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Meatball Sub Casserole

 
Meatball Sub Casserole
 

I’m changing it up a bit this week and posting a dinner recipe instead of a dessert. I woke up one day this week and realized that swim suit season is almost upon us. Bye-bye Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Bye-Bye Turtle Cheesecake. Sigh….But never fear, I have a whole repitoire of yummy recipes to share. Today I’m sharing a family favorite, Meatball Sub Casserole.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 bag frozen meatballs
1 loaf French bread, sliced
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1 t Italian Seasoning
1/4 t pepper
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 jar (28oz) spaghetti sauce

 

 

Arrange bread slices in single layer in ungreased baking dish.

 

 

Combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.

 

 

Spread mixture over top of bread slices.

 

 

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over top.

 

 

Place meatballs evenly in single layer over top of cheese.

 

 

Pour spaghetti sauce over the top of the meatballs.

 

 

Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella cheese over top of spaghetti sauce.

 

 

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Then hurry and take pictures before your family devours the entire casserole.

 

 

 

Doesn’t that look yummy? It tastes even better than it looks. If you have time, you can make your own meatballs. I’m lazy so I use frozen. That’s how I roll.

 

Meatball Sub Casserole
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen meatballs
  2. 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  3. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  4. 1/2 cup mayo
  5. 1 t Italian Seasoning
  6. 1/4 t pepper
  7. 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  8. 1 jar (28oz) spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Arrange bread slices in single layer in ungreased baking dish.
  2. Combine cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  3. Spread mixture over top of bread slices.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over top.
  5. Place meatballs evenly in single layer over top of cheese.
  6. Pour spaghetti sauce over the top of the meatballs.
  7. Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella cheese over top of spaghetti sauce.
  8. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
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Dinners for Dollars

March 26-April 1
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Cheesy Ham & Pasta Bake

1 box penne pasta ($1.06)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ($2.32)
1 1/2 cups diced ham ($1.99)
8 oz can sliced mushrooms ($0.89)
4 T flour (on hand)
3 cups milk, divided (on hand)
1/4 t pepper (on hand)

Cook pasta as directed on package. Mix together 1 cup milk with flour in bowl. When thoroughly combined, pour into skillet. Warm mixture while stirring constantly, adding additional milk until it reaches desired thickness ( I used about 1 additional cup). Simmer about 3 minutes. Add the ham and the mushrooms to the mixture and simmer until the ham warms. Add in 3/4 of the shredded cheese and let melt. Spread cooked pasta in bottom of a baking dish. Stir ham mixture until well combined and pour over top of pasta. Stir to coat. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 300 degrees for around 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.

COST-$6.26
The kids love this dish and they beg for it quite often. They don’t even notice the mushrooms and I even snuck some asparagus spears in there last time. This dish makes quite a bit, we normally get 6 dinners, 1 lunch and a lot of leftovers. It works about to be around $0.57 per serving.


Open Faced Meatball Subs
1 bag frozen meatballs ($3.98)
1 jar spaghetti sauce ($1.88)
1 loaf French Bread ($2.05)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (on hand)
Mozzarella Cheese Slices ($1.98)
2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded ($2.32)

Combine meatballs and spaghetti sauce in saucepan on stovetop and heat through until warm. Preheat oven to Broil. Slice the French Bread on an angle and cut each slice in half. Drizzle sliced bread with olive oil. Place bread on baking sheet and broil until nice and golden brown. Once bread is toasted, top each slice with 2-4 meatballs and add some extra sauce on top. Add 2 slices of mozzarella cheese and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Return to broiler until cheese melts.

COST-$12.21
Mr.McHunky raves about these subs every time I make them! I usually only make enough for one dinner because I don’t want soggy sub leftovers but the amount of ingredients above equals enough for 2 lunches and some leftovers. I just assemble the subs and broil them when we’re ready to eat. It works out to be around $1.02 per serving.

Taco Pockets

1 lb ground beef ($3.98)
1 packet taco seasoning ($0.62)
1 block pepper jack cheese ($1.98)
1 can (11oz) tube refrigerated thin crust pizza dough ($2.06)

Brown meat, drain and add taco seasoning. Roll pizza dough onto greased pan. With pizza cutter, divide into 4 strips. Spoon 1/2 cup meat onto dough. Add a couple of slices of pepper jack cheese. Fold ends of dough over top of meat and cheese mix. Crimp sides together with fork. Bake at 425 for 12 minutes. Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.

COST-$8.64
Another family favorite! I fill each pocket with a little less than 1/2 cup because my pockets always seem to explode if I use more filling. If you don’t like the spicy of the pepper jack cheese, substitute Mexican blend or Colby Jack. We normally get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and minimal leftovers. It works out to be around $0.86 per serving.

Fish Cakes

1 pkg Stove Top stuffing ($1.68)
¾ cup water (on hand)
cup mayo (on hand)
2 cans (6oz each) crabmeat, drained and flaked ($2.98)
3 T tartar sauce (on hand)

Mix stuffing, water, mayo, crabmeat and tartar. Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes. Heat large skillet sprayed with Pam on med heat. Shape 1/3 cupfuls of mixture into patties. Add to skillet in batches. Cook 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

COST-$4.66
We love fish cakes and I think I’ve tried every recipe that has come my way in the past few years. This is the recipe that the kids seem to like the best. We get 6 dinners and minimal leftovers from this and I sometimes double the recipe if I know I’m going to need more leftovers. I always serve these fish cakes with Zatarins yellow rice and sugar snap peas. It works out to be around $0.58 per serving.

Honey Glazed Bacon Chicken

10-12  chicken strips ($4.98)
10-12  thin bacon slices ($2.29)
3 T honey (on hand)
2 t coarse mustard (on hand)
lemon juice (on hand)

Combine honey with mustard in small bowl. Add 1 T lemon juice. Wrap each chicken strip with one slice bacon and place them in a baking dish. Brush chicken with 1/2 of the marinade. Bake at 425 for 10-13 minutes until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and flip each chicken strip over. Brush with remaining marinade. Put them back in oven for additional 10-13 minutes.

COST-$7.27
I love bacon, it’s no secret. I will wrap anything in bacon. These chicken tenders are so yummy with the glaze on top of the bacon. Pure deliciousness indeed. If I’m feeling like truly indulging, I will serve these with cheesy potatoes. We normally only get 6 dinners and 1 lunch from this meal because it’s just that good. It works out to be around $1.04 per serving.



Turtle Cheesecake

 
Turtle Cheesecake
 

Definition:  A 5 Star orgasm for your tongue.

 

For Matt’s birthday this week I let him choose what yummy treat he wanted me to make. He loves cheesecake so that’s what he asked me to do. I wanted to make something special and yummy so I searched until I found a recipe for Turtle Cheesecake. I tweaked it a bit and I am super pleased with how delicious it turned out to be. It’s an amazingly delicious mix of caramel and chocolate blended with traditional cheesecake.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 Oreo Pie Crust
3 pks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 T lime juice
1 T vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T chocolate syrup
2 T caramel syrup
1/2 cup pecan cookie pieces
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels

 

 

Beat softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until smooth.

 

 

Add sugar, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla to cream cheese mixture.

 

 

Continue beating until smooth.

 

 

Remove 1 cup of filling and set aside.

 

 

Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave.

 

 

Combine reserved filling with melted chocolate and stir until blended.

 

 

Pour white filling into the Oreo crust.

 

 

Pour chocolate filling over top.

 

 

Use a knife to swirl the 2 fillings together.

 

 

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the sides are set and center jiggles slightly. Cool completely.

 

 

Top with chocolate sauce, caramel syrup, pecan bits and mini morsels. Refrigerate several hours before serving.

 

 

 

Just look at all that yummy. You know you want some, it’s irresistible. I’m telling you….an orgasm for your tongue.

 

One more tantalizing look…

 

 
 

 

Turtle Cheesecake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Oreo Pie Crust
  2. 3 pks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 3 T lime juice
  7. 1 T vanilla extract
  8. 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  9. 2 T chocolate syrup
  10. 2 T caramel syrup
  11. 1/2 cup pecan cookie pieces
  12. 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels
Instructions
  1. Beat softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, lime juice, and vanilla to cream cheese mixture.
  3. Continue beating until smooth.
  4. Remove 1 cup of filling and set aside.
  5. Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave.
  6. Combine reserved filling with melted chocolate and stir until blended.
  7. Pour white filling into the Oreo crust.
  8. Pour chocolate filling over top.
  9. Use a knife to swirl the 2 fillings together.
  10. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the sides are set and center jiggles slightly.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Top with chocolate sauce, caramel syrup, pecan bits and mini morsels.
  13. Refrigerate several hours before serving.
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Dinners for Dollars

March 19-25
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Cheeseburger Cups

1 lb ground beef ($3.98)
½ cup ketchup (on hand)
2 T brown sugar (on hand)
1 T mustard (on hand)
t worcestershire sauce (on hand)
1 tube (12oz) refrig. buttermilk biscuits ($1.39)
½ cup cubed velveeta cheese ($1.98)

Cook beef and drain. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat, set aside. Press each biscuit onto bottom and up sides of greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mix into cups; top with cheese. Bake at 400 for 14-16 minutes.

COST-$7.35
The kids absolutely love this cheeseburger cups. Sometimes I even sneak petit diced tomatoes in there. We don’t normally get any leftovers out of this meal but Mr.McHunky does at least get 1 lunch in addition to our dinner. It works out to be about $1.05 per serving.

Chicken Hashbrown Bake

16 oz sour cream ($1.69)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.16)
1 can cream of chicken soup ($0.60)
32 oz frozen hashbrowns, thawed ($2.98)
3 cooked chicken breasts, diced ($2.99)

Mix sour cream, cheese and soup in bowl. Add potatoes, mix well. Add chicken, mix well. Spoon into greased baking dish. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

COST-$9.42
This is another family favorite! And it makes a ton too. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers which works out to be around $0.79 per serving.

Meatball Bake

1 pkg Stove Top Chicken Stuffing ($1.49)
1 can cream of mushroom soup ($0.60)
¼ cup milk (on hand)
1 pkg (1 lb) frozen meatballs ($3.89)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($1.16)

Prepare stuffing as directed on package for Light Prep; set aside. Combine soup and milk in baking dish. Stir in meatballs and sprinkle with cheese. Top with prepared stuffing. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

COST-$7.14
We really enjoy this meal. The stuffing offers a great flavor in contrast to the meatballs (I always use Italian meatballs). We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers from this dinner so it works out to be around $0.60 per serving.

BBQ Shrimp Linguine

1 T packed brown sugar (on hand)
1 t chili powder (on hand)
1 t sweet paprika (on hand)
½ t cumin (on hand)
¼ t ground red cayenne pepper (on hand)
½ t salt (on hand)
¼ t pepper (on hand)
1 lb medium frozen shrimp, thawed ($4.98)

1 lb linguine noodles, cooked ($1.06)

In large bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated. Bake at 475 for 5 minutes, turn and bake additional 8-10 minutes. Serve over hot linguine noodles.

COST-$6.04
Oh how I love this meal. The sweet and spicy mix is amazing. If you don’t like spicy, cut some of the chili powder and cayenne pepper. But even my kids eat it with the spices in the recipe above. We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and limited leftovers, which makes this dinner about $0.60 per serving.

Baked Tortellini
13oz  bag frozen tortellini ($2.69)
24oz  jar marinara sauce ($1.98)
1/2   cup heavy whipping cream  ($0.89)
1     cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided ($1.16)
1     cup shredded mozzarella ($1.16)

Cook tortellini for 3 minutes, drain and toss with 1 T of butter in bowl. Combine the marinara, cream and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Add to pasta and toss gently to coat. Put tortellini into greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

COST-$7.88
I love pasta and I love finding new ways to cook pasta. I buy the generic cheese tortellini from Wal*Mart normally but sometimes I splurge on the Portebello Tortellini and man oh man is it yummy in this dish! We get 6 dinners, 2 lunches and leftovers out of this meal which makes it around $0.72 per serving.



Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Recipe

 
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
 

Definition: Warm, deliciously decadent killer of all diets

 

We enjoyed the non-chocolatey Sopapilla Cheesecake from last week so much that I decided to do another chocolate-less treat this week. I decided on Krispy Kreme bread pudding because it’s a family favorite and I am subconsciously sabotaging my efforts to look less jiggly in a swim suit this summer. I mean, obviously.

 

 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 t vanilla extract
Nutmeg & Cinnamon, to taste
1/4 lb raisins, optional

 

 

Cut each donut into pieces and spread in bottom of greased 13×9 baking pan.

 

 

In bowl, beat together eggs and milk.

 

 

In separate bowl, stir together equal parts nutmeg and cinnamon, sugar, vanilla & raisins if you use them.

 

 

Spread Cinnamon mixture on top of donuts.

 

 

Pour egg mixture over top of donuts.

 

 

Stir until mixed and let sit for 30 minutes. Then stir again. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until pudding is browned.

 

 

Look at all this yummy.

 

 
 
 
Doesn’t that look melt in your mouth scrumptious! That’s why it’s called the Diet Killer. One more yummy look…
 
 
 
 
 
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 t vanilla extract
  5. Nutmeg & Cinnamon, to taste
  6. 1/4 lb raisins, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut each donut into pieces and spread in bottom of greased 13x9 baking pan.
  2. In bowl, beat together eggs and milk.
  3. In separate bowl, stir together equal parts nutmeg and cinnamon, sugar, vanilla & raisins if you use them.
  4. Spread Cinnamon mixture on top of donuts.
  5. Pour egg mixture over top of donuts.
  6. Stir until mixed and let sit for 30 minutes.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until pudding is browned.
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