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Spicy Chorizo Chicken


This is an extremely filling dish. It is a bit spicy, so if your family doesn’t like a lot of spice you can substitute some seasoned ground chicken or turkey for the chorizo. The key is to season it very well with the spices listed in the recipe then cook it into the dish.

Ingredients:

1 pkg. chicken fingers, cut in bite sized pieces
1 pkg. chorizo (if purchasing in links, 3 or 4 should do)
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes – with juice
1 small – medium sweet onion, sliced
Rooster Potatoes, cut in half (allow 3 or 4 per person, give or take for hearty or puny appetites)
Spices: salt, coarse ground black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika
Sour Cream

Place potatoes on baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Cook in oven or microwave until soft.

While potatoes are cooking, heat the tomatoes with juice in a medium to large saucepan. Add the onion and chicken. Generously sprinkle the spices over it all.

When chicken begins to brown, add the chorizo. Drop it in small pieces all over the pan.

Cover and let cook until chicken is done. It should be a little soupy but not too much. If it has too much liquid, remove the lid and let it cook down until it reaches the desired consistency.

Place potato halves on a plate and spoon the tomato chicken mixture over them. Top with sour cream.

My Spicy Chorizo Chicken Dinner Bill

Chicken tenders – $5.53 (I got all natural, cage free, no antibiotics chicken – it is a little pricier)
Chorizo 6.5 oz – $1.98
Tomatoes – 1 can – $1.38
Rooster Potatoes – 1 lb bag – $2.00
Onion – $.79
Sour Cream – $.98
Grand Total for Meal – $12.66
Onion:

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Eat Some, Freeze Some: 10 Helpful Tips


I have talked about this before as a great way to stretch your food budget. It really is a great money saving move if you can do this.

Cook up a big pot of beans, a hearty beef stew, even a large package of chicken breasts the freeze at least half of what you cooked. You may even be able to split it into thirds and freeze two thirds in two separate containers so that you now have made three meals for the price of one!

This also cuts down on waste so you aren’t throwing out so much.

So here are 10 helpful tips for freezing.

  1. Purchase large packages of chicken and meat, cook it all then freeze it in recipe sized portions. In other words, if you get five pounds of ground beef, cook it all then freeze it in one pound portions.
  2. Use foil casserole dishes covered with foil then wrapped in plastic wrap instead of using your good casserole dishes to store casserole meals.
  3. Use freezer storage bags for storing meats, soups, beans, stews, just about anything. Leave as little air in the bags as you possibly can. When you put the bags in the freezer initially, lay them on the shelf but don’t stack them until they are frozen.
  4. Label everything you put in the freezer with the contents of the container (even if you can clearly see what it is when you put it in there) as well as the date. A sharpie is great for this task!
  5. Cool foods as quickly as possible before you freeze them. If the food isn’t cooled properly it won’t freeze evenly. Put the pan with the food in it in a pan of ice water. This will cool the food quickly. If it is a stew or soup stir it occasionally to help it cool completely.
  6. Set aside a Saturday afternoon to cook several meals to freeze.
  7. Double or triple your recipes and then you have several meals to freeze!
  8. When you prepare your meats, choose different types. For instance, cook chicken breasts and store some as whole breasts and some as pulled chicken. When you purchase a roast, cut some for steaks or stew meat in addition to a small roast. This gives you a feeling of having more variety.
  9. When you are freezing liquids in containers, leave a little room at the top for expansion as the food freezes.
  10. Have some awesome, budget friendly recipes to prepare, cook and freeze, like the ones found here: http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2011/06/freezer-meals-on-cheap.html

You can save a bundle on  your grocery bill with just a little planning. Shop your sales, cook the meals that not only will you save money, you will save valuable time as well.

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Simple Bean Recipe


Everyone knows that beans are pretty cheap to eat. If you pair them with rice or pearled barley you have a full meal. But most people think of beans as boring. They don’t have to be! Try this versatile recipe for beans and see how delicious and fun they can be!

If you shop carefully this recipe will cost you less than $10. This is also a recipe that freezes well, so you can eat half and freeze half for another day.

1 package beans (kidney beans, Great Northern or Navy are great)
1 package sausage (I like chicken sausage, but you can use what you like)
1 can diced tomatoes (I like Rotel – spicy!)
1 large container (32 oz) chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped (I use Vidalia or Texas Sweet)
spices (I use salt, coarse ground black pepper, sweet basil, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder)
You can also add a little Liquid Smoke and Worchestershire sauce if you want.

Rinse and sort the beans then let soak overnight.

Preparation:

Put the beans in a large pot or crock pot. Add the sausage, tomatoes, chicken broth onion and spices.

Cover and cook over medium high to medium heat until the beans are soft. The cooking time will vary depending on the type of bean used.

Serve over rice or pearled barley.