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Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Serves 4

3/4 lb. chicken, cooked & cut into strips

1 1/2 c. broccoli

1 1/2 c. cauliflower

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/2 c. cheddar cheese

1 t. lemon juice

1/2-1 t. curry powder

1/8-1/4 t. cayenne pepper

1/2 c. slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375.

Place chicken in 8 inch square pan.  Top with cauliflower and broccoli.  Combine soup, mayonnaise, cheese, lemon juice, curry, and cayenne; spoon over vegetables.  Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Stir before serving.  Serve over rice.


This is a yummy recipe I got from a friend that has become a staple in our family.


1lb chicken, cubed

1/2 container sour cream

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 bags Ritz crackers (I use the off brand), crushed

1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted


Preheat oven to 350

Cook chicken in skillet until done.  Mix together sour cream and cream of chicken soup.  Stir in cooked chicken.  Put in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan, or whatever you have.

Mix butter and crushed crackers together.  Sprinkle over your chicken mixture.

Bake 15-20 minutes in the oven.

Serve over rice.  Sprinkle top with crushed red peppers if you like.

Here’s my first attempt at sharing a two week meal plan.  First of all, to stick with my $80/two week budget, I make sure that I have my pantry stocked at all times with the things that I will be using on a regular basis.  Some of these things, like chicken, I buy in bulk when they’re on sale at my local grocery store.  I can get boneless chicken breasts for $1.5/lb this way!  Here’s what you want to make sure you have in stock for this two week meal plan:

mayonnaise, lemon juice, minced garlic, beef bouillon (I use Better Than Bouillon), ketchup, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, garlic powder, milk, butter, onions, chicken broth, chunky PB, honey,  soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, canola oil, sesame oil, paprika, chicken, rice, italian dressing, teriyaki sauce, ground ginger, flour, baking powder, chili sauce

Below is the two week meal plan.  The recipes will be linked.  If the recipe does not have a link, it’s on my blog under recipes.

Sunday:         Creamy Chicken Curry

Monday:       Garlic Chicken Poutine

Tuesday:       Vegitarian Meatloaf

Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas II

Thursday:     Date Night (Cooks need a night off and some time with hubby!)

Friday:           Baked Chili Dogs

Saturday:      Chicken Divine

Sunday:         Thai Shrimp and Noodles

Monday:       Janpanese Noodle Stuff

Tuesday:       Frigadeller w/ sweet potatoes and green beans

Wednesday: Chicken Tettrazini (I don’t add peas, so if you want them, be sure to add it to your grocery list!  And I just use home cooked chicken breasts rather than a rotisserie.  It’s cheaper!)

Thursday:     Date Night

Friday:           Amish Casserole

Saturday:      Indonesian Peanut Chicken  (I use boneless chicken breasts for this recipe.)

And here is the grocery list.  I figured in the cost at my grocery store and our city’s taxes, so your total may be different than mine.

broccoli (12oz) x2 2.76

cauliflower (12oz) 1.38

cream of chicken soup x3 3

cheddar cheese 2 slivered almonds (1/2 c.) 1.3

french fries 2

16 oz cottage cheese 2

dry onion soup mix 1.12

cornflakes cereal 2

green onions 0.6

rotel tomatoes 0.7

cream of mushroom soup 1

sour cream 2

12″ flour tortillas 2.8

hot dogs 1

hot dog buns 1.2

can of chili 1.3

ritz crackers 1.3

Rice noodles or Shanghai noodles 1.5

fresh ginger root 0.2

carrots 0.72

Spagetti noodles x2 2.16

ground turkey x2 4.24

sweet potatoes  2

green beans 0.6

tomato soup 1

peanuts 3

red pepper 1.8

8 oz whipping cream 3

mushrooms 0.6

Parmsean cheese 3

Subtotal 53.28

Taxes 4.662

Total 57.942

Good luck and hope you enjoy!

One easy way to save money is to plan ahead. I know this is hard to do now a days with as busy as we make ourselves, but here’s where I come in! I can’t satisfy all variety of taste buds, but your welcome to copy off of my weekly meal plan, or rather biweekly meal plan. We have a biweekly budget of $80, which feels extravagant even for me! So if you can swing it, this will fit into that budget. If you can handle more than that, by all means, buy the steak!