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Who wants to take a Guess at the total?? You won’t believe it.

$50.00 I can make so many Yummy and Healthy Meals with this haul.

I want to remind each of you the awesome deals you can get when the sale items are going to change. For me, I shop my local Krogers store. Every Tuesday at midnight the ad will change for the following week. On Tuesday’s at my Krogers, here in Indiana, I have found that prices are reduced for quick sales to move merchandise for new sale items.

***Dairy department, 
There are items reduced in the dairy department also. Which I do not buy those until I’m planning to use them right away.

99 cents

***Produce department
Look for those slightly bruised fruits and the salads that their expiration dates are approaching soon. I buy most of my apples and oranges in the reduce bins. I was able to purchase five apples for ninety-nine cents. Depending on the number of potatoes, onions, and bell peppers I have at home will be if I but from the reduced bin. I have found stir fry bags for two dollars and ninety-nine cents that were four dollars and ninety-nine cents. I found this Pasta Kit for one dollar and ninety-nine cents it serves two.

$1.99

***Bread department
Has a stand where they place the reduced bread, doughnuts, and snack cakes. I was able to grab these buns for ninety-nine cents. I have bought doughnuts and snack cakes from this stand.

99 Cents

***Meat department
The meat department is reducing prices to rotate meat that is to expire soon.

$7.51

***Eight pork chops, for seven dollars and fifty-one cents. That is four meals for my husband and me.

***Three Pork Bottom Steaks for five dollars and eighty-five cents. I plan to cute these into strips for meals. 

$6.03

***Three Beef Center Steaks for six dollars and three cents. Again I will cut these into strips for meals.

I’m a saver, but I have a dear friend who is a member of this group, which is also my neighbor, who is the lady of savings and cutting cost. She’s a true inspiration to me. She’s fought her battles and has shown lots of women and families if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. Which I’m still working on myself.

I do hope to share her lessons, information, and idea’s with the group someday.

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Fish with Potato, Bell Peppers, Onions, and Toss Salad

Set over to 450

You’ll need
1 large mixing bowl
1 Large Cooking sheet 
1 Cooking board
1 Sharp knife
1 Potato peeler
1 Glass casserole dish
Something to stir with 
Tongs

Sorry the Tongs are pictured.

4 peeled potatoes
1 medium size onion peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons of Olive oil
2 Fish Fillets (depends on how many you’re cooking for)
Salt and Pepper 
Seasoning Salt
Garlic Salt
Ground Paprika
Fresh Chives
Fresh parsley 
Fresh Cilantro 
Ketchup 
Tarter Sauce
Pam Spray for the cookie sheet and the glass casserole dish

Wash, potatoes, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and dry. 
Peel potatoes and slice them placing into the large mixing bowl. 
Take all seeds out of the bell pepper, slice and place into the large mixing bowl.
Slice onion and put in the large mixing bowl with potatoes and pepper. 
add the olive oil, all the seasonings and herbs stir making sure everything is covered with the seasonings. 
Spray the cookie sheet and the glass casserole dish. 
Pour the Potato mixture onto cookie sheet, spreading out to cover the bottom of the cookie sheet. 
Put into oven cook for 10 minutes, then stir, and cook until potatoes are soft and crispy. 
In the Pam sprayed the glass casserole dish add the fish fillets cook as directed on package.

Toss salad
Add all ingredients and top with Cheese and Dressing. 

We add Ketchup and Tarter Sauce on the side. 

Total for this meal seven dollars roughly.

YUMMY

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Filet Mignon with Sweet Potato, Bell Peppers, and Onions.

I bought the Filet Mignon already prepped

You’ll need 
Large bowl, cookie sheet, glass casserole dish, cutting board, knife, potato peeler, foil, and something to stir with. 

Set oven at 375 you will cook to your desirer. 

Ingredients: 
2 Filet Mignon’s wrapped in bacon (I bought these already prepped)
2 medium-size sweet potatoes washed, dried and peeled and sliced
1 medium size onion peeled and sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper washed, dried, seeds removed and sliced.
1 Red Bell Pepper washed, dried, seeds removed and sliced.
2 Good tablespoons of Olive Oil
Seasoning salt
Salt and pepper
Garlic salt
Ground Paprika
Fresh Clives
Fresh Parsley 
Fresh Cilantro 
Pam Spray to spray the bottom of the glass Casserole dish and cookie sheet.

Steps:
In the large bowl add the sliced sweet potatoes, sliced onions, sliced bell peppers, all the seasonings and olive oil (I do not measure these). Stir making sure everything is covered with seasonings. 
Spray cookie sheet, spread mixture in the large bowl on cookie sheet. 
Spray glass casserole dish, placing the Filet Mignon in with foil to cover. 
10 minutes check on the potato mixture and stir making sure all sides are cooked. 

Total Cost for this Meal was Five Dollars per plate.

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My Stuffed Chicken Breast

What you will need
Cutting Board, knife, glass casserole dish, a large bowl to place sliced veggies in, and foil.
Set oven on 350 cooks for 40-45 minutes checking to make sure it doesn’t overcook.

Provolone cheese slices (I purchase our Provolone in these packages) cut into strips
Chicken Breast (I only needed 2) cut in halves like a Hot Dog Bun 
1 Medium size Onion peeled and Sliced
4 Good size Mushrooms washed and dried.
2 Tablespoon of water
Garlic Powder 
Seasoning Salt
Lemon Pepper 
Fresh, Chives, Parsley, and Cilantro 
Salt and Pepper 
Pam spray (or your brand of spray)
1 Glass Casserole dish (depending on size and how many chicken breast you cook)

Prep: 
Wash and dry Mushrooms, Peel and Slice onion placing them into the large bowl set aside.
Wash cutting board and dry
Wash Chicken 
Slice Chicken breast in half (note not cutting completely in half, cut like a hot dog bun)
Spray Glass Casserole dish
Spread the chicken breast apart and stuff mushrooms and onions topping with the sliced Provolone cheese. 
Close Chicken Stuffed Breast and placing in the Pam spray’ed glass casserole dish, with a 2 tablespoons of water.
Top Chicken Breast with Garlic Salt, Seasoning Salt, Lemon Pepper, Salt and Pepper, Chives, Parsley, and cilantro. (note I do not measure these ingredients)
Cover with Foil with poking hole in the top. 

Total for this meal Six dollars per plate. 

Eat!!!

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Eating In At Home

Groceries for 2 week total cost $120 and some odd change.

Cutting the eating out can be really hard on the taste buds. Not only on the taste buds but the convenience of just driving through a fast food restaurant drive=thru. The fast good can be tasty and easy, but very unhealthy. Not that I’m a health nut either. I love me some Wendy’s, Chiplote, Skyline, and LaRosa Pizza. All these places are just ten minutes from my home. I get in my head, telling myself it’s faster to run through a drive-thru before going shopping or just bumming around. Just to find by the end of the weekend, most of my cash is gone to fast foods. And for the next few days, I’m plump up like a balloon from all the salt. I know eating out isn’t healthy for me. Especially since I just got my lab work results from the doctor’s office last month. NOT GOOD. The awful, mean, hateful, depressing, nagging, tear-jerker, mad woman attitude word DIET! Watch what you’re eating, drink more water, eat more greeny salads, eat less sugar, stay away from the salt, lessen your eating out, bluh, bluh, bluh, bluh a lot like the Teacher on Charlie Brown.

Outside the doctor’s office, test result paper in hand, all the illnesses and diseases racing through my head. I know what unhealthy looks like. Cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, anxiety, alcoholism and drug addiction. All of which run in my family. I have lost family members to each of these, some having more than one. I had always told myself, I won’t allow myself to have those illnesses. Although I know I’m a candidate for all of them. My mother having diabetes, having a stroke just a few years ago, high blood pressure, depression. My father has diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and alcoholism. My Maternal Grandparents and My Paternal Grandparents both lived with these illnesses and diseases. My Maternal Grandfather had lived with stomach cancer. His death was not cancer but a Heart Attack. I’ve lost Aunts and Uncle to overdoses.

I knew what the odds for me to become a Diabetic. While I was pregnant with our daughter, my sugar counts were out of this world in the 600’s So bad the Doctor didn’t think I would carry our baby full term. I had to change the way I ate. Watching what I ate, when I ate, testing my blood every two hours, to seeing the Doctor every week until I had delivered our healthy baby girl. I was told then, I would become a diabetic some day. I’m blessed to say our daughter is not a diabetic, she is aware that she too may become a diabetic in her life. She will test her sugar here and there to make sure the numbers are good. She tries to watch what she eats. Her soon to husband is a cooker, so he cooks a lot of home meals. So far my sugar has been great, no worries. High cholesterol is what I’m looking at. If I want to be a part of our daughter’s wedding and our someday grandbabies, I need to make some changes. Yes, Diet! It’s not longer Bluh Bluh Bluh Bluh, but I can, I can, I can, I can. The Little Train That Could.

Free with a coupon.
free wtih a coupon

I’m happy to say, I began cooking more at home, and less eating out. Working hard at eating healthier foods, cutting back on the salt, grease, and sugars. Its been hard, but it’s getting easier as time goes by. My husband is happier, and loving them meals. I get creative with meals, never know what I’m going to cook. I just get an idea and throw it together. I don’t follow many recipes. If I do, I will add something to it. I have people ask me, “How did you make that?” Me, “Hmm a little of this and a dash of that.” Are we eating one a hundred percent better? No, I’m still buying boxed foods which are high is in sodium. We are working hard at eating less sodium.

I’ve been making grocery lists for a two-week meal plan. My goal is to only go to the grocery every two weeks. I feel this will help with the fast food drive-thrus, and reducing the spending of cash on unhealthy foods. It’s been a bit of a challenge but it’s getting easier and easier. I have found my grocery lists are starting to get smaller, and seeing more healthier foods in the cart. It’s becoming a habit of writing the same items on each list. I know it will get boring eating the same thing over and over each week. But what is more important, health or the unhealthy? HEALTHY is more important to me.

Pork Roast $4.16 made 3 meals out of this.

Today is the Grocery shopping day. I have learned that at our local Krogers, items go on sale or clearance when the new ad is about the begin on Tuesday at midnight. I have been working hard at staying on the four sides of the building. Meaning staying away from the isles. It’s a proven fact that all the healthy foods you need to eat are outside the isles, the four walls. But I get sucked into those isles, because of the packaging, deals, and convenience of how fast it may be to cook something. Having a list and knowing where the items are cuts down on the pocketbook/wallet. The prices pretty much stay the same. Coupons help cut down on the cost also. Coupons can be misleading too. You have to know the tick of how they work. Not all coupons are worth using those I call are the “go get hers.” Things you don’t need. Our grocery bill has almost been cut into half. It may seem as though I’m spending more money, but I’m getting more meals out of what I’m buying.

I bought 4 steaks for $8.86 making 4 healthier meals.
99 Cent for 3 rather than 99 cent for one

Buying the larger portions of meat, I can make put into freezer bags and make into smaller meals. Smaller portions mean less waste and smaller portions to eat. The same with garlic bread, cut it in half place into freezer bags, is a way to eliminate the waste whole loaf of bread. Produce can pricey. But check those sales bins. I’ve found slightly bruised apples, onions, potatoes, and peppers for ninety-nine cents. Today for an example, Our Krogers had bell peppers ninety-nine cents each. I went to the sales bins, finding three red bell peppers with a little bruising, for ninety-nine cent for all three. Brown rice, I love the idea of the frozen bags of it. Pop it in the microwave a few minutes later you have cooked brown rice. Today, I picked up a bag of brown rice for cheaper than the convenience of the frozen. Its all about watching, reading, listening and learning, it takes time. My bill today was one hundred twenty dollars and some odd change. To me, that’s good, and I’m pleased with what I walked out of Krogers with.


Clearance $2.49

Clearance $1.17


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Taco Pork Loin, Black Beans and Brown Rice

Taco Pork Loin, Black Beans and Brown Rice. 
What you’ll need to cook with: Skillet and a spoon to stir with.
Ingredients:
Pork loin chops (buy Pork loins in the larger pack, because I can make multiple meats)
1 TBSp Olive Oil
2 1.25 oz Taco seasoning pack (I buy store brand for the savings)
1 medium size onion (Diced)
4 good side mushrooms (Diced)
1 10 oz Ro-tel Original diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 15.25 oz Black beans (I buy store brand for the savings)
4 good side mushrooms (Diced)
1 10oz Steamfresh brown rice (in the freezer department)
Sour Cream 
Shredded Cheese 

Steps:
Cut 4 Pork Loins into strips 
Pour the olive oil into skillet and warm for 2 minutes
Place the strips pork loins in the skillet cook until fully cooked on low – medium heat. 
Stir in the taco seasoning pack. ( prepare seasoning on on the back of the package. 
Cook until boils
Stir in the mushrooms and onions to pork loin taco seasoning mixture. 
Stir in the Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chilies and black bean on low heat, while rice is being cooked
Prepare brown rice as on package
Once the rice is finished cooking stir rice into the pork lion, mixture. 
Cook for another 20 minutes on low stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your skillet. (Yes, I have that one skillet I’m not ready to give up.)

Serve it topped with Sour Cream and Shredded cheese. You could add chives.

There you have it. I cook a lot like how I blog by the stitches of my britches.

Please let me know if you like about this recipe. Thank you


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Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

I’m all about easy lunches.

I don’t know about you, but lunches are hard to plan and then hope that everyone likes it. But who doesn’t like Pizza? This is a very simple casserole. Your children would enjoy making their own, topping it with their own yummy toppings. Here in my home, we add mushrooms, black olives, ham, onions, spinach leaves, and of course extra pizza sauce and cheese. I may add pineapples the next time I make this dish.

I like to make fun dishes, even though our children have moved out, I still try to make meals fun and easy. I to stay away from large amounts of leftovers, as my husband gets bored and burnt out on them. If I do end up making a large amount of food, I like to share with our neighbors or family

With our kitchen being on the small side and we don’t own a dishwasher, it can make for cooking a little rough. Our dishes are washed by hand, mine. Doing the dishes I don’t mind, I just hate putting them away. So this recipe is a 10+ in my book. Few dishes, little cleaning up, and its loved by everyone.

Where is the website: And I don’t take credit for the picture

https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/deep-dish-pizza-casserole/