Groceries and the Weekly Menu

Alex is on a diet. Ugh. That means we’re not eating as much bread and fattening things. Yes, “we.”

Here’s the loot.

Kroger total before coupons: $16.24 for 15 items.
Total actually spent: $6.92
Amount saved with coupons: $9.32

Albertson’s Total before coupons: $57.06
Total actually spent: $39.50
Amount saved with coupons: $17.56

I got the following for free:

-Sara Lee Classic Bread, they were buy one get one free! (Albertson’s)
-Sanderson Farms Chicken Breast Tenderloin, they were buy one get one free! (A)
-Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles (the kind you add water and put in the microwave for five minutes), orig. .99, on sale for .89. I used a .50 off coupon, which was doubled, making it free! (Kroger)
-Softsoap Hand Soap 7.5oz, orig. $1.59, on sale for $1. I used a .35 off coupon which was tripled, making it free! (K)
-2 packs of 3 ct. Rolaids tubes, orig. $1.59 each. I used a coupon for $4/2, making them both free! (K)

This Week’s Menu
If you have what I have in my kitchen, you can make these seven meals for $31.21 total.

Broccoli, Chicken and Rice serves 4, cost for me to make: about $3.50
Broccoli Chicken Rice
14 oz chicken broth
2 c cooked chicken, chopped (1.37 lbs for $6.97)
2 c broccoli florets (1 crown for .99)
2 c rice, uncooked
8 oz sliced cheese (1 lb for $2.99)

Combine broth, chicken, broccoli and rice in large skillet.
Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover.
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Add cheese and cover.
Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
Stir until well-blended.
Serve with fruit cocktail and hot hawaiian rolls.

Crockpot Tortellini, serves 2, cost for me to make: about $5
Crockpot Tortellini
1/2 lb mild ground sausage, cooked, drained
16 oz marinara sauce
14 oz can diced Italian tomatoes, undrained (.57)
4 oz can mushroom pieces, drained (.59)
9 oz three cheese tortellini ($2.99)
1 c shredded cheddar (1 lb for $2.99)

In crockpot, combine cooked sausage, marinara sauce, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Cook on low 4-8 hours.
For last 20 minutes, stir in tortellini and sprinkle cheese over the top.
Cover.
Serve with homemade garlic bread.

Balsamic Garlic Chicken, serves 4, cost for me to make: $10.15
Balsamic Chicken
2 lbs chicken breasts (1.37 lbs for $6.97)
2 T olive oil
1 c apple juice ($1.39 for 64oz)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 t oregano
salt and pepper
1/4 c parmesan cheese
3 T balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 450.
Place chicken in baking dish.
Sprinkle olive oil over chicken.
Pour apple juice over chicken.
Sprinkle garlic over chicken.
Bake 45-60 minutes.
Pour balsamic vinegar over chicken and serve.
Serve with rice and green beans.

Pork Medallions in White Sauce, serves 4, cost for me to make: $2
Pork Medallions in White Sauce
l lb. pork tenderloin
2 tsp. margarine
1 small onion, chopped ($1.36)
1 large, peeled, cored apple, chopped (3lb bag for $3.99)
1 tsp. minced garlic in water
5 oz. can fat-free evaporated skim milk
pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbsp. snipped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Trim all fat possible from the pork tenderloin, and slice into 1-inch slices.
Using a mallot, pound the pork into 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices.
Spray a large, nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and heat over medium heat.
Place the pork medallions in a single layer, and fry for about 5 minutes per side, or until pork is no longer pink.
Remove the pork from the skillet.
Place on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and put into the oven to keep warm.
Melt the margarine in the same skillet, keeping the heat on medium.
Add the onion and apple and cook about 5 minutes, or until onion is tender.
Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for about another minute, uncovered.
Return the pork to the skillet, and heat for several more minutes to blend flavors.
Serve with peas and mashed potatoes.

Creamy Chicken Casserole, serves 2, cost for me to make: about $3
Creamy Chicken Casserole
1.5 c chopped cooked chicken (1.37lbs for $6.97)
6 oz can cream of chicken soup
4 oz sour cream
1/2 T poppy seeds
3/4 c crushed buttery crackers (20 crackers)
1 tab butter, melted

Combine first four ingredients.
Spoon into a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish.
Combine crushed crackers and butter and sprinkle over chicken mixture.
Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.
Serve with green beans and apple pie for dessert.

Italian Skillet Dinner, serves 4, cost for me to make: .59
Italian Skillet Dinner
3/4 lb bulk pork sausage
1/8 c chopped onion
1/8 c chopped green pepper (.59)
9 oz can tomato juice
3 oz can tomato paste
1/2 t dried chopped basil
3/4 c macaroni

Cook sausage, onion and green pepper in skillet until meat is browned and vegetables are tender
Drain off fat
Stir in tomato juice, paste, basil, 1 1/4 c water and 1/4 t salt
Boil
Stir in macaroni and reduce heat
cover and simmer 20 minutes
Uncover and simmer 5 minutes.

Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken, serves 6, cost for me to make: $6.97
Honey Lemon Rosemary Chicken
1/4 t crushed red pepper
1/4 c lemon juice
2 t crushed rosemary leaves
1/3 c honey
6 chicken breasts (1.37lb for $6.97)

Combine all ingredients and brush half of mixture over chicken
Bake for 1 hour at 350*, brushing occassionally with remaining sauce.
Serve with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.

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