacon Alfredo

This is one of those recipes that just kind of happened.  I was looking in my fridge thinking I wanted to make Manicotti, realizing that I didn’t have the right ingredients to make it, when an unopened package of bacon on the bottom shelf started calling to me.  I pulled it out, grabbed some veggies and noodles and voila!  My husband rated this a 10 and I have to agree that it was pretty fantastic!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Four Cheese Bacon Alfredo

8 slices of bacon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 of a red pepper, chopped
1/4 of a large red onion, chopped
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 jar Classico Four Cheese Alfredo sauce
8 oz linguini
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions.
Fry bacon in a large skillet over med heat until crisp, remove and let cool.  Drain most of the bacon grease, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan.  Add garlic and saute about 1 minute until garlic is browned.  Add red pepper and red onion and saute 3 more minutes until peppers and onions are tender.  Reduce heat to med-low.  Add spinach and saute until just starting to wilt, about 1 minute.  Immediately add sauce (I usually put a little bit of milk in the empty jar, put the lid on and shake it to get all of the sauce out).  Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Let simmer for about 5 minutes and then toss in noodles.  Serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra tastiness!

Pizza Bagels

I was looking for a recipe that was cheap, easy to make, and would easily meet the criteria of my husband’s favorite foods.  He’s not really picky but his favorites always tend to be the same kind of food a ten year old would like, mac n cheese, hot dogs…you get the idea.  When I found the idea for pizza bagels on this website, I knew they would be a hit!

Pizza Bagels

Here’s what you need:

1 package plain bagels (or asiago, if you’re feeling adventurous and you can find them)
1 package shredded mozzarella
1 jar pizza sauce

Optional toppings:
Pepperoni (my husband’s personal favorite)
Mushrooms
Onions
Peppers
Ground Beef
Italian Sausage
Anything you can think of that will fit on a bagel

We used one bagel for each of us, so we each ended up with two slices of “pizza.”  Slice your bagels in half and lay the halves, flat side up, on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Spread the desired amount of pizza sauce on each bagel half…we used a heaping tablespoon for each.  Sprinkle mozzarella on top of sauce.  This is where it gets fun…if you’re a cheese fan, pile it on there.  Then place your toppings, as artfully as you like.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

The total cost of the ingredients was $7.61 and since it’s just the two of us, at least until baby girl sprouts some teeth, and we have enough to make this three times, this dinner came to a little over $2.54. I’d say that’s pretty CENTSIBLE!  The best part is they take less than 15 minutes to make!