Saturday, May 31, 2008

Terry's Chicken and Rice

1 package of chicken breast tenders (I used 3 chicken breasts. Also, flattened them a little with mallet and cut them up to size of big chicken tenders)
1 stick of butter (I used 5 tablespoons to cut down on fat)
2 cups minute rice
2 chicken bouillon cubes in 1 cup boiling water
1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup

- Melt butter in 9 by 13 baking dish. mix in rice, dissolved bouillon cubes, chicken broth, and cream of mushroom soup. Salt and pepper chicken and place in pan so liquid covers it. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. For the last 5 to 10 minutes uncover so rice can get a little brown.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 12 oz bag chocolate chips

Mix the first six ingredients by hand and then with mixer. Add in the flour baking soda and salt. Blend together. Add in 1 12 oz bag chocolate chips. Mix all together.
Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12-13 minutes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie

2 cups cooked chicken
1 large can of mixed veggies
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
1 cup Bisquick with 3/4 cup milk

Mix chicken, vegetables, soup and 1/2 cup milk in bowl. Melt stick of butter in baking dish while pre-heating oven. Pour chicken mixture over melted butter. Mix 1 cup of Bisquick using 3/4 cup of milk. Pour over chicken mixture. Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hamburger Stroganoff

This is a pretty inexpensive meal, easy to make, and tastes good! The recipe is from CCK's cookbook. I changed it a bit.

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 (4 - 9 oz) can sliced mushrooms
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
2-3 cups hot cooked egg noodles

- Cook and stir ground beef and onion until ground beef is thoroughly browned. Stir in flour, salt, garlic, pepper and mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Stir in soup. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in sour cream; heat through. Serve over hot noodles. Serves 4.

* Once I didn't have an onion, so I substituted it for about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of onion powder. It worked fine and saved a dollar!

** The original recipe calls to cook the ground beef and onion in a 1/4 cup butter. I don't do that to cut down on calories/fat. Also, it calls for cream of chicken. I like cream of mushroom better.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Frugal Meals

Well, with the cost of gas and food going up, do any of you have any frugal meals?

Here is one of my favorites (It can also be frozen and thaws well. We usually split it in half and cook half and freeze the other half for another time)

Baked Ziti
1 LB ziti cooked and drained
1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
2 jars spaghetti sauce
6 oz provolone cheese (slices)
2 cups mozarella
1/2 c sour cream

Brown ground beef with onion. Drain. Add jars of sauce and simmer 15 minutes. In baking dish layer 1/2 cooked ziti noodles, provolone, sour cream, 1/2 sauce, then mozarella. Repeat with remaining ziti and then remaining sauce. I like to top it with some extra mozarella.
Bake @ 350 for 30 min or until bubbly.

If you freeze it, you should add a little more sour cream to the layering so it stays moist.
My family is anti sour cream, but they love this recipe!

Any other frugal meals???

Monday, May 5, 2008

Skinny Caesar Salad

Of course, I got this recipe in a magazine (Health) and tweeked it a tiny bit. You could omit the chicken and serve this as a side salad. The shaved parmesan made this recipe! Walmart doesn't ususally carry anchovy paste but Kroger does. Since it all goes in the blender anyway, I used anchovy fillets (they are in a little can near the tuna).
Ingredients:
head of romaine lettuce torn into bite size pieces
olive oil for sauteeing chicken
1 pound chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper
dressing:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup soft silken tofu
2 T lemon juice
2 T olive oil
1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
1.5 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp anchovy paste
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
Topping:
1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese
1.5 cup fat-free croutons

Directions:
Basically sautee seasoned chicken in a bit of olive oil. Slice thinly when cooled. Blend the dressing ingredients in a blender until well-combined. If needed add 1 T water to thin it. Toss lettuce, croutons, and dressing in a large bowl. Divide salad among 4 plates. Top with the chicken and shaved parmesan.