Mar 25, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Crockpot Sage Chicken Recipe

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I love having a crockpot. It would definitely be in my top 5 must-have kitchen appliances list. I love that I can put dinner in it when my youngest goes down for her nap at 1:00 and it’s ready by 6:00!

I’ve been trying to buy more natural, horomone-free, steroid-free meat, and the best deal seems to always be buying a whole chicken. And coupons.com always has some kind of coupon up for Gold N’ Plump All Natural Chicken. They’ve had the 75¢/1 coupon up for a while now.

So… here’s one of my favorite things to do with a a whole chicken.

Ingredients you will need:

1 Whole Chicken, you can leave the skin on if you want to or remove the skin
Crockpot
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (if you take the skin off)
1 Tbsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. Sage Seasoning (I used dried sage, but you could use fresh too)
Onion Powder (to taste)
Garlic Powder (to taste)
Dried Parsley
10-12 cloves of Garlic
3 Tbsp. of Lemon Juice

How to make it:

Place the whole chicken in the crockpot (make sure to take out the little baggy that’s inside the cavity of the chicken). Coat the chicken with the olive oil, and then sprinkle the salt, pepper, sage, onion powder, garlic powder and parsley onto the chicken. Rub the spices into the chicken until it is coated thoroughly.

Break off and peel the garlic cloves from the bulb of garlic. Stick the cloves inside the cavity of the chicken.

Pour the lemon juice over the top of the chicken (nope, didn’t have fresh lemons!). Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until cooked through.

I served it with brown rice and steamed broccoli. YUM!!

Now it’s your turn! What kind of recipes did you come up with to use with your deals? Please link directly to your frugal recipe below.

I also highly recommend heading over to $5 Dinners Bargain Meal Of The Week where she categorizes meals by different store deals!

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Mar 18, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Stretching a Pre-Made Freezer Meal Further

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I love having these freezer meals on hand for those nights that I just really do not feel like cooking at all. These meals are usually a little pricey, but many times you can score a great deal on them when good coupons are released (like a B1G1 Free coupon and a $1 off coupon that you can use together!)

Even though most weeks there will be actual recipes on Meals With My Deals, this week I wanted to share with you what I do to extend these meals further than the 2-3 they are made for.

I’m honestly almost embarrassed to say that I used to cook multiple of these meals at the same time so that I would have enough to feed everyone. The pasta and veggie portions are usually pretty slim, so one day I decided to just add more of my own pasta and veggies to stretch the meal further, and it turned out great.  We try to eat smaller portions of meat anyway, and there is plenty of sauce in one package (more than necessary most of the time, in my opinion).

Super easy, right? I’m seriously kicking myself for those times that I used up two bags just for our little family.

Meal straight from the package (yeah, not a lot, right?)

Fresh broccoli added.

Cooked pasta added.

Done! Definitely a meal that can feed our little family of 5!

Now it’s your turn! What kind of recipes did you come up with to use with your deals? Please link directly to your recipe below.

I also highly recommend heading over to $5 Dinners Bargain Meal Of The Week where she categorizes meals by different store deals!

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Mar 11, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Cucumber Radish Salad with Buttermilk

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If you are a fan of Surviving The Stores on Facebook then you probably saw that I was asking about radish recipes the other day.  I got two packages of radishes with my produce co-op items last week (more info to come on produce co-ops!) and I had NO CLUE what to do with them.

I got some great feedback from Facebook and Twitter and decided to make a Cucumber Radish salad with Buttermilk.  I had a carton of buttermilk in the fridge from the scones that I made this past week and it always ends up going bad so I needed to find something to do with it.

We all love LOVE Mediterranean food, so this recipe was perfect for us.  This was my lunch today, but you can have it by itself or as a side dish along with grilled chicken, fish, or your favorite mediterranean dish.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 large Cucumber quartered and diced
4-5 Radishes sliced thin
1 cup of Buttermilk
Salt and Pepper
Sliced Onions or Onion Powder (we were out of onions so I just used the powder)
Minced Garlic (I put about a teaspoon)
Fresh or dried dill (I didn’t have any dill, but I DID have dill pickle relish!  I thought it tasted great!)
1-2 tsp. of white vinegar, unless you are using the dill pickle relish b/c it already has vinegar in it

Here’s what you do:

Mix all of the ingredients.  Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.  And enjoy!  So easy, so good for you, and SO GOOD!




Now it’s your turn! What kind of recipes did you come up with to use with your deals? Please link directly to your recipe below.

I also highly recommend heading over to $5 Dinners Bargain Meal Of The Week where she categorizes meals by different store deals!

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Mar 4, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Pizza Waffles Recipe

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Well, we love Waffles and we love Pizza, so when I saw this recipe bringing both together I just had to try it! It ended up being very very easy and we all LOVED it!

This would be a great meal to make with the deals going on right now with the Gold Medal Flour coupon!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat flour and it was great!)
1 Tbsp. Baking Power
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
3 large eggs
1 3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. oil or butter
1 can of diced tomatoes
shredded cheese
Italian/pizza seasoning (I used TONS of basil in ours)
Pepperoni/sausage/whatever meat you have on hand

NOTE: You can use whatever waffle recipe you want to… I was planning on using a Yeast Waffle recipe, but it had to rise for an hour and half and when you start dinner at 6… well, we just went with a different recipe. :)

Directions:

Mix all of the waffle ingredients together well (up through the oil/butter).

Once it’s mixed well, add the rest of the ingredients and mix again.

Heat your waffle maker and pour a little over 1/2 cup of batter into it. I would recommend scraping the bottom of the bowl to get the tomatoes and meat that sink to the bottom.

Enjoy!!

This was such an easy recipe and was a hit with everyone!

Now it’s your turn! What kind of recipes did you come up with to use with your deals? Please link directly to your recipe below.

I also highly recommend heading over to $5 Dinners Bargain Meal Of The Week where she categorizes meals by different store deals!

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Feb 25, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Homemade Basil Ranch Dressing & Chicken with Couscous

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Raise your hand if you STILL have the free Mayonnaise in your pantry from the Target sale last year…. come on, be honest! :)


Here’s a super easy and YUMMY recipe for homemade basil/italian ranch dressing that you can make with that mayo:

You will need:

1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 tsp. White Vinegar
3-6 Tbsp. milk
Chopped fresh or dried basil leaves
Garlic Powder
Any other spices you want to add in (I added parsley and italian seasoning too)

Mix it together and you have a great salad dressing! The cost was extremely minimal since I got the mayo for free. I’m guessing around 10¢-15¢? Last night at dinner my oldest said, “Mom, this dressing is better than the ones you can buy!” What a great compliment! So yes, it’s kid-friendly too. :)



To go with our salad I made chicken and couscous. Couscous is one of my favorite starch dishes because it only takes 5 minutes to cook! I’ve used couscous instead of rice for Chinese food, instead of pasta for Italian food, and instead of potatoes too! I first found out about couscous when I went on the South Beach Diet a few years back. It was one of the only “pasta-type” foods you could have on the second phase of the diet because it has such a low number on the glycemic index.


You can buy couscous in boxes or plastic containers at just about any supermarket, but I prefer to buy it in the bulk foods section of Whole Foods or Central Market (much better price) and put it into a jar of my own.


I had several cans of Cream of Mushroom soup left from when they were 12¢ at Target, so I added a can of soup to a pot, along with 2 cans of water and let it boil. Then I added about 2 cups of couscous, let it return to a boil, put a lid on it, and took it off the burner immediately. It’s ready in 5 minutes!


I heated up some grilled boneless/skinless chicken breasts that I had cooked the night before (got them for $1.98/lb which is about the highest I will pay for non-organic Boneless/Skinless chicken) and mixed it in with the couscous after the 5 minutes were up.

My kids ate up the couscous/chicken combo and my husband loved it too. I personally wasn’t incredibly impressed with the flavor, so I think I’ll add a few more spices next time I try this dish.


All in all everything cost under $4 (all of the veggies were from a produce co-op that we pay $10 a week to be part of)!

Now it’s your turn! What kind of recipes did you come up with to use with your deals? Please link directly to your recipe below.

I also highly recommend heading over to $5 Dinners’ Bargain Meal Of The Week page where she categorizes meals by different store deals!

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Feb 18, 2010

Meals With My Deals: Veggie-Turkey Burgers Recipe!

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Last week I announced a new feature here on Surviving The Stores called Meals With My Deals. Each week I will post a recipe as well as a linky for you guys to link up to your recipes!

This week’s recipe is: Veggie-Turkey Burgers!

Veggie Turkey Burgers RecipeI am part of a Fruit and Veggie co-op with a local group in my area. Each week one of the members heads over to the Farmer’s Market in Dallas and picks up the fruit and veggies that look good and are on sale. Because there are so many of us in the group, we can get a really good discount on buying the products in bulk!

But when I have lots of veggies in the fridge, usually the only thing I can think of to use them for is salad. So I got creative one night and tried the following recipe which turned out to be GREAT!

You will need:

1 lb. of ground meat (I used ground turkey, but you can use any type)
Veggies – I used carrots, celery, tomatoes, and grilled jalepenos
1 egg
About 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup of oatmeal or bread crumbs
Spices – whatever you think would go well (salt, peppers, garlic powder, tarragon, parsley…. whatever you want to throw in) :)
Sliced Avocado (if you like it)
Lettuce
1 Small Onion – sliced thin
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (to saute’ the onions in)
Bread (who says burgers always have to be on hamburger buns??)

Now to put it all together:

Turn your veggies into veggie-mush with a food processor. I LOVE my one-touch mini food processor and use it all the time.

Dump your thawed ground meat into a bowl along with the veggie-mush.

Add the oatmeal or bread crumbs, egg, and any spices you want to put in there. Mix it all up really good with your hands… it’s so fun too! :)

Heat your grill (I use this one) to around 350º and cook your burgers thoroughly.

While the burgers are cooking, slice your avocado and saute’ your onion (i.e. cook it in a small skillet along with the oil until the onion looks clear and starts smelling REALLY good).

Once the burgers are done, put it all together and enjoy!

The best part is that my kids had no clue that the burgers were full of veggies!! (The kids did opt out of the avocados and onions, though).

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**Remember, next Thursday I will add a Link-up so that you can link to your “Meals With My Deals” post! While it is not required, I would love it if you grabbed the “Meals With My Deals” button to add to your post. You can get the code for it HERE.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the recipes you all come up with!

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