Teriyaki Chicken Noodles Meal

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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This is a great meal that is both inexpensive and tastes great.It has an oriental flair without the cost or slaving over a hot stove all day. Here is what you will need.

Ingredients:

2 blocks of Ramen Noodles

2 12 oz cans of chicken breast

2 tablespoons of  olive oil

1/2 a cup of teriyaki sauce

1/2 a can of sweet peas

Equipment:

1 medium skillet

1 large pot

1 collander

1 can opener

Put six cups of water in a large pot. Add the flavor packets to the water and boil on high, until the water begins to bubble. Add the Ramen noodle bricks to the water and let them cook thoroughly as directed on the packet. After they are done cooking dain the noodles with a strainer and set aside.

Next add the olive oil to a skillet and turn  heat to medium high. Drain the fluid from the chicken cans and add chicken to the skillet. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the chicken and allow it to warm up, stirring it every now and then to allow the flavor on every surface of the meat. Add drained peas to the skillet and mix them in.

Last serve the teriyaki chicken and peas over the noodles. You can use a straining spoon to take the meat and peas out of the juices, or pour the juices over the noodles as well. Let it stand for a few minutes to cool off and it’s ready to serve to your family. It feels and tastes like a real oriental meal without to much trouble.

You can also add other items such as pineapple chunks or boiled eggs on the side. To save on time, just boil the eggs along with the noodles. You could add broccoli or sliced carrots instead of peas. You could even add sesame seeds to the chicken and vegetables for some extra flavor.

 

 


Cooking From My Pantry – Awesome Nameless Potatoes

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

An awesome Thrifty Diva tip for saving money on groceries is cooking with what you have. I seriously implore you to get creative and just try mixing some things together even if you don’t have a recipe. Think about the things you like in recipes and experiment. You may come up with something like I did last night. I have tons of groceries, but absolutely no plan for them. So to make the most of what I have, I played around and came up with this concoction and it was a HUGE family hit.

I couldn’t even get a picture of it before my family dug into it. It’s incredible and if I have these ingredients on hand, you might too! I was hoping this would turn out so I could share it with you guys. And let me know if you have a name for it. Awesome potatoes seems a little unoriginal 😉

What You Need
5-6 potatoes peeled, washed and sliced to about 1/4 inch rounds
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package of ranch mix
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 cups of shredded cheddar (I used sharp)
1 small onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Pour into large baking dish.
4. Bake for one hour or until tender.

 AWESOME!

 


Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

We love lasagna in our family. And we definitely don’t believe in buying it pre-made. We are a homemade lasagna family. It’s also a staple for having friends over and taking to friends who’ve had babies because it freezes beautifully. HOWEVER, ricotta cheese being a main ingredient was getting pretty expensive. Most of the time it runs $6-$20 depending on what brand you get. I eventually started substituting sour cream, which is actually awesome, but I missed my ricotta.

So I decided to try and learn to make it. And guess what? It’s crazy simple and CHEAP!

What You Need
4 cups of whole milk
one cup of buttermilk
1/3 cup of heavy cream
Cheese cloth
Strainer

 What To Do
1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and boil on medium high heat.
2. After about 10 minutes the liquid and solid will start to separate. This is how you know you are doing it right. Take off burner.
3.  Having placed your cheese cloth in a strainer, use a slotted spoon to pull the solid out of the liquid from your sauce pan. Place the solid pieces in your cheese cloth.
4. Depending on how try you want it let it strain for 5-10 minutes.
5. Use in recipes or store in your refrigerator.  

Have you ever made fresh ricotta? Is it worth the effort?


3-4 Ingredient Desserts

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

What’s a Christmas without treats? I love baking, and decorating cookies with my children and having boxes and boxes full of treats. Unfortunately though, desserts like most food can get expensive. So I went on a mission to find 3-4 ingredient desserts. This way the cost is cut way down and it will also make my crazy holiday life a little less stressful.

Here’s what I have so far.

Skor squares

What You Need

  • 1 (6 ounce) package Skor English toffee bits
  • 1 box Ritz cracker
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed MilkWhat To Do
  1. Crush the Ritz into fine crumbs and put in mixing bowl.
  2. Add 3/4 of the Skor bits 3/4 of the pecans and the can of Eagle Bran milk and mix well.
  3. Press into a 9 inch buttered square pan.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining Skor bits and pecans on top.
  5. Cook at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  6. Cool 100%.
Rolo Pretzel Awesomeness
            What You Need
  • Rolos
  • Mini pretzels (regular or square)
  • Toasted pecans

       What To Do

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Place the pretzels on the cookie sheet and top with one Rolo each.
  4. Bake for three minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and press on topping of choice. I really liked having cashews as our topping.

Peanut Butter Drops

             What You Need

  • 2 Cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
              What To Do
  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and press down with palm of hand.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.

 


3 Days of Meals All Spelled Out

Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

A very dear friend of mine really has a hard time cooking. By hard time, I mean the poor girl just doesn’t. So she desperately emailed me asking to put together a plan for her. Not just a meal plan, but something she can have an rotate through the weeks.

Having a meal plan whether short or small is a great idea.Every meal you cook at home saves you money. So if you are like my dear friend who doesn’t cook, check out this first set of meals she will start rotating. I am going to give her more, but this is a start.

She wanted me to spell everything out for her even down to what she needs at the store.

I’m eventually going to put these together into a PDF that you will be able to download and print out for your own use. These are all my tried and true recipes that I think should be apart of every families rotation.

Meal 1-Easy baked chicken

What you need
4 chicken breasts
1 cup Mayo
½ cup Fresh Parmesan cheese
1tsp garlic powder
1 tsp season salt
½ tsp pepper

Place each breast on a cutting board and place wax paper over it and with a food powder, pound it out flat. Don’t use the pointy side.
Cut the flat pieces in half and place in a greased pan. Like a brownie pan.
Do that to all chicken.
Mix together all those other ingredients and then spread it over the chicken evenly.
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

What you’ll need at the store
Chicken breasts
Mayo
Parmesan cheese
and the seasonings you may not have

Meal 2-Pizza Casserole
Really easy and kids LOVE it.

What you need
1 bag of Egg Noodles
1 extra large can of spaghetti sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
1 package pepperonis

What to do
Brown the meat, & drain
And boil noodles until soft. Drain.
Preheat the oven @ 350
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom
Second layer, half of the noodles

half of the meat
half of the sauce
rest of the noodles
half the cheese
rest of the meat
rest of the sauce
rest of the cheese
pepperonis

Now cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes
After 30 minutes, remove the foil & bake for another 15 minute.

What you need at the store
1 bag of Egg Noodles
1 extra large can of spaghetti sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
1 package pepperoni

Meal 3-Red Beans and Rice

What you need
1bag of red beans-washed and make sure there are no rocks in it
1 large onion
1 bell pepper
2 packages smoked sausage cut into slices
Water
Seasonings-Paprika, season salt, fresh minced garlic, pepper, caynne pepper

What to do
Pour beans into crock pot and cover beans so there is about 3-4 inches of water above them.
Chop onion and put it in.
Chop bell pepper and put it in.
Cut up sausage and put it in
Do 2 tbls parika, 1 tbl season salt, 3 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic, ½ teaspoon pepper and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper. Maybe a dash or two of chili powder if you have it.

Let cook on low for 8-9 hours. Stirring occasionally.
Serve over rice.

What you need at the store
Bag of red beans
Bag of onions
1 Bell pepper
rice
any seasonings you didn’t have
2 smoked sausages

 


Pros and Cons of Canning

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I just finished canning 9 pints of cherry pie filling. Where we live in Northwest Montana is very famous for its cherries. They truly are the most amazing fruit here! Plus, I absolutely LOVE canning. I mean LOVE it. I don’t have a lot of diversity to my canning, but I make a lot of what I do. Pickles is a huge favorite around here.

There is something very fulfilling about canning. I love that I have about 20 jars of pickles in my garage that we can enjoy all year long and they are better than anything you’d ever buy in a store.

Since so many of you may be canning, I thought I would outline some of the pros and cons. Hopefully this comes in handy for those of you who haven’t tried it yet.

Pros
It tastes better. It really does. You WILL not be able to compete with my cherry pie filling or pickles unless maybe you make it yourself.
You know exactly what you are eating. I know the exact ingredients to the items I can. There are no yucky preservatives or things I can’t pronounce. As a matter of fact, my cherries have 6 ingredients and they are all natural.
You have use of the items in your garden. If you grow a garden every year you may not know what to do with all your produce. Canning is perfect for all those wonderful fresh veggies!
And with canning you can enjoy the fruit of your labor all year long.  When you can NOTHING is out of season! You can eat the things you canned in the winter. I’ll be enjoying my cherries at Christmas time with a cherry pie.
It’s usually healthier. Yes, some stuff has tons of sugar in it, but the produce you are using is healthy and so good for you!

Cons
It’s hard work. I won’t lie to you. It’s not really really hard, but it’s a lot of work. It will take me 2 hours from start to finish to do my cherries and my pickles are easily a 8-12 hour ordeal because of all the cutting, soaking, etc. It’s crazy.
It’s messy. Maybe I am just a messy canner, but my kitchen is destroyed every time.
You have to time everything perfectly. One wrong thing done or wrong timing and you’ve ruined it. Which is also why I think it’s messy. You don’t have time while something simmers to clean up the mess you just made. You just have to get it done and go.
You burn yourself. Maybe this is just me, but I always burn myself.
And the last con is that everyone wants to take your cans leaving you empty handed. I’ve started hiding my pickles.

Do you can? What do you think? 


Cooking Club Trial, Just $3!

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

All this talk of eating healthier (which means cooking at home) gets me excited for this cooking club where you get to try new products plus keep them! Plus, you get the magazine subscription too. Only $3 to get 3 months of benefits from Cooking Club of America.


Repurposing Food

Posted on June 18th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Letting food go to waste has got to be the worst feeling in the world. It doesn’t just feel like throwing money away, you ARE throwing money away. I try when I can to always repurpose so that we have a whole new dish and so I don’t throw it in the garbage.

A few days ago we had some yummy hamburgers and when I woke up yesterday morning and realized it was Father’s Day and that my husband would appreciate a good breakfast I got to thinking about what I could do with those buns that weren’t going to make it much longer.

A while back I shared with you how to use the buns to make garlic toast. It’s still my favorite way, but this morning I needed something with a breakfast flare! So I made french toast! It was awesome and all my family ate all of it. It felt so good to use those buns for something else. My husband was even impressed.

To do it, just follow any basic french toast recipe and you’ll be set to go! Just follow the directions and prepare for a party in your mouth!

I wonder what other purposes I can come up with for hamburger buns!


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