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
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!