{Almost Homemade} Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

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I made one Pinterest flop recipe this week (love me some Pinterest, but hate when those recipes flop. . .), so I’ve only got one new recipe to share this week.  This one is such a good one though that you might as well just run on out and grab the ingredients now ~ I promise your family will thank me. ;)

 

Because the ingredient list was so simple I really didn’t expect to be all that impressed with this one, but goodness was I ever! My husband gobbled his down (even ate the leftovers up tonight), and it was all I could do to not eat up every last bite and hang onto those leftovers. If you’re in a hurry but want to enjoy dinner at home this week, this meal’s for you!

 

 

{Almost Homemade} Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Ingredients

  • cooked steak strips (I used 16 oz. Tyson Grilled & Ready Beef Strips)
  • hoagie rolls, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • provolone cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Melt butter on stovetop.
  2. Add in onion, saute for 8-10 minutes, until translucent.
  3. Add in beef strips, cook an additional 5 minutes until heated through.
  4. Place provolone on top of beef and onions in skillet, just long enough to begin to melt.
  5. Transfer beef and cheese mixture onto hoagie rolls, wrap tightly in foil.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes in 350 degree oven, until warmed through.
  7. Unwrap & enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/6/13):

  • Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken or Beef Strips, 16 – 22 oz  BOGO $8.50 at Publix, use $0.75/1 Tyson Grilled & Ready Frozen Bags, Any Variety, Any Size – Store- $1.00/1 Tyson Grilled & Ready Frozen Product, Any – 09-22-13 SS – Manufacturer – (exp. 12/22/13)- $1.50/2 Tyson Grilled & Ready frozen product, any – 09-22-13 SS – Manufacturer – (exp. 12/22/13)
  • Market Pantry Sliced Cheese $2.50 at Target
  • Sargento Sliced Cheese $2.79 at Kroger, use $.50/1 Sargento cheese from 9/22 Smart Source insert

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

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Last week after posting this taco meat in the slow cooker, a PPP reader asked for a recipe for chicken tacos like Moe’s Southwest Grill, but I haven’t eaten there before so I wasn’t sure where to start!  Another reader commented that she thinks this recipe is just like Moe’s, and since it was so easy, I decided to give it a try.

 

I have no idea if you’ll think they’re like Moe’s (you’ll have to let me know!), but it was such a simple recipe and really delicious ~ a great way to get easily get dinner on the table! I used a bunch of ingredients from my stockpile which always saves some moo-lah, and my family loved our bargain taco night. Here’s how to get dinner cooking in your home too. . .

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • taco seasoning packet

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  2. Pour salsa over chicken.
  3. Cook on low, 5-7 hours.
  4. Shred up meat and add serve in tacos, along with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  5. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/30/13):

 

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

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs recipe is so simple that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. But, for whatever reason, it never dawned on me to try it out before so I thought maybe you’d missed this easy meal deal too. The best part is, you can have it for dinner early in the week, then easily make up some Mini Meatball Subs later in the week and get two meals easily done with one days worth of cooking.

 

And the cooking? Well, you’re literally just popping it all in Mrs. Potts, so not much cooking to even fool with. Here’s what you’ll need to get started. . .

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Put spaghetti sauce, undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in frozen meatballs.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Before serving, cook spaghetti.
  5. Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta ~ enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Mueller’s Pasta Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Classico Pasta Sauce Buy One Get One Free $2.89, use $1/3 Classico Pasta Sauce
  • Prego $.98 at Kroger, use $.40/2 from the 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Barilla Pasta Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Barilla Pasta or from 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Cole’s Garlic Toast Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $.50/1 Cole’s

 

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

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Since Publix has Pork Chops on sale this week Buy One Get One Free (making them $2.49/lb., which is a rare deal these days!) and Kroger also has them for $2.99/lb., I figured I’d share our all time favorite pork chop recipe with you! I actually haven’t re-made this one this week (so pardon the picture ~ goodness, my photography has never been great but in the early days it was just downright pitiful), however I promise your family will love this one.  I’ve got nothing but positive reviews on it, and we just love it so I think I’m going to add it to the menu plan for the weekend  . . . even if just so I can re-do the pictures!

 

 

(Do you know how weird it is to take a picture of just about every single recipe you make? My family hasn’t had a hot meal in at least three years. . . but I digress.) ;)

 

Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 lbs. potatoes, peeled
  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk, skim is fine
  • 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional

Instructions

  1. (for the pork chops)
  2. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours. (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
  3. (for the potatoes)
  4. Roast garlic. To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.
  5. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash. Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you’d like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  7. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
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Here are a few more of our family’s favorite pork chop recipes . . .

 

5 Ingredient Grilled Pork Chop Marinade

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Pork Chops

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Pork Chops Buy One Get One Free ($2.49/lb.) at Publix
  • Pork Chops $2.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Cream soups on sale $59 at Aldi
  • Potatoes $1.99/5lb. bag at Bi Lo
  • Red Potatoes $1.99/lb. bag at Winn Dixie
  • Russet Potatoes $3.99/lb at Kroger

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

Sausage and Veggie Calzone Recipe (made simple with store brought pizza dough)

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You have no excuse to pay full price for calzones ever again. Seriously. We made this last night, my family gobbled it all up, and I was just wishing I’d doubled up on the recipe.  Since Publix has their store bought pizza dough on sale this week, I’ll be stocking up and popping it in the freezer. (Thanks to PPP reader Susan for letting me know it freezes well!)

 

Reagan was a wee bit excited while helping out in the kitchen ;)

You can add absolutely whatever you like to make a calzone (I think we’ll try Barbecue Chicken Calzones next time), and you just can’t mess it up. Here’s the recipe we tried out, but I’d love to hear what other versions you’ve made too using store bought pizza dough too!

Sausage & Veggie Calzone (made simple with store brought pizza dough)

Ingredients

  • store bought pizza dough (we used one of the Publix refrigerated doughs, but you could also use a similar Pillsbury crust or make your own)
  • 8 oz Italian sausage
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp margarine or butter, melted
  • Parmesan cheese
  • marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook sausage over medium heat in skllet.
  3. Once sausage is cooked, remove from heat.
  4. Add mushrooms, spinach and water to skillet.
  5. Cook mushrooms and spinach on low heat until spinach wilts and mushrooms soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add sausage back to pan.
  6. Combine ricotta, mozzarella Italian seasoning, red pepper, garlic salt and egg in mixing bowl.
  7. Dive dough into two equal portions. Roll out flat into a circle.
  8. Spread 1/2 ricotta mixture onto each calzone.
  9. Top with sausage mixture, making sure to leave space around the edges.
  10. Add half of the mozzarella to each calzone.
  11. Fold crust over and press tightly to seal.
  12. Brush calzones with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  13. Transfer to baking sheet or pizza pan and bake for 15-25 minutes until dough is cooked through.
  14. Serve with marina sauce ~ enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Publix Pizza Dough Buy One Get One Free (find it in the bakery department)
  • Caroline Pride Sausage on sale $2.50 at Kroger
  • Baby Portabella Mushrooms $1.79 at Publix 
  • Barilla Pasta Sauce Buy One Get One Free $2.59 at Publix

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

Smothered {Smashburger} Chicken Sandwich Recipe

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If I could eat nothing but Smashburger Chicken Sandwiches for the rest of my entire life, I’m pretty sure I’d be a happy girl.They are by far my favorite almost-fast-food-restaurant on the planet, however the price for feeding my brood of five there are pretty steep (although I’m always on the lookout for coupons), so I’ve been determined to come up with a way to mimic their Smothered Chicken Sandwich at home.

I think the key is undoubtedly in the smashing (and smashing . . . and smashing.) Quite possibly my least favorite job in the kitchen is spent flattening out a bunch of chicken, but oh my word. This. is. worth. it. (seriously!)  So, get some gloves on, cover your chicken up with parchment paper or plastic wrap, and get smashing.

(You can do this ~ promise.)

{Smashburger Inspired} Smothered Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns (you want a good bun ~ possibly a Kaiser roll even)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in skillet over low medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, and sugar, and cook 15 minutes stirring frequently, until cooked through and onions begin to caramelize. Set aside.
  3. Smash chicken with a meat mallet as flat as possible (to about 3/4 inch thickness.) If you don't have a meat mallet, cover chicken with plastic wrap and roll it flat with a rolling pin.
  4. Melt butter on stovetop in the same skillet you used to cook the mushrooms and onions.
  5. Add chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper on each side.)
  6. Cook over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side, keeping pan covered while it's cooking.
  7. Once chicken is no longer pink and cooked through, add chicken to sandwich buns.
  8. Add a slice of swiss cheese on top of chicken sandwich.
  9. Place onion and mushroom back in skillet for a few minutes to re-heat, then add on top of swiss cheese and add bun on top.
  10. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/25/13):

  • Baby Portabella Mushrooms $1.79 at Publix
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.99 at Publix
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Buy One Get One Free at Kroger
  • Sweet Onions $.89/2 lb bag at Aldi
  • Market Pantry Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 2.5lb. $5.99 at Target
  • Market Pantry Deli Sliced Cheese $2.25, use $1.50/3 Market Pantry Cheese at Target
Zax Sauce
Looking for more chicken recipes?  Here are a few of my favorites. . .

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

Slow Cooker London Broil With Brown Gravy

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I’ve never made London broil in the slow cooker (we’ve only grilled it a few times), but when I saw Publix had them on sale I knew I had to see if there was any easy way to cook it.  After reading through the comments HERE, I couldn’t wait to try out this recipe, and oh my goodness I’m so glad I did!

 

My family loved it (seriously, loved it). And I loved it because it took precisely three minutes to prepare everything except the potatoes. It works out great with the London Broil sale at Publix this week and Aldi’s great price on potatoes, so go ahead and pull Mrs. Potts out and let her do the cooking for you!

 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 packet brown gravy
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 packet italian dressing
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 London broil (2-3 lbs.)

Instructions

  1. Place London broil in slow cooker.
  2. Add seasoning packets and slightly rub them into the meat.
  3. Pour water around the meat in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and use the juices as the gravy.
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/11/13):

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

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

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Last Friday my husband had knee surgery which was supposed to be finished lickety-split, and we thought he’d be back up and running around by the weekend.

 

Ummm . . . but that didn’t happen.

 

Instead, the surgery was a little bit bigger than they’d expected, and he’ll be on crutches for the next six weeks.

 

Six. Weeks. Ouch.

 

So, I’ve been laying out his clothes, putting paste on his toothbrush, taking care of a few household chores he usually handles, and trying to just survive three busy kids and one pitiful husband. To say we’re all exhausted around here is an understatement.

 

However when a few friends offered to bring me dinner Friday night, I absolutely said no. (I cook dinner most nights all by myself, so this little surgery was nothing special, right?) Friday when we got home though, I was faced with figuring out how James was going to manage our two story house on crutches, what on earth to make for dinner, and ~ as luck would have it ~ our air conditioning stopped working on what had to be the hottest day of the summer here in Alabama.

 

So when those friends of mine brought dinner over anyway, well, that was just the nicest little gift. I’d forgotten what a blessing it is to have a meal show up at your door, but it meant so much to all of us, and reminded me how important it is to take a meal to someone else when the opportunity arises.

 

My two cents? Always accept a meal when someone offers. And, be sure to offer a meal whenever you can. ;) This recipe is just perfect if you’re trying to come up with something to make and take, and awfully yummy to keep at home too.

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, divided
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can milk (just use the can that the cream of chicken soup was in)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Unroll crescent roll dough into 16 triangles.
  3. Place some of the shredded chicken and about a sprinkling of cheese in each triangle. Press to seal around the chicken.
  4. Once all 16 rolls are rolled up, bake in pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix together cream of chicken soup and milk.
  6. Remove crescent rolls from oven, and pour cream of chicken and milk mixture over crescent rolls.
  7. Top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  8. Enjoy!
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They also brought over this BTS Cake. Oh my heavens ~ yum. (I’ll post the recipe this weekend . . . I’m now back on a diet thanks to all that yummy food!)

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe {Slow Cooker}

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Have I mentioned lately I love Mrs. Potts? I don’t know about you, but our afternoon schedule this fall is about to make me bonkers, and if it weren’t for her doing the cooking at least one night a week I’m pretty sure we’d rarely manage a real meal around here. Thankfully all I have to do is throw in the ingredients in the morning, and she finishes up the work for me throughout the day!

 

 

When a friend of mine shared this Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe with me,  I couldn’t wait to try it.  It makes a ton of soup (seriously ~ my large crockpot was filled to the brim last night), so you can easily make a batch up now, enjoy leftovers later this week, and still have some to pop in your freezer for another busy night. (Success!)

 

(And, if you really want to treat your family, try out these Olive Garden Breadsticks too. My daughter Reagan is just about to lose her first baby tooth ~ I know I’ll be glad to have this picture of that wiggly bottom tooth one of these days!)

 

Olive Garden’s {Slow Cooker} Pasta Fagioli Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 (10 oz) cans beef stock
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 5 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce optional ~ we left this out)
  • 1 20 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz pasta

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Drain fat from beef and add to the slow cooker with everything except the pasta.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  4. Add pasta and cook an additional 30 minutes on high or 45 minutes on low.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (we love the DiGiorno brand) and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/4/13):

  • Mueller’s Pasta BOGO $1.59 at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Kraft Grated Cheese BOGO $3.60 at Publix
  • Del Monte Tomatoes BOGO $3.50 at Publix
  • Publix Ground Round $3.99/lb.
  • Swanson Broth On Sale $2 at Publix
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.50 at Publix, use $1/2 Ragu Pasta coupon from the Best Meals Happen At Home insert
  • Celery $1 at Kroger
  • Carrots $1 at Kroger
  • Ground Chuck 80% in 5 lb. roll $13.45 at Kroger
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.67 at Kroger

Recipe adapted from Food.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HEREThis post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

 

{Six Ingredient} Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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Easy Slow Beef Stroganoff

I’m all for figuring out how to make homemade comfort food and easily as I can, with the absolute least amount of prep work possible. This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe fits the bill.

It literally has six ingredients that you dump in your crockpot, then walk away and let it do the work for you. No fuss, no frills, just quick and easy get-dinner-on-the-table-tonight kind of food.

 

That’s just about as good as it gets around here. (Luckily it turned out to be delicious, too!)

 

 

{Six Ingredient} Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cubed beef stew meat
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Place stew meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire and water in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  3. Add cream cheese after the meat has cooked, and mix well, until heated through.
  4. Serve over noodles ~ enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE



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