Category Archives: Budget Dishes

Southwestern Chili Chicken

1 cup water
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
1 packet instant chicken broth and seasoning mix or 1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup skim milk
2 slices enriched white bread
1 pound cooked white meat chicken, cubed
1 chili pepper, finely chopped

Combine water, green pepper, and broth mix, in saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes. Add skim milk. Tear bread into small pieces and place in blender container; process at medium speed, to make crumbs. Add crumbs to bouillon mixture. Bring to just below boiling point and cook until sauce is thickened. Add chicken and chili pepper; heat. Mix well and divide evenly into soup bowls. Makes 4 luncheon servings.


Copyright © Weight Watchers International, Inc. 1974. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Saucy Twist Pork Dish

4 ounces uncooked corkscrew-shaped macaroni
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 can (12 ounces) pork luncheon meat, cut into cubes
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup catsup
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400 °. Cook macaroni as directed on package; drain. In large skillet, cook and stir onion and green pepper in butter until onion is tender. Stir in macaroni and remaining ingredients.

Pour into ungreased 1 1/2 quart casserole. Cover; bake 30 minutes. 4 to 5 servings.

Our home testers liked this for its “attractive appearance, nice consistency and delicious flavor.”


© Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Plantation Ham Pie

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 cups cubed cooked ham
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cans (10 1/2 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
Parsley Pinwheels (below)

Heat oven to 425°. Melt butter in large skillet. Cook and stir ham, green pepper and onion in butter until ham is golden and onion is tender. Stir in soup and milk. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Pour into ungreased baking dish, 8x8x2 inches;place in oven. Prepare Parsley Pinwheels; arrange on hot ham mixture Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes. 6 to 9 servings.

Parsley Pinwheels
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup snipped parsley

Stir baking mix and water to a soft dough. Shape dough into a ball; knead lightly 5 times on floured cloth-covered board. Roll into rectangle, 12×7 inches. Sprinkle parsley over dough. Roll up tightly, beginning at long side. Cut into 9 equal slices.

The trick to non-soggy biscuits on meat pies is the filling! Be sure it’s hot when you top it with biscuits, keeping it in the oven – as in this recipe- while you stir up the biscuits.


© Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Tuna Fish Cavalier

12 ounces canned, drained tuna, flaked
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups (10-ounce package) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon imitation butter flavoring
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon mace
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

Combine tuna with mustard and Worcestershire. Mix spinach with parsley flakes. Combine milk, butter flavoring, garlic powder, and mace; add to spinach. Spoon tuna fish in an even layer in a non-stick shallow baking dish. Top with spinach mixture. Bake at 375°F (moderately hot oven) for 10 minutes, or until bubbling hot. Serve tuna in a ring of spinach. Garnish with lemon rind. Divide evenly. Makes 2 dinner servings.


Copyright © Weight Watchers International, Inc. 1974. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Stuffed Zucchini

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6 medium zucchini
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
4 slices bread
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 egg
salt and pepper
2 10-1/2-oz cans condensed tomato soup
3/4 cup water

Wash zucchini, do not peel. Cut off thin slices at ends. Boil for 10 min. Cool. Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out pulp, drain cut side down on rack. Finely chop pulp. Soak bread in water for few minutes, squeeze dry. Mix thoroughly with chopped zucchini, meat, parsley, Parmesan, onion and egg. Season to taste. Fill zucchini shells with meat mixture. Place in lightly greased shallow baking dish. Shape any leftover meat into meatballs, back with zucchini. Mix tomato soup with water, pour over zucchini. Bake at 350°F. for 45 min. Makes 6 servings with enough sauce for rice or noodles.

Suggested Menu and Preparation Schedule
Stuffed Zucchini
Fluffy Rice
Mixed Green Salad with Marinated Julienne Carrots
Brownie Pie a la Mode

*4:00pm  Prepare Zucchini for Baking
*4:30        Prepare Salad Greens. Chill.
*4:45        Marinate Carrots in French Dressing
*5:00        Prepare Brownie Pie
5:30         Prepare Rice
5:50         Add Dressing to Salad. Top with Carrots.
6:00        Bon Appetit! Enjoy Your Dinner!
After dinner serve Brownie Pie a la Mode
*May be prepared earlier in the day. Do not refrigerate Brownie Pie.

To see what happens when a Steel Town Girl makes this recipe visit Dinner Is Served 1972!


©1972 Marjon Promotions, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Canned Salmon in Shells

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1 pound canned salmon, include liquid
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 cup soda cracker crumbs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°. Blend all ingredients and divide among 6 greased shells. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until done.
NOTE: recipe can also be used to make a loaf. Extend baking period to 35 to 40 minutes.
Serves 6
Preparation time: 40 Min.
Approximate calories per serving… 260

SUGGESTED MENU

Spinach Salad
Canned Salmon in Shells
Herbed Zucchini
Creamed Green Peas with Pimento
Strawberry Sundaes


© 1973 Curtin Publications, Inc. New York, N.Y. Printed in U.S.A.

Tuna on Toasted English Muffins

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2 cups cream sauce, homemade or canned
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. chili sauce or catsup
salt and pepper
4 medium-sized tomatoes, peeled, seeded, cut into small pieces
4 hard-cooked eggs, cut in quarters
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
1 13-oz. can tuna, drained, separated into chunks
6 English Muffins

Heat cream sauce, add mayonnaise and chili sauce; blend thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, eggs and water chestnuts. Fold in tuna. Pour into 2-qt. casserole. Cover, bake at 325°F for 30 min.; uncover, bake 5 min. more. Serve on toasted split English Muffins. Makes 6 servings.

Suggested Menu and Preparation Schedule
Tuna on Toasted English Muffin
Grapefruit Tossed Salad/Lemon-Oil Dressing
Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze

Early in the day or the day before make or buy Gingerbread.
**4:00pm  Prepare Ingredients for Tuna Casserole
*4:30         Prepare Salad Greens. Refrigerate.
*4:45         Section Grapefruit. Refrigerate.
  5:00        Assemble Tuna Casserole
  5:25        Bake Tuna Casserole in Preheated Oven
  5:45        Toast Split English Muffins. Keep Warm.
  5:50        Toss Salad with Lemon and Oil Dressing
  6:00        Bon Appetit! Enjoy Your Dinner!
After dinner serve Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze.

*May be prepared earlier and refrigerated
**These may be prepared earlier in the day and stored separately in covered containers in the refrigerator.

To see what happens when a Steel Town Girl makes this recipe visit Dinner Is Served 1972!


©1972 Marjon Promotions Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Braised Lamb Shanks

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4 lamb shanks (about 3/4 lb each)
1 1/2 teaspoons unseasoned instant meat tenderizer
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups boiling water
1/2 lb white onion, peeled
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 lb carrots
2 stalks celery

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Wipe lamb shanks with damp paper towels. Trim off any fat. Sprinkle shanks with meat tenderizer.

2. In nonstick Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown hanks on all sides, turning with tongs, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water; pour over shanks. Add onions, bay leaf, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bake, covered, 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile pare carrots. Cut celery into 1-inch pieces. Add vegetables to Dutch oven. Bake, covered, 60 minutes longer, or until vegetables and meat are tender.

Makes 4 servings.


© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Kielbasa With Red Cabbage

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1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2-lb head cabbage, shredded (about 12 cups)
3 medium onions, sliced
3 medium cooking apples, pared, cored, and sliced
1 large red pepper, cut in thin strips
1//2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 ring (2 lb) kielbasa

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, orange peel, garlic, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and cloves.

2. In Dutch oven, arrange in layers, half of cabbage, half of onions, and half of apples. Sprinkle with half of brown sugar mixture. Top with half of pepper strips. Repeat.

3. Pour orange juice and vinegar over top.

4. Bake, covered, 1 hour.

5. Make 1/4-inch-deep slashes, at 2-inch intervals, in kielbasa. Place in Dutch oven, pressing down to partially cover kielbasa with pan juices. Bake, covered, 30 minutes longer.

Makes 6 servings.


© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

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6 large green peppers (about 2 1/2 lb)
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can (1 lb) tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 lb ground chuck
1 1/2 cups cooked white rice

1. Cut off tops of peppers; remove ribs and seeds. Chop edible portion of tops; set aside. Wash peppers.

2. Place peppers in large kettle with 2 quarts salted water. Bring to boiling; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Drain peppers; set aside.

3. In hot margarine in medium skillet, sauté chopped green pepper, onion and celery, 3 to 5 minutes, until tender.

4. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, 1 1/2 teapoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350F.

6. Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, combing egg, remaining salt and pepper, and Worcestershire. Beat with spoon to blend.

7. Add chuck, rice, and 1 cup of tomato mixture, mixing well.

8. Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Place in 3-quart casserole. Pour remaining tomato mixture over peppers.

9. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour.

Makes 6 servings.


© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co., All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.