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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Today’s recipe is so easy you won’t know what to do with your extra time. Here are some ideas: take a nap, take a shower, paint your nails, play tag with your kiddos, get dressed, put on some make up, twirl around in circles etc. etc. etc. The possibilities are endless. If you can make macaroni and cheese and open a few cans, you can make this dinner!!!

Step one: Make a box of macaroni and cheese according to package directions.

Step two: Add a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of tuna, and some frozen corn or peas. We used a can of corn because that’s what we had in the pantry.

Done. Easy shmeasy. I will now show you the picture of it completed, but please, please, please don’t make fun of my picture taking skills.

Okay, you can make fun of the picture a little bit. It’s sooooo blurry. Just pretend a certain child of mine bumped me right as I took the picture and then lost my camera temporarily so I couldn’t take any more pictures. Don’t assume that I had no idea the picture was so blurry until I downloaded it onto my computer days later. That’s not what happened at all…….

But at least I used up my free time well. Look at my pretty fingernails.

Thank you Pinterest for fingernail inspiration. I have to say, I was a little worried that this would turn out  tasting a lot like macaroni and cheese. While this was a childhood favorite of mine, my palate has since become more sophisticated. Meaning, I now hate boxed macaroni and cheese. 🙂 I was happily surprised by this meal, however. It turned out delicious and didn’t taste at all like boxed macaroni and cheese. Not only did my kiddos love it, but so did I!!! Now, here is your written recipe (although I’m sure you don’t need it.)

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, $3.45

1 box macaroni and cheese and ingredients needed to make  it ($1.50)

1 can undiluted cream of chicken soup ($ .75)

1 can drained tuna ($ .60)

1 can corn or 1 C frozen vegetables ($.60)

Directions: Make the box of macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Add the soup, tuna, and vegetable to the macaroni and cheese and cook on stove until heated through. Serve and enjoy.

Tips to make this healthier: Use homemade macaroni and cheese rather than the boxed variety. Also, make your own cream of chicken soup. You could probably add twice as many vegetables as well and still have a delicious dinner.

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Meaty Cornbread Pie

If you are looking for a cheap, delicious dinner that the kids will love, look no further than this recipe. It is one yummy meal that costs just five bucks. First, get a box of cornbread and make it according to package directions. As you can see, my cornbread actually came in a pouch, not a box, but it works fine, too.

Pour the batter into a pie pan and bake according to package directions. While it’s cooking, begin browning the ground beef with your onion and spices. I used onion powder because there are some picky eaters in my family that don’t like the texture of onions, but do like the taste (um, yeah, it’s me. I hate the texture of onions. 🙂 )

I added the spices right as I started browning the beef and then added the tomato sauce after the spices were blended in little. You can’t tell from the picture, but the meat was still pretty red when I added the tomato sauce.

After the cornbread has been in the oven for 12-15 minutes (or until it is golden brown), take it out of the oven. I am CLEARLY not a photographer and don’t know anything about lighting, so sorry about the yellow in this picture. I don’t know why this was the only picture that was so yellow. I guess it just wanted to show you how “golden” the cornbread should be.

Now, put the meat mixture on top of the cornbread and spread around until it covers the cornbread completely.

Now, sprinkle on the cheese. I may have added a little more than 1/2 C, but we got a ton of shredded cheese at an incredible price, so I can afford to use a little more. 😉

Put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese. It should look like this when it is done. I know it doesn’t look that amazing, but it sure is tasty. My husband LOVED this. My preschooler really didn’t want to eat it because it looked weird to him. We made him try at least one bite after which he realized that it tasted delicious. He even wanted seconds. (Booyah, for making him try just one bite! Works every time).

Mexican Meatza, $5

Ingredients:

1 box cornbread mix ($ .90)

1 lb. ground beef ($1.90)

1/2 an onion, chopped ($ .50)

1 Tbsp. chili powder ($ .20)

2 tsp. ground cumin ($ .10)

1 tsp. salt ($ .05)

1 can tomato sauce ($ .60)

1/2 C cheese ($ .75)

Directions: Prepare the box of cornbread mix according to package directions. Pour cornbread batter into a greased pie plate. Pun in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. While cooking, brown 1 lb. ground beef in a skillet with the chopped onion. Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and tomato sauce. Remove cornbread from oven when ready and top with meat and then with cheese. Put pie pan back in oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Tips to Make this Healthier: Serve this with a salad! I used whatever veggies I could find in the fridge. I even added some bacon bits, chicken chunks, and cheese chunks because I needed to get rid of them. You could also make your cornbread homemade and add less cheese. Besides that, it’s pretty good, just watch your portion size because it’s so yummy you’ll just want more and more and more and…. just have some more salad. 🙂

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