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Recipe: Chicken and Celery Casserole

This is an easy casserole to prepare. Very filling.

Ingredients:
1 can cream of chicken or celery soup
1/3 cup water, broth or milk
1 cup dried chicken dices
2 cups dried pasta (macaroni or egg noodles work well)
1 can green beans
1/4 cup dried onion dices
1/2 cup dried celery dices
1 sleeve saltine crackers

Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, add the can of green beans, with the liquid, and the 1/3 cup of water/broth or milk. Add the dried onion and celery dices, and the dried chicken dices. Allow to rehydrate. Add more liquid (milk or water) if necessary. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook pasta, drain and add to mixing bowl. Add the can of soup and combine all ingredients. Pour into a baking dish/casserole. Top with crushed crackers (rolling pin and baggie works well). Bake for about 25 minutes.

Cost Breakdown:
4.00 = dried chicken dices (1/2 cup at 2.00 x 2)
.50 = broth or milk
1.48 = 2 cups dry pasta
.59 = can generic green beans on sale
.79 = can generic soup
.96 = celery dices
.32 = dried onion dices
.25 = crackers
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$8.89 = total for this dish, at 4 servings = $2.22 per serving

To make this dish cheaper:
  • use chicken you bought on sale - 4 thighs at 2.78, or even cheaper by using a whole chicken, cooked and divided in half.
  • use water instead of broth or milk.
  • use 2-3 ribs of celery bought on sale (.25 or so)
  • use breadcrumbs - whenever you make bread and it's a mistake, or no one likes to eat the crusts, crumble it up and put in a container in the freezer. That will give you "free" breadcrumbs whenever you need them!

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