Friday, September 25, 2009

Giant Eagle Bargain Recipe of the week: Crock pot Chicken Tetrazzini

Bargain Meal of the Week

I love chicken tetrazzini! Pair that with a crock pot and I am in! I am thinking I may add some Velveeta cheese to this as well to give it some zip. Happy Eating Y'all!

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

Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (On sale $1.79/lb) $2.69
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix $.97
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings (On sale $.99/lb) $.40
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (Campbells on sale $1) $1
1/2 cup chicken broth $.50
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened (GE on sale $1) $1

Place chicken in the slow cooker crock. Top with 2 tablespoons melted butter; sprinkle with Italian dressing mix.

Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and cream cheese. Pour mixture over the cooked chicken in the slow cooker.
Cover, and continue to cook on Low until chicken in fork tender and the sauce has thickened, about 1 additional hour.

Total Cost of Meal: $6.56

Add Steamfresh veggies (On sale w/c $.30) Total Cost of Meal: $6.86

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WFMW: Cookie dough help!

This works for me Wednesday is a little trick I stumbled across in haste. I love making cookies but sometimes I cannot stand the labor intensive recipes! Especially the ones that you have to chill the dough then try to scrap the cold goo off the bottom of the bowl. Or you have to roll the sticky mess into a log before you put it in the fridge ? Yikes!

Now when I make any cookie dough that has to be divided, shaped or chilled I have a trick. I place Saran wrap on the counter and scoop the sticky mess, that I really don't want to stick my fingers in , right on top of it. I then wrap it up and then shape it. I don't get the counters or my hands messy and it saves a ton of time.

After chilled, I can simply take it out of the fridge, remove the wrap and its ready to be rolled, cut and baked!

No goo all over me? That works for this mama!!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meijer Bargain recipe of the week: Smoked Sausage Fritatta

Bargain Meal of the Week

Sometimes when I have just had enough of cooking, I flip it and serve breakfast. I love this recipe because it combines a heartier meat and tons of protein. I hope it shakes things up at your house!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.

Smoked Sausage Fritatta

1 1/2 cups smoked sausage, sliced (On sale $1.79) $1.79
1/4 cup diced onion (3 lb bag on sale $1.50) $.15
6 eggs $.48
1/2 cup milk (On sale gallon $1.59) $.13
1/4 cup sour cream (On sale Daisy $1.39)$.17
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided $1.12

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees

Cook the sausage and onion in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat until the sausage has browned, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease from the skillet. Whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the sausage with 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, then pour the egg mixture overtop.

Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar cheese, and return to the oven until the cheese has melted. Cut into wedges to serve.

Total Cost of Meal: $3.84

Add toast (Meijer brand on sale $.98) Total Cost of Meal: $4

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Kroger bargain recipe of the week: Fall Apart Boston Butt

Bargain Meal of the Week

We just made a Pork butt yesterday. Oh my, was it delicious!! I have never made one before but with prices at $.99 /lb I couldn't pass it up!! (I even bought 2 and froze one for later.) You can make this in a crock pot as well. Simply prepare roast as indicated below and then put into a crock pot. Pour apple juice in the bottom of the crock pot and add 1/2 tsp of salt to the juice. Set on high for 30 minutes and then low for 8 hours.

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.

Fall Apart Boston Butt

1 (4 pound) Boston butt pork roast (On sale $.99/lb) $4

1/4 to 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 cup apple juice (Juicy Juice on sale $1.49) $.19

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease the inside of a casserole or deep roasting dish.

Put the Worcestershire sauce into a separate bowl and soak the Boston butt pork roast in the Worcestershire sauce. Remove roast from Worcestershire sauce and coat with brown sugar, being sure to press the brown sugar all over to form a crust. Place sugar-crusted roast in the casserole dish. Pour apple juice into the casserole, but do not pour over the sugar-crusted roast. Cover casserole or pan tightly, either with a casserole top or aluminum foil. Place the roast in the oven and immediately turn the heat down to 200 degrees F. Bake for about 5 hours.

Uncover the roast and check for doneness. The meat should be so tender it falls apart easily. If it doesn't, re-cover the roast and cook for 30 minutes more or as needed.

Total Cost of Meal: $4.19

Add mashed potatoes (8 lb bag on sale $2.99) Total Cost of Meal: $4.96

Add mashed potatoes and Salad (Fresh selections on sale $1.89) Total Cost of Meal:$5.90

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Monday, September 21, 2009

A Teachers View: Lunch ideas for school !

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great tips! If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at
Lunch Bunch

My school has a terrific school lunch, but sometimes it’s not what I want that day. I love packing my lunch because the possibilities are endless!

PB&J can get a little tired. Try a thermos full of mac and cheese or leftover meatloaf. Since students don’t usually have access to a microwave, the thermos will keep it warm until lunch.
Add yogurt for a calcium & protein 1-2 punch. Choose wisely as some brands have a lot of added sugar.

Pack something to dip! Put in a small container of salad dressing, cottage cheese, or hummus for kids to dip their veggies in. Light cream cheese with a little honey makes a great fruit dip.

A lot of kids love those small 8oz water bottles. They are kids sized and easy to handle. You can find washable, reusable bottles as well.

Put in something special once in a while. It doesn’t have to be a sweet. In my house, string cheese was something we rarely bought. It was a pleasant surprise when it showed up at lunch!

Don’t forget the silverware. But if you do, no worries – we have extras!

Put everything in a great insulated lunch box or bag (marked with names of course), add an ice pack, and lunch is served!

Menu Plan Monday : Fall is in the air!

This week I am excited to try some yummy chicken dishes! With the weather turning cooler, I am doing more soups and roasts... which is fine with me!! I hope that you have a yummy week!!

Monday: Rigatoni with Italian chicken. green beans, salad, garlic bread

Tuesday: Beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Wednesday: Easy chicken noodle soup, rolls

Thursday: Beef tacos, re fried beans

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Leftover night- if its in the fridge you can have it, but mamas not cookin!

Sunday: Roasted Vegetable Chicken, salad, sourdough bread