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Chicken Goulash Recipe Challenge

I have a challenge for you today! I’m sharing a chicken goulash recipe I came up with the other day and I want you to try it and make variations to it. Then I would love, love, love it if you would comment and share what you did!ย  We can all use new recipe ideas for dinner.

I wasn’t sure what to call this, but my boyfriend said it was chicken goulash, so I’m going with that. While it’s not technically a goulash recipe, It is much like it, minus the tomatoes and broccoli. And it’s possible it would be good with a can of tomatoes. I may have to try that next time.

So I had this big pack of boneless chicken tenders and I wanted to do something different with ingredients goulash recipeit. I also had a few mushrooms and half a head of broccoli that I didn’t want to go to waste. I get mad at myself when I don’t use up veggies before they go bad.

I went to the pantry for some type of pasta to throw in and a box of mac n cheese caught my eye. I grabbed the cream of chicken soup while I was in there, but I bet it would have been just as great with cream of mushroom soup since there are mushrooms in this goulash recipe.

The jalapeno pepper came into play because someone gave us a few from their garden. I don’t like really spicy food so I just put a small amount in, but obviously, you can leave it out or put more in according to your taste.

I didn’t use measurements on the veggies, but as you can see from the photo, I only had a small amount of each. This is the kind of recipe where you can change up everything. That’s what makes it so easy, tasty, economical, and versatile. Here’s a link to a hamburger/pasta recipe that’s along the same lines.

Chicken Goulash

  • 1 T. oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts or tenders, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut in half length-wise and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tsp. jalapeno pepper, cut very small and thin
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • broccoli florets
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box macaroni and cheese dinner, including cheese
  • red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Brown the chicken in oil. About halfway through, add the sliced onion and jalapeno. When the chicken is browned, add the rest of the ingredients. Cover lightly and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

This is quite economical to make. I used off-brand mac n cheese and soup. And using up whatgoulash recipe you have in the fridge is a great way to save money. It certainly beats throwing food out.

A can of tomatoes might do the trick to make this dish more pretty as it’s not very colorful, but all in all, it turned out great and was a huge hit.

I hope you make this goulash recipe and will share the changes you’ve made to it. Don’t forget my challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 (Mostly) Free Activities for the Kids

Summer is in full swing and the kids are home climbing the walls, right? Need to get them out of the house or entertained? I’ve come up with some ideas for (mostly) free activities to do withfree activities your children to help the summer pass by more smoothly.

Some of these ideas are probably no-brainers for most parents, but I threw them in the list anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Outdoor Adventures

  1. Most towns have a small local park. Take them to play on the equipment and have a cheap picnic on the ground. Sometimes county parks have low-cost paddleboats for rent.
  2. Go swimming. One of our local water parks is half price after 4 p.m. And you can search the internet for discount coupons or coupon codes. Or find a lake where you can swim for free.
  3. State and national parks are free! Cumberland Falls and Perryville National Historic Site are(mostly) free activities two that are fairly close to my home. Sometimes there are special events at these parks, so check their websites before you go. Along with some exercise, you can use these excursions as learning experiences. The last time I went to the Falls there was a cool reptile show.
  4. Take a walk and explore. Pretend you’re on safari or digging for bones. Kids love this kind of stuff and it fuels their imaginations. My friend’s grandma always did those types of things with her and it’s among her fondest memories.
  5. Go camping. You can find cheap campsites, especially if your camping in a tent. Or you can pitch a tent in the backyard, make s’mores, and tell stories around the fire just like you’re in a campground.
  6. Go fishing. Fishing is a relatively cheap activity if you’ve already got all the equipment. You can get a dozen nightcrawlers for $2 or $3.
  7. Get out the Slip ‘n Slide or sprinkler and let the kids run through the water. Guaranteed to bring shrieks of delight!
  8. Go to the zoo. Most zoos have discount packages. The Cincinnati Zoo offers AAA discounts, money-off tickets through Kroger, and military discounts. If you take your own lunch it will be even cheaper.

Free Activities Indoors

  1. Gather up all your board games and have a game night or game day. Be creative and make up your own rules.
  2. Movie night! Watch movies from Netflix, Hulu, or the Red Box. Red Box frequently has discounts. Alternatively, you could go to a free movie under the stars. A lot of towns offer Friday Night Flicks.
  3. Have a dance party. Pull up appropriate kids music on Pandora and let ’em get their groove on.
  4. Have a crafting party. Most of us have all kinds of paper, crayons, and other craft items. Let the kids create some cool things. Maybe they could even come up with homemade holiday gifts. Check out Pinterest for some ideas.

More Indoor Fun!

  1. Take them to a museum. There are many small museums that are free, mainly ones located in parks and historical sites. You may also be able to find art, history, and children’s museums that are free and offer free activities for the kids.
  2. Libraries are awesome free places to take your children. Most have summer readingfree activities programs and offer free activities as well. Book stores are great too, and some of them alsoย  have summer reading programs. My favorite is Half Price Books. Their kids books are so inexpensive!
  3. Go bowling. KidsBowlFree.com and Coupons.com have coupons for free bowling for your kids!
  4. Go out to eat. Many restaurants offer free meals for kids. Here is a website listing lots of restaurants with offers and discounts for children. And here’s another one. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Take them to the skating rink. Kids Skate Free is a website offering free skating for the young ‘uns.

More Great (Mostly) Free Activities

  1. How long’s it been since you’ve gone to a drive-in? Remember those clunky microphones you used to have to hook up to your window? Even though you listen to the movie through your radio these days, it still makes me feel nostalgic whenever we go to the drive-in. Ourfree activities drive-in gives you a coupon for 2 kids half-price next time you come. And you can always surf the net for discounts. Just stay away from the costly snack bar.
  2. Take them to a free sports clinic. These are generally offered on college campuses.
  3. Vacation Bible School. Even if you don’t have a home church, you can still send your child to VBS. Many churches offer free pick-up and drop-off services.
  4. Last but not least, take the kids to local events. There are all kinds of little towns around me that have free festivals and car shows with musical entertainment.

Don’t forget, no matter what you decide to do, check the internet for coupons, coupon codes, and other discounts. Groupon is one place to check as well as sites like Fat Wallet and Slick Deals.

Most importantly, have fun and stay cool. For more money saving tips check out a couple of my other posts. Please comment if you have any other great cheap ideas.