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Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

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Sweet & Tangy Grilled Chicken Salad

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Best Ever Meatloaf

Families across the country are dusting off their stoves and rediscovering the art of home cooking. In fact, the Food Channel recently released its Food Trends list and home cooking ranked No. 1, which is not surprising in today’s tough economic climate.

As America returns to the kitchen, simple, crowd-pleasing and budget-friendly recipes are in high demand. One secret to success is stocking the pantry with flavorful and nourishing basics that can inspire a variety of delicious dishes. Even some of your favorite pantry items like Campbell’s Tomato soup offer a healthy, flavorful and versatile base for a meal.

“Now when you cook with Campbell’s Tomato soup, your meals will be even better for your family because we have reduced the sodium in our soup by 32 percent, while ensuring this favorite still delivers the great taste people have loved for more than 100 years,” said Tom Helsel, a chef at Campbell Soup Company. “From satisfying casseroles to quick weeknight stir-fries, Campbell’s Tomato soup can help busy families put healthy, low-cost meals on the table quickly.”

Big on taste and little on time and money, each of the following recipes is easy to prepare and cost between $1.06 and $3.27 per serving. Try one tonight.

Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

Preparation time: 5 minutes; baking time: 45 minutes; makes 4 servings

1, 10-3/4 ounce can Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup

3/4 cup water*

3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice

1 teaspoon chili powder

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Stir the soup, water, rice and chili powder in 2-quart shallow baking dish. Place the chicken on the rice mixture. Sprinkle with additional chili powder, if desired. Cover the baking dish.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Sprinkle with the cheese.

*For creamier rice, increase water to 1-1/3 cups.

Cost per recipe: $5.65

Cost per recipe serving: $1.41

Best Ever Meatloaf

Preparation time: 10 minutes; baking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes; standing time to set: 10 minutes / Cook: 5 minutes; makes 8 servings

2 pounds ground beef

1, 10-3/4 ounce can Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup

1 envelope (about 1 ounce) dry onion soup and recipe mix

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup water

Thoroughly mix the beef, 1/2 cup tomato soup, onion soup mix, breadcrumbs and egg in a large bowl. Place the mixture into a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan and firmly shape into an 8-by-4-inch loaf.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the meatloaf is cooked through. Let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Heat 2 tablespoons pan drippings, remaining tomato soup and water in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Serve the sauce with the meatloaf.

Cost per recipe: $8.44

Cost per serving: $1.06

Sweet & Tangy Grilled Chicken Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes; marinate: 15 minutes; grill: 15 minutes; makes: 4 servings

1, 10-3/4 ounce can Campbell’s Condensed Tomato soup

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)

8 cups mixed salad greens torn into bite-sized pieces

2 cups fresh vegetables (sliced carrots, yellow pepper strips, broccoli flowerets and sliced cucumber)

Stir the soup, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic powder and ginger in a shallow, nonmetallic dish or gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Reserve 3/4 cup of soup mixture for dressing. Add the chicken to the remaining soup mixture and turn to coat. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Lightly oil the grill rack and heat the grill to medium. Grill the chicken for 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning and brushing often with the marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Slice the chicken.

Arrange the salad greens and vegetables on a platter. Top with the chicken. Drizzle the reserved dressing over the chicken before serving.

Cost per recipe: $13.06

Cost per recipe serving: $3.27

Simple Ways to Say “Goodbye” to Bland

Shake up family mealtime and make the most out of flavorful pantry staples. From canned vegetables, seafood and soups to boxes of dry pasta or rice, there are many pennywise ways to perk up meals. Here are a few quick ideas:

• Pour a zesty bottled picante sauce over chicken or fish before baking. It not only keeps the meat moist, but it also makes for an easy and delicious sauce.

• Canned beans are a healthful way to extend a hearty pasta entree. Simply substitute canned beans for all or half the amount of meat called for in a recipe. It’s not only filling and convenient, but the beans are packed with nutrients, too.

• Use lower sodium broths or stocks in place of water when boiling rice, couscous or other grains to add a boost of flavor.

For more delicious, mouth-watering recipes visit www.CampbellsKitchen.com.

Source: Campbell’s Cooking Soups

Courtesy of Family Features

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