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On our first date night with the help of my Twitter friends, I decided to make Salsa Chicken for dinner. This is one of those super easy dinners that just taste good and have endless possibilities.

Besides a Crockpot, you will need these . . .


(chicken breast, salsa, black beans, corn)

Of course, these ingredients are interchangeable. No corn, different beans, add peppers and onions . . . Ect.

Put your chicken breast at the bottom of your crockpot (i had 4 small thin chicken breasts on hand that were thawed) and pour salsa over them. Your going to want enough to cover the chicken. They don’t have to drown in salsa, so a jar should do it.


Next, pour your beans and corn on top or whatever components you chose.


Then, turn it on low for 4-6 hours. It is finished when the chicken shreds easily with a fork. I went in and shredded up the chicken using two forks then mixing everything together. It may seem watery at first but it gets better after the shredder šŸ˜‰


Serve on top of salad, tortillas, baked potato or just eat plain by itself! It is good šŸ™‚


Yeah ummm . . . That’s it! I told you it was easy, now go make it and tell me how it was!

What is your easiest dinner recipe?

In a few short months it will almost be a whole year since Chris and I have lived together. We still have a lot of adjusting to do in this apartment but we have been getting things down pretty good.

One thing I haven’t quite got down so well is our grocery budget. We each put the same amount of money away each month and go food shopping with it about every 2 weeks. The past few months I shaved about $40 off the budget and that used to be ok, but as we are eating more meals in . . . We find ourselves running out of food quick!

From now on, I’ll be adding that extra $40 back in but until then, we gotta figure out what to eat with what we have already in the house. I love these challenges because I hate waste and I love being creative.

This is what I came up with for tonights dinner which will probably last for a lunch or two or maybe another dinner. I wouldn’t even call it a recipe since I literally threw all the ingredients in my crockpot . . . Set it and forget it!

JUMP IN THE POOL TORTELLINI SOUP

Here’s what I had to work with . . . .


I cooked some raw baby spinach that was almost on it’s last day the night before. I had a bag of tortellini, some chicken stock powder, roasted red peppers and garlic and onion.

I cooked the onion and garlic a bit to draw out the raw flavor.


I filled the crockpot with about 10 cups of water and mixed in the chicken stock powder. Then . . . I threw everyone else in for a swim on HIGH for about 6 hours.

The tortellini are a bit mushy, but the soup tastes really good! Not bad for scraping the kitchen šŸ˜‰


I got lots of ideas on how to shop smarter and save money that I will share in the future šŸ™‚

Were you ever short on money and created a meal from the few things left you had? What was it?



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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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