Ham & Cheese Bake

Ham & Cheese Bake

This is one of those recipes that's not fancy, but tastes so good. And with only 3 ingredients, it's inexpensive and pulls together quickly. It’s a dream for busy families on a budget!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword budget dinners, crescent rolls, dinner ideas, ham and cheese bake, Ham and Cheese Quesadillas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $5.48

Ingredients

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 slices cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Unroll ½ of the crescent dough to cover the bottom of an 8×8 pan.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, just until starting to brown.
  • Remove and cover the bottom with a layer of cheese.
  • Put ham on top. Put another layer of cheese on top.
  • Put the rest of the crescent rolls on top. Pinch the seams together as best you can.
  • Bake for about 12-14 minutes until brown.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Create this tasty quick-and-easy sauerkraut and sausage dish for those extra-busy nights.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Keyword budget meals, budget recipes, dinner ideas, pork recipes, Sausage and Sauerkraut
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $9.35

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes cubed
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 lbs smoked sausage sliced
  • 1 pkg sauerkraut
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, saute the potatoes in oil for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in onion; saute for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add the sausage, sauerkraut and pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Western Chicken Potatoes

Western Chicken Potatoes

Easy go to meal. Takes no time to prepare and is very filling. Great for that leftover chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked potatoes, budget meals, budget recipes, chicken recipes, Western Chicken Potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $5.48

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded chicken mix with your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 cups Cheddar-Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp red onion diced
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Scrub potatoes; prick several times with fork. Place potatoes on microwavable plate; microwave on High 8 minutes or until tender.
  • In small microwavable bowl, place barbecue sauce with chicken; cover with microwavable paper towel. Microwave on High 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until thoroughly heated.
  • Split potatoes in half lengthwise; place on individual plates. Top each with barbecue sauce with chicken, cheese, onion and cilantro.

Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie

Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie

Turn leftover chicken into the ultimate comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword budget meals, budget recipes, chicken recipes, dinner ideas, leftover chicken, Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $4.57

Ingredients

  • 2 9 in pie crusts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cubed
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 400°F.  Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate with 1 pie crust.  Trim any excess.
  • Stir the soup, milk, chicken and vegetables in a medium bowl.  Spoon the chicken mixture into the pie plate.  Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese.  Place the remaining pie crust over the filling.  Trim any excess.  Crimp the edges of the top and bottom crusts together.  Using a sharp knife, cut several slits in the top crust.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.  Sprinkle the crust with the remaining cheese.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

CRISPY ROASTED CHICKEN

You’ll love this Crispy Roasted Chicken Recipe for dinner! So good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword budget meals, budget recipes, chicken recipes, Crispy Roasted Chicken, dinner ideas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $7.24

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs whole chicken save leftovers for future recipes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Thoroughly rinse the outside and inside of the chicken. Gently pat try with paper towels.
  • Using your fingers, carefully lift up the skin on top of the chicken (near the neck) and pull up gently. With your other hand, gently separate the skin from the breast and thigh meat. Then take half of the garlic and stuff it in between the skin and meat, so that it is fairly evenly spread out. Take the remainder of the garlic and spread it all over the cavity inside the chicken.
  • Then take the butter and baste the entire outside of the chicken. Sprinkle generously with freshly ground pepper and salt.
  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat to 450 degrees. Place foil loosely in large roasting pan. Flip chicken so breast side faces down, tucking the wings under (as pictured below), and set V-rack in roasting pan on top of foil. Roast chicken 25 minutes.
  • Remove roasting pan from oven. Using 2 large wads of paper towels, rotate chicken breast-side up. Baste briefly with pan juices or additional melted butter. Return to oven and continue to roast until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast registers 135 degrees, 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees. Continue to roast until skin is golden brown, crisp, and instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast registers 160 degrees and 175 degrees in thickest part of thigh, 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to cutting board and let rest, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Carve and serve immediately.