Sunday, July 19, 2009

Price Chopper Bargain MEALS of the Week

Bargain Meal of the Week

Don't forget - if you're not a Price Chopper Shopper, you can click the link above to go to $5 Dinners and find a Bargain Meal of the Week for your grocery store!

Ok, since I've been neglecting you...and feeling really uninspired by the PC flier in recent weeks (good for snacks, etc. but the main dish meal menu was hard to come up with), I'm making a comeback with a week's worth of dinners for you at Bargain Prices! The PC flier was pretty good this week! Here are 5 day's worth of meals you can make for about $25, assuming you have a few ingredients on hand (like milk for your scalloped potatoes, butter for your corn, and salad dressing). If not, your total will increase slightly by $3 or $4. (Keep in mind that some of the meat will have to be bought in bulk - but that will help cut down on next week's shopping trip).

I'm even including a shopping list:
1 lb of London Broil Steak = $1.79/lb
2 lbs Chicken Drumsticks = $1.19/lb
1 lb 80% lean Ground Chuck = $1.99/lb or 1 lb of Villa Capri Italian Style Sausage
1 lb of boneless pork chops = B1G1 Free, these are usually $4.99 pound w/ B1G1 = $2.50/lb
1 Can Price Chopper Petite Tomatoes = $1.00
2 Zucchini @$1.29/lb = about a $1.00
1 jar of PC Applesauce = $1.oo
1 box of Betty Crocker scalloped or au gratin potatoes = $1.50, although I'm sure you could save a few cents by buying the PC brand which will be slightly cheaper, probably closer to $1.00
1 loaf of PC Italian bread = $1.49
1 bag of PC French Fries = $1.99
1 can of PC chick peas = $0.69
1 can of PC green beans = $0.50
4 ears of sweet corn = $1.92
1 box of Prince pasta = $1.00 (though I thought PC pasta is on a lower price sale for $0.87 - I'll get whichever is cheaper)
1 cantaloupe = $2.50
1 head of romaine lettuce = $0.99
2 tomatoes - $1.00 (roma tomatoes are usually about $1.88/lb)

From your pantry (or add to the shopping list if you don't have on hand) - milk, butter, Italian salad dressing, Buffalo Wing Sauce

Meal 1:
Grilled London Broil w/ corn on the cob and tossed salad
Marinate your london broil with your favorite marinade, using ingredients you have on hand - soy sauce, lemon juice, spices, salad dressings. I usually cut it into 2 or 3 pieces for faster cooking.

Meal 2:
Grilled Chicken Salad with Italian bread
Cut chicken into strips and marinate with Italian dressing or your favorite marinade (soy sauce, lemon juice, etc.)
Grill on medium for about 10 minutes on each side
Add to tossed salad made with Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and chick peas along with your family's favorite salad dressings.

Meal 3:
Goulash with Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
w/ zucchini and Italian bread
Cook pasta as directed (we like spaghetti but mostly any shape will do!)
If using ground beef, brown in skillet with diced zucchini. If using sausage, slice skin off sausage and crumble into skillet to brown.
Add diced tomatoes to skillet to heat through and add cooked pasta.
Serve with Italian bread.

Meal 4:
Grilled Boneless Pork Chops
w/ Applesauce and Scalloped Potatoes
I like to marinate my pork chops in what else? some type of salad dressing!
Grill about 15 minutes on medium each side. About 5 minutes before finished, you can add some (hopefully free with coupons in recent weeks) Kraft BBQ sauce.
Make scalloped potatoes as directed on box.
Serve with applesauce.

Meal 5:
Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks (more meat, less fat, same great taste!)
w/ french fries and cantaloupe wedges. My family usually eats about a 1/2 a bag of fries with a meal.
Try this recipe at Woman's Day here.
I omitted the celery and blue cheese because they are more expensive. I thought the fries and fruit would balance out the meal nicely.

Enjoy! Please and comments would be great! Let me know if you can do dinners for $25 this week!

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