Category Archives: Budget Dishes

Canned Salmon in Shells


1 pound canned salmon, include liquid
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 cup soda cracker crumbs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°. Blend all ingredients and divide among 6 greased shells. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until done.
NOTE: recipe can also be used to make a loaf. Extend baking period to 35 to 40 minutes.
Serves 6
Preparation time: 40 Min.
Approximate calories per serving… 260


Spinach Salad
Canned Salmon in Shells
Herbed Zucchini
Creamed Green Peas with Pimento
Strawberry Sundaes

© 1973 Curtin Publications, Inc. New York, N.Y. Printed in U.S.A.

Tuna on Toasted English Muffins


2 cups cream sauce, homemade or canned
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. chili sauce or catsup
salt and pepper
4 medium-sized tomatoes, peeled, seeded, cut into small pieces
4 hard-cooked eggs, cut in quarters
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
1 13-oz. can tuna, drained, separated into chunks
6 English Muffins

Heat cream sauce, add mayonnaise and chili sauce; blend thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, eggs and water chestnuts. Fold in tuna. Pour into 2-qt. casserole. Cover, bake at 325°F for 30 min.; uncover, bake 5 min. more. Serve on toasted split English Muffins. Makes 6 servings.

Suggested Menu and Preparation Schedule
Tuna on Toasted English Muffin
Grapefruit Tossed Salad/Lemon-Oil Dressing
Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze

Early in the day or the day before make or buy Gingerbread.
**4:00pm  Prepare Ingredients for Tuna Casserole
*4:30         Prepare Salad Greens. Refrigerate.
*4:45         Section Grapefruit. Refrigerate.
  5:00        Assemble Tuna Casserole
  5:25        Bake Tuna Casserole in Preheated Oven
  5:45        Toast Split English Muffins. Keep Warm.
  5:50        Toss Salad with Lemon and Oil Dressing
  6:00        Bon Appetit! Enjoy Your Dinner!
After dinner serve Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze.

*May be prepared earlier and refrigerated
**These may be prepared earlier in the day and stored separately in covered containers in the refrigerator.

To see what happens when a Steel Town Girl makes this recipe visit Dinner Is Served 1972!

©1972 Marjon Promotions Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Braised Lamb Shanks


4 lamb shanks (about 3/4 lb each)
1 1/2 teaspoons unseasoned instant meat tenderizer
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups boiling water
1/2 lb white onion, peeled
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 lb carrots
2 stalks celery

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Wipe lamb shanks with damp paper towels. Trim off any fat. Sprinkle shanks with meat tenderizer.

2. In nonstick Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown hanks on all sides, turning with tongs, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water; pour over shanks. Add onions, bay leaf, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bake, covered, 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile pare carrots. Cut celery into 1-inch pieces. Add vegetables to Dutch oven. Bake, covered, 60 minutes longer, or until vegetables and meat are tender.

Makes 4 servings.

© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Kielbasa With Red Cabbage


1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2-lb head cabbage, shredded (about 12 cups)
3 medium onions, sliced
3 medium cooking apples, pared, cored, and sliced
1 large red pepper, cut in thin strips
1//2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 ring (2 lb) kielbasa

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, orange peel, garlic, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves.

2. In Dutch oven, arrange in layers, half of cabbage, half of onions, and half of apples. Sprinkle with half of brown sugar mixture. Top with half of pepper strips. Repeat.

3. Pour orange juice and vinegar over top.

4. Bake, covered, 1 hour.

5. Make 1/4-inch-deep slashes, at 2-inch intervals, in kielbasa. Place in Dutch oven, pressing down to partially cover kielbasa with pan juices. Bake, covered, 30 minutes longer.

Makes 6 servings.

© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole


6 large green peppers (about 2 1/2 lb)
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can (1 lb) tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 lb ground chuck
1 1/2 cups cooked white rice

1. Cut off tops of peppers; remove ribs and seeds. Chop edible portion of tops; set aside. Wash peppers.

2. Place peppers in large kettle with 2 quarts salted water. Bring to boiling; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Drain peppers; set aside.

3. In hot margarine in medium skillet, sauté chopped green pepper, onion and celery, 3 to 5 minutes, until tender.

4. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, 1 1/2 teapoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350F.

6. Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, combing egg, remaining salt and pepper, and Worcestershire. Beat with spoon to blend.

7. Add chuck, rice, and 1 cup of tomato mixture, mixing well.

8. Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Place in 3-quart casserole. Pour remaining tomato mixture over peppers.

9. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour.

Makes 6 servings.

© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co., All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Creamy Dried Beef Mold

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2/3 cup skim milk
1 can (8 ounces) lima beans, drained
1 jar (2 1/2 ounces) dried beef, finely cut up (see note)
2 medium stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup grated American cheese food
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons instant minced onion
Celery leaves

Sprinkle gelatin on cold water in saucepan to soften; stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix mayonnaise and mustard in medium bowl; beat in gelatin mixture. Stir in milk. Cover and refrigerate until slightly thickened, 30 to 45 minutes.

Stir in beans, beef, celery, cheese, lemon juice and onion. Pour into 4-cup mold. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. Unmold and garnish with celery leaves. 4 to 6 servings.

Note: If dried beef is too salty, pour boiling water on it and drain.

©1975 by General Mils, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Circle Hot Dogs/Coconut Pie

Circle Hot Dogs

8 skinless frankfurters
2 small tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
8 slices process American cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
8 pickle slices

Make cuts almost to bottom of frankfurters: place in ungreased baking pan. Place a tomato slice and a cheese slice on each bun half; place on ungreased baking sheet.

Set oven control to broil and/or 550°. Broil frankfurters with tops 4 to 5 inches from heat until brown and curled, 2 to 3 minutes. Place frankfurters on cheese-topped buns. Broil until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with pickle slices. 4 to 6 servings.

Coconut Pie

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup biscuit baking mix
3 eggs
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
Whipped topping
Raspberry preserves

Heat oven to 350°. Beat milk, sugar, baking mix, eggs, butter and extract in large mixer bowl on low speed 1 minute. (Mixture may be lumpy.” Stir in coconut; pour into greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake until edge is golden, about 45 minutes. Cool. Garnish with topping and preserves.

Menu Mates: Potato chips, celery sticks.

© 1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Cheeseburger Pie

1 stick or 1/2 packet of our pie crust mix
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
Cheese Topping (below)
1/2 cup chili sauce

Heat oven to 425°. Prepare pastry for 9-inch One-crust Pie as directed on package. IN medium skillet, cook and stir meat until brown. Drain off fat. Stir in salt, oregano, pepper, crumbs, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the onion and green pepper. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan. Spread Cheese Topping over the filling.

Bake about 30 minutes. Cut into wedges. Stir together remaining tomato sauce and the chili sauce; serve with pie. 6 to 8 servings.

Cheese Topping

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon each salt, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded natural Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Beat egg and milk; stir in seasonings and cheese.

©Copyright 1972 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Savory Salmon-Tuna Loaf

1 can (7 oz) chunk-style tuna
1 can (7 3/4 oz) salmon
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup soft white bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 can (1 lb) stewed tomatoes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by- 2 1/2 inch loaf pan. Place lightly greased strip of foil down center, letting it extend over ends.

2. Drain tuna. Drain salmon; remove skin and bones.

3. In hot margarine in small skillet, saute onion until tender. Stir in bread crumbs. Remove from heat.

4. In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly. Stir in milk, parsley, salt, Worcestershire, and bread crumb mixture. Fold in tuna, salmon, and lemon juice until well blended. Turn into prepared loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Meanwhile, make Sauce: Drain 1/4 cup liquid from tomatoes into small saucepan. Stir in cornstarch until dissolved. Stir in tomatoes, salt, thyme, and remaining liquid. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Keep warm.

6. Let loaf stand about 3 minutes. Loosen around edges with spatula. Holding foil, gently lift loaf onto serving platter, so brown crust is on top. Carefully remove foil. Serve loaf with sauce. Makes 6 servings.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Spiced Frankfurters In A Hurry

A simple but interesting treatment is given to frankfurters as they gently simmer in a flavorful sauce of tomatoes, onions, green pepper and celery. Aromatic oregano and paprika add more good flavor to this quick and easily prepared one-pot meal.

For 4 servings you will need:
1 to 1 1/4 lbs frankfurters
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 medium onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 green pepper, sliced
2 to 3 stalks celery, sliced
1 can (16 oz) whole tomatoes with liquid
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp paprika
Dash black pepper
Salt to taste

Tips: If you like, you can substitute other smoked sausage for the frankfurters and used canned ready-cut tomatoes for whole.


1. Cut each frankfurter into thirds. Melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter in a skillet. Lightly brown the frankfurters. Remove and keep warm.

2. Add remaining butter. Saute onions till lightly browned. Add the garlic. Saute 1 min. longer. Stir in green pepper and celery. Cook 3 or 4 min. more or until tender-crisp.

3. Add tomatoes with liquid, oregano, paprika, black pepper and salt to taste. Simmer until heated through. Serve immediately.

Good served with: Noodles or rice.

For 2 servings: Half of the ingredients
For 8 servings: Double the ingredients but use 1 large clove of garlic.

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