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Make Once Eat Twice

Want to make your dinner dollars go further? Use these tips to stretch one dinner into two.

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-Better Homes and Gardens is pleased to partner with General Mills to bring you the weeknight budget series. Everybody wants to serve their families delicious and nutritious dinners. But can you do it on a budget? You bet with some timely tips from Better Homes and Garden. Make the most of what you're making for dinner with this simple strategy. Cook once, eat twice. Chicken is perfect for this because it's so versatile. Get a couple when they are on sale, roast them both off the first night, roast them with some vegetables, onions, carrots, potatoes, and some biscuits. And on the second night, take your second chicken, remove the meat from the bone and chop it off. So, if you have some left over biscuit, it's great. If you don't, it's easy to whip up a batch, keep some Bisquick in the pantry and it's easy and inexpensive to whip up a fresh batch. Just take them and pop them in the oven. Start off with some---- you can use some left over gravy or some condensed soup, this is cream of chicken. You can use cream of mushroom and you add some low-sodium chicken broth. Stir that up and then add your corn and your beans. Stir that until it's thickened up and cooking and when that's heated through and the vegetables you cook, add your chopped chicken and then stir that until that's heated through and then just serve that over your leftover biscuits or the fresh batch you just made. Want beef instead of chicken? Take a can of french onion soup, some cream of mushroom soup, stir that together, add some can or jarred mushrooms and some frozen peas and cook that until the peas are cooked. And then when that's heated through, stir in some leftover shredded beef. And then when it's boiling, take it off the heat and stir in a couple of dollops of sour cream and then just ladle over some fresh cooked egg noodles. Simply by thinking ahead a little, you can make the most of your dinner and your budget.