Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Baked Chicken Cutlets

This one I love!! Everyone eats it!! You can almost always find boneless chicken breast on sale for $1.99lb. That's all my family will eat.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (store brand)
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tsp dijon style mustard (if you dont have this don't worry about it. It just adds a little zing)
1/4 tsp black pepper

1 Spray baking sheet with cooking spray (I use store brand canola or olive oil spray) set aside. Combine parmesan and bread crumbs on a piece of plastic wrap (easy clean up) or you can do it on a large plate. Lightly beat the egg and mustard in a bowl.

2 Season the chicken with the pepper. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and then dredge in the bread crumb mixture until evenly coated. Shake off any excess bread crumbs.

3. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 20 - 25 minutes. Chicken is cooked through if juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife or fork.

Serve with baked french bread brush them with a little olive oil and some crushed garlic or garlic powder. For a vegie either bagged salad or I like the steam in bag veggies now that you can get them in store brand. They are still more expensive then regular frozen veggies but I really can't cook veggies. So the steam in bag works for me. Your not saving any money if no one will eat them. Broccoli always goes good with chicken.
1lb ground beef preferably 80% or higher (80% and lower is usually on sale somewhere)
2 packages McCormick chilli mix
2 cans kidney beans (store Brand)
2 cans dice tomatoes (store brand)
1green pepper
1/2 medium onion
peperchini peppers
peper rings

In a stock pot, brown ground beef, while beef is browning chop peppers and onions. Drain the ground beef in a colonder and rinse with hot water, this takes even more fat out. Rinse the pot with hot water. Return beef to the pot add remaining ingredients. Bring to a light boil reduce heat and simmer until the kidney beans are soft and start to open. Stirring occasionally. Becareful that it doesnt stick.

The money savers with this one are using less meat. Yes you are still using one pound (who wants to make a small pot of chilly) but you double the beans and tomatoes. To stretch it even further you can serve it over rice.

Serve with a loaf of bread maybe some shredded cheddar on top. I use new york extra sharp store brand. This has more flavor so you can use less!!

Recipes on A Budget

Hi, my name is Christine I am a stay at home mom. As with many familys now we live on a very sticked budget. It seems harder and harder to feed my family healthy. I search for recipes and most are stuff my family would never eat!! I have two teenagers, 16 year old boy and a 13 year old girl. Yes I can see your faces now!! Try getting them to eat anything other then pasta, pizza and chicken nuggets. Good Luck!! I buy books and there are 2 maybe 3 recipes that we can afford and that my family would actually eat. So there goes money down the drain, and garbage disposal!! So I have decided to try and start my own site with recipes and tips. We all have different nutritional needs in my house. So that complicates things even futher.

Alot of the recipes I will offer are ones that I have simply adapted over the years to meet our needs and likes. I try very hard to keep our food budget at around $150 per week for a family of 4.

I have been to so many sites for SLASH YOUR GROCERY BILL IN HALF! Well good luck with that. I use coupons, sale shop, I follow all of the little tricks and still the lowest I can go is around $150. Some weeks it's better some its worse. Grocery day is just that at least 3 hours going to the different grocery stores in our area and only buying what is on sale. They also recomend stocking up when items are on sale. Yes in theory this is a very good idea. However when you are on a tight budget that makes it hard. Say chicken is on sale for $1.99 a pound. Is your family going to eat chicken for a month. I don't think so. If you stock up on the meat that is on sale then you don't have anything left for other meals. It does work for items like cereal. However not usually for the healthy ones. My daughter has high triglicerides so I try to feed her the high fiber lower sugar cereals. Well that doesn't always fit into our budget. So I adjust other areas of what she eats.

My husband and I both have high cholesterol. So again good luck on a budget. My husband as alot of husbands out there is very much a meat and potatoes kind of man. So I do spend extra money on things like Smart Balance "butter" and Oil. I also do things like buying the double fiber breads. You can find them on sale alot. Little things like that can make a big difference over time and not kill your budget.

The really hard one is me. I have fibromyalgia and diverticulosis. So my diet should be high fiber low fat and here is the real kicker all organic. Not going to happen on a budget. I try the best I can though. I do like salad however I don't like fat free dressings to much sugar. Don't like the taste or consistancy. So I go with the low fat instead and I put my dressing on the side. You would be surprised how much less you use when you dip instead of drown your salad. That's a tip I learned years ago when I was doing Weight Watchers. Wonderful program by the way for anyone trying to loose weight. I went from a size 16 to a size 3!!! No not over night no magic pills, it took time and effort. My body does better with protein verses carbs so I ad meat and cheese. Take bagged salad, like Salad Express, it goes on sale alot. So I buy that and mix it with meat, cheese, peppers, pickles, and hard boiled eggs. I love it.

Well I guess that is enough to start with. Now I'm off to my recipes so I can actually post some of them. As my blog progresses I will be adding links to coupon sites, etc. Please bare with me as this is the first time I have ever done this. Html is definatly a foriegn language to me. So this is very much trial and error.

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