Sometimes you just find a recipe that sounds great, but you just don't want to plunk down the bucks to make it. I've found that many recipes can be slightly adapted to make it cheap...and it often is even better! Here's a recent experiment.
Broccoli Casserole (the real recipe...I'll give you what I did after)
2 10 oz pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
2 c cooked rice
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 small onion, chopped
Cook onion in butter. Add remaining ingredients and cook until cheese is melted. Put in a 2 qt. casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour. Can freeze it before you cook, just add 10-15 minutes to the bake time if you're cooking it from frozen.
Here's what I did...
Broccoli Casserole by Hannah
Throw a bag of frozen broccoli on the counter to thaw. Melt a big spoonful of margarine in saucepan (1/3 c?) and add the small chopped onion to it. Add 2-3 T. flour and a chicken bouillon cube, cook a minute, then add milk a little at a time until it's about the consistency of cream of chicken soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cube up about 1 1/2 inches of velveeta and pitch it in. Stir until it melts. Add a handful of cheddar cheese, and stir until it melts. Put in the cooked rice. Chop up the now mostly defrosted broccoli and pitch it in. Add salt and pepper if necessary, then bake as directed in the recipe.
By doing this I saved two cans of cream of chicken soup, and about half the cheese with things I always have on hand...and it was amazingly good!