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

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.

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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