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As the cost of food ingredients continue to increase, it's never been more important to save money feeding your family and friends. Here's a list of recipes that will save you both money and time.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

My mom always made this Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe when I was growing up - we never had the boxed kind. Toss up a salad or steam some broccoli and you have a full meal that is delicious and very comforting.

Sassy Stuffed Peppers

Sassy Stuffed Peppers

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

I think everyone's mom or family member had a recipe for stuffed peppers they remember from their youth. Maybe not everyone feels this way, but I always loved stuffed peppers. This recipe is different than my Mother's, but still very very yummy. I mixed i…

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

This is the best chocolate cake I've ever had; moist, flavorful and frugal! It's also vegan and costs less than $3 including the icing! We make this often here and the kids adore it.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes

I made this dish for Ron's sister Julie and her hubby Chad after they had little Drew. It looked so yummy Ron and I had to make it for ourselves. The picture does not do this casserole justice because it is so yummy! Enjoy!

Nutella Stuffed French Toast

Nutella Stuffed French Toast

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

My boyfriend is a huge fan of french toast. As early on as our first conversations he’s been talking about french toast constantly. I hadn’t made french toast in such a long time so I had to re-learn the art of french toast just for him. I encountered…

Quick and Easy Hamburger Casserole

Quick and Easy Hamburger Casserole

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Being a working Mom like so many of you, I love easy fast, filling bug nutritional dishes. This dish can be made in the crock pot or baked in the oven. I tend to use my crock pot especially on work days but tastes every bit as good in the oven.

Lighter General Tso's Chicken

Lighter General Tso's Chicken

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

For the life of me I don't remember where i found this recipe. I usually am very good about writing that down, but not this time! I am pretty sure this is a WeightWatchers recipe, but-again- not positive. I love Chinese carry out. Yum. However, it can be…

French Onion and Asparagus Pasta

French Onion and Asparagus Pasta

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

In this irresistible, fragrant dinner, the flavors of French onion soup are combined with pasta and asparagus. It's a big hit in our family, and something even my picky kids will eat!

Sam's Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Sam's Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

This is a friend of the families casserole that she made for a card playing party. My son begged me to make it again. This is an addictive casserole. This is also a hide the vegetable casserole. Which is great for children and picky husbands.Use your imag…

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Bacon

Mini Meatloaves Wrapped in Bacon

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Want to know what's better than bacon-wrapped meatloaf? Little mini bacon-wrapped meatloaves that you don't have to share with anyone. This recipe makes 4 of them so if you have to share I guess you can. These are really easy to cook on the gri…

Chicken in Orange Sauce

Chicken in Orange Sauce

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Quick and easy chicken dish for one for nights when there are minimal ingredients on hand. Delightful citrusy summer fare, or a bright spot in the middle of winter when you wish summer would get here already!

Chicken Casserole faster than you can say cocka doodle doo

Chicken Casserole faster than you can say cocka doodle doo

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes

I created this dish 15 years ago after having my first child. I can assemble it in about 20 minutes, I usually have some pre-cooked brown rice on hand. This feeds my entire family of 5 very quickly. It is easy, delicious and healthy. I hope your family…

Chuck Roast Dinner

Chuck Roast Dinner

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 120 Minutes

I do believe chuck roast is one of the finest foods known to man. It fits my new 'slow' outlook on life and is well worth the wait. It absolutely takes me home - simple, delicious and hearty.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

A quick and easy Mac n' Cheese that will be sure to be a hit!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Crockpot Chicken

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Crockpot Chicken

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes

I am a huge fan of spinach and artichoke dip! This recipe came about when I was trying to put together an orange sweet potato crockpot dish, and I forgot to buy sweet potatoes! I had to leave for work and had minutes to improvise. Grabbing what I had on h…

Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

A great dish for potluck dinners. One of the terrific aspects to this dish is you can change it to suit your preferences. To make it more of an entree mix in meats of your choice. Add vegetables such as broccoli and onions to give it more texture.

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

In just no time you can turn plain white rice into something so delicious, with just a few simple ingredients, offering a different texture and a nice blend of the different flavours, soaked up by the rice, while frying. This dish can easily prepared in…

Kielbasa with Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes

Kielbasa with Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes

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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

This was a bit of a throw together meal the other night. I have had Kielbasa sitting in my freezer for awhile, and wasn't sure what to make! This dish came together great, and its really easy! I served it with a little rice, and a side of spinach. Enjoy!

Super Quick Chicken Pot Pie

Super Quick Chicken Pot Pie

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes

This is an easy recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that the whole family will enjoy. Great for an easy meal on those hectic weeknights.

Hashbrown Meatball casserole

Hashbrown Meatball casserole

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

I made this and the family really liked it. I did not cook it near as long as it said to but my oven tends to run a little hot. I also baked my meatballs for 10 min before I put them in the casserole.

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