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  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • 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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Here are some menu planning ideas from Amy our guru of mean planning! The deals come from the Publix and Kroger Ads.

BBQ Pot Pie with Mashed Potato Crust
I saw at my Kroger that boneless pork butt was on sale for .99¢ lb.  I cook it in the crock pot overnight or all day in 1-2 cups of liquid (apple cider vinegar or water).  Shred it, divide it into 1 lb. portions, and freeze.

Pork Butt .99¢ lb. (Kroger)
Sweet Onion $1.00 lb. (Kroger)
Shredded Cheddar $1.48 (Kroger)
Cream Cheese .25¢ (Publix)
Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes $1.50 (Kroger)

It was good but my pound of pork must have been a little short because it was a bit runny.  I would ere on the side of caution and maybe add a pound and a half.  Also, this recipe is better than mine as mine called for instant potatoes and they did not taste as good as the Country Crock or Bob Evans style and my pot boiled over when I turned my back and WHAT A MESS!!

Chicken Parmesan Bundles
Chicken Breasts $1.99 lb (Kroger)
Cream Cheese .25¢ (Publix)
Frozen Spinach $1.69 (Kroger)
Shredded Mozzarella .66¢ (Publix)
Ritz Crackers .89¢ (Publix)
Prego Pasta Sauce $1.29 (Publix)

These are very good, however my husband and I thought the filling needed a kick of some kind (red pepper flakes?).

Chicken Parmesan Stromboli

Chicken Breasts $1.99 lb (Kroger)
Shredded Mozzarella .66¢ (Publix)
Pasta Sauce $1.29 (Publix)
Pillsbury French Loaf (Kroger)

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Turkey Spaghetti Pie

If you have any leftover turkey in your freezer, try this delicious Leftover Turkey-Spaghetti Pie.

Spaghetti (Publix)
Butter (Publix)

Cream of Mushroom Soup .50¢ (Kroger)
Crushed Tomatoes .62¢ (Publix)
Cream Cheese .25¢ (Publix)

Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons

Frozen broccoli (Kroger and Publix)
Butter (Publix)
Onion $1 lb (Kroger)
Shredded Cheddar .66¢ (Publix)

Beef and Onion or Beef and Mushroom Pie

Ground Chuck $1.49 lb (Kroger)
Shredded Cheese .66¢ (Publix)
Pie Crusts $1.75 (Publix)

Bake pie crust for 5 minutes before filling with meat mixture.  Brown 1 lb. ground beef and drain. Add contents on onion gravy packet (I use the mushroom gravy).  If you can find them in low sodium use that because they tend to be salty.  Add 1 cup water.  Heat to boiling.  Spoon into pie crust.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.  Top with 2nd pie crust.  Bake until brown. 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Saturday Night Noodle Bake

Ground Chuck $1.49 (Kroger)
Macaroni Noodles (Publix)
Cream of Mushroom Soup .50¢ (Kroger)
Cream Cheese .25¢ (Publix)

1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 8 oz. box macaroni noodles, cooked
1 10 3/4 oz. can tomato soup
1 10 3/4 oz. can mushroom soup
6 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. worcestershire
3 heaping tsp. sugar

Cook macaroni noodles according to directions on box.  Drain and set aside.
Cook ground beef and drain.  Combine cooked noodles and ground beef.  Mix well.
Add tomato soup, mushroom soup, cream cheese, worcestershire, and sugar to the noodle mixture.  Mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour into 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 35 minutes.
This casserole freezes well.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to two days.

My kids love this recipe and it tastes even better the second day.
(I got this from Play Day Magazine.)

Sausage Balls

These sausage balls have more of a biscuit like texture, so good.

Jimmy Dean Sausage (Publix)
Shredded Cheddar .66¢ (Publix)

1 lb. Jimmy Dean hot sausage (browned)
3 cups Bisquick
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (not finely)
1 cup milk
Mix all together and spoon into drops.
375 degrees for around 10 – 12 minutes

I got the recipe from Rebecca, President of McGregor Parent Council, thank you Rebecca.

Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares

Jimmy Dean sausage (Publix)
Crescent Rolls $1.41 (Publix)
Cream Cheese .25¢ (Publix)
Shredded Cheddar .66¢ (Publix)

Chocolate Chip-Cinnamon Breakfast Ring
Cinnamon Rolls (Kroger and Publix)

    • How about using the coupons at CVS and combining them with the $5/20 coupon.
      $5 ECB wyb $10 in Root Awakening products by John Frieda Limit 3
      (this deal is from the Winter Booklet)
      John Fredia Products, entire line, are B1G1 50% off starting at $5.99

      8 products = $35.96
      – (4) $5 off 2 coupons
      – (1) $5 off 20 CVS coupon
      = 10.96 OOP and get back $15 ECB

      $4.04 MM for 8 quality products

    • Lots of great recipes, thanks for sharing!

    • Caroline

      The recipes are funny because I made broccoli soup last night! It was delicioso (too much Dora).

    • Jackson

      Thanks for the great deal. Went to Walgreens and got this deal 2X. The only problem I had was when the 15% came off it came off when the cashier rang the items soooo. when she subtotaled before tax it was less than the $25 required for the 5rr for a $25 purchase so the really nice manager at my store on Owen Drive in Fayetteville, NC suggested I add a couple (3)battery operated tealights to the deal ( he voided my first deal and rerang it for me) so I got the 5rr.. Talk about Christmas spirit!!! So then I used my new rr’s and got free toilet paper. So I really got 2 great deals. Thanks so much it was really needed.

    • Sarah

      I cook my pork bbq by putting the pork into the crock pot before I go to bed, on low, and dumping a jar of either sliced banana peppers (hot or mild – your choice) juice and all or a jar of hamburger sliced pickles over the meat. I cook on low until the meat is falling apart tender – usually 12-14 hours (I have a huge crock pot and do large cuts of meat). Then I remove the meat from the liquid and shred it. I usually strain the liquid and shred the peppers or pickles with the meat.

      • Amy

        Thanks. I am going to try the banana pepper method. Sounds fantastic.