Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 3/22/2012

There were some rocking great deals this week! At Kroger, I stocked up on Domino sugar ($1.69/4# bag) and Pace Salsa ($.99/jar), both of which will last us for a few months. At Publix, I stocked up on Peter Pan peanut butter ($1.65/jar) and Land O Lakes Butter Sticks ($1.75/lbs). Target was my best deal where I stocked up on marked down Laura’s Lean Steaks – I got 5 steaks for approx $4/each! That is a great deal since they normally run $10-$12/steak. We will be eating good!

Total Spent: $146.83
Total Value: $261.58
Total Saved: $114.75

Weekly Menu

Friday:
Fried Catfish
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Asparagus

Saturday:
Sesame Chicken
Rice
Broccoli

Sunday:
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Rolls

Monday:
Homemade Pizza
Salad

Tuesday:
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Rice

Wednesday:
Chicken Tetrazini 
Greenbeans
Rolls

Thursday:
Clean out the fridge night

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 3/8/2012

There were some good items on sale this week and I stocked up on a few including apple juice, cashews and eggs. We use 2 dozen eggs each week at our house since John makes scrambled eggs for himself and the kids every morning for breakfast. Kroger had large eggs on sale for $1.28/dozen and this is a great price for our area. There were also some good produce deals this week including grape tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, mangos and avocados. I loaded up on fresh produce since it has felt like a long winter around here. The mango and the avocado were the inspiration for Friday night’s meal – Mango-licious Tilapia. This is a new recipe but it sounds delicious!

Total Spent: $119.54
Total Value: $173.05
Total Saved: $53.51

Weekly Menu

Friday:
Mango-licious Tilapia
Cous Cous
Roasted Asparagus

Saturday:
Dinner w/Friends (I am bringing dessert!)

Sunday:
Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes
Oven Baked Fries
Crockpot Applesauce

Monday:
Crockpot Roasted Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green beans

Tuesday:
Chicken and Dumplings (using the chicken leftover from Monday)

Wednesday:
Saucy Asian Meatballs
Rice
Broccoli

Thursday:
Cashew Chicken
Leftover Rice

 

Here is this week’s recipe:

Mango-licious Tilapia
Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salsa:
  • 1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C.)
  2. In a shallow baking dish, combine the olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Rinse the fish fillets and pat them dry. Place them into the baking dish and turn to coat with the seasonings.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish can be flaked with a fork.
  4. While the fish cooks, combine the mango, onion, avocado, tomatoes, lime zest and juice, jalapeno, ginger, cilantro and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a glass bowl. Stir to blend and set aside at room temperature until fish has finished cooking. Place fillets on a platter and spoon the salsa over them to serve.

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 2/23/2012

It was a pretty good week this week. Nothing exceptional stood out. I did get an online bargain on Organic Maple Syrup at Vitacost.com. I normally buy Maple Syrup at Kroger and pay $6.59 for 8 ozs. We eat pancakes several morning a week at our house so I buy a bottle of syrup about every 2 weeks. I found a 32oz container of Pure Maple Syrup for $14.30 using an online coupon and free shipping. That comes out to be $3.57/8 ozs. Almost half of what I have been paying! I was happy to place the order and we will see how it all turns out! If you want to try Vitacost, you can get a free $10 credit when you sign up using my referral link – just click here to use it. And just to be honest, I will also get $10 when you sign up that I will probably use to buy more maple syrup!! (they also have a variety of vitamins and organic food available)

I also had 2 coupons for free 12 packs of Coke that I used this week. If you haven’t signed up for mycokerewards.com, you should do it. I enter the points that we get off of 12 packs and plastic bottle caps and then turn in the points for rewards such as the coupons for free 12 packs. They also have free tickets to movie theaters and free magazine subscriptions, among other things. Give it a try and see how fast your points add up!

Total Spent: $117.39
Total Value: $164.92
Total Saved: $47.53
*Plus $4 in Kroger Catalinas to spend next time I shop that is not reflected in these totals

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Sesame Chicken
Steamed Broccoli
Rice

Saturday:
Out to Dinner for my birthday (not sure where yet!)

Sunday:
Chicken Tetrazzini
Homemade Rolls 

Monday:
Steak Fingers
Mashed Potatoes
Asparagus

Tuesday:
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Rice
Broccoli

Wednesday:
Famous Potato Bacon Soup
Homemade Rolls

Thursday:
Chicken Quesadillas
Rice

 

Here is this week’s recipe:
I will make 2 of these casseroles in 8×8 pans and freeze one for another night. Quick and easy!

Chicken Tetrazzini

INGREDIENTS

1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into pieces
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sherry (I omit)
1 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained (I use fresh if I have them)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat, and gradually stir in chicken broth and cream.

4. Return to heat, and bring to a low boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sherry, then stir in cooked spaghetti, mushrooms, and chicken. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, and top with Parmesan cheese.

5. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

 

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 2/9/2012

Today was a meat stock up day! I think I got so much today that I may only need to buy perishables next week. I found a sale on meat at both Target and Kroger and was able to get some stew beef and pork chops, both of which we don’t get very often around here. The price of meat just keeps increasing so we primarily stick to chicken that I buy from Zaycon for less than $2/lbs. But when I saw the pork chops marked down to $1.75/lb, I jumped on it. I also got some breakfast sausage and butter for free from Kroger, those will both come in handy.

This week Publix also had $10 off their $50 gas giftcards when you buy $25 in groceries (my totals don’t reflect the gas purchase, those are made from a different envelope). I grabbed two of those, who can turn down $20 in free gas?

All in all, it was a great shopping day!

Total Spent: $129.21
Total Value: $188.96
Total Saved: $59.75

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Kid Date Night – Brittany & John are going to the Father/Daughter Dance and Josh and I are going to Firehouse Subs (where you can drink over 100 different soda combinations, Josh’s version of heaven on Earth)

Saturday:
Baked Tilapia
Rice
Roasted Asparagus

Sunday:
Grilled Cheeseburgers
Tator Tots
Homemade Applesauce

Monday:
Grilled Chicken w/ Fire Roasted Mushroom and Four Cheese Ravioli
Rolls
Salad

Tuesday: Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Cordon Bleu Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Buttered New Potatoes
Green beans
Chocolate Layer Cake w/Cheesecake Filling

Wednesday:
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Rice

Thursday:
Beef Stew
Cornbread

 

Here is this week’s recipe:

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken

2 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
1 can pineapple, crushed or chunks, drained
1 pkg Onion Soup Mix
1 sm. bottle of Russian or Catalina Salad dressing
1 jar apricot preserves (12oz)

Place all items in Crockpot on low for 4 hours. Serve over rice.

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 2/2/2012

This was a great shopping week! I stocked up on pickles ($.50/jar), tortillas ($.50/package), more meatballs ($.99/package) and free Kleenex. I also got a good deal on baby food that I needed for a craft project in Brittany’s class ($.15/jar). Produce took up a good portion of my food budget this week and I am getting low on chicken, I sure hope Zaycon comes through with some more chicken soon or I will have to fill in with some from the grocery store.

Here are the totals:

Spent: $114.79
Value: $206.74
Saved: $91.95

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Chicken Bacon Bowtie Bake
Garlic Bread

Saturday:
Grilled Chicken
Buttered Gold Potatoes
Greenbeans

Sunday:
Take Out Tacos (Got a good deal through PlumDistrict to feed our entire family dinner for $7!)

Monday:
Famous Potato Bacon Soup (I keep putting this on the menu and it keeps getting bumped!)
Homemade Rolls

Tuesday:
Homemade Pizza
Salad

Wednesday:
Teriyaki Chicken Stirfry
Steamed Rice

Thursday:
(Crockpot) Angel Chicken
Steamed Broccoli

 

Here is this week’s recipe:

Crockpot Angel Chicken

 

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 Tab. butter
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed mushroom soup
3 ounces cream cheese
1 pound angel hair pasta

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients except pasta in crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Cook pasta and drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 1/26/12

I did some replenishing this week. We were completely out of peanut butter, which is a disaster in our house, so when I found a deal for $1.10/jar (sale plus coupons) I grabbed 4 jars. Kroger also had a good deal on blocks of cheese ($1.49/8oz) and frozen meatballs ($.99/bag after coupons) so I stocked up on both of those. The meatballs will especially come in handy when everyone is tired and we need a quick meal. John also requested a few items that were on sale (Cashews and Coke) and since I try to make sure he has what he likes to eat, I got some of those too. All in all it was a good week and pretty typical for grocery savings. Oh, and I did get some free gum – yeah for me!

Here are the totals:

Spent: $130.06
Value: $207.62
Saved: $77.56

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Famous Bacon Potato Soup
Homemade Rolls

Saturday:
Fried Catfish
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Asparagus

Sunday:
Homemade Pizza (cheese for the kids, grilled chicken pesto for the adults)
Cesar Salad

Monday:
Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuesday:
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Rice
Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday:
Spaghetti & Meatballs (hello, Kroger sale meatballs!)
Garlic Bread

Thursday:
Crockpot Angel Chicken
Greenbeans

 

Here is this week’s recipe:

I haven’t made this before but I thought I would give it a whirl. I got some white albacore tuna at a low price a few weeks ago and thought this might be a good way to use it. We’ll have to wait and see what the family thinks…


Tuna Noodle Casserole II
Allrecipes.com

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Submitted By: Chris Smith
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS:
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked pasta shells
2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
4 slices processed American cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed cracker crumbs

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Boil pasta in lightly salted water for 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain well. Return the pasta to the pot it was cooked in.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

3. Mix tuna with cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, milk, salt, black pepper, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium low heat, and heat through. Alternatively, place these ingredients in a microwave safe dish, and warm in the microwave.

4. Mix tuna mixture with pasta. Spread 1/2 of the noodles into the prepared dish. Arrange the cheese slices over the noodles, then spread the remaining noodle mixture over the cheese. Top with crushed crackers.

5. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes; cook until the casserole is hot, and the chips begin to brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 1/19/2012

This week’s grocery totals aren’t as good as they have been. I needed meat and produce this week, which didn’t leave a lot of money in the budget for stocking up on deals. And the deals weren’t that good this week. I did score some breakfast sausage for $2/package and had a coupon for free eggs when I bought breakfast sausage, so that effectively lowered the cost to $1/package. I also got some of the Eggsland Best eggs for $1.59/dozen, which is a good price for eggs since they have been running $1.99/dozen for the regular store brand. The best deal this week was the Publix Gas Card Deal, which you get a $50 gas card for $40 when you buy $25 in groceries. I got 2 of those, so $20 in free gas!! Yeah! But that purchase and savings is not reflected in my total since it comes out of the gas envelope and not the grocery one.

Here are the totals:

Spent: $105.48
Value: $151.36
Saved: $45.88

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Crispy Fish Sticks (see recipe below)
Rice
Asparagus

Saturday:
Dinner out, we are going to Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover

Sunday:
Crockpot Beef Stew
Cornbread

Monday:
Sesame Chicken
Broccoli
Rice

Tuesday:
Famous Bacon Potato Soup
Homemade Rolls

Wednesday:
Chicken Quesadillas
Rice

Thursday:
Roast Beef Sandwiches (new recipe)
Tator Tots
Applesauce

Here is this week’s recipe:

Crispy Fish Sticks 
Family Circle Magazine, Feb. 2012

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 pound tilapia, cut into 1/2″ x 3″ strips
Thai Kitchen sweet red chili sauce, optional

Directions:

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on a back sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together bread crumbs, corn flake crumbs and seasoned salt in a shallow dish. Place flour in a second dish and egg whites in a third dish.

Coat eat fish strip with flour, dip in egg white and coat with bread crumb mixture. Place on prepared pan.

Coat breaded fish sticks with cooking srpay. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 munutes or until lightly browned.

Serve fish sticks with Thai Kitchen sweet red chili sauce, if desired.

 

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 1/11/2012

This was a very good week for getting good deals on groceries. I was able to get 9 name brand cans of vegetables for $.17/can, which was a great deal. John and the kids will only eat green beans from the can, not fresh, so it is a staple in my pantry. I also got another Tide 50oz bottle for $2.99 and some Bounce dryer bars for $2.50/each, which will last me at least 6 months. My budget buster was Emergen-C that John drinks several times a week in the winter to ward off colds and flu. He was out of it and I could not find a reasonable coupon so I had to shell out $7.99 for a 30 ct box. The good news is that hopefully this will last through the cold/flu season. I will say that it seems to work since I have not seen John with a cold in several years and it is cheaper than cold medicine and a doctor co-pay!

Here are the totals:

Spent: $127.66
Value: $204.13
Saved: $76.47

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Chicken Hard Tacos
Rice

Saturday:
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Rice
Grilled Zuchinni

Sunday:
Lasagna (Didn’t make it last Sunday)
Broccoli

Monday:
Chicken and Dumplings
Green beans

Tuesday:
Pasta Milano
Salad
Garlic Bread

Wednesday:
Famous Bacon Potato Soup
Homemade Rolls

Thursday:
Homemade Pizza
Salad

Here is this week’s recipe:
This is another recipe that I haven’t tried yet but I like to have at least one new recipe each week. I have some pesto from this summer languishing in my freezer so I might stir that into the sauce instead of garnishing with the basil.

Pasta Milano
inspired by Macaroni Grill, adapted from Recipezaar

Ingredients
3 slices bacon, diced
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chicken broth, divided
1 cup heavy cream (or half & half for a lower fat version)

salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces dry farfalle (bowtie) pasta
water for boiling pasta
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

In a large skillet over high heat, brown the diced bacon. Season the cut up chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and saute until lightly browned. Once the chicken is cooked, add the sliced mushrooms and saute until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add the roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes and chicken broth to the hot skillet. Allow it come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender. Add the cream and bring to a boil; stirring.Take off heat and add the bacon, chicken and mushroom to the sauce and set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add dry pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, transfer to a bowl.

Pour the chicken and sauce over the hot pasta and toss. Place in a baking dish and top with shredded Parmesan cheese and bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes until cheese melts.

Garnish with fresh basil and serve hot.

 

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 1/5/2012

Here we go again, everybody. It is the first grocery shopping day of 2012 and the totals are about average. I stocked up this week on laundry detergent so that is part of my total but the sale at Kroger was too good to pass up (plus I am down to my last bottle). They had Tide on sale for $4.99/bottle (when you buy 4 P&G items) and I had coupons for $2.00 off each bottle. Not the mention they were running a special on their website that if you pimp out 4 friends email addresses, they will give you another $4.00 off. So, I totaled out for 4 bottles of Tide HE at $7.96 or less than $2/bottle. Pretty good for a name brand detergent that will actually take the mud stains out of Brittany’s clothing (believe it or not, my daughter is the messy one not my son!).

Here are the totals:

Spent: $117.20
Value: $200.77
Saved: $83.57

Not included in the totals is a $50 gas gift card that I picked up for $40 at Publix with their in-ad coupon. I never turn down $10 in free gas (I buy one for Shell gas stations so that I can use my Kroger discount – yeah, more free gas!!).

Weekly Menu:

Friday:
Southern Fried Catfish
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Honey Carrots

Saturday:
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Caesar Salad

Sunday:
Lasagna (Doubled for the freezer)
Broccoli

Monday:
Chicken Parmesan
Spaghetti
Salad

Tuesday:
Hard Chicken Tacos
Rice

Wednesday:
Country Fried Steak w/white gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Greenbeans

Thursday:
Chicken Bacon Bowtie Bake
Sauteed Spinach
Rolls

Here is this week’s recipe:

I haven’t tried this yet but I found it in a Family Circle magazine and it looked really tasty and I had most of the ingredients on hand. If I can’t find the tomato & spinach farfalle, I will just use regular bowtie pasta and call it a day. I might add in a handful of spinach to introduce some color and extra veggies.

Chicken-Bacon Bowtie Bake

1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 slices bacon
1 pound tomato & spinach farfalle pasta
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

1. Heat broiler. Coat a 2 qt. broiler-proof baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place chicken breast on greased broiler pan and broil 4 inches from flame for 6-7 minutes per side until internal temp registers 160 degrees. Remove to plate and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Keep warm.
3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon about 5 minutes until crisp. Chop and reserve.
4. Cook pasta following package directions, about 12 minutes. Drain.
5. Stir flour into milk and combine with soup and garlic salt in a medium-size saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes until thickened; stir in 3/4 cup of cheese.
6. Return pasta to pot and sture in chicken and soup mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish and top with bacon and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
7. Broil 4 inches from flame for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated and lightly browned on top. Serve immediately.

Grocery Totals and Weekly Menu 11/3/2011

This week was a stock up week for me with trips to Target, Kroger and Publix. I also made a chicken run, even though I have plenty of chicken left from last time. I got an email from Zaycon Foods saying that they had some cases available for sale at $1.49/lbs to I took advantage of it and got a 40 lbs case of chicken. I also stocked up on a few items including 6 bags of sugar ($1.99/ea) and boxes of Kleenex ($.99/ea) because we go through so much of both of them in the winter time. We use a lot of sugar because when it is cold I like to bake even more than normal and the Kleenex because it is cold season coming upon us.

Total Spent: $124.72 (does not include the chicken run since I used my overage envelope for most of it)
Total Value: $218.78
Total Saved: $94.06

Weekly Menu

Friday:
Dinner Out (celebrating Brittany’s Birthday!)

Saturday:
Pizza (Birthday Party)

Sunday:
Cheeseburgers
Oven Baked Fries
Homemade Applesauce

Monday:
Chicken Quesadillas
Buttered Corn

Tuesday:
Baked Chicken & Rice
Blackeyed Peas

Wednesday:
Country Fried Cube Steak w/Gravy   
Buttered Baby Potatoes
Fried Okra

Thursday:
Homemade Pizza
Spinach Salad