John Wayne Casserole

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I actually found this recipe while looking for another. My husband loooved it! Plus it only cost me around $6 to make. I have left off the jalapenos before, and I have also substituted the tomatoes and bell pepper with rotel. Instead of bisquick I have used pizza dough (it was a lot cheaper that way).

John Wayne Casserole

2 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
1 pack taco seasoning
4 oz sour cream
8 oz shredded cheese divided in half
1 yellow onion chopped
1 chopped tomato
1 green bell pepper chopped
jalapeno peppers (slices)
4 oz mayonnaise
2 cups bisquick

Preheat 325°. Cook beef, drain, and add taco seasoning according to package. In a separate bowl combine sour cream, 1/2 the cheese, 1/2 the onion and mayo; set aside. Mix bisquick (according to the directions) and add to the bottom of a greased 9×13 casserole dish. Saute remaining onion & bell pepper until soft. On top of bisquick add meat, tomatoes, bell peppers and onion, jalapenos, sour cream mixture, and top with remaining cheese. Bake 30-40 minutes until edges are lightly brown.

Fruit Salad

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This is an easy low fat recipe. It costs less than $5 to make, and it makes a lot. Fruit salad is something that you can use as a dessert for a party, or just to have around the house for a low calorie snack. The jello flavor can be your choice so you can change it up if you want.

Fruit Salad

1 bowl of cool whip
1 16oz container cottage cheese
1 can of crushed pineapple (drained)
1 box of jello (you only need the powder for flavor)

Mix all ingredients with a spoon or spatula. (No mixer) Done!!!

I love this kind of stuff. It was so easy I let my 7 year old make it for our Xmas party. We used cherry flavored jello. Next time I might add some cherries too.   😛

Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken

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For less than $8, I made sweet and sour chicken with fried rice. The rice is instant and the chicken (popcorn chicken) was frozen, but it was good! The rice was what really took more time because I turned it into fried rice. It was still easy though.

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice

1 bag of frozen chicken (I got popcorn chicken $4 a bag)
1 jar of sweet and sour sauce (I got La Choy brand my favorite!)
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup peas & carrots
1/2 tsp garlic seasoning
2 tbs butter
2 tbs soy sauce
salt & pepper

Saute onions, peas, and carrots in olive oil on medium/high heat until soft.
Add butter, cooked rice, soy sauce, salt and pepper and reduce heat to medium/low.
Saute about 5 minutes and it’s done!

The frozen chicken I cooked according to the package. When it was done I put it on the rice, and poured on the sweet and sour.

Easy Mexican Chicken

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I seen this recipe on Pinterest and I am NOT a fan of beans or corn, but this was gooooood (& cheap). I served mine on rice and kind of made it like a dip with tortilla chips. Yummy! It cost under $10, and yes I had leftovers. Plenty! (for us anyway) I will break down the cost for you. I buy boneless chicken breasts or strips for $6 a bag for 2.5lbs at Sav A Lot. Can goods like corn and beans like I used in this are $0.49 a can or a little more. The tortilla chips are $1.49 a bag and rice is always cheap. Anytime something is on clearance I think can I use this? If so I stock up (depending on what it is) baked goods or veggies if I can’t use it immediately I don’t bother. My goal this month is to keep groceries around $300. We’ll see. Lol! Anyway here is the recipe.

Easy Mexican Chicken

1 lb of boneless chicken breast
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 can of rotel (or cheap similar product)
1 8oz block of cream cheese
cooking spray

Spray crockpot. Drain all can goods. Put them in crockpot. Cut up cream cheese and put in crockpot too. Place chicken inside and cook on high 4-5 hours on high. Mix and done!

Marinated Chicken

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I looove chicken!!! I am always looking for different ways to cook it so we don’t get bored with it. This dinner cost me a little over $9. However there were no leftovers. It wasn’t the easiest recipe, but it wasn’t hard either.

Marinated Chicken

1-2 lbs of boneless chicken
1/2 bottle of italian dressing
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tbs of honey
cooking spray

Mix dressing, lemon juice, and honey. Marinate chicken for 4 hours (more or less if you want).
Spray pan and cook the chicken until it browns & reaches 160°.

Baked Ravioli

This recipe was so easy my 11 year old made it! Plus, I fed the family for a little over $5.

Baked Ravioli

1 bag of frozen ravioli (I got cheese)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I got the cheap kind)
1 bag of shredded cheese
cooking spray

Preheat 350°.
Spray baking dish (I used an 8×8 Pyrex).
Start layering ravioli (still frozen) then sauce.
Repeat til it’s all gone.
Top with cheese and bake 30 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.

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The picture doesn’t do it justice. Everyone loooved it!

Sanitizing during and after sickness

We have a nasty stomach virus going around the kid’s schools right now. It is also cold & flu season, and I can’t stand for anyone in the house to get sick. After working in many restuarants, and after taking all the certification tests at the health department, I learned what I think is the best (& cheapest) way to sanitze.

What you need:

bleach (1 capful)
a washcloth or hand towel
sinkful of water

Fill the sink with water, and add 1 capful of bleach. That’s all, no more than that. Throw in your cloth or towel & wipe down everything you can! I normally do some in the kitchen, wipe down that room. Then, I will do some in the bathroom to wipe down. Bleach is very cheap and by using a capful it makes just the right mixture to sanitize. After a few hours the bleach loses its strength so do what you have to do then let the water out.
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That’s my cheap way of getting rid if all the nasty germs around the house.