Sunday, June 26, 2011

A low budget ham cassorole using luncheon meat

Once again, I am posting a few budget recipes for those who have less than fifty dollars a week to spend on a family of four. This week, I am talking about luncheon meat. If you have a dollar store nearby, you have seen the cans of luncheon meat in the food isle. If you like ham, you will be able to use these small cans to your favor. In a world where the word ‘spam’ is a bad thing…on the computer, this is not so for the stretched budget. But, I do not always use name brand when I use luncheon meat. Still, you’d be surprised what you can find in the food section of the dollar stores.

It’s sad that a lot of families do not sit down at the table anymore and eat together. We grab a fast bite and the time of sharing during a meal is left behind. As my children grew up, it was a house rule that for at least one meal a day we shared it together. My son had foot ball practice, and my daughter went to bass clarinet lessons but we ate together. The meal wasn’t five star but it was made with love and eaten as a family. I thank God for those memories. I hope you will be blessed with this recipe. Please know that I pray for whoever comes to this site. I pray you will leave refreshed and with hope for these troublesome times.

Luncheon Meat casserole is a favorite of my daughter’s.
You start with cut up onion and green pepper sautéed in a little butter. That would be half a cup of onion and half cup of green pepper in 2 tablespoons of butter.
Boil up 2-3 cups of macaroni and set aside.
This recipe calls for
1 can of cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz can of tomatoes
1 can of luncheon meat cut up
½ cup of cheese [I use what’s on hand. Sharp cheese, sandwich style slices etc]
Parmesan cheese

Oven is 350 degrees and this casserole bakes for 35 minutes.

Mix the macaroni, onion, pepper, and everything else but the parmesan cheese. Put mixture in slightly buttered casserole dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. This is great for a cold winter’s day.

Luncheon meat is so versatile. You can cut it, or shred it even. I like to cut it up small and put in omelets for breakfast. Go easy on the salt as the luncheon meat already has salt in it.

For those who are wondering, you can use canned luncheon meat anywhere that you’d normally use ham. I’ve made home made bean and luncheon meat soup, rather than bean with bacon.

A lot of folks do not realize that the original luncheon meat was created in Hawaii during the world war. I’m sorry I can’t remember which one, but I think it was world war 2.

Always remember to give thanks to our Almighty God and ask Him to bless your meal.

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