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Old 01-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #131
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I wanted to tell you I tried this recipe and am curious what you had your oven set on temp wise for this? I just went to take mine out of a 350 oven from 30 minutes of cooking uncovered like you posted and they're still practically raw....just curious...
I'm not the OP but I make chicken tenders on the stove then bake with powdered ranch if that helps.

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Old 01-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #132
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Fried Rice...you can add cooked chicken or pork to this, maybe if you just have a little bit leftover from another meal...my kids love it without meat though I usually add either some steamed broccoli or about 3/4 can of peas to get a veggie in there, if you add canned stuff its still definitely under $5

2 cups minute rice (I use Aldi's instant rice)
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth--or be even thriftier and use what you already have around
2 tbsp soy sauce
3-4 eggs (depends on how much egg you like/have)

Boil chicken broth & soy sauce, add rice, cover, remove from heat, let stand for five minutes.

Scramble eggs in a separate skillet, then add rice into this mixture along with any other veggies or meat you're going to use and stir fry for a minute or two.
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Potato curry soup

2-3 potatoes
water or chicken stock
curry paste (sold in asian markets about $3 for a jar)

Peel and cube potatoes and boil in water/chicken stock
Simmer for another 10 mins when potatoes are cooked and add 1-2 spoonfuls of curry paste
Pour in blender for smoother consistency or serve as chunks

Yum!!!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #134
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Mac N Cheese N Chilli

Make mac n cheese, then add a can of chili or some homemade.
We like to put a little tabasco sauce on ours after the toddler has had her share.

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Use any noodles you'd like, cook them how they're supposed to be, add in peas, chopped or grated carrots, onion, and scrambled eggs. I like to add some pepper and paprika to ours. Yummy!

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Old 03-18-2011, 10:43 PM   #135
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Here's a great tasting loaf of bread you can make for 0.39 if you shop at Sam's Club:
1 cup hot water
2 heaping teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
let sit til it bubbles. Add:
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
2-4 cups flour, enough to make a soft dough.
Mix with Kitchen Aid and dough hook for 7-10 minutes
Let rise til double, punch down, form into a loaf, let rise again, bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
I'm lucky if half the loaf doesn't get eaten that same day.
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White bean/green chile soup-sorry if someone's already posted.

1 small bag of white beans (great northern)
1 large can of green enchilada sauce
1 can of chopped green chilies
4c. chicken broth (any kind, premade, home made doesn't matter)
*1/2 pounds of shredded chicken* you don't HAVE to put chicken in.

Throw it all in a crockpot on high for 4 hours then low for another 4. Stir in 1/2c. of corn starch/water or flour/water to thicken.

Add cheese, sour cream, corn chips if desired.

Easy and tasty!
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This is my country girl version of black pepper chicken from a Chinese restaurant.

1.5 pounds of boneless chicken thighs

Cook them in just a little oil if they stick. Restaurants will flour coat the pieces to give them a little crunch but that is just one more bowl for me to wash so I skip it lol Watch the oil though, it is easy to grease this up by accident.

These rest is by taste and preference. You'll need hoisen sauce, I just do two circles of it over the chicken while it is cooking. Then a shake or two of garlic powder and shake of sugar (maybe 1/2 teaspoon). Then depending on your heat tolerance, pepper.

If you like it hotter, use more pepper. If you want to make it Mongolian add onions, maybe peppers.

This meal costs us $2.50 for the base ingrediants. $1.50 for the chicken on sale, maybe 50 cents of rice (actually it is more like 10 cents for us because I have a 25 pound sack). Carrots are 50 cents a pound.

The hoisen sauce is cheap at an Asian market. But I believe walmart carries it for $2ish a bottle. It will make several meals and is worth the investment for easy Chinese.
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I wanted to tell you I tried this recipe and am curious what you had your oven set on temp wise for this? I just went to take mine out of a 350 oven from 30 minutes of cooking uncovered like you posted and they're still practically raw....just curious...
375. did you start w/ frozen or raw tenders?
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We love this:

3 cups dry black beans, rinsed and picked over
10 cups water
1 tablespoon salt

Combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until done about 2-1/2 hours. Serve in bowls w/ a little of the broth and top w/ shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream and serve w/ tortilla chips and a salad.

Very inexpensive, healthy and colorful meal!
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:58 PM   #140
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It's really cheap to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot too. I buy them in bulk when on sale and freeze. We like this recipe from the cooked chicken

BBQ chicken quesadillas
BBQ sauce
cooked chicken, chopped
mozzarella and cheddar shredded cheese (or colby jack is fine too)
tortillas (soft)

Mix chicken & BBQ sauce and place on one side of tortilla, top w/ cheese and fold. Heat in a skillet or in the oven on a cookie sheet.
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