Last Minute Chicken

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Need dinner in a hurry? My neighbor Sarah shared this simple chicken recipe with me, which is perfect when you need dinner in a hurry but don’t have anything planned! I’m betting you have most of the ingredients in your pantry, and you’ll have dinner on the table in less than the time it would take you to swing through McDonald’s. ;)

Last Minute Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup potato flakes (or substitute with bread crumbs)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in halves

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Mix together Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and potato flakes in a pie plate.
  3. In separate pie plate, melt butter.
  4. Dip chicken in butter, then dredge in potato flake mixture, then place in baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/5/14):

  • Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts $7.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb.
  • Bi-Lo 40 oz. Frozen Chicken Breasts 40 oz. BOGO $11.99/lb.
  • Winn Dixie Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 40 oz BOGO $12.99/lb.
  • Use $.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes coupon from the 2/2 Smart Source insert
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You could also add some Zax Sauce to dip your chicken in, or try these Easy Homemade Chicken Tenders if you’d prefer to use bread crumbs. Either way dinner is done, and you’ll have skipped the drive thru! (Love that . . .)

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 3/3/14

 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? Here’s what’s on our menu plan this week . . . I’m only trying out one new recipe and sticking to a few of our simple favorites to make life easy this week!

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

Garlic Chicken and White Sauce Pizza

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This might just be the best pizza I have ever tasted. 

 

Yup, I just saved you $30 on eating out at Mellow Mushroom this weekend. Or California Pizza Kitchen. Or wherever.

 

You’re welcome. ;)

 

Seriously folks, this pizza is fantastic, and even if you have picky eaters you can make a regular (boring) pizza for them and keep this one all to yourself. Oh my gracious, so good. Love it!

 

Let’s get started.

 

 

Garlic Chicken & White Sauce Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped, or use pre-cooked chicken (I used the Italian Style Perdue Shortcuts - they were perfect)
  • 1 container Publix or Pillsbury Pizza Dough (I used the Publix brand)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms (optional - we had them in the fridge)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. If using Publix Pizza dough, let it sit out for at least an hour to make it easy to work with. If using homemade pizza dough or Pillsbury pizza dough, roll out onto pizza pan.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake pizza crust for 5 minutes (bake it for 8-9 minutes if using Publix dough - it takes longer to cook.)
  3. Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter on stove top for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add in milk and half & half and whisk together, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Sift flour using whisk, then slowly pour into milk mixture whisking constantly to keep it from getting lumpy.
  6. Add pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic salt and continue to whisk well until it thickens, for just 1-2 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and add Parmesan cheese.
  8. Stir until cheese is melted.
  9. Remove pizza dough from oven.
  10. Top with sauce, then add cooked chicken.
  11. Add cheese, onions and mushrooms.
  12. Bake at 400 for another 5-6 minutes if using Pillsbury dough, 9-10 minutes if you're using Publix dough.
  13. Set your oven to broil for 1-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  14. Enjoy!
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If you use the Publix Pizza Dough, be sure to set the dough out on the counter for an hour so that it’s easier to manage. Also, it takes longer for this to bake than I ever think it will, so be sure to pre-bake the dough so that it cooks fully through.

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/26/14):

  •  DiGiorno Parmesan Cheese BOGO $5.50 at Publix (this is the best Parmesan and I always buy an extra one when they’re on sale!)
  • Red Onions on sale $1.29/lb at Publix
  • Perdue Short Cuts Chicken or Turkey Breast $3.99 at Publix, use  $1.00/1 Perdue Short Cuts Carved Breast Strips (Zip Code 12056) – Manufacturer
  • Publix Shredded Cheese $2.50
  • Publix Pizza Dough (found in bakery) BOGO $2.79
  • Tyson Chicken pre-cooked $4.49 at Kroger, use $1/1 Tyson Chicken coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
  • Kraft Cheese $1.99 at Kroger when you purchase 6 participating Mega Sale items

 

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from The Best Blog Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Menu Plan Monday Week Of 2/24/14 + The Nicest Little Gift

Best Buttermilk Pancakes

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’m starting to work on really clearing out my pantry and freezer (I keep thinking there’s no way we can move our frozen food, and I hate to pay to ship groceries!), so over the next month I’ll be grocery shopping as much as I can from my kitchen. 

 

I have to tell you that my sister-in-law sent over the nicest gift last week. She’s been listening to my all-too-easily-overwhelmed self lately, and surprised me with a Chick Fil A gift card in the mail ~ along with an attached note saying she’d cooked dinner for me. ;)  I can’t tell you how much that meant, so if you know someone going through a stressful season of life you might consider sending something small to lessen their load a bit. (Thank you, Terri!) ;)

Okay, now on to the menu plan . . .

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

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I really think I could eat soup every single day when it’s cold outside. So as I was trying to come up with something yummy to make this week, I knew another soup recipe was in order! I’m not a big fan of traditional Minestrone Soup, but I saw this recipe for Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone and thought I’d see if I could tweek it a bit so that Mrs. Potts could do the cooking. It worked. ;)

 

This is so easy and makes a ton – you literally dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours to have a yummy meal on the table. You can adjust it quite a bit – if you don’t like artichokes (or don’t want to spend the extra pennies on them!), leave them out. If you’ve got a can of black beans in your pantry, throw them in. Usually I would use cooked chicken that I pre-cooked at home, but in a pinch I grabbed the canned cooked chicken to make life easy. Really, this soup is so simple and you can’t mess it up – just top with a hearty pinch of Parmesan and add a side of crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner done!

 

(I just checked and the recipe makes twelve servings and has 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving ~ love that!  Plus, you’ll quite possibly have a week’s supply of veggies in one delicious meal. So good, and good for you!)

 

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used a red onion ~ I always think those have the best flavor!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken broth
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Dump all ingredients except the Parmesan in the crockpot (pasta does not need to be cooked.)
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Progresso Broth BOGO $2.59 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store
  • Mushrooms on sale $2 at Kroger
  • 3 lb yellow onions $.79 at Aldi
  • Tyson Chunk Chicken $2.50 at Publix or Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Or Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken $6.99 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 1/5 Smart Source insert
  • Hunts Tomatoes BOGO $1.99 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store, stack with $1/1 Kraft Parmesan and purchase of 3 Hunt’s products coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 2/17/14

 

After our Disney trip last week, I’m not quite ready to come back to real life and real cooking! So, we’re keeping things (very!) simple here this week and hopefully next week will have a better plan in place. Here’s what I’m thinking . . .  

 

  • Monday – Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • TuesdayPizza Pasta Casserole
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday Oh Boy Waffles to celebrate my Caroline’s 11th birthday (she loves breakfast for dinner!)
  • Friday – Dinner out
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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

Ravioli With Prosciutto

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My friend Shannon tried this recipe for Ravioli with Prosciutto this week, and since it matches up so well with the Publix ad we thought you all might to try it too! Let me know what you think (her hubby said it’s  ”Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden good”.)

Ravioli With Prosciutto

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs meat or cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz prosciutto or bacon, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage (use fresh sage not dried for the best flavor)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, cup up
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil according to ravioli package directions.
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium to medium high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto or ham and cook five minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook an additional four minutes.
  5. Add ravioli to boiling water to cook.
  6. Add sage and pepper.
  7. Stir cream into tomato & prosciutto mixture, stir well.
  8. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer.
  9. Add cheese and toss to coat.
  10. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see for this week (as of 2/12/14):

  • Rosetto Ravioli, 19 – 25 oz on sale $2.29 at Publix
  • Roma Tomatoes $.99/lb at Kroger
  • Fresh Sage $1.99 at Publix or Kroger
  • Ham (hopefully you have some stockpiled) if not Target has them $1.49/lb or Smithfield Bacon B2G1 at Publix
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $2.99 at Kroger or Publix

 

Recipe adapted from Food.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 2/10/14 + Save On Printable Bundle To Help You Organize Your Week

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? We’ve got another busy week ahead of us so I’m keeping it simple (really simple!) but would love to hear what you’re having too. Here’s a peek. . .

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

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Also, if you’re looking for ways to organize your life  more at home, don’t miss this week’s chance to get almost 300 pages of budgeting, home organization, and calendar printables for just $20! The offer ends Friday, and is a great way to streamline your time and stay on track.

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

Slow Cooker Roast

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My friend Mary shared this slow cooker roast recipe with me a few weeks ago, and goodness gracious I’m so glad she did. I popped everything in Mrs. Potts yesterday morning by 8, worked here on PPP most of the day, drove kids around town all afternoon, and walked into a (clean!) house with dinner at cooked at 6PM. (Such a gift!)

 

If you’re a working mom, you’ve got to put this on your menu plan soon. And if you’re a stay-at-home-chasing-kids-around-taxi-driving momma, you’ve worked crazy hard too and need Mrs. Potts to handle dinner for you just as much!

 

If you eat a gluten-free diet, make the recipe without the flour to fry it in (and minus the bread bowl of course) for a gluten free meal that also doesn’t use any cream soup. So good!

Slow Cooker Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. beef shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I substituted with regular mustard)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp small cube beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • bread bowls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut 1-inch "X" on top of roast - not slicing all the way through the roast but enough to leave room for the onions to set down in the roast.
  3. Mix together flour, salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Coat roast in flour mixture and cook in oil for 2 minutes until each side is lightly browned.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Stuff onion and garlic down into the roast.
  7. Add carrots and onions around the roast.
  8. Mix together beef broth, vinegar, water, mustard, beef bouillon, 1 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour broth mixture over roast, cook on low 8-10 hours. (It will take a long time for the veggies to cook.)
  10. Pour into bread bowls and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/5/14):

Looking for more slow ways to cook a shoulder roast? Here are a few of my favorites. . .
Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I love this one if you enjoy a thick gravy with your roast – so yummy and much better than the regular cream of mushroom soup recipe!)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Southern Living Slow Cooker Suppers Magazine.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 2/3/14

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’m keeping it simple around here (really simple!) but here’s what we’re planning. . .

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 



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