Thrifty Recipes

Each week I will have a thrifty recipe of the week. As I put a new one up, I will put the old on in here for people to access. If I get the recipe from a certain person, I will make sure to credit them for the recipe!

PS. I'd love to hear if you tried the recipes and what you thought of them!!

Chicken Fried Rice (05/18)

4 cups cooked whole grain rice, should be cooked the day before $0.50
2 chopped chicken breasts, fried $1.50
3 teaspoons soy sauce (pennies)
frozen or fresh veggies as desired $1-2
2 eggs $0.25
Total= $3.25-4.25

1. Make sure to cook the rice the day before. It works with freshly cooked rice but tastes oh, so much better with day old, refrigerated rice.
2. Mix together the vegetables and rice in a skillet, cooking on medium.
3. In a separate skillet, scramble the 2 eggs.
4. Mix together the eggs with the rice/veggies. Add the soy sauce and fry until the soy sauce is mixed in.

***The beauty of fried rice is that it's essentially Chinese casserole. You can use any leftover meat and veggies you have or whatever veggies you have laying around. Last time we made it, it had carrots, green beans, onion and peas.

Meatloaf (05/04)
1.5 lbs ground beef $3.00
3/4 cup rolled oats $0.25
2 eggs $0.35
Ketchup as desired

1. Mix together ground beef, eggs and rolled oats. If you know a way better then using your hands, let me know!
2. Put in a loaf pan and top with ketchup as desired.
3. Bake at 375 for 1 hour.

*This is a lower carb option to regular meatloaf with crackers. When I was pregnant with my first, I had gestational diabetes and this had lower carbs because of the rolled oats.

Cheeseburger Casserole (04/26)
3/4 pound hamburger $1.50
1 box macaroni and cheese $0.69**
1 can tomato sauce $0.49
1/2 red onion, diced $0.25
1/4 cup pickles, cut up $0.25
Ketchup as desired (optional)

1. Saute the hamburger and red onion until the hamburger is cooked through.
2. While the hamburger is cooking, make macaroni and cheese as directed.
3. Mix the pickles and tomato sauce in with the hamburger.
4. Mix the macaroni and cheese with the hamburger.
5. Mix in the ketchup and warm.

**I also make my own mac and cheese for this recipe which works just as well and tastes just as good!

Honey Mustard Chicken (04/20)

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in half the long way $3.00*
1/4 cup dijon mustard $0.75*
4 tablespoons honey $0.50
*Items are from a larger unit and prices are approximations.

1. Mix the dijon mustard and honey together.
2. Coat the chicken with the mustard and honey.
3. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Chicken Nuggets (04/13)

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts $2.00
1 cup Italian bread crumbs $0.33
1 tablespoon garlic salt (pennies)
1/4 cup butter, melted $0.25
1/4 cup skim milk $0.10
Total= $2.68
(Makes about 20-24 chicken nuggets)
1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-1.5 inch pieces. I find the easiest way is to cut it in half and then cut it about 4 times, depending on the size of the chicken breast.
2. Mix the Italian bread crumbs and garlic salt in a bowl.
3. Mix melted butter and skim milk in a separate bowl.
4. Dip the chicken into the butter and skim milk mixture.
5. Roll the chicken in the Italian bread crumb mixture until completely covered. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all chicken is done.
6. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees then broil for about 5 minutes for a bit of crisp.
**This is a healthier alternative to most chicken nugget recipes that I found and ohhh sooo good! We all loved it!

Chicken Stroganoff (04/05)

2 chicken breasts (or any part of the bird you like) cubed $1.50
1 onion $0.50
1 can of mushrooms $0.75
1 can cream of mushroom soup $0.79
1/2 cup milk $0.25
1-2 tsp chicken bouillon pennies
Package of egg noodles $1.00

1. Stirfry chicken and onion together until cooked through.
2. Add mushrooms, saute with chicken and onion.
3. Add in the cream of mushroom, milk, bouillon. Season with some pepper and salt.
4. Cook egg noodles and let the chicken mixture simmer while the noodles are cooking.
4. Serve the chicken mixture over the noodles.

Chicken Enchilada Pie (03/29)

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts-$1.50*
1 can of tomato sauce or enchilada sauce-$0.99
6 small tortillas or 4 large tortillas-$0.40* (Note: I make these myself which would reduce the price of this recipe.)
1/2 onion-$0.25*
1 can black beans-$0.59
1 green pepper-$0.99
1 cup shredded cheddar or colby cheese-$0.75*
*These are part of a larger unit and are approximations of price.

1. Chop the chicken up into bite size pieces. Chop the onion and green pepper. Saute with onion and green pepper. This is a good time to season as desired. I always do it with garlic because our family looooooves garlic!
2. Mix the chicken, onion and pepper with the enchilada or tomato sauce and the black beans.
3. Spoon a small amount of the chicken mixture onto the bottom of a baking dish, just barely covering the bottom. Put a layer of tortilla shells (2 large ones or 3 small ones). Spoon another layer of the chicken mixture, then tortillas, then chicken mixture again.
4. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Creamy Turkey (or beef) Casserole (03/22)

1 lb ground turkey or hamburger: $1.79
1 can cream of chicken $0.49
1 can cream of mushroom $0.49
1 cup frozen corn $0.25*
1/2 chopped onion $0.25*
1/4 cup sour cream$0.25*
1/2 box whole wheat pasta $0.50
1/2 cup shredded cheese $0.50
Total: $4.52
*Ingrediants from a larger unit-an approximation of the price.

1. Cook the pasta as directed.
2. Brown the meat with the onions. Drain any grease.
3. Mix in the frozen corn, the soups, and the sour cream with the meat.
4. Put in a 3 qt baking dish and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Chicken Pot Pie (03/15)

*Note: If you make the biscuits from scratch, this would be even thriftier!

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cubed $2.00
1 can of cream of chicken soup $0.60
1 bag of mixed frozen veggies $0.95
1 can of buttermilk biscuits, halved $1.30
Garlic powder/salt or minced (whatever you prefer) to taste-pennies??
(these prices are approximations)
Total Cost=$4.85

Saute the chicken breasts with the garlic. Mix the chicken, veggies and cream of chicken soup and pour into a large baking dish. Pull apart the biscuits and cover the mixture with the halves. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.

Santa Fe Rice and Beans (03/06)

1 can drained Black Beans- $0.59
1 cup frozen corn- ~$0.25 (from bag of frozen corn)*
1 can diced tomatoes w/juice- $0.60
1/2 cup sour cream- ~$0.50*
1/2 cup salsa- ~$0.75*
1 onion- ~$0.35*
Taco Seasoning to taste<~ We like a lot but this depends on your family!
1 Tablespoon Cumin
4 cups brown Rice-$0.50*
Total cost: Less then/Around $4.00

*This is an approximation of the price since it's from a much larger unit.

Follow directions to cook the rice.

While rice is cooking, slice up the onion and saute it for a few minutes. Add in spices, can of tomatos, black beans (drained), salsa and corn. Simmer until cooked through. Mix in the sour cream and let heat through.

Serve over the rice.


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