Even though grocery prices continue to climb, you can still feed your family healthy tasty meals without breaking the bank. Here are two recipes for main dishes your family will love and you can get on the table quickly and easy. One uses chicken and one uses ground beef for variety. The Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta goes together quickly with a jar or can of sauce from the grocery store. Choose your favorite pasta type or perhaps one that is a favorite of the young ones in your family. With a green salad and crusty bread, you have a meal in minutes. Meatballs Stroganoff is another way to use budget-stretching ground beef to produce a tasty entree.
QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN PASTA
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cubed
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons flour for coating
2 tbsp canola oil
1 can or jar of Chunky Italian Ready Sauce
Your favorite hot cooked pasta for 4
Put the flour, salt, and pepper into a bag. Add chicken cubes and shake until all chicken is coated.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken well on all sides until no longer pink. Add the sauce to the skillet and simmer until heated through. Serve over your favorite pasta.
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tbsp diced onion
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cooking sherry or wine
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup sour cream
Hot buttered noodles, optional
parsley for garnish
In a large bowl mix the ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, pepper and salt. Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the meatballs well on all sides; remove to a bowl when browned.
Discard fat from skillet except for 2 tablespoons. Add the mushrooms to the reserved drippings and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Blend the water and flour until smooth. Return the meatballs to the skillet with the mushrooms. Stir in the flour/water mixture, sherry, paprika, and 1/2 tsp salt. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer mixture for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally during the cooking time. Stir in the sour cream and heat thoroughly but do not boil.
Serve over the hot buttered noodles and garnish with a sprig of parsley, if desired.
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