Saving In The Kitchen: Four Ways To Use Bread End-Slices



It all started last fall when I noticed that I was throwing away a lot of food {and money} and knew I needed to make a change. 

Our family is a picky bunch--we don't like to eat the end-slices of a loaf of bread; instead we just threw them away.  We were wasting a lot of good bread, and I went to work to see if I could find ways to use them.

Now, instead of throwing away the bread end-slices, I put them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer.  I keep adding to the bag until it is full and then take them out and thaw them on a baking sheet on the counter. 

With a little bit of research {what did we ever do before the internet?} I was able to find some quick and easy recipes to use up those end-slices:
Tip:  1 slice of bread = approx. 1/4 cup of bread crumbs.


Note about the homemade croutons {pictured above}:  even though the recipe calls for french bread, these came out really well using the end-slices.  The brand of bread that I use has thick end-slices {about the same thickness as a slice of bread}, but this recipe may not work as well with really thin end-slices.

Meal Plan Monday - March 28















Breakfast
Cereal
Cream of Wheat
Waffles and Oranges
Orange Cream Smoothies
Cinnamon & Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Lunch
Nutella & Jelly Sandwiches w/Strawberries
Mac & Cheese w/Yogurt
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Tuna Salad Sandwiches w/Yogurt
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
  Baked Chicken Lasagna Rolls w/Veggies

Tuesday:
   Pasta Dish

Wednesday:
   Bruschetta Chicken w/Veggies & Potato Salad

Thursday:
   Awefully Easy Chicken {crockpot recipe} w/mashed potatoes -  Recipe from Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

4-lb. chicken legs & thighs
3 large onions quartered or sliced {optional}
1/2 cup water
14-oz. bottle barbecue sauce

1.  Quarter or slice onions and place in bottom of slow cooker.  2.  Add water in bottom of slow cooker.  Add chicken and pour barbecue sauce over top.  3.  Cover; cook on low 8 hours.  I usually half this recipe.  The sauce is delicious served over mashed potato.

Friday:
  Chicken Fajitas

Saturday:
  Chicken Stir-fry

Sunday:
  Leftover Night


$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Saving in the Kitchen: Five Meals With Five Chicken Breasts Experiment

If you had told this former city girl 10 years ago that one day I would be prepping my own chicken, I wouldn't have believed you.  Back then the only chicken that I knew existed was the boneless, skinless variety, and "butterfly" certainly had nothing to do with chicken.  Come to think of it, I didn't even like to touch raw meat.  I have come a long way.

This week I bought a family pack of five bone-in chicken breasts {$.81/lb. after sale and coupon!} and prepared them according to the Five Meals With Five Chicken Breasts post from Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles {yes, I even "butterflied" them!}.  That one package of chicken provided us with five meals for the week.  Not only can you make five meals, but you can also make your own chicken broth.

These are the meals that I was able to prepare with five chicken breasts:

Chicken Pot Pie
Asian Chicken Stir-Fry With Mixed Veggies
Chicken, Broccoli & Garlic White Pizza
Batter-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches
Chicken Vegetable Soup

To save even more time this week, I used the $3.00 off 3 Pillsbury Products coupon from the 2/27 SS newspaper insert and bought Pillsbury Pie Crust and Pizza Crusts to use in the Chicken Pot Pie,
Chicken, Broccoli & Garlic White Pizza and Sausage Breakfast Pizza.

These meals provided just enough for my family of four with just a few leftovers eaten for lunch {which leaves me wondering what I am going to do when my boys become hungry teenagers! :)}. 

I just loved this idea and I hope my experience will inspire you to look for new ways to save money on groceries.  I would love to hear your ideas about how you save money in the kitchen!

Meal Plan Monday - March 21 "Five Meals With Five Chicken Breasts"














Breakfast
Cereal
English Muffins & Bananas
Sausage Breakfast Pizza & Oranges

Lunch
Chicken Salad Sandwiches w/Chex Mix
Chicken Nuggets w/Veggies & Yogurt
Nutella & Jelly Sandwiches w/Yogurt
Rice w/Veggies
Dinner Leftovers

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I first noticed the "five meals with five chicken breasts" idea from Parenting The Tiniest of Miracles and have been anxious to try this myself.  With the sale at Hannaford this week and the $2.00 Hannaford meat coupon, I paid about $.81 per lb. for bone-in chicken breast! 

Not only can you make five meals, but Jessie also shows you how to make homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade stock out of the chicken bones.
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Dinner
Monday:  
  Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday:
  Chicken Quesadillas

Wednesday:
  Asian Chicken Stir-Fry With Mixed Veggies

Thursday:
  Chicken, Broccoli & Garlic White Pizza

Friday:
  Batter-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches

Saturday:
  Chicken Vegetable Soup - Using homemade stock! Yum!


Sunday:
  Leftover Night

Dessert - Pear Upside-Down Cake - This is quick, easy and delicious.


And now I'm off to the kitchen to prep the chicken for this week.....



$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - March 14














Breakfast
Cream of Wheat
Oatmeal
Cereal
Bananas
Cinnamon & Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Lunch
Nutella & Jelly Sandwiches
Mac & Cheese w/Veggies
Tuna Melt Quesadillas
Chicken Nuggets
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
 
  Layered Mexican Party Salad

Tuesday:
  Spaghetti

Wednesday:
   Marinated Chicken w/Baked Potato & Veggies

Thursday:
  Corn Chowder w/Homemade Biscuits

Friday:
  Pizza

Saturday:
  Tuna Casserole

Sunday:
  Leftover Night

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday - March 7














Breakfast
Cream of Wheat
Oatmeal
Cereal
Toast
Bananas

Lunch
Rice w/Veggies
Chicken Sandwiches w/Apple Slices
Grilled Cheese
Nutella & Jelly Sandwiches
Dinner Leftoveres

Dinner
Monday:  
  Braised Sausage & Beans

Tuesday:
  Pasta Dish 

Wednesday:
   Chicken Taco & Rice  - When my husband and I first got married, he told me that this was his favorite meal when he was a kid and asked me to get this recipe from his mom. :)  It is very good and lucky for me it is very easy to prepare...it's a whole meal in one skillet!

Thursday:
  Soy and Garlic Marinated Chicken

Friday:
  Ranch Style Baked Beans & Hot Dogs - The recipe that I linked to is similar to the recipe that I use.  I don't use the soup mix or the water in my recipe and I only use 2 tsp. of vinegar and 1/2 c. brown sugar.  I love this recipe--so easy and no one will know that this dish is not "real" baked beans.

Saturday:
  Scalloped Potatoes w/Chicken & Peas

Sunday:
  Leftover Night


$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Walmart Has A New Coupon Policy!


Walmart has just recently updated their coupon policy which seems to be very clear-cut and coupon-friendly.  The most amazing, I-had-to-read-it-twice statement in the whole policy is, "Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase."

Here are some of the other highlights of the new coupon policy:

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons:
  • Manufacturers' coupons
  • Print-at-home internet coupons
  • Competitors' coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price {price-matching}
  • Soft drink container caps
  • Checkout coupons {Catalinas}
Walmart does not accept the following coupons:
  • Print-at-home "free" coupons
  • Competitors' coupons for dollars/cents or percentage off, buy one get one free, and double- or triple-value coupons
The following are guidelines and limitations:
  • Only one coupon per item is permitted.
  • Coupons must have an expiration date and be redeemed prior to expiration.
  • Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.
  • Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise that we sell.
  • Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase.
  • We accept the following with Customer Service Supervisor/Management approval:
    • 40 or more coupons
    • Any coupon over $20
    • $50 or more in coupons in one transaction

What do you think about the new coupon policy?


Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for sharing about the new coupon policy!

Mail-In Rebate: Buy One, Get One Free Iams Dry Dog or Cat Food


Buy any Iams Dry Dog Food {2 lbs. or more} or Iams Dry Cat Food {1.8 lbs or more} and receive a coupon by mail for a FREE bag of Iams Dry Dog Food {up to 8 lbs.}.  Download the dog food rebate form and the cat food rebate form on the Iams website by clicking the "Free Dog Food" button.  This offer expires on 6/30/11.

Use these coupons for an even better deal!
  -$1.00 off 1 Iams Dog or Cat Food from the P&G Everyday Savings coupon book
  -$1.00 off 1 Iams Healthy Naturals Dry Dog or Cat Food from 2/27 P&G
  -$1.00 off 1 Iams ProActive Health or Premium Protection Dry Dog or Cat Food from 2/27 P&G



Thanks to My Frugal Adventures  for this rebate information.

Bath & Body Works: Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap Sale + 20% Off + 3% Cash Back!



All anti-bacterial hand soap is on sale at Bath & Body WorksBuy 4 for $15 or 6 for $20 and use coupon code S113647 to get an extra 20% off {exp. 3/20/11}.



Don't forget to shop through ebates where you can get an additional 3% cash back!  If you're not a member of ebates, first sign-up and then search for Bath & Body Works in the search bar.  Next click on "shop now" to earn 3% cash back.