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Old 01-21-2009, 08:53 PM
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Great Meals Under $10.00 Recipes

Found this great recipe site with a cookbook of meals under $10.00. Shows the prices of the food to make them.
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookb...cookbook=58000
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Sueanne, thanks for the information. I am always looking for menu ideas.
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Thanks Sueanne! Always looking for cheaper ways to feed my family.
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Thanks Sueanne, some good recipes there.
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Found this great recipe site with a cookbook of meals under $10.00. Shows the prices of the food to make them.
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookb...cookbook=58000
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Sueanne, thanks for the link. I zipping over there now to check it out.
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Thanks for the link. I am in such a cooking rut right now. Nothing that I usually make sounds good to me.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:00 PM
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Sparkpeople sends me newsletters every day with a different recipe. They have so many cookbooks from different people to check out. I am sure you will find many you will enjoy.

Here is another good cookbook on this site to try out some recipes.
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Thanks so much for the link. I love new recipes.
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One Chicken, Three Meals
Buying whole chicken on sale is a great way to stretch your grocery budget! I can actually get three meals out of one large chicken. To do this, first I make the roast chicken recipe below. After finishing the meal, I remove the leftover white meat from the bones and place it in a Ziplock bag in the refrigerator for making chicken pot pie. I then place the bones with the remaining chicken in a Ziplock freezer bag in the freezer so I can make chicken soup with it on another day. Here are the recipes for three meals I recently made using one whole chicken.

Roast Chicken and Stuffing

Ingredients:
  • 4-6 lb. whole roasting chicken
  • 1/4 cup Promise Lite margarine
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • prepared stuffing mix
  • water (according to stuffing mix package)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
  1. Melt margarine and sauté onion and celery until tender. Stir in stuffing mix and water; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse roasting chicken inside and out. Sprinkle salt and pepper in cavities. Brush the outside with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and sage, then rub with crushed garlic.
  3. Place chicken on rack in a large roasting pan. Just before roasting, spoon stuffing into the cavity and secure with a small metal skewer.
  4. Add about a cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan. Roast at 350°F, until the built-in thermometer pops up, about 1˝ hours or so.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:
  • sm. bag peeled baby carrots
  • leftover cooked chicken (white meat)
  • 1 pkg. refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (dough type)
  • 1 envelope chicken gravy mix
  • 1 cup water
  • nonstick cooking spray
Directions:
  1. Spray a casserole dish or pan with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange cooked chicken in the bottom of dish.
  2. Precook baby carrots in microwave for 5 minutes and add to casserole dish.
  3. Mix turkey gravy mix with 1 cup water and pour over chicken and carrots.
  4. Arrange buttermilk biscuits on top and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until biscuit topping is golden brown.
Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
  • leftover chicken on bones
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 large onion, cut in quarters
  • 2 tbsp. chicken bouillon flakes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 bag whole wheat noodles
Directions:
  1. In a large pot, add leftover chicken on bones, water, bouillon flakes and seasonings.
  2. Peel and slice carrots; chop celery and onion. Add all vegetables to pot; cover and cook on high for 1 hour or so, until chicken falls off of bones.
  3. Remove all bones from pot.
  4. Add noodles and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with warm homemade bread or biscuits.
These are just three recipes you can use to stretch your grocery dollars using whole chicken, but the possibilities are endless. Also, when I find whole chicken on sale, I stock up, storing them in the freezer in the basement.
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When I buy a rotisserie chicken from the Deli we have part of it for our meal. Then I make a casserole for 2 with some of the chicken that is left and the rest of the chicken and the bones get cooked up for soup.
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