Easy supper ideas please!!!

Jessica - posted on 08/27/2013 ( 75 moms have responded )

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I'm tired of the same old things but its so easy when you have 3 little so close in age to just fall back into the same supper recipe. Does anyone have a quick and simple meal that doesn't break the bank?

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Heather - posted on 09/01/2013

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Don't stress, all moms have this problem. The crock pot really is the best... it has become so popular. There are many recipes that require only 3 or 4 ingredients to provide a whole meal! I tried crockpot lasagna last week and it was great!

The easiest I can think of is chicken tacos. Put a few boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot, add a package of taco seasoning and about half of a jar of salsa....cook on high for about 4 hours and you have perfect chicken taco meat. You can use it for tacos on tortillas, add beans and rice for a bigger meal , use it for taco salad.... whatever you like. :-)

Another easy recipe is bacon ranch chicken. A can of cream of chicken soup, about 4 oz sour cream, a packet of ranch mix and a few tablespoons of bacon (bacon bits are fine) dumped in the crockpot on top of boneless chicken breasts. 4 hours on high. Serve over mashed potatoes, noodles, rice...your choice.

Queen Of My - posted on 10/04/2013

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I like making mini meat loaves in muffin tins. I make them in large batches and freeze them for later. You can do any recipe - and I don't really follow one but it goes something like this - ground hamburger, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper- and then I will toss something in for a little more zip - anything - relish, mustard, onion soup mix, garlic powder with a pinch of cayenne pepper - whatever your family might like - then you mix, stuff it into tins, put a thumb print in the top and squeeze some ketchup in the thumb print - your kids can help too! Bake and enjoy. They freeze really well and you can reheat from frozen. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots or a salad and a bun - very versatile.

Linda - posted on 09/18/2013

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Hi Jessica. I am a grandmother now, but my former husband was in college 11 yrs & I worked & had a baby. After he graduated, things were great. We always had a large garden & I baked about 3 loaves of bread everyday. I have about 2,000 cookbooks packed up due to moving or I would give some of those recipes to you. I have thousands! A very easy one that my children always liked (oldest chef & youngest Nutritionist) is:
Easy Beefaroni Casserole
1/2 - 1lb ground beef, browned & drained (or ground turkey)
1 small box of macroni (or pasta your kids like) cooked & drained
1 can of Manwich (made for Sloppy Joe's)
1/2 to 1c cheddar cheese
Brown beef, stir in cooked macroni, can of Manwich & 1/2c cheese (optional) mix together. Put in sprayed 1-1 1/2qt casserole dish, sprinkle with 1/2c cheese to cover top. Bake @ 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until hot & bubbly.
I also served a fruit salad that my children loved (uses cottage cheese!) or a green vegetable, homemade, frozen, or even bought rolls.

I know from occasionally shopping (only me now) that items & sizes have changed. Use your judgement on amounts. My children were always very good eaters & I think that is why a chef & nutritionist. They use almost all organic. In the 70's & 80's we had to grow if. They helped plant, pick, & cook the vegetables-more appreciation. I have two grandsons & the first thing they order is broccoli or asparagus. Dad is a national chef & designs food! So they eat well. Let me know if you like this, I could give you hundreds! Also, easy stir together rolls & the fruit salad. My oldest daughter always made it & published the recipe in the school cookbook @ 8! Never dreamed growing up she would be a chef (Barbie Doll & modeled 16 yrs).

I joined the group to help promote an excellent 'Wellness' company that my "Nutritionist' daughter (BS,MS,MPH) & I have been introducing. They make great vitamins (& children's) nutritional shakes, every type of green cleaning product, that are excellent, cheaper & no childproof caps. I placed an ad last week because it caters to stay at home Moms, which I was for many years. If you or someone is interested please contact me. Also, let me know how you like the recipe. Thanks & take care.
Linda
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Julia - posted on 09/13/2013

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I'm all about cook once eat a bunch. This week I did chili

2 cans diced tomatoes Del Monte makes canned diced tomatoes with mild Chili's or you can do the regular and add fresh or powdered chili

1 can tomato sauce

1 onion large (or 2 small)

1 green pepper

2 lbs ground beef.

Brown the ground beef in the frying pan then throw it all in a crockpot on low for 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours.

I make a can of kidney beans on the stove top with a mini can if tomato sauce since not everyone in my family likes the beans people can add at will. Also it gives more do something else with it later options.

For different takes on this freeze half or make a bigger batch and freeze in smaller containers. Then use it in the following ways.

Serve just as chili (with beans)

Hollow out green peppers drizzle with oil bake for 15-20 minutes. Take out. Fill with chili bake another 15-20 minutes for stuffed peppers (without beans)

Serve as sloppy Joe's (without beans)

Serve taco salads. You can buy the shells in the grocery or make with tortillas.

Spicy shepards pie. Use leftover mashed potatoes or make. Layer mashed potatoes, corn and/or peas and carrots, then chili. Top with cheese if desired.

Serve over baked potatoes.

Serve over corn bread casserole or make corn bread waffles. This is the BEST!

Holly - posted on 09/10/2013

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My children are 12 and 14. They’ve started learning to cook and we’ve set-up a FB page to post these recipes. We’re working on recipes now that are new for our house with a focus on “yummo” to them and healthy for us all. We’re tired of “the rut” as well. And with soccer and dance cranking up...we're forcing ourselves to stay out of the fast food drive-thru!!! (Wish us luck!)

You can see a few recipes and videos there now. Lots more about to come. We’d love to have you follow us. Their names are Philip and Summer. So we called it Cooking with S&P ... pun totally intended! LOL! Here’s our link: https://www.facebook.com/CookingWithSandP?ref=hl

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Rgnhood - posted on 10/09/2013

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Pork and beans and wieners over rice, with a fruit salad and some blueberry muffins on the side.

Amy - posted on 10/08/2013

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I Made Tator Tot Casserole... My Family Loved It
32 Oz Bag Of Tator Tots
16 Oz Shredded Cheese
1Can Cream Mush
1Can Cream Celery
1Lb Hamburger
1 Oz Milk
1 Onion Chopped.. (I Will Use Less Next Time Cuz Too Much)
PREHEAT OVEN 350. Cook For 1 Hr 15 min

Ground Hamburger, In Bowl Mix The Soup Together With Milk, Once Hamburger Done Mix With Soup Mixture. Use 13/9 Pan .. Place Tator Tots On Bottom(not aAll Leave Some) o Cover Sprinkle Onions..Then Spread Hamburger Mixture Over Then Some Cheese Then Rest Of Tator Tots Then Cheese.

Karen - posted on 10/07/2013

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How about tuna casserole? Pasta noodles cooked, tuna 1-2 cans and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix together with cooked pasta, bake in oven 350 degrees for 1/2 hour or can microwave individual bowls of casserole. My kids liked seasoned bread crumbs or parmesan cheese on top.

Stacey - posted on 10/07/2013

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My kids like beef smoked sausage sliced up and put in a pan of fried potatoes, sprinkled with cheese.

Esther - posted on 10/06/2013

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My family loves my Lazy Shepard's Pie. 1 lb ground beef, browned with spices of your choice, mashed potatoes and your choice of cooked veggies. Cook them all up and then instead of layering them to bake in the oven just stir them all together, with one can of cream of mushroom soup, in one of the pots you already used. Looks kind of gross, but tastes delicious. :)

Jane - posted on 10/06/2013

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i've only read couple of pages of responses and very few have veggies so here are 2 of our easy go to meals with lots of veggies: fried rice and chicken noodle soup and most of it is prep work you can do the beforehand while watching tv when the kids are in bed.

fried rice:
you'll need sesame oil and sesame seed (available at asian or any grocery stores); soy sauce; veggie oil; wok or any pan; left over rice (any type) or make fresh if you don't have any (only takes 25 minutes on stove top); lots of fresh veggies chopped up (carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, anything in the fridge or frozen in a pinch); chopped up left over meat (sometimes i use KFC leftover chicken (minus the skin of course)) and an egg or two.

i use about 1 cup of rice to 2-3 or 4 cups of veggies and almost a cup of meat. i cut up my veggies so small that it practically melts in your mouth and my boys use a spoon to eat their fried rice.

to make rice on stove top: rinse rice in water until it runs almost clear;
how much water do you add: rest your forefinger gently on top of the rice, add water until it reaches first knuckle
with lid slightly off, bring to a boil, then lid on, simmer for 20 minutes, when timer goes off, turn stove off and let it sit. perfect rice every single time.

this is the way i make it:
in a hot wok, i add hard veggies first (carrots) and add a drizzle of water and cover for a few seconds (to steam and make it softer), then add the rest of veggies, cover for few to steam up a bit then lid off, let water evaporate, add just a touch of veggie oil to sautee; when veggies are soft but still has crunch, i add meat, mix it; i add rice, mix it; shove all food to the side of pan, i crack an egg or two, start scrambling it, gradually mix it in with the rice (if this part scares you, make the egg separately and mix it in later); now, add soy sauce for taste and color, mix it; just a small drizzle (maybe a teaspoon at most) of sesame oil (it's very strong so you don't need a lot), mix it; turn off heat, mix it; put in a bowl/dish and top it off with small sprinkle of sesame seed (that's asian's way of saying this dish was made just for you and no one has touched it). sometimes, instead of soy sauce, i use top ramen flavoring packet with water :)

chicken noodle soup:
cut up any and all fresh veggies, left over veggies, frozen veggies; left over chicken of any kind or fresh, up to you; use chicken broth, veggie broth, bullion, doesn't matter, just need broth, add everything in a pot and bring to a boil, then med temp for about 15 minutes (if you simmer, it takes longer, maybe 30 minutes); boil whatever noodles you want separately; add noodles in a bowl, add soup, top it with small dash of parm cheese and voila!

Beth - posted on 10/03/2013

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Another easy recipe:
Brown ground beef in skillet with garlic and onion (I usually use dried minced onion and powdered garlic)
Add in sliced potatoes and sliced carrots (both pretty thinly sliced). Add in a bit of water 1/4 -1/2 cup and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender. Stir in a few slices of cheddar cheese just to make it creamy (also put in some cream cheese if you'd like more creaminess). And serve. Kids love it, husband likes it. It was originally a crock pot recipe, but it's easier and much faster to make it on the stove.

Rachel - posted on 09/30/2013

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Do you have a crock pot? If yes, look up some recipes for crock pot meals. They do all the work. You just add everything in and let it cook all day.
If you don't have a crock pot, I suggest you get one. They're awesome.

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This is super cheap, super easy, and looks like cooked SUPER!!!

STUFFED STEAK
1 - box stove top stuffing - prepared
1 - Package breakfast steaks (the real thin ones) with enough for your family.

Preheat oven to 350.
Put olive oil in bottom of glass pan.
Put a large tablespoon of stuffing into the steak and roll it up. Put the rolled side down. Do all steaks.
Put a piece of tinfoil across the top.
Bake for 20 minutes, take foil off and bake 5-10 more minutes. Keep an eye on it the last five minutes. If it starts looking "dry", it will be.

BUT ITS GREAT, CHEAP and YUMMY!!!

Amanda - posted on 09/29/2013

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Italian meat loaf. Mske ur basic meat mix. I just take a pound of ground beef an egg a lil tomato sauce n italian bread crumbs. Mix it to desired consistancy. Flatten the meat onto a piece of tinfoil into a large square no more then an inch thick. Sprinkle shredded mozzerella all over square then lift up end of tinfoil to help roll up the meat. Tuck in ends of roll so cheese doesn't ooze out put in cassarole dish. I cut up a large potato into half inch squares throw in some green beans. The grease from beef will cook potatoes. Cook about 35 min at 375-400. Pull out of oven n pour a little tomato sauce over loaf and sprinkle more shredded mozz cheese over top n pop back in oven 10-15 min. Pull out n serve. One of my kids favorites.

Amanda - posted on 09/28/2013

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My kids love love helmans parmesian (I dnt knw if I spelt that right) chicken recipe. U mix mayo n parm cheese together n speread it over boneless chicken breast or strips sprinkle bread crumbs on top n pop it in oven. Sounds kinda gross the mayo but it is delicious. 3 out of my 4 kids and my nephew love it. My 7 yr old doesn't like it so I just batter her piece in the breadcrumbs n put it in the same baking dish.

Julie A - posted on 09/27/2013

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Food network. Com is great! And easy. I tried their skillet lasagna an so good! Bowtie noodles, sauce, add 1lb meat, parm and ricotta or whatever cheese you like. Delicious ! One pot!

Penny - posted on 09/26/2013

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Not my own recipe, but I read it in a similar post and have used it a couple of times...

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over chicken breasts (1 per adult), roll up- cheese side in, pour over a pasta sauce of your liking (I like tomato based) and bake til cooked thru. Time and temperatures depend on the thickness of your meat. My husband LOVES this dish, and still hasn't noticed that the sauce is not home-made ;)

Janelle - posted on 09/23/2013

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
1 or 2 boxes mac and cheese prepared according to package
1 pound bacon diced
1 pound ground beef
1 can of tomato soup
any flavor shredded cheese.
onion can be added too if desired.
cook the bacon and ground beef together until browned, and the onion if you're using it. After it is browned add to the mac and cheese add the soup and shredded cheese heat til the cheese is melted.

Honey mustard chicken
1 pound chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
2-3 TABLESPOONS honey
2-3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup breadcrumbs
slice the chicken in 1/4 inch thick pieces. Dip the chicken in the honey/mustard mixture, then in the bread crumbs. Fry in olive oil until no longer pink. makes really good chicken nuggets, or put in a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato, or apple.

Jade - posted on 09/23/2013

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I just had baked potatoes adding ground beef and cheese to the top. Something different but cheap with the ingredients I already had.

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2013

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I forgot to put taco seasoning on the list for Nachos, we use the cheesy taco seasoning.

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2013

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This is a family favorite! One pound feeds 3-4 people, make enough to heat up for leftovers!!

Nachos:
1 pound ground meat, turkey's good
1 can retried beans, I use fat free
1 can rotel
You brown the meat and mix taco seasoning according to directions on packet. Then mix in beans and rotel. The mixture can be used as a dip or poured over chips, just add cheese. It can also be used as a burrito filling. One pan, easy to make and clean!

CORINNE - posted on 09/21/2013

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Jessica,
I'm not sure what your family likes but here something I just whipped up the other night that my family loved.
Fast, Easy, Cheap!

1 pkg- Ground Chicken
(I like Heinen's best as it is higher quality, not all fat and no GMO side affects!)

2 heads of Broccoli

Rice (cooked--I use a steamer and make a big pot! Usually we like the Japanese Sushi Rice best...Expensive $10. a bag....But you can use reg or brown rice.

Teriyaki Sauce

Put the Ground Chicken into a Large Pot on Stove
Once browned

Add Cooked Rice --Stir
Add the Broccoli (I break apart the trees for bite size)

NOW ADD SEASONINGS:
Shake to cover the food in the pot. Add All then stir and cover for 20 minutes.
I go by smell. I can smell when it is done!

Italian Seasoning
Dried Onions
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Basil Seasoning

After cooked:
ADD Teriyaki Sauce, Stir
and cook for 5 minutes more .....Or.....turn off heat and sit and get the flavors to meld together!
OPTIONAL: You can add the Teriyaki Sauce to each bowl and heat for 30 sec in microwave. IT takes away the alcohol taste!

Serve.
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VEGGIE Soup-
3 Large White Onions (skins removed & diced)
2 Green Peppers (washed, seeds & stem removed, diced
8-10 Potatoes Washed, Peeled, Cut into cubes.

Add Seasonings:
Always cover the entire ingredients with a layer of each seasoning and then when all in.......Stir to mix.

Italian Seasoning
Dried Onions
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Basil Seasoning
FRESH GARLIC (Peeled and cut or diced)
Black Pepper

One stick of Butter (I use organic-No Salt)


USE A LARGE POT WITH LID:
PUT IN BUTTER, MELT,
ADD ONIONS UNTIL THEY ARE CLEAR
THEN ADD
FRESH GARLIC
GREEN PEPPERS
(YOU CAN USE YELLOW, ORANGE, RED ALSO TO ADD MORE FLAVOR)

ONCE ALL THE VEGGIES (USE ANYTHING YOU LIKE)
ADD THE SEASONINGS.

ADD WATER.
ADD CUT POTATOES
ADD MORE WATER TO COVER ALL POTATOES.


Lastly ADD:
1 Tablespoon-Chicken Bouillon ( Optional Beef Bouillon)
( I USE L.B. Jamison's Chicken Flavored Soup Base
OR L.B. Jamison's Beef Flavored Soup Base ..
I use,Mostly Chicken as it does Not affect my Gout like Beef does! They have Ham flavored and others look them up on Google). Use less and add more For a LARGE POT STICK WITH THE 1 T. smaller pots or pans use a teaspoon and move up from there. Very rich in flavor. SOMETIMES I ADD TO RICE STEAMER!


SIMMER ABOUT 45 MINUTES OR UNTIL POTATOES ARE TENDER.


OPTIONAL---ADD CARROTS, YAMS OR SWEET POTATOES, LEEKS, PARSNIPS, OR ANY VEGGIE YOU LIKE!
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Burriots --Chicken, Beef or Veggie

Tortilla Shells
You can use meat (ground chicken or beef) or No meat. OPTIONAL.
Rice (cooked---Optional) Warm if necessary
Refried Beans (Old El Paso -Vegetable) Open can-Warm in microwave 1 minute.
Black Beans (Optional)
Sour Cream
Mexican Four Cheese
Lettuce (Shredded)
Tomatoes ( Washed & Diced)

For Veggie:
Large Pot or Pan Add small amount of butter
Add onions, green peppers, garlic and saute.

Add any veggie you want.



Use the Tortilla soft or Fried (for crisp taste)
Add ingredients and roll up and eat!
OR Roll up and Heat to melt cheese. 30 seconds.

FRIED-- HEAT PAN AND OIL.

USE LARGE PAN (I USE CAST IRON)
ADD OIL-COCONUT (IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT BETTER FOR YOU--LIGHT.)
OR CRISCO WORKS TOO.
ADD TORTILLA USE FORK TO POKE HOLES KEEP WATCH ON IT.
ONCE BROWNED FLIP OVER AND BROWN.
Remove with fork and hold over oil to drain then place on plate and fold over quickly.

CAN ALSO USE THE SAME WITH THE FORMS LIKE A TACO SALAD.
BAKE THE TORTILLA SHELLS.

HOPE THIS HELPS
CORINNE BALANTE

Julia - posted on 09/20/2013

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Great recommendation Renae! We love beef curry in our house, chicken curry too. Sometimes i just make from scratch others I use this chicken curry packet from the Asian grocery. It is like a brick you break apart and add that has all the spices and a thickening agent. Im sure it is terrible for you but it is the cultural equivalent of mac and cheese for some Asian cultures. We also do one variation of chicken curry that is very similar to yours in prep. But less water and instead a can of diced or stewed tomatoes and a can of coconut milk. The sweet compliments the curry. Mmmmmmm. Your post made me hungry.

Renae - posted on 09/20/2013

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Beef curry

thin sliced beef cut into strips
green bell pepper cut into strips
sweet onions finely chopped
curry powder
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
salt and black pepper to taste
water

Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add in some oil (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add in the curry (2-3 teaspoons) and stir until mixed completely with the oi. Add in beef and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add in bell pepper and onions with desired amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and black pepper. Add in about a 1/4 cup water and stir to combine. Cover and turn down heat to low. Let cook for about 20-30 mins stirring occasionally. Serve with brown or white rice. My family loves this dish! So easy and you can make as much or as little as you want while adjusting the seasonings and water addition to your tastes.

Julie - posted on 09/20/2013

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I have 4 children (8,5,4 & 2) and am on a strict budget, so I can sympathize. Crock pot meals are awesome savers. I spent 5 dollars on a crockpot cookbook and it was one of the best investments I could have made.

1 pkg (2-3 lbs) on sale boneless or deboned pork or chicken
1 can rotel
2 taco seasoning packets
sliced or diced bell pepper and onion to tase
1-2 finely grated carrots.

Crock until meat is shreddable. serve with chips, tortillas, etc.

I have several other very cheap easy recipes on an old blog of mine. thriftymomonabudget@blogspot.

You can also google very cheap recipes.

Sheena - posted on 09/19/2013

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I like to get the Bird's Eye brand steamable bag veggies and just stir fry shrimp and cook rice to serve with it. Another quick meal is dicing a few chicken breasts and tossing with Kraft Tuscan House dressing. My daughter loves it.

Julia - posted on 09/17/2013

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tonight was crazy and I didn't even get to start cooking until after 7pm and I didn't really have a plan. My 7 year old said, "Just make macaroni and melt cheese on it then add sauce." I did just that. The only cheese I had was cheddar jack shredded cheese. so I threw it over some ziti style pasta with a little sauce. Rave reviews. (It wasn't gourmet but the kids said it tasted like Chucky Cheese pizza; a high compliment from them). It would probably work with any kind of cheese.

Teresa Ann - posted on 09/17/2013

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I did a tortilla soup for the first time it was delicious! I love crock pots. Just brown the ground beef (lean) and then added everything else to the crockpot. Oh roasted the corn. My family loved it!

Teresa - posted on 09/17/2013

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we often do not have time or money for great dinners. i mix spaghettie together tuck it in a deep dish and cover with cheese and extra sauce (twice baked spaghetti) can be done before hand too. Also, last nights meat loaf usually makes a good sloppy joe the next day. Sloppy nacho's is a treat for the family letting them add toppings to sloppy joe's over doritos. Leftover meat mixed with veggies and a chipolte sauce or ranch for the kiddos makes a great 'wrap' style sandwich as well.

Diana - posted on 09/17/2013

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Fry some chicken breasts skinless and boneless just a littl salt boil some noodles sautee green pepper and onion in butter chop up chicken mix everything with ranch refrigerate to get cold and there you go a good pasta salad and only takes aboyt thirty min to make

Ashley - posted on 09/16/2013

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Try baked chicken breast, stuffing and gravy
Chicken, rice with vegetables and substitute other meats

Becky - posted on 09/16/2013

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I just noticed several comments about macaroni & cheese and it brought back this fond memory: From a very young age (2 years old) my grandson's favorite food was Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. So, for his Christmas present when he was either 3 or 4, one of his aunts bought him a case of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. He was super happy when he opened his present! He comes to stay with us often, and I always make sure I have plenty of macaroni & cheese on hand because, at 11 years old he still loves it! Becky Benedict, http://www.teatimewithbecky.blogspot.com

Farrah - posted on 09/15/2013

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That is a lot of salt. I do miss the convenience of the States. I live in Brazil and you can't find too many things in boxes or bags. we don't have caned soup or even cheddar cheese. I have cut my salt intake a lot and I do feel better after having no choice but to cook my own food from scratch all the time.

Farrah - posted on 09/15/2013

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I like to make homemade mac and cheese. put cream of milk and cheddar cheese in a blender with a clove of garlic and blend. you can even add cooked carrots to the cheese and no one can tell. put it over pasta and done!

Chrissy - posted on 09/15/2013

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When I'm not in the mood to cook a big meal or am in a rush I always turn to either rice-a-roni or pasta-a-roni and add a meat. My favorites are the olive oil and Italian herb flavor pasta-a-roni with sausage and the chicken and broccoli rice-a-roni with chopped chicken. Both are one pot meals. But, my all time favorite is elbow macaroni with pasta sauce and shredded cheese. I have a lot of easy, cheap, and filling dinner ideas since I had four extra kids living with me not too long ago. If you need any more of these contact me through fb. www.facebook.com/crosero

Chrissy - posted on 09/15/2013

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When I'm not in the mood to cook a big meal or am in a rush I always turn to either rice-a-roni or pasta-a-roni and add a meat. My favorites are the olive oil and Italian herb flavor pasta-a-roni with sausage and the chicken and broccoli rice-a-roni with chopped chicken. Both are one pot meals. But, my all time favorite is elbow macaroni with pasta sauce and shredded cheese. I have a lot of easy, cheap, and filling dinner ideas since I had four extra kids living with me not too long ago. If you need any more of these contact me through fb. www.facebook.com/crosero

Carla - posted on 09/13/2013

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I have a stock pile of food in my pantry and plan out monthly list of all the dinners I will make and watch the sales and my pantry levels. I also have a huge freezer and buy our ground beef and chicken by the case from a company called Zaycon foods (check them out). I get 93/7 lean all natural ground beef for $3.49/lb, but it comes in a 40lb case. The chicken is all natural 2.99/lb and is the best chicken I have ever had but also comes 40lbs/case. By buying in bulk, I save a ton of money and always have it on hand.
Pasta is always a cheap and good meals in our house!
1) 1 box of any pasta, 1lb diced, cooked chicken with 1 jar of alfredo sauce with any kind of veggies mixed in (we like broccoli or mixed veggie blend). This meal costs me roughly $6.50 and feeds a family of 4 with leftovers sometimes.
2) Chicken parmesan: 1 box of any pasta, precooked, frozen breaded chicken patties (these go on sale near me for a package of 4 for $1.00) a jar of spaghetti sauce and some mozzarella cheese (I usually throw 1-2 string cheese sticks in my food processor for this) - and you have chicken parmesan with pasta (warm chicken in oven, then top with sauce and cheese and cook until cheese is melty) this meal costs me roughly $3.50. We have a store called Meijer and they always have these 10/10 get the 11th item free sales. Pasta, pasta sauce and the chicken patties are all bought at these sales, which happen every other month or so.
3) Tuna casserole: 1 bag of egg noodles, 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, 2 cans of tuna (some use only 1 can but my family likes the extra tuna). This meal costs me roughly $3.50 by using sales and buying tuna at Sam's club.
4) Hotdog rollups - 1 can of crescent rolls, 1 pkg of hotdogs, cheese - slit hotdogs lengthwise not completely cutting thru and stuff with cheese then wrap in crescent roll and bake. Cost for me $3.00 usually served with a side of veggies so $4.00 meal.

Christina - posted on 09/11/2013

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Bow tie pasta with grilled chicken, broccoli, shallots and lemon juice. Delicious u can cook the pasta and broc at the same time in the same pot its saves time and dishes. I buy the pre cooked grilled chicken by Perdue I put some oliveol in yhthe pan throw the chicken in cut up some garlic and shallots add that. Then put add the chicken and broc and top it with the lemon juice. It's quick easy and every one loves it. I hope u will too.

Lisa - posted on 09/08/2013

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Hi Jessica! You might want to check out my Blog, www.bitesforbabies.com! It has a ton of family-friendly recipes!

Zoe - posted on 09/08/2013

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Pasta is a fantastic choice, so versatile. Spiral and Spaghetti type pastas are great for stove top cooking, and the sauces are readily available in any supermarket. You might like to add your own chopped veggies before heating the sauce ( onion, carrot, mushroom, celery, etc). Parmesan, Pepper, thyme or mixed herbs all make excellent flavorings. Pasta bakes take a little longer to cook in the oven but are so easy to put together. Pizzas are a great way to get your children involved in healthy cooking. They need not be greasy and loaded with fat. There is a range of pizza bases available in the bread or frozen food section of your supermarket. You might like to try using the small bases and have your children help add their own yummy toppings. My other quick and easy favorites are Omelette, Frittata, and corn, bean or lentil patties.

Lori - posted on 09/08/2013

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There are so many choices and for such a reasonable price too! My family loves BBQ chicken (beer can style, but with water), homemade fries, and veggies.

Homemade pizzas on tortillas wraps. Just use some spaghetti sauce or marina sauce and cut up veggies, fruit and meat, with cheese. The kids can make their own, and are a perfect size, so easy to make, and very reasonable.

Mexican pizzas, which use tortillas, ground beef, green onions, and cheese, with sour cream to dip.

Parmesan chicken and spaghetti.

Pulled pork in the crockpot served on buns.

Tacos, fajitas, jambalaya, and pizza pasta. There's just a few that my whole family loves, for reasonable prices, and fairly quick to make. Good luck.

Siobhan - posted on 09/06/2013

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Hi Jessica!
There are quite a few easy things i do that me kids love. Tuna is a great staple...add tuna to some mac n cheese and u have a quick and filling meal. my kids and come up with?hat we call I-Spy. Basically, you make fries (in the oven or fried.) Then u can take spaghetti sauce or sloppy joe and use ground chicken or hamburger anduse it as the sauce base.

Shannon - posted on 09/06/2013

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We used to make something similar, especially when budget is tight....except we use corn and add a can of green chilies:-)

Norma - posted on 09/06/2013

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1 lb ground beef, I pkg. Kraft dinner. I can green peas.
Cook macaroni, mix with cheese and then with ground beef, omit margarine,mix with ground beef,cooked in frying pan. Mix in a can of peas and serve with Ketchup on the side. Food bank friendly.

Shannon - posted on 09/06/2013

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If you have not discovered it yet, Pinterest is an excellent source for just about anything. It is a great place to find tons of recipes that fit your needs...I have personally made many recipes off there and been pretty happy. I am not sure if you have picky eaters or not, so that is always a factor. Some easy recipes we do are chicken or pork in the crockpot with barbecue sauce to make tasty sandwiches...can also try it with ceasar dressing and parmesan or pesto and parmesan for a different kind of taste. Chili and spaghetti are always easy and can also be done in the crock pot. Good luck:-)

Jessica - posted on 09/06/2013

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The CrockPot is the most amazing thing EVER! Next best thing is my George Foreman.

Tricia - posted on 09/05/2013

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Take a couple chicken breast (they can even be frozen) and toss them in the crockpot with 2 cans of Rotel, 1 can black beans, 1 can pinto beans (even pork n beans works) 1 can kidney beans 1 can corn don't drain anything just toss it in and a package of taco seasoning. Turn it on low and leave it all day. When you get home just shred the chicken and you have tasty mexican chicken soup. I serve mine with some cheese sour cream and crushed tortilla chips but it is good without any of those.

Naila - posted on 09/05/2013

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Hi, I am writing here a very simple but highly nutritious recipe which you can easily feed to children of all ages. Just take half cup of yellow lentils and a quarter cup of orange one, add one cup of warm water( after washing the lentils) plus a little salt, pepper, cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Cook for 30 min on slow heat until the lentils become very soft and come in the form of a thick soup. Now add some butter and finely chopped cilantro. Serve with simple brown rice. I am sure your kids will love it. Lentils are full of proteins and brown rice will give some extra carbs and vitamins.

Cami - posted on 09/05/2013

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Love the crockpot ranch chicken!! That's right up my crew's alley - we eat a lot of chicken and I'm always looking for something different to do with it. Gonna make it this week. Thanks for sharing!! :)

Cheryl - posted on 09/03/2013

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Hi Jessica, check out my website, www.urbanmommys.com for some quick easy and cheap healthy recipes!

Suzanne - posted on 09/03/2013

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Not sure if anyone else has posted about http://crockingirls.com/ they have saved me multiple times.... I have very picky eaters... and I always seem to find something on there that my kids will eat.

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