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


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)


  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!


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


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)

pesto pin

Green Bean Casserole (via bettycrocker.com)

green bean

Bacon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes (via myrecipes.com)

bacon pots

Herbed Apricot-Pecan Stuffing (via myrecipes.com)

apricot stuffing

Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce (via moneysavingmom.com)


Mom’s Roast Turkey (via simplyrecipes.com)


Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (via goodcheapeats.com)


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 •

Frugal and Frightful Halloween Goodies


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.



Snake Calzone

snake cal& more from Sparq Vault!

How about a little Swap Juice?


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

Caramel Apples are always a go to!

caramel ap

Pumpkin Pretzels


Dirt Cup Cupcakes


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

stuffed chicken

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


  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

Don’t Do Delivery, Save Money and Bake a Pizza at Home

Pizza is always a quick and easy go to when you have had a busy day and it is that one meal the whole family will agree with. Delivering pizza or even picking up a pie can rack up the dollar bills though. You get charged a delivery fee and have to tip on top of the pizza price. Now, I know we choose to order pizza because we don’t feel like cooking ourselves but baking a pizza at home is simple, inexpensive, and is a fun activity for children, if you have any.

Here’s my dough saving pizza recipe:

What You’ll Need:

1 bag of fresh pizza dough ($0.88)

1 jar of pizza sauce, 14 oz. ($1.48)

1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, 8 oz. ($2.48)

Choice of toppings

Baking sheet or pizza stone/pan


Pre-heat oven to 450°

Roll out pizza dough ball into a flat circle on choice of pan so it forms the shape of a 10″ pizza. Sprinkling flour on the dough and on your hands will make this process easier.

Knead your fist around the outer edge of the pizza, forming a little crust.

Spread a layer of pizza sauce onto the dough. How much is up to your preference.

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the sauce.

Now add your toppings. I used diced jalapenos and turkey pepperoni.

For an extra touch, I like to add more flavor by brushing a little butter along the crust of the pie then dusting it with some rosemary spice and garlic powder. Adding other spices like oregano or basil over the cheese and toppings enchances the pizza too.

Pop it in the oven for about 18-20 min. or until crust is golden brown.

Cut it up and enjoy!

before pizza


after pizza


Less than $5 for that bad boy (not including toppings). That’s as much as the delivery charge they hit you with. Start baking your pies at home and your wallet will thank you.

Click here for additional pizza ideas.

Bon Appetit

Crockpots Make the World Go ‘Round

Crockpots are not just for your grandma’s legendary beef stew anymore! These handy kitchen appliances are great for making inexpensive, easy and tasty meals. One super nifty thing about crockpots is that you can go about your day with errands, classes or work and come home to a fully cooked dish ready to be served. Great for all you busy ladies or gents out there.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

Crockpot Buffalo Chickenbuffalo


  • 4 – 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bottle Frank’s RedHot Wings Buffalo Sauce (12 oz.)
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix (1 oz.)
  • Pack of hamburger buns (optional)


  • Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours (covered)
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together Buffalo Sauce and Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes (covered) or until done.
  • Serve as whole chicken breasts or shred and serve on buns.

Click here for this recipe and some other crockpot meals.

Here are a few other recipes to try:

You can also find plenty more by browsing Pinterest! If you do not have a Pinterest account, I highly recommend signing up for one. You can look through a variety of recipes, DIY projects, fashion ideas, hair and make-up tutorials, etc.

• Get Crockin’ •

Grilled Cheese, Please!

Now, I’m a student and a waitress so most of the time when I get a chance to cook at home it will either be late after my shift/class or quickly before it starts, so fast and easy meals make my world go ’round. One of the simplest, least expensive and delicious meals to make is the, oh so legendary.. Grilled Cheese!  Well, my grilled cheese is nothing like you have ever had before.

I introduced to you the Chipotle Kickin’ Grilled Cheese:

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Servings (2):

4 slices of bread of choice (I used whole wheat) – $2.39 for a loaf

4 slices of Muenster cheese – $2.88 for a pack of 11 slices

2 thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts – $6.90 for 4 breasts

2 tbsp. of chipotle sauce (I used a Taco Bell brand) – $1.98 for a bottle

Butter (your preference)

1 lb. of broccoli – $1.68 (optional)

Minced Garlic (optional)

Directions (and I am not a chef so play with this however you’d like):

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Prepare chicken however you like. I like to mix a variety of spices on the chicken before baking.

3. Bake chicken for about 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink.

4. Once chicken is ready, heat a pan to medium heat and coat with butter and minced garlic for extra flavor.

5. Layer a slice of bread with 2 slices of cheese, a tbsp. of chipotle sauce, one chicken breast, and the top layer of bread.

6. Place in pan and let cook on each side until the bread is nice and golden brown.

7. Repeat for next sandwich.

8. Enjoy!

I paired my sandwiches with some freshly steamed broccoli to add some veggies to my meal but, feel free to pair with any side of your liking. Chips? A salad? Soup? Go crazy!

A lot of these ingredients are common household groceries, so play around with what you have. Sautee some onions to add some more flavor. Switch up the cheese. No chicken, try deli turkey slices and maybe some bacon. Either way, this is a low-cost, easy, and tasty meal that you are sure to enjoy.