Tara’s Tastiest

Tara’s Tastiest for $10

It came to me while sitting in Fall Retreat, one of the best things to share with my fellow sisters is great recipes.  I love food and cooking it, however, I don’t really care to spend a fortune on making it.   Also with many of us being in college we would love to enjoy a home cooked meal but we don’t have an endless budget for food.  For the Fall 2011 semester, I decided I want to share some cheap meals that I have learned to make on a budget.  The first Sunday of every month I will post 3 meals for all of you to enjoy!  I do give credit to my wonderful mother for most of these recipes and I want to thank her for opening me up to the world of cooking when I was growing up!

Oriental Stir-Fry-this is a great cheap and fast meal

2 Packages Kroger Stir-Fry Vegetables with Noodles

1 lb of Hamburger

6 tsp Soy Sauce

  • Brown hamburger in a skillet.  Move to one side when done.
  • Pour in vegetables and noodles; stir occasionally until it is thawed.
  • Add soy sauce.  Mix and let heat for 5 minutes.

Serves: 4


Rotel Fiesta Chicken

1 T Oil

6-8 Chicken Drumsticks

1 cup uncooked Rice

2 cans Rotel

3 green onions, thinly sliced

½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Cook Chicken in oil until skin is brown; remove from pan.
  • Stir 1 cup of water, rice, Rotel, and onions into the pan and bring to a boil.
  • Place chicken over rice.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low; cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add cheese and cover again for 5-7 minutes.

Serves: 4


Tuna Mac’N’Cheese-discovered this dish by mixing things I randomly found in my pantry one evening.

1 package of Elbow Macaroni

1 package of Velveeta

2-3 packages/cans Tuna

Potato chips or corn flakes

  • Cut up the Velveeta into chunks. Begin melting it in a casserole dish in the microwave. It does not have to be completely melted.
  • Cook macaroni, drain, and put into the casserole dish.
  • Mix in the tuna, drain if necessary, until evenly blended.
  • Crush potato chips or corn flakes and sprinkle on top.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

Serves: 4

Tara Ediger






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