Donniesgirl and I did a "Dave Ramsey" swap and she sent me an AWESOME cook book!!!!
In case you don't know "DAVE" he is a financial planner that encourages living debt free! In order to get there living has to be a little lean around here...But I like to feed my family good things so here are some budget friendly meals. I spent $66 on all of my groceries for the week and here are the 4 highlighted meals I made! I have a 2 year old, myself and hubby to cook for with lots of left overs! But these meals can easily be stretched or stuck in the freezer...to fit your family size. Enjoy!!!
On Sunday I took a bag of frozen chicken breast and cooked them in the crock pot over night, yep the whole bag! Did I mention this is busy family friendly!!! When I got up I divided it into 3 portions for the 3 times we would eat chicken this week.
4 chicken breast (enough for your family)
1 cup oj
1 cup instant rice(I par cooked rice on sunday night too...instant rice is a bit pricey for my budget! LOL!)
1 can chicken and rice soup
Put juice in a casserole dish, stir in rice. Add chicken. Top with soup. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
**next time I might use 1/2 to1 cup of oj concentrate to make it a little more tangy and a little water for moisture.
Impossible Chicken Broccoli Pie
1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup cut up cooked chicken (more or less for you family)
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup Bisquick type mix
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Heat oven to 400. Grease 9 inch pie pan. Sprinkle broccoli, 1/2 of the cheese, chicken, and onion in pan.
Stir Bisquick, milk, salt, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour in pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for another 1-2 mins to melt cheese. cool and serve!
Man I LOVE CASSEROLES! Fab for lunch the next day!!!
Easy Asian Beef and Noodles
8 oz Rib eye (if that is expensive, choose another lean cut that is thin and slice it against the grain thinly, you are going to cook it fast and use a lot of flavors so don't feel obligated to get a really good cut of meat)
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, divided
1 cup green onions sliced in 1 inch sections
2 cups shredded cabbage and carrots mix
2 (2.8oz) packages of beef flavored ramen noodle soup
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
Trim fat from steak, cut diagonaly-against the grain- into thin slices. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add Steak and green onions; stir fry for 1 minute. Remove and keep warm. Heat remaining 1/2 tsp oil in skillet add slaw for 30 seconds. Remove and keep warm.
Remove noodles from packages and reserve 1 seasoning pack for another use. Add water and 1 seasoning pack to skillet, bring to a boil. Break noodles in half and add to water. cook nooddles 2 mins or until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Add Steak and slaw back to pan add soy sauce and cook until heated thoroughly.
sorry no picture...it was GONE! before I could get one!!!
this is so good you'll never buy sweet and sour chicken from any chinese place again!
1 can cranberry sauce/jelly
1 bottle french dressing (I used 1/2 to 3/4 of the bottle)
1 package onion soup mix
chicken pieces (here is that chicken again!)
mix the cranberry sauce, dressing, and soup mix and add chicken! Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes until warm. Serve over rice and some Asian veggie mix(remember we par cooked rice...break that out again!). TADA!
Thanks donniesgirl for all these awesomely yummy and cheap dinners!!!!