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Old 11-23-2010, 03:38 PM   #561
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

Originally Posted by CrunchyMama0607 View Post
I got this off the back of the stuffing box and we tried it w/o chicken since I didn't have any.

You'll need (cheaper without the meat)

1 box savory herbs stuffing mix
1 small bag froz mixed veggies
chopped uncooked chicken (optional)
1 can cream of chicken
1/4 cup sour cream

Cook stuffing mix according to directions. Then (in an 8 x 8 pan) mix sour cream, cream of chicken (add NO water), add veggies and chicken (if used). Then top with stuffing mix and bake at 450 for 30min or until chicken/veggies are cooked thru. Delicious and cheap! I served w/brown n bake rolls.

Easy Chicken Bake!!!! Oh that stuff is delicious!!!! LOVE it!


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Old 12-22-2010, 11:29 AM   #562
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Thanks for all the yummy recipes that have been shared so far! I look forward to making lots of them! mmm...
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:29 AM   #563
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Please don't laugh at me...but I tried dirty rice and sausages and I was SHOCKED at how spicy it is! I love spicy foods, so it was ok for me but poor DH...his stomach can't handle it!

It was really really good though and I will be making it again and adding things like celery, chopped tomatoes, and onions to it next time.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:19 AM   #564
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Try the ground beef & rice with beans instead of corn.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:17 PM   #565
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

Easy Chicken Bake is also SUPER SUPER good with curry stirred in. It sounds odd but is my favorite casserole. If the idea makes you nervous just have some on the table next time you make it and sprinkle it on a few bites. We do make our chicken bake with green beans instead of mixed veggies but I wouldn't imagine it makes much of a difference

Well here we go again!
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:13 PM   #566
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i wanted to try this tonight, but how long do you cook it for and are the potatoes already cooked, or just cubed and thrown in? thanks much

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Mexican Casserole:

1 pound of ground beef
Mexican shredded cheese
Taco seasoning
Potatoes (about 2 med)
Frozen corn, peas, or whatever veggies you have on hand (i always use corn) (about a cup or two)
Box of cornbread mix (im pretty sure this takes 1 egg and a bit of maybe milk)

Preheat oven to 350
Peel and cube potatoes, boil until soft. Drain.
Brown ground beef, don't drain. Mix in the taco seasoning.
In an oven safe dish (we use an 8x8 pyrex glass dish) put the seasoned ground beef in
Smush the potatoes a bit in a bowl with a spoon or fork, then place on top of the beef in a layer.
Add a layer of the mexican cheese, then a layer of frozen veggies
Add another layer of cheese
Mix up the cornbread mix as directed on the box, adding about a Tbsp of sugar
Pour cornbread mix on top of other ingredients, bake until cornbread is cooked through.
I will serve DD and mine with some plain greek yogurt or sour cream on top, DH doesn't like either, so he eats his plain.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:08 PM   #567
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Hope this hasn't already been posted - we call it s**t on a shingle, but you could make up a more appropriate name - it's not even *my* name for it, but my parents'.

Ingredients: (for 3-4 people)
2 packages carl budding (or similar) beef lunchmeat - the small ones.
1 jar beef gravy
1 can cream of mushroom
instant mashed potatos

Make desired amount of mashed potatos - I usually do 1.5 servings/person
On stove, over low/med heat - combine gravy and cream of mushroom (no water), heat and stir until blended well together.
Make two slices toast/person.
Cut up beef lunchmeat into approx. .5" squares
Cut toast diagonally, arrange around outer edges of plate - so a square empty middle area is made.
Pile mashed potatos into middle of plate.
Dump beef over potatos and toast.
Top with gravy.

Not the healthiest meal, but cheap and filling.
Put mashed potatos
Oh man - I had this growing up.. I may have to make it next week!!!
Oh - we called it the same thing!!!
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:17 PM   #568
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Originally Posted by FitMommyOf2
Here's one I've actually learned from watching the Duggar family on tv

Tatar tots casserole
1 pack of tatar tots
1-2 cans of cream of mushroom
1 pack of ground beef
Seasoning to taste

Brown the ground beef, put frozen tatars into a large baking pan, pour 1-2 cans of cream of mushroom over, top w/ground beef.
Bake in oven @ 400F for about 35-40 mins, add sprinkles of cheese for the last 5 mins.
I'm making this tonight. It's been awoke since I bought frozen potatoes of any kind(ie French fries,tater tots) but i seem to remember them costing like $3-$5/bag. So I'm gonna shred up a lone potatoe we have left over hopefully it works out made some homemade rolls and we'll have a frozen veggie of some sort
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:54 AM   #569
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Re: ~$5 Meal Ideas~

Yummy Tomato Chicken

I made this last night when the cupboards were nearly bare of ingredients that went together. I didn't want Italian, so I did a little experimentation that worked better than I thought it would. You'll be surprised at the wonderful way chili powder, cinnamon, and tomatoes go together. Cinnamon and tomatoes are a common combination in Middle Eastern dishes, but the chili powder kicks it up a notch.

*Slightly brown chicken pieces in a little butter or olive oil (butter's best and I added about a tablespoon of sweet red wine because I had some).
*Add a can of crushed tomatoes
*Add salt and pepper to taste, 3 shakes of garlic powder, 3 shakes of chili powder, and 1 shake of cinnamon
*Cover and simmer until the chicken is done through
*Serve over spaghetti or other pasta.

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:36 PM   #570
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I just always keep extra sphagetti, sauce, canned vegis, rice, and salsa in the pantry or I can make a salad - last time I had no croutons, so I broke up some saltines on top - Mayo mixed with a few drops of vinegar makes a great salad dressing. I also do double coupons at Homeland - I watch for the 0.75/$1 coupons for Lipton and Knorr and get the rice/pasta sides when they go on sale - this is a fast easy dish with some canned or frozen vegis or fruit. :stir:
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