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Posted April 19, 2012


I am teaching a meal planning class at the Southern Women's show on Sunday, April 29 and I'll be making a frugal, healthy dish to share with those who attend the class (up to 50 people). I am looking for suggestions as to what dish you think I should make.

Last year I made the baked light cheese ravioli I have posted about many times. It was a hit, and I may still do that again this year, but I was thinking of doing something different. I have also thought about making the breakfast egg and veggie casserole I make regularly for my family.

If I use your suggestion, I'll send you a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate! If multiple people suggest the same thing, the gift certificate goes to the first person who suggested it.


* You don't have to include the actual recipe, just the name of the dish is fine, unless you have a link to it on a website

* The dish needs to be relatively frugal (no lobster or steak, please)

* The dish needs to be fairly healthy

* The dish can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner type meal (the class will be at 11:30 am and they will be sampling the dish at about 12:15, right around lunchtime)

* The dish needs to be easy to scoop into small portions on small paper plates (so no soup or giant pieces of meat)

If you have a suggestion, please leave it in the comments section below. I'll let you know what I am making sometime next week. Good luck!



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  • hollyh515 Apr 23, 2012

    Sage Porkchops

    You take sage, salt and pepper and mix together and spread on the porkchops. Melt butter and sear each side in pan and then slowly cook in pan on low with 1 beef bouillon cube and 1 cup water for about 30 minutes or until done. I use bone in chops.

  • ljaacox Apr 22, 2012

    My family including kids loves a Taco roll

    2 packages reduced fat crescent rolls
    1 lb hamburger
    1 package taco seasoning (I use reduced sodium)
    1can fat free refried beans
    1 package lowfat/fat free shredded cheese (I use mexican blend)

    Brown your hamburger then add taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water mix well and add the beans ...on a cookie sheet or baking stone spread your crescent rolls out flat in a circle and press the pointed ends should be all facing out over the pan.... now using a sppon place spoonfuls of meat mixture all around and sprinkle the cheese on top...then fold the crescent rolls over to seal in the middle...bake at 350 for about 25 minutes
    I like to serve with shredded lettuce and a couple of hollowed out bell peppers (in place of small bowls) with sour cream in one and salsa in the other for added creative touch

  • hockeysmo Apr 22, 2012

    Hi! - I know you didn't ask for a dessert, but with summer coming, here is a fast, easy affordable one that I love:

    Read more about it at www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,196,135185-244192,00.html
    Content Copyright © 2012 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.

    1 white cake mix
    1 3 oz. package strawberry Jell-O
    1 package frozen strawberries
    1 container topping like Cool Whip

    Bake cake according to directions. Mix Jell-o with 1 cup warm water. Make several holes in top of cake without going through and then pour Jell-o over cake.
    Microwave strawberries until thawed and pour on cake.

    Add Cool Whip over all and refrigerate until chilled.

    Serve. Have fun at the show! Debbie hockeysmo@aol.com

  • pbmsc1 Apr 21, 2012

    Tofu LoMein! The first time I made it my duaghter said Wow this chicken is good - LOL. I didn't use a recipe but basically was sauteed firm tofu in chinese 5 spice and added green onion, bean sprouts, peas and spinach (what ever I had on hand) with wheat linguini. If you want a really inexpensive version I found this http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fast-and-easy-tofu-lo-mein/ - I would still use pasta and not the Ramen, or at least not the flavor packet because of the high sodium.

  • katiewoodham Apr 20, 2012

    My favorite meatloaf recipe. I hated meatloaf until my mother made this one. So easy. Only three ingredients: ground beef or turkey, shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I add a cup or more), and a jar of chunky salsa. Mix together, bake for about 45 minutes on 400 degrees. The longer you cook it the less it will fall apart without having to use oats or other things to hold it together.

  • buster Apr 20, 2012

    Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
    1 lb penne past cooked
    2 chicken breasts (grill an slice)
    3 cloves garlic, sliced
    salt and pepper
    1/4 tsp. red pepper
    3 TBL olive oil 2 lemons, juiced 1/2 cup grated parmesan

    Add garlic and red pepper to a saute pan with olive oil and cook until fragrant. Add the cooked chicken and pasta, stir. Remove to large bowl and add the juice of 2 lemons and top with parmesan. Delicious!

  • buster Apr 20, 2012

    My family loves this slow cooker chicken alfredo. We take chicken tenders and cut into 1" chunks,2 15oz. jars alfredo sauce, 14 oz can diced tomatoes with basil,garlic,oregano and 1/2 cup slice green onion. Combine all ingredients in slow cokker and cook on low until chicken cooked through and serve over rice. Very simple!

  • alicepahl Apr 20, 2012

    Baked spinach ziti! The center of the casserole is ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, salt and frozen drained spinach. Cook ziti and drain. In 13 x 9 pan pour your favorite red sauce, then put half of the cooked zita on sauce. Put mixture of cheeses on top and put rest of ziti on top of mixture. Pour red sauce on top and baked until bubbling. Top with more cheese and melt cheese. This is one of my favorites and makes a lot.

  • alwaysab Apr 20, 2012

    I make a turkey and spinach tortoleni soup. Broth, frozen spinach, matchstick carrots ( I cut these), onion, diced tomatoes, cheese tortoleni, and ground turkey. Aldi carries the frozen 1# for $1.49.

  • glorydaysphoto Apr 20, 2012

    I love these beans:
    4 cloves garlic pressed sauteed for just a bit with 2 T of Extra virgin olive oil.
    Add 1 cup vegetarian stock, 2 large (40oz) or 4 medium (15oz) Hanover Great Northern beans (drained, but not rinsed).
    Add 1/4 cup of Extra virgin olive oil and 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of rosemary.
    Heat on medium until bubbly. Stir often.
    Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring often. If beans start to stick add a little more vegetable stock.
    Yum, yum, yum. Tastes like beans from Zoes.