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. ūüėČ

 

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. ūüėČ

 

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken (aka Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken Alfredo)
Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions
  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. ūüėČ

 

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. ūüėČ

 

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

 

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!)

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/11/slow-cooker-broccoli-cheese-soup/

 

 

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 Рthanks 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. ūüėČ

 

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 . . .¬†

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Mini Sliders with Secret Sauce

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/11/mini-sliders-with-secret-sauce/

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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.)

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

 

Lasagna Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/10/lasagna-alfredo/

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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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

 

We made some¬†yummy¬†chicken enchiladas last night at our house, and while my kiddos complained a good bit about them, my husband and I enjoyed every last bite!¬†On nights like these (when I know the recipe won’t be their favorite . . .) we make our children¬†try a few bites, but I had extra cooked chicken, cheese and tortillas on hand in case it wasn’t their favorite.

 

(I absolutely hated trying new foods as a kid so I remember those days ~ I know they’ll survive and refuse to cook a completely separate meal for them, but I’m pretty sure there was no way I would have tried chicken enchiladas either as a kid, so I guess I have pity on them and it’s easy enough to put out some extra tortilas!)

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My husband raved about this recipe though (success!), and I loved that it was all made from scratch, without using any processed cream soups.¬†It was pretty simple to throw together, and I’m tickled because we’ll have enough¬†leftovers to enjoy it again tomorrow night for our weekly leftover buffet.¬†ūüėČ ¬†Here’s the recipe so you can get cooking today too.

 

(By the way, have you checked out the new PPP menu plans over the weekend with grocery shopping list? I’m telling you what, having these ready to go ahead of time has made cooking at home¬†so much easier each week! I just copy and paste the list into an email to myself, and dinner somehow miraculously gets served.)¬†

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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken (I just boiled frozen chicken breasts)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup sour cream (I used fat free sour cream)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 8 10 inch flour tortillas
  • 12 oz jar taco sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent.
  2. Add in chicken, sour cream, 1 cup Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano and pepper.
  3. Stirring constantly, let cheese melt, then stir in salt, tomato sauce, chili powder, green pepper and garlic.
  4. Add small amount of chicken mixture to each tortilla, roll up and place seam side down in 9x13 baking dish.
  5. Pour taco sauce over tortillas, then sprinkle with additional 3/4 cups Cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake covered 15 minutes at 350.
  7. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling on top.
  8. Cool 10 minutes prior to serving and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/09/homemade-chicken-enchiladas/

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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/10/14):

  • ¬†Winn Dixie Sanderson Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.97/lb. or Meijer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 64 oz package $9.98 ($2.49/lb.)
  • Kroger Heritage Farm Chicken Breast $1.99/lb.
  • Or use Hormel Cooked Chicken Breast at Publix on sale $1.70, use $1/2 coupon from the 8/10 SmartSource insert
  • Onions $.99/2 lb bag at Aldi, Green Peppers $.99/3-pack at Aldi
  • Green Peppers $.59 at Kroger or $.99/lb at Publix
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1.25
  • Sargento Cheese $2.29 at Kroger after Mega Sale, use $1/2 Sargento cheese¬†or $.50/1 Sargento Cheese coupon from the 8/24 SmartSource insert

 

 

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

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Freezer Friendly Chicken Tetrazzini

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Freezer Chicken Tetrazzini

Looking for an easy meal to save the day on a busy weeknight?¬†This recipe is a great way to use up what’s already in your pantry, and you can easily make a double batch and freeze one for later. It doesn’t use any cream soups (I’ve made another one that does use cream soup, so I was thrilled to have this option), and most kids love this one.

 

If you decide to make it to freeze, you can either split the recipe into two smaller pans of tetrazzini and freeze one, or double the batch and make two separate large pans. To freeze the recipe, just mix together the ingredients and freeze BEFORE baking (wrap it well with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.) Then let it thaw in the fridge overnight before making it for supper, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. ¬†It’s also great to make and¬†take to another family if you want to help out with a meal, and is EASY to put together!

Freezer Friendly Homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Ingredients

  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 4.5 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained (or 3/4 cup fresh mushrooms)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter over low heat in large saucepan.
  3. Add in flour, salt, pepper and garlic, and cook stirring constantly until smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and slowly add in chicken broth and half & half.
  5. Return to heat and bring to boiling.
  6. Boil for a minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Add in pasta and chicken, and top with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes at 350, until bubbling.
  9. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/09/freezer-chicken-tetrazzini/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/3/14):

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb at Food Lion
  • Perdue Buy One Get One Free Chicken Breast at Kroger
  • Kraft Parmesan Cheese $2.99 after Kroger Mega Sale or Buy One Get One at Harris Teeter

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

Ingredients

  • 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!)

Instructions

  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 at 350 for 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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/08/taco-stuffed-pasta-shells/

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¬Ę 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.) ūüėČ

 

WHY HAS IT TAKEN ME SO LONG TO FIGURE THIS OUT???

 

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¬†brilliant.¬†B.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? ūüėČ

 

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!!!!!) ūüėČ

 

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):

Kroger

  • 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

 

Publix

  • 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

Aldi

  • 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!) ūüėČ
Looking for more ways to simplify lunchbox duty? Here you go.

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday Рthanks 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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Simple Rosemary Chicken Kabobs

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Here’s the fastest recipe post you’ll ever see, because I’m scooting out the door to pick up my kids from VBS!

They’re having a great week – so very thankful for that. ūüėČ

 

These Rosemary Chicken Kabobs were¬†soooooo¬†good – absolutely the yummiest and easiest chicken, and ready in no time other than 30 minutes to marinade. Serve with a side salad, some garlic mashed potatoes and veggies, and dinner’s done.

 

You can do this.

 

Enjoy!

 

Simple Rosemary Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary (I substituted with dry Rosemary because it was all I had)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in 1 inch slices

Instructions

  1. Mix together first nine ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Place cut up chicken in a large plastic bag, and pour marinade over top.
  3. Let marinade for 30 minutes in fridge.
  4. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  5. Put chicken on skewers.
  6. Oil grill grate lightly, then grill skewers for 8-12 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/07/simple-rosemary-chicken-kabobs/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/16/14):

  • Sam‚Äôs- Chicken Breasts $1.88/lb
  • Publix-¬†¬†Chicken Breasts $2.49/lb
  • Aldi- ¬†Chicken Breasts $2.49/lb
  • Kroger-¬†Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts, per lb ‚Äď $2.99
  • (see more on comparing Sam’s Club prices over HERE)

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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Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos

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I came across this recipe for slow cooker chipotle beef tacos earlier this week, and was so excited because I had a roast in the freezer that I was hoping to use this week!¬†The best part though was having dinner¬†made in the morning ~ it’s amazing how much easier it is to stick with a menu plan when supper’s already cooking for you.

 

This did require a wee bit more work than most of my slow cooker recipes, but it was worth it to have a different way to use Mrs. Potts! If you love Mexican you’ll definitely want to also try out these Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas¬†or Slow Cooker Taco Meat – they’re one of our all time favorites and another way to keep from heating up the kitchen in the summertime!

 

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • tortillas
  • taco toppings (cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, onion)

Instructions

  1. In large skillet, heat oil to medium high heat.
  2. Combine chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika in small bowl, then rub into beef.
  3. Put beef in the skillet once oil is hot and sear each side.
  4. Once the beef has been seared, return to slow cooker.
  5. Add beef broth, tomato paste, and minced chipotle to skillet, being sure to scrape up the browned bits from around the pan.
  6. Bring sauce to boil and reduce heat - then simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit.
  7. Add diced onion and garlic on top of the beef in the slow cooker. Then pour sauce over top of the beef, onions and garlic.
  8. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  9. Remove beef from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Mix in onions with beef.
  10. Serve on top of tortillas and add your favorite toppings - enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-chipotle-beef-tacos/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/9/14):

  • Kroger Boneless Chuck Roast $4.99/lb.
  • Vidalia Onions $.99/lb at Kroger, use $.50/1 Vidalia Onions coupon
  • Taco Bell Dinner Kit at Publix – use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier for tortillas
  • Use $.50/1 Azteca Flour Tortillas coupon (try zip 03103 if you don’t see the coupon)
  • Breakstones Sour Cream BOGO $2.70 at Publix or Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
Be sure to also see how to cook taco meat in the slow cooker if you’re looking for more ways to easily put a meal together this summer!

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

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4 Ingredient Stove Top Roast with Onion Gravy

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When my 14-year old asked for a roast this week (the kid loves beef, but I make a lot of chicken around here), I had to oblige. (How often can you say no to a growing teenage boy who actually wants you to cook a meal?) And of course, when I saw roasts were on sale at our local Giant Store Buy One Get One Free, roast was on the menu.

 

(Have I mentioned lately how important it is to make recipes based on ¬†your sales ad? So yes, when chicken’s on sale we have chicken, when beef’s on sale we get beef. It helps your budget so much when you menu plan strategically!)

Because making a penny pinched meal always makes me happy, I of course had to do the math on what this dinner cost.¬†(I know, I’m weird that way but I really do calculate the price the entire time I’m cooking.) Here’s the breakdown:

  • Roast $6.77 (on sale Buy One Get One Free at Giant)
  • Baked Potatoes $1.25 (used half of one 5 lb. bag – on sale for $2.50)
  • Onions $.49 from Aldi
  • Green Beans Market Pantry Canned Veggies that I bought for $.41 a few weeks ago)
  • Biscuits $1 (I’m guessing on this one – my husband had them in his fridge whenever he was up here in Ohio ahead of us)
  • Total = $9.92 to feed our family of 5 with leftovers or $1.98 per person ~ and much cheaper than it would have been at a restaurant!
Okie dokie, here’s the recipe so you can penny pinch a meal for your family too.)

4 Ingredient Stove Top Roast with Onion Gravy

Ingredients

  • 4 onions
  • 1 bottom round roast
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place onions in bottom of large pot.
  2. Season roast well with salt and pepper, and place it on top of the onions.
  3. Pour vinegar around the bottom of the roast (no additional liquid will be needed - the roast will make its own gravy.)
  4. Heat over high heat to simmering, then reduce heat to low and cook 3-4 hours covered (3 hours was plenty for ours), without taking the lid off while it's cooking.
  5. Remove roast from pan.
  6. Whisk together flour and water.
  7. Pour flour mixture into drippings on the skillet ~ stir until thickened.
  8. Carve roast and serve with gravy.
  9. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/06/4-ingredient-stove-top-roast-with-onion-gravy/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 6/4/14):

  • Publix Sirloin Tip Roast on sale $4.49/lb
  • Bi Lo Bottom Round Roast on sale $2.99/lb
  • Winn Dixie Bottom Round Roast on sale Buy One Get One Free $2.99/lb
  • Kroger Vidalia Onions on sale $.59/lb or $.99/lb at Publix (also check Aldi for these if you have one nearby)
  • Serve with Simply Potatoes BOGO at Publix and Winn Dixie (use $1/2 coupon from the 6/1 Red Plum insert)

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

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Corn Dog Muffins

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Corn Dog Muffins

I really (really) wanted to make this recipe to share with you today. I shopped my pantry for all the ingredients, had them right out on the counter (except for the beer ~ I planned to swap that one out with water. . . ), ūüėČ and had just about pulled down the bread machine from the top shelf.

 

But then I started thinking that lots of folks might not have a bread machine. Or the energy to put together pretzel hot dogs. Or would just figure that if you’re going to wrap bread around a hot dog you might just as well make a pig-in-a-blanket with some crescent rolls out of the fridge.

 

So you’re getting these instead. ūüėČ

 

Please don’t judge the fact that my kids eat corn dogs occasionally. In all reality they love them, and I figure that if you’re heading to the ballpark where you’re going to buy them a corn dog anyways, you can just as easily pop these in the oven and save at least a few calories since they’re not fried. (And did I mention you’d pinch a few pennies too?)

 

You’re welcome.

 

In just a few weeks I {hope!} we’ll be all set up in our new kitchen and I’ll be sharing a few 0h-so-fancy recipes that aren’t made completely for folks under the age of 14. ¬†But for now we’re still keeping it simple around here making recipes with what I’ve got in the kitchen. Maybe it’ll help you out too if you’re feeling a little overdone this week!

 

Note: I made the mistake of putting the hot dogs in on top of the batter ~ I think if you’ll place those in the muffin tins first, you’ll have much prettier muffins! ūüėȬ†

 

 

Corn Dog Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 8.5 oz. packages Cornbread Mix (I used Jiffy)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 hot dogs cut in chunks

Instructions

  1. Grease 18 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together cornbread mix and brown sugar in large bowl.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs and milk.
  4. Add milk mixture to corn bread mixture, then stir in cheese.
  5. Place pieces of hot dogs down into muffin cups.
  6. Pour corn bread batter over each cup, about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool for five minutes, then serve!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/05/corn-dog-muffins/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/7/14:)

  • Ball Park Hot Dogs BOGO $3.20 at Publix
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.99 at Publix, use $.70/1 Kroger ecoupon
  • Kroger Bar-S Hot Dogs $1
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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Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

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Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

 

My friend (and amazing helper!) Shannon has been telling me forever about this Tex Mex Chicken Casserole recipe, and finally I took her advice and actually made it! I looked through my fridge, freezer and pantry and had everything ready right there in the kitchen, so I was thrilled to make dinner without an extra trip to the grocery store.

It was so simple to put together, and definitely a hit. Because it was more than we really needed I split it into two smaller dishes and shared half with a friend – her family served it with chips ~ we had ours as a main dish with a salad ~ and we all had dinner done! Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .

 

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (I used their Healthy Request brand)
  • 4 oz sour cream (I used light)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (also used light) ūüôā
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • black beans (optional - I left these out but think they would be delicious!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together cooked rice, chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, softened cream cheese, Rotel, chili powder, red onion, black beans (optional) and 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese.
  2. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish or two smaller dishes.
  3. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle additional 3/4 cups cheddar cheese over casserole.
  5. Bake another 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Cool 10 minutes - Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/04/tex-mex-chicken-casserole/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/30/14):

  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream BOGO $2.69 at Publix
  • Uncle Ben’s Rice 5 lb. BOGO $7.59, use $1/3 printable or $1/4 from the 4/6 Red Plum insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese $3 at Publix
  • Rotel BOGO $1.35 at Publix or $1 at Winn Dixie
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.69/lb.
  • Market Pantry Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $5.99, use $1 off Market Pantry Frozen Chicken when you text¬†RECIPE¬†to 827438
  • Use $.50/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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

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{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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Here’s just about the easier slow cooker recipe I’ve ever made.¬†(Well, I don’t know . . . this one and this one are pretty easy too ~ maybe all things in the slow cooker = easy?)

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As you can tell though, we’ve been keeping things pretty simple around here lately, and this was a great way to use up a few ingredients from the pantry.¬†You could also add pepperoni, black olives, or any other toppings on top of the other ingredients, but this one worked well for us since I didn’t happen to have those on hand. I even used frozen Boca Veggie crumbles that were free¬†forever¬†ago (and happen to be on sale this week as well), so I was thrilled to get one more item out of the freezer! Here’s how to easily get dinner on the table at your house too . . .

 

 

{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

Ingredients

  • 28 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms, black olives, or onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Layer half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Then add half the pasta, half the ground beef, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms or black olives (optional.)
  4. Add another layer of all the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/04/slow-cooker-rigatoni/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/23/14):

Curious how to cook ground beef in the slow cooker so you can just make up a big batch for recipes like this? Here you go (just leave out the taco seasonings.)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday Рthanks 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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Mexican Lasagna

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This Tex-Mex Mexican Lasagna recipe might be just what you need for a change out of your normal weeknight-dinner-rut!¬†My friend Misty was actually sweet enough to make the recipe and then share it with us here today- I tried out the leftovers before snapping a picture this morning and they were oh-s0 good. (Nothing like Mexican Lasagna for breakfast, right?) ūüėČ

 

My mother-in-law made a similar recipe for these years ago and I’d forgotten all about it, but when I saw the sales ad at Publix this week I knew it was worth trying out.¬†Here’s the recipe so you can treat your family too!

Mexican Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 18 6" corn or flour tortillas (we used flour tortillas)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 16 oz container sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet over medium high heat until browned.
  3. Drain beef, then add taco seasoning, garlic and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Place 6 tortillas into greased baking dish.
  5. Then spread a third of the salsa on top of the tortillas.
  6. Spread half of the meat over the salsa.
  7. Layer 1/2 green onions over ground beef.
  8. Then layer 1/2 of the sour cream (just drop evenly over the green onions.)
  9. Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese.
  10. Repeat layers again.
  11. Top with 6 more tortillas and spread with additional 1/3 salsa.
  12. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  14. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/03/mexican-lasagna/

 

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

  • Ground beef on sale 15% off at Target, use $1 off coupon when you text SPRING or THANKS to 827438
  • Publix Ground Beef $4.49/lb.
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese BOGO $3.99 at Publix, use $.75/1 Kraft coupon
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.50 at Kroger
  • Mission Tortillas BOGO $2.79 at Publix
  • Market Pantry Salsa on sale $1.59 at Publix, use $1/2 Market Pantry Salsa Target store coupon
  • Or Pace Salsa on sale $2 at CVS, use $1/2 coupon from the 1/26 Smart Source insert (get back $3 ECBs when you buy $10 in Pace at CVS this week)
  • Friendship Sour Cream on sale $2.29 at Publix, use $.75/1 Friendship Dairy coupon from the Lucky Savings Flier

 

Love Mexican? Try out a few more 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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Last Minute Chicken

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Need dinner in a hurry?¬†My neighbor Sarah shared this simple chicken recipe with me, which is perfect when you need dinner in a hurry but don’t have anything planned! I’m betting you have most of the ingredients in your pantry, and you’ll have dinner on the table in less than the time it would take you to swing through McDonald’s. ūüėČ

Last Minute Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup potato flakes (or substitute with bread crumbs)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in halves

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Mix together Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and potato flakes in a pie plate.
  3. In separate pie plate, melt butter.
  4. Dip chicken in butter, then dredge in potato flake mixture, then place in baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/03/last-minute-chicken/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/5/14):

  • Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts $7.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb.
  • Bi-Lo 40 oz. Frozen Chicken Breasts 40 oz. BOGO $11.99/lb.
  • Winn Dixie Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 40 oz BOGO $12.99/lb.
  • Use $.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes coupon from the 2/2 Smart Source insert
Zax Sauce
You could also add some Zax Sauce to dip your chicken in, or try these Easy Homemade Chicken Tenders if you’d prefer to use bread crumbs.¬†Either way dinner is¬†done,¬†and you’ll have skipped the drive thru! (Love that . . .)

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

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Garlic Chicken and White Sauce Pizza

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This might just be the best pizza I have ever tasted. 

 

Yup, I just saved you $30 on eating out at Mellow Mushroom this weekend. Or California Pizza Kitchen. Or wherever.

 

You’re welcome. ūüėČ

 

Seriously folks, this pizza is fantastic, and even if you have picky eaters you can make a regular (boring) pizza for them and keep this one all to yourself. Oh my gracious, so good. Love it!

 

Let’s get started.

 

 

Garlic Chicken & White Sauce Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped, or use pre-cooked chicken (I used the Italian Style Perdue Shortcuts - they were perfect)
  • 1 container Publix or Pillsbury Pizza Dough (I used the Publix brand)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms (optional - we had them in the fridge)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. If using Publix Pizza dough, let it sit out for at least an hour to make it easy to work with. If using homemade pizza dough or Pillsbury pizza dough, roll out onto pizza pan.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake pizza crust for 5 minutes (bake it for 8-9 minutes if using Publix dough - it takes longer to cook.)
  3. Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter on stove top for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add in milk and half & half and whisk together, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Sift flour using whisk, then slowly pour into milk mixture whisking constantly to keep it from getting lumpy.
  6. Add pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic salt and continue to whisk well until it thickens, for just 1-2 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and add Parmesan cheese.
  8. Stir until cheese is melted.
  9. Remove pizza dough from oven.
  10. Top with sauce, then add cooked chicken.
  11. Add cheese, onions and mushrooms.
  12. Bake at 400 for another 5-6 minutes if using Pillsbury dough, 9-10 minutes if you're using Publix dough.
  13. Set your oven to broil for 1-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  14. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/garlic-chicken-and-white-sauce-pizza/

If you use the Publix Pizza Dough, be sure to set the dough out on the counter for an hour so that it’s easier to manage. Also, it takes longer for this to bake than I ever think it will, so be sure to pre-bake the dough so that it cooks fully through.

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/26/14):

  • ¬†DiGiorno Parmesan Cheese BOGO $5.50 at Publix (this is the¬†best Parmesan and I always buy an extra one when they’re on sale!)
  • Red Onions on sale $1.29/lb at Publix
  • Perdue Short Cuts Chicken or Turkey Breast $3.99 at Publix, use ¬†$1.00/1 Perdue Short Cuts Carved Breast Strips (Zip Code 12056) – Manufacturer
  • Publix Shredded Cheese $2.50
  • Publix Pizza Dough (found in bakery) BOGO $2.79
  • Tyson Chicken pre-cooked $4.49 at Kroger, use $1/1 Tyson Chicken coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
  • Kraft Cheese $1.99 at Kroger when you purchase 6 participating Mega Sale items

 

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday Рthanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from The Best Blog Recipes.  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 Chicken Minestrone Soup

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I really think I could eat soup every single day when it’s cold outside.¬†So as I was trying to come up with something yummy to make this week, I knew another soup recipe was in order! I’m not a big fan of traditional Minestrone Soup, but I saw this recipe for Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone and thought I’d see if I could tweek it a bit so that Mrs. Potts could do the cooking. It worked. ūüėČ

 

This is¬†so easy and makes a ton – you literally dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours to have a yummy meal on the table. You can adjust it quite a bit – if you don’t like artichokes (or don’t want to spend the extra pennies on them!), leave them out. If you’ve got a can of black beans in your pantry, throw them in. Usually I would use cooked chicken that I pre-cooked at home, but in a pinch I grabbed the canned cooked chicken to make life easy. Really, this soup is so simple and you can’t mess it up – just top with a hearty pinch of Parmesan and add a side of crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner done!

 

(I just checked and the recipe makes twelve servings and has 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving ~ love that! ¬†Plus, you’ll quite possibly have a week’s supply of veggies in one delicious meal. So good, and good for you!)

 

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used a red onion ~ I always think those have the best flavor!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken broth
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Dump all ingredients except the Parmesan in the crockpot (pasta does not need to be cooked.)
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-chicken-minestrone-soup/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Progresso Broth BOGO $2.59 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store
  • Mushrooms on sale $2 at Kroger
  • 3 lb yellow onions $.79 at Aldi
  • Tyson Chunk Chicken $2.50 at Publix or Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Or Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken $6.99 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 1/5 Smart Source insert
  • Hunts Tomatoes BOGO $1.99 at Publix, use¬†$2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store, stack with $1/1 Kraft Parmesan and purchase of 3 Hunt’s products coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday Рthanks for the opportunity to link up! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Ravioli With Prosciutto

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My friend Shannon tried this recipe for Ravioli with Prosciutto this week, and since it matches up so well with the Publix ad we thought you all might to try it too! Let me know what you think (her hubby said it’s¬†¬†“Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden good”.)

Ravioli With Prosciutto

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs meat or cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz prosciutto or bacon, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage (use fresh sage not dried for the best flavor)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, cup up
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil according to ravioli package directions.
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium to medium high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto or ham and cook five minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook an additional four minutes.
  5. Add ravioli to boiling water to cook.
  6. Add sage and pepper.
  7. Stir cream into tomato & prosciutto mixture, stir well.
  8. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer.
  9. Add cheese and toss to coat.
  10. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/ravioli-with-prosciutto/

Here are the best sales I see for this week (as of 2/12/14):

  • Rosetto Ravioli, 19 – 25 oz on sale $2.29 at Publix
  • Roma Tomatoes $.99/lb at Kroger
  • Fresh Sage $1.99 at Publix or Kroger
  • Ham (hopefully you have some stockpiled) if not Target has them $1.49/lb or Smithfield Bacon B2G1 at Publix
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $2.99 at Kroger or Publix

 

Recipe 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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Slow Cooker Roast

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My friend Mary shared this slow cooker roast recipe with me a few weeks ago, and goodness gracious I’m so glad she did.¬†I popped everything in Mrs. Potts yesterday morning by 8, worked here on PPP most of the day, drove kids around town all afternoon, and walked into a (clean!) house with dinner at cooked at 6PM. (Such a gift!)

 

If you’re a working mom, you’ve got to put this on your menu plan soon. And if you’re a stay-at-home-chasing-kids-around-taxi-driving momma, you’ve worked crazy hard too and need Mrs. Potts to handle dinner for you just as much!

 

If you eat a gluten-free diet, make the recipe without the flour to fry it in (and minus the bread bowl of course) for a gluten free meal that also doesn’t use any cream soup. So good!

Slow Cooker Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. beef shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I substituted with regular mustard)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp small cube beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • bread bowls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut 1-inch "X" on top of roast - not slicing all the way through the roast but enough to leave room for the onions to set down in the roast.
  3. Mix together flour, salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Coat roast in flour mixture and cook in oil for 2 minutes until each side is lightly browned.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Stuff onion and garlic down into the roast.
  7. Add carrots and onions around the roast.
  8. Mix together beef broth, vinegar, water, mustard, beef bouillon, 1 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour broth mixture over roast, cook on low 8-10 hours. (It will take a long time for the veggies to cook.)
  10. Pour into bread bowls and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/5/14):

Looking for more slow ways to cook a shoulder roast? Here are a few of my favorites. . .
Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I love this one if you enjoy a thick gravy with your roast – so yummy and much better than the regular cream of mushroom soup recipe!)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Southern Living Slow Cooker Suppers Magazine.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Recipe Ideas For The Big Game

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Planning to watch the big game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of my favorite recipes your family might enjoy. Have a fantastic Sunday!

 White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

ham and cheese sliders

Best Ever Ham & Cheese Sliders (if you make these up in the morning they’ll be ready in time for the game!)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Mini Meatball Subs

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

 

Slow Cooker Beef Nacho Bake

Restaurant Style Nachos

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Slow Cooker Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops (4 Weight Watchers Points)

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These are the best pork chops I have ever put in my mouth. 

Seriously. 

In fact, they were so good that my (usually-kinda-picky) son kept asking for more ~ even after complaining that we were trying another pork chop recipe this week. They were good even before I added the balsamic glaze sauce, so I made my kids a plain version without the sauce that turned out fantastic, and then added the glaze. Both ways were just perfect, and I’ve decided I need to ask you all for recipes again soon!

 

To make life even a little easier they were done in less than 20 minutes, and have just 4 Weight Watchers points. Pop some potatoes in the oven to bake, add and a salad and some veggies on the side, and you’ve got dinner tonight!

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops (4 Weight Watchers Points)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless thinly sliced pork chops, pounded to 3/4" thick
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • onion flakes or onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Pound pork chops to 3/4" thick.
  2. Season chops with garlic salt, pepper, and onion flakes or onion powder.
  3. Heat pan to medium heat for one minute, then add olive oil and heat another minute.
  4. Add pork chops and cook over medium high heat until browned on both sides (about 5 minutes.)
  5. Place pork chops on plate, lower heat a bit, then add vinegar and sugar and cook until sauce thickens (about two minutes, sauce won't get very thick but will become a little more syrup like.)
  6. Place pork chops back in pan and cook an additional 4 minutes, rotating and turning over a few times to glaze the pork chops with the sauce.
  7. Serve hot, with sauce poured over pork chops.
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/21/14):

Thanks to Lauren for sharing this recipe with me last week when I was desperate for a new idea for pork chops ~ because I used it, she wins a $1o Amazon gift card! 

 

Recipe adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen. ¬†Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups.¬†If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE.¬†

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Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Here’s my first ever (I think?) Weight Watchers recipe to share!¬†I joined online last week (I’d really hoped to go to the meetings, but so far my schedule hasn’t allowed it), but have been pretty pleased with how easy it’s been to manage.

 

I really didn’t expect to like this recipe all that much (give me chicken over beef any day), but this was really just delicious. I tweaked it a bit using what I had in my pantry, and was oh-so-pleased with the results.

 

You could easily substitute regular cheddar cheese if that’s what you have in the pantry, but I did purchase the (expensive!) fat free cheese to keep my points lower. Let me know what you think if you try it out for dinner too!

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
  • 1 b ground beef
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • baked low fat tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, garlic and celery to skillet, cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and pour in vegetables.
  4. Add ground beef to the same skillet you used for the veggies and brown ground beef until cooked through.
  5. Drain ground beef and add to slow cooker.
  6. In small cup, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of the broth and stir until smooth.
  7. Add flour and broth mixture to the skillet along with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth.
  8. Bring to a simmer, and stir well, including any of the browned bits in the slow cooker left from the beef ~ then transfer to broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  9. Add evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on low for two hours.
  11. Put a few chips in the bottom of your bowl then add soup and a few more crumbled soups
  12. Makes 6-8 servings
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If you’re doing Weight Watchers, a serving (3/4 cups) is 5 points including a few 3 tbsps of crushed chips. Not bad for a filling meal!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/8/13):

  • College Inn Broth BOGO at Bi-Lo ($1.49 after sale) and Winn Dixie ($1.39 after sale)
  • Publix Ground Chuck ¬†on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Lean Ground Beef on sale $2.79/lb at Kroger when you purchase in 3 lb. pack¬†
  • Publix Cheese on sale $2.50¬†
  • Kraft Cheese 16 oz on sale $4.99 at Publix, use $2/2 Kraft Cheese coupon from the Publix Game Day Greats Booklet (or print it HERE), stack with $2 off Publix ecoupon
  • Ground Beef on sale $1.99/lb. at Harvey’s

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday Рthanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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22 Tried and True Chicken Recipes

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Since Publix has their boneless skinless chicken breast on sale buy one get one free this week, I figured I’d share a roundup of my absolute favorite chicken recipes!¬†(Kroger has their Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for $2.99/lb as well, so you can score a decent deal there too.)

 

We just got home after traveling for the last week (my house is a¬†disaster ¬†~ anyone wanna come clean?)¬†so I’m excited to slow down a bit over the next week, cook a few meals at home, and make several of our favorites. From the looks of it we like our chicken around here, so this is a great time to stock up. ūüėČ Here are just a few of our favorites . . .

Zax Sauce 

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce

White Chicken Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake  

 

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

 

 5 Ingredient Ritz Chicken

 

Easy Chicken Marinade

 

Smothered (Smashburger) Chicken Sandwich

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodle Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Fettucine Alfredo 

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

 

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Rolls

 

Alice Springs Chicken

 

White Chicken Cheesy Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

 

Slow Cooker Almost Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cracker Barrel Chicken Sandwich 

Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloin Sandwich

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings¬†¬†This picture is awful but this is the #1 recipe consistently searched every year on Passionate Penny Pincher and we just love it ~ I’m betting your family will enjoy it too!

 This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Super Saturday at Made from Pinterest Рthanks for the chance to link up!

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White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

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Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey this weekend?¬†Don’t let it go to waste! Use dried beans to make a penny pinched meal that you can even freeze if you have leftovers. So simple, and just delicious.

 

Top with sour cheese, sour cream and a little green onions and you’ve got dinner done. ūüėČ

White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dry navy beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chili
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse beans and place in pot. Cover with 2 inches of water and let soak overnight or at least four hours.
  2. Drain beans and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Looking for more recipes to make with leftover turkey? Here you go!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

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Ever have a busy night but you just want something your kids will actually eat on the table? My kiddos love Pizza, so when I saw this idea for Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas on Pinterest I knew it was right up their alley.

 

I made these for six kiddos earlier this week for lunch, and they ate up every last bite. It’s quick, easy, and a great way to quickly get an easy meal done this week! Here’s how to get cooking in your home.

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 pepperoni
  • small jar pizza sauce or pasta sauce
  • black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet to medium heat and fry pepperoni for a few minutes until it becomes crisp. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in skillet on low-medium heat.
  3. Spread a thin layer of pizza or pasta sauce on tortilla.
  4. Add a thin layer of cheese to the tortilla.
  5. Add pepperoni and any other toppings.
  6. Top with another thin layer of cheese.
  7. Cover with another tortilla, and place in pre-heated skillet for about 3-4 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Carefully flip quesadilla over to cook the other side.
  9. Remove from heat and cut into triangles - serve with extra pizza sauce. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/13/13):

  • Kroger Azteca Flour Tortillas $.79
  • Kroger Classico Pasta Sauce $1.79, use $1/3 Classico coupon
  • Target Market Pantry Shredded Cheese 8 oz $2.25¬†
  • Publix Kraft Shredded Cheese 8 oz $2

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

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{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. ūüėČ

 

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. 

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{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. 

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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. 

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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.) ūüėČ

 

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. 

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Sausage and Veggie Calzone Recipe (made simple with store bought 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 ūüėČ

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. 

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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
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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. 

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{Better Than Taco Bell} Homemade Mexican Pizza

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Why on earth haven’t I made Mexican Pizza before?¬†Last week when I cleaned out my pantry and realized I had the mixings of taco night all ready to go, my husband mentioned that Mexican Pizza might be a recipe worth trying out.

 

I knew it couldn’t be hard to make, and now that we’ve had it we’ll definitely add it in as a regular dinner meal in our weeknight rotation. ¬†It’s a great way to pinch those pennies by eating at home, and you can easily adapt it if you have any picky eaters in your home. (Not that I’d know what that’s like . . . ahem.)¬†

 

{Better Than Taco Bell} Homemade Mexican Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 16 oz can refried beans
  • 4 10 inch four tortillas
  • 1/2 cups shredded cheese (we used 4 Kraft 4 Cheese Mexican Style)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray two pie plates with cooking spray.
  2. Add beef, onion and garlic in skillet and cook over medium heat until beef is browned and onion is transparent. Drain grease.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, and salt to meat to season.
  4. Lay one tortilla in each plate, and cover with one layer of refried beans. Add half the seasoned ground beef to each tortilla, then cover with second tortilla.
  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 350.
  6. Remove pie plates from oven, and spread half the salsa over the top of each tortilla. Cover the pizzas with half the cheddar cheese, half the tomatoes, and half the green onions.
  7. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes in oven, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool, and serve with additional salsa and sour cream. Yum!
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If you want to make the recipe even easier, just pick up one of the Old El Paso kits and use the seasoning packets inside the box instead of adding extra spices.¬†Either way, it should take just a few minutes to throw everything together and you’ll have an easy dinner at home!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/18/13):

  • Publix Old El Paso Dinner Kit BOGO $3.19, use $1/1 Old El Paso Dinner Kit
  • Publix Ground Round $3.99/lb.
  • Publix Shredded Cheese 16 oz $3.99, use $1.50/3 Market Pantry Target Store coupon if your store accepts Target as a competitor
  • Kroger Ground Chuck sold in 5 lb. roll $9.99
  • Kroger Cheese 8 oz $1.99
  • Kroger Sour Cream 16 oz $1
  • Yellow Onions 3 lb. bag $.99 at Aldi
  • Onions $.85 at Target, use¬†$1/1 fresh vegetable¬†when you text¬†FRESH¬†to 827438
  • Ground Beef $3.49 at Target, use¬†$1/1 Ground Beef¬†when you text¬†FRESH¬†to 827438

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes (love that place!) 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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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.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/09/slow-cooker-london-broil/

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. 

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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. ūüėČ 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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/09/cheesy-chicken-rolls/

 

 

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. 

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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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/09/olive-garden-pasta-fagioli-soup-recipe/

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 HERE. This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

 

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{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!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff-2/

 

This recipe is linked to Slow Cooker Saturday at Crock-Pot Ladies Рthanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Homemade Chicken Tenders With Zax Sauce

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 Zax Sauce

My family is addicted to Zaxby’s. Well, let’s just say my¬†husband is addicted to Zaxby’s, so we all tag along for the ride.

 

If you’re not from the South, you’ve probably not even heard of a Zaxby’s, but when we moved to Alabama we noticed they keep fried chicken finger chains on just about every corner. Since Zaxby’s is our favorite (especially since they send us coupons¬†every once in awhile), we frequent it quite a bit.

 

We all love the Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce, however it’s far from the healthiest meal on the planet (clearly!) So I decided to see if I could mimic it at home, with a few healthy twists ¬†My family loved it (my son actually proclaimed it better than Zaxbys), and it was an easy way to please everyone and enjoy a simple meal at home. Here’s how to make it at your house too . . .

 

Zax Sauce

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs (you could also use crushed Ritz Crackers or crushed Rice Krispies)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and pour into pie plate or shallow bowl.
  2. In a separate shallow bowl, mix together flour, bread crumbs and seasoning salt.
  3. Dip chicken strips in butter, then dredge in bread crumb mixture.
  4. Add chicken to lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes in oven at 400.
  6. Serve with barbecue sauce, honey mustard sauce or Zax sauce (see recipe below.)
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/homemade-chicken-tenders-with-zax-sauce/

 

Zax Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used fat free mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate at least two hours.
  3. Serve with Chicken Tenders ~ enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/homemade-chicken-tenders-with-zax-sauce/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/28/13):

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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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

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Oh my heavens, you’ve got to make this.¬†Seriously.

 

I worked diligently Sunday coming up with a menu plan for the week and making a grocery list. I was even so ahead of the game that Tuesday afternoon I left the house for carpool duty at 2 and returned at 6 with dinner in the oven, all baked up and ready to go. {We have an oven that you can set ahead of time ~ such a nice gift when I remember to use it!}

 

It was perfect. And easy. And, to be honest, all that organization even impressed me. ūüėČ

 

Ummmm . . . until my hubby walked in the door, took a deep whiff, and said “Hmmm. . . are we having Mexican?”

 

To which I excitedly replied “YES!!!”

 

He then informed me that he’d had Mexican ~ for the last two days ~ while on business meetings for lunch.

 

Here’s a hint to all the men out there {all three of you}: ¬†never,¬†ever {EVER!},¬†tell your wife-that-cooks-and-cleans-and-shops-and-taxis-your-children-around-all-day-long that you’re not all that excited about her cooking because you’ve had something similar ~ with other living, breathing adults ~ for lunch. It just doesn’t bode well for you.¬†‘Nuf said.

 

You can bet he’s eating leftover Mexican again tonight. ūüėČ

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package taco seasoning (I used the store brand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz can green chilis
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used mozzarella because that's what was in my fridge)
  • green onions
  • sliced olives
  • tortillas (10-12)

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Place chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Pour garlic powder, green chilis, lime juice, taco seasoning, and water on top of chicken. Cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken (it should shred easily.)
  5. Mix together can of cream of chicken soup and sour cream.
  6. Put half of the sour cream mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole, and mix the other half in with the shredded chicken.
  7. Place about 1/4 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla along with 2 tbsp shredded cheese.
  8. Roll up tortilla and place seam side down in casserole dish.
  9. Repeat again with all the tortillas.
  10. Pour enchilada sauce over the entire casserole and then cover with remaining cheese.
  11. Top with green onions and sliced olives.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional five minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
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Note: This is the BEST slow cooker Mexican chicken I’ve ever made, and you could easily use the recipe for taco salads or regular tacos. ¬†When I make it again I’ll double the slow cooker part of the recipe, and freeze the meat to easily have dinner on a busy night! ¬†Also, be sure to pick up sliced black olives, not chopped black olives. Oops.

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/21/13):

 

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This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday Рthanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

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My kids love (love!) Fettuccine Alfredo. And since we don’t visit Olive Garden all that often, I thought it would be a fun first day of school meal to make at home. ¬†It was¬†perfect, and my youngest even pronounced it “better than Tellini’s” (which is where they usually get their Alfredo fix ~ on Kids Eat for $.99 Weekends!)

 

It doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, and after making it I won’t be buying prepared Alfredo Sauce every again ~ it’s just so easy to do it at home! So, instead of heading out for dinner this week, pinch a few pennies and try out a restaurant meal at home. ¬†Serve it up with a side salad, homemade breadsticks, and maybe even this Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup. . . .Yum!

Olive Garden Fettucine Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan (we like the Digiorno brand in the deli)
  • 1 lb fettuccine noodles, cooked

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in stovetop over low heat.
  2. Once butter has melted, add cream cheese until it softens.
  3. Then add heavy cream.
  4. Add garlic powder, as well as salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly over low heat.
  6. Remove from heat & stir in Parmesan cheese ~ will thicken a small bit while standing.
  7. Serve on hot fettucine noodles.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/olive-garden-fettuccine-alfredo/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/21/13):

  • Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.50 at Publix
  • Fresh Express Salad Blend BOGO $3.99 at Publix
  • Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast BOGO $2.39 at Publix, use $.55/1 Texas Toast
  • Barilla Pasta $1 at Kroger, use $.55/1 Barilla coupon from the 6/30 Smart Source insert

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

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{Gluten Free} General Tso’s Chicken

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I noticed this recipe a few weeks ago and have been wanting to try it out, and enlisted my husband’s help to try it out last night.¬†Because it calls for frying the chicken (not my favorite chore *at all* in the kitchen) as well as more attention than my usual crockpot recipes do, I knew I wasn’t up for it with only my two hands. (I’m an okay cook, but if a recipe isn’t pretty simple I generally shy away from it . . . so having a little help in the kitchen was worth waiting for.)

 

It was quite a bit of work but turned out very, very well. If I was making it again though, I’d probably just grill the chicken and make the sauce to save a ton of time and quite a few calories. But, if you want General Tso’s Chicken just like your favorite Chinese place makes, get ready to start frying!

 

{By the way, I didn’t realize until half way through the process that this recipe is entirely gluten free. Because my mother-in-law eats a gluten free diet, I’m always watching for recipes to try when we visit, and it might help a few other folks too. ¬†This isn’t one of those recipes though that has tons of substitutions to make it gluten free, so it tastes the same as the regular General Tso’s. ¬†It just happens to use corn starch instead of flour for frying, which works out perfectly for anyone looking for flour free food.}

 

{Gluten Free} General Tso’s Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 red chili peppers, cut finely
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 4 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Heat 4 cups oil in deep fryer or sauce pan.
  2. Beat egg and add chicken cubes in bowl. Sprinkle with salt, 1 tsp sugar, and pepper, then mix. Add in 1 cup corn starch a little at a time until the chicken is coated on all sides.
  3. In batches, drop chicken into hot oil, cooking until golden brown and beginning to float (about 2-3 minutes.) Remove chicken and allow it to cool on paper plates while cooking the next batch.
  4. Cook until all chicken is cooked, and let it drain on paper plates.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in wok or large skillet over high heat.
  6. Stir in green onion, garlic, and red chili peppers.
  7. Cook and stir until onion is translucent and garlic and chili peppers cook through.
  8. Add 1/2 cup sugar, ginger, chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce and peanut oil.
  9. Bring ingredients to broil and cook for 3 minutes.
  10. Dissolve 2 tsp of corn starch into water and stir into boiling sauce.
  11. Return to a boil and continue to cook until sauce thickens, about 1 more minute.
  12. Add cooked chicken to boiling sauce and reduce heat to low.
  13. Cook for a few minutes to reheat chicken and so that the chicken begins to absorb some of the sauce.
  14. Serve over rice or noodles.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/general-tsos-chicken/

 

 

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

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Guacamole BLT Sandwich

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One of my all time favorite summer easy dinners is a Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich, so when I saw this Guacamole BLT Sandwich I knew we needed to add it to our menu plan! Because I’m keeping things simple this week I’ll just tell you it’s delicious, and a great way to use up a few tomatoes from your garden or that you find on sale this week.

 

{For the record, my husband refused to even try this because he is a die hard traditional BLT fan and would eat them every night in August if I’d let him. It was really good, but we sure do love plain ole’ BLT’s around our house!}

 

Guacamole Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich

Ingredients

  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • bread
  • guacamole
  • cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon & toast bread.
  2. Spread guacamole on one slice of bread and cream cheese on another slice of bread.
  3. Add lettuce, tomato and bacon to the sandwich.
  4. Enjoy! (How easy was that?)
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/07/guacamole-blt-sandwich/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/31/13):

  • Sugardale Sliced Bacon $4 at Publix
  • Oscar Mayer Bacon $3.88 at Kroger

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

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