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Recipe of the Month 
Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

This hearty dish has all the great taste of traditional enchiladas -- cumin, chilies, and sour cream -- without all of the fuss. 
It's a fast and easy favorite.
By Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
 Recipe Summary
Chill:1 day
Bake: 40 minutes
Total: 1 day 1 hr 5 minutes
Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

 ½ pound lean ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 15 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 4 ounce can diced green chili peppers
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream or light dairy sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
8 6 inches corn tortillas
1 10 ounce can enchilada sauce or one 10 1/2-ounce can tomato puree
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
Step 1
In a large skillet cook the ground beef, onion, chili powder, and cumin until onion is tender and meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir pinto beans and undrained chili peppers into meat mixture; set aside.
Step 2
In a small mixing bowl stir together sour cream, flour, and garlic powder until combined; set aside.
Step 3
Place half of the tortillas in the bottom of a lightly greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, cutting to fit if necessary. Top with half of the meat mixture, half of the sour cream mixture, and half of the enchilada sauce. Repeat layers. Cover dish with plastic wrap; chill in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
To serve: Preheat oven to 350F. Remove plastic wrap; cover dish with foil. 
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. 
Uncover; sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 minutes more. 
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts
Per Serving: 429 calories; fat 24g; cholesterol 64mg; carbohydrates 36g; insoluble fiber 6g; protein 19g; vitamin a 1117.6IU; vitamin c 5.9mg; sodium 632mg; calcium 302.9mg; iron 2.5mg.


Appliances & Utensils


Manual Appliances

The main idea of using "manual" appliances should be self explanatory...not needing to use ELECTRICITY! I have found that there is great satisfaction to not having to be "plugged-in". Meaning that Boondocking places are far more available and being off-the-grid saves those dollars for more food, fuel and entertainment.

FoodSaver Tips


FoodSaver’s® FreshSaver® has been one of the best product I have ever discovered. I have been using this product since February 2014. It is more convenient than the original FoodSaver® because of its size and because this is a perfect fit due to the available space. It is so much more useful when living on a boat or in any size kitchen.
One of the best things about this product are the bags being used rather than the rolls that have to be cut and tossed after use. The bag with the two-way valve makes it more useful because after opening the bag and taking what you need out of the bag can be resealed. Making what food products you buy last so much longer, due the absence of oxygen inside the bag that can make food spoil more quickly.

Tip 1

When buying large or somewhat large quantities of lunchmeat, separate lunchmeat into amounts usable for short periods of time. Using regular size zipper sandwich bags, place separated lunchmeat into the bags, zipping almost all the way closed. Place two of these packages into a one-quart FreshSaver® bag, place a folded paper towel inside with the bags, closing the bag securely and apply FreshSaver® to evacuate air. This technique will not only keep your food from spoiling but the paper towel will absorb any excess liquid. After opening each time to use the lunchmeat replace with a fresh dry paper towel and reseal. If planning to freeze the lunchmeat a paper towel will not be needed until thawing out. Then, a paper towel will be considered necessary.
The refrigerated lunchmeat can last up to two to three weeks using this method in the refrigerator. The frozen will last months and will be as fresh as the day the lunchmeat was purchased. My personal experience with the refrigerated lunchmeat has lasted well over 3-4 weeks and was just as fresh.This also applies to fresh sliced deli meats and cheese.

Tip 2

When buying large quantities of cheese, the FreshSaver® is by far one of the best products to use insuring the long lasting freshness of your cheese product. What I have done is to take packaged sliced cheeses, after opening and placing them into a FreshSaver® bag and evacuating the air. For large quantities, the cheese can be frozen. To thaw the cheese place in the refrigerator overnight. The cheese will be as fresh as before frozen. Suggestion: buy the cheese that has paper between slices. For cheese that is refrigerated always evacuate air after each opening. For block cheese place in FreshSaver® bag, evacuate the air after each use. The cheese will last longer than using regular Ziploc bags because air in the bags causes the cheese to not last so long.

Tip 3

FreshSaver® bags used to keep onions will amaze you as not only will the onion stay fresh, but it will also not emit any odors into the fridge. As for lettuce, Romaine or Iceberg, rinsing the lettuce and wrapping in paper towels then placing in a gallon size FreshSaver® bag, removing the air, will make the lettuce last much longer than normal. Suggestion: when ready to use, take the lettuce leaves for use and prior to returning the lettuce to the bag, trim a small edge from the core of the lettuce and replace with dry paper towels. What I have learned and started doing is to remove the large iceberg lettuce leaves to be used for burgers or sandwiches and wrap them in a couple of paper towels, place them in the large FreshSaver® bag and seal. Use what I need and reseal the bag, replace the paper towels as needed. I am amazed at how long those lettuce leaves last and are as fresh as the day I put them in the refrigerator. Some have lasted longer than 2 weeks and were still crisp!
Although some people may not want to, the FreshSaver® bags are reusable if washed and dried thoroughly. I am so impressed with this product that I use it daily. I have used these bags to keep butter fresh, sauces and soups fresh (after frozen then air removed), even for brown sugar. The uses seem to be endless.

Flour and corn tortillas*

Amazing as it may seem, but there is no need to refrigerate both store bought flour and corn tortillas.
Suggestion: when buying fresh corn or flour tortillas always separate them prior to storing. Not only will they stay fresher but the ease of separating them prior to consuming will be easier…a trick I learned from my friends in Popotla, Baja California!

*I have recently discovered that no refrigeration is needed for both flour and corn tortillas. I have had both the flour and corn tortillas stay fresh for more than three weeks without refrigeration, keeping them in the same store bought bags and in a cool dry place.

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From the RV Galley

After living on a 37 foot sailboat for over 5 years, I found moving into a 23 foot RV was quite easy. And, as with coping with limited space on our boat, moving into the motorhome was actually easier as more things work and is really self-contained. :
For instance, we have a working microwave oven (on shore power or generator), working 3-burner stove with oven -working!, TV, dual source refrigerator, air conditioner, furnace and a decent working head. Food storage, cabinets for dishes, a drawer for cooking utensils, a drawer for other food storage and three other areas for food. The three areas for food are: a large space under the sink, a cabinet over the couch and a large clothes closet next to the refrigerator converted into a pantry.
Outfitting this galley (drawer under the stove - 11"W x 11"H x 18"L)
1 - 1 1/2 quart dutch oven w/lid
1 - 10" frying pan
1 - 7" frying pan 
1 - omelet pan w/lid
1 - 2 cup saucepan w/lid
1 - 1 1/2 cup saucepan
2 - bacon press lids (great for grilled sandwich press)
2 - tortilla bowl makers
2 - regular bread pans
1 - glass baking pan (8 x 6)
1 - copper baking pan (8 x 6)
1 - silicone baking pan (8 x8)
Silicone Steamer Basket*
(all nested and lids on the sides)
Dishes (cabinet over the sink)
6 each - Corelle 10" dinner plates, 8 1/2" lunch plates and cereal bowls
8 collapsible lock and lock bowls (various sizes), 4 round and 4 square
​Hamilton Beach hand blender (with wisk and chopper attatchments* - stored)
Collapsible Silicone Coffee Filter Cone
2 stainless steel wine glasses
3 drinking cups
veggie noodler
mandolin slicer
6 - 6oz stainless steel cups
collapsible measuring cups w/measuring spoons
2 Corelle coffee cups
Blender bottle - Shaker* (available at WalMart) - great for eggs, pancake mix...shake and pour!
Other cooking items - non-electric 
Coleman Camp Stove Toaster*
Stovetop Belgium Waffle Maker (Nordicware)
Grilled Sandwich Maker (Copper)
Grill pan (stovetop)
9" glass pie pan w/lock and lock lid
​Basement Storage (outside)
Tayama Thermal Cooker
5 quart pressure cooker
Hamilton Beach Breadmaker (fits perfectly in a crate from WalMart)
Cooking Utensils
​1 each half-sized ladle, slotted spoon, spatula (pancake turner)*
1 each regular size high temp spatula* (pancake turner), spoon*, slotted spoon*, ladle
1 butter knife-shape spatula*
1 high temp spatula
Tongs - long and short
Stainless Steel strainers
Spaghetti noodle fork
Other gadgets
Digital meat thermometer
Scissors (food)
miscellaneous small gadgets - small grater, assorted spoon measurer, etc
retractable wisk (flattens)
Small Silicone Rolling pin*
*from the sailboat
Food Storage
Closet next to the refrigerator has, for now, 3 crates (labeled with contents) stacked, a secured three-tier spice rack (with most used spices, vegetable sprays and secured with elastic). Extra space in front of the crates and the sides are filled with whatever is used most often, i.e., crackers, creamer, flour, sugar. 
Small bungees are attached to the crates that hold clipped spice bags for easy use and also saves storage, not to mention being visible and not having to dig around to find what is needed. A seperate closed container on top of the crates holds all the pastas. And storage in the drawer, under the sink along with the pantry closet are equipped with motion sensor lights!
Cabinet above the couch holds mostly bottled goods along with boxed food and is secured with an adjustable bar for safety. As things move and jump around during travel. Caution when opening the overhead baggage area!!! I have found that a rolled up towel placed in the overhead cabinet helps with accidental fallout. 
Under the sink has extra storage where many canned goods, laying sideways and labeled on the bottoms, are placed here. And there is even room for my 2 quart slow cooker and PUR® water pitcher!
The drawer under the pantry closet holds most items I use and is perfect for tortillas of all sorts. This is also sectioned out for different items for easy locating.
​The most important tool I must add is the FOODSAVER®.
Not related to the galley
After becoming a full time RVer, I am amazed at the numerous apps available for traveling across this country. My favorites are: (been using this site since the beginning of this adventure, starting before traveling to the boat!), gasbuddy, rv dumpsite app, rv park app, wikicamps and more. Just go to the play store or for iPhone - the app store - and type in rv...there are so many useful apps! However, choose at your own risk.
Another useful tool is the google map app! Especially, when searching for different places to visit. And when activating the Google map app, check the settings for your timeline. The timeline has been very useful and you would be surprised how well it keeps track of where you have been...not for the paranoid type person! If you set up the map app correctly, you should be able to see your movements across all of your devices.