*Meals On A Budget Series*

Are you tired of boring same old Chicken or pork chops? Make a sauce to go with it!


With any pork chop, Chicken dish turn bland into a great dish with a ..

Gorgonzola sauce. It's really easy to make, Just melt some butter add some heavy cream, salt and crumbed Blue cheese which will melt. Then just pour over the dish you choose. For your local food pantries click button below..

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Have tried chicken curry? It's simple and quick...

Many food pantries give out chicken and the tomatoes...

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Your favorite Store bought potato salad made at home...


Note: you don't have to add more than a tablespoon of sugar....

The weather is getting hot & you always wanted to make that store bought potato salad at home. There are 3 tips to making potato salad the way your favorite brand does.

1. Do not rinse potatoes, let it cool. It needs to have that thin layer of starch to adhere to the dressing. Let the dressing chill separately as well..

2. The key ingredients are distilled vinegar, Dijon mustard & only about 1 tablespoon or less of sugar.

3. You do not have to add the traditional; peppers, onion, carrots & w/ the Dijon, you can use yellow mustard.

One other thing; a hint of cayenne pepper is good to add as well!

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*Meals On A Budget Series*; "Utilizing your local Food pantries-Baked Italian zucchini:

Baked Italian style zucchini: slice the zucchini, add thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice if you want. mix, then bake for about 20 min. 350 degrees. take out, mix again add diced tomatoes, then mix. Keep in the baking dish, add more cheese of your choice top with some tomato sauce then more cheese and bake again for about 20 minutes. Eat cold or hot.

Even meals on a budget you can make restaurant quality dinners, like lemon dill chicken


Lemon Dill Chicken w/ a lite cream sauce over egg "yoke" noodles

Very easy to melt butter, add a touch of garlic, some dill then whisk in milk or half and half with about a teaspoon of flower until the sauce thickens and is consistent! for the think chicken breast saute in olive oil, butter some salt pepper and dill. The egg "yoke" noodles only take about 8 minutes. Some of the food pantries give out frozen chicken like St. Cecilia's in Englewood and your local CFA (Center for food action) for your local food pantry CLICK HERE

One Tradition for Easter is a Leg of Lamb

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Leg of Lamb has been a symbolic dinner choice.....

In the Christian faith; the first lamb probably came to market around spring, it represents Jesus! "the Lamb of God."; Hebrews sacrificed lamb well before the first Passover. The lamb relates to Jesus death.

One way to roast a leg of lamb like all meats is low and slow! Rub the lamb with olive oil, Season with salt and pepper. thyme, rosemary & garlic cloves. preheat oven to 325 (depending on appliance). 25 minutes per pound. i a deep roasting pan 1/2 cup water, baby red potatoes, baby organic carrots. Put thin slabs of butter over the lamb. roast until 155 internal for medium! cooking or regular sherry may be added for flavor...or not! Enjoy your Easter; this meal will serve about 5 people! The potatoes and dinner rolls may be gotten from local food pantry but as all holidays you should treat yourself so again happy easter!

Baked Ziti or rollatini can be as low as 10 cents per serving..


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2 eggs (depending on the size of the baking dish), Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper, a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce if you want a kick, mozzarella, ricotta and grated cheeses, about 1 large container of each (grated parm. about 1/3 cup)

in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour then last 10 min. 450 to melt and brown the cheese on top.

food pantries: CFA, St Cecilia's englewood, Holy Trinity, The river Mission, & Mount Olive in Hackensack.

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Crock pot Chicken Cacciatore; great for thoughts without a stove


As well as being healthy to begin with; you can add vegetables well as: to the receipe!To the Crock pot just add about a teaspoon of; salt, pepper, butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, , wine, ground thyme, turmeric, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. add the chicken thighs (and or legs, 1 large can diced tomato and 1-2 bell peppers. add one can /bottle of tomato sauce and 1/3 cup (red dry wine optional) to the crock pot heat on low for 5 hours and you can serve over pasta. So many of the items can be picked up at your local pantry or at Emanuel Church 34 van Wettering place Hackensack , The river mission; at Second reformed church Anderson & Union in hackensack. The only thing you might have to buy is the chicken and sometimes that can come from St Cecelia's in Englewood. this per portion can be as low as .10 cents! As always check out our Facebook group: Utilizing your local Food Pantries-Meals on a Budget!

Mental health foods to add: Broccoli. Celery, leafy green vegetables... All should be added! Accoding to mental heaklth . org

FYI you can have it over rice using a rice cooker they are cheap as well and rooming house safe! (check your lease)

Do you know what cacciatore means?

Cacciatore means hunter in English. Traditionally it has been made / served in the 'Hunters style' usually with rabbit or chicken . Wine can be added.

Kitchen tips; "dented or expired canned foods are all bad"?


The FDA has guidlines for donating and donated foods

After all, isn't some of the food we get and give to others accidentally out dated or have a small dent on it? Well the CDC and FDA have general guidelines and have a generic answer. Always check that the dent did not compromise the can with a hole in the side or that there was no chance of bacteria getting into the food. As for outdated food cans; click here for more information.

Simple buttermilk chicken recipe; about $2.00 or less per meal


buttermilk chicken starts with 1/2 cup *panko bread crumbs, 2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tbs kosher salt, pinch of pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, prep chicken by letting dark meat set in buttermilk bath over night after dipping them in the dry mix; lay on sheet, tops with oil spray (like pam) .bake for 1 hour. they should be golden brown. This recipe might be made with Chicken from your local food pantry such as St. Cecilia's in Englewood or CFA (both of these usually give out chicken therefore bringing the cost per meal to about 2.00 per meal.

*Panko are more heavy Japanese bread crumbs

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This week it's easier than you think making quiche with bacon or...


simple to make and only takes 60 minutes..

for one quiche 6 eggs, 1 cup milk, salt, pepper, paprika pinch, any additions that you want! if you want bacon ; brown bacon as you would normally do and Swiss cheese if you want shredded and break up the bacon put shredded cheese and bacon broken u at the bottom of each frozen pie crust. preheat oven to 350 then after mixing / beating the liquid ingredients put in spinach also into the pie crust then pour liquid in to the crusts about 2 cm. from top as it will rise. 60 min. then cool on rack about 20 min. when done.

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Many great dishes you can make for practically nothing....

Here are some of the dishes as well as: Sea scallops saute'd in butter and garlic; Evoo, Garlic, white wine and lemon on a bed of lettuce with Button mushrooms saute'd in Marsala and mini begets with smoked Motz.

When making Meatloaf it's always good to make extra and even make a couple burgers...

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Nothing like fresh Jersey corn along with your meatloaf and homage mashed potatoes

If you utilize your local food pantry you can make this meal for about $1.00 or less..

When I make meatloaf I use beef, Veal, and lamb usually. you can also use a poultry meatloaf. This dish is made with beef, Veal, and lamb. mixed in with Italian seasoned bread crumbs, onions (to keep moist), Salt and pepper, 3 eggs(use 2 if your only making 1 large loaf);this is for binding.

For the smashed potatoes; red skin potatoes, cream, butter, salt and pepper as well as dill or garlic powder.

Most of the items came form these food pantries. note the meats were the only thing store bought.

Office Of Concern Food Pantry At St Celia's, The River Mission, Center for food action, Holy trinity and Mount olive. locations serve various areas . Office of concern serves all Bergen county but you must set up an intake with them first.

these meals including the 2 burgers are about 10 meals @ about .90 Cents.

Did you know that it is a myth that frost burned food is bad or that it has no nutritional value. A great way to start this off because years ago in many diners made meatloaf with meats tat had frost burn and getting towards the end before what the government standards of when its going to go bad. you can Freeze meatloaf when you get a large quantity and make one batch. believe it or not it can last at least 2 years in a freezer at 30 degrees.

very simple bacon wrapped chicken over egg noodles with cream sauce

sometimes pantries give out canned peas and some even give out bacon but chicken breast is very inexpensive. You can leave out the cheese if you want.

Measuring just enough for a cream sauce with one can of peas, one large container of sour cream and 2 cans large cream of mushroom soup which also can be substituted with other cream soups. Mix then wrap one breast one slab of cheese and one slice of thick cut bacon . preheat oven to 300 then after bottom and top of bacon wrapped chicken layout is covered with sauce, bake for 1 & 1/2 hrs. Plate over egg noodles.This should make about 3 meals

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Mushrooms can be a very healthy...

Sauteed variety of mushrooms in white truffle oil with a pinch of sea salt ...

Food for thought;

Emmanuel Church, located at 34 Van Wettering place Hackensack had a free market with fresh produce every-

Fri. Sat, Mon. Fresh fruits vegetables, milk, bread, eggs and more beginning at 9:30-10:30am

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Nothing like fresh shrimp sauteed in garlic extra virgin olive oil and fresh "basil and parsley" from the garden good to treat yourself once in awhile.

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Using a Cast iron skillet

Using a skillet for food pantry food can make a meal interesting....

one good food pantry to get set up with is CFA; Center for food action. You can find your towns CFA location and other pantries on our blog-


First you need to season you Skillet, then....

Cast Iron Skillets are cheap and can be used for *MEALS-ON-A-BUDGET* #IfItsFreeIts4MeThisWeek

First you need to Season the skillet:

1.wash with warm soapy water, rinse and dry.

2.heat oven 325,

3. Rub on olive oil with brush or towel.

4. for 25 min; put in oven, take out and dry with paper towel.

simple chicken Recipe:

Chicken that you can get for free at your local food pantry, potatoes and Vegetables like carrots, and other.,

If your a meat and potatoes guy like me......

put olive oil in skillet after heating oven at 450.

lay chicken skin side down after fresh cracked sea salt and cracked pepper is added.....

bake for 45 min. in the last 15 minutes; flip then plate when it's all golden brown.

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(Fusilli Lasagna style with sweet and spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino and locatelli cheese in tomato sauce; Seasoned with Sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and Extra Vergin olive oil)

All for less than 2.00 per meal using your local food Panties!

Bread crumbs, pasta-Office Of Concern Food Pantry At St Celia's $0.00

Pasta Sauce, seasonings- The River Mission; $0.00

Cheeses, Sausage - Local store; $ 8.00 ($2.00 per meal)

= $1.70 per meal





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Musterd Crusted Baked young Chiken and....

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Baked mustard crusted Chicken and on in in a sherry Horseradish glaze

When utilizing all the resources of food pantries and such meals can be cheap and healthy!

Something different tonight! two different chickens one- baked mustard crusted and one in a sherry Horseradish glaze with caramelized carrots and roasted baby potatoes with smoked paprika !

Chicken- .90 per thigh

carrots-Holy Trinity Church food pantry-0.00

Potato's-Center Center for Food Action-0.00

herbs and spices probably less than .20

2 full meals probably under $2.40

When utilizing all the resources of food pantries and such meals can be cheap and healthy!



lamb chops and smashed potatoes and suteed carrots wow 2 meals under $3.00


lamb chops and smashed potatoes with sherry sauce wow 2 meals under $3.00

Lamb chops on sale at Shoprite=$3.00

Vegetables=FREE AT CFA Hackensack

Potato's = FREE at St. Cecilia's office of concern food pantry Englewood

seasonings/ marinades= 1.00 local stores