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!


Weight Watcher Parmesan Chicken Cutlets (serves 4) 


  • 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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  • 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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20 Meals From Costco For $150


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I think you’re going to love thisI was away at a conference this weekend way out in Utah (enjoying so much fun time with my husband who joined me too ~ we haven’t been away from our kiddos for ages so it was the nicest gift!) Because of our trip, I didn’t have time to put together this week’s menu plan. (So sorry guys ~ but go back and see a complete list of them HERE for free ~ I’ll be back at it next week . . . promise!)


But, I talked with Erin from $5 Dinners while I was at the conference, and goodness, I think you’re going to love what she has for you. She’s put together this amazing (seriously, AMAZING), printable pack that includes directions to make a whopping 20 Meals at Costco for $150.


Folks, it includes everything.


ALL you need.

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(Don’t believe me? Here’s proof):


Complete package includes: 

  • Recipe List & Grocery List
  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to Instructional Assembly Videos

Recipes included in this plan are:

  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • (2) Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • (2) Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • (2) Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

Go HERE and add to cart to get the full access to the recipes and grocery shopping list plus assembly instructions and exclusive video access. And, if that’s not enough Costco, she has five more Costco menu plans you can choose from HERE!


And, if shopping Costco isn’t your thing, she has a few more great options available! Check these out:


Have you tried any of $5 Dollar Dinner menu plans before? I’d love to hear what you think – I think this is a great way to easily tackle menu planning a month at a time, and love that the work’s all done for you! Leave a comment if you’ve tried these before and let me know your thoughts.





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{One Skillet} Pizza Pasta Casserole

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Pizza Pasta Casserole

Don’t you just love when dinner comes together (easily?) On Monday my kids were all home for a snow day, so I decided to start dinner early and have it all out on the counter for everyone to grab before heading out for our weeknight activities.


(I was pretty impressed with myself for being so organized.) 😉



I’m telling you what folks, following a menu plan will make your life so much easier. Even though we swapped around the days a bit this week on our plan, it’s just such a little gift knowing that everything I need to feed my family for the week is in the kitchen.


Not only do we get yummy recipes just about every night, I’m not worrying each afternoon at 5 o’clock what dinner is because we have a plan in place!




Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started ~ you could easily make this all in one pot if you’d like, or if you don’t have a skillet that’s oven safe just mix it all on your stovetop and then pour it into a casserole dish. Either way you’ll have dinner done. 


{And, did I mention it’s delicious?}




One Skillet Pizza Pasta Casserole


  • 8 oz dry pasta (we used bowtie)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 oz Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (I used pizza sauce because that’s what was in the pantry this week, but it was a little on the thick side – next time probably would use spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • fresh parsley (optional)


  • Heat oven to broil.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In oven-save skillet, brown Italian sausage in olive oil, about 3-5 minutes  until cooked through. Drain fat.
  • Add in 1/4 cup pepperoni and cook for 1 minute.
  • Then add in tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  • Stir in cooked pasta and cook an additional minute or two until everything is thoroughly warmed.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella and additional 1/4 cup pepperoni on top and remove from heat.
  • Broil in oven for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Enjoy!


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/28/15):

  • Barilla Pasta $1.16 at Target, get $5 Target gift card when you buy 10 participating items use $1/3 Barilla Pasta
  • Buitoni Pasta BOGO $2.50 at Publix, or Dreamfields Pasta $1.66 use $1/1 Dreamfields Pasta
  • Barilla Pasta $.89 at Kroger when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/3 Barilla Pasta
  • Kraft Cheddar Cheese $2.49 when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/2 Kraft cheese
  • Hormel Pepperoni $2.49 when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni
  • Sargento Cheese BOGO at Publix $2.49, use $.50/2 Sargento coupon from the 1/25 SmartSource insert
  • Ragu BOGO $2.79 at Publix, use $1/2 coupon from the 1/4 or 1/25 Red Plum insert


Looking for more easy recipes like this one? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

Recipe adapted from DamnDelicious, and thanks to I Heart Publix for some of the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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{Pantry} Chicken Stew

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Note from Laurie ~ I was looking over Shannon’s recipe and it looked so good that I decided to pop it in Mrs. Potts today. (It’s 10 degrees outside, so definitely the kind of day for some chicken stew!) To make it in the crockpot, I put the potatoes in Mrs. Potts along with 2 cups of chicken broth (I boiled 2 cups water and added in 1 cube chicken bouillon) and set on high for one hour. Next I’ll mash the potatoes up, add in the remaining ingredients except the butter, and let it simmer all day (I’ll add the butter in a few minutes before serving.) This looks so good ~ I’ll let you know if we like it tonight!


UPDATE from Laurie – IT WAS SO GOOD! I added the potatoes and 2 cups chicken broth to my slow cooker and cooked on high for an hour until they were pretty soft. (My slow cooker cooks FAST, so you may need to cook them a little longer if yours doesn’t.) Then I mashed the potatoes, added everything else in except the margarine/butter (decided to skip those completely) and the chicken was even frozen. I let it cook for 5 hours on low. Shredded chicken and mixed everything back in. It was one of my husband’s favorites! (It makes a LOT – my crockpot was actually overflowing so I only added a total of about 4.5 cups of broth – including the 2 cups I used for the potatoes initially.)


This is the perfect recipe for those cold winter days. I’m betting you have everything you need in your pantry for this recipe, which makes it just the perfect recipe.

I craved my Grandmama’s Chicken Stew when I was pregnant with my 16-year-old and never got it (since we lived in Alaska away from family.)  It never dawned on me that I can actually make it myself!  :)  When I found this recipe about a year ago I messed it up a few times, however this final recipe is just delicious. And it tastes just like any restaurant (and my Grandmama’s) Chicken Stew.



Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 large onions
  • 7 cups of water
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cans of corn (or 1 bag of frozen corn)
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or (1) 28 oz can
  • 5 tsp of salt
  • 3 small chicken boullion cubes


  1. Place the water in an 8 quart stockpot.
  2. Add potatoes and onions cook on high for 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Take 1 cup of cooked potatoes out and mash that cup potatoes using a fork.
  5. Return mashed potatoes to stock pot (this will thicken your soup.)
  6. Add corn, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, bouillon cubes, sugar and cooked chicken (I cook my chicken in my crock pot for 3-4 hours on low, then shred)
  7. Cook on low at least an hour.
  8. Add butter 45 minutes before serving.
  9. Freeze leftovers. Yum!

If you’d like to make the recipe using a whole chicken instead of boneless skinless chicken breast, check out the original recipe at Southern Plate. 
Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/7/15):

  • Earth Fare $5 Rotisserie Chicken every Friday
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Frozen Chicken Breasts 18-26 oz $4.99 after Mega Sale
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Buy One Get One Free at Kroger (Midsouth Region)
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $2.49/lb. after BOGO sale
  • Publix Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag $2.99
  • Kroger Organic Russet Potatoes 3 lb. bag on sale $1.99
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables BOGO at Publix
  • Meijer Canned Vegetables $.79


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

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken Alfredo

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Okie dokie folks. This is the easiest-ever-don’t-even-think-about-it-meal-when-you-just-really-need-dinner-tonight.


Nothing fancy.


Just emergency food. 😉


In case you’re like me and occasionally have those days too.


This Monday (yes, Cyber Monday would be the one), I came down with the all out worst stomach bug I have ever had in my life. 


We’re talking, so bad my husband stayed home from work Monday to keep our kids.


That bad.


(Since my kids were off school Monday, he figured he’d better stay home to make sure I didn’t die under their watch. I think he was really afraid that might  happen.) Thankfully I had a few helpers here to keep up deal hunting a bit, and I posted deals as I could from my laptop in bed.


It wasn’t pretty.


Tuesday came though, and thankfully I felt oh-so-much-better, but at lunchtime I realized my family would be expecting a meal for dinner that night.


I took a look around my pantry, freezer and fridge, noticed I happened to have my emergency-chicken-alfredo-staples on hand, and pulled out Mrs. Potts. (After of course scrubbing an extra time or two because the last thing I wanted was to pass on any germs around here!)


Mrs. Potts (again) saved the day. Dinner was served, and my family all loved it. (A tiny miracle around here!) So, if you have one of those oh-my-goodness-what-on-earth-do-I-feed-these-people-for-dinner-again-kind-of-days, this little recipe’s right here for you.


You’re welcome. 😉


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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken (aka Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken Alfredo)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute with Healthy Request cream of chicken soup or try out these substitutes here – let me know if they work for you!)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine ~ that’s what I used)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packet Italian Seasoning mix (can also make your own at home)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • pasta (whatever type your family likes)
  1. Place chicken, Italian seasoning, water, and soup in slow cooker.
  2. Give it a quick stir, then cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  3. 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken and add in cream cheese. Give it another good stir to mix everything well.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  5. Once cream cheese is heated through and everything mixes together, give it one more stir.
  6. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked pasta, top with parmesan cheese and parsley if you want to be fancy.
  7. Enjoy. 😉


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 12/3/14):

  • Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.58 at Publix, use $1/2 Garden Delight
  • Kroger Pasta $1
  • Campbell’s Condensed Soup $1 at Kroger, use $.40/2 coupon from the 10/12 SmartSource insert
  • Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Frozen) 32 oz $6.79 at Publix or Fresh Publix Greenwise Chicken Breast Antibiotic Free $3.49/lb.
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 3 lb. bag $7.99 (will vary by region)
  • Kroger Cream Cheese $1.25


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

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Oh my.


This Broccoli Cheese Soup at home is divine. 


Better than Panera.


And Mrs. Potts will do most of the work for you.


You’re welcome. 😉


My husband and I loved this recipe, my 14 year old liked it, and my 11 and 7 year old actually ate it. Success? :)


Here’s how to get a yummy warm & toasty meal on the table at your home too (and I highly recommend you include a side of homemade bread. Perfection!)


Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 12 oz cans evaporated milk
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (I substituted with frozen broccoli which I cooked in the microwave and drained well - to make sure there wasn't too much liquid I reduced the chicken broth by 1/2 cup as frozen veggies are usually packed with water when they cook)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese


  1. In large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions until they become transparent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and flour, as well as a little salt and pepper to flavor.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Using a whisk, slowly add in evaporated milk and stir well to make it smooth.
  6. Cook mixture until it begins to thicken, then pour into slow cooker with chicken broth, broccoli & thyme.
  7. Cover and cook 2 1/2 - 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  8. Turn heat off (or warm if you have that option), and add in heavy cream, shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!



Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/19/14):

  • Broccoli Buy One Get One Free at Giant Eagle and Food Lion
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Swanson Chicken Broth $.50 at Dollar General (14 oz) or $1.89 at Walmart & Target (32 oz), use $1/2 Swanson coupon from the 10/5 SmartSource insert or $1/2 Swanson printable coupon

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy – thanks for a wonderful recipe!  Thanks also to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Mini Sliders with Secret Sauce

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I’ve found the perfect burger for you when it’s too cold outside to grill. 


You’re welcome. 😉


We don’t eat hamburgers all that often in the winter, but these taste so good that they’re worth the extra effort! And, since I have a tiny obsession with slider sandwiches (they’re the perfect size for my kids to decide if they just want one or two), these were just a great weeknight meal.


There really isn’t all that much to them beyond a regular burger, but the special sauce (and some French’s onions if you’re really going all out), make them a little more exciting than your regular weeknight meal. I ended up shaping the burgers in muffin cups like the original recipe suggested (it made it easy to come out with the right portions), but think you could probably skip this step if you have a good idea of what the size of your burger should be.


Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . . 


Mini Sliders with Secret Sauce


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • muffin liners (optional, but this makes them easier to portion)
  • salt and pepper
  • slider buns
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • dijon mustard
  • relish
  • extra toppings (optional) - lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese, French's onions


  1. Divide ground beef into 8 portions.
  2. Place muffin liners in muffin tin - sprinkle each cup with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape each portion of beef into a ball and place in lined muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper on top.
  4. Add another liner on top of the meat and push down to form the burger (I skipped this step and just formed the burgers with my hands.)
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook burgers in hot skillet until slightly browned (3 minutes) then flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and relish in a small bowl to make the sauce.
  7. Add burger to slider bun, top with secret sauce as well as any other toppings and enjoy!


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/12/14):

  • Kroger Mayo $3.49 when you buy 10  participating Mega Sale items, use $.75/1 Kraft Mayo
  • Kroger Slider Buns $1.49
  • Publix Hunt’s Ketchup $.93
  • French’s Dijon Mustard $1.97 at Walmart, use $.75/1 French’s coupon

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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{Easy} Lasagna Alfredo

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Earlier this week we needed dinner done in a hurry, and tried out this super easy way to make Lasagna Alfredo at home when time was just short. I forgot the spinach at the store (ack!), and took advantage of a few prepared foods to make life just a little easier. (I wish I’d had time to cook the chicken at home and make homemade Alfredo sauce, but some nights that just doesn’t happen, and I always better than heading through the drive-thru in a pinch!)


My kids loved it, my husband love it, and it made a huge pan including enough for leftovers later in the week. I promise, working to stick to our menu these last few weeks really has kept our grocery budget in check, and it’s taken so much stress off me trying to figure out what we’re having each night! (If you’d like to see this week’s menu plan and grocery list, check it out over HERE.)


(The picture’s kind of awful – it was late, and we need dinner. Just trust me that it’s much yummier than it looks!) 😉


Lasagna Alfredo


  • 16 oz package lasagna noodles
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked
  • (2) 16 oz jars Alfredo sauce (or make your own from scratch)
  • 4 cups mozzarella
  • 2 pints ricotta
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 360 and cook lasagna noodles to al dente. Drain noodles.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together chicken and one jar Alfredo sauce.
  3. In another bowl, mix together ricotta and drained, thawed spinach. (Make sure to drain all liquid out of spinach or your lasagna will be runny.)
  4. In 9x13" baking dish, layer one layer of lasagna noodles.
  5. Then pour chicken & Alfredo mixture, and sprinkle on top with one cup Mozzarella.
  6. Place another layer of noodles on top of that, and spread spinach & ricotta mixture next.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of remaining Alfredo sauce on top of spinach mixture, and spread out.
  8. Then add another cup of mozzarella over the sauce, and one more layer of noodles.
  9. Top with remaining Alfredo sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes ~ enjoy!

Here are the best deals I see this week (as of 10/1/14)

  • Barilla Pasta $1 at Kroger, use $1/2 Barilla or $.55/2 coupon from the 9/7 SmartSource insert
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.17 at Kroger, use $1/2 coupon from the 9/7 SmartSource insert
  • Ragu On Sale $1.50 at Publix (or make homemade Alfredo sauce)
  • Publix Shredded Cheese $2.50 at Publix
  • Sargento Cheese on sale $2.50 at Kroger
  • Tyson Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins 32 oz $6 at Publix
  • Green Giant Frozen Frozen Boxed Veggies $1.07 at Target, buy 10 get $5 Target gift card (also check out this scenario to get free ground beef while you’re at it)

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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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Goodness gracious, folks, I am loving (LOVING!) having a menu plan in place again (and scheduling a grocery trip on Sunday nights!) It’s been so much easier to get dinner on the table each night, and fun to try out new recipes too because I have the menu set and grocery list made at the beginning of the week. (If you’re struggling with this, check this out, and you can also join my fall menu planning board on Pinterest!)


I wasn’t sure quite what to expect of this this recipe, but it turned out so well. It took about 15 minutes to prepare, and was a nice different take on plain old taco night. (Although, after looking through my fridge and pantry this week we’ll definitely be adding tacos to the menu next week – I’ve got to use up a few items we have on hand!) Here’s how to get dinner done in your home too on a busy night . . .

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tortillas
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • green onions (optional)
  • black olives (optional - I forgot I had them in my pantry but they would have been great!)


  1. Cook pasta in boiling water, 8-10 minutes.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown beef over medium heat until cooked through.
  3. Add in cream cheese, salt and chili powder, mix together and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Once pasta is cooked, toss pasta in melted butter.
  5. Fill pasta shells with beef and place in 9"x13" pan.
  6. Pour taco sauce over shells, then cover with foil and bake 15 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, add cheese and tortilla chips on top of pasta shells, and bake an additional 15 minutes without foil.
  8. Remove from oven and top with green onions, sour cream, olives, and any other toppings. Enjoy!

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/27/14):

  • Ground Beef on sale $4.49 at Publix or $2.99 at Aldi
  • Or, Ground Beef on sale 15% off at Target, use $1 off $5 meat coupon when you text THANKS to 827437
  • Kroger Cream Cheese and Sour Cream $1
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.50/1 at Publix, use $.50/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese recent printable (no longer available)
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $3 Buy One Get One Free at Target, use $1/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese

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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Homemade Uncrustables: Just 19¢ Per Sandwich

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It really is the little things in life that get me oh-so-excited! This week when I saw all the fantastic prices on PB&J at Publix & Kroger, it dawned on me (because I’m so smart? ~ahem~ ) that I should try out making homemade uncrustables.


Seriously folks, why has this taken so long????


I ordered my very own homemade-uncrustable-maker Monday from Amazon, it arrived in my mailbox today, and this afternoon I whipped up exactly 20 PB&J sandwiches all ready to go for school. (School that doesn’t even start for two weeks. I was just too excited to wait.) 😉




I absolutely hate racing around in the morning before school trying to put together sandwiches, but even more than that I hate paying so much for Smuckers to make Uncrustables for me, so this was brilliantB.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T., I’m telling you! Kinda sad that it took 14 years of mommying for me to figure this one out, but I’m going to teach you how to make them too now so that you can be just as smart as me, probably a whole lot sooner.


Ready? 😉


Gather up your ingredients.


Use your Wonder Sandwich Seal’R N’ DeCruster.

Slather some peanut butter in the center part of your bread (not too close to the edges since you’ll lose them – I like to put peanut butter on both sides of the bread so it keeps the sandwiches from getting soggy.)

Plop some jelly on each sandwich and spread it out. (The photo shows too much jelly, I ended up using a little less on each sandwich but was in a hurry taking the pictures!)

Then use the your de-cruster to remove the crusts. (I can’t believe I missed getting a picture of trying it out! Be sure to press down on the outsides only of the de-cruster so you get a nice seal.

Then wrap in plastic bags, foil, or saran wrap, and place in larger freezer bag, being sure to label which type you’ve made if you have picky pb&j eaters like I do. (I have a crunchy-peanut-butter-and-jelly-eater, creamy-peanut-butter-only-eater, and creamy-peanut-butter-and-jelly-eater at home, so I love that I can make all of them at once this way!)

Pop those babies in the freezer, and your lunches are made for school. WOOOOHOOOOO!

(kinda sad, but I really am just that excited about this. I think I’ll say it one more time  . . . WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!) 😉


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week on PB&J so you can get your supplies ready too (as of 7/30/14):


  • Jif Peanut Butter Mega Sale $1.49, use $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert
  • Smuckers Jelly $1.99, use $.35/1 coupon from the 6/29 REd Plum insert or $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert 
  • Kroger Bread $1



  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter $1.80, use $.25/1 Saving Star, also spend $30 on participating Conagra products, submit for $10 Publix gift card 
  • Smuckers Jelly $1.62, use $.35/1 coupon from the 6/29 REd Plum insert or $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert

Winn Dixie


  • Peanut Delight Peanut Butter $1.49
  • Berryhill Grape Jelly $1.59
And don’t forget to get your Wonder Sandwich Seal’R N’ DeCruster too. (Yes, that’s my affiliate link but feel free to go directly to Amazon if you’d rather not use it ~ I was just so pleased with it and so glad it worked as well as I hoped it would!) 😉
Looking for more ways to simplify lunchbox duty? Here you go.

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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