MSJ’s Cheap Eats

Cheap Tuna Pasta
1 bag of shell pasta
2 cans of tuna (in water)
1 can peas
4 tablespoons mayo (or more depending upon your taste)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Boil pasta al dente. Cook peas till tender. Add tuna, mayo, peas, salt pepper to pasta and mix until combined. Serve warm.

Cheap Chili
1 lb. of ground meat ($5)
1 can of whole kernel corn ($1)
1 small can tomato sauce (.50)
I can of black beans ($4)
1 packet of mild chili seasoning (.90)
shredded cheese ($3)

Brown the meat, and drain.  Put it back in the pot, add the seasoning packet and tomato sauce.  Let that simmer for just a couple of minutes.  Add the black beans, the corn (drained) and let it simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes.  Spoon into bowls and sprinkle cheese on top.
Jodi’s side note: My kids LOVE this chili.  Murphy puts Fritos in it too.

Cheap Italian Chicken

a package of drumsticks (get as many as needed to feed your family)
1 bottle of Italian dressing (brand doesn’t matter)
1 can of sliced carrots
1 can of sliced potatoes
Place the chicken in a glass casserole dish, and pour the dressing all over the chicken. Cover with foil, cook for 10 minutes – then add the veggies (drained) and cook the rest of the time without the foil. Total cook time is 20-25 minutes – or until juices run clear when cooked with fork.
Balsamic Chicken Salad 
Buy a roasted chicken from your fav grocery store. ($5)
pull the meat off the bones, and mix with mayo (amount is up to you)
Also – mix in about a tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Add some sliced green onions.
Serve on lettuce or bread.  The fresh roasted chicken makes it tastes really good!
Sam’s Cole Slaw
2 (3oz) pkgs chicken flavored ramen noodles, uncooked
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 c cider vinegar
1 (16 oz) pkg cole slaw
1 cup peanuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, shells removed

Combine seasoning packets from ramen noodles, sugar, oil, vinegar and 1/4 cup water in large bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add slaw. Crumble ramen noodles and add to slaw mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Stir in peanuts and sunflower seeds just before serving.

Murphy’s Frito Pie
1 large bag corn chips
2 cans chili with or without beans
1 small onion, chopped (optional)

1 cup shredded cheese
sliced jalapenos (however many you can stand!)

Mix above ingredients together (except cheese and jalapenos).  Place in baking dish and top with cheese and jalapeno slices.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.

Bacon Brunch Casserole
bag of bacon bits
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups mozzarella cheese (Sam modified this with cheddar cheese)
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Lay crescent rolls flat in the bottom of the pan. Combine bacon bits, cheese, eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over crescent rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until bubbly and rolls are baked.

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