Make a Meal from a Box of Frozen Pierogies – Peppers, Onions, Spinach & Sausage or Ham

A simple box of frozen pierogies can easily be turned in to a complete and inexpensive meal just by adding some veggies and a little meat. You can easily substitute the sausage in this recipe with diced leftover ham or deli ham.

1 Box Frozen Pierogies (I use Mrs. T’s)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cups fresh spinach, torn into pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (or 2) italian sausage link, sliced in 1/4″ slices (or substitute ham)

Heat 1 Tbsp.  olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onion, pepper and sausage to pan.  Cook until all begins to brown.  Add in spinach and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until spinach is wilted.  Move veggie/meat mixture to a plate.  Add the other Tbsp. olive oil to the pan and heat.  Add in frozen pierogies and 1/2 cup water.  Cover and let cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove lid, add reserved ingredients back to pan and cook until pierogies start to brown.  Serve immediately.

Easy Tamale Pie with Beef & Black Beans Recipe

This is a very quick to make meal that is delicious and hearty.  It’s an all-in-one dinner and is quite healthy with the addition of the black beans and veggies.

3/4 pound ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 packets taco seasoning (or use our Make Your Own Taco Seasoning recipe)
1/2 cup water
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8 oz. pkg. cornbread mix

Brown ground beef in a large skillet.  Drain excess fat.  Add in onion and sautee until softened.  Add in taco seasoning, 1/2 cup water and  tomatoes.  Cook 2-3 minutes.  Stir in beans and corn and allow to heat while you mix cornbread according to package directions.  Transfer meat & veggie mixture to a 1 1/2 quart casserole or a 9×9 square pan.  Drop cornbread mix by spoonfuls across top of mixture and spread as evenly as you can.  Cook according to directions on cornbread box, or until golden brown.

Easy and Hearty Cowboy Beans with Beef (with a Vegetarian Option)

This is a nice, hearty meal that is easy to make and inexpensive in that it only uses 3/4 ground beef to make a big pot. You can actually decrease the amount of beef and it is still good. For a vegetarian option (even cheaper AND more healthy) simply replace the beef with a can of pinto beans and substitute a table of olive oil for the bacon.

4 slices bacon, chopped
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz cans of baked beans
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained

Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove the cooked bacon and brown the ground beef in the bacon drippings. Add the onion and spices. Cook until onions are soft (appx 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. (At this point you can drain the meat, but if using lean beef, you may not need to do so.) Add beans and corn to the pan and crumble in the reserved bacon. Cook on low heat 15 minutes or until heated through.

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Easy Turkey Quesadillas – Use Your Leftover Turkey

Do you have a lot of leftover Thanksgiving turkey?  This easy recipe will give you a little different spin on tradition.  And because it is super easy, it’s perfect for when you are exhausted after the big day!

Simple Toaster Oven Turkey Quesadillas

Large Flour Tortillas
Leftover Cooked Turkey (shredded)
Canned Refried Beans
Shredded Cheese, Mexican Style or Cheddar
Chunky Salsa

Spread 1/3 cup refried beans evenly over a tortilla evenly.  Top with shredded turkey.  Then spread 1/4 cup salsa over the turkey and beans. Sprinkle top with shredded cheese. Fold tortilla and half and set on toaster oven rack. Use the TOAST setting and toast until lightly browned.

You can also check out this Turkey Taquitos recipe.

Easy Spam and Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups Recipe


This is a super easy and cheap way to stretch one Spam Single into a whole meal. This was made with Pillsbury crescents (that I happened to get free with a coupon), but you could use store brand or even mix up your own dough for the most bang for your buck.

1 Spam Single
1 can crescent rolls
4 slices American cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dice the Spam single into very small pieces. Brown in a skillet on medium high heat. Unroll crescent rolls and place on baking sheet. (I use Silpat Liners to keep them from sticking.) Break the 4 slices of cheese in half diagonally and place 1/2 on each piece of crescent roll. Sprinkle the Spam cubes on the rolls. Roll up and space evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Easy Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe that is basically what the name implies – the taste of a cheeseburger baked in a pie!

1 refrigerated pie crust
1 pound ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped pickles
1 tsp salt.
1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp mustard
1/4 c. ketchup
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (also works great with Velveeta)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a pie plate with the pie crust. Brown ground beef. Drain off fat. Mix in all other ingredients (except cheese) and place in pie crust. Top with cheese. Bake at for 30 minutes.

Easy Quesadillas in the Toaster Oven (Try it with Leftovers!)

This simple recipe can be made “as is” or it can be easily adjusted to use up pretty much any type of leftover meat or veggies you have lurking in your fridge.  You can also add leftover rice!

Easy Toaster Oven Quesadillas

Large Flour Tortillas
Canned Refried Beans (we use low-fat)
Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
Chunky Salsa

Spread half of one tortilla evenly with 1/3 cup refried beans.  Spread 1/4 cup salsa over the beans. Sprinkle beans with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and place on toaster oven rack. Use the TOAST setting to toast until lightly browned.