Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meijer bargain recipe of the week- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Bargain Meal of the Week

I have been wanting to try to make homemade spaghetti sauce forever!! My girlfriend does and then she freezes it in batches. Its frugal and tastes fantastic! I am going to try this recipe since sausage is on sale this week. This makes a big batch so although it seems expensive, I will only use about 1/3 of it, reducing the cost. Happy Eating!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand. W/C means with coupon.

Big Mamas spaghetti Sauce

1 onion, chopped (On sale 5 lb bag $2.69) .53
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs whole tomatoes (On sale $1.49 a lb) $2.98
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste $1.20
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (Adjust to taste)
1/4 cup red wine .60
1 pound Italian sausage (On sale Meijer sausage 2 for $5) $2.50

Meijer spaghetti (On sale .99 ) .99

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Saute onions and garlic until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 3 hours. (You can either crumble sausage or keep in chunks.)
Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve over hot cooked noodles.

Total cost of Meal $8.80. After dividing into thirds and freezing 2 parts.

Total cost of Meal: $3.59

Add salad (Dole on sale .98 ) Total cost of Meal: $4.08

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kroger bargain recipe of the week! - Saucy chops

Bargain Meal of the Week

Here is another Pork recipe. It seems like Pork is the meat that has been on sale for a while! This recipe uses ounces which is kind of different. I just use the scale at the store while buying the veggies... that way I know I have enough! Happy Eating!

Check out Stretching a Buck deals here to see more deals at Kroger. I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand. W/C means with coupon.

Saucy Chops

4 pork chops (On sale $2.49 a lb) $3
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 potatoes, peeled and sliced (On sale 10 lb bag $2.99) .80
10-12 ounces green beans (On sale fresh .99 a lb) .70
12 ounces cherry tomatoes halved or quartered (On sale 2 for $4 w/c 2 for $3) $1.50
1 cup of water

Coat chops with flour. In a large skillet brown chops in oil. Remove from skillet.

Put sliced potatoes in bottom of skillet and add green beans. Place chops on top and cover with tomatoes and water. Simmer, covered on low for 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Total cost of this meal: $6

Add sweet corn (On sale .19 each) Total cost of meal:$6.95

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

We live Ohio which makes it tricky to menu plan this time of year. We will have 80 degree weather one day with snow flurries the next! I have done some grill recipes with some baking and just figure that we can move them around depending on the weather! Happy eating!

Monday: Pork chops with tomatoes and string beans, corn on the cob, crescent rolls

Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread

Wednesday: Not your average grilled chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Thursday: Leftover night - If its not movin you can eat it!

Friday: Pizza night!

Saturday: Pork loin with tomato and pepper sauce, grilled asparagus, salad

Sunday: Steak kabobs, ranch and cheesy potatoes on the grill, asparagus

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