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On Sale This Week & Kitchen Efficiencies

13 November 2014   Lynne LaMaster
Breakfast ready in the morning!

The ads are heating up to the biggest grocery shopping season of the year: Thanksgiving through Christmas. Of course, the big focus right now is on turkey, which Albertsons has been touting since before Halloween. 

Turkey Deal Roundup

Albertsons

  • Free turkey with $100 purchase, plus in-ad coupon. The turkey size is up to 15.99 lbs.
  • Free turkey with $150 purchase, plus in ad coupon - up to 24 lbs. 
  • They will match the price on their premium Honeysuckle white turkey. Stores that qualify for price match include Fry's, Safeway and Bashas' through November 27.

Fry's

  • Kroger Turkey, $.79 lb., with $25 additional purchase
  • Price matching with Safeway, Bashas or Albertsons

Safeway

  • Safeway turkey, $.79 with $25 purchase, limit 1; 8-24 lb.
  • Butterball turkey $1.29 lb.
  • Butterball turkey, limit one $.99 lb, with $25 purchase, 10-24 lb. size. 
  • Honeysuckle White Turkey Breast $1.99 lb

Sprouts

  • Fresh, Natural Turkey $1.49 lb. These turkeys are never frozen. Available from November 19-27.
  • Organic Turkey: $3.99 lb.

Other Deals Worth Highlighting:

Albertsons:

  • $10 off grocery purchase of $100 or more with in-ad coupon
  • Saturday, 11/15/14 is First Responder Discount Day. Save 10%.
  • Sunday: Wear your Cardinals jersey, get 10% off your grocery purchases.

Fry's

  • Buy 10, Save $5 - there are pages of these deals, so be sure to check the ad. You can mix and match. For example, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup is $.49 if you buy 10 of the sale items. But, you don't have to buy 10 cans of soup, you could buy 4 cans of soup, 2 half gallons of milk ($.99), and four Pillsbury Crescent Rolls ($1.38).
  • Buy any two Knudsen Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream, and get one Sour Cream for free.

Sprouts

Shop Wednesday, get last week's ad prices, plus this week's ad prices

By the way, be sure to check out the Shopping App of the Week article about the Savings Catcher.

 


Efficiencies in the Kitchen

My secret to providing healthy meals despite crazy, hectic schedules is planning and efficiency. And gadgets. I am a self-confessed gadget gal! Of course, gadgets can make me more efficient...

Some of my favorite gadgets are:

Microwave

crock pot

Stick blender

Blender

Pyrex measuring cups in various sizes (Is that really a gadget? I dunno, but I use them so much that when my son was getting married, he told his fiance' to be sure to get some, because, "My mom uses them all the time.")

Adjustable measuring spoons

Egg-cracker (Ok, so I don't use this a lot, but it makes me giggle every time I do. It can even separate your eggs for you.)

Crock Pot Magic

While my kids were growing up, we had a crock pot. But we never used it. I'm not sure why, it just didn't seem to fit our lifestyle. Of course, there were ten of us at home then, so it might have just seemed like it wouldn't be enough. Boy, was I missing out.

Finally, I had a friend give us a new crock pot and a directive: Use it!

We followed her advice. Now we use it for everything. It saves us time, and cooks for us while we do other things. Kind of like a chef in a pot.

It also brought inspiration for new recipes. Just try Googling "crock pot recipes" and see how many you get. It's infinity! 

Breakfast

It's almost as good as breakfast in bed. crock pot oatmeal. Start it at night, just before you go to bed. For all you moms and dads out there getting the kiddos ready for school, having breakfast cooked and ready to eat is a pit-hour lifesaver. (Sorry to all who enjoy lovely, happy mornings, but for us, early AM is pretty crazy.)

Use approximately 2:1 liquid to old-fashioned oatmeal. (Instant isn't so great.) We use milk. And the secret ingredient? About a teaspoon of Tapioca pudding will make it nice and creamy. (H/T to Brit King.) I also usually add some butter. 

We usually use 4 cups of milk to 2 cups of oatmeal. You can adjust the measurements for your family size. We like having some leftover, too.

Add in as much of any or all of the following that you like:

  • Brown sugar
  • Chopped apples
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Cranberries
  • Dried fruit
  • Whatever else you like in your oatmeal...

Put it all in the crock pot (I usually spray it first with Pam.) Stir quickly. Cook on low. In the morning, you'll get up and it will smell wonderful. Serve it up, and put any leftovers in the refrigerator. It makes a nice snack or next-day breakfast with a little re-heating.

Are you a fan of steel-cut oatmeal? We've had good success with this, but others have reported that theirs didn't turn out so well. I think it's worth trying, though. 

You want easy? How about 2-ingredient-easy?  

2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Two-Ingredient Slow Cooker Meals

Italian crock pot Chicken We frequently use Italian dressing to marinade chicken. My favorite is Bernsteins, but Paul Newman's is pretty yummy, too. You want to have Chinese instead? Use an Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing. You can even get the "light" version and it will still taste lovely.

You want fast? Plan ahead!

When you're making your two ingredient slow cooker recipes, make enough for at least two meals instead of one. Then use the extra portions to make a different, but equally delicious meal another night. 

For example:

Night One: Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Make burritos from this, serve with refried beans (double this quantity, too)

Night Two: Salad Bowls

Make tortilla bowls in your microwave. (How to Cook Tortilla Shells in the Microwave for a taco Bowl each one takes about 1 1/2 minutes to make.)

Fill with layers of: lettuce, refried beans, salsa chicken, guacamole*, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, sliced olives, sour cream. If you don't like one of those ingredients, don't use them. Your kids will like the fact that they can eat the bowls.

Be festive - use pretty paper plates!

Still have extra Salsa Chicken? How about enchiladas? Roll up corn tortillas with Salsa Chicken, grated cheese. Place in glass baking dish. Pour canned enchilada sauce over them, either green or red, your choice. Sprinkle grated cheese over it, bake until done, about 45 minutes. Want it to be a little different? Use Cream of Chicken Soup instead of enchilada sauce, sprinkle with a can of chopped green chiles, sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake. Serve with sour cream. 

Or, make Chicken Salsa Soup, using your already-prepared Salsa Chicken in this recipe from Taste of Home. 

Sick of Salsa Chicken for this week? No worries. Take whatever is left, put it in a zipper bag and freeze it for another time. Be sure to label and date the bag!

*Hint: Buy guacamole in single-serving packages. That way you only use what you need. 

Recipes from Around the Internet

20 Easy Crock Pot Recipes in 4 Ingredients or Less

Sunny Anderson's Two-Ingredient Recipes

2 Ingredient Easy Waffle Recipe (no dairy or eggs)