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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Sorry for not getting a menu done last week but I was quite inspired this week and I hope you will enjoy the recipes below.

Using Ground Turkey (on sale at Kroger):

Southwest Turkey Burgers from Rachael Ray

Southwest Turkey Burgers from Jennie-O

Using Sweet Potatoes (on sale at Publix)

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
If you have some precooked chopped chicken from when split breasts were on sale, this is a good casserole and is freezer friendly. It makes a lot so you could make one for dinner and then put one in the freezer or share it with a friend or neighbor during this busy holiday season.

Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (Publix)
butter (Publix)
celery (Publix)
cheese (on sale both places)
cream of mushroom soup (Kroger)
sour cream (Publix)

*I also add mushrooms since there is cream of mushroom soup in it, they are on sale at Kroger
I could not find the recipe on my recipe’s site although it is a Southern Living recipe so I’ll type it up for you.

2 (6.2 ounce) packages fast cooking long grain and wild rice mix
1/4 cup butter
2 medium onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 (8 ounce) cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
5 cups chopped cooked chicken
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 (8 ounce) containers sour cream
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs (optional)
PREPARE rice mixes according to package directions, set aside
MELT butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onions, celery, and water chestnuts (this is where I would add mushrooms). Saute’ 10 minutes or until tender.
STIR in cooked rice, chicken, 3 cups cheese, soup, sour cream, and next 3 ingredients. (You need a really big bowl for this.)
SPOON chicken and rice mixture into 6 (6 ounce) lightly greased ramekins or a 15 x 10 inch baking dish. (I use the 8 x 8 pans and get 2-3 casseroles; you could divide it up any way you like.)
BAKE at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese, and bake 5 more minutes.
NOTE: Freeze baked or unbaked casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour (some people do not like to do this so thaw in fridge). Bake covered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 55 more minutes. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese, bake 5 more minutes.

Using boneless breasts and cream of chicken soup (Kroger):

Lady and Son’s Chicken in Wine Sauce

Using Zucchini and Squash (on sale both places):

I have not tried this recipe but plan on doing so this week or weekend. This recipe comes from Katie Brown.

Veggie Strip Mountain
This serves 10 so you could certainly lessen it.
6 cups vegetable oil
6 zucchinis, peeled
8 squashes, peeled
1/2 cup flour
salt to taste
1. Heat oil in large, heavy pot over high heat.
2. Using a potato peeler, peel long strips from zucchinis and squashes. They should look like thin ribbons When you reach the seedy center, set aside. Put strips in a large bowl and toss with flour making sure each strip is coated.
3. Separate strips into small batches and fry until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes (you will know the oil is ready when a small pinch of flour dropped into it sizzles immediately). After removing strips from oil, spread them on paper towels to drain, and sprinkle with salt. Arrange strips into a mound and serve immediately.

Using chicken tenders or breasts (Kroger) and Ritz crackers (Publix):

If you have kids, you can never have too many chicken finger recipes. Here are two really good ones and they are baked not fried.

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Using cabbage (Kroger) and cheese (on sale both places):

This is a quick go to recipe and one of my favorite ways to cook cabbage.

Fry a few slices of bacon. Shred head of cabbage. Fry in bacon grease. Top with crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese. I serve with smoked sausage and pierogi pot stickers. This is a very comforting, cold weather meal. If you never tried pierogis pick some up in the freezer section. You need a pretty large non-stick skillet. The pierogi recipe comes from Rachael Ray.
3 TBS. butter softened
1 package (about 16 ounces) frozen pierogi, any brand or variety
1 cup water

Cover the bottom of a skillet with softened butter. Arrange pierogi in the pan in a single layer. Add 1 cup water. Cover pan and place over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, 8 minutes. Remove lid and cook out any liquid in the pierogi pan. Let the pierogi “stick” and brown in the butter as the liquid evaporates. Remove crisp pierogi from heat and turn in chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper. Serve with sour cream.

Using Jimmy Dean sausage (Publix) and mini bagels (Kroger):

I make these and freeze them. They can be heated in the oven from the frozen state and are great for a quick breakfast.

Bagel Bites
brown one or two “logs” of Jimmy Dean sausage, drain
cut Velvetta into cubes and melt into sausage
halve mini bagels
top with a spoonful of sausage mixture

To reheat, place on cookie sheet, heat in 350 degree oven until warm and bagel is crisp.

I hope you enjoy these and please let me know how your family likes them.

    • Amy

      Amy, you are a gourmet chef! Woohoo! Thanks for helping me add some “spice” to our weekly dinner menus!!

    • Stephanie Jones

      Amy- thank you for some great new receipes!! I have made the “Leslie’s Wild Rice Casserole” from Southern Living before and it is AWESOME. Everytime I make it someone else wants the receipe!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Dianna

      Thanks for all the new recipes! I’ll definitely be trying some of these.

    • katie

      God bless you Jenny-what a blessing you are to so many-myself included.

    • Diana

      Wow you are amazing. You show us the deals and still have time for recipes. This is heaven on Earth

      • CouponNERD

        I agree, Diana!
        I mentioned the new recipe section to a friend, and she said, “That site is OUTTA CONTROL!”

    • Tricia

      First, I want to THANK YOU for the hardwork that it must take you to put together this WONDERFUL site to help complete strangers save their money. I frequently shop at Publix. I seem to have a difficult time with my coupons at this one particular store. Last night, I purchased the hershey syrup, which was a buy one/get one free. I had a coupon from a tear-off pad that stated buy 2 get one Free, so I had given the coupon to the cashier. I had a total of 3 bottles (bo/go) and the 1 that would have gotten free with coupon. The cashier told me that I had to have 4 bottles in order to use the coupon. I advised she was incorrect because the syrup was a buy one/get one. Therefore, if I would have done what she stated, what was the purpose of using the coupon, because the syrup was a buy one/get one, and therefore, I would have been surrendering up the free one and using said with coupon? I only wanted the deal (bo/go) and did not want to be forced to pay for another bottle she handed me back the coupon. Could you please advise. My understanding on the (bo/go) is you could use 2 coupons, so what was the difference, on the hershey syrup that stated buy 2, get 1 Free? Thanks

      • Mina

        According to other sites, when you shop at stores that do real BOGO that deal actually entitled you to SIX bottles for the price of one if you had one more tearpad q. It confused me, but winds up that you get the store BOGO, add the additional bottle the tearpad entitles you to get. Since you have now “bought” another bottle, you are entitled to another one from the store. Add another tearpad q, and you’d get one more from the store to go with the bottle, and would have met the reqs to get the 6th free.

        If you had just the one tearpad q, you could have put the 4th one up there like she said and it would have been the second half of your store BOGO deal because you purchased the 3rd bottle by paying with the tearpad q. Yes, you were allowed to get 4 bottles and pay OOP for one.

    • Tara


      This is another recipe that works with the deals. It uses the Zucchini which was on sale last week for 99c/lb (still found very cheap everywhere) and the Sweet Potato which is on sale now. We used Turkey instead on chicken which we bought last week for 69c/lb and homemade chicken stock. It came out to be a VERY cheap meal enough for about 8 FULL bowls.

      I will have to try some of your recipes. First time I noticed them on the site.

    • nancy

      Amy I love the freezer friendly. =)

    • nancy

      Would love some for low carbs freezer friendly. And also if not too much bother. My DH is asking for healthier meals at lunch. He works in construction Where there is no microwave or refrigeration. He use to eat beef and veg in a flour tortilla but now he would prefer chicken and no bread. he works 10 hours a day then comes home and workouts for 30 mins. Any Ideas would be great.

    • April

      Ok! LOVED the wild rice cassrole southern living recipe! We ate one and froze one for less than $10!!! It was delicious and healthy too! I recommend it to everyone!!!

      • Amy

        OH, I’m so glad.