This recipe for a spicy chicken and rice casserole uses pickled jalapenos with salsa and poached chicken mixed with rice, corn and capsicum for a healthy dish the whole family will love.
Serve with a garden salad and garlic bread. To make this really special serve with guacamole and a dollop of sour cream.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
Use gluten free chicken stock then check the salsa for gluten and dairy. Use a lactose free cheese. Some people with dairy intolerance can tolerate cheddar so it is best to check.
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Try growing and canning jalapeno peppers yourself with this guide. They are a must for the garden in warm climates, provide continuous picking through the warmer months and even grow well in shade houses.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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