August 31, 2012

Labor Day Menu 2012

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With school starting, football season kicking off, and Pinterest boards covered in fall food/decor, here's a menu to help you hang on to the last weekend of summer. What better way to celebrate than throwing burgers on the grill?! Since Labor Day falls on Monday, this menu skips over Meatless Monday. However, I've provided a vegetarian choice for anyone who dislikes (gasp!) beef. The menu is four servings - just click on the meal name at it will take you right to the recipe! Pricing is based from Harris Teeter's weekly ad but this menu and shopping list can be used for any grocery store!


Menu
Inside-Out Burgers with Worcestershire Tomato Ketchup
Blue Cheese Portobello Burgers
Wild Rice Salad
Parmesan Grilled Corn



Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Inside-Out Burgers1 red onion ~ $1
Lettuce - $1.79
4 roma tomatoes ~ $1.50
1 lb lean ground beef - $4.99/lb for 93% patties
HT Fresh Foods hamburger buns - $1.74
or HT hamburger buns - $.99
HT sliced cheese - $1.32
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Garlic
Worcestershire sauce
  -need it: French's - $1
Apple cider vinegar
Sugar
Dried dill
Allspice 
Celery salt
Mustard seed

Portobello
Burgers
4 large portobello mushrooms - $3.49
1 red onion ~ $1
Earthbound Farm arugula - $3.99
1 tomato ~ $1.50
HT crumbled blue cheese - $2.99
Pepperidge Farm whole wheat hamburger buns - $2.79
Balsamic vinegar
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Garlic

Wild Rice Salad1 green pepper - $1.19
Green onions - $.89
1 pint grape tomatoes - $3
Uncle Ben's wild rice - $1.67
HT marinated artichoke hearts, 6 oz - $1.89
HT 8.5 oz can peas - $.67
HT slivered almonds, 2 oz - $1.99
Salt
Canola oil
White vinegar
Parmesan cheese
Sugar
Celery seed
Ground white pepper
Dry mustard
Paprika
Garlic

Corn4 ears corn - $1.76
Fresh parsley - $1.89
Butter
Parmesan cheese
Garlic

August 26, 2012

Bi-Lo Weekly Menu Aug 26-Sept 1


A few things about this week's menu:
1) Add grilled chicken, lean ground beef, or veggie crumbles to the Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Tostadas if you want to add a little extra taste. This is a great dish if you have a house divided between vegetarian(s) and meat lover(s).
2) If you don't feel up to making your own Gnudi, you can substitute a package of gnocchi instead. Also, this another easy meal to make vegetarian by leaving out the pancetta. Stir in fresh spinach for more color and taste. This dish is making me ready for fall!
3) I stumbled upon this Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken recipe and lightened it up a bit. I thought it would be a fun idea for a "date night" or "girls night" by cooking a restaurant favorite at home to save money and calories.

Weekly Menu

SundayCreole Cod with Healthified Creamed Corn
MondayCorn, Avocado, and Black Bean Tostadas
TuesdaySauteed Shrimp with Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms
WednesdayGrilled Chicken, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad
ThursdayGrilled Chicken Stuffed with Basil and Tomato with Garlicky Green Beans
FridayGnudi with Butternut Squash, Sage and Pancetta
SaturdayOutback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken with Grilled Zucchini


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday5 pack ears of corn - $2.99
1 red bell pepper 
Green onions
SH cod fillets, 16 - $4.99
SH 1/3 less fat cream cheese - $1.50
Olive oil
  -need it: Star, 25 oz - $4.79
  -$1 off print (zip 77477) or SS 7/22 = $3.79
Dijon mustard
Salt
Pepper
Creole seasoning (check recipe for how to make your own)
Cooking spray
Lemon juice
Fresh parsley (last week)
Skim, soy or almond milk
Parmesan cheese

Monday1 avocado
15 oz can SH black beans 
Fresh cilantro (last week)
Corn tortillas (last week)
Salt
Cooking spray
Lime juice
Crushed red pepper
Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese (last week)
  -need it: Southern Home - $2
1 ear corn (split w/Healthified Creamed Corn)

TuesdaySliced baby bella mushrooms, 8 oz - $1.99
1 shallot 
Fresh Express baby spinach - $2.99
SH shrimp - B1G1
Cream cheese (split w/Healthified Creamed Corn)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Fat-free milk
All-purpose flour
Nutmeg

Wednesday1 red onion
1 pear
Salemville blue cheese, 4 oz - $2.49
McCormick Grill Mates Garlic Herb & Wine seasoning
SH frozen chicken breasts, 40 oz - $7.99
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Spinach (split w/Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms)
Pecans (last week)
Balsamic vinaigrette 
  -need it: Kraft - $2

ThursdayFresh basil 
1 roma tomato
1/2 lb green beans 
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (from 40 oz bag)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Olive oil
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Lemon juice

Friday1 small butternut squash 
Fresh sage 
1 oz thinly sliced pancetta (from deli) 
Fat-free ricotta cheese
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
All-purpose flour
Parmesan cheese
1 egg
Dried sage

Saturday1 zucchini 
Turkey bacon 
Duke's light mayonnaise 
  -.40/1 SS 8/12
Heluva Good Colby Jack cheese 
  -.50/1 print 
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (from 40 oz bag)
Sliced mushrooms (split w/Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms)
Seasoned salt
Yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
Worcestershire sauce
  -French's coupons for all 3 = print
Honey
Dried onion flakes
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Butter
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Pepper
Garlic
Garlic powder
Dried oregano
Italian dressing
  


August 25, 2012

Lowes Foods Weekly Menu Aug 26-Sept 1



The subtotal this week is $49. I stumbled upon this Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken recipe and lightened it up a bit. I thought it would be a fun idea for a "date night" or "girls night" by cooking a restaurant favorite at home to save money and calories.

Weekly Menu

SundayRoasted Salmon with Strawberry Salad
MondayCorn, Avocado, and Black Bean Tostadas
TuesdayGrilled Sesame Ginger Chicken with Snap Pea Salad
WednesdaySauteed Shrimp with Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms
ThursdayGrilled Chicken Stuffed with Basil and Tomato with Garlicky Green Beans
FridayGnudi with Butternut Squash, Sage and Pancetta
SaturdayOutback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken with Grilled Zucchini


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 lime - $.25
Fresh basil - $2.39
Fresh Express spinach, 9 oz - $2.59
Strawberries - $1.97
2 salmon fillets, 6 oz each ~ $6
Treasure Cave feta cheese - $2.50
  -.40/1 SS 6/24 = $1.70
Salt
Pepper
Pecans (last week)
Olive oil
Honey

Monday1 avocado - $1.99
15 oz can Hanover black beans - $.75
1 ear corn - $.69
Fresh cilantro (last week)
Corn tortillas (last week)
Salt
Cooking spray
Lime juice
Crushed red pepper
Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese (last week)
  -need it: Lowes Foods - $2.79

Tuesday1 small ginger root ~ $1
1 zucchini ~ $1
2 radishes ~ $.99
Baby carrots - $1.50
1 peach ~ $1
1/2 lb snap peas ~ $1
1 lime - $.25
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.97/lb
Teriyaki sauce
  -need it: Kikkoman - $1.50
  -$1 off print or -.55/1 SS 6/3
Sesame seeds
2 chicken breasts (last week)
Dried dill
Fresh cilantro (last week)
Olive oil
White balsamic vinegar
Hot sauce
  -need it: Texas Pete - $1.25
  -.50/1 SS 5/6 = $.25
Salt
Pepper

WednesdaySliced mushrooms, 8 oz - $1.79
1 shallot - $.25
1/2 lb Carolina shrimp - $3.50
LF light cream cheese - $1.89
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Spinach (split w/Summer Berry Salad)
Fat-free milk
All-purpose flour
Nutmeg

Thursday1 roma tomato ~ $.30
1/2 lb green beans ~ $1
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.97/lb
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Olive oil
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Lemon juice
Fresh basil (split w/Summer Berry Salad)

Friday1 small butternut squash ~ $3
1 oz thinly sliced pancetta (from deli) ~ $1
LF low-fat ricotta cheese - $1.99
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
All-purpose flour
Parmesan cheese
1 egg
Dried sage

Saturday1 zucchini ~ $1
Butterball turkey bacon - $2.79
  -.55/1 SS 6/24 = $1.69
Duke's light mayonnaise - $2.69
  -.40/1 SS 8/12 = $1.89
Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese (last week)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.97/lb
Seasoned salt
Yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
Worcestershire sauce
  -French's coupons for all 3 = print
Honey
Dried onion flakes
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Butter
  -need it: Smart Balance - $1.97
  -$1.75 print = $.22
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Pepper
Garlic
Garlic powder
Dried oregano
Italian dressing
Sliced mushrooms (split w/Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms)


August 24, 2012

Harris Teeter Weekly Menu Aug 26-Sept 1

The subtotal this week is $48.

A few things about this week's menu:
1) Add grilled chicken, lean ground beef, or veggie crumbles to the Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Tostadas if you want to add a little extra taste. This is a great dish if you have a house divided between vegetarian(s) and meat lover(s).
2) The Cheesy Lasagna Soup with Toasted Baguette would be a great meal to bring to new parents or someone else in need.  It could easily be frozen or reheated at their convenience.
3) If you don't feel up to making your own Gnudi, you can substitute a package of gnocchi instead. Also, this is another easy meal to make vegetarian by leaving out the pancetta. Stir in fresh spinach for more color and taste. This dish is making me ready for fall!
4) I stumbled upon this Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken recipe and lightened it up a bit. I thought it would be a fun idea for a "date night" or "girls night" by cooking a restaurant favorite at home to save money and calories.

Weekly Menu

SundayCreole Cod with Healthified Creamed Corn
MondayCorn, Avocado, and Black Bean Tostadas
TuesdayGrilled Sesame Ginger Chicken with Snap Pea Salad
WednesdayCheesy Lasagna Soup with Toasted Baguette
ThursdayGrilled Chicken Stuffed with Basil and Tomato with Garlicky Green Beans
FridayGnudi with Butternut Squash, Sage and Pancetta
SaturdayOutback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken with Grilled Zucchini


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday2 ears corn - $.80
1 red bell pepper - $2.50
Green onions - $.89
2 cod fillets, 6 oz each ~ $5
HT /3 less fat cream cheese - $1.97
Olive oil
Dijon mustard
Salt
Pepper
Creole seasoning (check recipe for how to make your own)
Cooking spray
Lemon juice
Fresh parsley (last week)
Skim, soy or almond milk
Parmesan cheese
  -need it: Mama Francesca - $2

MondayCalavo avocados, 2 ct - $1.27
15 oz can HT black beans - $.77
1 ear corn - $.40
Fresh cilantro (last week)
Corn tortillas (last week)
Salt
Cooking spray
Lime juice
Crushed red pepper
Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese (last week)
  -need it: Sargento - $1.77

Tuesday1 small ginger root ~ $1
1 zucchini ~ $.50
2 radishes ~ $.50
Baby carrots - $1.50
1 peach ~ $.85
1/2 lb snap peas ~ $2
1 lime - $.50
Teriyaki sauce
  -need it: Kikkoman - $2.49
  -$1 off print or -.55/1 SS 6/3
Sesame seeds
2 chicken breasts (last week)
Dried dill
Fresh cilantro (last week)
Olive oil
White balsamic vinegar
Hot sauce
  -need it: Frank's, 4.5 oz - $.74
  -.30/1 print = $.14
Salt
Pepper

Wednesday1 onion ~ $.30
1 green bell pepper - $.99
La Brea wheat baguette - $1.49
1/2 lb HT Naturals 90% lean ground beef - $2.50
14.5 oz can HT Italian style diced tomatoes - $.79
HT tomato paste - $.47
Sargento shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese - $1.77
Garlic
Penne or bow tie pasta 
Brown sugar
Italian seasoning
Pepper
Garlic powder or garlic clove

ThursdayFresh basil - $1.99
1 roma tomato ~ $.35
1/2 lb green beans ~ $.90
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (last week)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Olive oil
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Lemon juice

Friday1 small butternut squash ~ $4
Fresh sage - $1.99
1 oz thinly sliced pancetta (from deli) ~ $1
Sorrento fat-free ricotta cheese - $2.85
  -$1 off SS 6/24 = $1.85
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
All-purpose flour
Parmesan cheese
1 egg

SaturdayFresh sliced mushrooms, 8 oz - $1.69
1 zucchini ~ $.50
HT turkey bacon - $2
Smart balance mayonnaise - $2.50
  -.75/1 print = $1
Heluva Good Colby Jack cheese - $2.19
  -.50/1 print = $1.19
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (last week)
Seasoned salt
Yellow mustard
Dijon mustard
Worcestershire sauce
  -French's coupons for all 3 = print
Honey
Dried onion flakes
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Butter
  -need it: Smart Balance - $2.27
  -$1.75 print = $.52
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Pepper
Garlic
Garlic powder
Dried oregano
Italian dressing
  -need it: Ken's - $1.50
  -$1/2 SS 8/12 = $1 each


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August 17, 2012

Weekly Menu Aug 19-25

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We're in the homestretch...last night we drove to Nick's hometown for his sister's wedding weekend. For those of you who have been counting, yes, this is our third wedding in three weeks! I'm thrilled to be a part of my sister-in-law's special day and we are so excited to welcome her perfect fit, Joe, into the Arnold clan!

Since I'll be busy with wedding festivities all weekend, I've looked at the sale items from all three stores and developed a menu that will hopefully suit them all. Harris Teeter has their 2.5 lb bags of frozen chicken back on sale at B2G3 ($1.67/lb) so go ahead and stock up on those to last you for a while. Don't forget to sort through your own store's ad for special deals you don't want to miss!

If you're feeling adventurous and want to make your own gnocchi there are many recipes on the internet. I think this one would go great with the (not) sun-dried tomato sauce.

Weekly Menu

SundayLemon Garlic Fish with Mediterranean Crunch Salad
MondayGnocchi and (Not) Sun-dried Tomato Sauce with Mediterranean Crunch Salad
TuesdayChicken Tortilla Casserole
WednesdayPesto Pizza
ThursdayPecan Crusted Chicken Fingers with Lemon-Herb Potatoes
FridayShrimp with Balsamic Succotash
SaturdayCoconut-Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa and Rice


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 lemon
1 cucumber
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 broccoli bunch
1 bunch kale
1 red onion
Fresh parsley
2 tilapia fillets, 6 oz 
15 oz can garbanzo beans
4 Kalamata olives
Garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Red wine vinegar
Dried thyme

Monday8 oz tomato paste
1 package gnocchi
Garlic
Olive oil
Dried basil
Dried oregano
Dried thyme
Dried rosemary
Crushed red pepper flakes
Salt
Pepper
Honey
Mediterranean Crunch Salad Leftovers

Tuesday1 green bell pepper
1 can chopped green chiles
Yellow corn tortillas
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Low-fat, low sodium cream of chicken soup
8 oz fat-free sour cream
Reduced-fat shredded cheese
Fat-free milk
Chili powder
Ground cumin
Grape tomatoes

Wednesday1 medium roma tomato
1 wheat pizza dough ball
8 oz jar basil pesto or homemade
Shredded cheese

Thursday1 lb small potatoes
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 small bag chopped pecans
Breadcrumbs
Paprika
Salt
Pepper
1 egg
Cooking spray
All-purpose flour
Lemon juice
Dried thyme
Dried rosemary
Olive oil
Garlic
Fresh parsley

Friday1 ear corn 
Red bell pepper
1/2 lb shrimp
5 oz frozen lima beans
Chili powder
Minced garlic
Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Cayenne pepper
Salt
Pepper
Butter 
Onion
Dried basil
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
Sugar
Balsamic vinegar

Saturday1 mango
Fresh cilantro
Shredded unsweetened coconut
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Red bell pepper (split w/Balsamic Succotash)
Red onion (split w/Mediterranean Crunch Salad)
Rice vinegar
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil
Rice
1 egg


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August 16, 2012

Starbucks $5 Gift Card Rebate



I got super excited today when I saw this post from Southern Savers. With the purchase of either (2) Starbucks Coffee or Tazo K-Cups 16 ct. or (3) Starbucks coffee or Tazo K-Cups 10 ct. you can mail in or submit this rebate online to receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. Why I got super excited vs. just excited? This week at Harris Teeter Starbucks Coffee K-Cups 10 ct. are on sale for $7.99 (regularly $10.39). If you purchase 3 and send in the rebate, that's an overall savings of $12, very rare for something like K-Cups. The other super exciting part is that my supply was just running out! Thank you Starbucks and Harris Teeter, always to the rescue. I couldn't find any coupons for the Starbucks K-Cups to make this deal even sweeter so if anyone knows of some, please comment below. Also, don't forget to register the gift card you receive to start earning free syrups, soy milk, and drinks!

August 15, 2012

Back To School Sale at Half Off Depot


Half Off Depot 28% Off Everything Back To School Sale

Today only, Half Off Depot is offering 28% off during their Back To School Sale with the code BACK 28. I just bought this $10 voucher to one of my favorite pizza places, Papa Murphy's for only $3.60! 

August 12, 2012

Lowes Foods Weekly Menu Aug 12-18



The subtotal is $60. The Tex-Mex Chicken Soup serves four so you can eat leftovers and take away one other meal to save even more. Also, the Mediterranean Strata should be prepared the night before so be sure to plan ahead.

A side note: a lot of the recipes I've been using lately call for fresh corn kernels. I think straight off the cob is tastier and healthier. You can always substitute canned or frozen if you aren't up to cutting the kernels off OR you can invest in one of these babies that will get the corn off in a zip (pun intended)!


Weekly Menu

SundayShrimp and Corn Cakes with Yellow Rice
MondayMediterranean Spinach Strata
TuesdayJerk Spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa and Rice
WednesdayPizza Chicken Kabobs with Green Beans
ThursdayOrzo with Chicken, Broccoli and Parmesan
FridayTex-Mex Chicken Soup 
SaturdayItalian Chicken Packets with Spinach Salad


Shopping List...{Weekly Menu Items}
Pantry/Fridge Stock-up in Italics

Sunday1 red onion ~ $1.30
1 heirloom tomato ~ $1
1 serrano chile ~ $.10
1 large ear of corn - $.33
1 lemon - $.59
1 red bell pepper - $2.50
Green onions - $.69
Fresh cilantro - $.99
1/2 lb EZ peel white shrimp ~ $3.50
Mahatma yellow rice - $.99
Low-fat buttermilk, 16 oz - $1.79 
Lime juice
Salt
Pepper
Ground cumin
Ground red pepper
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Hot sauce 
1 large egg
Garlic
Canola oil

Monday1 onion ~ $.80
2 plum tomatoes ~ $.50
8 ounce package sliced mushrooms - $2.29
Fresh Express spinach - $2
LF 2% shredded mozzarella cheese - $2.19
1 loaf French bread - $.99
Athenos Feta cheese - $2.99
Cooking spray
Garlic
All-purpose flour
Fat-free milk
Dijon mustard
Dried oregano
3 eggs
Salt
Pepper

TuesdayFresh pineapple - $2.99
1 cucumber - $.77
3/4 lb shrimp - $5.25
Rice
Sugar
Paprika
Salt
Garlic pepper
Ground red pepper
Dried thyme
Allspice
Olive oil 
Red onion (split w/Shrimp and Corn Cakes)
Cilantro (split w/Shrimp and Corn Cakes)
Cider vinegar
Rice
Cooking spray

Wednesday8 ounce package whole mushrooms - $1.99
3/4 lb fresh green beans ~ $1.50
Perdue boneless skinless chicken breast ~ $1 ($1.97/lb)
Ragu pizza sauce, 14 oz - $1.65
  -.20/1 RP 7/29 = $1.25
Red bell pepper (split w/Shrimp and Corn Cakes)
Light Italian dressing
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder

Thursday1 bunch broccoli - $2.49
2 Perdue boneless skinless chicken breasts ~ $1.97
Barilla orzo pasta - $1.25
  -.55/2 SS 6/24 = $.70 each
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth 
Parmesan cheese
Dried oregano
Salt
Pepper

Friday1 small jalapeno ~ $.10
1 ear corn - $.33
Wholly Guacamole - $2.49
  -$1.50 off print, SS 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 = $.99
1 Perdue boneless skinless chicken breast ~ $1
LF oz HT diced tomatoes with green chiles - $1
LF oz HT black beans - $.79
New York tortilla strips - $1.29
Olive oil
Onion (split w/Mediterranean Strata)
Red bell pepper (split w/Shrimp and Corn Cakes)
Garlic
Chili powder
Crushed red pepper
Salt
Cumin
Pepper
Shredded cheese 
Cilantro (split w/Shrimp and Corn Cakes)
Fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

Saturday1 yellow bell pepper - $2.50
2 plum tomatoes ~ $.50
1 red onion ~ $1.30 
Strawberries - $2.99
2 Perdue boneless skinless chicken breasts ~ $1.97
Light Italian dressing
Crushed red pepper flakes
Spinach (split w/Mediterranean Strata)
Feta cheese (split w/Mediterranean Strata)
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt