Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poor Man's

Whenever my parents had a meal that was a "almost" of an expensive or hard to find ingredient dinner such as steak, My Dad said, "this is Poor Man's Filet Mignon" etc.

This is my first posting of a Poor Man's Dinner, Chicken Parmigiana.

I purchase the large "club size" package of frozen chicken breasts to keep on hand. They are individually frozen and you get about 5 pounds for about $10.00.

Earlier today, I pulled out 2 rather large pieces and 1 small-esh of chicken from the freezer bag ( stash). I placed these on a paper towel covered large dish. I left them out for about 20 minutes until they just started thawing. Once the tops of the chicken breasts were showing signs of moisture, I sprinkled them with a combination of Season Salt and "Braggs All Purpose Seasoning." Then the plate of chicken went into the fridge to finish thawing.

Poor Man's Dinner

Chicken Parmesan with all ingredients added and in final minutes of cooking.

To make the entire dinner you will need the following:

  • The plate of prepared raw chicken breasts
  • 6 tablespoons from a jar of your favorite pasta sauce. I used a Cheese and Spinach pasta sauce. The remaining sauce I intend to use this weekend to make Calzones
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of Margarine 
  • Simple grated parmesan cheese or shreds if your budget allows
  • A 3X3 inch piece of Mozzarella cheese that you have sliced into little sticks ( see pictures)

In a large skillet with lid, on medium high heat, melt the margarine and then place the chicken breasts in the skillet. Brown the chicken on both sides, reduce the heat for simmering, and push all the chicken into the center of the pan with edges touching. Spoon and spread the pasta sauce on the chicken, generously sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top. Place a lid on the chicken for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked and all the juices are running clear. 

Now, prepare your sides.
I chose "Rice A Roni - Rice Pilaf" ( Hubby's favorite) and some steamed broccoli ( frozen in steamable bag)
Since this takes about 25 minutes, all will be done at the same time.

During the last 5- 10 minutes before serving, separate the chicken that has been cooking together, and place the Mozzarella cheese sticks on top to melt.
Rice A Roni - Rice Pilaf

Finish up your sides for serving and your Poor Man's Dinner is ready!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Make A List...

As promised, here is the "GROCERY" list that I customized for myself from a list I found on-line some years ago.

It is made towards what I usually need or want, and in departments that are usually found in most stores.

You are welcome to print this or make yourself a version that will fit your needs.

Here is the link:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday's Stash

Earlier in the month, I made a massive amount of homemade Lasagna, that we ate and ate, shared with others, and then I even froze 3 huge servings
for a future dinner.

Tonight's dinner, was that Lasagna thawed, warmed in
the oven, and served with garlic butter toast, fresh baby carrots and ranch dressing for dipping. Easy Peasy on the second round.

My pantry and freezer are about clear, and that is what I planned, as this week will be the grocery and provision shopping, that I do 2 times a month. We have a large upright freezer that we invested in and I "bank" sale meats and vegetables, homemade sauces, fruits and anything that I know will make a meal, or contribute to one. This bank allows more choices, and ingredients for meals to last until the next shopping adventure!

So, since I usually shop on these weeks on a Thursday or Friday, as our schedules allow, I will begin on Wednesday to make my list of needed things, and then I will scour the store ads, to give me an idea where to head with the meal planning. I have a re-printable grocery list that is a life saver for sticking to our budget. * this list and other pantry essentials will be my Saturday post this week.

I will plan 14-16 meals and hopefully when I get to the grocery store the prices have not gone up again since I last shopped. This is happening more and more, I plan and then have to substitute, it's okay, I almost always can find a way to stretch that dollar. I do use coupons and yes there is some time needed to coordinate that to the best advantage, but it is so worth it!