Chicken, Bean & Rice Bowls {SUPER Frugal Family Meal!}

Jamie here, Chicken Bean & Rice Bowls is a back-pocket recipe if I ever had one.  For the weeks when we money is tight, or I’m out of ideas, or our schedule is crazy (so, ya know, a lot of weeks) I pull this trusty recipe out of my back pocket.  It’s a very fugal and yummy way to get dinner on the table fast!
These hearty bowls are packed with protein take only 25 minutes from box to table – my family loves to  have this on Sunday afternoons when we’re watching football.

First of all, you’ll need a little chicken.  What I’m working with today is one grilled chicken breast leftover from a few nights ago, and the remnants of a rotisserie chicken we used earlier in the week.  Grilled, rotisserie, or whatever you have on hand works JUST FINE for this recipe.  You can add as much or little as you want – it’s just serving to beef up your bowl to make it more hearty and provide more servings.

Next you’ll need Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice.  This goes on sale ALL the time for $1 a box – so like I said – CHEAP!  My family of 6 can take down 3 boxes of Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice in a sitting.  They go for refills and they eat until the pot is scraped clean.  If your family is smaller and not as voracious – you could definitely get by with 1 or 2 boxes.
Cook the red beans & rice according to the box directions (NOTE: I always put less water than is called for – because it gets too soupy in my opinion) and while it’s cooking, shred or cut your chicken into small chunks.  About 10 minutes out, add the chicken to the pot so it can get warm and soak up some red beans & rice flavor.
When it’s done cooking, set out bowls, shredded cheese and chips (Fritos are the BEST – but all I had today was tortilla chips) and call the family in to load their bowls up however they like.
**Corn would also be a great addition to this recipe, added towards the end of cooking!
The total cost for this meal, assuming shredded cheese is $2, a bag of store-brand chips is $1.50, and you have some leftover chicken on hand, would be about $6.50.  That’s about $1 per person!

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Final

I was never a fan of Broccoli Cheese Soup until I tried it at Panera. From that first moment I’ve been in love!  I’ve tried several times to recreate the recipe at home unsuccessfully until now. This simple recipe for Copycate Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup comes together perfectly and may even be better than Panera’s (if that’s possible).

The only thing that would make Panera’s better is the fact that it saves me from cooking and cleaning up the mess afterwards. Serve this copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup with a nice crusty loaf of bread and a salad for a fabulous meal.

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Awesomely Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!



Jamie here! Bi-Lo has whole chickens on sale this week for 89¢/lb – I’m picking some up to make my simple roast chicken and thought I’d re-share it in case you missed it before :)

Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, tacos, pasta or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

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Rosemary Chicken and Veggies in Mustard Sauce Recipe

Rosemary Chicken in Mustard Sauce

I love easy recipes! Especially those that I can throw in one pan together and bake so I can focus on other tasks at hand. This recipe for Rosemary Chicken and Veggies in Mustard Sauce turned out amazing!! I used all fresh veggies including carrots, onions, red potatoes, and green beans. You could use any kind of chicken you want, however my kids requested legs (which I hate) so I bought a whole cut up chicken. Serve with a simple green salad for a healthy easy dinner.

This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.
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Low Carb Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Fajitas

easy baked chicken fajitas

Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook.  Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe.  So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.

Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste.  We loved this recipe,  although it was a little spicy.  I made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal.  If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes,  I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.
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Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake: Memorial Dessert Recipe

patriotic punch bowl cake

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If you’ve been searching through Memorial Day dessert recipes, you may want to consider making this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake.  It’s super easy to make and so yummy! You can use a store bought angel food cake, or make a cake yourself.  The great thing about punch bowl cakes, is that you can vary the ingredients and type of cake to suit your fancy.  Yellow cake, white cake, and pound cake are just a couple of varieties that could be substituted.  This Memorial Day recipe looks very patriotic with the red, white, and blue color combination from the strawberries, blueberries, and whipped topping.   [Read more...]

Crockpot Barbecue Recipe (Perfect for Derby Day!)


I posted this Crockpot Barbecue recipe a few months back – but I wanted to remind you guys to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and this dinner makes that super-easy!  My recipe uses a pork roast – but you can switch out chicken breasts or thighs for scrumptious results too :) (I’m using chicken tonight)

Also check out Kasey’s yummy Crockpot Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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