In this economy, we all have to try to find ways to stretch our budget, especially our grocery budget. One way of doing that is making a whole other meal out of our leftovers. Yesterday I shared my slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken. Well, with there being only two of us we had plenty of chicken left. A great way to stretch meat is....a casserole! This recipe is very quick and very easy. Its another one that you can make quite a few different ways.
- 2 cups chopped leftover chicken
- 2 -3 cups fresh or frozen vegetables of your choice(I used broccoli this time)
- 1 can (10 oz) fat free and low sodium cream of chicken
- 1/3 cup fat free light sour cream
- 1 box turkey stuffing...or...make your own!
Preheat oven to 400. In a small bowl, add 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water to the box of stuffing. Let it set for a few minutes while the water absorbs. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish. (My dish was 11x7 but you can use a 13x9) Spread stuffing evenly over mixture. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!
With using the chicken in a casserole, I have enough chicken for ANOTHER meal, which I will probably do a stir fry or something. Plus, the casserole itself will last us 2 nights, so I paid a little more than $5 for the chicken, and have used it for 4 nights! I know some people wouldn't want to eat chicken 4 nights in a row, but be creative! Besides the casserole 2 nights in a row, not a single recipe was like the other. It will be worth it in the long run. For my husband and I, most weeks I am able to spend $30 a week on groceries. It is do-able!
*All ingredients, not including chicken, you can buy for a total of under $5. If your budget calls for buying canned veggies, make sure you rinse those off a few times to get out as much sodium as possible.