Recipe Ideas For The Big Game

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Planning to watch the big game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of my favorite recipes your family might enjoy. Have a fantastic Sunday!

 White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

ham and cheese sliders

Best Ever Ham & Cheese Sliders (if you make these up in the morning they’ll be ready in time for the game!)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Mini Meatball Subs

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

 

Slow Cooker Beef Nacho Bake

Restaurant Style Nachos

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Slow Cooker Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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22 Tried and True Chicken Recipes

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Since Publix has their boneless skinless chicken breast on sale buy one get one free this week, I figured I’d share a roundup of my absolute favorite chicken recipes! (Kroger has their Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for $2.99/lb as well, so you can score a decent deal there too.)

 

We just got home after traveling for the last week (my house is a disaster  ~ anyone wanna come clean?) so I’m excited to slow down a bit over the next week, cook a few meals at home, and make several of our favorites. From the looks of it we like our chicken around here, so this is a great time to stock up. ;) Here are just a few of our favorites . . .

Zax Sauce 

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce

White Chicken Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake  

 

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

 

 5 Ingredient Ritz Chicken

 

Easy Chicken Marinade

 

Smothered (Smashburger) Chicken Sandwich

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodle Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Fettucine Alfredo 

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

 

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Rolls

 

Alice Springs Chicken

 

White Chicken Cheesy Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

 

Slow Cooker Almost Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cracker Barrel Chicken Sandwich 

Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloin Sandwich

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings  This picture is awful but this is the #1 recipe consistently searched every year on Passionate Penny Pincher and we just love it ~ I’m betting your family will enjoy it too!

 This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Super Saturday at Made from Pinterest – thanks for the chance to link up!

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Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe {Slow Cooker}

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Have I mentioned lately I love Mrs. Potts? I don’t know about you, but our afternoon schedule this fall is about to make me bonkers, and if it weren’t for her doing the cooking at least one night a week I’m pretty sure we’d rarely manage a real meal around here. Thankfully all I have to do is throw in the ingredients in the morning, and she finishes up the work for me throughout the day!

 

 

When a friend of mine shared this Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe with me,  I couldn’t wait to try it.  It makes a ton of soup (seriously ~ my large crockpot was filled to the brim last night), so you can easily make a batch up now, enjoy leftovers later this week, and still have some to pop in your freezer for another busy night. (Success!)

 

(And, if you really want to treat your family, try out these Olive Garden Breadsticks too. My daughter Reagan is just about to lose her first baby tooth ~ I know I’ll be glad to have this picture of that wiggly bottom tooth one of these days!)

 

Olive Garden’s {Slow Cooker} Pasta Fagioli Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 (10 oz) cans beef stock
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 5 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce optional ~ we left this out)
  • 1 20 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz pasta

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Drain fat from beef and add to the slow cooker with everything except the pasta.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  4. Add pasta and cook an additional 30 minutes on high or 45 minutes on low.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (we love the DiGiorno brand) and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/4/13):

  • Mueller’s Pasta BOGO $1.59 at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Kraft Grated Cheese BOGO $3.60 at Publix
  • Del Monte Tomatoes BOGO $3.50 at Publix
  • Publix Ground Round $3.99/lb.
  • Swanson Broth On Sale $2 at Publix
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.50 at Publix, use $1/2 Ragu Pasta coupon from the Best Meals Happen At Home insert
  • Celery $1 at Kroger
  • Carrots $1 at Kroger
  • Ground Chuck 80% in 5 lb. roll $13.45 at Kroger
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.67 at Kroger

Recipe adapted from Food.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HEREThis post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

 

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Simply Potatoes Potato Soup

 

Potato Soup

 

The last time that I purchased Simply Potatoes during a big sale at Publix, I never used them, forgot to freeze them, and ended up throwing them out. {gasp!}

 

Determined not to make the same mistake twice, I decided to use some leftovers from Easter Dinner and whip up something yummy from our fridge and stockpile for dinner last night. If you’re a Publix Shopper I’m betting you have all these ingredients right in your kitchen, and this is a great way to turn those deals into meals!  While I love getting great deals, if I pick up the deals but forget to use them I’m not saving any money at all (and wasting my time . . . ) so coming up with ways to make use of a bargain always makes me happy.

Just for fun, here’s what this pot of soup cost me:

  • Simply Potatoes ($.30 in last week’s sale)
  • Sargento Cheese $.74 (2 cup bags were $1.49 after coupons last week, plus I got free eggs because I bought two)
  • Ham (leftover from Easter, so I had to buy it anyways)
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese (free at Publix a few weeks ago)
  • Swanson Chicken Broth ($.67 for large carton in last week’s sale)
  • Half and Half (I think it was around $1.67 ~ I actually bought if for another recipe so I had some in the refrigerator. . . I’ve substituted with milk before in other potato soup recipes, but I’m not sure it would be quite as creamy unless the milk was 2% or whole?)
  • Total Spent: $3.38 for enough soup to easily feed 6-8 people (if you really want to treat your family, add a loaf of homemade bread and Cinnamon Butter too)
My family loved the recipe, and while it took just an ounce more effort than my slow cooker potato soup recipe takes, it was still super easy to throw together  and used some great bargains too.   I’d love to hear if you’ve turned any deals into meals lately . . . it’s fun to see what recipes work when using what you have on hand!

 

Simply Potatoes Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 cups Simply Potatoes (I used hashbrowns but think any of the Simply Potatoes brands would work
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham (optional but will add a little flavor)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken broth, potatoes and ham in saucepan on stove.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook, then reduce heat and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  3. Add half and half, and cook an additional 10 -15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Cook until cheese is melted.
  5. Enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Simply Potatoes.  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 French Onion Soup

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This is a re-post of my all time favorite slow cooker soup recipe… if you haven’t tried this one yet, you’ll want to add this penny pinched soup to your menu plan soon!

 Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

 

 

Let me just start by saying: if you like French Onion Soup, you’ve got to try this Slow Cooker French Onion Soup . . . yummm!  My husband has a favorite restaurant in Colarado Springs that makes some plain-old-fantastic French Onion Soup, and he even agreed that this was almost as good as theirs.

 

I saw the recipe a few weeks ago over on One Hundred Dollars A Month, and love that it’s a simple to make but tried and true recipe straight from Betty Crocker  I made a few adjustments to make what we had in our pantry work,  but other than that we followed the recipe pretty closely and oh-my-goodness it was good!  And, while serving this meatless meal will help you pinch a few extra pennies at the grocery store, I promise you’ll be plenty stuffed when you finish this one . . .  that cheesy gooeyness couldn’t be one bit better.

 

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 large bouillon cubes
  • 7 1/2 cups water (could also substitute with 4 14 1/2 cans ready to serve beef broth ~ omit bouilion cubes if you use the broth)
  • 1 packet Au Jus seasoning mix
  • 3 large onions (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced 1" thick
  • 3/4 cups mozzarella or Swiss cheese

Instructions

  1. Put melted butter and onions in slow cooker. Stir so that onions are coated with margarine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 30-35 minutes, until onions begin to slightly cook.
  3. Meanwhile, if using water and bouillion cubes, boil water in microwave and drop cubes into boiling water.
  4. Mix together flour, Worcestershire, sugar, and pepper.
  5. Pour broth, Au Jus Mix and Worcestershire mixture into crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
  6. Pour soup into oven-proof bowls (if you have them!) Place on baking sheet, and put a piece of sliced bread on top of soup.
  7. Cover with cheese, and broil in oven for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly
  8. Cool slightly (your bowls will be hot!), and enjoy..... yummmm!
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

I’m running late to pick up my girls from school (of course!), so here’s the fastest you’re-really-gonna-love-this-recipe post you’ll ever see:

 

Make this.

It’s delicious.

Easy too because Mrs. Potts does all the work for you.

What more encouragement do you need? ;)

 

 

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cans chopped green chile peppers (I used mild)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 3 15 oz. cans white beans
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except cheese in slow cooker.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.
  3. After cooking, remove chicken breasts from slow cooker and shred meat.
  4. Return meat to slow cooker, and add Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until melted.
  5. Serve with an extra sprinkle of cheese, and sour cream if desired.
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Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week (1/23/13) to pinch those pennies on this meal:

  • Perdue Fit & Easy Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb. at Publix
  • Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.79/lb at Kroger
  • Publix Store Brand white beans are $1.19 (I’m betting Kroger will have theirs at a similar price)
  • Daisy Sour Cream $1.49 at Kroger
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Swanson Broth or Stock 26-49 oz – $2.99 at Publix, use $1/3 Swanson Broth or Stock printable, stacked with $1/2 Swanson Broth or Stock In Ad Coupon
  • Spices ~ check your local Aldi or Dollar General where spices are frequently $1

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 Potato Soup

We made this Slow Cooker Potato Soup on Christmas Eve, and goodness gracious, it was perfect! I’ve made it once before but had forgotten just how yummy it was, however my husband decided after tasting it that this is the only Potato Soup recipe I need to make from here on out.

 

I did use half and half this time (before I’d only tried it with skim milk, which worked well too but it never thickened quite as much.) It was so simple, and would be a great penny-pinched meal to enjoy on a cold winter night this week!

 

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 5 cups peeled russet potatoes (about five potatoes)
  • 1 medium stalk celery
  • 1 carton (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or milk (we used skim milk and it was fine, but it might be a little creamier if you use half and half)
  • 8 oz. shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. In skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, until browned & crispy. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels, then refrigerate until dinner time.
  2. In bacon drippings, cook onion over medium heat 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix onion, potatoes, celery, broth, salt & pepper. Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.
  4. In small bowl, beat flour and half and half (or milk) with wire whisk until well blended; stir into soup.
  5. Increase heat on slow cooker until high. Cover; cook about 30 minutes longer or until thickened.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted & smooth. (If you want fewer lumps in your soup, you’ll want to mash the potatoes a bit with a potato masher.)
  7. Crumble bacon, serve on top of soup.
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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 Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

We made this for dinner earlier this week, and it was so yummy and of course wonderfully easy! I baked some homemade bread to go with it, and my hubby and I enjoyed the leftovers yesterday for lunch.  I loved that it was so simple and included simple basic ingredients, and we’ll definitely be making it again soon!

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 can Ro Tel
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 8 oz. package light cream cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Drain & rinse black beans.
  2. Put chicken in the bottom of the crockpot, then add the corn and black beans.
  3. Add seasoning and ranch mix, stir together.
  4. Place cream cheese on top of everything.
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  6. After it's cooked all day, shred chicken and mix all ingredients together well.
  7. Enjoy!
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Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week:

  • Tyson Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins 32 oz – $5.69 at Publix
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables BOGO $1.39, use $.50/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables digital coupon if your store accepts Publix digital coupons
  • To pinch an extra penny, use this Ranch Dressing Mix (I keep the mix in my cupboard, and used about 2 tablespoons for this recipe)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adated from Plain Chicken.  For more penny-pinched menu inspiration, go HERE. 

 

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Chili Con Carne For the Slow Cooker Or Stovetop

Chile Con Carne

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This is my mother-in-law’s favorite “Chili Con Carne” recipe (her fancy way to say chili with meat), and is such a simple meal to make when you just want to throw everything in the pot and work on something besides cooking.  After the crazy weather we’ve had across the country (I’m praying for you all up in the Northeast!), this is just one of those simple recipes that warms up our kitchen, and I’m betting you’ll love it too.

 

It cooks perfectly in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, but I usually use my crockpot because that’s my favorite way to make just about anything. :) To use your slow cooker, just brown your ground beef and add all the ingredients to your slow cooker for the day.  Cook on low for 8 hours, and Mrs. Potts will be all ready to go when you get home.  (I love that . . . )

 

Chili Con Carne for the Slow Cooker or Stovetop

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 4 cups canned tomatoes
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • dash paprika
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 16 oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package Chili Seasoning Mix

Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef in skillet, drain fat.
  2. Add all ingredients to pot on stove, simmer 1 1/2 hours, without boiling so that it doesn't scorch.
  3. (NOTE: If you'd rather cook in crockpot, brown beef in the morning and let cook on low 8 hours ~ it works just as well as cooking on the stovetop!)
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Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week:

 

  • Del Monte Tomato Sauce BOGO $.70 at Publix
  • Del Monte Tomatoes Mega Sale $.79 at Kroger, use $0.50/2 Del Monte Tomatoes @Walmart printable
  • Kroger Ground Chuck $2.69/lb sold in 5lb roll for $13.45, or Laura’s Lean Ground Beef on sale $4.49/lb. at Publix
  • Or use Publix Fresh Ground Turkey, 3.49/lb
  • Chili Seasoning ~ any store brand pouch will work
  • Serve with French Bread from the Publix bakery, 12 oz loaf, $1.99

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 Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’m making this one for our family tomorrow and will update this picture ~ the soup is delicious, although that picture from my iPhone last summer is a little rough! :)

This has got to be my favorite slow cooker soup recipe ever.  While I love some taco soup and some potato soup also (really, they’re so good too!), this is the one that I always come back to on a busy night when I just need something simple to dump in Mrs. Potts.

 

If you don’t have a slow cooker (you really need to get one . . .), but you could also easily cook this one on the stovetop for a few hours instead.  I promise, you’ll love it, and enjoy every yummy bite!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients
  1. 2-3 cups cooked chicken Tyson Fully Cooked Chicken Breast, Fajita Strips or Roasted Diced Chicken Breast or Seasoned Steak Strips On Sale $3 at Publix, or use whole roasting chicken on sale $1.29/lb and cook ahead of time 
  2. 1 can Ro-Tel Advantage Buy $1.79 at Publix through 10/12/12, use 0.50/2 Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes, exp. 10/28/12 (SS 09/16/12 R)
  3. 15 oz. chicken broth  College Inn Chicken Broth On Sale $1.80 at Publix, use $1/2 College Inn Broth
  4. 1 can cream of chicken condensed soup
  5. 1 can corn, drained we substituted with frozen corn
  6. 1 can black beans
  7. 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp. garlic
  10. 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  11. tortilla chips
  12. sour cream Friendship Sour Cream Advantage Buy $1.29
  13. shredded cheese Sargento Shredded Cheese $3 at Publix, use $1.50/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese (Publix Printable) or found in store stacked with 
Directions
  1. Dump first ten ingredients into slow cooker (aka, my best friend Mrs. Potts) :)
  2. Cook on low, 6-8 hours.
  3. Place tortilla chips in bowls.  Pour soup over tortilla chips, then add cheddar cheese & sour cream, if desired.
  4. Enjoy, and freeze any leftovers for a busy night this winter!

 

 

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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