A good week to stock up on meat. My friend Mindy over at the $50 Stockpile blog (see my sidebar) has some good ideas for how to use $50 for meals this week.
1-French toast, bacon (reserving bacon for baked beans)
2-Breakfast tacos (eggs, sausage crumbles wrapped in a flour tortilla)
3-Cinnamon toast, cantaloupe chunks
1-PB&J sandwich, celery sticks
2-PB&J sandwich, goldfish crackers
3-Bagels, cream cheese, carrots
4-PB&J sandwich, cantaloupe chunks
5-PB&J sandwich, watermelon chunks
6-Grilled cheese sandwich, leftover potato salad
7-Grilled cheese sandwich, potato chips
1-Potato Cream Cheese Soup. Find recipe at http://www.recipezaar.com/Paneras-Cream-Cheese-Potato-Soup-150863
2-Hamburgers or meatloaf, green salad
3-Hot dogs, baked beans. The recipe for the baked beans on Pioneer Woman Cooks is below. I allowed for a half recipe for the beans. Otherwise it serves 18. So if you want to make the full recipe and use some for labor day, that would work. I allowed for 3 fifteen ounce cans of Pork & Beans in the grocery list.
4-Labor Day Menu. Spareribs, Potato Salad, Celery and carrots, Potato chips and dip, watermelon. If enough eggs will be left for the rest of the week, make some deviled eggs. Cheesecake pie for dessert. Cheesecake pie recipe below. If you have leftover cream cheese from bagels this week, a good dip can be made creaming the cheese, adding some milk to make creamier and some garlic salt to taste.
6-Southwestern Chicken Caesar salad. A couple of options here. A recipe http://www.recipezaar.com/southwestern-chicken-caesar-salad-wchipotle-dressing-380694 or make your own dressing by adding a couple of dashes of green tabasco to bottled caesar dressing. You could try the red kind if that's all you have. Or let's go crazy and even say to try a small amount of taco seasoning. Try just a little in a small amount of dressing first to see if you'll like it. Or buy the Caesar salad kits on sale at Fry's this week. Making your own would be more cost effective though. If you choose to use the recipe, use one cob of corn for this salad, if you decide to buy some black beans for it, you will have to allow for extra in the food budget.
7-Grilled chicken sandwiches and corn on the cob. Here's what my hubby does. He bakes the chicken breasts in the oven at 350 or lower temp(I'll have to ask him now which it is) until they are almost done. Still inedible though. He then slices the breasts in half, so that you now have double the amount of chicken breasts, but thinner, and easier to eat as a sandwich. A really good $ stretcher idea for BBQ's and parties. He then puts BBQ sauce on them and BBQ's until they are done, not very long. Ice cream for dessert. If you want to use the leg quarters instead for this night, then cook the meat, take off the bone, and use as BBQ chicken sandwiches.
Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans
recipe by Pam Anderson
serves up to 18
as posted by the Pioneer Woman Cooks
8 slices bacon, halved
1 medium onion, small dice
1/2 medium green pepper, small dice
3 large cans(28 oz. each), Pork and Beans (or 6 small cans)
3/4 C. BBQ sauce
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. distilled or cider vinegar
2 tsp. dry mustard or 2 T. Dijon mustard
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep saute pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and has released about 1/4 C. drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans and remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer(If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) overproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to slightly thicken.
You may want to halve this recipe and only use 3 small cans of P&B's. Adjust the other ingredients.
Spareribs3 lbs. spareribs
2 T. butter
1 Onion, medium, diced
1 clove garlic or comparable amount of garlic powder
1 C. celery, chopped
3/4 C. water
1 C. ketchup
2 T. vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. worcestershire sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Melt butter; add onion, and cook until translucent, add remaining ingredients and cook 20 minutes. Enough sauce for 3 lbs. of meat. Simmer spareribs in sauce for 3-4 hours. (my mom always cut them into separate ribs or chunks of 2-3 ribs before cooking in the sauce.)
Cheesecake Pie (Angela N.)
2 bricks cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 grahm cracker or shortbread or oreo pie crust
Mix cheese, cream (or less milk if you don't want to buy cream, start with 1/4 C.), powdered sugar, with an electric mixer until creamy. Pour into a cracker crust, refridgerate four hours. Serve with canned pie filling or fruit jam. Strawberry or Raspberry freezer jam is an excellent topping for this.
Albertson's is quadrupling coupon values this week
Cantaloupe, .99, buy 1. You may want to buy the cantaloupe at Sprouts for the same price.
Van Camp's Pork and beans, 2/$1, buy 3 cans. Food City has them for .25 if you have one close to you.
80% ground beef, $1.38 lb., 4 lbs. or more, aprox. $5.52
Bashas hot dog or hamburger buns, .88, buy 2 hamburger, 1 hot dog buns
Food Club cheese singles, .99
Food Club slice bacon, $1.99, buy 1. Fry's has Kroger Value bacon every day for $1.77
Bar S meat franks, .28 with shocker! coupon from the Wed. ad, with additional $20 purchase
Blue Bunny ice cream, $1.48 with shocker! coupon from the Wed. ad and additional $20 purchase
Kraft mayonnaise or Miracle whip, $1.98 with shocker! coupon from the Wed. ad and additional $20 purchase
Russet potatoes, .99 for a 10 lb. bag, buy 1
Whole seedless watermelon, $1.99
They have Pork and Beans here for .75 if you don't want to run to Food City or Albertson's
Eggs, I've allowed for $1.49 per doz., I forgot to check real prices last night, buy 3 dozen.
Green bell pepper, .99, buy 1
Yellow onion, $1 lb., buy 2
Pork spareribs, .97 lb., one rack was a little over 4 lbs., or $4.23. I know they're cheaper at Bashas' this week. I couldn't find a pack to price and you have to buy a twin pack. I figured that this might be cheaper in the long run but if you have extra $, buy spareribs at Bashas'.
Boneless/skinless chicken breast, Kroger Value brand, $1.67 lb., aprox. $3.92. You can go with leg quarters at Bashas' for $3.80 for a 10# bag. Your choice. (Just turn meal idea #7 into BBQ chicken sandwiches instead of grilled chicken sandwiches.)
Lay's potato chips, $1.47
Kroger shredded cheese, .97, buy 1 for the top to the soup or for the breakfast tacos or to top with the Caesar salad. You may choose to buy another package of cheese depending on how many items you want cheese in this week.
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, .88
Kroger cream cheese, $1.25, buy 4 packages
Kroger Value canned biscuits, .46
Kroger Value peanut butter, $1.29
Kroger dip, .97
Organic mini peeled carrots, 2/$3, buy 1
Mission taco tortillas, buy one, get one free, $2.69 for 2
Grahm crackers, I've allowed for $1.99 for this. This is to make the pie shell
Fry's milk, $1.99, buy 1
Pepperideg Farms goldfish crackers, 10/$10
Kroger bagels, $1.25
Kroger Value bread, .88, buy 5 loaves. You will need 80 slices of bread minimum this week. Four loaves is 80 slices. The fifth loaf will give you security if something burns. Rollover into next week if you don't use it.
Farmer John sausage links, $1, buy 2
Fry's chicken broth, .89, buy 2
Romaine lettuce, I've allowed for $1.50 for this
Sweet corn, 10/$2, buy 5 ears
Large vine ripe tomatoes, .99 lb., buy 1 lb.
Other great buys this week:
chilean avocados, 2/$1, Sprouts
Green beans, .99 lb., Sprouts
Blue Bunny ice cream, $1.88, Albertson's
93% br. beef, $1.77 lb., 5 lbs. or more, Albertson's
Dole salad kits, .97, Fry's
Bar S jumbo franks, .57, Fry's
Kroger Value bacon, $1.77, Fry's
Popsicles, .88, Fry's
Broccoli or cauliflower, $1, Fry's
Hunt's pasta sauce, 4/$5, Fry's
Kroger apple juice coctail, $1.29, Fry's
Fresh pork spareribs, .88 lb., Bashas'
Boneless top sirloin, $1.99 lb., Bashas'
Cook's Ham, .99 lb., Bashas' (makes for a cheap lunch meat)
Fresh chicken leg quarters, .38 lb., in a 10 lb. bag for $3.80
Things not on the grocery list: