I have done it in a slow cooker and it is good but there is way more liquid so it's more like a stew/soup. I often use my oven just like my slow cooker when I know we'll be around most of the day. I set it on low and leave it for hours while we go about our day!
I've cooked a ham for 16hours before - it was so tender it was almost like butter lol!
This is a fave in our house and I found it on Campbell's Kichen website
Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
1 can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken (we prefer to use either the Cheddar cheese or Nacho Cheese that comes in a can from Campbell's instead of the Cream of Chicken)
1 and 1/3 cups of water
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (we usually do whatever we have on hand like broccoli, corn, peas, carrots etc)
1 and 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese(again we usually use whatever we have on hand)
1. Heat oven to 375 F. Stir the soup, rice, onion powder, pepper and vegetables in an 11x7x12baking dish.
2. Top the rice mixture with the chicken. Cover with foil.
3. Bake for 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Top with cheese. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes. Stir the rice before serving. (for this last step we usually after the 50 minutes, cut the chicken and stir, top with cheese, and put it back in until the cheese is melted, and then serve)
This dish is so easy and yummy. A lb of chicken is usually around 5ish(I always buy on sale), Bag of long-grain rice is about $2 ish but that last several times of making this dish, and a bag of store brand veggies is about $1.79. Then cheese is about $2.50 (always buy on sale). Soup is about .50 (again I always buy on sale.)
Daughter Rileigh Ann arriving January 2012
You all are making me hungry!
I feed 7 people, so I usually make a lot of food. The following are cheap and yummy and include the protein, carb and veggies in one dish:
My family loves my chili. I like to make it quick and simple. I use:
*1 lb ground turkey
* 1-2 cans chili beans
* 3-4 cups V-8 juice (though you can substitute 1 c. spaghetti sauce plus water)
* 1/2 - 1 cup chunky salsa
* add water if needed, season to taste
My kids love black-eyed peas and greens - great way to use a ham bone
* ham broth with diced ham (water and ham simmered on the stove with black pepper, garlic and onions to taste)
* prepared black eye peas (from a can, or dry beans cooked in the ham broth with the lid off or vented until tender)
* 1 package chopped spinach or other greens (e.g. turnip greens)
Note, if you don't have ham, you can use any kind of sausage (italian, pork, hot, polish, etc.) I've made it with hot kielbasa before, and it was tasty!
Soups are another great way to make a cheap meal. This is a great time of the year for soup. I love to make cream of potato, ham and vegetable, chicken and vegetable, lentils, etc.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can black beans - undrained
1 can kidney beans - undrained
1 can corn - undrained.
1 package taco seasoning
1 package hidden valley ranch mix
Brown meat. Combine the meat with remaining ingredients cook on low for 8 hours in a crockpot or about 30 min to 1 hr on the stove.
The Other day I made a Meal for all of us for $4.03 it was to feed 3 of us. I like to hit up Walmarts reduced meat when ever I'm up there. I got a pack of chicken thighs there were 5 of them in the pack which was $2.35 which I added the rest of the Sesame Ginger maranaid we already had, with a can of whole green beans (.68c) and a pack of teriyaki Knorr Noodle Sides ($1.00) we had a great Asian inspired meal for under $5.
Another thing we enjoy are the Betty Crocker Home Style bakes. There's one that DD LOVEs, It's chicken and country gravy with mashed potatoes. $3 for the meal kit, then I get a can of mixed veggies (68c) to mix in with it to make it more hearty and so DD gets her veggies since she will eat them that way bc they are mixed in the with mashed potatoes. So a pretty decent meal for $3.68.
One of my favorites is a split meal, I'll make a 3lb roast with garlic, potatoes, and carrots. Then the next day I'll shred the rest of the beef and make enchiladas and spanish rice.
So I probably spend about $10 on the roast, I always have taters and carrots in the house so don't know exactly what the cost would be but I spend $2.50 on 10 lb's of taters and $1.89 on 2 lbs of carrots, .69/lb on garlic. I'll usually use 6-8 potatoes and 1 lb of carrots, and 2-3 cloves of garlic. Then the enchiladas, I spend .79 on enchilada mix, and .49 for tomato sauce, 6 tortillas, and .89 for a packet of spanish rice. A little cheese shredded on top and some onion mixed with the meat and sauce. I think between the two meals I'm right around $15. I feed a family of 5.