Mexican meatball soup ~ Albondigas
Cauliflower Bacon pecan salad with Kraft raspberry vinaigrette
One of our favorite summer meals is cool pesto pasta. When we have it, I use homemade pesto. It is so easy to make and tastes wonderful, here is the recipe for you to try.
5 or so Cloves of Garlic
15 Large Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (a more frugal option will be Walnuts, Pecans, or Cashews and it works just fine)
Salt and Pepper to taste
7 or so Tablespoons of Olive Oil
We mix with pasta, cut up cherry tomatoes and chicken for a cool summer salad. Super Yummy!!!
Have you ever made gravy from scratch before? Roast a chicken in the oven and you will be left with drippings that are TOO YUMMY to waste. I wanted to share the recipe in case some of you have never made gravy from the drippings before.
This time I had about 2 cups of drippings in the bottom of the baking dish after roasting the chicken in the oven. Pour the drippings into a large sauce pan. If there is lots of fat skim some of it off. Heat the drippings up, over medium- heat and bring it to a boil
In another bowl add 1 tablespoon corn starch to 1/2 cup of cold water. Mix till all the lumps are out of the corn starch and it is well mixed… then you can slowly add it your chicken drippings. Whisk the whole time, to prevent lumps. Stir at a full boil for 1 minute, then turn heat off and let stand for 1 minute. Salt and pepper to taste (chicken gravy tends to need a lot of salt).
If you like your gravy a little thicker add a little more corn starch to your “corn starch water mixture”
We updated this post on our more recent post: Teriyaki Chicken Over Rice
I posted this recipe about 2 months ago, it one of my families favorites. This week at Albertsons the Mr. Yoshida’s Teriyaki sauce is on sale, as part of the Epic savings promo. It is only $1.99 a bottle which is a really good price. I am able to use one bottle to make 3 meals. I just thought I would pass it on.
Thrifty Deals into Thrifty Meals
This is one of my family favorite meals. The best part is, it takes about 15 minutes to make!
I was able to make this meal for my family of 5 for $3.75
That is .75 cents a person
Here is the price break down,
First start out by getting your rice cooking on the stove, it takes the longest to cook.
Once you have the rice started, cut up your boneless skinless chicken breasts into thin strips across the grain of the meat. Add a about 1 table spoon of oil to the bottom of your pan. Cook the strips on medium high heat till just done. ( do not salt them….the sauce is salty) Then turn your heat down to medium low and add sauce. ( now start to cook your broccoli so it will be done the same time)
My families favorite teriyaki sauce is Mr. Yoshida’s, you can find it at Winco or Albertsons. I found it on sale about a year ago for $2.00 a bottle and I stocked up. I use 1/3 off a bottle of Mr. Yoshida’s but I also add 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar and 2/3 cup water with a large table spoon of corn starch mixed into the water. ( make sure you dissolve the corn starch in the water, if you add it to the hot pan it will be all lumpy)
The corn starch will thicken as it comes up to boil…stir so it does not burn. Then take off heat once it has thickened.