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Old 01-28-2008, 03:14 PM   #311
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My kids always liked the box of Kraft mac & Cheese cooked as instructed and then add a can of tunafish. It's just like a hot cheesy tuna casserole [IMG] [/IMG]

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Old 01-28-2008, 03:46 PM   #312
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My mother always made this and my kids love it..

Chicken Fricasee

1 bag baby carrots
rice as needed(we use the 5 minute rice!)
whole chicken( we usually only pay about 70 cents a lb and get a whole one for about 3 dollars or so
corn starch

Put chicken in large pot , cover with water, add salt and an onion. bring to boil and then simmer all day..like 4 or 5 hrs, add water if needed. when ready to eat, make rice, remove chicken from broth, skim fat off top and add carrots, bring to boi again to cook carrots while you pull the meat from the chicken and kinda shred it..I just pull it off in pieces as it is really soft after cooking all day. when carrots are soft, add some corn starch(mixed in a bit of water) to thicken and pour over chicken in a big bowl. my kids ladle it over their rice and eat it all mixed..really simple clean up as well!


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I have a question about this, is the corn starch added to the broth? Thanks
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:42 PM   #313
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This sounds odd, but it is SOOO good!

Sloppy Joes:
Brown a pound of ground beef. Drain of excess fat. Add a can of Campbell's chicken gumbo sound (the entire can). Add ketchup (maybe half a regular sized bottle). Mustard to taste. Let it simmer to cook down and meld the flavors.

My family has been making this as long as I can remember; I don't even know what Manwich tastes like!
WE LOVE THIS! I put some cheese on the buns and put them under the broiler for a couple minutes. The recipe book I got this from calls them "Sloppy Foes."
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:54 AM   #314
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What size baking dish do you use? What oven temp?

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Sorry, I just saw this. I usually just use the skillet that I browned the hamburger in. Or you can use a small baking dish--like an 8" square one. Oh and like 350--whatever the muffin box says for about 15 minutes.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #315
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5 russet potatoes ($2?)
1 can of cut green beans ($.50)
4 cooked bacon strips ($.25?)
1/4 cup Olive oil(any oil will do)($.75?)
2 heaping TBSP Flour(pennies!)
Paprika spice
Salt
Pepper

Fry up some bacon strips in a pan. Set aside.
Peel and cut up potatoes. Boil till they are tender, but not to soft. Make sure there is plenty of water in with them after they are done boiling.
Add can of green beans
Add as much salt, pepper and paprika you like for taste.
In a separate skillet add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat till it starts simmering. Slowly add 2 heaping tbsp of flour to that simmering oil and mix it well. You must be quick so it doesn't get clumpy. Turn off heat and dump that mixture into your potatoes. Turn it all on to a rolling boil and continue stirring. The flour/oil mix will thicken the meal. Tear up the bacon and add it.
It'll be one big pot of food. It's a Bosnian food dish and is served with fresh warm bread.
mmm my great grandma used to make this! I've never tried making it but it was so good when she did!
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:40 PM   #316
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here's one that may have been posted but since i've only read through page 20, i'm not sure
package of boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken
1 cup cheese
1 can crescent rolls

we cut our chicken into strips and lay them in a 9x13 dish but the original recipe says to leave them whole. mix 1 can cream of chicken, 1 can of water, and 1 cup of cheese in a separate bowl. lay the crescent rolls over the top of the chicken and pour the soup/cheese mixture over it all. bake it in the oven until the tops of the crescent rolls are brown (some of them will be peeking out). we normally do about 25-30 minutes on 350. dh puts seasoning salt on his but i think it is great just the way it is.
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Okay, I just copied and pasted about 20 recipies from this thread and I'm going to Aldi's tomorrow to get groceries! So tired of cooking the same thing!

The taco/spicy ones look good, but DH hates spicy foods (heartburn...whiner!) so I'm stuck with the "bland" ones..oh well! Maybe I'll sneak a taco one in there once in a while!
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Here's one I just remembered and made last night. It's one of my most embarassing meals, and probably the most processed thing we eat. BUT, it's sooo yummy that I always want to eat the whole pan.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Peas and Ham

Box of skin on cheese au gratin potatoes
cup frozen baby peas
chopped smoked peppered ham
chopped green onions
shredded sharp cheddar

Not sure on the amounts, the peas are the only thing I measure.
Make the potatoes according to the box (need milk, butter, and water).
Stir in all the extras, saving some cheese to sprinkle on top.
Bake as directed, maybe a bit longer to get the top cheese nice and brown (if you like it that way), let it sit 5-10 minutes and SCARF DOWN!

I serve it with lemon broccoli usually, so I can tell myself it's a balanced meal.

Leftovers are just as good, having some now.
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Here's one I just remembered and made last night. It's one of my most embarassing meals, and probably the most processed thing we eat. BUT, it's sooo yummy that I always want to eat the whole pan.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Peas and Ham

Box of skin on cheese au gratin potatoes
cup frozen baby peas
chopped smoked peppered ham
chopped green onions
shredded sharp cheddar

Not sure on the amounts, the peas are the only thing I measure.
Make the potatoes according to the box (need milk, butter, and water).
Stir in all the extras, saving some cheese to sprinkle on top.
Bake as directed, maybe a bit longer to get the top cheese nice and brown (if you like it that way), let it sit 5-10 minutes and SCARF DOWN!

I serve it with lemon broccoli usually, so I can tell myself it's a balanced meal.

Leftovers are just as good , having some now.
Mmmm, this sounds so good (and easy), which is surprising since I'm in that whole "first trimester where nothing really sounds appealing to eat" stage. Thanks for posting!
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Great post!

One of mine that comes to mind is what we had for dinner tonight.

Stuffed Green Peppers
2 large green peppers [$1.50]
1 box rice-a-roni, your favorite flavor [$2]
1 lb ground turkey [$1]

-Cook rice-a-roni according to the package.
-Cut top off of green peppers & remove the middle & seeds.
-Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add green peppers & boil for 5 minutes.
-Take peppers out of water & put in a baking/casserole pan.
-Fill peppers with rice-a-roni.
-Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
-Serve & enjoy!
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