Spend Less, Get More With Knorr

Ever bought the Knorr pasta or rice sides for a quick and cheap side dish for your dinner?

Knorr sides can be used for more than an easy and tasty meal accompaniment. These little, inexpensive packets can actually be turned into a delicious entrée.

The Knorr packets consist of flavored pasta & rice, that include: Alfredo Pasta, Alfredo Broccoli Pasta, Cheddar Broccoli Pasta, Stroganoff, Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, Mushroom Rice and Pasta, Chicken Fried Rice, Spanish Rice, Chicken Rice and Pasta, etc.

Choose a packet, add a couple extra ingredients and tada! A quick, easy, flavorful and affordable meal.


Knorr Creamy Chicken Alfredo

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The recipe I followed is for Creamy Shrimp Alfredo but my boyfriend does not care for seafood so I substituted chicken for shrimp.

Ingredients (makes up to 4 servings):

  • 1 package of Knorr Alfredo Broccoli Pasta Sides
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups of Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Weber Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning (optional), or your choice of chicken seasoning and amount used
  • Thin sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 3 pieces)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Additional spices I used for extra flavor: garlic powder, Italian spice mix, salt & pepper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Season chicken to your liking and add butter to medium skillet. Cook chicken in skillet on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Knorr Alfredo Broccoli Pasta Sides according to package.
  3. Mix in tomato halves, baby spinach and additional spices (if you desire) to pasta sides during the last 5 minutes of cook time.
  4. Cut chicken into strips and place atop pasta. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  5. Bon Appetit!

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Knorr.com has various recipes to follow or try Pinterest for more.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

Margherita Pizza Pasta

Last-Minute Lasagna

Cheddar Broccoli Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken Monterey

Cheddar Broccoli Rice Stuffed Peppers

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Thanksgiving on a Budget

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Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Read this post before you pull your hair out and diminish your bank account. I have gathered various Turkey Day recipes to create a budget friendly menu that will please your wallet and all your guests.


Pesto Pinwheels (via pillsbury.com)

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Green Bean Casserole (via bettycrocker.com)

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Bacon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes (via myrecipes.com)

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Herbed Apricot-Pecan Stuffing (via myrecipes.com)

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Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce (via moneysavingmom.com)

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Mom’s Roast Turkey (via simplyrecipes.com)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (via goodcheapeats.com)

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Tips for Budgeting Your Holiday Meal

  • Share the menu. Have other guests bring dishes so you are not stuck paying and making the entire meal.
  • Use the leftovers. Making meals with the leftovers after the holiday dinner will help save for the future week’s grocery shopping.
  • Think about your budget. Go through your shopping list and see where you can cut corners. Debate how much you really want to and can spend per serving. Do not forget to look at coupons.
  • Keep the menu simple yet tasty. You do not have to go all out with expensive or creative recipes and ingredients. Simple and traditional meals can be full of flavor and save you money.

Eatingwell.com and allyou.com also have money saving Thanksgiving menus to help you brainstorm a delicious and affordable holiday meal.

• Gobble Gobble •

Wanna Roll at Ninja Sushi Bar in Boca Raton?

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Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar Boca Raton


Ninja is a great little sushi restaurant off Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. Placed right off the outskirts of Mizner Park you can find this cool, modern Asian eatery, where the sushi rolls float in boats and the deals are incredible.

Everyday 5-7PM & 10-Close (1:30AM)

– $3 Sushi Boats: Sit at the spinning sushi bar and choose any boat going around for $3 each! (Tip: if you don’t see anything you like, ask the sushi chefs and they will make it for you and place it on the boats. Just be sure to tip them.)

– 2-4-1 on all alcoholic beverages

– $3 Sake bombs

Also, 10PM-Close..

They offer a special happy hour menu with a variety of rolls and bar bites that range from $4-12


Can’t make happy hour? No worries. Sit at the bar and the boats going around range from $3-7. The plates are color coated so you can tell the price.

White – $3

Red – $4

Blue – $5

Green – $6

Yellow – $7

You can get part of a lobster bomb roll for $7, which is normally about $20.



Don’t believe me? Check Yelp. 9 out of 10 stars and affordable.


๑ Get Rollin’ ๑

The Prices are Bearable at Big Bear in Coral Springs

Big Bear Brewing Company Coral Springs

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This is not the most inexpensive place to dine and the happy hour is not the greatest, but the food, beers and atmosphere are worth it.

Mon-Fri 11:30-7PM

$1 off all beer and 2-4-1 wines and well drinks (Bar area only!)

1/2 off pizzas for beer club members

Lunch Menu 11:30-4PM

1/2 Entrée Salad – $9

Soup & Salad – $11

Bistro Grilled Cheese – $11

Soup & Sandwich – $12

10″ Pizza – $11

10″ Pizza & Salad – $15

Reuben – $12

Grilled Veggie Panini – $12

Along with these specials, they also have a variety of daily specials including fish of the day, pizza of the day, etc.


Big Bear is a hidden gem in Broward County. If you have a little extra money to spend this week, go see and taste for yourself. They brew their own beer right there in the restaurant and are always brewing new batches to try out.

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Big Bear is ranked #5 out of all 244 Coral Springs restaurants and received a certificate of excellence this year from TripAdvisor.

Pumpkin Galore

Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins for Halloween? Don’t forget about the seeds and the guts though! The seeds make great snacks to nibble on even after Halloween has passed and the guts can be used for numerous pumpkin recipes.

My mother always made the best pumpkin seeds growing up, so this year I tried the recipe out. They came out delicious but nothing will ever be like how momma makes it.

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Mom’s Famous Pumpkin Seed Recipe

  • Save pumpkin seeds in a colander as you gut the pumpkin to carve.
  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Once you have collected all the seeds, rinse seeds in the colander to rid of extra guts.
  • Use a baking sheet and lightly moisten with water. Just enough so the baking sheet it wet but the seeds aren’t swimming.
  • Salt the baking sheet depending on how salty you would like them.
  • Spread seeds over the salted baking sheet then cover the top of the seeds with a coat of salt.
  • Pop them in the oven and let them bake for about 15 minutes or until they’ve got just a touch of coloring and look popped.
  • Let cool and enjoy the festive and cheap treat!

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Now that the seeds are done. Don’t just throw the guts away! The guts can be used for other recipes and goodies. Get the most out of your pumpkin.


And of course, enjoy your pumpkin carving. Isn’t that why you bought the pumpkin anyways? My boyfriend and I decided to do Jack and Sally from my favorite Halloween movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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We printed these stencils from the internet and went to town, Halloweentown. (Nightmare joke hehe) The internet is full of free stencils to print.

☾☆ Happy Halloween ☆☽

Frugal and Frightful Halloween Goodies

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With Halloween just around the corner, why not make a post dedicated to Halloween oriented recipes? Since Halloween and costume party invites are about to surface, don’t let money affect your RSVP or from you throwing the party. I came across some budget friendly treats I had to share.


Mummy-weenies

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Snake Calzone

snake cal& more from Sparq Vault!

How about a little Swap Juice?

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P.S. add some adult juices for an extra touch.

Caramel Apples are always a go to!

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Pumpkin Pretzels

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Dirt Cup Cupcakes

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Want some more recipes? ..Pinterest! I promise you, you will find anything and everything you need.


 Have a safe and happy Halloween!

☠ Don’t let the ghosts or goblins get the best of you or your money ☠

 

Super Saving Stuffed Chicken Recipe

Don’t let a tight budget stop you from cooking at home. Frugal can be flavorful.

Here’s a recipe that’ll tantalize the tastebuds and keep the wallet fat:

Mozzarella and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken with Baked Parmesan Tomatoes and Steamed Broccoli

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Ingredients (2 Servings):

  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 lb. Fresh Broccoli
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella Cheese (fresh or shredded)
  • 1 4 oz. Can of Mushrooms
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Spices for Chicken
  • Mix of Italian Spices or just Oregano for Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 365º.
  2. Prepare chicken by slicing breast to form a pocket. Slice the chicken like you would if you were going to butterfly the breast but not cutting all the way through. Then add spices to chicken. I use a roasted garlic and herb poultry seasoning.
  3. I like to sauté my mushrooms in a pan with a little minced garlic and butter before adding to the chicken but if not, stuff the chicken with mozzarella cheese and mushroom pieces. I used up some shredded mozzarella I had in the fridge but fresh mozzarella will work too.
  4. Bake the chicken for about 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink.
  5. While chicken is cooking prepare tomatoes by cutting in halves. Top them off with a drizzle of olive oil, a little salt, pepper, oregano or mix of Italian spices, and grated parmesan cheese.
  6. Place halves on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  7. While those are both cooking, start steaming your broccoli in a pot with water, salt, pepper, and I like to add a little minced garlic for flavor. Once boiling, place lid on pot. They should be done in about 7 minutes or until florets are just soft enough to pierce with a fork.
  8. Plate and Enjoy!

Dinner for two only cost me $10! Can’t go wrong for $5 per person for a tasty meal.


Baked Parmesan Tomato Recipe

Other Stuffed Chicken Recipes