Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 4/19/15

 

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Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’m so ready to focus on sticking to our menu plan (I’ve been horrible about keeping up with it for the last few months), so picked out several of our family’s favorite recipes to enjoy this week.

 

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You can also print this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

 

Menu plan

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Grocery list
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine)
  • 8 oz Italian sausage
  • 1 small package pepperoni
  • 1 package Canadian bacon
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • packet dry Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 hoagie buns
  • 6 pack English muffins
  • 6-8 slices provolone
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 6 slices American cheese (may substitute for Egg McMuffins with other any type of cheese)
  • 8 oz bowtie pasta
  • 15 oz tomato sauce

 

Side Dish Extras

  • garlic bread
  • salad
  • fresh, canned or frozen veggies
  • carrot sticks
  • chips
  • red potatoes
  • fresh fruit

 

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 pork chops ours were sliced very thinly, but you could use whatever thickness you choose, just change the cooking time accordingly)

Pantry Staples

  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley (fresh if possible)
  • soy sauce
  • red wine vinegar
  • honey

 

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!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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For almost 19 years (yikes!) my poor husband has been asking me to make Salisbury Steak every once in awhile for dinner. But, because I’m a chicken-loving girl, I honestly have made it only one other time in all those years.

 

Seriously folks. The poor guy!

 

So, when I came across this recipe for Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak I was intrigued (especially after reading through the reviews), and decided I might just try to make his favorite one night. I adjusted it some to limit the cream soup, and think you could probably substitute a homemade cream soup to even limit your processed foods even more.

 

Folks, it was actually good. And easy. And, even though I still prefer chicken (just about any way you make it . . . ), this was yummy comfort food that made me feel like his mom cooking back in the late 70’s. ;)

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We had it over mashed potatoes with green beans and salads, and even though my kids turned their noses up they actually all ate every bite on their plate. If this is one of those recipes that someone special in your family would love too, it’s an easy way to try it out, and just might make their night! Here’s the recipe  . . .

 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 package Au Jus seasoning mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions

  1. In medium bowl, mix together ground beef, soup mix, bread crumbs and milk.
  2. Form into 8 patties.
  3. In medium non-stick skillet, grill patties for just a minute to brown sides over medium high heat.
  4. Place in slow cooker stacked in a pyramid shape.
  5. Mix together golden mushroom soup, Au Jus seasoning and water.
  6. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until meat is done. (You could also choose to cook in oven until cooked through if you’re in a hurry.)

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/15/15):

  • Earth Fare Antibiotic Free Ground Chuck $4.48/lb (great price for hormone free beef!)
  • Meijer Ground Round $2.99/lb.
  • Libby’s Canned Vegetables on sale $.79 at Dollar Tree, use $1/4 Libby’s Canned Vegetables coupon
  • Publix Red 5 pound Potatoes on sale $3.49 or Potato Inspirations  Honey Gold Potatoes BOGO $1.99

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 4/12/15

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m super excited because one of our family’s favorite recipe is this Best Ever Slow Cooker Roast (I promise, even though the picture isn’t all that pretty it is the best. ever.) and since I have an extra shoulder roast in the freezer it will make for such a yummy (penny pinched) meal this week.

I also created this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

Shopping List
  • 2.5 – 3.5 lb shoulder roast
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 packages hot dogs
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (for slow cooker roast)
  • 3 10 oz. cans beef broth (for pasta fagioli soup)
  • 1 can BEEFY Mushroom soup (NOT cream of mushroom)
  • 1/2 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (could also make this from scratch – I’ve tried this recipe before and been happy with it)
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 pints ricotta cheese
  •  2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can white kidney beans
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach

 

Side Dish Extras

 

Pantry Staples

  • flour
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • water
  • corn starch
  • 2 packages yeast
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • baking soda

 

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!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

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Refrigerator Menu Planning, Spring Break, Easter & More (Ummm… And What To Do With A Chuck Blade Steak?)

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Have you ever just felt like life is just whizzing right on by? These last few weeks have been wonderful at our house, but b.u.s.y. and I’m still reeling a bit after just racing around so far this month.

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Two weeks ago we headed to Tremblant, Canada to ski for Spring Break, and goodness, it was beautiful. 

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We stayed in the nicest little condo, ate at a few yummy restaurants, cooked a bunch in our room, and had just a wonderful time as a family.
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(Curious how we save for vacations? Here you go.)

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Canada was amazing (now my kids want to see it in the summertime and all think they’re going to move North – yikes!) Then we headed back home to Columbus where my husband’s parents and sister’s family met us for Easter.

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In the midst of it all my sweet Reagan turned eight (eight!), and our niece Sarah made her the most fun not-quite-Easter-but-almost-Easter birthday cake. (‘Cause you know, there just wasn’t enough sweet stuff around here.) ;)

 

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Y’all, we had just the best time hanging out together, and they brought so much food that my fridge which was completely cleaned out just two and a half weeks ago is now once again bursting at the seams. They headed back to Western Kentucky yesterday, so this morning I did a quick inventory of our kitchen and realized it was already time to reign things in a bit around here.

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After doing our No Spend Challenge last month, I decided it was time (already!) to start another challenge to really eat through what we still have here.  (Goodness there are a ton of meals I can make right now in my kitchen without ever visiting the grocery store!)

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Here’s what I came up with . . . 

 

  1. tacos
  2. homemade pizza
  3. grilled pork chops
  4. grilled salmon
  5. broiled or grilled chicken, veggies, rice
  6. hot dogs
  7. slow cooker chicken nachos
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  9. french toast & bacon
  10. grilled cheese
  11. crock pot chicken
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  13. boneless beef chuck blade steak (I have no idea what to do with these – suggestions please? It’s got to get used soon!)
  14. Italian Beef
  15. meatloaf
  16. spaghetti with meat sauce
  17. something with ham . . . tons of ham leftover for Easter that can’t go to waste!

 

Do you realize that could just about get us through the entire month of April? While I do have a few staples I’ll need to pick up, I’m going to see what we can do to use up what we have before buying anything else to around here.

 

 

Have you gone through your kitchen lately and really figured out what you could make without ever making a trip to the store? I’d love to hear what your list looks like, and maybe you can join me in scaling back for a few more weeks too! While I love saving when I shop, saving by just not shopping at all is my absolute favorite way to pinch a penny or two.

 

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Need a little more menu inspiration? Go HERE

 

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Leftover Ham Recipe Roundup

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These Hawaiian bread ham and cheese sandwiches are the BEST EVER little sandwiches! You can't go wrong with these little pint-sized snacks. Pack them for lunch or have them for a quick dinner on the go!

We’ve had just a wonderful week off for Spring Break, and my in-laws are in town for a few more days so I’ve been a wee bit too busy to keep up with as much as I’d like here on PPP! Thankfully I’ve had some fantastic help, but hopefully will be back in the swing of things later this week. In the mean time, I thought you all might enjoy a few yummy ham recipes in case you have some leftover ham at your house like we do.

 

Here are a few of our favorites . . . 

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Oven Baked River Omelet

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After cleaning out my fridge yesterday, I was determined to come up with a recipe to use up the leftover ingredients in the refrigerator so they wouldn’t go to waste! I visited All Recipes (I love their ingredient search tool), and in just a few minutes had this easy recipe in the oven.

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It was so good, and I love that I was able to use up a bunch of odds and ends in our fridge. You could easily add in extra veggies, meat, or cheese; and it would be perfect to serve for Easter brunch.

 

The best part? You get all the goodness of an omelet without having to cook them up in several different batches. (Love that!) Here’s the recipe if your fridge could use a good clean out too. ;)

Oven Baked River Omelet

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and chopped finely (I ended up substituting it with canadian bacon when I noticed that in my fridge, you could also use cooked sausage)
  • 4 oz can black olives
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (I substituted with yellow onions)
  • 1/3 cup mushrooms, diced (skipped these since I have any)
  • 3/4 cup colby jack cheese

Directions

  1. Mix together 10 eggs and 1/3 cup milk.
  2. Beat eggs and milk with electric mixer until thoroughly combined and frothy.
  3. Add in salt and hot pepper sauce.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Bake in greased 8×8 pan at 350 for 40-50 minutes, until eggs are cooked in the center
  6. Enjoy!

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

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 3/23/15

 

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! Hopefully it makes getting dinner on your table a wee bit easier this week ~ I know sticking to a menu plan has helped our family eat at home and stick to our grocery budget so much these last few weeks.

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This is the last week in our no spend grocery challenge before Spring Break, so we’re keeping it simple here. I’ll head out shopping Tuesday at Kroger before their mega sale ends (I need to stock up on Quaker Granola Bars because my kids eat those for snacks all. the. time.) and we’re just about out of cereal so it’s a great time to take advantage of the sale and re-stock the pantry.

I make our menu plan and grocery list on the weekends, and will share those over on my new Pinterest Menu Planning Board (I would love for you to join me there!) You can also use this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

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Here’s this week’s menu plan . . . 

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Shopping List
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 pound Italian bulk Italian sausage
  • hamburger meat for hamburgers
  • 1 lb dry navy beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chili
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (can substitute with cooked turkey)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 small onions
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 can Italian style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • hamburger buns
  • salad
  • green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pint sour cream + additional sour cream for topping chili
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (1 3/4 cups for enchiladas and additional cheese for topping chili)
  • 8 flour tortillas

 

 

Pantry Staples

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • minced garlic
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • carrot sticks (side for hamburgers)
  • chips (side for hamburgers)
  • Italian herb seasoning
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram (I probably will omit this from the spaghetti recipe)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 2 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp chili powder

 

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!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas. 

 

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread

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Okie dokie folks, do you have a bread machine in your cupboards gathering up dust? 

 

You need to go get it out right now. 

 

(I promise, you’ll thank me later.) :)

 

Last week while running errands I was near our local Great Harvest Bread Company (goodness, I love that store!), and everything in me wanted to go sample some of their yummy bread and grab a loaf to bring home. But at $6 a loaf (craziness!), I knew there was no way I could manage that and stick to our no spend grocery challenge.

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Sticking to a tighter budget makes me a little more creative, and it dawned on me that I could surely make a similar bread at home. I hunted down this recipe, dumped everything in my bread machine, and goodness, my family devoured that bread.

 

In fact, my husband (by far my biggest critic) told me it was better than the bread at Great Harvest. 

 

Wow. 

 

The best part? I saved $12 by making 2 loaves myself, and a huge amount of drive time getting there and back. Plus, my family has one more reason to think I’m a rockstar.

 

Um . . . so far I’ve found cooking and baking are the only things that make me awesome around this place, so I’ll keep at it. ;)

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Here’s the recipe for you to try out too ~ if you’re in the market for a bread machine this one is similar to the one my mom bought me 15 years ago ~ it’s definitely paid for itself a time or two! I’m betting you could make the same recipe without a bread machine ~ if anyone has any suggestions on how to make it as a regular bread dough leave a comment to share.

Best Ever Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups bread flour (I used regular flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

 

Directions

  1. Combine first seven ingredients in bread machine according to order manufacturer recommends. (I just dumped mine in – flour first – it worked fine.)
  2. Set bread machine on dough cycle.
  3. Once dough is completed, transfer to floured surface and punch dough down. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half and roll into two rectangles that are 9″x14″.
  5. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar.
  6. Spread 1 tablespoon softened butter on top of rectangle, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Roll dough into loaf starting with short ends and pinch seams closed.
  8. Grease 2 loaf pans and place loaves in pans.
  9. Cover and let rise another 3o minutes until doubled in size. (I actually skipped this step, but my dough was left in the bread machine for an extra hour so it had risen mostly while in the machine.)
  10. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cool slightly before enjoying. Yum!

 

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Looking for more bread recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 3/15/15

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! We’re working on week three of our No Spend Grocery Challenge, and while our pantry is definitely looking a little more bare I think we’ll have plenty of food to get us through another week. 

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I make our menu plan and grocery list on the weekends, and will share those over on my new Pinterest Menu Planning Board (I would love for you to join me there!) You can also use this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan . . . 

 

And here’s what items you’ll need to make these too if it’ll help get you started this week . . .
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • barbecue sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

Side Dish Extras

  • bag salad
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies
  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • rice

Pantry Staples

  • milk
  • salt & pepper
  • eggs
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • mustard
  • garlic powder
  • flour

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

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Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

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We needed an easy dinner last night, and when I realized we had everything in the pantry to make this one (which helped us stick to this month’s No Spend Grocery Challenge), I knew this was the perfect recipe! My kids loved it, and while it isn’t the yummiest chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life, it was pretty yummy chicken especially for a lightened up meal. Love that!

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Weight Watcher Parmesan Chicken Cutlets (serves 4) 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in thirds
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix cheese, bread crumbs and seasoning in bag, shake well.
  • Coat chicken in breadcrumb mixture, arrange in nonstick baking dish.
  • Bake until chicken is cooked through 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy – we had it with Weight Watchers Broccoli & Cheese sauce. Yum!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 3/11/15):

  • Sprouts, Meijer, and Fresh Thyme, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb.
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Progresso Bread Crumbs Buy One Get One Free at Publix $1.04

Adapted from Food.com. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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