Corn and Black Bean Roll Ups {Frugal Friday Recipe}

Today I’m excited to kick off a new feature on Raising An Arrow, “Frugal Friday.”

My goal is to help you stretch your dollar and save you time by sharing a tips and recipes a couple of Fridays each month.

Today, I’m sharing a recipe my husband often refers to as, “a top five meal.” It’s simple, economic, and oh so yummy! A friend shared this recipe with me years ago, but it’s never gotten old. It’s on our dinner menu at least once every month.

I hope you enjoy!

Corn and Black Bean Roll Ups


7 Tortilla Shells

1 can enchilada sauce

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can of yellow corn (drained)

1 small onion diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Salt and Pepper to taste


In a skillet, place a little olive oil and diced onion. Sauté until translucent. Add black beans, corn, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes.2016-05-06 17.09.57







Using a potato masher, lightly mash beans and corn.

Fill tortilla shells with mixture, roll up and place in a baking dish.2016-05-06 17.09.11

Cover with enchilada sauce.

Top with cheese.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

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Time-Saving Breakfast Tips {Blueberry Muffins and Waffles}

Whether you are a stay at home mom with littles running around, a momma on the go with a time card to punch or a combination of the two, here are a couple of time-saving recipes for Blueberry Muffins and Waffles designed to make your time in the kitchen more efficient and the food on your table more enjoyable.

These recipes are for zip top bags. I prepare about four at a time and store them in a basket inside our cabinet. When we are running short on time or I just want to eat breakfast quickly, I grab a bag from the cabinet and within minutes have muffins in the oven or waffles on the griddle. This has been a major time saver and makes motherhood operate with more efficiency.

Blueberry Muffins


Using a zip top bag, write the following ingredients on the outside:  

In a one cup measuring cup – 1/3 cup oil, 1 egg, fill to top of cup with milk

¾ cup blueberries

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes


Place inside the bag:

1 ½ cups flour

¾ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

When you are ready to bake your muffins, place the ingredients from inside the bag in a bowl. Add the ingredients written on the outside of the bag. Stir well. Place in greased muffin pans. Bake at 400 for approximately 15-20 minutes.


Here is the bag after it has been filled. It’s simple and just enough to remind me what to do.


Here is a look at a bag before it is filled.




Using a zip top bag, write the following ingredients on the outside:

¼ cup oil

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


Place inside the bag:

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

When you are ready to prepare your waffles; place the ingredients inside the bag in a bowl. Add the ingredients from the outside of the bag. Stir well. Prepare waffles using griddle instructions.

What about you? Do you have any time-saving tips for the kitchen? I would love to hear your ideas! Share them in the comments below for everyone to enjoy.

Linking up with Micah Maddox for #MommyMoments.

Quick and Easy Rice Based Recipes

Since the beginning of our marriage, I have often prayed for “creativity” in the kitchen. Basically, that “creative” part means cost efficient ways to produce tasty meals.  I can recall days when I stood in the middle of our kitchen, staring at an empty stove and praying, “God, please help me be creative with what we have in our cabinets.” And, viola, He pops an idea into my head. Well, that’s basically how these two recipes came to be. We’ve been eating a lot of rice lately, and I just have to say – these two recipes are winners!

Rice and Beans

Rice and Beans with Kielbasa

Rice and Beans (serves 4)


1 medium onion diced

Olive oil

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 can chicken broth

¾ cup water

½ tsp. smoked paprika

1 cup uncooked rice

1 can black beans – drained and rinsed

½ package of kielbasa – diced


Sauté onion in olive oil; add garlic and sauté about 2 more minutes. Add one can chicken broth, uncooked rice and smoked paprika. Allow rice to cook until soft (approximately 15 minutes depending on the type or rice) Add black beans and kielbasa. Cook 5 more minutes. Serve. Sour cream and/or cilantro could be added to the top when serving.

Chicken Fried Rice (4 servings)

The beautiful thing about this recipe is its adaptability. You can modify it to match the ingredients you have hanging out in your cabinets. Use one, two or all three veggies. (I apologize for not getting a picture of this recipe. I didn’t think about writing it down until long after it was all gone.)


2 cups cooked rice (You want your rice to be fairly dry after its cooked. If the rice is overly wet during the frying process, it could cause it to become clumpy.)

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (pork or steak would work, too)

Olive oil

¼ cup diced onions

½ (or so) cup peas

½ (or so) cup corn

½ (or so) cup diced carrots

2 eggs

Soy sauce



Sauté onions in olive oil; add cooked rice. Allow rice to get warm; use a spatula to push the rice to the edge of the pan so that an empty circle is left in the middle of the rice. Crack eggs into this circle; allow eggs to begin cooking; add soy sauce to eggs; begin scrambling eggs right in the middle of the rice, when the eggs are fairly cooked begin working them into the rice. Add vegetables, meat, salt and pepper. Stir well. Additional soy sauce can be added to final dish.