Friday, March 27, 2009
Please come back tomorrow as I share how I organize my coupons and different Easter basket themes / ideas.
I hope you have a better Friday than us!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am going back old school for this one. No fancy recipes or ingredients but something that the kiddos will love. (I hope you do too !!) It always makes too much for my family so I make the recipe in two trays and freeze one. Then the cost of the meal is cut in half! Happy Eating!
1 pound ground beef (On sale $1.99 a lb) $1.99
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (Sargento on sale 2 for $5) $2.50
1 jar tomato sauce (Del Grosso Pasta on sale 4 for $5) $1.25
2 tablespoons butter
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni (Barilla Pasta on sale 10 for $10) $1
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until evenly browned. Drain.
While the ground beef is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and stir in butter. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and mix in the ground beef, tomato sauce, and Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through and bubbly.
Total cost of this meal: $6.74 ($3.37 if you freeze half)
Add mixed veggies ( Steamfresh on sale 10 for $10) $7.74
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The weather is starting to get warm here which means one thing.... grilling! With Chicken being on sale, we have taken this opportunity to start grilling again. I thought I would share my own chicken marinade which is so easy and cheap! Not much of a recipe but once you have it you will never by store bought marinade again! Happy Eating!
Summers Chicken Marinade
1 cup Light Italian dressing (Use the Kraft coupon on the isle tearpad for $1.50 off) .50
1/4 cup Soy sauce
3 Tbs cup lemon/lime juice
1 lb chicken ( On sale $1.99 a lb) $1.99
You don't actually have to use measurements for this recipe! I just shake the dressing on the chicken followed by the soy sauce and lemon juice and then flip chicken and repeat. It only needs to marinate for about 30 minutes. ( I told you it was quick and easy!)
Total cost of this meal: $2.49
Add veggies (Birdseye steam fresh veggies on sale $1.50) Total cost of Meal: $3.99
Add veggies and biscuits ( Pillsbury Grands on sale $1.25 w/c- .65) Total cost of Meal: $4.64
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 fresh pineapple - peeled, cored and cut into rings
Mix 5 tablespoons of the butter with the dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice. Place this mixture in the bottom of the cake pan. Arrange the pineapple rings on the brown sugar mixture in a decorative pattern (be creative). Set pan aside.
Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
Separate the eggs. Beat the whites until stiff but not dry.
Beat two of the egg yolks until lemony yellow. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup pineapple juice, vanilla, and remaining melted butter. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour batter over the top of the brown sugar and pineapple rings.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cover pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Pork Roast ($1.79)
Red Skin mashed potatoes ($1.50)
Green Giant mixed veggies ($2)
Hunts pasta sauce ($2)
Kroger Pasta ( $1)
Shredded Mozzarella cheese (.25)
French Bread (.50)
(After stocking up on B1G on both beef and pork roasts I am really getting a great deal! We also butterfly our chicken. It makes it easier to cook and is more appropriate portion sizes.)
Tuesday: Grilled chicken breast, baked potatoes, asparagus
Wednesday: Shredded beef tacos, re fried beans, baked tortilla chips with fresh salsa
Thursday: Pork roast, homemade mac and cheese, broccoli, cheddar rolls
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Chicken-tomato-basil pasta, salad garlic bread
Sunday: Shredded BBQ pork samwiches, Baked fries, salad
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This week Krogers has a ton of Mexican ingredients for $1! I found a recipe for southwestern black bean soup using most of the ingredients on sale. It sounds delicious and I am assured that it is kid friendly !!! Happy Eating!
Southwestern Black Bean Soup
1 pound ground beef (On sale $1.77 a lb) $1.77
1 package taco seasoning mix .99
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained .89
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained (On sale Bush's $1) $1
1 can diced tomatoes (On sale Ro-Tel $1) $1
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sour cream (On sale $1 ) .25
shredded Cheddar cheese (On sale $1) $1
In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the ground beef and drain the excess fat. Add taco seasoning, and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
In a slow cooker over low heat, combine the corn, beans, tomatoes and water. Mix well. Add the seasoned meat and the sour cream. Raise heat to high setting and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese.
Total cost of this meal: $6.90
Freeze leftovers for a yummy lunch and reduce the price of this meal!