Skinny Zucchini Quiche

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Looking for a light side dish and/or main dish to add to your menu?  You’ve got to try this skinny zucchini quiche!  I was looking for something a little “lighter” to serve while my family was in town, and this worked perfectly.

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I am so. so. SO. glad I made it . . . because it was delicious.

and . . . 

 

it’s good for you too!

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The best part? 

 

Since it’s a meatless meal, not only will you skimp on calories, you’ll also skimp on price without sacrificing taste at all.

 

I love that. 🙂 

 

Here’s how to get started: 

 

Shred zucchini (I used three good sized zucchinis as I was making two quiches.) Since I was pressed for time, I just popped them in my Black & Decker Chopper (I love this thing!)

 

Squeeze as much water out of the zucchini as you can (I used my salad spinner which worked great!)

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Put all the ingredients except the eggs and zucchini in a bowl – then add the zucchini and pour the slightly beaten eggs on top.

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Mix it up until combined and pour that into a greased pie plate and pop it in the oven.

 

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. . . and you’re done!

 

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz shredded zucchini (about 2 medium sized zucchinis – with as much liquid squeezed out as you can get)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in one large bowl.
  2. Add both cheeses, onions, chives, olive oil and zucchini to the dry mixture.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and pour on top of the ingredients.
  4. Mix well and pour into a greased pie plate.
  5. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes and let stand 5 minutes before serving ~ Enjoy!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

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Oh my word.

 

You have got to make this cake.

 

It’s got everything you need rolled right up in one perfect cake, and your family will rave about your baking skills. 🙂 

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Start off with a chocolate cake mix (substituting the oil for unsweetened applesauce, and adding an extra egg – I forgot to include a picture of the applesauce in the picture!)

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Now, beat up the whoopie pie filling.  Mix in butter and marshmallow cream until it’s nice and fluffy . . .  then add in the powdered sugar until combined.

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Dump all that whoopie pie filling on the first layer of your cake and spread around evenly.

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Top with your second layer and get ready to make the ganache.

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Ganache is so easy to make ~ don’t let the name fool you (just two ingredients!)  Heat up your half and half on the stove and just before it starts to boil, remove it from the heat.

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Dump in your chocolate chips and stir gently …

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… until they’re all completely melted.

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Spread that perfect ganache all over the cake, and let your friends share what an amazing cook you are.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

Yummmmmm!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

CAKE
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (prepared per package directions – subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg)
WHOOPIE PIE FILLING
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
GANACHE
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray or Grease 2 9×13 pans.
  3. Prepare cake according to package directions, subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg.
  4. Split the batter between the 2 pans and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool completely.

Whoopie Pie Filling

  1. Mix the butter and marshmallow fluff together until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Spread the whoopie pie filling on top of one of the cakes. Top this with the other cake.

Whoopie Pie Ganache

  1. In small saucepan bring the half and half to an almost boil.
  2. Quickly remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until smooth.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and spread evenly over the cake.

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2 Ingredient Apple Chips

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Note from Laurie ~ my friend Cheryl shared this 21 Day Fix approved snack with me, and goodness it looks so good! I haven’t tried them yet, but have some apples in my fridge so I’m hoping to make them for my kids this afternoon. For 21 Day Fix participants, these would count as one purple. 

 

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Slice up two apples (you can use a mandolin, or a knife will do) seeds and all!  I used two apples, one Gala and one Red Delicious as that is what we had on hand.  The Gala was far better than the Red Delicious, so use a sweeter apple.

 

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Sprinkle cinnamon over the slices – I did front and back – but front will be plenty (not too much or they will come out bitter).

 

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Halfway through baking, turn them over (they should look like these, just a little curled).  And, your house will smell delicious!

 

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1-2 hours later you are ready to snack on these crunchy healthy treats. Yum!

 

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Note – depending on how thinly these are sliced they will take less time.  Thicker slices may require 2 hours where thinner slices will be ready in one hour!

 

If you’re trying to determine a decent price on apples to make any apple recipes (like Apple Cake, Apple Dumplings, Skillet Apple Pie, Snickers Apple Saladwhatever), aim to pay less between 60¢-80¢/lb. during the fall season, around 99¢ per pound during the rest of the year. And if you’re lucky enough to live near an apple orchard (or have a friend who has an apple tree), this is a great time to stock up!

 

 

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2 Ingredient Apple Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet apples
  • cinnamon

Directions

  1. Slice apples thinly (use a mandolin like this one or just use a knife).
  2. Place sliced apples on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on the slices (you can do front and back but not too much or they will be bitter).
  4. Cook at 225 degrees for 1 hour to 1 and a half hours (depending on how thin the apple slices are) – turning once midway.
  5. Take them out and let them cool and enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 2/29/16

 

Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’ve taken off quite a few months because I just haven’t been organized (eek!), but decided it was time to get my act together this week.

 

This weekend I was fortunate to hang out in Florida with some amazing women entrepreneurs, and was so inspired to just do life better ~ home life, business life, and really just all my life. So, I’m working on a few strategies here to get my life in order, which always begins with menu planning at our house.

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Because I’m doing the 21 Day Fix (we’ll be starting a new round in two weeks if you’d like to join us ~ go HERE to learn more!), this week’s recipes are pretty low calorie, healthy-for-our-family kind of food. We’re keeping it simple here, but it just makes life so much easier when we have a menu plan together. Here’s what’s on the plan:

 

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

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Scandalous Grace Cake

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Years ago, I heard Julie Ann Barnhill speak about her book Scandalous Grace at a MOPS conference.

 

She made the analogy that scandalous grace was like her grandmother’s beloved cake recipe. Lavished with mounds of Philly cream cheese frosting, grace was simply abundant.

 

Since then, every single time I think of grace, a picture of a big ole’ slice of chocolate cake comes to mind. 

 

So Saturday afternoon, as I baked my daughter’s 13th birthday cake, of course I thought of grace.

 

{Am I the only girl who thinks about grace when she bakes a cake? Hmph.}

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I was in a hurry for that cake to bake up, and pulled the most luscious, perfect chocolate cake out of the oven just a wee bit too early.

 

After a few moments I looked over to see those perfectly plump cake rounds fall just a bit in the center.

 

Then a little bit more.

 

And within just a few minutes, they were thoroughly depressed.

 

The perfect cake that I’d spent over an hour preparing wasn’t quite perfect any more.

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But, out came the grace.

 

I whipped up the frosting.

 

Not just a smidgen, but gobs of perfect chocolate buttercream and a little Oreo-filled-frosting too. 

 

Once the first layer plopped out on its plate I doled out the frosting.

 

A little cavern where it fell a pinch further?

 

Heap on a little more grace. 

 

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{Topped with a few semi-sweet-morsels to hide extra flaws too.}

 

Adding on the second layer, I knew I’d find a few more holes to fill in. 

 

A dollop here, a smattering there, this cake’s grace was abundant.

 

Scandalous, really. 

 

In fact, all those extra imperfections simply made way for a heaving pile of amazing grace.

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You’ve never tasted a cake so perfectly delightful.

 

And just like that cake . . .

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Our imperfections.

 

Our mess.

 

Our holes.

 

Our weakness.

 

His grace fills them all in.

 

It fills in the empty spots where I’ll never be good enough.

 

it inflates the sullen areas too worn down to keep going.

 

It smooths over each hollow and blemish completely.

 

It plumps everything right up perfectly ~

 

deliciously

 

~ and turns this mess of a momma into His masterpiece.

 

Thank.

 

heavens.

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And it makes us want to do better.

 

To be fuller.

 

To live richer.

 

To lavish abundant grace on everyone around us, because we’ve so generously experienced it ourselves.

 

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So go ahead.

 

Layer on the grace.

 

Whip it up fully and plop it down on everyone you meet. 

 

And share grace completely, because He first showered it on you.

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‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 

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Scandalous Grace Cake, adapted from Taste’s Better from Scratch Chocolate Cake with Oreo Frosting

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Ingredients:

CAKE

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water

OREO FILLING

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (to sprinkle in the middle)
  • 6-8 Oreo cookies, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (to sprinkle on the top)

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk, or regular milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 9-inch round cake pans well with non-stick cooking spray .
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add oil, eggs, vanilla, milk and sour cream and mix until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully pour in the boiling water. Beat on high speed for 1 minute until batter is nice and fluffy.
  3. Pour the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for 28-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove the cakes from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  5. To make the Oreo filling, beat butter with electric mixer about 3 minutes.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and mix well.  Fold in crumbled Oreo cookie pieces.
  6. Spread Oreo filling over the top of one of the cake rounds and sprinkle with half of the mini chocolate chips then top with the second cake round.
  7. To make the chocolate frosting, add cocoa powder to a bowl with the melted butter and mix well to combine. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating until you reach your desired spreading consistency.  Stir in vanilla.
  8. Cover the cakes with chocolate frosting and decorate with whole Oreos and mini chocolate chips.

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Black Bean Chili – 21 Day Fix Approved

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We’re 3 days into the 21 Day Fix (I’m loving the group that’s joined me there!), and had to share a quick recipe we tried earlier this week!

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My husband loves chili, so I was determined to find a lightened up recipe that he would like. This was perfect (really, so good), and the best part was that we have leftovers to pack for lunches this week.

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

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Chili (makes 8 servings)

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21 DAY FIX SERVINGS: 1/2 green, 1 red, 1/2 yellow for 1 cup serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs raw 93% lean, ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green (or red) bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans (can also used pinto beans), drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can all-natural diced tomatoes, no sugar added (do not drain)
  • 1 (12 oz) can rotel (do not drain)
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped (optional, for garnish)
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Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and turkey and cook over medium high heat until turkey is cooked through and veggies are tender.
  3. Next, add cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper to saucepan.
  4. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add drained beans, Rotel and canned tomatoes with liquid.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, 15-20 minutes until thickened.
  8. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget Part 3: Don’t Turn a Mega Sale Into A Mega Mess.


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New to this series? See Part 1 & Part 2. 

It’s week three of our four weeks to a better grocery budget series, and we’re focusing this week on how to not allow a “Mega Sale” to turn into a “Mega Mess”.

 

What on earth? A Mega Sale can turn into a Mega Mess?

 

Oh yes, my friends. Indeed it can.

 

Kroger started their Mega Sale yesterday and it was my only option to shop this week due to the weather (watch the video to hear more.) 

 

My normal temptation is to get it all. 

 

To grab all the deals.

 

To not pass by a single thing that has the lovely blue tag screaming “I’m-a-mega-sale-price-so-you-really-need-me.” 

 

Because if the store tells me it’s a deal, it’s deal, right? 

 

However, while I still went over budget (a tiny bit), I did much better than I normally do because I was determined to stick at least a little closer to my budget. 

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So what do you do when you’ve spent too much?

1. Give yourself grace.

If you’ve overspent already, there’s nothing you can do to change it. Give yourself grace, determine to focus more on your total budget the next time you shop, and be thankful you have a nicely stocked pantry.

2. Determine to use what you’ve bought.

Once you’ve overspent, there’s no going back, but you can make a plan to use what you’ve bought (saving money in the long run!)

 

Come up with a menu plan based on what’s in your fridge and freezer, skip eating out because you probably have plenty already at home, and determine to strategically shop the next time you head into a Mega Sale.

3. The next time you shop, be mindful of what the “deals” really are.

An easy example of this was on the Quaker Oatmeal. The Quaker was priced at $1.89 after the Mega Sale. However the store brand was $1.50, and there was a $1/2 Kroger ecoupon on Kroger Oatmeal. Definitely the best price! Next time you shop, be really cautious of the “Mega Sale” deals to make sure they really are your best prices. If they’re not, pass those by (and remember stores like Aldi may offer a better deal every day!)

 

Guys, I’ve said it a jillion times here, but there is no other area in your family’s finances that you have complete control over. You can’t lower your car payment or mortgage or electricity bill today, but you can choose how much you want to spend at the grocery store. 

 

Determine to make 2016 the year that you transform your family’s grocery budget ~ you can do this! 

 

Whew. Hopping off my soap box now. 🙂 

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Okay, ready to see what I bought? (It took two pictures!) Here we go . . .

 

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2 Honey Nut Cheerios Mega Sale $1.49, used $1/2 Kroger ecoupon

2 Kroger Oatmeals 2/$3, used $1/2 Kroger ecoupon

3 gallons milk $2.19

2 bags Chex Mix Mega Sale $.99

5 cans Pringles Mega Sale $.99

Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50

Ghirardelli Brownie Mega Sale $2

2 3 pound bags Kroger Chicken Tenders $13.29, on sale Buy One Get One Free

2 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mega Sale $.99

1 box Lucky Charms Mega Sale $1.49, used $.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Kroger Marshmallows $.99

Krusteaz Pancake Mix Mega Sale $1.99

Tostito Scoops Mega Sale $2.49

Krusteax Muffin Mix Mega Sale $1.69

Digiorno Pizza Mega Sale $4.49

4 Kroger Peanut Butters $1.50

2 Yoplait Gogurts $1.99, used $.75/2 Kroger ecoupon

Kroger Bread $.88

Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treats Mega Sale $2

Sunny D Mega Sale $.99

1 1/2 dozen eggs $3.49

2 cans Kroger Green Beans $.69

Bananas $2.60

Kroger Dinner Rolls clearanced $.99

Kraft Dressing Mega Sale $1.49

Steak $5.99

Land O Lake Margarine $1.99

Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.77

Kroger Diced Tomatoes $.73

3 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups Mega Sale $.49

Broccoli Slaw $2.99

Organic Salad Blend $4.99

Degree Deodorant Mega Sale price $1.99, use $1.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Axe Deodorant Mega Sale price $2.99, use $2/1 Kroger ecoupon

Dove Deodorant Mega Sale price $2.49, use $1.50/1 Kroger ecoupon

Sunny D $.99 Mega Sale price, can use $1/1 Sunny D coupon, use $1/1 Sunny D coupon (try zip 03102, if still available)

Buy 1 Colgate Sparkling White $1.89

Buy 1 Colgate Optic White $3.89, use $2/1 Kroger ecoupon

 

 

 

TOTAL GROCERY SPENDING IN JANUARY, INCLUDING WEEK 1  & WEEK 2 = $285.56 (and our cupboards are full.)

 

 

 

Are you joining me in trimming your grocery budget this monthI’d love to hear how you’re doing ~ it’s not too late to start! Leave a comment to share any tips or suggestions.

 

 

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Before you shop, be sure to see how to get 20 items for 22¢ each this week ~ it really is a great week to save as long as you stick to your budget this week! 

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Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

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Looking for a twist on plain old chicken cacciatore? Here you go!

 

After scoring a great price on pork chops last week at Fresh Thyme, I had to come up with something to actually do with them.

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And while normally I’d grill them or bake them, I came across this recipe and decided to try it out. (My husband loves any type of spaghetti and I haven’t made it in ages.)

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This was so good, and easy. I did brown the pork chops ahead of time but several commenters shared that they skipped that step and it worked out fine too ~ easy way to make a different meal and have it all ready early in the day for a busy weeknight!

 

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

 

Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 18 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 18 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced (I omitted them because I didn’t have any, but they would have been so good!)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (substituted with shredded Mozzarella)

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Directions

  1. Lightly brown pork chops in olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  3. Cook onion same pan over medium heat until browned.
  4. Add in mushrooms and bell pepper, cook until these vegetables are tender.
  5. Add in pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and white wine or chicken broth.
  6. Season with Italian seasoning, basil, and garlic.
  7. Cover pork chops with tomato sauce.
  8. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  9. Serve over cooked pasta, and top with mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: 7 (MORE!) Strategies to Save (4 Week Series – Week 2)

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Update – see our menu plan this week using the groceries below over HERE. 

It’s week two of our 4 weeks to a better grocery budget series, and I’m so excited to share how we’ve saved this week! 

 

Since starting the 21 Day Fix on Monday (so far it’s been pretty manageable and it feels so good to be eating more fresh foods ~ yay!), I realized we were going to need to stock up on more fruits and veggies each week. So I headed out to Aldi & Fresh Thyme yesterday (I had an appointment and both stores were on my way home), and stocked up.

 

This week I’ll be sharing 7 more strategies to save when you shop, and promise you can do this if work at it this month! Here are the 7 things I want you to work on this week.

1. Don’t buy what you don’t need.

Okay, this isn’t always true, but if it’s not on sale and you don’t need it, wait for a better deal. I was hoping to score a little more chicken breast this week, but it was $2.49 at Fresh Thyme (remember I paid just $1.49 last week), so I decided to wait and hope for a better price.

2. Skip the pre-packaged stuff.

I absolutely love pre-packaged salad and do usually splurge on it if I can find a decent deal at all. (I know that’s terribly lazy, but it’s one of my few guilty pleasures in life – ahem!) 🙂 However when the cost was $3.99 this week at Fresh Thyme (and Aldi didn’t carry a similar brand), I chose to purchase basic leaf lettuce and spinach that I can cut up myself.

The same is true with pre-packed chips, snack packs, and cereal (although this single serving cereal deal is pretty tempting!) But for the most part, skip the pre-packed stuff when you can.

But, sometimes it’s worth paying for convenience. (I know, I totally just flipped my position on that one, huh?)

There are a few things I do buy simply out of convenience. If buying a $4.99 Aldi pizza means we won’t eat out on Friday night (and they’re huge), I just saved myself $20 in pizza delivery. And buying minced garlic pre-minced for me is one of those things that’s just worth my time to make life a wee bit simpler at our house.

3. Shop Aldi.

I cannot say this enough, but shopping Aldi alone can save you a bundle. If you’re willing to make a quick trip there to stock up on basic pantry staples, you’ll slash your budget by quite a bit, every single week!

4. Shop no more than once a week.

Y’all, this is so important. Before you shop, make a very clear list of everything you’re going to need for the following week, so you aren’t tempted to buy extra stuff on a second trip. Before shopping I used my Eat At  Home Whole Foods shopping list, and I love knowing that I’ve got everything I need in my kitchen to make an entire week’s worth of meals!

5. Know your prices.

Go HERE for more info on how to find your stock up price.

6. Shop loss leaders.

Really stock up on those items that are there to get in the door. At Fresh Thyme that was the pineapples, strawberries, pork chops, and carrots, so I stuck to fresh items and skipped the rest of the store.

 

At Aldi the price on bananas this week was fantastic, so a great time to stock up on those as well!

7. Sometimes it’s worth paying more if it helps you not to make an extra trip.

I’m betting I could get a better deal on dish soap and even pasta at Kroger or another grocer if I had a few coupons, but to save myself an extra trip to the store I grabbed everything I needed at Aldi and Fresh Thyme. To make an extra trip to a store to literally just save pennies isn’t worth it each week!

 

 

Ready to see what we bought? Here we go . . .

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Fresh Thyme (have I mentioned lately I love that store? If you have a Sprouts in your area it’s very similar.)

  • 3.56 lbs Boneless Pork Chops $2.99lb. = $10.86
  • 4 packages strawberries $6
  • 4 lb. navel apples $1.99
  • 5 lbs potatoes $1.50
  • 1.49 lb tomatoes $1.03
  • bundle green leaf lettuce $.88
  • green onions $.49
  • 4 1 lb bags organic baby carrots $.99 each = $3.96
  • 3 pineapples $.99 each = $2.97
  • spinach $.1.49
  • Total = $30.97, saved $28.65

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Aldi

  • 4 4 packs Fruit Bowls $1.69 each
  • 3 dozen eggs $1.39 each (that is a great price – I haven’t seen them that low in ages at Kroger!)
  • 2 carton reduced sodium broth $1.39
  • 1 package Mac & Cheese $.39 (for my 15 year old as a quick dinner when heading out the door)
  • 3 gallons skim milk $1.89
  • White bread $.85, submitted for $.50 Mobisave rebate
  • mini marshmallows $.79
  • 2 bags powdered sugar $1.29 each
  • 2.45 pounds bananas $.29/lb = $.71 (GREAT price – I haven’t seen that in ages!)
  • Instant brown rice $1.49
  • Aldi take & bake pizza $4.99
  • 2 applesauce cups $1.49
  • 2 flour tortillas $1.19
  • big bag lemons $.99 (I didn’t really need these but couldn’t pass them up – I love having them on hand to freshen my sink disposal!)
  • 2 cans black beans $.59
  • Canola cooking spray $1.49
  • Penne Pasta $.99
  • Minced garlic $1.99
  • Fit & Active Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing $1.29
  • Dish Soap $189
  • Honey mustard $.99
  • Cheese ravioli $3.99
  • Cinnamon $.99
  • Total = $54.69

 

TOTAL FOR BOTH TRIPS = $85.66

 

TOTAL GROCERY SPENDING IN JANUARY, INCLUDING LAST WEEK’S TRIPS = $172.10 (and our cupboards are full.)

 

 

 

Are you joining me in trimming your grocery budget this monthI’d love to hear how you’re doing ~ it’s not too late to start! Leave a comment to share any tips or suggestions.

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6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

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You guys.


 

I LOVED this recipe.

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And, since I’m doing the 21 Day Fix right now (so far, so good!), I’m even more excited because it’s (for the most part) 21 Day Fix approved!

 

YUM.

 

I pre-cooked a ton of chicken that I got last week on sale (y’all, making it myself saved me a bundle), but you can use canned chicken or make it yourself too. Super simple, and if you want to make it a little more “man” approved, add some sour cream and tortilla chips.

 

Perfection!

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Easy Peasy Chicken Tortilla (6 Can) Soup

Ingredients

 

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Directions

  • Open the cans of corn, chicken broth, chunk chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilies.
  • Pour everything into a large saucepan or stock pot. Simmer over medium heat until chicken is heated through.
  • Or, pour it all in slow cooker and cook on low for a few hours.
  • Enjoy!

21 Day Fix equivalents – makes 4-6 servings, 1 serving = 1/2 purple, 1 yellow, 1 red (make sure to use enough to chicken to count as a full serving of chicken

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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