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Bacon & Green Onion Shells and Cheese via Sweetasacookie.com #rollintosavings #shop

My boyfriend has been craving Velveeta Shells & Cheese and since money is especially tight around the 1st and 15th of the month I didn’t argue. I did want to make this budget friendly meal a little fancier though. I decided to toss in some turkey bacon and green onion. For the topping I decided to toast some bread crumbs with olive oil on medium heat until they were golden. My boyfriend went wild and even though it was $1.98 for the shells and cheese it tasted like a million bucks just by adding a few simple ingredients into the mix.

Bacon & Green Onion Shells and Cheese via Sweetasacookie.com #rollintosavings #shop


Bacon & Green Onion Shells and Cheese
Serves 4
Not your average shells and cheese
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  1. 1 pkg. Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese, prepared
  2. 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  3. 1 green onion, sliced (only the green parts)
  4. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  5. 1 tbs. olive oil
  1. In the sauce pot you prepared the shells and cheese in, stir in chopped bacon and green onion.
  2. In a small frying pan combine bread crumbs and oil on low heat until toasted.
  3. Serve shells and cheese in individual containers and top with toasted bread crumbs.
  4. Enjoy!
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I headed to Walmart to get the Velveeta Shells and cheese. While I was there I thought I would #rollintosavings with all of Walmart’s Rollbacks on Kraft items. I picked up the shells along with shredded cheese, bbq sauce, and Italian dressing (not pictured). I thought about what might pair nicely with the shells and cheese and came up with a BBQ chicken salad with bacon and cheese.

BBQ Chicken Salad with bacon and cheese via Sweetasacookie.com #rollintosavings #shop

For the salad I used cucumber, carrot, romaine, green onion, turkey bacon, Italian dressing, mozzarella cheese, and grilled BBQ chicken. I’m not a big cheese person so feel free to use any kind of cheese you like. I just grilled the chicken on my grill pan and coated it in the Kraft BBQ sauce. 

BBQ Chicken Salad with bacon and cheese via Sweetasacookie.com #rollintosavings #shop

With all of my savings my grocery bill came to around $14.65 so I knew I had some left to make something amazing. I decided to whip up my double chocolate brownies. Since we were already going decadent with the shells and cheese, I thought why not.

Double Chocolate Brownies via sweetasacookie.com #rollintosavings #shop

Everything paired well together and I’m super happy with all the money we saved. What are some of your favorite budget friendly meals? I would love to try some out 🙂

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    July 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Oooohhh I love bacon and green onions. I will try that combo the next time I make shells and cheese (my favorite!)

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    July 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Oh that looks so tasty! I love how simple it is and yet really satisfies you. And when you can do it on the cheap with KRAFT items on rollback at Walmart? Even better! #client

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    August 1, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Consequently yummy! That seems irresistible!

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    August 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    That really looks yummy. My husband is a cheeseoholic so he’d love this! I’m thinking maybe I can make a big batch by using shells and some Velveeta cheese and doing a homemade version and then I can freeze leftovers. Thank you so much for the ideas!

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      Karissa Krishart
      August 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Awesome idea! My boyfriend is also a cheeseoholic. It must be a man thing 🙂

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