Tag: frugal

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Having a good home-cooked meal doesn’t have to break the bank, take hours to prepare, or involve every pot, pan, and gadget in the kitchen. And that’s why this Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken is a favorite of mine. I can have this meal on the table in about 30 minutes, which is a complete win in my book.

What you’ll need: 

4 Boneless Chicken Breasts – cut into cubes

1 Medium Onion – chopped

1 Green Pepper – chopped

1 20 oz Can Chunk Pineapple – drained

1 12 oz jar Kikkoman Sweet and Sour Sauce

Corn Starch

Rice

Directions:

Cut chicken into cubes. Place in sauté pan and cook until no longer pink. Cover with chopped onions, peppers, and pineapple chunks. Pour in jar of sweet and sour sauce and stir together until everything is well-coated. (I added a little water to the jar, shook it up, and got every last drop out!) Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. If sauce is too thin, mix a tablespoon of corn starch with 1/4 cup water and stir until thickened. Serve over rice.

TIP: I like to buy a big bag of peppers and chop them up, place in freezer bags and keep on hand for meals like this. It saves me the extra step of washing and chopping!

This meal is not only easy to make, but it’s delicious too!

xoxo,

Denise

Easy Spice Jar Makeover

I decluttered my entire kitchen last week. Every cabinet is organized and the countertops are empty again – except for the things that need to stay out. I kept looking at my spice rack and thinking that it should just go. You see, I’ve had this metal spice rack for about 5 years and I just love how slim and decorative it is, but the jars it held came from a popular brand that, quite honestly, I can no longer afford to purchase. On top of that, I just don’t use them very often. I’m always reaching for my 99 cent grocery store spices, but the jars aren’t very pretty. They are all different sizes and the labels don’t match. So rather than toss the spice rack, I thought I should try to put it to good use. Maybe it would make me feel better about it sitting there. I mean, I am pretty crafty, so this shouldn’t be too hard! ; )

First, because I’m a little frugal, I dumped the stale, unused spices from the original jars and then soaked them in a pot of water with some dish soap to try to loosen the labels. After they soaked, I scraped the labels off and let the jars dry out .

Next, I headed to computer and created a label for each jar. I chose to make them 6.75″ long (just long enough to wrap with a teensy overlap) and 2″ high. I just inserted a background and typed a text box and BAM! Done. Took all of about 30 seconds. (I used Photoshop, but really any program would do – you could even use Word.)

 

Once I had my labels created – and I just printed on regular white copy paper, nothing fancy – I neatly cut each one. Then I cut a strip of Transparent Peel & Stick adhesive covering and placed it over the labels. I left about 1/4″ all the way around for some extra “sticky.” I wrapped each jar with the label and VOILA!

I am in LOVE with my “new” Spice Rack and it didn’t cost me anything except the hour it took me to make it over. Even if you don’t have a Spice Rack, you could totally jazz up your jars! I’m already thinking of what I can make labels for next!

 

 

 

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