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Old 09-22-2009, 02:15 PM   #81
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Quickest, Easiest Broccoli Soup

2 big heads broccoli, or frozen (eyeball it, this is a flexible recipe!)
1 cube chicken boullion
cream cheese (1 block, or less, depending on taste. Can use lowfat/fat free.)

Steam the broccoli with a small amount of water and the chicken cube. When tender (but not mushy) puree with cooking water (I use a food processor, but a blender or immersion blender work great, too.) Add back to pan, plop in cream cheese and whisk until melted. Thin to whatever consistency you like with milk. We usually top with shredded cheddar.

We had this soup all the time growing up. It's healthy and very warm and comforting. When we had it for dinner, we usually had it with a sandwich (like grilled cheese) or just bread and cut up fruit. It's surprisingly filling, and even my broccoli-hating brother loves this soup.



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Old 09-24-2009, 08:45 AM   #82
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This was my great-aunts recipe that I pulled out when hamburger and cabbage were both on sale. My husband told me he didn't like cabbage, but he gobbled this up and took the leftovers to work!

Cabbage Hot Dish (if you're not from MN, call this a casserole instead of hot dish)!

1 small head cabbage or 1/2 large head
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion (chopped)
1/3 cup rice (uncooked)
1 can tomato soup and 1 can water (or use part spaghetti sauce)

Coursely shred cabbage and place in bottom of buttered baking dish. Brown meat & onion; pour off fat and stir in rice. Pour meat mixutre over cabbage; mix soup & water together & pour over mixture in casserole. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:33 PM   #83
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My mom served me this every week when I was young. It's often a dish I bring to pot lucks. I like it warm, but next day leftovers, cold, are even better!

Spinach Pie
3 eggs
1 package Frozen Spinach
1 lb cottage cheese
1/4 lb cheddar cheese
1/4 c margarine
3 tbsp flour

-Thaw spinach & drain well
-Mix all ingredients together, bake in pie dish @ 325 degrees for 3/4 to 1 hr.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:22 PM   #84
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Chile Rellano Casserole

8 eggs
1 cup milk
2 Tbs flour
1 or 2 cans diced green chiles (or whole work too)
3 cups grated cheese (monterey jack or cheddar)
1 can hunts tomato sauce or salsa in a jar (fresh just doesn't do it for this)
Beat eggs, add rest of ingredients and mix well. Pour into a 9x13 glass pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, pour can of tomato sauce over, bake 10 more minutes or until cooked through.
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WASH DAY CASSEROLE (like a crustless quiche)

1/4 c butter
5 eggs
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp bakng powder
dash of salt
1 16oz can of corn, cream style or whole kernel
1 c cottage cheese
1/2 lb grated jack or cheddar cheese
1/2 c chopped green pepper (I sub lightly sauteed onion because I dont like green peppers)

Preheat oven to 400. Melt butter and pour into casserole dish. Turn pan to coat bottom and sides with butter. Mix eggs in a bowl with fork. Add remaining ingrediants and stir just to mix. Pour mixture into casserole dish and bake for 10 minutes. Then turn oven down to 350 and cook an additional 35 mintues or until set.

I think it is really good. You can def experiement with different veggies. It is really rich so I think it is good with some lightly steamed spinach on the side. I hope you guys enjoy it.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #86
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"Orange Soup"

*1 family size can tomato soup
*macaroni (amount will vary depending on how full you want your soup)

Cook tomato soup as directed

At same time, boil macaroni for the lowest suggested time (or even a minute less than that)

Dump the macaroni into the soup.

I never serve any kind of side dish with is very filling and I usually end up getting overfull from it. It was invented by my grandma when she was broke and those were the only 2 things in her has remained my favorite childhood meal.

"Elevator Sandwiches"
*cheese slices

individually fry 1 or 2 eggs in a very small skillet for each person.
Butter both sides of 2 pieces of bread
place eggs and a slice of cheese between bread slices
place sandwich back in skillet to fry the bread and melt cheese
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Fill tortillas with spanish rice (see recipe below), refried beans, and cheese (dh also likes to add olives).

Spanish rice:
1 cup rice
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt

Toast rice. Saute onion and pepper until tender. Add toasted rice, water, tomatoes, chili powder, and salt to onion and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer until rice is cooked.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #88
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We make pizzas using flour tortillas. I use tomato paste and a few shakes of Italian seasoning for the base. Then top with whatever you want and cook at 400 degrees until the tortilla starts to puff up. I like to make this because I can use the rest of the tortillas later in the week for bean burritos and tacos.
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Super easy Chicken Pot Pie with TONS OF LEFTOVERS

3 Chicken breasts, cubed ($2)
frozen Bag of Mixed Veggies (~$1)
Can of Cream of Chicken soup ($.50)
2 cans buttermilk buscuits ($2)

Saute the chicken breasts..I like to use garlic and Mrs. Dash but whatever I have will work. Mix veggies and chicken with the cream of chicken soup and pour into large baking dish (I use pyrex). Cover it with the biscuits. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.

This is about $5.50, but makes multiple could definitely use less chicken. This could quite literally feed 3 people for a week! It's SO yummy! My 14 month old, my hubby and mom all LOVE this.

You could even cut this in half and it would be a few dollars
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:13 PM   #90
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Has this been posted yet? I make this a lot, and it is right at $5.

I stock up on stove top and cream of chicken soup every year at Thanksgiving when it is so cheap. So here goes:
2 boxes of stove top ($1.50)
1 can, cream of chicken soup (.60)
1 onion (.33?)
1 pound of chicken (1.69 is the regular sale price here)
You cook the chicken, cook the stuffing (minus the butter, I mean I'm not wasting a stick of butter in a $5 dish, KWIM? I add a little extra water.). Mix it with the soup and bake until it's all merged and melted.

I like to add cauliflower and carrots to ours. It bumps it over $5, but really adds a lot of flavor and makes a pretty big casserole.
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