In need of budget family recipes.

Gemma - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Hi all,
Im looking for low budget recipe ideas that is suitable for my whole family. Two adults, a 2yr old and an 8mth old. I dont like cooking with salt, i am a firm believer in the eater adding it to taste after. so any recipes need to be child suitable. I do cook a healthy balance weekly diet but i want some more homly recipes.
Thanks in advance to you all.
~Gemma

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Desha - posted on 03/19/2010

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iv got a great one for you.my 18month old and husband love it its called oven fried chicken..its healthy, i promise you.the only problem is you do need alittle salt for it...

just take skinless\boneless chicken breast and soke them im in buttermilk for a minute.then in a bowl combin crushed cornflake and 2teaspoons of flour,little bit of salt and peper.over the chicken in the cornflake mix .(peheat oven at 360) place chicken on a cooking sparyed cookie sheet and spray top of chicken with cooking spray to.cook for 20 to 30 mins.....it taste like real fried chicken but its much better for you.wagihtwatches ponits for it are 3,it only has 135 caliores...i promise your family will love it.

~desha

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Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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A dish I make alot is a chicken with brocoli, cheese, and rice meal. There are ways to do it that are fast, but do use a few different pots, and then you can do it all together, and save dishes, but spend a little more to do one step after another instead of at the same time.

-Boneless skinless chicken breast
- Low sodium Chicken Rice a roni
-fresh broccoli crowns
-lowfat cheddar cheese
- (original recipe I found called for tomatoes and basil, but I usually omit these)

boil the thawed chicken (I find that boiling it leaves it more tender and juicy than baking)
steam the brocolli. Cook the rice-a- roni per instructions. When all are done, combine together, and cover with cheese. You can cut the chicken into smaller pieces for the kids, or dice it up and mix it in, although me and my husband prefer a solid 1/2 breast each, and just cut it up for the kids.

If you want to do it all in the same pan, cook the rice like normal, however when you go to add the thawed chicken, add extra water (dependant on how much chicken and broccoli you are going to use, and extra 1/2 to 1/4 cup usually works, depending on the temp) let this simmer, keeping an eye on the chicken and water content. When the chicken is close to cooked, add brocolli florets and cook with rice and chicken til all is done. Sprinkle with cheese, let melt, and your done!

Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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CREAMED CORN: It is sold in the grocery stores here in the US, usually along side regular canned corn. It is a sauce made by melting butter, with flour, and milk, along with spices and adding corn. if you cant find it, you could always attempt making it yourself! ( All of the home made creamed corn I have ever had is far better than the canned anyways, no matter what the brand)

Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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Me and my husband have figured out a really good recipe for a tater tot casserole. I am not sure on the health value of it, although there are plenty of substitutes that can be made to make it healthier. I am not sure how a traditional "tater tot casserole" is made, however we ran short on groceries one month, and got creative and it is awesome, we make it every few weeks now.
NEED:
-Ground beef (could sub ground turkey)
-Onion (optional)
-Cream of mushroom soup (I usually opt for the heart healthy or low fat campbells)
-tater tots
-Brown gravy mix
-1/2 soup can of low fat/non fat milk
-Cheese (kraft makes a really good lowfat cheddar, and Im sure trying a different type of cheese would work, however we have yet to try it)
-and some sort of frozen or fresh veggie (we usually opt for the frozen pea/carrot mix, although we have tried peas by themselves and corn as well and all are delicious)

Preheat the oven to approximately 325-250 (may need to adjust for temp, we have a gas oven, and it heats high and quick). pan fry lean ground beef or turkey. In a separate sauce pan, combine cream of mushroom soup, brown gravy mix, diced onions, veggie, and 1/2 can of milk. Heat while cooking meat. Doesnt need to be thoroughly cooked, but helps for mixing and cuts cooking time a bit. during this time, put a solid single layer of tater tots in an oven safe deep pan. When the meat is cooked, mix with the soup/gravy mix. After combined, pour over single layer of tater tots, and cover with foil. Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes (times vary). When everything is thouroughly cooked down to the tater tots, remove the foil, cover with a layer of shredded cheese, and pop back in the oven for up to 5 minutes. Then serve (For the little ones it is good to dish them up, and let it cool for a few minutes, although it will stay pretty hot if left in the pan). I am sure this is open to adjustments and changes, but it is a basic recipe we have tried. I have been waiting to try using cream of chicken, or the newer garlic mushroom soup as well.
My three year old son LOVES it, and usually ask for more, and the sauce help soften the tater tots, and my 16 month old daughter loves the tater tots. The veggies are really good for hear, and as long as you make sure the meat and onion are small enough, perfectly safe for them to eat (Although I would recommend having a baby wipe or washcloth handy afterward. My 16 month old is a bit of a slob when eating, and it usually requires a tiny bit of cleanup before she can leave the table! Good luck! And I look forward to reading this forum and getting some new ideas for things we haven't tried yet!

Anna - posted on 04/07/2010

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this one is a little of a pain to make, but quick to cook and very popular with the men!
bacon
little smokies
bbq sauce

cut strips crosswise into 3
wrap smokies with one piece
lay in baking pan with lose bacon edge down
cover with barbeque sauce
bake at 400 degrees until smokies are hot
great as a snack, for a potluck, party, or served with a side dish such as potatoes.

Anna - posted on 04/07/2010

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mini chili bowls
refrigerator biscuits ( any brand)
2 cans of your favorite chili
shredded cheese
butter ( to butter pan with)

butter cupcake pan
form a biscuit inside each cupcake hole, creating a bowl
spoon chili into the bowls
sprinkle with cheese if desired
bake at 400 degrees for time suggested on the biscuits
biscuit bowl should be browned and chili should be hot all the way through.

Anna - posted on 04/07/2010

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this is simple, quick, and delicious.

frozen hamburger patties (can use fresh if you want)

salsa (whatever style your family prefers)

rice

fry patties just until starting to brown

lay them in a bake pan in a single layer

cover generously with salsa

bake at 400 degrees until cooked through. Usually about 30 min. for frozen

put on top of a bed of rice and ladle the hot salsa over the top.

you will be surprised how good this is. Adding olives, peppers, etc. is also good.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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Frozen vegetables are great, lower cost, don't have to worry about them going bad, and you can just throw them in the steamer with a little water, and they still have better nutritional value than boiling or nuking veggies. ( I do keep a few canned veggies on hand as back up because my freezers get pretty full some times, but I hate to use them)

I usually buy frozen chicken breast, or only buy fresh if it's less than $2 a pound. I've been going to some of the cheaper stores like ALDI's for the frozen chicken is about $6 for 3 lbs here. Canned goods are always 2/$1. I buy my cream soups there also, and spices, salad dressings... I don't buy everything there because I am a little picky about what we eat, but what I do buy is a really good value, and not always sacrificing quality and taste.

I also shop at SAM's Club for some bulk items, have to be careful in what you choose to buy there though, it's easy to go way over budget just buying a few more things that weren't on the list.

Planning meals helps reduce costs, or meals that you can make into other meals later. Crock pot meals are usually cheaper and easy. I just found a site called thegrocerygame.com that will (for a small fee) look up your local stores deals for the week, and coupons (also tells you where the coupons can be found some online), and you can tweek the list to what you want to buy and print it.

Not exactly recipes, but hope that helps with the budget part... there are also some low budget recipe books. I think I bought one a while back that was on the magazine rack from pillsbury, one half was chicken and the other half was ground beef

Theresa - posted on 04/03/2010

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I have a fabulous recipe called Manwich Pizza. All you need is 1 can of croissant rolls, 1 can of manwich, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, and 1 lb. ground beef. Spread the croissant rolls out on a 9x13 pyrex glass dish, pushing the sides together to form one sheet. Brown the ground beef (or any ground meat of your choice), strain and add Manwich sauce. Pour on top of the croissant sheet, leaving about 1/2 - 1 inch for crust. Add cheese on top and bake at 350 until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned, usually about 25 minutes. It's my favorite childhood recipe from my mom and my husband LOVES it. You can also add veggies and any other toppings. Enjoy!

Sneha - posted on 04/03/2010

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4 TB Wheat flour+Honey+a lil sugar+salt+milk = Keep aside for half an hour... had one banana... whisk the mixture.... Ahhh..Banana Pancakes.... Can replace Banana with any other fruit!

Allysia - posted on 04/02/2010

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terriyaki chicken

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3 green onions or 1/2 sweet onion chopped
1 garlic clove
1-2 lbs chicken thighs

put thighs in crockpot. mix all other ingredients and put over chicken. cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice. I usually make some sort of veggies on the side.

Orange Chicken

1 lb chicken breast cut into strips
1/4 cup Asian toasted sesame dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
3 cups frozen stir fry veggies
3 cups hot, cookes rice
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Heat pan medium hi. Add chicken, stir fry 5-7 minutes or till done. Stir in dressing and orange juice and bring to a boil. Add veggies. Cook 5-7 minutes or until heated thru stirring occasionally. serve over rice and sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Southwestern skillet

1 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 cups green bell peppers (chopped)
3 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 can of rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes and green chilis)
2 cups unsalted canned black beans
1 1/4 cup water
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1/2 cup colby jack cheese

coat the bottom of a large pan with oil. Cook green peppers and garlic over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, chilis, beans and water. mix well and bring ingredients to a boil. cook until the water has evaporated and then reduce heat to medium low. stir in rice and cilantro. cook for 3 minutes. remove from heat, top with cheese and serve.

Note: i usually just use 1 bell pepper, and omit the cilantro. Keep in mind a bean and a rice make a complete protein like a meat. Beans have the protein and rice has the iron.

Abbey-Jo - posted on 03/31/2010

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Any kind of pasta dish for exaple lasagna or macaroni cheese are very good ones

Kirsten - posted on 03/31/2010

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-Hamburger helper is always a life saver-- about $5 [$3 for HB meat & $1.50 for box of HH].

-Jambalaya.. I buy the packaged sausage and zatarains jambalaya mix. Super easy & SO good. Kinda spicy though, so maybe not for the kids?! my 4 yr old step son and 16 month old son eat it though!

-Cheesy, tomato macaroni.. cook a box of mac-n-cheese and add either fresh, diced tomatoes or canned diced tomatoes.. add some sliced sausage or something if you need meat!

-Potatos and sausage with green peppers.. easy skillet meal, cut up potatoes[leave skin on or peel.. tastes good either way], slice sausage and green pepper and cook together in a skillet with about 2tblsp of olive oil until potatoes are tender. Yummy.. you can add onions, mushrooms or red peppers, too. Whatever you think will taste good!

-Chicken & dumplings-- big pot of chicken/beef broth with a little water, put in raw chicken and let it cook thoroughly, a can of biscuits, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and drop dough into pot! Season to taste! Super easy & good!

-Spaghetti & meat balls/meat sauce... and there are SO many different ways to make spaghetti--- try different kinds of pasta [rigatoni, bowtie, macaroni, fettuccine, etc.] and different sauces[Alfredo, Italian, marinara, etc.] and meat[shrimp, chicken, hamburger] you can add. I even like to add black olives or green peppers, mushrooms, etc.

-mexican cornbread!
one pound of hamburger meat
two packages of cornbread mix [& ingredients to make]
one green pepper
one medium onion
can of rotel tomatoes
1 cup of cheese
1 can of creamed corn

Brown hamburger meat, chop peppers & onion, mix in with meat, remove from heat, stir in can of rotel. prepare cornbread mix according to package, mix creamed corn with cornbread mix, pour hamburger meat mix into a cake pan, sprinkle cheese over meat, add cornbread mixture, rest of cheese on top... cook a little longer than it says for just the cornbread. SOO good!


...and i always try to have a good vegetable like fresh steamed broccoli with cheese, canned corn, green beans, peas. etc.

Also, at my house, i try to make breakfast for dinner at least 2 times a month.. so either pancakes and sausage or eggs and bacon and biscuits, or breakfast burritos!!

Susie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Sheperdess pie

Hi this is the recipe for a veggie version of shepherd's pie. Very cheap and healthy.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion or leek
1 carrot
1 garlic clove
120g mushrooms, sliced
60g red lentils
200g canned chopped tomatos
1 pint of water
1/2 teaspoon margoram
1/2 teasppon of thyme
1 teaspoon of brown sauce
200g tin of baked beans

for topping;
960g potatoes
5 tablespoons milk
30g cheese, grated.

1 Heat oven200C
2 Heat oil and fry leek or onion, carrot, garlic and mushrooms for 10 mins.
3 Add lentils, tomatoes, water and herbs, bring to the boil. Reduce heat for 30mins.
stir in brown sauce and baked beans, cook for 5 mins.
4 Boil potatoes in salted water (optional salt). 20 mins then drain and mash. Add milk.
5 Put lentil mixture in ovenproof dish and place mash potatoes ontop. Sprinkle over grated cheese.
6 Bake in oven for 10 mins. Serve immediately.

suitable for giving to small children and for freezing. Enjoy! :)

Susan - posted on 03/31/2010

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I can do about anything with a sack of Banquet chicken patties. A bag costs about $4 and I can do at least 3 meals out of it. Chicken parmisagna (back the chicken in the oven as directed but add spaghetti sauce, mozzerella cheese and parmigana) on the stove top boil spaghetti noodles, when they are done add the rest of your spaghetti sauce after your pasta is drained. I usually add a little extra garlic, parsley, italian seasoning.

Susie - posted on 03/31/2010

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alot of creamed corn in these recipes. Is that an American thing. We dont get it in UK.

Nancy - posted on 03/25/2010

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The other day I made Rachel Ray's Chicken and Dumpling recipe. Off the top of my head, it's basically sauteed carrots, bay leaf, celery & onion in olive oil and/or butter, some flour to thicken, add poultry seasoning & pepper, pour in a box of broth, throw in chicken chopped into chunks, add peas, then drop Bisquick biscuit dough on top to steam the dumpling. I chopped up parsley and chives into the dough. My 17-month old LOVED it!! Chicken and veggies, good basics and cheap.

Samantha - posted on 03/24/2010

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i have one for you! it's called egg and bacon pie and i know it doesn't sound that good but it is!!

you need 8 eggs, half cup of milk, 2 Zucchini's, 2 carrots, onion, packet of jaz's, cheese and Bacon.

grate the Zucchini and Carrot, dice 1 onion in to a bowl,(if you want to you can add a clove of garlic!!) crush up Jaz's and put in as well and some cheese mix all together and put in a oven proof dish and push down and then in the same bowl you have put your eggs and milk with salt and pepper and mix well, then pour over the dry ingredients and then cover with some cheese and bake in the oven for 1 hour and half on 180 oc and serve with salad or veggies!! my 16 months old son and my hubby loves it

Gemma - posted on 03/24/2010

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Hi jenalyn, i do have a bread maker in storage if you have any good ideas for that id gladly give it a try. Im a stay at home mum whilst my partner is about to go off into the army so i feel i should be making most things from scratch where i can.

Jenalyn - posted on 03/24/2010

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quick question, do you want to make your own bread?? I have a great, economical and extremely healthy recipe. makes two loaves at once as well. Let me know and I will post it.

Sarah - posted on 03/24/2010

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Try this cookbook, "everyday easy One-pot" (website to check out is www.dk.com). I got this book from my boyfriend for Christmas. I love it...many recipes that are very easy, economical and time saving! Some of the recipes I made, my son liked. It all depends, but well worth checking it out though! ;-)

Lori - posted on 03/23/2010

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Dilly Seafood Quiche
1/2 pkg refrigerated pie crust (1 crust)
4 eggs
1 c half and half
1/4 dill weed
1/8 cheyanne pepper (it will NOT make it too spicy I'm adding more next time)
1 c pkged flake crabmeat (not imitation) coarsely chopped
1 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 c shredded Parmesan cheese
1 clove of garlic
1 green onion with top thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place crust in pie plate. In one qt bowl wisk eggs, half and half, dill weed, and cheyanne until well blended. Chop crabmeat. Add crabmeat, cheeses, and green onion to egg mixture. Mix well. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 25-30 mins or until knife inserted into center comes out lean. Let stand 10 mins before cutting to serve. Serves 4.

Megan - posted on 03/23/2010

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you could try, chicken and salad wraps.

you can buy the wraps in packs of 6-8

fry the chicken in no oill untill just starting to colour then pop it in the oven for 20-30 mins, untill cooked.

warm the wraps up in the microwave for like 30 secs or oven for aout 5 mins

spread some mayo, (we use garlic mayo) over the wrap, place in the chicken, then add the salad fold the botton of the wrap up over the chicken/salad, than wrap the two sides around if that makes sense.

my two year old wont eat them like a wrap but will have it all seperate in his bowl and loves it, if ur veggie use quarn pieces.

you can also buy packets of spices for the chicken to add a bit more flavour.

Gemma - posted on 03/23/2010

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lovely, thanks everyone there are some really great ideas. I have to ask though, what is creamed corn? I'm a brit and i have never heard of it over here. Thanks all.

Andrea - posted on 03/22/2010

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Chicken Caccatorie

4 Pieces of chicken (I use boneless skinless thighs)
Flour to coat chicken
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp favorite Italian seasoning
1 lb noodles (I use whatever is in the pantry)

Coat the chicken with flour while you heat the oil in skillet. When the oil is hot drop the chicken in the skillet until golden on both sides. Add tomatoes and seasoning.
In a large pot start boiling water. Add noodles and cook till done.
To serve: Place chicken and tomato sauce over noodles, add favorite vegetable side dish.

It's easy and healthy.

Beth - posted on 03/22/2010

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recipe with the hamburger and canned baked beans and mac cheese is loaded with salt!!!, sorry most dont realize mac and cheese is LOADED with salt!!! over 1/3 of a childs salt intake for a day from just 1 serving of mac and cheese!



lentils and rice

1/2 bag lentils

1 cup rice

1 chopped onion

1T italian salt free seasoning

4 diced cloves garlic

1/2 cups carrots

1/2c ham or smoked pork



boil for 20 minutes

dinner is done ,

serve with green salad , and cantelope or sliced bananas for dessert

Laura - posted on 03/21/2010

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my daughter has loved these since she was 2 (she is only 3 now) make your own taquitos it would be harder for your 8 month old though I just take a tortilla and put some refried beans on it then put some chicken (or whatever you can always leave off the meat as well) some cheese roll it andput it on a pan cook at 350 for like 10 minutes (just till the cheese is melted) and serve my daughter will always eat at least 1 aned I always have salsa and sour cream on the side from start to finish its only like 30-45 minutes

Misty - posted on 03/21/2010

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If you like hamburger helper you will like this....

Fry some hamburger
drain the grease
Add a couple cans of pork and beans
cook til beans are warm.
I serve creamed corn and mac and cheese with it.
All five of my kids love it

Felicia - posted on 03/20/2010

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ok well its cheap and yummy my kids love it even though they hate mushrooms lol it is easy and doesnt take long hour max maybe longer depending on if u can do more than one thing at time no offense but see i have a family of 8 to feed (2 adults and 6 kids ) so i have to b fast and cheap lol but still not lose taste. and the salt content is up to u and whatever comes in the soup though they do seel cambells cream of mushrrom soup with low sodium :)

For a family of four

16 oz. mushrooms pre-sliced (save time)
4 cans of cream of mushrrom soup
rice (in bag or u can cook it urself :))
pork chops (easiest though it costs more is center cut)
oniion (yellow, large one will b enough)

open soup into pot add one can of water (or if u want more calcium in ur diet milk) set on medium heat while u cook the mushrooms in a tblspn of butter, add mushrooms to soup, in the same pan use the butter left over to pan fry the onions (sliced and then n halfs) once clear add to soup remembering to stir soup constantly, pan fry pork chops in the same pan with the same left over grease from onions and mushrooms(grease will be there if u make sure to drain the mushrooms and onions with slotted spatula), when chops are done add to soup and start rice in another pot, 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water is a good recipe for long grain enriched rice (or if healthy brown ) while rice is cooking turn up heat slightly on soup to a boil for about 10 minutes making sure to stir often so doesn't stick. when rice is done pull out chops and cut for child and adults if u wish, dish up rice in a bowl add soup over top with chops and viola pork chop delight .

there are many variations u can change and it still have taste, and the salt doesnt have to b added to the rice before u cook it if u dont want and there is no need for butter n the rice if u add the soup over top, also with using the grease left over u get flavor without the need for salt. for a family of 8 it costs roughly 20 dollars so urs should b cheaper :) also helps if u alreadykeep a stock of cream of mushroom soup or rice or onions on hand the only thing u would have to buy would b the chops and the mushrooms. :) hope it helps and u enjoy it, if u dont like onions u can omit but i like onions and they r good for u :)

Danielle - posted on 03/20/2010

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i make roasted chicken with onions and potatoes. so easy
just take a package of your favorite cuts of chicken (skin on bone in is best)
some baby red potatoes (i use these so i dont have to peel them)
2-3 onions
garlic cloves (how ever many desired i use a whole head because i love it)
rosemary (dried or fresh)
salt and pepper
and extra virgin olive oil

pre heat oven to 475
peel and quarter onions, quarter or half potatoes depending on size and peel garlic cloves and half. toss with evoo, salt, pepper and rosemary. place on bottom of roasting pan. arrange chicken on top. drizzle with evoo. sprinkle salt pepper and rosemary and bake in oven for 45 minutes.
easy and only one pan to wash!
you can also serve with a side salad

Victoria - posted on 03/20/2010

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Shepherd's Pie everyone can eat it baby safe n chep

9 potatoes - peeled and cubed
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup of corn
1 can of cream corn
1cup of peas or any veggie you like chopped carrots are great


Just boil potatoes mash them really good if you want add milk or butter
brown groundbeef in pan lol
in a pot add all of the veggies you want with the creamcorn heat for 3 mins on low
add groundbeef to baking dish then your viggies then add mash potatoes

(I have sometimes added 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and 1 cup chesse to the top it taste soo good)

Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown

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