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Upside Down German Chocolate Cake Recipe

 
Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
 

Well the moratorium on desserts sure didn’t last long, did it? I just cannot live without my sweets. I might as well embrace my future as a female sumo wrestler and enjoy my cake. Sigh. I love German Chocolate Cake but the premade frosting in the containers is way too sweet for me. When I found this recipe I knew that I would never go back to premade frosting again! This is so much better.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup coconut
1-2 cups pecan cookie pieces
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 lb powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened

 

 

Spread 1 cup of coconut in bottom of greased 13×9 baking dish.

 

 

Spread 1-2 cups of pecan cookies pieces over top of coconut. If you like a lot of crunchy pecans, use 2 cups.

 

 

Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

 

 

Pour cake mix over top of pecan pieces.

 

 

Mix melted butter, softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together.

 

 

Pour cream cheese mixture over top of cake mix.

 

 

Take a knife and swirl cake mix and cream cheese mixture together.

 

 

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

 

 

Check out all that yumminess. Ahhhh….but what would make it even better?

 

 
 

For extra yumminess, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 1 cup coconut
  3. 1-2 cups pecan cookie pieces
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  5. 1 lb powdered sugar
  6. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
Instructions
  1. Spread 1 cup of coconut in bottom of greased 13x9 baking dish.
  2. Spread 1-2 cups of pecan cookies pieces over top of coconut.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  4. Pour cake mix over top of pecan pieces.
  5. Mix melted butter, softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together.
  6. Pour cream cheese mixture over top of cake mix.
  7. Take a knife and swirl cake mix and cream cheese mixture together.
  8. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
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Dinner for Dollars

April 2-8
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Cowboy Cupsrecipe credit

1 lb ground beef ($3.98)
2 cans refrigerated biscuits ($2.78)
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce ($1.69)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.16)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook ground beef; drain. Add sloppy joe sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Press each biscuit into greased muffin tin cup. Add 1/4 cup of sloppy joe mix to each muffin cup. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese.

COST-$9.61
The kids are going to love this dish. I haven’t made it before but these are the kinds of dinners that they just adore. By my calculations, if I serve sweet potato fries and a veggie too, we should get 6 dinners and 2 lunches out of this, making it around $1.20 per serving.


Pesto Ranch Chicken Pastarecipe adapted from here

1 box penne pasta ($1.06)
1/2 cup ranch dressing (on hand)
1/4 cup prepared pesto ($1.46)
3 chicken breasts, cooked & cut into pieces ($2.99)
1 can (14oz) asparagus tips (on hand)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded ($2.32)

Preheat oven to broil. Cook pasta according to package directions, strain and return to pot. Stir in the asparagus tips, pesto sauce and ranch dressing. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Pour pasta mixture into greased baking dish. Top with remainder of mozzarella cheese. Broil for 2-4 minutes or until cheese melts and starts to brown.

COST-$7.83
This is another new dish that I just found this week. I’m excited to try it because my kids love pesto and asparagus! Based on the amounts in the recipe, I think we should get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and some leftovers out of this. It works out to be around $0.78 per serving.

Lemon Butter Shrimp Linguine

1 lb frozen medium shrimp, thawed ($4.98)
1 stick butter or margarine (on hand)
3 T lemon juice (on hand)
1 packet Zesty Italian dry dressing seasoning ($0.78)
1 box linguine noodles ($1.06)

Melt stick of butter in baking dish. Add lemon juice to butter. Place shrimp in single layer on top of butter/lemon juice mix. Sprinkle packet of italian dressing over top of shrimp. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve over hot linguine noodles.

COST-$6.82
We love shrimp in this house, even the little one will clean her plate when I cook shrimp. I love this dish because it’s easy and quick with huge flavor! We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers which makes it around $0.62 per serving.

Chicken Nacho Scoops
1 bag Tortilla Scoops Chips ($2.78)
3 chicken breasts, cooked & cut up ($2.99)
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ($1.16)
1 cup Pepper jack cheese, shredded ($1.16)
1 jar Salsa ($1.46)
1 cup sour cream ($1.36)
1 tomato, diced (on hand)

Spread tortilla scoops on foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle Pepper Jack cheese over top. Spread chicken over top of Pepper Jack. Add cheddar cheese, covering each scoop. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and diced tomato on top and salsa on the side.

COST-$10.91
We are some nacho lovin’ fools around this house. I love this recipe because it’s simple and quick. I can throw it together with minimal prep work. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers out of this dish which works out to be around $0.91 per serving.



Meatball Sub Casserole

 
Meatball Sub Casserole
 

I’m changing it up a bit this week and posting a dinner recipe instead of a dessert. I woke up one day this week and realized that swim suit season is almost upon us. Bye-bye Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Bye-Bye Turtle Cheesecake. Sigh….But never fear, I have a whole repitoire of yummy recipes to share. Today I’m sharing a family favorite, Meatball Sub Casserole.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 bag frozen meatballs
1 loaf French bread, sliced
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1 t Italian Seasoning
1/4 t pepper
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 jar (28oz) spaghetti sauce

 

 

Arrange bread slices in single layer in ungreased baking dish.

 

 

Combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.

 

 

Spread mixture over top of bread slices.

 

 

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over top.

 

 

Place meatballs evenly in single layer over top of cheese.

 

 

Pour spaghetti sauce over the top of the meatballs.

 

 

Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella cheese over top of spaghetti sauce.

 

 

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Then hurry and take pictures before your family devours the entire casserole.

 

 

 

Doesn’t that look yummy? It tastes even better than it looks. If you have time, you can make your own meatballs. I’m lazy so I use frozen. That’s how I roll.

 

Meatball Sub Casserole
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen meatballs
  2. 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  3. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  4. 1/2 cup mayo
  5. 1 t Italian Seasoning
  6. 1/4 t pepper
  7. 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  8. 1 jar (28oz) spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Arrange bread slices in single layer in ungreased baking dish.
  2. Combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  3. Spread mixture over top of bread slices.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over top.
  5. Place meatballs evenly in single layer over top of cheese.
  6. Pour spaghetti sauce over the top of the meatballs.
  7. Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella cheese over top of spaghetti sauce.
  8. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
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Dinners for Dollars

March 26-April 1
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Cheesy Ham & Pasta Bake

1 box penne pasta ($1.06)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ($2.32)
1 1/2 cups diced ham ($1.99)
8 oz can sliced mushrooms ($0.89)
4 T flour (on hand)
3 cups milk, divided (on hand)
1/4 t pepper (on hand)

Cook pasta as directed on package. Mix together 1 cup milk with flour in bowl. When thoroughly combined, pour into skillet. Warm mixture while stirring constantly, adding additional milk until it reaches desired thickness ( I used about 1 additional cup). Simmer about 3 minutes. Add the ham and the mushrooms to the mixture and simmer until the ham warms. Add in 3/4 of the shredded cheese and let melt. Spread cooked pasta in bottom of a baking dish. Stir ham mixture until well combined and pour over top of pasta. Stir to coat. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 300 degrees for around 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.

COST-$6.26
The kids love this dish and they beg for it quite often. They don’t even notice the mushrooms and I even snuck some asparagus spears in there last time. This dish makes quite a bit, we normally get 6 dinners, 1 lunch and a lot of leftovers. It works about to be around $0.57 per serving.


Open Faced Meatball Subs
1 bag frozen meatballs ($3.98)
1 jar spaghetti sauce ($1.88)
1 loaf French Bread ($2.05)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (on hand)
Mozzarella Cheese Slices ($1.98)
2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded ($2.32)

Combine meatballs and spaghetti sauce in saucepan on stovetop and heat through until warm. Preheat oven to Broil. Slice the French Bread on an angle and cut each slice in half. Drizzle sliced bread with olive oil. Place bread on baking sheet and broil until nice and golden brown. Once bread is toasted, top each slice with 2-4 meatballs and add some extra sauce on top. Add 2 slices of mozzarella cheese and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Return to broiler until cheese melts.

COST-$12.21
Mr.McHunky raves about these subs every time I make them! I usually only make enough for one dinner because I don’t want soggy sub leftovers but the amount of ingredients above equals enough for 2 lunches and some leftovers. I just assemble the subs and broil them when we’re ready to eat. It works out to be around $1.02 per serving.

Taco Pockets

1 lb ground beef ($3.98)
1 packet taco seasoning ($0.62)
1 block pepper jack cheese ($1.98)
1 can (11oz) tube refrigerated thin crust pizza dough ($2.06)

Brown meat, drain and add taco seasoning. Roll pizza dough onto greased pan. With pizza cutter, divide into 4 strips. Spoon 1/2 cup meat onto dough. Add a couple of slices of pepper jack cheese. Fold ends of dough over top of meat and cheese mix. Crimp sides together with fork. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes. Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.

COST-$8.64
Another family favorite! I fill each pocket with a little less than 1/2 cup because my pockets always seem to explode if I use more filling. If you don’t like the spicy of the pepper jack cheese, substitute Mexican blend or Colby Jack. We normally get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and minimal leftovers. It works out to be around $0.86 per serving.

Fish Cakes

1 pkg Stove Top stuffing ($1.68)
¾ cup water (on hand)
cup mayo (on hand)
2 cans (6oz each) crabmeat, drained and flaked ($2.98)
3 T tartar sauce (on hand)

Mix stuffing, water, mayo, crabmeat and tartar. Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes. Heat large skillet sprayed with Pam on med heat. Shape 1/3 cupfuls of mixture into patties. Add to skillet in batches. Cook 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

COST-$4.66
We love fish cakes and I think I’ve tried every recipe that has come my way in the past few years. This is the recipe that the kids seem to like the best. We get 6 dinners and minimal leftovers from this and I sometimes double the recipe if I know I’m going to need more leftovers. I always serve these fish cakes with Zatarins yellow rice and sugar snap peas. It works out to be around $0.58 per serving.

Honey Glazed Bacon Chicken

10-12  chicken strips ($4.98)
10-12  thin bacon slices ($2.29)
3 T honey (on hand)
2 t coarse mustard (on hand)
lemon juice (on hand)

Combine honey with mustard in small bowl. Add 1 T lemon juice. Wrap each chicken strip with one slice bacon and place them in a baking dish. Brush chicken with 1/2 of the marinade. Bake at 425 for 10-13 minutes until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and flip each chicken strip over. Brush with remaining marinade. Put them back in oven for additional 10-13 minutes.

COST-$7.27
I love bacon, it’s no secret. I will wrap anything in bacon. These chicken tenders are so yummy with the glaze on top of the bacon. Pure deliciousness indeed. If I’m feeling like truly indulging, I will serve these with cheesy potatoes. We normally only get 6 dinners and 1 lunch from this meal because it’s just that good. It works out to be around $1.04 per serving.



Turtle Cheesecake

 
Turtle Cheesecake
 

Definition:  A 5 Star orgasm for your tongue.

 

For Matt’s birthday this week I let him choose what yummy treat he wanted me to make. He loves cheesecake so that’s what he asked me to do. I wanted to make something special and yummy so I searched until I found a recipe for Turtle Cheesecake. I tweaked it a bit and I am super pleased with how delicious it turned out to be. It’s an amazingly delicious mix of caramel and chocolate blended with traditional cheesecake.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 Oreo Pie Crust
3 pks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 T lime juice
1 T vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T chocolate syrup
2 T caramel syrup
1/2 cup pecan cookie pieces
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels

 

 

Beat softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until smooth.

 

 

Add sugar, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla to cream cheese mixture.

 

 

Continue beating until smooth.

 

 

Remove 1 cup of filling and set aside.

 

 

Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave.

 

 

Combine reserved filling with melted chocolate and stir until blended.

 

 

Pour white filling into the Oreo crust.

 

 

Pour chocolate filling over top.

 

 

Use a knife to swirl the 2 fillings together.

 

 

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the sides are set and center jiggles slightly. Cool completely.

 

 

Top with chocolate sauce, caramel syrup, pecan bits and mini morsels. Refrigerate several hours before serving.

 

 

 

Just look at all that yummy. You know you want some, it’s irresistible. I’m telling you….an orgasm for your tongue.

 

One more tantalizing look…

 

 
 

 

Turtle Cheesecake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Oreo Pie Crust
  2. 3 pks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 3 T lime juice
  7. 1 T vanilla extract
  8. 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  9. 2 T chocolate syrup
  10. 2 T caramel syrup
  11. 1/2 cup pecan cookie pieces
  12. 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels
Instructions
  1. Beat softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla to cream cheese mixture.
  3. Continue beating until smooth.
  4. Remove 1 cup of filling and set aside.
  5. Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave.
  6. Combine reserved filling with melted chocolate and stir until blended.
  7. Pour white filling into the Oreo crust.
  8. Pour chocolate filling over top.
  9. Use a knife to swirl the 2 fillings together.
  10. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the sides are set and center jiggles slightly.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Top with chocolate sauce, caramel syrup, pecan bits and mini morsels.
  13. Refrigerate several hours before serving.
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