I know once you try this recipe, you will fall in love with it.  It is so simple and delicious!  It is a true family favorite and brings back memories of when your grandma used to make it for you!

8 cups of instant mashed potatoes ($1.00)
1 cup of cheddar cheese ($0.75)
1-2 tablespoons of sour cream ($0.25)
8-16 ounces of brown gravy ($0.53)
1 pound of ground beef ($2.13)
16 ounces of frozen mixed vegetables ($0.99)

Start by pre-heating your oven to 375.  Prepare gravy according to the instructions on the package.  Prepare instant mashed potatoes.  At the end, add the cheddar cheese and sour cream.  Make sure you turn off the the heat so that the potatoes don’t burn.  In a 10 inch skillet, brown the hamburger and drain any excess fat.

Prepare a 9 x 13 inch glass pan by spraying lightly with non-stick spray.  In a large glass bowl, mix the browned hamburger, gravy, and entire bag of frozen vegetables.  Pour that mixture into the glass baking pan and cover with mashed potatoes.

Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes.


Like I had mentioned in the video, this recipe would serve 4 or even six for only around $0.50 a person.  Try this at home- I know you will love it!

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Dinner Menu For The Week Of: 4/20/09

19 Apr 2009 In: Menus

I think Spring weather is almost upon us-I hope.  I am really looking to incorporate more healthy and lighter meals into the menu.  What are some of your favorites?  Here is the menu for this week:


Monday: Creamy chicken with mushrooms

Tuesday: Grilled hamburgers

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff

Thursday: Tacos

Friday: Brinner (breakfast for dinner)

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Episode #10: Chili Cheese Dip

13 Apr 2009 In: Recipes, Side Dishes, The Show

I LOVE CCD (chili cheese dip)!  Hopefully you will make this for your next get together with some friends.  Serve it up with some tortilla chips and you have a perfect match!  This recipe couldn’t be easier and for only $3.78, you can’t beat it.  I expect for everyone to give it a try and let me know how it goes.

8 oz. cream cheese (1.09)
15 oz can of chili ($1.19)
1 cup of cheddar cheese ($1.50)

Preheat oven to 375.  Spread cream cheese into oven safe dish- I use a pie plate.  Pour the chili over the top of the cream cheese and spread evenly on top.  Top with cheddar cheese.  Bake for 30-40 minutes and serve with tortilla chips.

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Dinner Menu For The Week Of: 4/12/09

10 Apr 2009 In: Let's Share

This week we are coming off a big holiday weekend, so most people will be having left overs on Monday.  We travel for the weekend, so our leftovers usually aren’t enough for a big dinner-more like lunches.  So this is what is cooking this week-

Monday: Turkey breast with mashed potatoes and veggies

Tuesday: Chicken tacos with spicy rice

Wednesday: Shepherds’ Pie (all in one meal-love it!)

Thursday: Chicken Scampi with noodles and salad

Friday: Pizza night!  We are helping some friends move so it will be a late night!  Yeah K and J!!!!


There will be no recipe this week.  A future show will highlight the shepherd’s pie so I didn’t want to ruin the surprise!

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With another holiday quickly approaching, many people are asked to bring side items to the dinner. Most families probably have their traditions of who brings what- everything from main course to dessert. If you fall somewhere in the middle, like I do, you may get to bring a little appetizer. This year I am bringing the vegetable tray. Now, that may seem really easy- run into the store- pick up one of those pre-made store ready ones and pay over $10.00- ya, right- that is NOT me. I can’t believe how expensive those trays can be and honestly once you bring them home, the celery is usually brown, the carrots are turning white, and they give you enough broccoli to turn green. Not my idea of yummy.

So if you are like me, why don’t you just make it yourself. This week’s grocery ad let me buy a bag of pre-washed baby carrots for a dollar. I bought a bag of celery for $1.50, two red peppers for $0.89 each, and three cucumbers for one dollar as well. So I bought 4 different vegetables (just like the pre-made one in the store) for $5.28. A bottle of ranch dressing or a pre-made vegetable dip might set me back about $2.00.

The point is, when you make it yourself-you save. When YOU pick the vegetables- you know they are fresh. If your family doesn’t like raw broccoli-you don’t have to get it! You can get other items like peppers. A little rinsing and cutting of some vegetables doesn’t take much time and you can assemble it right when you get to your destination. No food will go to waste and you can keep the cost down.

What item are you always asked to bring to your family events? I would love to hear about them!

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