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I was recently asked to teach a community class on frugal meals at our Christian Service Center.

I put together a simple dinner of chicken and rice casserole, with green bean casserole, and carrot and celery sticks. Since my husband loves to, he did the grocery shopping, and I totaled all the costs which came to a total of $7.20 for:

  • 9x13 chicken and rice casserole
  • green bean casserole
  • plate of carrot and celery sticks

Depending on the age of the eaters, this will serve 6-10 people. This serves our family of 10 well since we have some itty-bitties who don't eat much.

Here is the how I made the chicken and rice casserole:

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

  • 1 - 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups instant rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • dash of pepper

1. Boil chicken breasts in pot with chopped onions, celery, and carrots until juices run clear.

2. Dice breast meat and set aside.

3. In 9x13 dish, add soup and 3 cups of water. Stir until well mixed.

4. Add 3 cups uncooked rice, chicken, salt and pepper.

5. Stir well and cover tightly with foil.

6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Check out these frugal meals too:

Taco Soup

Mexican Mess

Homemade Pizza

Be sure to see what the rest of The 4 Moms are cooking up:

Now it's your turn! Link up your frugal recipe post and provide a link back to one of The 4 Moms' frugal recipe posts.

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  1. I don’t have a blog to link to, but my family’s favorite go-to “cheap” meal is Baked Ziti. A box of pasta (cooked), jar of favorite spaghetti sauce sauce, 2 cups of shredded cheese all mixed together in a 9×13 pan and topped with butter. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. The little kids love it – and they love picking out what noodles we buy at the store too.

    Thanks for the suggestions – I’m always looking for new meal ideas :-)

    • We make a similar dish but we also add a jar of Alfredo sauce,which you can snag from Aldi pretty cheap, mix with the spaghetti sauce then add to the cooked noodles. Top with moz cheese and bake. I simply love the versatility and simplicity of Baked Ziti!

  2. OK, I don’t have a blog (we’re techno Amish), but if I buy a beef roast with bone in, I can cook it with loads of potatoes, carrots (25 pounds juicing carrots at Safeway for 7.99) and onions (50 pounds at Sam’s) that makes 2 meals for 6. Then, I can chop up the leftovers, boil the bones and residue in the pot, and add 2 pound barley (not pearl, just hulled barley bought in 50 pound bag for 20.00) and make beef barley soup for 2-3 more meals. Add homemade bread (use captured turkey fat (schmalz) from cheap turkeys at thanksgiving time instead of butter) at 65 cents a huge loaf to spread the joy of saving and eating further.

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I left a comment on your post from October 20, 2011 thanking you for answering my question. Finally. Sorry it took me so long.
    PS: Your little pizza helper is absolutely adorable. :)

  4. For my family, pasta or rice with less than half the meat a recipe usually calls for. Fill in the rest with more veggies and you have a inexpensive meal. Very rarely do we have meat with side dishes, usually some type of one-pot meal or soup – that way you don’t miss the most expensive ingredient (meat).