We all are pretty much familiar with the weekly grind, it’s busy and hectic. Towards the end of my day, standing over the stove is not how I want to spend the rest of my evening. Over time, I’ve learned some really basic but filling meals that are budget friendly. Living paycheck to paycheck means learning to spread out meals and buying meat in bulk has saved us a few nights. I personally don’t like having the same thing over and over, I like variety. I’ve managed to make a couple of meals just buying a family size pack of Tysons’ chicken Patties.
Being a mom of 3 (Ages 9, 6 and 5), comes with picky eaters. My oldest will eat just about anything, my 6 year old is your typical kid, he doesn’t like veggies. My 5 year old is the most picky of them all, much like her Dad, it’s all about presentation. If it doesn’t look right, it’s not going to taste right. Being on a budget, I can’t afford to make everyone what they want, and to better choose my battle, I started to find a good balance between everyones taste.
So if your like me and you search on the internet for quick and simple recipes and come up with results that make you tell yourself, “No I need easier!” I feel like that’s majority of how my searches end up. I need something tasty, with few ingredients, quick to make that satisfies my family. With a family size pack of chicken patties, it comes with around 12 patties for about $10. The recipes I’ve chosen for this past week was for Chicken Sandwiches and A Chicken Parmesan with Penne. Below I just want to put grocery list and estimate of how much I spent on the two meals. When it comes to shopping, I shop deals, I’m ok with generic, and if I did buy a brand item it would only make it go up $2-$4.
Chicken Patties- Tyson…………………… 9.97
Head of Lettuce/ Large Tomato………. 2.20
Hamburger Buns- Generic……………… 0.87
Broccoli Florets (Choice of Veggie)…… 1.48
Frozen Steak Fries (Generic)……………. 2.14
Penne Pasta-Barilla (Choice of Pasta).. 1.28
Pasta Sauce-Barilla…………………………. 1.48
Fancy Mozzarella- Generic………………. 2.50
Roughly I spent, with Tax $24, each meal costing a little under $12 for a family of 6. Majority of the time it’s just four of us, so we don’t use all of the chicken for the meals. My boyfriend and I are able to make a trip home for lunch, so sometimes we pop in and eat leftovers or heat up a sandwich for lunch. Now getting on to how I put all of this together.
Tyson Chicken Sandwiches
Tyson Chicken Patties
Broccoli or choice of side
Steak Fries, and again, or choice of a side
Favorite condiments and toppings
- Bake Patties and steak fries as directed. At this point I take a look at both products, and set the oven between directed temperatures so I can bake simultaneously.
- Prep toppings and place out condiments for ease of sandwich making.
- Make Broccoli as directed. I add a couple of pinches of salt to the water for flavoring, afterwards I either season with lemon pepper, some like parmesan cheese, others are good with just salt and pepper.
- Half way through I season the fries. This time I used a garlic and herb seasoning.
- Once everything is made, its time to build your sandwich however you desire. I’m a plain sandwich eater and like the basic, Mayo, lettuce and tomato.
Simple enough meal and satisfying for most. Theres endless ways to build your sandwich. Sometimes when we have more to spend we like to buy bacon and avocado for some Avocado BLTs.
Second meal I made from this is Parmesan Chicken with Penne. I change up the pasta on this to give it a new look, sometimes thin spaghetti, other times bow ties. Don’t hate me for this but, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of this meal. Yes it looked good and was delicious, everyday is a busy day and this day seemed to had gotten dark quicker than others, anyways onto the food part.
Tyson Chicken Parmesan
Tyson Chicken Patties
Penne Pasta or choice
- Preheat oven and set water to boil for pasta.
- Put chicken into oven and make pasta as directed.
- Warm pasta sauce. I not liking to use many dishes will just warm the pasta sauce in the same pot that Ive made the pasta in. Set aside a small amount for pour over touches.
- Add pasta into pot with sauce and coat pasta in sauce.
- Once the chicken is out, add your slice or shredded mozzarella to chicken to melt.
- Serve. The way I layer my dish is Pasta, chicken, using the sauce I set aside, I pour over to get the chicken. Garnish with parsley, parmesan, and Italian seasoning (all optional)
There you have it, two quick and easy meals that won’t hurt your wallet and will satisfy your family. I plan to do more of these blogs, and will have more pictures, if your visual. Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as I do, and until my next post.
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