Tortilla Bowls, and Squash Strips, Frugal Meals

November 8, 2010 Updated August 14, 2014

The author will not be held responsible for any injury due to someone 
attempting to cook homemade tortilla bowls. 

This should be done by an adult or supervised. 

Oil is very hot. 

Allow all surfaces and foods to cool enough not to burn anyone. 

Turn off all fire, and heat sources when done cooking. 

Practice safety specifications and obey all of the laws of your state or country.

Cooking At Home Saves Money

Learning how to make delicious meals at home is an excellent way to save money, and draw the household closer.

After spending a long day at the office, or on the construction site, it is enlivening to get a whiff of something wonderful coming from the house as you walk up to the door. It is a way of showing love, when your family or friends walk into the house, and they experience the beautiful smells coming from the kitchen.

Being the cook - does not mean you must suffer and slave. It is better to work smarter not harder. The suggestions given here can be completed in about 30 minutes, depending on how many people you are attempting to feed.

In the North America, within the past few decades we are dependent on the automatic, aromatic fair that has been sacked up, slurped up, super-sized up, and ready for us instantly.

Fast food is generally highly processed, with additives to assure longevity of shelf life. When we take a chance on eating food from take-out, and restaurants, the food sources are mostly unknown.

This way of eating is not healthy or ultimately satisfying.

Cooking and eating at home feels healthier, and it is more satisfying. When eating out, it is a common experience, that no matter how much you eat, in minutes, you will find that you are hungry again quickly.




It Is Important To Use Safety First In The Kitchen

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Mozzarella and Roasted Garlic Cloves. Served with Butternut Squash strips. molding tortilla into ss basketYou can always add whatever you like, or have a little of, and want to try it...Go.Using Tongs to gently and safely lower basket into hot oil.Stainless Steel Steamer Basket2 Cute new "Fajitas Bowls"Sharp Cheddar Cheese toppingTaco Salad Mini Bowls - another mouth-watering shot
Mozzarella and Roasted Garlic Cloves. Served with Butternut Squash strips.
Mozzarella and Roasted Garlic Cloves. Served with Butternut Squash strips. | Source
molding tortilla into ss basket
molding tortilla into ss basket | Source
You can always add whatever you like, or have a little of, and want to try it...Go.
You can always add whatever you like, or have a little of, and want to try it...Go. | Source
Using Tongs to gently and safely lower basket into hot oil.
Using Tongs to gently and safely lower basket into hot oil. | Source
Stainless Steel Steamer Basket
Stainless Steel Steamer Basket | Source
2 Cute new "Fajitas Bowls"
2 Cute new "Fajitas Bowls" | Source
Sharp Cheddar Cheese topping
Sharp Cheddar Cheese topping | Source
Taco Salad Mini Bowls - another mouth-watering shot
Taco Salad Mini Bowls - another mouth-watering shot | Source

Cooking At Home Boosts Usable Income

Home Cooking - Is a good way to help our personal finances, cooking at home can be nutritious, quick and much more satisfying. Listed below are some old myths about cooking at home.

  1. Good Meals have to taste boring, and take a long time.
  2. If I don't do it like my Mother it cannot be right.
  3. Follow "cooking instructions" to the 'T' and your food will come out perfect.
  4. Only people who have attended a culinary arts school can create beautiful meals
  5. Nutritionists are the only ones who know how to arrange meals

** A Good Beginner Cook Book is the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It is a Hard Back, in Notebook form, and easy to use. Older versions are often at second-hand stores and yard sales.

The first thing when beginning in the kitchen is to start with a clean surface. As a beginner, it helped me to get all of the ingredients called for in a recipe, before starting.

For the Very Organized, Getting ingredients and storing them in order of use in the recipe, will make the whole cooking project go smoother.

After each ingredient has been used, and there is no other call for it - PUT IT AWAY right then. Each dish or spoon you dirty, get a bowl of hot dishwater in a large bowl. Clean as you go. Put a little towel to dry your washed items.

Give yourself permission to rest. By cleaning as you cook, by the time the meal is complete, the clean up is mostly done!

You will have the perfect roast meat to shred for use in your Taco Bowls!

The **roast pork for a meal cost about **$16.00 for a 3 LB roast on sale. We added 4 Medium Red potatoes, some onion and garlic. Total cost $23.00 for the first meal, with the leftovers, we can make two meal, and plenty left over.

Fajitas Bowls are made with tortillas. The dozen is $2.00. We are making 6 Fajitas Bowls. Cost $1.00 in tortillas.Oil is $2.00 for 6 meals, = 30 cents in oil . .75 cents in cheese. .35 cents in garlic. Leftover Roast = Priceless!


**Note: When I first wrote this article in 2010, a three pound beef roast, could be gotten in Arkansas, for around $3.00, today in August of 2014, it would run about $25.00, that is a big jump.


Instructions

  1. Stainless Steel Fry Basket Deep fryer - (Please read all safety instructions and do not operate in an unsafe manner. Oil is hot). Clean oil - Small flour tortillas - Heat oil to 375 ° - For your cooker, you may have to adjust temps up or down. Cup the tortilla in fry basket. Use tongs or grabbers to gently lower bowls into hot oil. This is the most time consuming. Each bowl takes 1 - 2 minutes to cook.
  2. .•As soon as they are a light brown , lift basket from hot oil carefully, and remove!
  3. •Carefully set each bowl to drain
  4. •Let the basket drain carefully over deep fryer.
  5. •On Heat resistant plate or platter, use a double thickness of paper towels, or 6 Coffee Filters.
  6. Put a pinch of cheese into the bottom of the newly made bowls.
  7. Add shredded roast, then veggies , and of course more cheese .
  8. Now, think outside of the bowl

Add Color; One Way To Cook Butternut Squash

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Wild Rice box used for scale,After the Butternut squash is sliced in 1/2, and the seeds removed. (they can be baked like pumpkin seed) For scale, 1 Cup measuring cupThey are starting to get done on the outsideFrom above...Photos of the stove dials of an electric stove top, in case your numbers are worn off...The taco bowls, with Butter Fried Butter Squash.
Wild Rice box used for scale,
Wild Rice box used for scale, | Source
After the Butternut squash is sliced in 1/2, and the seeds removed. (they can be baked like pumpkin seed) For scale, 1 Cup measuring cup
After the Butternut squash is sliced in 1/2, and the seeds removed. (they can be baked like pumpkin seed) For scale, 1 Cup measuring cup | Source
They are starting to get done on the outside
They are starting to get done on the outside | Source
From above...
From above... | Source
Photos of the stove dials of an electric stove top, in case your numbers are worn off...
Photos of the stove dials of an electric stove top, in case your numbers are worn off... | Source
The taco bowls, with Butter Fried Butter Squash.
The taco bowls, with Butter Fried Butter Squash. | Source

6 Tortillas, are about a dollar

6 Fajitas Bowls are made with tortillas.

  • The dozen is $2.00. We are making 6 Fajitas Bowls. Cost $1.00 in tortillas.
  • Oil is $2.00 for 6 meals, = 30 cents in oil.
  • 1/2 cup of cheese. approx .75 cents in cheese.
  • .35 cents in garlic,
  • 2 Cups Left over Roast - Priceless

Ingredients

  • 6 Tortillas, Flour
  • 1/2 cup Oil, Vegetable
  • 1 cup Cheese, go wild
  • 2 cups Roast, pre-cooked
  • 1 Squash, Acorn

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6 small taco salad bowls, and acorn squash strips

Make Homemade Tortillas

Homemade Food Hit The Spot


There is nothing better when making homemade Mexican Food, than making your own tortillas. For any of you that have experience with making biscuits, if you do it often (daily) it becomes very easy to make beautiful hand patted bread for you and your household.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

Mmmmm...my mouth is watering already. Delicious and economical...I love it.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

ecoggins - What a pleasure! You are just in time to eat. We'll just make you an extra plate. Thanks for coming buy and being the first to comment!


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chan0512 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

looks delicious and yummy! Thanks for sharing.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

It is actually very difficult editing and adding photos, as it sets off hunger pangs and salivation! Thanks for the visit and comment.


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

I'm definitely going to have to try this. It is both economical and sounds oh so delicious, a sure way to please guests too. Thanks so much.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

BobbiRant what a pleasure. I love having company over to eat. We will set it up Buffet style so you can create your own beautiful Dish! :0) Thanks for the nice comment.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I love this as a busy working Mom we tend to eat on the go a lot and it's hard being vegetarians. I stopped at the big "C" and picked up three veggie tacos and a drink and it was almost $8.00 that's crazy! My kids love Quesadilla bowls as we eat a lot of beans and rice. You've given me the light bulb moment, this is easy to do and on the go. I can do it! Thanks so much!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

katiem2 - Thank you for these 'tasty' comments. With the choices in tortillas expanding to veggie wraps, the choices, colors and presentations, are endless, quick and easy. Glad you like! The Best and Peace!

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