(Closed) Help! I need some good, affordable and fairly simple DINNERS

posted 10 years ago in Cooking
Post # 17
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals are really good and quick recipes. Check her out! Her Cowboy Spaghetti is so good!

Post # 20
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

if u have a crock pot– chicken breast boneless skinless one jar of salsa u like- i use mild for when i am cooking for me and kids… medium to spicy when cooking for inlaws


put salsa and chicken in slow cooker/crock pot. cook low for 8 -10 hours.  an hour before serving take two forks and shred the chicken inside the pot.  let it continue to cook. serve with sauteed onions and pepers either in a tortia wrap or over rice.

Post # 21
2570 posts
Sugar bee

Soups- are easy and really affordable to make- and filling

My husband loves this!

Chicken and Dumplings 

3 lbs chicken pieces
3 carrots, chopped
1 head of celery, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 dry bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
dash cayenne
2 TBS flour

1 cup AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and brown them in a large pot in evoo on both sides. Add the veggies and herbs/spices. Add enough cold liquid to cover, half water and half chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken pieces, let cool, then remove the skin and tear meat off the bones in large chunks (it will be falling off the bone). Skim some fat off top of stock, and heat to a slow boil. Mix 2 TBS flour with 1 TBS water and add to soup.

In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and milk, and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir in milk, beat. Drop batter by spoonfuls into boiling soup. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken back, heat through, garnish with parsley.

Other easy ones

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butternut-Soup-with-Cumin-100839 (add chicken or sausage to make it more hearty





Post # 22
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi! 🙂

I love to make dishes that can last for two dinners and maybe a lunch also. My latest favorite (and my husband’s) is layered enchilladas. I buy a costco whole cooked chicken (only 4.99) and shred the breasts which makes the whole process very easy.  Layer crisped (hold over the burner for a bit) corn tortillas with shredded cheese, sour cream, chicken, green sauce and repeat. Then top with more tortillas and cheese and sauce and bake. Soooo yummy and easy!

Post # 23
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@Audreysdance: I love you for asking this Q! I am stealing ideas from it too:)

Post # 24
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the crock pot suggestions! Put in a breast of chicken and any sauce or can of soup you like for flavor. You can also cook it with any veggies you like too. So easy!

Post # 25
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

One of my FI’s favorites:

Crush up some ritz crackers and mix with shredded cheddar cheese in a dish. Take chicken breasts (I usually use breast tenders) and dip in egg then in cracker mix. Coat all of chicken. I spray a little PAM on top and bake in oven. Its yummy!

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