My family loves the original Hidden Valley Ranch cheddar chicken but I rarely make it because it uses more chicken than a casserole would. I tinkered around a bit and came up with this recipe that adds veggies and pasta to stretch the serving amounts. I have used broccoli and peas (peas being the preference by most of the kids), but feel free to stir in your favorite veggie. Also, if the creaminess is overwhelming, you can also add some milk to thin it out a bit.
This is my amped up version of a chicken and pasta primavera recipe that I found on the back of a Campbell's cream of mushroom soup can. I added wine and a few different seasonings to add a bit of depth to the basic recIpe. I try to stay away from cream soups, but my family really enjoyed this. I would suggest keeping the spaghetti and soup mixture in different containers if you have leftovers because when I stored them in the same cintainer, the pasta got sticky.
I found this in the Weis Markets Healthy Bites magazine. Regular red velvet cupcakes get a makeover with the addition of avocado. It adds a healthier fat tobkeep the cake moist and a serving of veggies. Kids will never suspect a thing!
As we learn every year at Thanksgiving, turkey is the bird that keeps right on giving. It yields plenty, and costs less per pound than most meats. Use leftover herbed turkey in casseroles, soups and salads. Or slice it for turkey sandwiches. Wrap the breast tightly and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Here's a fun use for the peanut butter in your pantry - a cold noodle salad that's healthy and not at all costly. It's a great dish to serve either at room temperature or chilled. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook)
I found this on the "How Sweet It Is" food blog and I decided to make it for Thanksgiving. I used Barefoot Pinot Grigio, generic apple cider and the cheapest ginger brandy that I could find and it was still really yummy. Make sure you let the apples soak for a while because they draw some of the bite from the liquor. I made mine in the morning and served it at 6 PM and it was great! Kind of like a grown up apple cider punch! (Cook time is chill time)
Couscous is cheap, versatile and quick to prepare, making it a great pantry staple to keep on hand for last-minute meals, like this 25-minute veggie saute. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
What a treat! You don't often find Canadian bacon on pizza, but it's delicious, and a 6 oz package won't stretch your wallet too far. You can also use sliced ham in place of the Canadian bacon. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
Give this super-quick pizza a try and you may come to love white beans. Cut into smaller slices, this would make a great budget friendly appetizer for a party. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
Frozen peas are not only cheaper than fresh, they're often sweeter since they're usually frozen very soon after being harvested. Keep some on hand to add color and springtime flavor to everything from pasta and rice to meat. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
A frittata makes an easy and inexpensive weeknight meal ready to eat in 20 minutes. This version used low-fat ingredients for a healthier take on frittatas. If you want a richer frittata, use regular cheese and sour cream. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
Trying to eat healthier but also looking to save money on dinner? Mixing ground meat with whole grains is a good way to do both. Here, kasha, a whole grain made from buckwheat, adds a delicious toasty flavor when mixed with ground beef, while also stretching the meat to make six servings. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
Who can resist a hot, bubbly pan of enchiladas? And these are so easy to make! Buying ground beef in bulk will save you even more money - just remember to divide it into smaller portions before freezing so you can defrost just the amount you need. (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).
Everyone loves those canned French-fried onions that go on top of the famous potluck vegetable dish of green beans with cream of mushroom gravy. Try them on other casseroles to add crunch, like this easy turkey and broccoli divan that comes in handy to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! (From Betty Crocker's "Money Saving Meals" cookbook).