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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals

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Meal planning and cooking is sometimes the easiest part of making sure your family has warm home-cooked meals most evenings. The hardest part? Finding the funds to make those yummy home-cooked meals. As most of you know, due to Jeremy's multiple surgeries and hospital stays last year we racked up some hefty medical bills which means there are times of the month that we are feeling the crunch in our checkbook. Times are tough but the bottom line is that I have a job to make sure my family has dinner on the table every night. To do this I started really focusing on what I was buying and creating when writing our meal plans for the week. In doing so, I have started to come up with some great budget friendly meals and simple dinners.

I have also learned to start shopping for deals. For example, at Walmart right now there are 14 Kraft items on Rollback that I promise you can make some yummy low budget meals for your dinner table. This is a great time to stock up on these items and use them for some casserole dishes or sides. Recently, I decided to try a new recipe that I considered a One Dish Meal. I love One Dish Meals because they are usually simple dinners for our family. Not to mention there are always perfect leftovers for Jeremy to take to work!


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Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

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Ingredients:
Medium Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Kraft Mayo
1/3 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
Box Stuffing, prepared as directed 
Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese, prepared as directed
4 chicken breasts, cubed 
1 cup Kraft Velveeta Shreds 
Garlic Powder and Pepper to taste



Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease casserole dish. 

2.  Prepare the Stuffing as directed and the Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese as directed.  


Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

3.  Mix Kraft Mayo and Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing in a small mixing bowl.  Mix well and add chopped onions to Mayo Mixture.  Garlic Powder and Pepper can be added as desired.  

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

4.  Begin to layer the casserole.  Start with the prepared Shells & Cheese.  Spread evenly in the dish.  

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

5.  Add cubed chicken breast on top of the Shells & Cheese.  

6.  Top the chicken with the Mayo mixture.  

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

7.  Top the Mayo mixture with the Kraft Velveeta Shreds.  

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

8.  Finish the Pasta bake with the prepared stuffing.  

9.  Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.  Serve hot!  Enjoy!

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

This dish was a success at the dinner table.  Basically, a cheesy creamy chicken Mac and Cheese, that equals some happy kiddos!   A dish like this is perfect for the times that are tight financially. Especially right before the 1st and the 15th of the month!  This meal did not cost me more than $20 to make and it is easily two meals in our home!  Hello budget friendly!!  

Budget meals, Low budget meals, Budget friendly meals, Budget recipes, Summer meals, Simple dinners.  Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta Bake - Simple Budget Friendly Meals Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe.

You can surprise your checkbook with this budget friendly dinner by heading to Walmart now.  Make sure you find all of those great Rollback prices on Kraft items so you can start getting creative in the kitchen with your tight monthly budget!  


I am always looking for new simple dinners for my family. 
Can you share any budget friendly meals for under $20?  


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11 comments:

  1. This looks great! I knew from the ingredients I was going to love it! I'll be making this soon!

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  2. Definitely budget friendly and that sounds like the best comfort food I've seen in a long time! I'm pinning this!

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  3. I love that this is such an affordable option, and that it's quick to make. We always struggle with finding something fast and tasty to make at home.

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  4. Love it! That looks yummy AND simple to make. Thanks.

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  5. Wow, that looks delish, affordable and EASY! hmm maybe I'll have to forward this to my bachelor brother ;)

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  6. What a great meal and it looks like it makes enough for left overs!

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  7. Totally a meal my family will love! Can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Looks delicious! Like that it is quick and easy to make.

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  9. This looks great! I'm definitely pinning this. I love quick, easy pasta dishes.

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  10. Yum! I love how easy this is to make. And who doesn't love our favorite KRAFT products? Rollback at Walmart? Perfect! #client

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