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Sunday, August 4, 2013

What's for dinner, mom?

   I get the girls this coming weekend (I traded so they could finish school supply shopping),
All the sources for the recipes are below the recipe name, so you can check their sites out, as I'm going putting the ones we make....

  Friday, Aug. 16th, I'm making crock pot chicken & dumplings, Saturday the 17th is Shepard's Pie, and Sunday the 19th is Ranch Chicken. Today, I'll be putting together the chicken & dumplings and the Ranch chicken for the weekend, I already put together the Shepard's Pie (I don't have carrots in the fridge, so I'm putting in a can of carrots when its nearly finished).

Chicken & Dumplings

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken 
1 onion, chopped
16 ounces frozen vegetables
2 cans cream-of-chicken soup
1 can refrigerated biscuits, or one batch of drop biscuits 

Mix chicken, onion and frozen vegetables and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup in a freezer bag.  Freeze in a freezer bag and label.
On Cooking day:
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5.  An hour before serving, shred chicken with two large forks, and drop in the biscuit dough.  Cover and cook on high for another hour. The biscuits are done when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean. They will be spongy and will brown a bit on the sides and top.
Serve in bowls, with a biscuit or two per person.
Beef Shepherd’s Pie Recipe for your Slow Cooker

2 pounds ground beef (browned)
1 medium onion (chopped
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bag frozen peas
1 cup chopped carrots
2 t. oregano
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper
2 packages (24 oz each) mashed potatoes

Directions:  Mix all ingredients together except mashed potatoes.   Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.  Mix up mashed potatoes, the day you plan to serve the meal.  Put on top of the meat & veggie mixture and cook for 30 minutes, giving the mashed potatoes a chance to heat all the way through.   Steps to Prep this for the Freezer:    
Brown ground beef, chop onion, mince garlic.
Mix all ingredients together except mashed potatoes.  Place in freezer safe bag, label, lay flat and freeze.
Ranch Chicken

6 chicken breasts cut in half
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet ranch dressing seasoning
5 large potatoes diced

Place all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag.  Seal getting as much air out as possible.  Place in freezer and forget it!  On cooking day, place contents of bag in your crock pot.  Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and potatoes are tender.  

  As far as total amount spent on these dinners:
$5.99 for 20lbs Russet potatoes
$2.46 2pack dry Ranch dressing
$5.99 3lb bag chicken breasts (I typically try and get the bag with the most breasts, all apx same size)
$0.79 cream of mushroom soup
$0.59 frozen peas (used only half of the bag for Shepard's Pie)
$1.79 for 3lb bag of onions (I honestly forgot to add 1 in...)
For the mixed veggies in the chicken & dumpling, I'll add a couple cans of what we already have on hand close to the end....we don't care for the lima beans that are in the mixed bags.
$0.79 cream of chicken soup
$0.79 cream of chicken soup
Total: $ not included since I'm using EBT

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