Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's For Dinner Saving Money Eating At Home.. Enchiladas On The Menu

Hubby and I love Mexican food. Spending time in Southern California and then Texas increased that love of the taste, texture and comfort that you find in Enchiladas , Burritos and Tacos. While we were living in Texas my sister prepared Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas for us. That desire for that wonderful taste caused hubby and I to prepare her recipe.

We do not have a 9 by 13 pan ( will be on the list now) so we used 2 casseroles to prepare in. Our Enchiladas where a little too crowded and close to the edge. They were hard to get out but oh my they were good and we had enough for 2 meals. Recipe makes 10 but I had only 6 tortillas left so we stuffed them extra full. Next time for the 2 of us I will cut the recipe in half.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

10 8" flour Tortillas
2 cups of diced chicken ( I like using a deli Rotisserie chicken)
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 4 ounce can of diced green chilies
1 16 ounce can of black beans
1 can of Enchiladas sauce
1 1/4 grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Spoon 1/3 of Enchiladas sauce on bottom of pan.
Mix Chicken,

green chilies
black beans, sour cream
and 3/4 cup of shredded cheese.

Combine all ingrediants together. Place a generous 1/4 cup of bean mixture close to one edge of each tortillas. Roll up tightly. Place Enchiladas seam side down very close to each other on top of the sauce in pan. Spoon remaining sauce over Enchiladas.

Bake uncovered 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on Enchiladas and bake 5 more minutes. Garnish with sour cream, guacamole if desired.

So tasty and alot cheaper than going out to dinner.. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Save Money On Groceries Or Throw Away Your Dollars Your Choice!!!

Today I was thinking of the many ways we can save money while at the grocery store or we may choose to let those pennies and dollars slip through our fingers. It is up to us to either shop smart or not.
I have come up with ten ways so far...
1. Make a menu plan for the week around the items you already have in the kitchen and those that are on sale at the store.
2.Sign up and USE a rewards card if your store offers them.
3.Clip Coupons and once again USE those coupons. There is many times I forget my coupons at home and need to buy that item while at the store.
4.Best to not buy items you know you will not eat even if on sale. Food thrown away because it has expired is throwing away your money.
5.Buy items when on sale... best to make a "price book " so you know what is the best price for the products you use and stock up when on sale if financially possible.
6.Stay away from the grocery store if hungry.
7.Compare unit price so that you are getting the best price per ounce. Some stores even have this information on the shelf price.
8.Buy the store brand if cheaper and it usually is.
9.Use up your left overs.. once again food thrown away is money thrown away.
10.Cut back on meat usage. An example we use in our home is to buy a three pound package of ground beef and divide into 4 meals.

Those are ten ways to save money at the store. I would love to hear of any other items you can think of .

Thanks for stopping by... Lets keep saving together... Grace

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What's For Dinner This Week, Saving Money Eating At Home

What's For Dinner this week in our home.. The weather is cold, snow is here and time to feel warm and comfy.

Spaghetti with Meat sauce ( from the freezer) , garlic bread

Chicken Noodle Soup with Vegetables and warm bread
Meat Loaf( from the freezer ), boiled potatoes and Vegetable
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches using Velveeta and Havarti Cheese and Chips

Mrs. D's Sloppy Joes, Beans and Chips

Mrs. D's Sloppy Joes

Meat Loaf Hash with Eggs and Toast

Meat Loaf Hash

Left Overs Buffet