I like budget recipes any day, but for many people those budget friendly meals become especially important around the 1st and the 15th of the month when times can be tight. The key to planning low budget meals is to combine foods you have on hand with foods you can find at a great sale price (and/or with a coupon) and use your imagination to create something with those ingredients.
I headed to Walmart where they have lots of KRAFT products on rollback right now, including KRAFT Barbecue Sauce, KRAFT Mayo, KRAFT Ranch Dressing, KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit, VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner, and VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner Cups.
I put my thinking cap on and came up with this Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe starting with the always yummy VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner. This fun meal can serve a family of 4-5 for under $20 – actually for under $15! The price would have actually been cheaper if I had used leftover cooked chicken and made my own pizza crust, which I will do next time with this easy homemade pizza dough recipe. With those changes, the total price would drop to under $10!
Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe
1 pre-made pizza crust (or make your own)
2 tsp olive oil
VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
7-8 oz cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup KRAFT Barbecue Sauce
3/4 cup VELVEETA Shreds, Cheddar
1 green onion (green part only), thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Prepare VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner according to package directions.
Dice the chicken and mix with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce.
Lightly brush pizza crust with olive oil.
Spread mac and cheese over crust.
Top with chicken, shredded cheese and green onion.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.
My husband went nuts for this pizza! It is on the list of his favorites now and I’ll definitely have to make it again soon. I like that it is so filling and the combination of flavors leaves you feeling satisfied – – all at a budget price!
So, the next time you’re facing a tight time of the month, or you just don’t want to spend more than you have to on dinner, raid your pantry and your freezer, check for good deals on additional ingredients and then put on your thinking cap!
What are some of your favorite budget meals?