Lazy Budget Chef: November 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How to Make Dairy Free and Delicious Croutons!

One of my favorite dishes served with any chicken, turkey, goose, or duck dinner is the stuffing!
Which is actually dressing because I don’t cook it inside the bird. Stuffing = baked inside the bird. Dressing = baked inside of the bird. The more you know, right?

So I thought that my all time favorite side dish was safe from my personal Great Milk and Dairy Ingredient Purge when I was first diagnosed with being severely lactose intolerant. Until that familiar gut punch told me differently while I was making my way through a big ol’ pile of dressing on an evening out.

Turns out the dairy was in the croutons.

It wasn't until I went on the Great Dairy Free Crouton Quest of three grocery stores in one day that I realized that the only way I’m going to get a crouton for stuffing, salads, or to top a bowl of soup is to make it myself.

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Making croutons is so super easy I’m kicking myself for not learning how to make them sooner! It is a great way to use extra, old bread or bread crusts! Here’s how.

A Quick and Easy Crouton Recipe

Thursday, November 7, 2019

How to Cook an Acorn Squash in an Instant Pot in Six Minutes or Less!

Stuffed acorn squash is one of my favorite fall dinner meals. After a few failed attempts, I discovered the trick to having the stuffing and the squash cooked equally in the oven (I can’t be the only person who dried out/singed the stuffing because the dense winter squash took longer to cook than the stuffing inside it, am I? ) is to pre bake the squash by itself for an half an hour or more before stuffing and baking the squash per the directions in the recipe I’m following.

Since my dinner meal planning usually goes along the lines of, “it’s dinner time and I need to make food immediately” I rarely cooked acorn squash in any way, shape, or form because of that pesky house long baking time.


quick and easy instant pot acorn squash recipe
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That is until one kitchen experiment later, I now know I can pressure cook a hard acorn squash in 5 to 10 minutes. Woo hoo! Acorn squash for everyone!

How to Make Instant Pot Acorn Squash the Easy Way