How to Make Easy Cheese Biscuits & Cuina Giveaway

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Easy Cheese BiscuitsAn easy way to reduce my grocery budget is to serve soups – they’re a great use of leftover meat and veggies, and since it’s pretty easy and free to make bone broth out of ingredients I already have on hand, soup is just a cost effective way to manage budget meal prep. As much as I like to serve soups, though, my family often rebels. Please tell me I’m not the only one whose family thinks they deserve more for a meal than soup? Serving nice and easy cheese biscuits along with soup is a popular way to turn a not so favorite meal into a better one.

How to Make Easy Cheese Biscuits

easy cheese biscuitsMix up a quick dough – flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and cheddar cheese.

easy cheese biscuitsI use a large scoop to measure out biscuits on my Cuina baking mat. I’ve been wanting to try out a silicone baking mat like this for ages and am so pleased with the end result! I wonder why I waited so long to get a nonstick, silicone baking mat. Drizzle a mix of  butter and garlic on the biscuits.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees, or until they are golden brown.

How to Make Easy Cheese Biscuits & Cuina Giveaway

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 8 large buscuits

How to Make Easy Cheese Biscuits & Cuina Giveaway

A yummy cheesy biscuit that resembles Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Perfect accompaniment to soups and stews.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour {I use freshly ground soft white wheat}
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 TBS melted butter
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients and add milk and cheese.
  3. Drop large dollops on a silicone baking mat.
  4. Mix garlic and butter and pour over biscuits.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

A note about freshly ground flour - if you use freshly ground flour, you might want to weigh it for better results. I used 9.4 ounces of flour and then added in a little bit more at the end because I thought the dough looked too wet. Don't be afraid to make adjustments based on how the dough looks. You don't want the dough to be too wet or too dry and I have learned to weigh out the flour the hard way after years of baking almost exclusively with freshly ground flour.

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Cuina Kitchen sent me one of their nonstick silicone baking mats to try out. If you’ve never heard of nonstick silicone baking mats, here’s some information from Cuina Kitchen:

The Cuina Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat is the baker’s dream tool. It makes life in the kitchen easy by turning anything into an instant nonstick surface! Place it on cookie trays or in baking pans and baking sheets to make them nonstick! The Cuina Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat replaces parchment paper, tin foil, and grease – that’s right, there’s no need to grease the pans because nothing can stick to them!

I was very pleased with the mat. I like that it’s a frugal and green choice and I don’t need to use parchment paper or foil. And, I’m excited to be able to offer one as a giveaway too! To enter, please use the Rafflecopter Form below.

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Easy & Delicious Roast Chicken Recipe

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If you’re looking for a really delicious, yet surprisingly simple meal, this post is for you. At $2.49 per pound, chicken is one of the more frugal organic meats, as long as you get the whole bird instead of only breasts. And the best part of the whole chicken is that one bird feeds our family of 6 three different meals! That’s a pretty good use of $12. Here’s the first of three meals I often cook for my family using one $12 chicken.

Easy & Delicious Roast Chicken Recipe

easy and delicious roast chicken recipe

Start with a good quality chicken. I buy organic whole chickens at Costco. At $2.49 per pound, chicken is one of the more frugal organic meats. And the best part of the whole chicken is that one bird feeds our family of 6 three different meals! That’s a pretty good use of $12.

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Rinse and pat your chicken. Put it in a nice dutch oven with an oven proof lid. I absolutely love my purple Le Creuset. It is my most favorite pot ever. If you don’t have one, I’d recommend getting one  of these dutch ovens some day.

easy and delicious roast chicken recipe-002Add big chunks of root veggies – I like to use onions, potatoes, and carrots. But I’ve also added sweet potatoes and would love to add turnips some day. Season with a good quality salt (like this Real Salt) and pepper, oregano, and add a few glugs of olive oil. I like to buy the organic olive oil at Costco. Cover and bake at 425F for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Easy & Delicious Roast Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servins

Easy & Delicious Roast Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 organic chicken
  • 3 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped in large pieces
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced in large pieces
  • 3-4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rinse and pat dry chicken.
  3. Put it in a large dutch oven.
  4. Add all veggies and spices.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over chicken.
  6. Cover the pot and bake for 1 - 1 /12 hours or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Notes

Pick any leftover meat of the chicken bones for use in another meal. Save the bones for making soup broth.

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German Apple Pancakes

I’m sure you know how important it is to start the day off with a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. Not only is cooking from scratch good for the body, but it’s also good for my grocery budget. Skipping sugary cereals and instead cooking something from scratch helps me keep a relatively low {yet whole food & mostly organic} budget for my family of six.
German Apple PancakeToday I’m sharing a wonderful breakfast recipe on Homegrown & Healthy. One of our go-to family breakfasts has long been German Pancakes. They’re quick (about 25 minutes start to finish) and my kids love them. I’ve been baking these for years. Recently, I put a new spin on them. It adds a couple extra steps and increases the total time to cook, but they’re so good, it’s worth it!

Head over to Aubrey’s blog, Homegrown & Healthy for the recipe for German Apple Pancakes!