Creamed Spinach Casserole

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Looking for something new to try out for Easter brunch this Sunday? My favorite side dishes are the traditional Corn Casserole, Broccoli Cheese Casserole and of course Green Bean Casserole (without the cream soup), so I decided to hunt down something different that most folks may not have tried before.

 

This was so good, and reminded me of the Creamed Spinach that Claudia Sanders restaurant serves in Shelbyville, Kentucky(If you’re ever near Shelbyville, you have to try it out. While it’s far from a penny-pinched meal, it’s so good and just a fun place to visit!) It took about two minutes to mix together after I really thawed out and drained the spinach (be sure to really drain it well), and would be a perfect recipe to enjoy this Easter Sunday. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!

Creamed Spinach Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened - I used the original cream cheese spread which is a little more creamy and easy to work with)
  • 3 10 oz. packages frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 oz can French's onions, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Thaw and drain spinach (you'll want to drain the spinach really well- squeeze out any extra liquid by draining spinach in a colander and pressing out as much liquid as possible.)
  3. Mix together spinach, cream cheese, mushroom and 1/2 of the French's onions.
  4. Pour into greased casserole dish.
  5. Add remaining French's onions.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through (make sure not to let onions brown too much.)
  7. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/16/14):

  • Birdseye Veggies 50% off at Publix
  • Birdseye Veggies $1 at Target
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.50 at Publix, Target and Kroger, use $.75/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Campbell’s Cream Soup $1 at Publix or $.75 at Target, use $.40/3 Campbell’s Soups
  • French’s Onions BOGO at Publix, use $.30/1 French’s Onions, $.50/1 French’s Onions from the 2/9 Smart Source insert, or $1/1 French’s Onions from the 4/6 Smart Source insert

 

Looking for more Easter brunch recipes? Here are some of my favorites . . .

 

Sweet & Savory Broccoli Salad

Easy Slow Cooker Ham 

Slow Cooker Ham

Corn Casserole

Green Bean Casserole 

Green Bean Casserole {no cream of mushroom soup}

 

Strawberry Cake

 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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

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One Dish Corn Casserole

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Oh my stars, folks . . . my little family ate well last night.  Because I wanted to get a few recipe posts up to share with you all, we feasted on Broccoli Cheese Casserole, this Corn Casserole, Homemade Yeast Rolls (recipe in a bit), Mac & Cheese and Salads (I figured I need to throw something healthy in there ~ right?) My kids and hubby were so happy ~ we might just have to have Thanksgiving Side Dish Dinner once every week or two around here.

 

I’m telling you what, we suffer for you guys. ;)

 

Here’s how to get started on the easiest ever recipe I’ve found for Corn Casserole. Let me know what you think.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package corn bread mix (8.5 oz)
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients, pour into lightly greased casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/20/13):

  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream $.95 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 11/10 Smart Source insert
  • Del Monte Vegetables $.64 at Publix, use $.50/4 Del Monte Vegetables from the 11/3 Smart Source insert
  • Kroger Vegetables on sale $.50 
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Del Monte Vegetables $.65 at Target, use $.50/4 Del Monte Vegetables from the 11/3 Smart Source insert

Green Bean Casserole

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{Sweet & Savory} Broccoli Salad

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Have you started planning side dishes for the 4th of July yet? This Sweet & Savory Broccoli Salad is perfect to add, as you can make it ahead of time and it will be all ready to go before the fireworks begin. And, since both Publix & Kroger (my two most frequented stores) both have bacon and mayonnaise on sale this week, it’s a good time to stock up.

 

{Sweet & Savory} Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked & chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup almonds or toasted pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli into bite sized pieces.
  2. Mix together broccoli, raisins, red onion and bacon.
  3. In separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar.
  4. Mix together mayonnaise mixture and broccoli mixture.
  5. Chill and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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Here are the sales you’ll want to watch for this week (week of 6/2613):

  • $1/1 Hellmann’s Product, exp. 7/21/13 (RP 06/23/13)
  •  Oscar Mayer Bacon, Select Varieties 12 to 16 oz $3.50 (ends tonight, 6/26/13!)
  • Hellman’s Mayonnaise, 48 oz, $5.19 at Kroger in Mega Sale, use $1/1 Hellmann’s Product, any 22 oz or larger (Maximum of 2 identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) – 06-23-13 RP Insert (exp 7/21/2013) 

 

Find more great salad recipes in this Salads: Beyond the Bowl Cookbook, or get this highly rated Ultimate Summer Cookbook for just $.99 on your Kindle!  You can also check out my Summer Pinterest board for more fun 4th of July ideas.

 

If you have another recipe that your family enjoys on the 4th as a side dish, I’d love for you to leave a comment to share!

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Are you looking for a special side dish to share this week for Memorial Day?  This is our family’s favorite (seriously, best ever) Broccoli Cheese Casserole, and I know you’ll love it too.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • Frozen Broccoli (I usually use two bags of Green Giant Steamers)
  • 16 oz. Velveeta Kraft Velveeta
  • 3/4 stick of margarine
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 stick margarine

Instructions

  1. Cook broccoli in microwave.
  2. Meanwhile, melt Velveeta & 3/4 stick margarine on stove top over low heat.
  3. Thoroughly drain broccoli. (You'll want to press out as much excess water as you can so that the Cheese Sauce doesn't become runny.)
  4. Stir together broccoli and velveeta mixture, then put in 8x11 casserole dish.
  5. Melt remaining 1/4 stick of margarine in margarine. Crush Ritz crackers and mix with margarine, then top Broccoli Cheese mixture with crackers.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, until cooked through and crackers begin to brown. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

If you’ve been looking for a way to make Macaroni and Cheese in the Slow Cooker, here you go! So simple, and a great way to pinch those pennies while eating at home. Enjoy!

 

As my son headed out the door on his way to school earlier this week, he said “Mom, can we please have Macaroni & Cheese for dinner tonight?”  Well, normally I don’t consider Mac & Cheese an entree, but I had everything we needed, and had been dying to try out some Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese in Mrs. Potts (I really didn’t think it would work . . . .)  Oh my goodness: it. was. perfect.

 

I’d seen several recipes for macaroni & cheese in the crockpot and read reviews saying they usually came out mushy, but this one was just right!  I skipped a few steps in the original recipe to make life easier, so it should take you ten minutes or less to get this recipe thrown together.   All I added were some Simple 7 Up Biscuits, green beans, salads and applesauce, which made for one yummy frugal feast at our house.  If  you’ve got some macaroni-and-cheese loving kids at your house I’m betting they’ll enjoy this one too.

 

 

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 box uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk (we used 1%)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil macaroni for six minutes and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, spray slow cooker with cooking spray and soften butter for a few seconds in the microwave to make everything easier to combine.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, stirring about every thirty minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro Tel Dip, adapted from All Recipes

Earlier this week my twelve-year old was in charge of making pancakes for his little sister’s birthday. He did such a great job, but after mixing the batter in the Kitchenaid (he didn’t know you could mix it by hand), making a pancake the entire size of the griddle (he didn’t understand how quickly it would expand while he was dumping . . . his sister was thrilled with her 16″ inch round birthday pancake which took three of us to flip over), and cooking up the first batch to a nicely (errrr . . . more than nicely?) browned state, he said: “Seriously, mom . . . cooking should be a sport!”

 

To which I wisely replied, “Yup, and I do it. Every. single. day.”

 

Not easily impressed (of course. . . he’s twelve, right?), he quickly came back with. . . No, you don’t. You just dump everything in your crockpot and let it do the work.”

 

Guess he’s figured he out. ;)

 

Here’s another easy recipe that requires absolutely no skill at all so long as you can dump stuff in that crockpot of yours.  Because we all know us moms never do any work. (ahem.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Slow Cooker Chicken Ro-Tel Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 lb. Velveeta
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded (or substitute with canned chicken)
  • 1/3 sour cream
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup black beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high until cheese has melted, 1-2 hours.
  3. Stir in black beans, reduce to low.
  4. Cook an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve over tortilla chips.
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

please forgive the photo . . . it was late and we were hungry, so no time for a pretty pic! ;)

 

I saw this great recipe for Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs over on Pinterest, but when I went to actually make it, I was missing almost all of the ingredients! Because I’ll do anything to avoid a last minute (un-planned) trip to the grocery store, I decided to see what I could come up with using what we did have on hand.

 

Guess what? This Slow Cooker Italian Chicken turned out perfectly!  I served it with green beans, mashed potatoes, and some of those Country Crock Apples that were $.50 at Publix last week (those taste just like Cracker Barrel. . . ), and my little family gobbled down every bite on their plate. I’m planning to shred the leftover chicken for lunch to make a Caesar Chicken Wrap.  Here’s the recipe if you’d like to add it to your menu plan:

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup parmesan cheese (I used the DiGiorno grated cheese)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients, pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the sale items and coupons you’ll want to watch for this week (2/20/13) to pinch those pennies at Publix this week on this meal:

  • Crisco Olive Oil 16.9 oz BOGO $5.99 at Publix
  • Or Extra Light Olive Oil 17 oz. $2.79 at Aldi’s
  • Perdue Chicken Breast Individually Wrapped Frozen 32 oz. $6.99, use $1/1 Perdue Chicken Breast
  • Sam’s Club also has 6 lbs. Daily Chef Frozen boneless skinless chicken breast for $10.98 (makes it $1.83/lb.)

 

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Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Nachos

 

 

Here’s one more favorite recipe for the Super Bowl, and the best part is to make these Slow Cooker Nachos, you can let your crockpot do most of the work.  If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to cook them in the slow cooker, you can also try out these Restaurant Style Nachos, but these are a great way to save some room in your oven if you’re planning a busy day for your kitchen.

Slow Cooker Nacho Bake

Slow Cooker Nacho Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 can refried beans (we were out of these, so I left them out!)
  • 1 can red kidney beans, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • tortilla chips Tostitos
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Extra toppings (we used lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green onions, salsa and sour cream)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in skillet on stove. Drain off any grease.
  2. Add ground beef, refried beans, kidney beans, tomato paste, taco seasoning, water, and garlic powder to crockpot.
  3. Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Arrange chips in the bottom of a large baking sheet.
  6. Spoon meat mixture over tortilla chips.
  7. Top with cheese and tomato.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  9. Top with extra toppings, and enjoy!
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Here are the sale items and coupons you’ll want to watch for this week (1/31/13) to pinch those pennies on this meal:

 

  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream 16 oz BOGO $2.59 at Publix or Dairy Sour Cream 16 oz. $1.49 at Kroger
  • Kraft Cheddar Cheese BOGO at Publix $3.99, use $1/3, $0.55/2 Kraft Cheese, exp. 2/20/13 (SS 01/20/13 R) regional coupon or Kroger Cheddar Cheese $1.99 at Kroger
  • Pace Salsa $2.50 at Publix or $1.50 in Kroger’s Mega Sale, use $0.50 off any TWO (2) Pace products or $0.40/2, $0.60/2 Pace Product, exp. 2/24/13 (SS 01/27/13 R) regional coupon
  • Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Party or Family Size, 14.5 to 20 oz bag $3.50 at Publix or Tostitos Tortilla Chips 10 oz. $2.49 in Kroger’s Mega Sale
  • Ground Chuck, 3.49/lb at Publix, or Ground Chuck $2.49 at Kroger (sold in 5 lb. rolls)
Looking for more yummy Super Bowl Recipes? Try these out:

 

 

Recipe adapted Full Bellies Happy Kids.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

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I finally made these Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits after my friend Shannon kept reminding me how yummy they were . . . and of course they’re even a little more delicious because the Bisquick is such a good price this week at my favorite grocery store!  On Monday night I hurriedly mixed these yummy biscuits up, and they were so simple, used only five ingredients (which were all in our pantry), and tasted just delicious. (My kids declared them better than Red Lobster!)

 

You can easily double the batch, and freeze them after they’ve baked . . . then just warm them up on a busy weeknight. If you don’t have any Bisquick in your cupboards, print this $.50/1 Bisquick coupon to help you pinch those pennies further while you shop!  If you enjoy baking homemade biscuits, you’ll also want to try out these Simple Seven Up Biscuits.

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Mix together first three ingredients.
  3. Beat well for 30 seconds.
  4. Drop onto ungreased baking sheet (mine made 12 biscuits.)
  5. Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Mix together melted butter and garlic salt.
  7. Brush butter mixture on biscuits while still warm.
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Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

Macaroni Grill Bread

 

We love (love, love, LOVE!), eating at Macaroni Grill, but feeding our family of five there can be so expensive! So when I came across this recipe for Macaroni Grill’s Rosemary Bread, I knew I had to try it out. It’s amazing what a simple loaf of bread can do to turn an ordinary spaghetti dinner into something worth coming to the table for, and the entire loaf was devoured by my family in well under ten minutes. (My kids love their bread!)

 

You do need a bread machine for this recipe (I’ve had mine for 15 years and it is one of my favorite gifts ever!) While it’s a bit of a splurge initially, we use ours at least once every two weeks, and it really does make baking homemade bread so much easier.  I always figure I can make up a loaf of bread at home in less time than it takes to find a coupon and head to the grocery store! ;)  If you love Macaroni Grill Recipes, you’ll also want to try out this recipe for Macaroni Grill Chicken Milano ~ which works perfectly with those BOGO Sun Dried Tomatoes this week at Publix. Yummmm!

Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in bread machine.
  2. Set on dough cycle.
  3. Once dough is made, form into round circle and place on baking sheet or stone.
  4. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, or until bread is done.
  5. Spread 1 tbsp butter or margarine on bread after cooked, and top with Parmesan cheese (optional)
  6. Dip in olive oil.
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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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