Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stove Top Challenge

As most of you know, Ray and I have challenged each other to spend only $75 a week on groceries. We have been mostly successful these past few months and have significantly decreased our monthly grocery bill.

So when I was asked by Stove Top to make 5 meals using Stove Top for my family for under $10 each, I was all for the challenge!

Stove Top sent me $50 and a ton of coupons (more on that later) and gave me five weeks to post 5 one dish recipes using Stove Top.

Bring it on.

This week, I chose a really, really easy recipe that makes clean up a breeze. We often eat a dish with chicken that has ranch, cheese, bacon bits and teriyaki sauce. This is a variation on that.

Chicken baked in foil? Easy - and yes, I am counting this as a one dish meal even though I packaged up two separate foil packs. I am not cheating.

Foil Pack Chicken
2-4 Chicken Breasts (we used 2 for our family of 4)
1 box of Stove Top Stuffing Mix, Chicken Flavored
1 1/2 cup of water
Shredded cheddar cheese
Ranch Dressing
Bacon Bits

1. Mix stuffing mix and water in a bowl.
2. For each chicken breast, get one large sheet of aluminum foil and put the Stove Top at the bottom.
3. Place a chicken breast on top, and place about a tablespoon of ranch dressing on each. Then sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bacon bits.
4. Seal the aluminum foil to make the packets, and place in a baking dish.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.

These came out so juicy and tender. Audrey inhaled the chicken. Ashley smothered all of her food in ketchup and inhaled her as well. Ray and I like stuffing, so all the plates were cleared last night.

And the cost? Here is the breakdown:
Chicken breasts - even if you made it with four, I got 10 chicken breast for $11.98 at Walmart, so for four, it would be $4.79
Stove Top - $1.74
Cheddar Cheese - I used about 1/4 of a cup from a 2 cup pack that was $2.00 on sale, $.25
Ranch Dressing - I probably used 2 tablespoons, I am going to guess (over estimating probably) $.50
Bacon Bits - Another guess, I used about 2 tablespoons, maybe $.75
Aluminum Foil - I am guessing for 2 square feet of aluminum foil, $.25

So total bill for a family of four? $8.28 (being over cautious of course). Since we only used 2 chicken breasts, our cost was only $5.89. One economical meal that the kids loved.

And this is where you come in. I have coupons for free boxes of Stove Top. Post your own recipe in the comments or on your blog and let me know, and I will send you some coupons (first come, first served). And look for 4 more weeks of Stove Top recipes to come!


Kayla said...

Here's a chicken/pork recipe that I make sometimes:

2 or 4 pork chops (or chicken breasts)
1 box Stove Top Chicken prepared
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

Lay pork chops (chicken breasts) in bottom of 9x13 pan. Pour stuffing over the top. Spoon the soup on top of that. Cover pan with foil and bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees.

(I've also put this in the crockpot while I am at work and it's good that way too!)

Pamela said...

Add a few spears of fresh asparagus from the farmers market (reasonably priced right now) ... and that would have sealed the deal for me.