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Who Am I? Family of 3 adults plus 1 pet kitty on 1 income trying to live like I have an unlimited budget & I have to STOP!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2-Step Skillet Chicken Broccoli Divan

I have been trying to add a few new recipes to our list of dinner ideas.

2-Step Skillet Chicken Broccoli Divan

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut up with scissors
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 soup can full of milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. Melt butter in skillet.
  3. Add chicken and cook until browned, stirring often.
  4. Add broccoli, soup and milk. Cover and simmer 5 min.
  5. Poured into a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs
  7. Bake for 30+ to nicely brown casserole.
**Served it over Rice everyone loved it will be a keeper

Sunday, July 26, 2009


  • Fry's Grocery store has boneless chicken breast on sale for $1.67 lbs I purchased 6 packages for dinners been surfing the net for new recipes
  • Clearance Product 20 cans of pumpkin for 10 cents each
  • Clearance Product 4 cans of Bushes chili w/ beef 50 cent each
  • Walgreen's has on sale Butterball Chicken broth 2 cans for $1.00.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Divine Spaghetti Sauce

I used it to make Lasagna!!

From AR http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Divine-Spaghetti-Sauce/Detail.aspx
I made the following recipe using what I had on hand in the house so here are the changes I made..

  • No Mushrooms
  • No Green Peppers
  • No Bay Leaf
  • Substituted Roasted Red Peppers & Piquin Peppers from jar about 3 huge Tbspfuls
  • Added Ground Turkey with Italian seasoning
  1. Use crushed tomatoes ran with celery/onion in food processor to smooth is out (Fiance's hates tomato/veggie chunks)
  2. Fried the turkey dropped in Crockpot with remaining ingredients
  3. Cooked in Crockpot for 5 hours.
  4. Cooled sauce fridged over night layered Lasagna today baked for 1 hour as items were cold.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I decided to make my own Salsa Verde using Tomatillo's.
Mind you I have watched video's online and read at least 10 -50 recipes and decided to on this one..
AllRecipes.com. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tomatillo-Salsa-Verde/Detail.aspx

  1. First I needed to broil them to bring out flavor I had never broiled before so I turned the oven on to broil. (Checking to make sure nothing was hiding in the oven to burn ie. pans that I store in there)
  2. Pull out the food processor and set it up & a large skillet with deep sides.
  3. Washed my 12 tomatillos to remove the sticky stuff & 3 jalapenos as well
  4. I was not sure how to use cilantro so I just grabbed the leaves and pulled removed the long stems. Drop in processor with 3 cloves of garlic and blended.
  5. Chopped 1 onion into 1/2 rings placed all on a foil lined cookie sheet and placed under the broil and closed the door..( Going crazy cause I can't see anything) but I kept in closed for 3 mins opened and turned the items over to char the other side for 3 more mins. Pulled sheet out turned oven off.
  6. Didn't cool broiler items just cut in half and dropped in 3 batches into the food processor after each I poured in to waiting large skillet on oven.
  7. Once all was in the Large skillet I heated to boiling over low/med heat for 15-20 mins tasted (No real flavor it needed HELP) so I had a 1/2 -3/4 jar of Marinated Sweet Hot Piquante & Red Peppers diced in jar left over from another recipe I made today.)So what the heck I poured the whole jar in. Let simmer for 10 mins more and WOW is it hot and spicey just what it needed.
  8. Yielded 8 cups of sauce
Here is the Finished Product in the Skillet Cooling

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Budget Stretchers

  • Leftovers get frozen into small portion control containers for another meal night currently I have about 10-20 containers or Ziplock bags in freezer for what I will later in the month call Mix and Match dinners lol.
  • I use salads /Rice side /Beans sides to stretch meals
  • I make homemade Salad Dressings and Salsa to help as well.