Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week

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Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Bone-in chicken breasts are on sale for .97/pound. That's a great deal. I didn't get to stock up the last time they were on sale so I plan to go get some this time.

They also have New York Strip Steak on sale for $4.99. That wouldn't make for a bargain meal exactly. However, for a date night at home or something like that, it would be much cheaper than eating out.

Some other items I saw:
green grapes .99/lb
breyers ice cream B1G1F (it would make it $2.50 a container and that's about what most store brands are, so that's a great deal)
16oz Food Lion pasta .90
Food Lion Cooking Oil 48oz $2.39
Kraft Pasta Salad 4/$5

Food Lion canned veggies .69 (I've tried these and they are just as good as name brand. I know I've heard that some of them have higher liquid content in place of some of the veggies, but I've found these to have just as many beans if not more than name brand.)
Food Lion shredded cheese 16oz 2/$6
ore-idea potatoes 20-32oz B2G1F
(These are $2.99 each to it would be about $6 for three bags, $2 a bag)

Meal #1
Since grapes and chicken are on sale I'd have to make chicken salad. It would be more for lunches and I don't use a recipe but I will tell you what I put in it.

salt and pepper to taste

I just add mayo a bit at a time till it's as creamy as I want it. Same with grapes and nuts. I just use as much as I'm wanting in it. I love to eat this with pita bread or croissants.

Meal #2
40 Clove Garlic Chicken
I found this recipe one day when I was looking through menu plans on Menu Planning Monday. It sounded really yummy. I would serve this with Mashed potatoes and another veggie.

Meal #3
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken (using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken)
1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika

1. Wad three pieces of aluminum foil into 3 to 4 inch balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crumbled aluminum foil.
3. Set the slow cooker to High for 1 hour, then turn down to Low for about 8 to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

Hashbrown casserole (using the ore ida potatoes and shredded cheese on sale)
Hashbrown Casserole
2 cups of cheese (I used cheddar)
1 10 3/4oz can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream (I only used a little over a 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 32ox bag of shredded hashbrown potatoes (it seems most bags are 30oz now and that was what I used)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the 1st 7 ingredients. Then fold in the potatoes. Pour in to your pan. Bake for 1 hour.

So simple yet so yummy! I also let the hashbrowns thaw on the counter for a bit to make mixing easy.

Serve with green beans (canned, on sale)

I could find many more meals with Chicken. It's so versatile! I would highly recommend cooking it up in large batches in the crockpot (or your preferred way of cooking it). You can then package in 2 cup or so portions and freeze. Or you can assemble some dishes and freeze them. Freezer cooking is such a handy thing and can be a time saver and money saver on those busy evenings when you'd normally get take out.

Come back next week and see what meals I come up with!

God bless,

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