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Friday, May 28, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Maple Dump Chicken

I love the crock pot. Not just because it makes cooking so easy but also because there are some really tasty meals that can be cooked in them.
As I told you before, I've stocked up on some cheap chicken, so this week I'm making Maple Dump Chicken.
My friend Louise made this when I was part of a freezer meal co-op. It was one of my children's favorites.
I hope you like it too.

Maple Dump Chicken - $2.66 
Mashed potatoes - .65
Tossed green salad - $1.18
Total - $4.49

Maple Dump Chicken
7 chicken quarters - 2.38
3/4 c maple syrup - .18c
2T chili powder - .10c
1t salt

Place all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well. Put in freezer until ready to use. The day before you want to make this take it out of the freezer and place in fridge. The next morning, get up (yawn), dump chicken and sauce into crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Go have a great day. Come home to the smells of yummy chicken. Make your mashed potatoes and tossed green salad. Sit down to a nice relaxing dinner that not only was super easy but cost a whopping $4.49 to make.

Live less, live more
Renee

p.s. For the tossed green salad I used 1/2 head of Romaine lettuce, .84c, 1 carrot shredded, .09c, and 1 tomato diced, .25c. If you want to beef up your salad you could add a sliced cucumber, radishes, whatever you like.
I also used 8 potatoes, a splash of milk and 4T margarine to make my mashed potatoes.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Christmas....in May?

 It always seems that I never have enough money to do all the fun things that I want to do during the holidays. Sound familiar? One thing I try to do is to buy things when I see it on sale during the year. For example I just got a big tub of Knex at Walmart.com for $10 shipped to the store for free. I have a little guy who will love these.
Now my list will be smaller in December and my stress a little less so I can have more fun. Thanks Pinching your Pennies for the great tip on the Knex!


Live less, live more
Renee

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Crock Pot Ginger Chicken

One blog I like to follow is The Grocery Cart Challenge.  Gayle put up a link for a great recipe for Crock Pot Ginger Chicken. I made this last night and my family liked it.
I've run into 2 really great deals on chicken lately so you'll be seeing lots of under $5 chicken meals. The first deal was whole chickens advertised for 79c/lb but were 59c/lb when I got to the store. No complaints here! The second was a 10lb bag of quarters marked down to $4.19. I bought 3 bags. I should get 5-6 meals out of these.  I love being in the right place at the right time. 


Crock pot Ginger Chicken - $3.67
Steamed Rice - .56
16oz Frozen Green Beans - .68
Total - $4.91

Crock pot Ginger Chicken
7 chicken quarters - 2.25
1c soy sauce - .88
1c water
1/2c brown sugar - .42
3t ginger root sliced and smashed- .12

Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar and ginger root in crock pot. Add chicken. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

I used chicken quarters instead of thighs that were called for in the original recipe. When the chicken was done I removed it and added some cornstarch to the liquid and made a sauce to serve over the chicken.

For my side dishes I served rice and green beans.

This was a triple treat. I found a good deal on chicken, a good recipe to use that chicken, and it was in the crock pot which made it really easy too. All around, a great day.

Live less, live more
Renee

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quick tip - Freezer Meals

Monday is a busy day at our house. It's my heavy cleaning day, the day I bake my bread, and we have Family Night on Mondays. With all this going on, dinner is sometimes late. This pushes everything else back, so we get to bed late, we're tired the next morning...you get the picture.

In order to make things go a little smoother I've decided to make this night my freezer meal night.

I've always liked the idea of freezer cooking and have done a little bit here and there. Having dinner already done and in the freezer not only saves you time but can save you money as well. You can purchase your ingredients when they're on sale and stock them in your freezer. It also prevents you from going through the drive through.

You can cook as much or as little as you want. I think the simplist way is to just double your recipe the next time you're cooking dinner. Save half of it in a freezer container or Ziploc bag and pop it in the freezer until you need it. Make sure you lable it with the contents and date.

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I hope this quick tip helps make your life a little easier.

Live less, live more
Renee



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