This recipe id so yummy, quick, and affordable!  Just think of how good it will be when the summer is really here and you can use the tomatoes right from your own vegetable garden!  This recipe is enough for four.  Don’t forget to add some fresh bread and a salad for a quick, healthy meal.

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 pounds of ripe tomatoes-cored and chopped
1 tablespoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon of each garlic powder, oregano, and pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 pound of angel hair pasta.

Cook pasta according to direction on box.  Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.  Turn to low and add the tomatoes, basil, garlic powder, and oregano.  Heat until warm.  Season with the salt and pepper.  Either toss together and serve or place pasta on serving plates and top with the warm tomato sauce.

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Make It Yourself AND Save: Cakes

18 Mar 2009 In: Tips & Ideas

I was walking through the grocery store the other day and happened upon the bakery section.  I could not believe how much they sell a 9 inch round cake with simple frosting-$12.99!  Yikes!  This peeked my interest so I swung by the frozen foods isle.  One small frozen square cake-$5.99.  So of course, I wanted to compare prices and see how I could make it myself and save.  I went down the flour/cake isle of the grocery store and here is what I found:

Box of cake mix: $1.49

Frosting (pre-made): $1.99

Total: $3.48

Yes, making the cake may take a little while and it is something that you would have to schedule into your day or week, but making it yourself shows that special someone that you really do care, plus saving as much as $10 isn’t too bad either!  Usually, cake mixes can make a double layer cake, 9 x 13 inch cake, or even cupcakes.  Plus there are so many differen types of cakes out there that you can really customize your cake to whomever will be eating it.  The options are really up to you and if you make it yourself- you can take all the credit!

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This homemade chicken noodle soup recipe is a great one to have on hand. I love whipping up a batch of this for lunch on a rainy day or when I am a little under the weather. Homemade soup tastes so great because you made it-make a batch for yourself today!

Ingredients: ($1.56 per serving)
1 chicken breast
3/4-1 cup of diced carrot
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/4-1/2 cup of diced celery
1 cup of egg noodles
1 can (14 oz.) of vegetable broth
1 large can of chicken broth
1 bullion cube
1 tablespoon of butter
Italian Seasoning

Begin by poaching your chicken breast in a small stock pot. Place your chicken breast, bullion cube, 1/4 tsp. of salt and pepper, and 1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning into the pot. Cover with enough cold water to cover the chicken breast by about an inch. Place pot onto stove. Set to medium. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 2-4 minutes. Once you have poached your chicken, shred using two forks.

To start the soup, place carrots, onions, and celery into a large stock pot with one tablespoon of butter. Sautee vegetables over medium heat until the onions just begin to turn translucent. Once your vegetables have sauteed, add the entire can of vegetable broth to your pot. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

While the vegetables have been cooking, your chicken should be poached and shredded. Go ahead and add the chicken and egg noddles to your large pot. At this time, add about half of the container of chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more chicken broth as needed. This would also be the time to test your broth, adding any additional salt or pepper if needed.

Once your noodles are cooked, vegetables slightly softened, you are ready to eat! Enjoy this warm and yummy homemade chicken noodle soup. This recipe is enough for 4 and comes out to about $1.56 per serving. You can’t beat that!

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Dinner Menu For The Week Of 3/16/09

13 Mar 2009 In: Menus

What a fun week- St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring! YEAH! Even though I am not making the traditional corn-beef meal… it is still a solid recipe week.  The total cost listed for the entire meal.  Each meal would feed a family of four (besides the mac and cheese).

Monday: Chopped steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans ($4.23)
Tuesday: Mostaccioli with salad ($3.23)
Wednesday: Chicken adobado tacos with corn ($7.87)
Thursday: Tortellini alfredo ($4.40)
Friday: Mac and Cheese ($0.79)

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Chopped Steak Recipe

13 Mar 2009 In: Entrees, Recipes

Chopped steak sounds so fancy, but really it is just a big hamburger. It is yummy and reminds us of home.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
$1.93-1 lb. of ground beef
$0.53-1 cup of gravy
$0.49-1 8 oz can of mushrooms

Total Cost: $2.95 ($0.74 per serving)

Season your ground beef with salt, pepper, and garlic. Shape into four thin patties. Cook in a skillet (we find that a George Foreman type machine works best because it cooks fast and keeps the patties thin) until your desired wellness is achieved.

In the meantime, make gravy and add half of the can of mushrooms. Sautee the other half of the mushrooms in a small skillet for about 3 minutes. This would also be the time to prepare your mashed potatoes- a must have with this dinner. Real or boxed-we don’t care!

Once the patties are cooked, cover with mushrooms. Pour a small amount of gravy over the cooked chopped steak and mushrooms (and your potatoes, of course) and serve with some green beans or broccoli.

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