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What are some of your favorite frugal recipes?  Please share with the rest of us!!


by on Oct. 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM
4 moms liked this

Yummy Baked Chicken Wings

1/3 c. flour

1 Tbsp. paprika

2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. black pepper

3/4 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (if you'd like some spice)

3 lbs (about 20 - 25) chicken wing segments

Mix flour and seasonings. Put into a plastic bag and add wings. Shake well. Line a pan with foil, spray with cooking spray. Lay wing segments in pan, bake at 425 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. Serve with BBQ sauce, ranch dressing or any other dip/sauce of your choice.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM
3 moms liked this

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced OR 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 6 oz. box chicken flavored stuffing mix
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomateos with liquid in medium bowl. Add garlic, stuffing mix and water; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside

Place chicken in 13 x 9 baking dish; sprinkle with basil & cheese. Top with stuffing mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Santa Fe Chicken & Rice

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced thin
  • 8 oz. salsa
  • 1 8 oz. can corn, drained (I used frozen)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 c. shredded taco or monterey pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 2 c. cooked rice

Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat. Add chicken, cook on medium heat until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, corn and beans and heat through . Sprinkle with cheese. You can also choose to add the rice before sprinkling with cheese. Remove from heat and letset until cheese melts a bit. Serve over the rice if you didn't mix it in.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Tasty Turkey Burgers

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Shape into 6 patties. Pan-fry, broil, or grill until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Serve in hamburger buns with desired toppings.

My fave toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mayo.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Chicken Drumsticks Pierre

  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 dashes pepper
  • 16 chicken drumsticks or 8 thighs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. water
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. vinegar (we use white)
  • 4 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 to 10 drops hot pepper sauce (optional)

Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the drum sticks with the seasoned flour. Melt the butter in a skillet with a lid. Brown the chicken over medium heat on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan. In the same pan, combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, return the chicken to the pan, cover and simmer about 45 minutes.

We like to serve this over hot boiled rice.

Makes 8 servings.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwiches

  • 1/3 c. hot sauce (we use Louisiana hot sauce)
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 - 8 chicken breast fillets (with our large chickens, I can get 3 - 4 fillets out of one breast half)
  • hamburger buns
  • mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • lettuce leaves
  • sliced tomato

Combine pepper sauce and water in a small bowl. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and garlic powder in another shallow bowl. Working with one fillet at a time, coat each piece with the flour, the dredge it in the diluted pepper sauce. Coat chicken once again in the flour mixture and place on a broiler pan. Repeat for all the chicken fillets. Broil in oven until golden brown on each side and fillets are cooked through completely. Serve each fillet on a hamburger bun with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM
2 moms liked this

Basic bagels


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 quarts boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Place water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting.
  2. When cycle is complete, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or thumb to enlarge the hole, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. Drain briefly on clean towel. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze tops with egg white, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until well browned.

NOTE:  If you don't have a bread machine, you can make these by hand.  Mix all ingredients except all the flour, add flour and work it in until it's all added.  Knead dough 7 to 10 minutes, place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.  Continue with Step 2 in the directions.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Creamy Broccoli Soup:

  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli OR 16 oz. bag frozen broccoli;
  • 2 cups water;
  • 1 large stalk celery, chopped;
  • 1 medium onion (about 1/2 cup) chopped;
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine or butter;
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour;
  • 2 1/2 c. water;
  • 1 Tbsp OR 3 cubes instant chicken boullion;
  • 3/4 tsp. salt;
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper;
  • 1/2 c. whipping cream, evaporated milk or milk.

Cut up fresh broccoli into flowerets and bits of stalk. Heat 2 cups water to boiling in saucepan. Add broccoli, celery and onion. Cover and boil until tender about 10 minutes, do not drain. If you prefer, put vegetables and some liquid in blender and blend until desired consistency (I don't do this step). Heat margarine in large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 45 seconds. Gradually stir in 2 1/2 c. water, whisking or stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Add boullion and stir to dissolve. Add vegetables and cooking water, heat back to boiling, then remove from heat and stir in cream or milk. Serve.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Chicken & Rice Casserole

  • 8 pieces chicken drums or thighs or combination
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 to 1 1/2 soup cans water
  • 1 Tbsp. dry onion flakes
  • 2 tsp. beef boullion
  • 1 cup long grain rice

Wash chicken pieces (I prefer to remove the skin too). In 9 x 13 pan or baking dish, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Add chicken pieces. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

by Rhonda on Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM
2 moms liked this

Spicy Roast Chicken: (can be made in oven or crockpot)

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Combine spices and rub all over chicken, being sure to get under the skin wherever possible and the inside cavity. Bake in oven (covered) at 325 for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on size of chicken OR place in crockpot, cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

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