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Old 03-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #61
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Cajun Chicken Pasta
2 chicken breasts cut into long thing strips or small thin cubes
cooked noodles of your choice
2 tbs of Cajun seasoning
2 tbs of butter or olive oil
1/2 c heavy whipping cream (I used milk because I didn't have whipping cream, but the cream makes it creamy)
2 tbs sun dried tomatoes (we buy them in a large jar at costco, huge deal)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp basil
1/8 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 c Parmesan cheese or asiago cheese
Place butter/oil into a skillet and heat, while heating, coat the chicken pieces fully in the Cajun seasoning. Cook chicken on med heat until done (apx 10 minutes if already thawed). Make sauce: mix chopped green onion (don't go real heavy), whipping cream, tomatoes, salt, basil, pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Mix onto cooked noodles and then mix in cooked chicken. Mix till everything has been covered by sauce--then serve.

We don't have children who eat solid food yet so I don't know how picky children handle it, But its easy, and if you have the spices on hand, the most expensive part is the chicken. I haven't tried it with canned chicken, but I think it would work fine.


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Old 03-20-2009, 11:58 AM   #62
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i'm drooling over some of these recipes! I'm going to have to come back and copy some of them to try them out!

my contribution isnt much...

My family LOVES hamburger helper (and sometimes I make it from scratch...)

Anyways, lately I've been adding an extra 1/2 lb of beef to it and then I precook some extra pasta on the side and mix it in at the end. It nearly doubles the volume without the extra cost of the box. And, the flavor isnt compromised at all since its usually really strong. Add a side of veggies (I love to mix peas in it or add a side of green beans) and you're set!
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:03 PM   #63
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Beef & Broccoli with noodles

I'll have to get the exact recipe from DH tonight, he kinda winged it but it was restaurant quality!

Round steak (or other cheaper cut. If you marinade it the night before it makes it tender and adds flavor!)
Spaghetti noodles
Sesame oil
Sesame seed sauce
Soy sauce

Like I said not exactly sure how he did it but it was cheap (if you have the sauces, but once you buy them it makes it cheap) and if you catch the broccoli and cabbage onsale (or the meat...might be good usage of clearance bin meat).

I don't know if I posted this or not, if I did my apologies.

Easy chicken & dumplings

1 whole chicken ($3)
2 n biscuits (Krogers has these like 3-4 for $1)
1 can evaporated milk (like .50?)
4 bouillon cubes (this is give or take, I like the broth to taste like a chicken noodle soup before I add everything)
Carrots, potatoes or any other veggies you have on hand

Boil the chicken till done (you could add the veggies too), skim the fat. Debone the chicken. Then add the evaporated milk to the chicken broth along with the bouillion cubes. Bring to a boil and then put the chicken back in. Bring down to a simmer and throw in the biscuits (I cut them up into 4's). If you let some of the biscuits melt (before you cool it down) it makes the juice thicker and creamier!! Really good.

I'll have to think of some more.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:15 PM   #64
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I have a couple meals I threw together with what was on hand that turned out really good!

Taco Stuff

1 lb ground HB
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
a little bit of salsa
1 taco seasoning packet plus about 1/2 water it says to use

Optional - shredded cheese, tortillas, chips

Brown and drain HB. Add everything else and heat. I don't like spicy, so I used just a little bit of salsa. DH would like a lot more! Sometimes I use a bag of Steamfresh corn if it's on sale (it's soooo good!). We like to eat this plain, wrapped in tortillas, or with chips (esp. nacho cheese doritos if on sale!). I also love to cover it in shredded cheddar!

Hamburger Mush

1 lb. ground hamburger
1 can corn, drained
1 can green peas, drained
1 cup rice
1 can cream chicken soup
seasonings on hand

Brown and drain HB. Cook rice according to directions. Mix it all together. Sounds really weird, but really good! I usually season with onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Again, I often substitute Steamfresh veggies (you get more veggies in it with these).

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Old 03-27-2009, 05:31 PM   #65
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this is similar to others that have posted (I often wonder.. how many "different" recipes there really are, since most are just variations of the same things. LOL)

Shepherd's Pie

1/2 lb. ground turkey & 1/2 lb. ground beef (I'm not a big fan of ground turkey alone... but decided to try half and half and I think it works for me... also cuts down on the cost a little.)

green pepper cut up (as much or as little as you like)
1 can of creamed corn
frozen green beans (I like the really skinny "fancy" style.. someone said these are called string beans.)
garlic salt & pepper to taste
tator tots
splash of milk (maybe not needed?)

brown meat (I do mine in the crockpot all together for as many meals I want to make up ahead.) throw everything together with tator tots on top. Bake 350 for about half hour or until everything is heated through and it's bubbling.

Had this tonight and it was really good... usually I make it with a condensed cream soup, but I think I like it better with the creamed corn...
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:32 PM   #66
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Here's one of my favorites:

Italian Chicken

*frozen chicken (whatever you've got)
*1 or 2 cans of italian tomatoes (depends on how "saucy" you want it to be)
*Any optional veggies - onions, zucchini, mushrooms, whatever...
*cooked rice

Put the chicken, veggies, and tomatoes in the crock pot and cook until done.
Server over cooked rice.


BTW, my family has a phobia of "chunks" in their food, so I puree the tomatoes/veggies before serving
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:45 PM   #67
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Lots of good info and ideas!!!
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:20 AM   #68
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Asian Ground Beef and rice
1 lb of ground beef
Asian Sesame and ginger salad dressing (I purchased this on sale for $1 and it should last you for 4 or 5 meals)
Vinegar (I used white but the recipe I adapted it from suggested rice)
Soy sauce
However much rice you would serve to your family (4-6 servings)
1. ground of the beef
2. Before it is done add a tsp of minced garlic, or 1 clove fresh, 2 tbs vinegar, 1tbs soy sauce, and cup Asian salad dressing. Let it all simmer until most of the liquids are almost all evaporated.
3. Mix cooked rice and seasoned beef into a serving bowl. Mix well to get the flavor on the rice.
4. Can be served as just rice and beef, in a tortilla wrap, or as a lettuce wrap.

Disclaimer: I'm not a great cook for exact measurement. This are all estimates of how much I use, you will want to adjust to amounts to your tastes.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:24 PM   #69
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Phillipino Chicken Pansit: (not sure if under $5, but close, and makes about 7 servings)

1 pkg rice noodles, soaked in water 10 min
1 pkg lo mein noodles (or any noodle really), cooked
1/2 onion
1/2 cabbage
2 carrots, stick cut
2 stalks celery, stick cut
soy sauce

1. stir fry chicken with garlic, olive oil, and onion
2. add carrots and celery for a couple minutes
3. add a little water, then add all noodles
4. season with soy sauce and salt
5. add cabbage and cook until softened

This is currently our favorite recipe- pretty health, pretty cheap, and really tasty!
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:49 PM   #70
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Re: The "~$5 Meal Ideas~" thread...

Thanks Mamas for all the great recipes!
Here is a cheap and easy recipe kids love... DH might love it more then the kids!

Beanie Weanie

1 pack Hot dogs
2-3 cans of baked beans
1/4 c. Ketchup
2 tbs brown sugar
if you like spicier try a couple drops of Tabasco.
If budget allows: Cooked bacon crumbled
1/2-1 onion chopped

mix all in 1 1/2qt baking dish. Bake 350 for 1 hour. serves great with jello or rolls.
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