Recipe Exchange

Im not talking about the chain letter kind of recipe exchange...

I just want you to comment with (or email me) your cheap and easy recipe secrets. What are your "go to" meals? What do you whip up in a short amount of time that only has a handful of ingredients? I feel like I spend way too much on groceries considering I only feed 2 1/2 people each meal. I want to see if I can feed my family for a month on a $200 grocery budget. Do you think I can? That's half of what I've been spending. Help me out.


Abbie said...

We just got rid of t-mobile last week. we have 2 razrs sitting here at my house. abbiesblog(at)gmail(dot)com

M. G. said...

I started doing one dish meals years ago. Just a main dish and/or a fruit or veg. Darrin always wants some sort of meat, but he doesn't always get it. I will email my favorite easy meals.

Our Little Corner said...

You don't know me...so this feels kind of strange. Your Grandpa Udall was my husband's mission president and I found your blog attached to Marcie's. I've been kind of bored today and I was blog surfing. :)
Anyway, I do so love sharing easy recipes.
#1 - Salsa Chicken
2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup salsa
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Pour the salsa over the chicken and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar and enjoy. If you're a sour cream person, it's good to put a little on the side and dip.

#2- Almond Dijon Chicken
1/4 cup Mayo
1/4 cup dijon mustard
2 chicken breasts
Mix the mayo and dijon, sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt and spread the mixture on. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Pull out and top with abt. 2 T. sliced almonds. Bake an additional 10 or so minutes. (I know this sounds a little strange, but trust me, it's good.)

#3- Sticky Chicken
1 small bottle catalina dressing
1 small jar apricot pineapple jam
1 envelope lipton onion soup mix
4 chicken breasts
Mix the dressing, soup and jam and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (I usually buy the bigger bottles of dressing/jam and use about 1 cup of each. Cheaper that way.)

#4- Black Bean Soup
8 oz. ham
2 14 oz. cans chicken broth (or 4 cups water and 4 bullion cubes)
2 15 oz. cans black beans
1 clove garlic minced
1 onion chopped
2 med. carrots grated
2 med stalks celery chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
Heat stove to medium. Put ham, onion and garlic in a pot and fry abt. 5 minutes. Stir in broth, carrot, celery and spices and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Open both cans of beans, mash one full can and add both cans to soup. Heat through and serve with sour cream and lime wedges.

My sister and some of her friends have a recipe blog. Some of the things aren't too easy, but most of them are. It's www.bunchofcooks.blogspot.com
Again, forgive me if this is too weird. Enjoy!

Our Little Corner said...

Sorry....#2 actually uses 4 chicken breasts, not two. If you do two, cut it to 1/8 cup of mayo and mustard.

christy said...

OK...Crock pot alfredo chicken

4 frozen chicken breast
2 cans cream of chicken soup
16 oz sour cream
package of Good Seasonings dry Italian dressing mix

put chicken in the crockpot (frozen)
mix the ingredients and pour on top of chicken. cook on low 5-6 hours. Put on top of rice noodles or potatoes. SOOOO YUMMY...and family favorite!!! I have others...but this is REALLY good. Let me know if you want more!!!

Kristal said...

in college we lived on 2 recipes. Seriously had one or the other EVERY WEEK for years. The firs tone
(they are both crock pot)
put 2-3 chicken breasts, 1 cup salsa, 1packet of taco seasoning, 2 cans of beans (we use black) and 2 cans of corn (or some frozen corn) in the crop pot for, um, I don' tknow, all day. I put it in around 9 or 10am and we eat at 5. Then about 15 minutes before we eat I shred the chicken, it falls apart, and add a block of cream cheese. And we eat it either on a tortiall or with chips and with cheese, green onions and tomatoes

Ok, the 2nd one has less ingrediants, and you've probalby made it
Italian chicken
Throw 2-3 chicken breasts in the crop pot witha block of cream cheese, and a packet of dry italian dressing mix, 1/4C butter, and a can of creem of chicken soup. Cook it for 4-5 hours, the chicken will shred and eat it over egg noodles, or rice.

At http://allrecipes.com/Default.aspx
you can just type in the ingredients you have in your kitchen and it'll come up with a recipe for you. I do that a lot.

Anonymous said...

Velma's Polish Sausage Stew

One Polska kielbasa link, sliced
2 cans green beans with liquid
4-6 potatoes, peeled and diced

Put in pot. Add enough water to cover potatoes. Boil until potatoes are done. Add salt and pepper to taste. Done. Easy and tasty.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jill,
its been a long time since i've looked at your blog. the kids are getting big and adorable...
here's two of my fav dinners.
and I'm all about easy and cheap...
1lb of hambuger meat
1 can of crm of mushroom soup
1 bg of tater tots
cheddar cheese
brown meat, add soup to meat, put meat in square baking dish, pour tater tots on top until covered and cheese on top of that. bake 15-20 min @425 until chz is melted.
1 kelbasa sausage
steamed rice
slice sausage and onion suate in pan. pour over steamed rice.