Meals & Deals

Deals to Meals takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping and meal planning. Our experts share which grocery stores, in your area, have the best deals. This information is updated weekly! Each week we give you a new, deliciously easy, meal plan. Our meal plan incorporates the current deals from your local grocery store. We keep you updated on the latest tips and tricks to make mealtime with your family more enjoyable. Don’t believe us? Try our service for FREE.

 

Meal Planner Monday: Garden Marinara Sauce with Noodles
June 4, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s garden time and for us living in my parents basement while our home is being built, I am sad to not have a garden again this summer. I miss the fresh vegetables straight from our backyard. …

 

Simple Huevos Rancheros with Chipotle Sauce (Cubby’s Copycat)
May 24, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

One of my favorite places to go for breakfast is a local place called Cubby’s. They have some delicious options for any meal of the day, but one of the items on the menu I order often is their H…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Simple Chicken Tikka Masala
May 21, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Highlighting a family favorite on our meal plan this week for our Simple Chicken Tikka Masala. Delicious meal that has most of the ingredients on sale this week (chicken, bell peppers, onions, cilantro and canned coconut). It’s a great week to make this meal for well u…

 

Three Pizzas in Thirty Minutes: Veggie Ranch, Chicken Alfredo, BBQ
May 18, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

One of my secret weapons to an easy meal solution are these homemade pizzas. Now, normally you’d think pizzas…what’s easy about those? Well, if you use a couple of my secrets, these …

 

Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs and Rice
May 10, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

Looking for a simple and healthy recipe for tonight? These Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs are a favorite of our clan and pretty healthy too! This recipe will feed about 8 people, so cut it in half if you need, or just freeze extra meatballs for later. Turkey, pineapple and green …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Florentine Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo
May 7, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s May and I couldn’t be more excited. This is one of my favorite months of the year. The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, the sky is blue and the sounds of birds make my hear…

 

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
May 1, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

I am a huge fan of gourmet sandwiches for dinner. When I am in a hurry and need something I can whip together quickly, but allows us to feel like we’re eating a ‘real’ meal, this is my go-to recipe idea. For those of you on a low carb diet, I make these wit…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Chipotle Sloppy Joes
April 30, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It was hard to pick a favorite recipe from our meal planner this week–so many favorites! However, these Chipotle Sloppy Joes are such a simple meal, and so family friendly, I wanted to share with you. Throw out your old sloppy joe recipe and switch things up with a lit…

 

Cauliflower Stir Fry by MyNovaVita
April 24, 2018 | No Category | Ellen Johnson

Another delicious and healthy recipe from our friend Ellen Johnson from MyNovaVita (Instagram Account). She is amazing, talented and has a way of making eating healthy easy! I love the idea of fried rice made from cauliflower. Genius! Thanks Ellen for another wonderful recip…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Sweet Asian Chicken Salad
April 23, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

On our meal planner this week is a simple salad recipe that would taste perfect on a warmer Spring evening. Our family loves this salad and all of our Asian favorite ingredients that make it extra special. If you want this delicious salad recipe, login to Deals to Meals to e…

 

Thick and Meaty Beanless Chili
March 21, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

This chili is fantastic! If you have a family member (like I do) who doesn’t like beans, this is an amazing, meaty, flavorful, spiced chili. Top this chili with all your favorite toppings and you have a hearty, home cooked chili that is great for a cold winter’s …

 

Homemade Chocolate Pudding {From Food Storage Ingredients}
March 21, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Our friend Crystal from Store This, Not That! is sharing with us her homemade chocolate pudding recipe. From the first time I started following Crystal, she introduced me to her special recipe for Mag…

 

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Aioli
March 20, 2018 | No Category | Ellen Johnson

Thanks to my friend Ellen Johnson from My Nova Vita, she is sharing a definite sure way to LOVE eating brussel sprouts. If you don’t think you’re a fan, you haven’t tried Ellen’s recipe yet. I didn’t think I liked these little cabbage bundles un…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Sticky Orange Dijon Chicken
March 19, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a new dinner idea that’s totally amazing? Try this recipe for Sticky Orange Dijon Chicken from our meal planner this week. It’s a keeper! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of our other favorite recipes from our meal planner. 

 

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Turkey Lasagna {Gluten Free}
March 8, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I am super excited to share this recipe with you! If you are looking for a low carb, no sugar, healthy recipe, this is the one for you. My friend’s sister has been on a low carb diet and has los…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Wonton Chicken Salad
March 5, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

One of my favorite salad recipes is on our meal planner this week. If you haven’t made this Wonton Chicken Salad, this is the week to do it! It’s fresh, healthy, tangy and super yummy! Login to our website to get this recipe, along with all of our other delicious…

 

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for only $220!
March 2, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a world record over here in the Madsen home. I have gone TWO months coming in under my food budget (yep, my goal for the year!) and last month I came in under $200! How f…

 

Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa
February 28, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a fresh, healthy, delicious recipe to help brighten up the dreary days of winter at your home? This recipe will do the trick! As I was eating this grilled, marinated Caribbean chicken, I felt like I was transported to a tropical island with the fresh pineapple sa…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Wraps
February 26, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a really fun and simple recipe for you?  The other day I was at Costco and was craving their chicken, cheesy baked sandwich-thing. It was a few more calories than I wanted to eat for lunch, so I decided to come home and put something similar together for din…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Zuppa’s Copycat Garden Chowder
February 20, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Now that we have several feet of snow on the ground, it feels like winter again and that means soups for dinner around here! This week on our meal planner is one of my favorite soups of all time. It&#…

 

Crispy Tuna Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce
February 16, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

This week there are some awesome rock-bottom prices for several items you might want to add to your food storage: peanut butter, pasta, apple juice and tuna fish. Kind of a random bunch of items, but these are the stock up deals of the week that can save you 40-65% off! This…

 

Happy Valentines Day! Asparagus Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
February 14, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Happy Valentines Day friends! Hope you are having a lovely day today with those you love. I couldn’t be more grateful for the loves of my life. I love these kiddos and couldn’t be happier …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Honey Sriracha Meatballs with Veggies and Rice
February 12, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I am SUPER excited about a new recipe on our meal planner this week. My sister made a recipe for Glazed Honey Sriracha Meatballs from this awesome blog a couple weeks ago and I thought I would adapt i…

 

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes
February 2, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

If you are looking for a healthy option for your super bowl parties, these Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes have Game Day written all over them! Switch up your traditional sloppy joe recipes with a little kick of Frank’s Hot Sauce and a little dash of sweet brown sugar. Ser…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Kale Parmesan Meatballs with Marinara
January 29, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I have been on a meatball kick lately. There is something so delicious about a little ball of delicious meat and flavor all rolled into one little bite. I created a recipe for Honey Sriracha Sticky Me…

 

Cheesy Three Meat Pasta Bake {Lowest Prices on Pasta & Canned Tomatoes}
January 26, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

Now I know this recipe isn’t the most healthy recipe out there, but boy, is it great! If you love Italian, cheesy, meaty goodness, this recipe i…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Gravy and Biscuits {& Favorite Biscuit Recipe}
January 22, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Hi Friends! It’s Monday and that means we get to share with you one of our favorite recipes on our meal planner this week. If you are like me, i…

 

Grilled Vegetable Hummus Wraps
January 19, 2018 | No Category | Shandra

This past summer I started making these grilled vegetable hummus wraps. you know when you are still making a recipe several months later, it’s a good one! Every week I try and serve at least one vegetarian meal to my family to help cut down our food budget, as well as …

 

Sausage and Cream Cheese Omelets {Keto Friendly Recipe}
January 18, 2018 | No Category | Ellen Johnson

Ellen is sharing with us today another Keto Friendly recipe that looks amazing! I can’t wait to give this a try. Who doesn’t love sausage in their omelet, let alone covered in cream cheese…

 

Healthy Asian Turkey and Cabbage Stir-fry
January 10, 2018 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s a new year and I am excited to share some healthy recipes your family will love, and so will your diets! I am not great at sticking to strange fad diets, but I do know when I eat lean meats, plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, I feel a lot better. Sadly, s…

 

Best Every Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread
December 19, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a warm batch of Cranberry Orange bread coming out of the oven, don’t you agree? There really isn’t anything better this time of year. This bread is my favorite! But, I have to admit, sweet breads can be so temper-mental.&nb…

 

Layered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
December 9, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

With all of these amazing BAKING DEALS, I decided I wanted to come up with a dessert recipe that could use EVERYTHING on sale. It was kind of fun. I felt like I was on a cooking show. I got out the brownie mix, sugar, powdered sugar, butter, eggs, milk, peanut butter, cream …

 

Save 30-70% On ALL Baking Groceries you Use on a Daily Basis!
December 6, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Hi Friends! Do we have some deals to share with you?! There are some CRAZY-amazing baking deals this week. I’m talking, chocolate chips for ONLY $0.99!! How fantastic is that deal? Seriously, so…

 

Flashback Friday: Tuscan Chicken and Sausage Bean Soup
December 1, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

There are few things I love to make for dinner this time of year more than a warm bowl of homemade soup. There is just something cozy about sitting down for dinner with a stick-to-your ribs soup, the …

 

Jordan’s Tips for ‘Shelf Cooking’ {Save Money & Time!}
November 30, 2017 | No Category | Jordan Page

Hey friends! Jordan is sharing some awesome grocery shopping and cooking tips on her website today. As I was reading over her post, I realized what sh…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Creamy White Chicken Chili
November 6, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

There are few things more perfect for this time of year than a warm bowl of delicious chili. Although I am a big fan of our traditional, tomato based chili, there is nothing quite as comforting as a creamy bowl of white chili. We’ve been making this recipe for several …

 

Fluffy Apple Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
October 24, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

There is nothing more fall than apples, apple juice and apple cider. This is the time my sweet tooth craves anything apple flavored. Apple Cake, Apple Puff Pastries, Spiced Apple Wassail, Apple Dips, Apple Pancakes, etc. You name it, if it has apples in it, I will love …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Fresh Tomato Basil & Garlic Pasta Sauce
October 23, 2017 | No Category | Ellen Johnson

If you have tomatoes from your garden needing to be used up, this is the recipe for you! Ellen has created a vegan, vegetarian pasta sauce that is nothing short of amazing! It is fresh at it’s b…

 

Seasonal Fall Produce Favorites: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad, Roasted Squash and Curried Cauliflower
October 20, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

My friend Ellen Johnson has completely inspired me to incorporating more vegan and/or vegetarian recipes into my families diet. I have always loved co…

 

Caramel Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
October 18, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

One of the great benefits to living in the basement apartment of my parents home is getting to enjoy some of my Mom’s delicious recipes. She doesn’t love to cook as much anymore, but she i…

 

AMAZING Fall Grocery Deals & Case Lots at stores near you!
October 18, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

There are some AMAZING grocery deals continuing this week. I LOVE this time of year when all of your favorite baking items go on sale for GREAT prices! There is no way I can highlight all of them, so …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Copycat Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew Chicken & Broccoli
October 16, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I am super excited to share this recipe with you today! This week on our meal planner is a copycat recipe from Cheesecake Factory you don’t want…

 

Best Bake Sale Prices EVER!
October 9, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I can’t wait to share with you some of these AMAZINGLY-FABULOUS baking deals you won’t want to miss! These are some sales you need to stock up on before they end tomorrow. I am SO sorry this shout-out is late, but with us being out of town, I didn’t have a …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Green Curry Chicken and Rice
October 9, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Now that we are back home from our vacation, I’m excited to get back to grocery shopping and meal planning. It feels like it’s been awhile since my family has had a normal week with no big events that kind of mess up my meal plan. It’s so good to be home an…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Spicy BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Sweet Sriracha Coleslaw
September 18, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Okay friends, this recipe is a keeper! Sometimes I just get so tired of certain recipes that I rack my brain until I can come up with something with a little twist. I think I have recipe ADD. I get bo…

 

Flashback Friday: 12 Bake Sale Favorite Recipes and How-To Videos
September 15, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Very Best Cinnamon Rolls EVER Bars, Bars and more bars are by far the biggest sellers of our annual charity bake sale. Here are a few of our all-time favorite bar recipes.   Butterscotch Bar…

 

Game Day Snack Sales
September 11, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Game day snacks are all on sale this week at your local Kroger grocery store. These deals are on sale for stock-up prices and a great to buy extra and add to your pantry supply. Login to Deals to Meals to get the best grocery deals in your area. 

 

Meal Planner Monday: Greek Chicken Souvlaki
September 11, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Good morning friends! Hope your weekend was wonderful. I’m ready for a new week and excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes from our meal planner this week. My family will be eating this tomorrow night and I can hardly wait!! If you don’t make any of…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Maple Balsamic Chicken Marinade
September 3, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Happy Labor Day! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful time celebrating this holiday weekend. We’re going to be up camping, so I’m scheduling this post to share with you a little…

 

Monday Meal Planner: Pina Colada Crepes
August 28, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

If you’re looking for a meatless meal and are a fan of breakfast for dinner, this is the recipe for you! I wasn’t in the mood the other night for thawing or cooking meat, so I decided to whip up these Pina Colada Crepes that have been a favorite of ours for years…

 

Flashback Friday: CupBop Copycat Pork Bowls & Asian Shredded Pork Sandwiches
August 25, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

For our Flashback Friday today I wanted to highlight two of my favorite pork recipes since pork is on sale at Smiths for only $1.99 a pound. This is a…

 

Back to School Membership Sale & $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway
August 24, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Now that kids are back in school, it’s time to simplify your life at home with a membership to Deals to Meals. Who has time to plan your week’s meals, search through the grocery ads each w…

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
August 23, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s official, as of today all five of our kiddos are back to school. It’s a bitter sweet day. I thought all I wanted was some peace and quiet and now that we have the house to ourselves, Todd and I feel a little sad. We’ve watched several Hallmarks and now…

 

Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken
August 19, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a meal that seriously couldn’t be any easier? We had leftover mashed potatoes from our meal the other night and I wanted a simple chicken dish to serve with them. I only have about 20 minutes to get dinner on the table and I wasn’t in the mood to slav…

 

Deals and Recipe Match Up: Grilled Peaches, Grilled Tomato Sandwiches, Chipotle Turkey Wraps
August 18, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Hey friends! Check out some of the amazing deals at our local Smiths grocery store. If you have a Smiths or Kroger store near you, take a look at some…

 

Simple Pita Taco Pizzas
August 14, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

While we were back East this summer we went to a restaurant that served the best taco pizza. Every time I see taco pizza at a buffet I am leery of giving it a try. Not sure that’s a combo that should be together. I thought that anyway, until I gave it a try. It [&helli…

 

BBQ Chicken Pizza Salad
August 12, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I was looking through my menu planner this week and remembered a salad I shared many years ago that is still one of my favorites. I love the combination of flavors and how when I eat this salad, I feel like I am eating a delicious slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza–without all…

 

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches
August 8, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

For those busy nights I don’t know what to make, I love to pull out the grilled and frozen chicken from my freezer and whip together a quick sandwich for lunch or dinner. The other day I was looking to jazz up our traditional Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe to bring on a…

 

Flashback Friday: Winger’s Sticky Amazing Chicken Salad
August 3, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

I was searching for our recipe for Winger’s sauce to make one of our favorite salads, and I couldn’t believe I’ve never posted a better picture and put the recipes together. This sal…

 

Awesome Kroger Grocery Deals! Saved $81.73
July 31, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Finally did some grocery shopping this past weekend to fill up our new fridge in our apartment (yep, I’m ashamed to say we’ve eaten pizza for three nights in a row). It was time I jump into being a real mom again and get settled in our cute, new life 🙂 I made …

 

5 Favorite Camping Meals to Simplify Your Summer (So easy your kids can make them!)
July 27, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

This post is probably coming a little too late, but in case you have a trip planned later this summer, I wanted to share a few tips to make camping ea…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Fajita Burgers and Mango Margarita Chicken
July 24, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a delicious, new recipe from our meal planner this week? Check out our recipe for Fajita Burgers and Mango Margarita Chicken. Login to Deals to Meals to get these recipes, along with all o…

 

Southwestern Quinoa Spinach Salad
July 18, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Here’s the recipe I promised you for the Southwestern Quinoa Spinach Salad I told you about yesterday. If you are looking for a healthy, hearty side salad, this is the one for you! If you are a vegetarian, this would also make for a fresh and delicious main dish salad …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken
July 17, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a simple chicken marinade with tons of flavor and a meal that comes together in minutes? This Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken is the perfect ticket! Do you ever get tired of thinking of how to make boring chicken something special? I know I do. The other day I was rackin…

 

How to buy groceries, save money and favorite food hacks!
July 15, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Hey friends! Head over to Jordan’s blog and check out her latest post and video about how she grocery shops using Deals to Meals, what to do now that price matching has stopped and she shares he…

 

Healthy Quinoa Spinach Pesto Frittata
July 7, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

If you are looking for a healthy, homemade, vegetarian breakfast, this is the recipe for you. I just made it this recipe this morning and my sisters and I are in love with this recipe! For those mornings you’re not wanting a syrupy, sugar filled breakfast, this is a re…

 

Summer Stock Up Items on Sale!
July 4, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

This is a great time of year to stock your food storage and pantry shelves with all of your favorite summer items! Buy extra of all of the items on sale this week so  you don’t have to buy them again later in the year when they aren’t on sale. Login to Deals…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Vermont Blueberry Maple Chicken Salad
July 3, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I can’t help but highlight my all-time favorite salad that is on our meal planner this week. This Vermont Blueberry Maple Chicken Salad is a copycat recipe from a local restaurant I love to go h…

 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Quesadillas
June 30, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Like I mentioned earlier this week, I am all about easy and fast meals lately. What is quicker than quesadillas? This is not your normal quesadilla though. These are taken to a whole new level. Great news though, although these quesadillas are simple, they aren’t lacki…

 

Blue Bacon Hawaiian Burger
June 28, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Can you believe it is almost the 4th of July? Where is this year going to? We have been so busy this summer getting our home ready to sell, showing it (ugh…keeping a house clean with kids out of school is an impossible task!) and packing up, that I haven’t had mu…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Asian Marinated Chicken and Sesame Noodles
June 26, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I’m excited to share this recipe with you from our Deals to Meals Meal planner this week. Login to our website to get this recipe and check out all of the local grocery deals in your area. Our m…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta
June 19, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I was trying to decide which of our meal planner recipes this week to share with you and when I noticed this Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta was on there, I knew this was the one. I posted this reci…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pork Pastor Street Tacos
June 12, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a recipe this week that has ALL of the ingredients on sale? These Pork Pastor Street Tacos have been a favorite of our families for several years now. Pork is on sale this week for some SUPER low prices, so it’s a great time to make these tacos. Top the spi…

 

My Go-To Quick Meal: Potato Bar
June 10, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Can you believe it’s the end of the school year for most kiddos? Our two youngest boys had their last day of school this week and it has been AWESOME being able to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning. However, once the day begins, it seems like life gets a little hec…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pesto Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches
June 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Our was super great, but busy. Lots of family gatherings, graduation parties, bbq’s, soccer games, and fun enjoying the warm weather and suns…

 

Doug’s Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas
June 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s just about summer and around here that means the next few months will be filled with family vacations, church camps, a youth pioneer trek, young men adventure camps, girls camps and much more. That is something I love about our church. My teens don’t have a …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Chicken
May 30, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Since yesterday was a holiday, I wanted to still highlight one of our delicious recipes from this week’s meal planner. There are recipes that I create in my kitchen that as soon as I make them I…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Creamy Ground Beef Stroganoff
May 22, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s Monday and that means I get to highlight another new recipe for you to enjoy from our meal planner on Deals to Meals. Isn’t it crazy that in my 18 years of being married I have never made beef stroganoff. How is that possible?! Not sure why I have never made…

 

Meal for a Family of 7 Under $10 {Cowboy Spaghetti}
May 18, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a quick, weeknight meal for your family? This Cowboy Spaghetti is the perfect solution. Have you heard of this before? This was my first time making it, and it was a huge hit! Not sure how…

 

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
May 17, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

The other day I was making dinner for a friend who doesn’t eat red meat. I had all of the ingredients for a homemade lasagna but was a little perplexed how to make it without using Italian sausage or ground beef. I put on my thinking cap and remembered I bought some gr…

 

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Deals to Meals Giveaway!
May 16, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Check out Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free on Rachel Ray yesterday! See how she uses Deals to Meals to cut her grocery budget in half–even clear across the country in New Jersey 😉  To …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce
May 15, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s Monday and that means I get to share with you a new recipe from our weekly meal planner. I am super excited to share this recipe for Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce. Not sure…

 

Meet Jordan Page and Learn How She Uses DTM to Save BIG Money!
May 10, 2017 | No Category | Jordan Page

Yep, it’s Tuesday and that means I get to introduce you to another one of our fabulously talented blog contributors. This is my beautiful (yes, inside and out) friend Jordan Page. She is the aut…

 

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken
May 8, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Ready for our Meal Planner Monday recipe? If you love Asian or Thai flavors, you’re going to love this one! A couple months ago Todd and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for our anniversary. Alt…

 

Best Cinco De Mayo Grocery Sales
May 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

    Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Not only is it a great day because it’s my daughters, sisters and nieces birthday today, but it’s a great day for grocery shopping. Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to stock up on all of your favorite hispanic food…

 

Walmart Price Matching Update & Savings Catcher Program
May 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Walmart’s new price matching policy (from our last post). Here’s the skinny… *Walmart will not tell their customers which stores …

 

How to save money on groceries WITHOUT price matching at Walmart!
May 3, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s true friends, the day has come that most Walmarts are no longer price matching (there are a few stores left, so you need to just call your local Walmart and find out their policy). I p…

 

Cubby’s Copycat Tetonka Chicken Sandwich
May 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

There is a new place in town that is our go-to ladies lunch (or breakfast) destination. It’s a place called Cubby’s. Their philosophy is to make fresh, healthy food that both your husband, and yourself would like. Instead of only serving ‘chick’ food,…

 

Turn Your Deals into Meals: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas under $10
April 28, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Ready for a really inexpensive, delicious meal you can make in less than 30 minutes for under $10? This is the recipe for you! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the great grocery deals in your are…

 

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade
April 19, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s Wednesday and that means I get to share with you one of our recipes from our Deals to Meals meal planner. Most of our recipes we try and make so you can feed your family for well under $10 (for a family of 6-7). This chicken marinade is no exception. We made this …

 

Grocery Savings, Easter Highlights & Pintrest ‘Nailed-Its’
April 17, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

How was your Easter weekend? I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing time with your family and friends. Our children’s school break was last week so we decided to go hang out in St. George with ou…

 

How to save 30-70% on groceries and the BEST deals this week!
March 29, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

People ask me all the time how I keep a well stocked food storage on a budget. For our family, having a reserve of food is an important aspect to our preparedness goals. This can be tricky however, if…

 

HUGE Case Lot Sales
March 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

If you live in the Western United States, this is the week for you to take advantage of some AMAZING great deals. Many stores are having case lot sales and others are just having some great deals on pantry items you probably use on a regular basis. Items like tuna fish, ketc…

 

$260 for 2 Week Plan for 7 People!
February 15, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

After coming back from a 13 day trip it was imperative I do some grocery shopping to get some food in our house again. My sister and I headed out shopping and made it to three stores with her two little boys and it was a fun adventure! There were a few basics I needed [&hell…

 

Flashback Friday: Spicy Queso Dip
January 28, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It has been so fun to spend the past couple months going through all of my recipes from the past 8 years. It’s fun to see how my recipes, pictures and style has changed. It’s also been fun to remember some of my favorite recipes that I haven’t made for awhi…

 

Amazing Grocery Deals THIS week!
January 27, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

There are so many great grocery deals this week I had to share a few. If you live in the western United States, you have a great chance to take advantage of some rock-bottom grocery prices. Smith’s Grocery Stores and Harmon’s have their case lot deals happening t…

 

Salami Chicken and Pasta Salad
January 27, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Check out our website this week for this healthy, delicious Italian Salami Pasta Salad. This is a delicious whole foods recipe that will be great for any of your diets or healthy eating goals. Get this recipe at www.dealstomeals.com. Not to mention, pasta is on sale for a FA…

 

10 Day Meal Plan for 7 People for $153!
January 5, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

How cute is my husband to go grocery shopping with me at the end of our anniversary getaway? After a fun several days together in Midway, I decided it was time to go home and face reality of post-holiday healthy eating. You know you’re in need of a grocery shopping tri…

 

Best Deals to Meals Pricing
December 1, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

The BEST Christmas deals are here! Give your loved ones the gift of saving time and money with a gift certificate to Deals to Meals. These low prices are our gift to YOU this Christmas. We are so grateful for your support of Deals to Meals for the past 9 years that we are of…

 

Thanksgiving Favorite Recipes
November 19, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Since I have been working on our new blog layout (entering 1500 recipes takes forever–yikes!), I thought I would share a link from a post last year with some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Now, if you want ALL of our favorite recipes, you need to login to Deals …

 

Thanksgiving Baking Deals and Recipes
November 17, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Can you believe there are only a few more days left until Thanksgiving? If you haven’t logged into Deals to Meals to get our Thanksgiving and weekly meal plan, it’s not too late. Sign up today and take advantage of EVERYTHING you need for your Thanksgiving meal p…

 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza
August 26, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Last weekend we had the best time making homemade pizzas with my extended family. We experimented with lots of different flavors and combinations and were in LOVE with these two gourmet pizzas. The first pizza we used our favorite quick pizza crust recipe and topped i…

 

Cheesy Tomato Avocado Pesto Paninis
August 23, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Ready for one of the most simple, healthy, delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had? You are going to love this meatless meal you can make in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention, it uses fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden so it’s fresh and summer-licious. We …

 

BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad
August 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  On our meal planner this week on Deals to Meals you will see one of my favorite summer salad recipes. We had this last week and we couldn’t get enough! We were literally licking the bowl clean. I love everything about the combination of this salad–salty, c…

 

Beach Street Chicken Lemon Linguine
August 5, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week one of my all-time favorite meals. In case there is someone out there who hasn’t tried this recipe, you are missing out. Don’t wait another week to give this recipe a try. It is such an unusual pasta dish with dif…

 

13 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes & JIF Peanut Butter on sale for only $.99!!!
July 29, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

For those of you who live near a Kroger, Smiths or other Associated Kroger Stores, this is the week to stock up on Peanut Butter!! Who doesn’t l…

 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
July 27, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

 Want a simple, weeknight meal you can make for under $10? Don’t settle for a boring pot roast with little flavor. With a few simple ingredients, you can take a beef roast from boring to incredible! I love using this shredded beef for simple tacos, burritos or I u…

 

NEW Mobile Friendly Website is up and running to take Deals to Meals on the go! Your life just got easier 😉
July 13, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Happy day! Our NEW mobile-friendly website is up and running. This has been a year in the making and lots of time and thought have been put into this …

 

Asian Chicken Burgers with Coleslaw
July 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am a new fan of ground chicken. Have you tried cooking with it yet? It is so fun! You can infuse the ground chicken with so much flavor it is versatile and fun to cook with. I buy my ground chicken at Sprouts. [……

 

Summer Grocery Deals–Save $100s on your food budget!
July 11, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

These past couple weeks I have saved literally $100’s of dollars on groceries. Summer is my second favorite time to grocery shop next to the fall holiday baking deals. There are just so many thi…

 

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100’s on this week’s meal plan and your favorite bbq items
July 1, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so l…

 

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}
June 28, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Now that summer is well on it’s way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad’s for dinner in the summer. When I use the g…

 

Southwestern Chicken Paninis
June 15, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  The other night we had one of those nights when it is either eat a Little Ceasar’s pizza for the second time during the week (yes, we frequent there nearly every Friday night for our children’s date-night dinner :)–or, come up with a dinner that coul…

 

Costco Comparisons: 6 simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores!
June 6, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

This past weekend I did my two week meal plan and wanted to share with you some tips I use to help keep my grocery budget low. If you are like me, you…

 

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wrap
June 3, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Anyone who knows me, knows that Thai food is probably my favorite type of food of all time. There is something about a creamy, peanut coconut sauce that speaks to my heart. Pair that with some seasoned chicken, brown rice, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers and you hav…

 

Spent $92 and saved $95 on my grocery shopping trip today–that’s over 50% off!
June 3, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Went out today for a midnight munchie run with my teenagers and found some great prices at Smiths I wanted to share with you. Yes, I’m not sure …

 

Memorial Day Grocery Deals–Save $100’s!
May 27, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Let the grilling and barbecue season begin! Memorial Day kicks off all of the best summer sales. Watch for everything you need for your upcoming barbecues, ALL on sale this week! Everything from hambu…

 

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for $132! Great grocery deals this week!
May 25, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Awesome grocery deals this week! Spent $132 and stocked my freezer with chicken and ground beef, and then got all of the produce items I need for the …

 

Grocery Deals: Week’s groceries for 7 people for only $142!
May 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Amazing deals this week on fresh produce and meat. It’s a great week to stock your fridge and freezer with all of the healthy ingredients you need for your family’s meal plan. I logged int…

 

Week’s Groceries (for 7 People) for only $138 using Deals to Meals
April 16, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Had a great time shopping today and saved some serious money!! Not only did I get all of the groceries I needed for the week for my family of 7, but I also was able to stock up on cheese (yes, that is…

 

Week’s worth of groceries for a family of 7 for $89 using Deals to Meals
April 2, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

You know, sometimes I love doing a large grocery shopping trip with price matching and a huge grocery list. But then, there are times I just want to d…

 

Amazing Easter Grocery Deals–an Easter Feast for under $50 for a family of 7
March 23, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

There are several weeks out of the year, that I get ecstatic to grocery shop. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  If you follow the trends of gr…

 

Case Lot Extravaganza: How I case lot shop and the best $400 Investment you will ever make!
March 11, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

You’re probably getting tired of me talking about the case lot sales going on right now, but I can’t help myself! I want EACH and EVERY on…

 

10 Days of Groceries for $150 by using Deals to Meals {for family of 7}
March 8, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one. After being home for a week, I guess it was time I went grocery shopping, right? Our fridge was totally empty when we got home and I’m not sure …

 

Real Mom Kitchen goes shopping with Deals to Meals and saves 50% on groceries!
February 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

I love my job! It is so fun to meet so many people and help families save money. To think I get to help people, and get paid while doing it. Seriously…

 

Best Grocery Deals this Week! Spent $59 and saved $56 on my groceries this week
January 21, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

I went shopping today. Surprisingly, my last big grocery shopping trip has lasted 18 days and I still have tons of produce left. How fun is that?!? I …

 

Deals to Meals Q&A–Learn the answers to some commonly asked questions about how our service works
January 15, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

We have received some great questions this past week about how Deals to Meals works and how to make our service work for your family. We wanted to sha…

 

2 Week ‘Healthy’ Meal Plan for $250
January 5, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Shopping yesterday was so fun. It felt like I hadn’t been ‘real’ grocery shopping for several weeks. It was nice to buy healthy food again instead of all of the holiday treats and party food I bought last month. With a new year I am ready to jump into my me…

 

Great New Year’s Grocery Deals and Case Lot Prices start today!
December 31, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! It’s time to start the New Year right and login to Deals to Meals and save $100’s on your week’s groceries. Yes, you see that right, Smiths (and Kroger) are having their …

 

Deals to Meals Gift Certificates
December 7, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICING! Give the perfect gift this holiday season- a Deals to Meals gift certificate. This gift will save money, simplify mealtime, and enhance the dinner experience through hundreds of the most delicious recipes for whomever you gift it to.  …

 

2015 Complete Thanksgiving Meal Planner & Grocery List up on Deals to Meals
November 20, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. Just wanted to let you know that our 2015 Thanksgiving Meal Planner and Grocery List are all uploa…

 

5 Simple Tips to Save You Time and Money this Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

1. HAVE A PLAN  The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few of my…

 

Save 50-65% on ALL of your holiday baking items! See how I saved $166 and spent only $109
November 6, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! Of all the weeks of the year, these next couple weeks are some of my all-time-favorite grocery shopping weeks. There are SO many great dea…

 

Meal Planning Done the Easy Way
October 14, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Head on over to my friend Janica’s website Utah Deal Diva to see how she uses Deals to Meals and how it makes meal planning easy for her busy family! Who doesn’t need some help getting dinner on the table? With a little help and some simple tips, you can make mea…

 

Target will now price match Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club & Amazon!
October 1, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Have you guys heard the big news? As of today, Target will now be price matching stores like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon, along with …

 

#1 Meal Planning Tip of ALL time! Also, chicken on sale for ONLY $1.59/lb.-stock up!
October 1, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi Friends! I know I promised some favorite bake sale recipes, but I wanted to first share with you some great deals this week! When I entered the gro…

 

Deals to Meals Cookbook is NOW Available {81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes}
September 18, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! This day is a long time coming and I am SO excited to share this super exciting news with you. Ahh! It’s official–I have a cookbook. How fun is that?!? As many of you know, I h…

 

2 Week Meal Plan for $180 and a Brief Tutorial of How I Meal Plan and Shop
September 4, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

It’s that time again. Out grocery shopping I went yesterday. I had a cute lady leave me a message asking a question that I thought I would answer briefly today. Barbi said, “Hello! I was w…

 

Deals to Meals Giveaway and Shopping Success! Save Time and Money–it’s EASY!
August 29, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! I had the pleasure of taking my good friend Jamie, from Jamiecooksitup grocery shopping. We had such a great time and were able to save LO…

 

$80 of Groceries and some of the BEST deals this week
August 20, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

How did those last 14 days go by so quickly? I couldn’t believe it was time to head out shopping again. Good thing I LOVE it! This week was a simple stock up week. All I needed was some more pro…

 

Q&A for our new Website–How to make Deals to Meals work for you!
July 29, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being patient with our new website as we have been working to get it up and running. We know with change comes some frustration and we totall…

 

Orange Sesame Chicken Stirfry
July 11, 2015 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Ahh, isn’t that pretty? It still amazes me that kids don’t like vegetables, they are really the prettiest food around town don’t you think? Well, this is a dish that even your picky-nonvegetable-eating kids will love! This sticky, slightly spicy, sweet, ora…

 

4th of July BEST Grocery Deals–Summer Stock Up Items!!
July 3, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and …

 

10 Day Meal Plan for ONLY $138! Saved almost 50% off Walmart’s Low Prices
June 14, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

 We just got back yesterday from one of the most fun weeks of my life! My husband, sister and many of my best friends were able to spend the week…

 

10 Days of Groceries for $131! That’s 30 meals for only .71 per person–or $5 a meal
June 3, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

There are some great deals this week! I went shopping and picked up all of these groceries for only $131. This will feed our family of 7 for 10 days a…

 

This week’s groceries $98–Great deals on Skippy Peanut Butter and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ
May 19, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

After a long weekend and lots of family parties, we woke up to an empty fridge. Off to the store I went to stock up on some of the great deals this we…

 

Great grocery deals this week! 10 days of groceries for only $198
January 8, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

There are AWESOME deals this week! If you haven’t had a chance to login to Deals to Meals to see what’s on sale, you need to do it. Everything you need for your week’s meal plan is o…

 

Best Thanksgiving Grocery Deals–get your feast for $50!
November 18, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

I am so excited! This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year. Not only because I love the Thanksgiving holiday, time with family, traditions, lots of delicious food, chance to slow down and co…

 

Week’s Groceries ONLY $102! Great deals this week!
October 21, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Fabulous deals this week on groceries and non-grocery items! I was sure grateful toilet paper was on sale this week. I sure hate to run out of that stuff! Walmart had their Charmin 24 roll pack for $6…

 

Cranberry Apple Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing
September 23, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

  Home sweet home! It’s so great to be back home after a great trip to California. So glad to come home to more sunshine too, that’s a fun bonus! Hope you had a great weekend and I am excited to share some of the great deals this week you need to take advant…

 

10 Day Meal Plan $110–Case lot sales & great deals this week!
September 3, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Are you ready to shop?!? Yes, you guessed it, it is case lot time again here in Utah (and in many other states…NV, MT, ID, WY, etc.). There are hundreds of deals you should be stocking up on and…

 

Want to save on groceries? Find out how to save $1,000’s every year!
August 5, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

I have great friends. I have patient friends. I have friends who love me even though as long as I’ve known them I bug them about everything having to do with grocery shopping and saving money. D…

 

4th of July Grocery Savings & Summer Stock Up Items
July 2, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and …

 

Memorial Day Grocery Savings–save up to 60%!
May 21, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head to the store to get items for your Memorial Day weekend plans, you need to login to our website to find out all of the best deals! Everything you need for your upcoming bbq’s are on sale this week….ketchup, mustard, relish, soda pop, hot dogs, gro…

 

What to buy at Costco (And What NOT to buy)
April 3, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

After our last post about Costco I thought it was ironic that I had to do my monthly shopping trip to Costco the next day. As I was there, and was observing all of their prices, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite items at Costco. I really try to not [&helli…

 

Don’t EVER pay full price for groceries!
January 22, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

What a fun weekend I had! My sister and friend joined me at Jordan’s Frugality Boot camp and we had a great time. Jordan did a fabulous job hosting another successful boot camp and I was honored to be one of their presenters again. Any time I can talk about grocery sho…

 

Creating your Grocery List using your own Meal Planner or Recipes
January 1, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Plan…

 

Use the quick-print PDF or Excel
December 31, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Planner (or modifying the Deals to Meals Meal Planner) Using the weekly grocery…

 

Creating your Grocery List using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner
December 31, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Plan…

 

Gift Certificates
December 26, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

Remember that our Special Holiday Pricing on gift certificates is good through January 1st.  Still time to make sure that next year is full of time and money savings as we make our new-year resolutions.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Grocery Budget Extenders and Mexican Black Bean Corn Tacos
October 8, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘make your dollar stretch’?  Of course you have, you’re reading Jordan’s amazing blog! Well, there are a few simple tips I’ve learned over the yea…

 

4 Simple Steps to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half
June 10, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

 This past week an awesome blog (One Good Thing by Jillee) asked me to do a guest post on ways to save money on groceries. I was able to take Jillee’s daugher in law shopping and we had a g…

 

Welcome aboard Ellen!
May 31, 2013 | No Category | Diana Suker

There are times in life when you meet people and you know that somewhere, before this life you were friends. This is how I felt the first time I met my new, dear friend Ellen. I feel so blessed already, to have so many great friends, but I couldn’t have been happier wh…

 

Lemon Chicken Costoletta
February 21, 2012 | No Category | Shandra

$115 Shopping Trip–GREAT deals this week! After a fun and relaxing vacation it was back in the saddle again this weekend in the kitchen. I love coming home to an empty fridge and being able to fill it up with all of the great deals of the week. This week there are SEVE…

 

Thanksgiving Feast for UNDER $85!
November 17, 2011 | No Category | Shandra

This time of year is so wonderful to think about all of our many blessings. My children and I love the tradition of writing down one thing each day that we are thankful for during the month of November. It is so fun to watch through the years how the children’s grattit…

 

Canned Goods & a Can-Do-It Attitude
February 2, 2011 | No Category | Shandra

Tax return time can be either a stressful or an exciting time for families. My husband just finished our taxes late last night and we were ecstatic that we were getting a small refund. You never know what the outcome will be with being a small business owner. I was thrilled …

 

Meal Planning Tip–Healthy & Homemade Dinners in a hurry!
November 9, 2010 | No Category | Shandra

Would you agree as women (and men I am sure) one of the hardest jobs of the day is getting a warm, healthy, home cooked meal on the table at a reasonable hour. Life with kids, jobs, hobbies, homework,…

 

Making Mealtime Manageable
May 12, 2010 | No Category | Krista

I’m sure most of you have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed during the mealtime hour as a million things seem to demand our attention. Whether it is homework, your children, phone calls or work needs; mealtime preparation can get a little hectic. I don&#8217…

 

$100 Hall of Fame
February 18, 2010 | No Category | Shandra

Last week I saved over $150 on all of the GREAT deals from the major grocery stores! I got ALL of the above items for under $90–it was fabulous!! There were several items last week that when combined with FREE coupons from www.coupons.com it made them even BETTER deals…

 

Good Things Utah Link
March 15, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back&#…

 

Good Things Utah Link
March 14, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back&#…

 

I LOVE grocery shopping!
March 10, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Check out my ‘loot’ this week! We were on a vacation last week and I came home to an empty fridge. I have to say, I LOVE My Food Storage Deals (soon to be Deals to Meals :)…I know it is my company, but I love it 🙂 I came home from our trip (I […]

 

We are changing our name!
March 4, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Watch for BIG changes to My Food Storage Deals coming in March! We are excited to introduce our new name and logo! We are excited to share the new details by the end of this month. Thank you to everyone for your support this last year. We are excited to offer new & impr…

 

Deals to Meals–saving you TIME & MONEY!
February 28, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Visit our website for more information on how we can help you save $100s at the grocery store AND take the headache out of the dreaded question “What’s for dinner”! We do ALL of the work for you, scour the ads to find the best deals (WITHOUT coupons–u…

 

KSL 5 News Tonight at 10:00pm
January 23, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

My Food Storage Deals is going to be on KSL 5 with Nadine Wimmer tonight at 10pm! Yes, you heard me right! We are being heard. Thank you for all your emails you have sent. This is how it all happened. I sent an email to KSL last night informing them about our website and [&h…

 

Grocery Budget
January 21, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Frequent question: “I just have two quick questions for you, how much do you spend on a monthly basis on grocery/household expenses(on average, I know it probably fluctuates) and how big is your family? I just stumbled onto your site and I’m trying to take it all…

 

Ways to save money at Costco
October 28, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

If you are a ‘warehouse’ store shopper, you know like many of us do, that it is hard to leave those stores without spending your MONTHS grocery budget. Yes, bulk can save you money on certain items, but you have to be careful when shopping at this type of a store…

 

One of my favorite time saving tips!
August 22, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

This is one of my favorite tricks to help save you time and frustration during dinner! If you are like my family, we eat chicken based meals about 2-4 times a week. Sometimes you don’t have the time to cook chicken, cut it and add it to a recipe. Well…here is a q…

 

Costco Shopping Tips
July 8, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

Have you ever been to Costco or Sams Club and walked out spending $150 and wondering what in the world you have bought? There is a distinct difference in the amount of money I spend each month on groceries on the months I don’t go to Costco, verses the months I do. Nee…

 

COUPONS–TO BE OR NOT TO BE???
June 18, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

This is a question I get quite often…so, here is my philosophy on coupon clipping (PLEASE no one be offended 😉 If coupons work for you, then that is great! This is what I have found though… I used to be a ‘coupon clipper’ and still do on occasion, …

 

Meal planning tips to help you SAVE money
June 18, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Here are a few ways I have found that help me save money on my monthly groceries and help make menu planning a cinch! Of course you can become a member of My Food Storage Deals and I will do ALL the work for you–but if not, here are some easy t…

 

One Stop Shopping
June 1, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

I’m sure all of you already know this, but in case anyone doesn’t, I want to fill you in on the BEST tip around! Walmart matches prices to ALL major grocery stores. A Walmart less than 5 minutes down the road just opened and it has been AWESOME!! With gas prices …

 

Deals to Meals on Television
May 19, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

Meal Planner Monday: Garden Marinara Sauce with Noodles

It’s garden time and for us living in my parents basement while our home is being built, I am sad to not have a garden again this summer. I miss the fresh vegetables straight from our backyard. I find I have to be more diligent when doing my grocery shopping (using Deals to Meals of course) to make sure I’m finding the best deals on the produce I need for my weekly meals. Produce can be an expensive part of your food budget, so it’s a great week to login and find the best produce items on sale in your area. 

There are vegetables like onions, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and bell peppers on sale this week. It’s the perfect week to make our Garden Marinara Pasta recipe from our meal planner. It’s not only a healthy recipe, but it’s a great way to use up those vegetables in your fridge. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe–along with all of our other favorites from our meal planner. 

Simple Huevos Rancheros with Chipotle Sauce (Cubby’s Copycat)

One of my favorite places to go for breakfast is a local place called Cubby’s. They have some delicious options for any meal of the day, but one of the items on the menu I order often is their Huevos Rancheros.

Basically it’s a cheesy egg casserole with black beans, fresh pico salsa and crunchy tortilla chips on top (the chips happen to be one of my favorite parts). Combine it all together and you have a protein heavy, delicious meal!

It is savory, gluten free, light and full of fresh, amazing flavor. I recreated this recipe at home the other night and it was just as excellent and would be a perfect weeknight meal. Hope you love this recipe like we did!

 

Heuvos Rancheros
SALSA
  1. 2 cans black beans, drained
  2. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  3. 1/2 white onion, diced
  4. 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  5. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  6. 2-3 roma tomatoes, diced
EGG
  1. 8-9 eggs, beaten
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
GARNISHINGS
  1. 2-3 cups tortilla chips, lightly crumbled
  2. 1 to 1 1/2 cup colby cheddar cheese, shredded
  3. 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  4. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (garnish)
CHIPOTLE SAUCE
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 cup sour cream
  3. 2-3 chipotle peppers, chopped
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  1. In a bowl, whisk together all of the eggs and milk until smooth. To a saute pan, heat some butter or olive oil to medium heat. Add the whisked egg mixture and let it sit for a minute. With a spatula, pull all of the eggs away from the side and bottom to gently fold. Put a lid on the pan and cover on low heat until the eggs are scrambled and nice and fluffy (don't over cook because they will be cooked a second time--keep them soft and a little runny).
  2. While the eggs are cooking, add the two cans of black beans (drained) to the bottom of a sprayed 9x13 pan. Dice the onion, red pepper, tomatoes and cilantro and add to the beans. Stir around (or stir together in a bowl and then add to the bottom of the pan). Season the top of the bean 'salsa' with salt and pepper. When the eggs are done, spoon them over the beans in the 9x13 pan. To the top of the eggs, add the cup of colby jack cheese. Spread some crubmled up tortilla chips on top of the egg and cheese. Top with the Monterey (or pepperjack) cheese. Broil in an oven on low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the tops of the chips are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  3. When finished cooking, remove from the oven and garnish with more chopped cilantro. Serve with the chipotle sauce which can be mixed together in a bowl and served on the side. t
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Meal Planner Monday: Simple Chicken Tikka Masala

Highlighting a family favorite on our meal plan this week for our Simple Chicken Tikka Masala. Delicious meal that has most of the ingredients on sale this week (chicken, bell peppers, onions, cilantro and canned coconut). It’s a great week to make this meal for well under $10 for a family of 6. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, as well as all of the others off our meal plan this week. 

Three Pizzas in Thirty Minutes: Veggie Ranch, Chicken Alfredo, BBQ

One of my secret weapons to an easy meal solution are these homemade pizzas. Now, normally you’d think pizzas…what’s easy about those? Well, if you use a couple of my secrets, these pizzas can be thrown together and served in less than thirty minutes. 

A meal time saver in our home are the flat bread pita sandwiches from Costco. I keep these in my freezer at all times for quick wraps, sandwiches or pita pizzas. They freeze great for up to 6 months and work perfectly with this recipe.
I also talk a lot about my freezer grilled chicken meal planning tip. This method seriously saves SO MUCH TIME when meal prepping. When chicken goes on sale (like it is this week), buy several extra pounds and grill (or slow cook them) for future meals. Just keep the chicken breasts in the freezer until ready to use.

For the BBQ Chicken Pizza and the Alfredo Chicken Pizza, I used my freezer chicken and it was super slick. 

Want to cut out the hassle of cooking meat? Try this Veggie pizza and you won’t miss it at all! 

Homemade Pita Pizzas
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg. flat bread pitas
  2. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
TOPPINGS
  1. Grilled and seasoned chicken, diced
  2. Pepperoni
  3. Sausage
  4. Sliced or diced vegetables of choice (red onions, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.)
SAUCES
  1. BBQ Sauce
  2. Ranch dressing
  3. Marinara
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare the chicken and/or sausage as desired. Prepare all of the vegetables by slicing them or dicing them.
  3. Place the pitas flat onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top the pitas with your favorite sauce and toppings. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the pizzas and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is nice and bubbly and golden brown. Slice and serve.
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Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs and Rice

Looking for a simple and healthy recipe for tonight? These Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs are a favorite of our clan and pretty healthy too! This recipe will feed about 8 people, so cut it in half if you need, or just freeze extra meatballs for later. Turkey, pineapple and green onions are all on sale this week so this is a great meat for under $10 for a family of 6. Login to Deals to Meals to find all of the best grocery deals in your area. Love Hawaiian Meatballs!

Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs and Rice
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tsp. paprika
  6. 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  7. 1/2-3/4 cup breadcrumbs or panko
  8. 3 Tbs. dried onions
SAUCE
  1. 2 cups pineapple juice
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  4. 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  5. 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  6. 1 tsp. salt
TOPPINGS
  1. 4-5 cups cooked rice
  2. 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
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Instructions
  1. Start some brown or white rice in a rice cooker (or over the stove) and let it cook while you prepare the meatballs and sauce.
  2. For the meatballs, place the turkey, seasonings, eggs and breadcrumbs into a mixing bowl and combine until everything is incorporated. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray, or drizzle with some olive oil and spread around to coat the bottom of the pan. With a spoon, scoop out a golf ball sized portion of the meat mixture and palce on the cookie sheet(s). Place the meatballs in the oven and let them back until they are nice and golden bron on the top and the center is no longer pink (about 15-20 minutes, depending ont he size of your meatball).
  3. For the Hawaiian sauce, combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan, whisk and bring to a boil. Let the sauce simmer on low heat until it begins to thicken. Once the sauce is pretty thick, remove from the heat and let it rest.
  4. Cut the pineapple up into bite size pieces. To serve, place a serving of cooked rice in a bowl. Top with the hot meatballs and some pineapple pieces. Spoon as much sauce as you would like on top and serve with sliced green onions for garnish.
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Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Florentine Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo

It’s May and I couldn’t be more excited. This is one of my favorite months of the year. The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, the sky is blue and the sounds of birds make my heart sing with gratitude for new life and a beautiful spring! With it being spring that means lots of busy nights with soccer, children’s activities, etc. and in order to get dinner on the table quickly, I need simple recipes that make my life easier. 

This sandwich from our meal planner this week is one of these simple recipes. I have several grilled chicken breasts in my freezer and with those, these sandwiches came together in less than 15 minutes. It was fabulous! I also loved the fact this sandwich, if served on a sandwich thin slice of bread, was not only low in carbs, but high in protein and vegetable goodness. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with all other delicious recipes from our meal plan

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I am a huge fan of gourmet sandwiches for dinner. When I am in a hurry and need something I can whip together quickly, but allows us to feel like we’re eating a ‘real’ meal, this is my go-to recipe idea. For those of you on a low carb diet, I make these with those sandwich thins and you still feel like you haven’t ruined any of your diet goals. Today’s sandwich was made with leftover grilled chicken I had from a previous meal and was given a little buffalo twist and they were delicious!

We ate these sandwiches with a simple spinach salad and had a meal on the table in less than 15 minutes. Just what I needed on a busy night! Login to Deals to Meals to find out where bread, chicken, cheese, avocados and tomatoes are all on sale for great prices! This is a meal well under $10 for sure 😉 

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1 Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasonings
  3. 1/4 cup Frank's Hot Sauce
  4. 2-3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  5. 8 slices cheddar or colby cheese
  6. 1-2 avocados, sliced
  7. 2 tomatoes, sliced
  8. 12-14 sliced whole wheat bread
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Instructions
  1. Heat an outdoor grill to medium heat (chicken can be grilled or just cooked on or in the stove). Season the chicken with Montreal Steak Seasoning and grill on both sides until the center of the chicken is no longer pink. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl. Drizzle the chicken with Frank's hot sauce and some mayonnaise. Place some of the chicken onto a slice of bread and top with some sliced avocado, sliced tomato and more sliced cheese. Put the sandwich top on the sandwich. Lightly butter both sides of the sandwich. Place on a hot griddle or panini maker and cook until both sides of the bread are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.
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Meal Planner Monday: Chipotle Sloppy Joes

It was hard to pick a favorite recipe from our meal planner this week–so many favorites! However, these Chipotle Sloppy Joes are such a simple meal, and so family friendly, I wanted to share with you. Throw out your old sloppy joe recipe and switch things up with a little spice, some creamy avocado and fresh avocado on these delicious sliders. You’re going to LOVE this recipe! Login to Deals to Meals and get this recipe, along with all of our other favorites as well. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Cauliflower Stir Fry by MyNovaVita

Another delicious and healthy recipe from our friend Ellen Johnson from MyNovaVita (Instagram Account). She is amazing, talented and has a way of making eating healthy easy! I love the idea of fried rice made from cauliflower. Genius! Thanks Ellen for another wonderful recipe 😉

Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups frozen peas
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  4. 6 green onions, sliced
  5. 1 large carrot, cubed
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 20 ounces shredded cauliflower
  8. 6 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
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Instructions
  1. Stir peas and water together in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook and stir until peas are tender and heated through, about 5 minutes. Drain and discard water.Heat 2 tablespoons sesame oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Saute green onions, carrot, and garlic in hot oil until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower; cook and stir until cauliflower had a tender but firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes.Stir peas, and and soy sauce into cauliflower mixture and stir-fry until mixture is hot and slightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
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Meal Planner Monday: Sweet Asian Chicken Salad

On our meal planner this week is a simple salad recipe that would taste perfect on a warmer Spring evening. Our family loves this salad and all of our Asian favorite ingredients that make it extra special. If you want this delicious salad recipe, login to Deals to Meals to enjoy this meal, along with all of our other meal planner recipes this week. Watch for a new meal plan coming Wednesday! Enjoy 😉 

Thick and Meaty Beanless Chili

This chili is fantastic! If you have a family member (like I do) who doesn’t like beans, this is an amazing, meaty, flavorful, spiced chili. Top this chili with all your favorite toppings and you have a hearty, home cooked chili that is great for a cold winter’s night. This chili would be awesome with cornbread, garlic toast or even over a hot dog. Pretty much this chili is great no matter how you serve it. Login to Deals to Meals this week to get all of our other meal planner recipes. Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding {From Food Storage Ingredients}

Our friend Crystal from Store This, Not That! is sharing with us her homemade chocolate pudding recipe. From the first time I started following Crystal, she introduced me to her special recipe for Magic Mix. Basically it’s a simple recipe made with flour, butter and powdered milk. It makes delicious desserts, homemade sauces, gravies and soups. If you are looking for a way to cut out some processed foods in your diet, this is a really simple solution. For much less than you can buy store bought pudding, you can make your own with ingredients you have in your food storage. 

Butter is on sale this week at several grocery stores for amazing deals of $1.99-$2.49 a pound. Easter is a great time to stock up on some baking items, butter, ham, pork, potatoes and other items to add to your freezer and food storage. Login to Deals to Meals to get all of the best deals in your area.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Aioli

Thanks to my friend Ellen Johnson from My Nova Vita, she is sharing a definite sure way to LOVE eating brussel sprouts. If you don’t think you’re a fan, you haven’t tried Ellen’s recipe yet. I didn’t think I liked these little cabbage bundles until Ellen introduced me.

I have to admit I’m a big fan now–especially with this lemon aioli.  Pick up a bag of these brussel sprouts at your local Sprouts for only $1.49/lb. this week. Enjoy!

Lemon Aioli
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup vegan or regular mayonaisse
  2. 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  3. 1 tsp lemon rind
  4. 4 cloves roasted garlic
  5. 1/2 tsp chopped chive
  6. 1/2 tsp chopped parsley
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Mix together and enjoy!! Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
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Carmelized Brussel Sprouts
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  2. 4 large garlic cloves
  3. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1/2 cup diced red onion
  6. 2-4 tbsp maple syrup mixed in 1/2 cup water
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Trim Brussels sprouts and halve lengthwise. Cut garlic into very thin slices. In a large skillet melt butter with oil over moderate heat. Arrange sprouts in skillet, cut sides down, in one layer. Sprinkle sprouts with and salt & pepper. Cook sprouts, without turning, until crisp-tender and undersides are golden brown, about 10 min add onions and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until onions are translucent about 2 minutes. Pour maple syrup/water mixture over the sprouts and continue to cook over medium heat until the water has evaporated and the sprouts are glazed. Serve warm!
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Meal Planner Monday: Sticky Orange Dijon Chicken

Looking for a new dinner idea that’s totally amazing? Try this recipe for Sticky Orange Dijon Chicken from our meal planner this week. It’s a keeper! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of our other favorite recipes from our meal planner. 

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Turkey Lasagna {Gluten Free}

I am super excited to share this recipe with you! If you are looking for a low carb, no sugar, healthy recipe, this is the one for you. My friend’s sister has been on a low carb diet and has lost over 30 pounds. She was sharing some of her favorite ‘diet friendly’ recipes with her and said this Mexican Squash Lasagna was one of her favorites. My sweet friend Amber made this last night and gave me a big piece of it today to try. It was SO delicious! I am making this tomorrow night for dinner and can’t wait to have my family try it. I really don’t think they will even know that it’s made of squash and not noodles. The texture was super fun and unique, but so healthy and delicious. I can’t wait for you to give this a try! Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can get all of the ingredients on sale this week as well: cheese, ground turkey, squash, etc. This meal is easily under $15 for a family of 7. 

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Turkey Lasagna
Ingredients
  1. 20 oz. 93% lean ground turkey
  2. 1 cup marinara sauce
  3. 1 packet fiesta ranch dip
  4. 5 cup cooked spaghetti squash
  5. 4-5 Tbs. egg whites (about 3 egg whites)
Cheese Filling
  1. 8 oz. or 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  2. 16 oz. or 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  3. 6 Tbs. parmesan cheese, shredded
  4. 4 Tbs. egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
  5. 1 cup mexican style cheese blend, shredded
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. chili powder
  8. Salt and pepper, to taste
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squas in half and scrapte out the seeds and guts. Put both halves into a large ziploc bag 3/4 of the way zipped. Cook in the microwave for 8-9 minutes, or until tender and then set aside.
  2. In a saute pan, turn to medium-high heat and brown the ground turkey. Chop into small pieces.
  3. When the squash is cooked, remove from the microwave with hot pads and scrape out both halves into a bowl. Drain as much water from the squash as you can. Discard the squash skin. Add to the spaghetti squash the salt and pepper to taste. Let the squash cool and then add 4-5 Tbs. egg whites.
  4. Drain the turkey and add the fiesta ranch packet and marinara.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together all of the cheese filling ingredients.
  6. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. In the pan, place the spaghetti squash mixture along the bottom of the pan. Press down with a fork evenly over the pan. To the top, add the meat filling. Top the meat layer with the cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes until bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Divide into 8 equal portions. Serves 8.
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Meal Planner Monday: Wonton Chicken Salad

One of my favorite salad recipes is on our meal planner this week. If you haven’t made this Wonton Chicken Salad, this is the week to do it! It’s fresh, healthy, tangy and super yummy! Login to our website to get this recipe, along with all of our other delicious favorites on our meal planner. Hope you enjoy!

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for only $220!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a world record over here in the Madsen home. I have gone TWO months coming in under my food budget (yep, my goal for the year!) and last month I came in under $200! How fun is that?! Yes, you’d think that being the owner of Deals to Meals I would always stay under my budget right? Well, the fact is, I LOVE (yep, seriously love) to grocery shop, find good deals, stock up on food storage, entertain, etc. Which..makes it tricky to stay under a budget of $700 for a family of 7 (seven BIG eaters may I add ;). Anyway, I was so happy, I went out shopping on the first day of the month and refilled my fridge, freezer with meat, and some food storage items. SO fun!

There are some great deals this week, so LOGIN to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area and save some BIG money!

Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Looking for a fresh, healthy, delicious recipe to help brighten up the dreary days of winter at your home? This recipe will do the trick! As I was eating this grilled, marinated Caribbean chicken, I felt like I was transported to a tropical island with the fresh pineapple salsa and sweet spices.

I served this chicken and salsa over a bed of brown rice and it was lovely. Spruce up your menu plan this week and login to Deals to Meals to see the best grocery deals for this recipe, and all the others on our website. 

Meal Planner Monday: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Wraps

Looking for a really fun and simple recipe for you?  The other day I was at Costco and was craving their chicken, cheesy baked sandwich-thing. It was a few more calories than I wanted to eat for lunch, so I decided to come home and put something similar together for dinner.  I really loved this combination. It was a simple grilled chicken, cheese, fresh broccoli and bacon all wrapped up together in a whole wheat tortilla. It was way few calories than the Costco wrap, but had the same cheesy-goodness I was craving. Great part about this recipe, is the chicken, tortillas, cheese, bacon and broccoli are all on sale at most of the local grocery stores. This meal fed our family of 7 for well under $10! Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with all of our other recipes from our meal plan. Enjoy!

Meal Planner Monday: Zuppa’s Copycat Garden Chowder

Now that we have several feet of snow on the ground, it feels like winter again and that means soups for dinner around here! This week on our meal planner is one of my favorite soups of all time. It’s creamy, full of vegetables and lots of delicious spices and flavor. Login to our website to get this delicious recipe, along with several others from our meal planner. Hope you enjoy! 

Crispy Tuna Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce

This week there are some awesome rock-bottom prices for several items you might want to add to your food storage: peanut butter, pasta, apple juice and tuna fish. Kind of a random bunch of items, but these are the stock up deals of the week that can save you 40-65% off! This is the week to stock up and save some BIG money if these are items you use on a regular basis. Tuna fish is a great item to have in your food storage to add protein to your food supply. Not to mention my kids love it, so I like to make sure we have a copule cases on hand at all times. At only $0.50 a can, this is the week to stock up!

Now, you can eat this tuna on a sandwich and that’s fun. However, my Mom made this recipe for Crispy Tuna Patties and they were the best thing I’ve EVER had with tuna in it. If you are hesitant to try these, believe me, they do not taste like fish out of a can. The lemon makes them taste fresh, flavorful and so delicious. Top these with a squeeze of fresh lemon and some homemade tartar sauce and you will think you are on the ocean eating fresh caught fish. This recipe is not only inexpensive, but a simple dish to make up on a busy night. Login to Deals to Meals to find all of the best grocery deals in your area. 

Crispy Tuna Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Tuna Patties
  1. 4 cans albacore or regular tuna fish (5 oz. each)
  2. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  3. 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. black pepper
  8. 2 cups panko bread crumbs (for patties and breading)
  9. Olive oil or butter
Tartar Sauce
  1. 1 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 cup sour cream
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 2 baby dill pickles, diced small
  5. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  6. Zest of 1 lemon
  7. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  8. 2 Tbs. capers
  9. Dash hot sauce
  10. 1 tsp. coarse ground mustard
  11. 2 Tbs. white onion
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Tuna Patties
  1. Drain the tuna from the can until completely dry. Dice the onions into small pieces. Place the tuna, onions, mustard, eggs, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup of the bread crumbs into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Divide the mixture into 12-14 patties and set aside on a parchment lined sheet pan. Allow to rest for 15 minutes in the fridge. Place the remaining bread crumbs into a pie plate. One at a time, coat each round in the panko on all sides.
  2. Heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the croquettes and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack set over a half sheet pan lined with paper towels. Allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
Tartar Sauce
  1. Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor and blend until mostly smooth. If you prefer a more chunky sauce, don't add the diced pickles or capers until the end. Keep chilled until fish is cooked and ready to serve.
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Happy Valentines Day! Asparagus Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Happy Valentines Day friends! Hope you are having a lovely day today with those you love. I couldn’t be more grateful for the loves of my life. I love these kiddos and couldn’t be happier to be married to my best friend for over 30 years now. Love you Madsen clan!With our vacation, I am behind on all of my Valentines Day recipe blogging I had planned. So, hope you have something delicious and festive to make today. If not, I wanted to share a quick meal idea that looks super gourmet, but couldn’t be much easier. I’m disappointed in the way the picture turned out. It doesn’t do this meal justice. It really is such a pretty dish served with a simple spinach salad.

The best part about this recipe is you could make this entire meal for under $15 for a family of 6. Asparagus, chicken, bacon, cheese and cream cheese are all on sale. This is one of our delicious recipes this week on our meal planner. Login to get the recipes and see all of the best grocery deals in your area.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus Cheese and Bacon
Chicken
  1. 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese
  3. 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  4. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  5. 3 Tbs. green onions, sliced
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. parsley
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 16 oz. bacon
  10. 30 spears of asparagus
  11. Olive oil drizzle
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Instructions
  1. Remove the chicken from the package and trim off any excess fat. Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally so they can be stuffed. Don't cut through the chicken all the way through to the other side so that stuffing can stay in the chicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle a little olive oil on the bottom of an 11x14 baking pan or a cookie sheet.
  3. Rinse the asparagus and trim off the ends.
  4. In a bowl, place the cream cheese and beat until smooth with a fork. Add the cheese, green onions, salt, pepper, parsley and garlic powder. Once smooth, place a spoonful of the cheese spread into the center of each chicken breast. Lay 3-5 asparagus spears across the cheese mixture in the center of the chicken. Once you've done this with all of the chickens, place them in the pan and wrap each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon. Place a sheet of tin foil over the chicken and place in the oven. Let it bake for 10 minutes with the tinfoil on, and then remove the tinfoil and let it cook for another 15 minutes, or until the center of the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. If the bacon is not quite crispy, turn the oven to broil to get it more browned and crisp. Serve with a simple salad.
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Meal Planner Monday: Honey Sriracha Meatballs with Veggies and Rice

I am SUPER excited about a new recipe on our meal planner this week. My sister made a recipe for Glazed Honey Sriracha Meatballs from this awesome blog a couple weeks ago and I thought I would adapt it a little to our families needs. We are sauce lovers! This recipe, although great, was way too spicy for my kiddos and hardly had any sauce. I quadrupled the sauce ingredients, cut down on the Sriracha and changed a few minor things, which made these meatballs so. incredibly. amazing!! I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Not to mention, most of the ingredients are on sale at your local grocery store this week, so it’s a great time to make this meal for right around $10! That’s a win-win for everyone.

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Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

If you are looking for a healthy option for your super bowl parties, these Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes have Game Day written all over them! Switch up your traditional sloppy joe recipes with a little kick of Frank’s Hot Sauce and a little dash of sweet brown sugar. Serve these sandwiches with some baked sweet potatoes and a yummy salad, and dinner is ready to go.

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Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. ground chicken (can make from chopping up chicken breasts in a food processor super fine) or you can use ground beef or turkey
  2. 1 medium red onion, diced
  3. 2 stalks celery, diced
  4. 8 oz. tomato sauce
  5. 3/4 cup Franks hot sauce
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  8. 1/2 tsp. garlic pepper
  9. 1-2 Tbs. brown sugar
  10. Hamburger Buns
  11. Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing (optional garnish)
  12. Crumbled blue cheese
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Instructions
  1. Dice the onion and celery into fine pieces. In a large saute pan, drizzle a little olive oil and add the onionmeat mixture s and celery. Saute until they are slightly tender. Add the ground chicken to the pan and with a wooden spoon, break up the chicken into small pieces. Once the meat is cooked, drain any excess moisture from the meat and discard. Add all of the seasons, the tomato sauce and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve the meat mixture onto the buns and garnish with a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing, and crumbled blue cheese (optional). Serve.
Notes
  1. Serve the meat mixture as a lettuce wrap for a gluten free meal.
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Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Kale Parmesan Meatballs with Marinara

I have been on a meatball kick lately. There is something so delicious about a little ball of delicious meat and flavor all rolled into one little bite. I created a recipe for Honey Sriracha Sticky Meatballs I will blog about later this week (oh yum!), but in the mean time, wanted to share with you a recipe from last January that is still a family favorite. This recipe is on our meal planner this week and believe me, you won’t regret making it. 

If you are new to ground chicken, don’t be scared. You can buy ground chicken already prepared in a package, or you can make your own for MUCH less the cost! This week there are TONS of great deals on boneless skinless chicken breast. This is the week to stock your freezer with chicken that you bought at the lowest prices.  Also, don’t forget to stock up on pasta for only $0.49 as well as canned tomatoes (both of which are used for this meal). Login for those awesome deals as well!

To make these meatballs, all you have to do is put several chicken breasts into a food processor. Throw in the seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg, etc. and pulse the meat until it is a coarse texture. Don’t over blend or it will be mushy. You just want a medium chopped texture with some structure to the chicken still. Add all of the other ingredients to the chicken mixture and your meatballs are ready to bake. 

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Cheesy Three Meat Pasta Bake {Lowest Prices on Pasta & Canned Tomatoes}

Now I know this recipe isn’t the most healthy recipe out there, but boy, is it great! If you love Italian, cheesy, meaty goodness, this recipe is for you. It’s really comfort food at it’s best. Now, I know those of you who are trying to count calories are probably not happy with this recipe, but there is a reason I’m posting this one now. Not only is because it’s delicious, but mostly because Kroger is having some killer deals on pasta and canned tomatoes that you need to stock up on. This week you can get a pound of pasta for only $0.49. You can also get cans of Del Monte Tomatoes for only $0.49 as well. How awesome is that?! This is the week to stock up your food storage on pasta and canned tomatoes. Make sure and get a good variety of noodles (farfalle, penne, rigatoni, spaghetti, etc.) so when you see pasta dishes on our meal planner, you’ll already have plenty in your storage to choose from. You won’t ever beat this price, so make sure and stock up TODAY! Login to Deals to Meals to find out where these deals are in your area. It only takes buying 3 pounds of pasta to pay for your membership to Deals to Meals for the month. We promise you’ll save WELL over your $4.95 a month or we’ll refund you your money. Take advantage of our 2018 $18 off special (LOWEST price of the year!). Just email us at todd@dealstomeals.com to take advantage of this deal before January is over and this deal is gone. 

Cheesy Three Meat Pasta Bake
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, diced
  2. 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  3. 1 lb. sliced chicken or pork sausage
  4. 1/2 cup pepperoni
  5. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 24 oz. spaghetti sauce
  7. 1 can diced tomatoes
  8. 1-2 tsp. salt, as needed
  9. Pepper, to taste
  10. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  11. 2-3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  12. 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  13. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  14. 1 lb. penne pasta
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Instructions
  1. Dice the onion into small pieces. Place in a large saute pan and saute with the pork sausage until the pork is cooked through. Slice the precooked chicken or pork sausage link into thin strips. Add to the ground pork and continue to saute until the slices are browned and cooked through. Cut the pepperonis in half and add to the meat as well.
  2. To the meat mixture, add the spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic and seasonings. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken. If the sauce isn't thick enough, you can always add a half of a can of tomato paste if needed. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta until it is tender and soft. Place half of the noodles into the bottom of a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle with half of the shredded cheeses all over the top of the mixture. Add the rest of the noodles on top and spoon the rest of the sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the shredded cheese.
  4. Place the pasta dish into an oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly. If you want a nice golden brown on the top, you can broil for 30-60 seconds, watching carefully. Garnish the pasta dish with extra chopped parsley or sliced green onions.
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Meal Planner Monday: Chicken Gravy and Biscuits {& Favorite Biscuit Recipe}

Hi Friends! It’s Monday and that means we get to share with you one of our favorite recipes on our meal planner this week. If you are like me, it is a new week and you are probably thinking about what you’re going to make this week for dinner. Well, do we have a recipe for you? Our family LOVES this recipe for Chicken Gravy and Biscuits. It is comfort food at it’s best and just what you’ll want on a cold, winter’s night. Not to mention, a homemade, warm biscuit out of the oven is just about heaven on earth. Spread some jam, honey or butter on them and they will melt in your mouth.  LOGIN to Deals to Meals to get this delicious recipe. Here’s our recipe for our famous Mile High Biscuit recipesOr, we love this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for these Drop Biscuits. They are even easier to make and super delicious as well. Remember, only 10 more days to take advantage of our New Year’s Special for a membership to Deals to Meals for only $42! This is $18 off to celebrate the new year. This makes your membership only $3.50 a month which is pretty much awesome! You’ll save that much on one or two items at the grocery store. Don’t delay, email us at todd@dealstomeals.com to get this special deal, as well as our 28 Day Healthy Ebook (Value $9.95). 

Grilled Vegetable Hummus Wraps

This past summer I started making these grilled vegetable hummus wraps. you know when you are still making a recipe several months later, it’s a good one! Every week I try and serve at least one vegetarian meal to my family to help cut down our food budget, as well as cut some calories. If I haven’t done much prep work, this is the meal I turn to. With our warm January here in Utah, it’s nice to be able to do some grilling outside when it normally would be covered in snow. If you want a really simple, healthy recipe, this one is for you!Login to Deals to Meals to find out the best prices on produce in your area. There are some great deals this week, so make sure check the sales before you head out to do your grocery shopping!

Grilled Vegetable Hummus Wraps
Ingredients
  1. 1 package whole wheat tortillas or favorite wrap flavor
  2. 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  3. 1 cup favorite hummus
  4. 1-2 zucchini squash, sliced horizontally
  5. 1-2 tomatoes, sliced
  6. 1 red onion, sliced
  7. 1-2 yellow squash, sliced horizontally
  8. Mushrooms, eggplant, any vegetables would work
  9. Olive oil
  10. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  11. Garlic Powder, to taste
  12. Salt & pepper, as needed
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Instructions
  1. Slice the vegetables and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Season with Montreal Steak Seasoning, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Place the vegetables on the grill and cook until they have nice grill lines on the back side and then turn and cook on the second side. Tomatoes will need to cook the least amount of time, so put them on at the very end of the cooking. Squash and onions will take the longest to cook so put them on first.
  2. Once the vegetables are grilled, prepare the wraps. Spread a generous portion of the hummus on the top of one of the tortillas. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place the hot vegetables on top of the cheese to melt it a little. Roll the wrap up and serve warm.
Notes
  1. *Serve on a gluten free tortilla for a gluten free meal. If your family likes meat, add some grilled chicken to the wraps for extra protein.
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Sausage and Cream Cheese Omelets {Keto Friendly Recipe}

Ellen is sharing with us today another Keto Friendly recipe that looks amazing! I can’t wait to give this a try. Who doesn’t love sausage in their omelet, let alone covered in cream cheese? Pair that with a seasoned egg omelet and fresh tomatoes, that sounds heavenly! Thank you Ellen for another wonderful recipe. Remember to follow Ellen @MyNovaVita on Instagram for more of her delicious and healthy recipes. 

Sausage and Cream Cheese Omelets
Ingredients
  1. 16 oz. Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese
  3. Salt and pepper
Omelets
  1. 8 eggs, beaten
  2. 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  3. 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. Chopped parsley for garnish
  7. Cooking Spray
  8. Olive Oil
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Instructions
  1. Brown the sausage in a saute pan until golden brown. Drain any excess grease from the pan. You can rinse the sausage if you are wanting to cut down on calories, but you will lose some of the flavor. Add the cream cheese to the sausage and continue to cook until combined. Season with a little salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a seperate pan, saute the onions and pepper in a little olive oil until translucent and then remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs. Heat the onion/pepper pan back up to medium heat. Pour a fourth of the eggs into the pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover over medium heat until the edges of the eggs are set. Sprinkle a fourth of the onion/pepper mixture, spinach and tomatoes on top then flip and cook until cooked through. Top with a fourth of the sausage mixture as the filling and serve. Repeat 3 more times to make four large omelets.
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Healthy Asian Turkey and Cabbage Stir-fry

It’s a new year and I am excited to share some healthy recipes your family will love, and so will your diets! I am not great at sticking to strange fad diets, but I do know when I eat lean meats, plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, I feel a lot better. Sadly, sugar will forever and always be the death of my diets. I have such a home-baked sweet tooth. If I could stay out of the kitchen and stop baking, I would make things a little easier for my waistline. That being said, I still love coming up with fresh, whole food recipes and have an amazing one for you today!

My family has grown to love ground turkey over the years. Several years ago they used to whine and complain if I used ground turkey instead of beef. However, I know a 93% lean ground turkey is a healthier option than red meat. So, I tend to cook mostly with turkey lately and we love it. I wanted to switch things up a little tonight, so I came up with this Asian Turkey and Cabbage Stirfry that was amazing. Not to mention, it was so, extremely simple. It took less time than the rice did to cook. Twenty minutes tops and dinner is on the table. Lovely!Login to Deals to Meals to get this delicious recipe on our new meal planner. If you are not a member already, it’s the BEST time to sign up with our New Year’s Lowest Pricing. Save $18 in 2018 and get a year membership to Deals to Meals for only $42! That’s the lowest price we’ve ever offered. We want to help you save some serious time and money this year! Email us at todd@dealstomeals.com if you have any questions on how to GET THIS DEAL.

Best Every Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a warm batch of Cranberry Orange bread coming out of the oven, don’t you agree? There really isn’t anything better this time of year. This bread is my favorite! But, I have to admit, sweet breads can be so temper-mental.  It’s so frustrating when you make a big batch of bread batter and your bread sinks in the center, it’s too dry, it doesn’t come out of the pan, or it’s plain blah tasting.

I decided to scour the internet and combine several of the best recipes until I came up with the perfect recipe. This bread uses three types of cranberries which helps keep the bread moist and filled with tons of cranberry flavor. I also love the citrusy glaze on top and the strong orange flavor in the bread.

Really, from start to finish, this bread is a 10 out of 10. Hope you are having a wonderful week and check back for more delicious holiday favorites every day this week. Merry Christmas!

Best Ever Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread
Bread
  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1 cup sour cream
  3. 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  4. Zest of 2 oranges
  5. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  6. 2 cups sugar
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 4 eggs
  11. 5 cup flour
  12. 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  13. 1/2-3/4 cup dried cranberries
  14. 1/2 cup canned whole cranberries
  15. 6 oz. white chocolate chips
  16. 1 tsp. orange or lemon extract
Glaze
  1. 1/2 stick butter, softened
  2. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  3. Zest of 1 orange
  4. 1 Tbs. milk (or more if needs to be more thin)
  5. 2-3 cup powdered sugar
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the bread, whisk together in a large bowl all of the wet ingredients together (minus the canned cranberries). Mix until smooth and then add the dry ingredients. Lastly, add the fresh cranberries, dried and mix. Add the chocolate chips (optional) to the batter and mix. Once everything is mixed, fold in the canned cranberries. You don't want to whisk this in too much or it will change the color of the batter. Just mix it enough that it's combined.
  3. Spray 3 bread loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Cut a strip of parchment paper the width of the bread loaf pan and place into the pan so it covers both of the long sides of the pan. Spray the inside of the parchment with cooking spray. Pour the batter evenly into all three pans. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick.
  4. While the bread is baking, make the glaze. Soften the stick of butter. With an electric mixer (or with a whisk), whisk the butter until smooth. Add the orange zest and juice to the butter and stir. Add a little milk and then whisk in the powdered sugar. Whisk until the glaze is smooth.
  5. Once the bread is fully cooked in the center, remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. With a knife, cut around the bread and turn out on to the counter. Drizzle the top of the bread with the glaze, let cool and then slice.
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Layered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

With all of these amazing BAKING DEALS, I decided I wanted to come up with a dessert recipe that could use EVERYTHING on sale. It was kind of fun. I felt like I was on a cooking show. I got out the brownie mix, sugar, powdered sugar, butter, eggs, milk, peanut butter, cream cheese, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and put my recipe inventing cap on. Really, it wasn’t too hard 😉 With all of these delicious ingredients, it of course spelled a delightful rendition of a brownie.  I decided to switch things up a little and make a layered brownie with a rich, peanut butter chocolate brownie, a smooth peanut butter cream cheese layer and top it off with a chocolate buttercream frosting. Not sure you can go wrong with this amount of sugar and goodness, but I gave it a whirl. The results were amazing!! Even though I feel like I have eaten more sugar in this past week than I have all year, it didn’t stop me from eating several pieces of this brownie last night. It really is a rich and decadent dessert that would be perfect for ANY Christmas party these next couple weeks. Not to mention, you can buy ALL of the ingredients on sale this week. Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best baking, grocery deals in your area. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Brownie Cream Cheese Bars
Brownie Layer
  1. 1 box brownie mix
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/3 cup oil
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 cup peanut butter chocolate chips (or mini peanut butter cups)
Cream Cheese Filling
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup peanut butter
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. dash salt
  7. 1/4 cup half and half
Frosting
  1. 1 1/2 sticks butter
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 3 Tbs. to 1/4 cup milk (as needed)
  4. 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. Dash salt
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, add the brownie mix, oil, water and eggs together. Fold in the peanut butter chocolate chips and spread the batter into the 9x13 pan.
  4. Rinse out that same bowl and add the cream cheese ingredients into the bowl. With an electric mixer, mix together until smooth. Place large drops of the cream cheese mixture all over the brownie layer. With a knife, swirl the cheesecake layer into and around the brownie layer.
  5. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 38-45 minutes, or until the center comes out clean with a knife (this time seemed to vary when I've made it. You don't want it gooey, but you also don't want it over baked. Take it out once you don't see the batter 'jiggle' any longer).
  6. While the brownie is baking, make the frosting. For the frosting, rinse out the cream cheese bowl and add the butter for the frosting. With an electric mixer, whisk until smooth and butter starts to turn white. Add the cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add a tablespoon of milk at a time as you add the powdered sugar. Add enough powdered sugar so frosting is thick enough to spread, but still soft. Add the vanilla and dash of salt and whip until fluffy.
  7. Once the brownie is cooked through, remove from the oven and let rest until just about cooled. Spread with the frosting and serve.
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Save 30-70% On ALL Baking Groceries you Use on a Daily Basis!

Hi Friends! Do we have some deals to share with you?! There are some CRAZY-amazing baking deals this week. I’m talking, chocolate chips for ONLY $0.99!! How fantastic is that deal? Seriously, so many rock-bottom grocery deals on all of the baking items you use on a regular basis. Login to Deals to Meals to check out where all of the best deals are in your area. 

Also, check out my baking stash I bought today. I spent only $58 and saved $89.90. That is well over 50% on every item I purchased today. Just on the bags of chocolate chips alone, I saved over $2 PER bag. I bought 25 bags, so that was a $50 savings on just those items. 

Remember, a membership to Deals to Meals will help you shop with confidence knowing what the best deals are in your area. For under $5 a month, you will save $100’s on your groceries throughout the year. Not to mention, we will help you turn your low priced groceries into delicious meals for your family to enjoy too. It’s not to late to take advantage of our holiday pricing.

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Flashback Friday: Tuscan Chicken and Sausage Bean Soup

There are few things I love to make for dinner this time of year more than a warm bowl of homemade soup. There is just something cozy about sitting down for dinner with a stick-to-your ribs soup, the family together, warm bread out of the oven and the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background. It’s those rare moments you have to just treasure because you know they are few and far between. The other night we did just that with this soup that has been a favorite since I posted about it several years ago. I love the combination of the tomatoey sausage, chicken and white bean soup. It’s one you are going to LOVE this time of year! Here’s the recipe–enjoy 😉 

Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can buy nearly all of these ingredients for this soup on sale this week. Check out all of the other delicious recipes on our new meal planner. 

Jordan’s Tips for ‘Shelf Cooking’ {Save Money & Time!}

Hey friends! Jordan is sharing some awesome grocery shopping and cooking tips on her website today. As I was reading over her post, I realized what she does is exactly how I shop and cook as well. She has some revolutionary tips to help save you some BIG money and time on your cooking and shopping methods. Head over to her blog and check it out. Thanks Jordan!

Meal Planner Monday: Creamy White Chicken Chili

There are few things more perfect for this time of year than a warm bowl of delicious chili. Although I am a big fan of our traditional, tomato based chili, there is nothing quite as comforting as a creamy bowl of white chili. We’ve been making this recipe for several years now and you just can’t make it better. I promise, this soup will be a highlight to your fall menu plan. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with all of our other favorites on our meal planner. 

Fluffy Apple Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

There is nothing more fall than apples, apple juice and apple cider. This is the time my sweet tooth craves anything apple flavored. Apple Cake, Apple Puff PastriesSpiced Apple Wassail, Apple Dips, Apple Pancakes, etc. You name it, if it has apples in it, I will love it.

The other Saturday our friends had us over to make homemade apple juice. Our genius friend Darin engineered his own apple press and it makes the most amazing apple juice you’ve ever tasted. It really is nectar from heaven. We seriously ration this all year from our kids, and savor every last drop 😉 The other day when we came home, I decided to use some of this delicious juice to make these homemade Apple Waffles and Apple Cider Syrup. Whether you have homemade juice, or the brands that are all on sale this week (only $0.99 for 64 oz. at Smiths), this is the perfect recipe for you! Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of the best fall and baking deals are. Happy shopping!

Fluffy Apple Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
Waffles
  1. 2 cups applejuice
  2. 1 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/2 cup oil
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup sugar
  11. 1/2 cup dried apples (optional)
  12. 2 1/2 cup white flour
  13. 2 1/2 cup wheat flour
Apple Cider Syrup
  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 3 apples, diced and core removed
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/4-1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  6. Dash salt
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Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the apple juice, milk, oil and eggs and combine together. Then add the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugar and dried apples and stir. Add the flour to the batter and mix just until incorporated. If the batter is too runny, add a few more tablespoons of flour. Once the batter is to the consistency you like, turn on the waffle maker and heat up.
  2. When the waffle iron is hot, spray both sides of the griddle with non stick cooking spray. Pour about a half cup of the batter into the waffle iron. Cook until golden brown and then remove.
  3. While the waffles are cooking, make the apple cider syrup. For the syrup, rinse off the apples and remove the core. Slice into pieces and dice into small pieces. Place the butter, sugar and apples into a sauce pan and bring to medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then add the remaining ingredients. Add enough apple juice/cider to make the syrup the consistency you like. As the mixture cooks, it will thicken, so add a little juice at a time so it doesn't get too runny.
  4. Serve the apple syrup over the waffles when they are cooked.
  5. This recipe makes quite a bit, so you can half the recipe if you wish.
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Meal Planner Monday: Fresh Tomato Basil & Garlic Pasta Sauce

If you have tomatoes from your garden needing to be used up, this is the recipe for you! Ellen has created a vegan, vegetarian pasta sauce that is nothing short of amazing! It is fresh at it’s best, full of flavor and the perfect, quick pasta sauce for your favorite pasta. Since pasta is on sale for only $0.49 at many grocery stores near you, this is the week to make this recipe.

Login to Deals to Meals to check out this recipe on our meal planner. You are going to LOVE this, feel healthy eating it, and enjoy using up the last of your tomatoes from your garden. Hope you enjoy! Thanks Ellen for another healthy and delicious recipe 😉

 

Seasonal Fall Produce Favorites: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad, Roasted Squash and Curried Cauliflower

My friend Ellen Johnson has completely inspired me to incorporating more vegan and/or vegetarian recipes into my families diet. I have always loved cooking with fresh produce in season, but Ellen has taken my favorite recipes to a whole new level. She has a way of turning food into pure, healthy, vegan-magic! Here is some of the beautiful produce she bought using Deals to Meals this past week. Deals to Meals is a great way to help you save on all of your produce and healthy ingredient needs. Just because you want to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your food budget to do so. Login to Deals to Meals to get all of the best grocery deals in your area.Not only are her pictures beautiful, but they are tried and true as well. Every recipe Ellen shares you know has been perfected in her kitchen before she shares. If you are not following her on Instagram yet, you need to (@mynovavita). Thanks Ellen for some delicious, whole food recipes we can’t wait to try 😉

Vegan Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
Ingredients
  1. 1 butternut squash
  2. 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 2 tbsp Nutiva butter substitute melted (or ghee or butter)
  5. 1 tsp thyme
  6. ¼ cup Tbsp finely chopped pecans
  7. Himalayan Salt and freshly ground pepper
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and pulp from the squash and discard. Use a vegetable peeler, to peel off the skin down to the orange flesh. Place on prepared baking sheet that has been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray, cut side down. Brush squash with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until you are able to handle it 5-10 minutes
  3. Remove squash halves to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut slits 1/4-inch apart in the squash leaving about ½ inch intact on the bottom (if you place a wooden spoon along each side as your cutting it will stop the knife from accidently going all the way through)
  4. Return squash back to the cookie sheet and brush with 1/3 of the Maple syrup and melted nutiva sprinkle once more with salt and pepper & also the thyme. Pour 1/4 cup water in to bottom of pan, then return to 425 oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, baste with more maple/butter mixture, add another 1/4 of water to the pan and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the pecans over the squash and brish with the remaining maple syrup mix Add a final 1/4 cup of water to the pan and return to the oven for a further 8-10 minutes, or until squash is tender. Drizzle with more maple syrup if desired before serving.
  6. This recipe was modified but the original recipe is from www.seasonandsuppers.com
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Candied Sweet Potato with Figs and Roasted Grapes
Ingredients
  1. 1 sweet potato, baked
  2. Goat cheese (optional)
  3. Grapes
  4. Figs
  5. Maple Syrup
  6. Chopped Candied Pecans
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Instructions
  1. Just take a baked sweet potato (microwave or bake until tender). Cut the potato in half. Add the goat cheese or vegan cream cheese on top. Top with roasted grapes and figs (or fresh) and drizzle with real maple syrup. Top with candied pecans on top (optional).
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Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups water
  2. ½ cup orange juice +1 tbsp (not from concentrate)
  3. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup quinoa
  6. 3 tablespoons finely shopped green or red onion or both
  7. 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  8. Rind from one orange (optional)
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  1. Bring water, ½ cup orange juice, cranberries and salt to a boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Drizzle with oil and remaining 1 tbsp orange juice before and sprinkle with onions before serving.
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Roasted Curry Cauliflower
Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower cut into ½ inch “steaks”
  2. 1/ 4 cup olive oil
  3. ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  5. 2 tsp curry powder
  6. 1 tsp coriander
  7. 1 tsp cumin
  8. 1 tsp paprika
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. ½ tsp turmeric
  11. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Mix all ingredients except the cauliflower and cilantro in a small bowl until well combined.
  3. Brush both ides of the “steaks” with the mixture. Be gentle, as the cauliflower steaks can break apart easily. Carefully place on baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray & Roast for 20-25 minutes total, flipping carefully once at the halfway point to ensure even browning on both sides, or until tender and browned. I served with a cilantro mint chutney☺
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Caramel Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the great benefits to living in the basement apartment of my parents home is getting to enjoy some of my Mom’s delicious recipes. She doesn’t love to cook as much anymore, but she is a master baker. When our home is finished, I’m going to miss a lot of things about living with my parents, but her special treats, will definitely be missed. (Good thing we’ve got awhile…this house building process is slow ;/)

The other day she made this moist, apple-filled, amazing Caramel Apple Spice Cake. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to snap a couple photos and share the recipe with you. Not to mention, cake mixes, canned pie filling and apples are all on sale this week, so you can make this dessert for only a couple dollars! I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try. 

Caramel Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cake
  1. 1 box spiced cake mix
  2. 1 (20 oz.) can Caramel Apple Pie Filling (Wilderness brand is my favorite)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 fresh apple, cored and chopped (optional)
  5. 1/4 cup oil
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 stick butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 2 lbs. powdered sugar (might only need 1 1/2 lbs.)
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 capful butter flavoring
  6. Dash salt
  7. Dash cinnamon (for garnish)
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  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the can of the apple pie filling and with a knife, cut into the can with big strokes of the knife to cut up the apples in the can. You don't need to chop the apples super small, just cut up the apple pieces so they are not so large. In a mixing bowl, add the spice cake mix, can of apple pie filling, egg and oil. Whisk together until everything is all mixed together. If you like extra apple, you can cut up a fresh apple into small pieces (or shred) and add to the cake as well. Once the batter is mixed, spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, or spray two round cake pans. Pour the batter into the pans and place in the oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan. Don't over bake the cake, or it will dry out. While the cake is cooking, make the frosting.
  2. Frosting: In a mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla, butter flavoring and salt and continue to mix. Add the powdered sugar and beat frosting until smooth and thick. If the frosting is too thick you can add a couple teaspoons of milk if needed. You will want the frosting fairly thick so it will hold stiff on the cake.
  3. Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before removing the cake from the round pans. If using round cake pans, remove them from the pans. Place one of the rounds onto a cake plate. Frost the center with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Place the top round on top of the frosting and frost the top with the rest of the frosting (you might have a little extra you can save and use later). Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and serve.
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AMAZING Fall Grocery Deals & Case Lots at stores near you!

There are some AMAZING grocery deals continuing this week. I LOVE this time of year when all of your favorite baking items go on sale for GREAT prices! There is no way I can highlight all of them, so login to Deals to Meals to find the best deals in your area. I will also be sharing some delicious recipes the next couple of days that highlight some of these sale items. Check back soon and have a great time shopping and saving $100’s!

For those who live near a Yoke’s Fresh Market, they are holding their yearly case lot sale. For many states like Washington, Montana, etc. they don’t hold case lots very often. This is a great time to build up your food storage and pantry supply.

It is pasta time and several stores have pasta as low as $0.49 a pound! That is as low as you’ll see pasta selling for. This is a great time to stock up and save. October is the season of apples. Apple juice, apple cider, fresh apples, caramel apples..you name it, it’s on sale! If your family loves apple juice, this is the time for your to stock your pantry. Watch for the 64 oz. of apple juice to go on sale for around a dollar. Pick up Old Orchard Apple Juice at Smiths for only $0.99! That isn’t a bad price for Little Debbie Donuts or Goldfish Crackers either 😉

If you are in need of baking supplies, this is the week to stock up! From now until Thanksgiving you’ll find the best deals on items you need for your favorite baked good recipes. Watch for chocolate chips, sugar, marshmallows, canned pumpkin, cake mixes, brownie mixes, flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar, oil, canned pie filling, evaporated milk and MUCH more all on sale this week. All of these items are on sale at your local Ridley’s grocery store (UT, MT, NV, CO, WY, ID).

Have a great time shopping and don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals and check out all of the best deals. 

Meal Planner Monday: Copycat Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew Chicken & Broccoli

I am super excited to share this recipe with you today! This week on our meal planner is a copycat recipe from Cheesecake Factory you don’t want to miss. There are so many recipes on the Cheesecake Factory menu, this cashew chicken is one of those I always want to order but never do. I knew the chicken at Cheesecake Factory is deep fat fried and I wanted to lighten this meal up a little.  I made a few healthy adjustments and I think I nailed this recipe! Can’t wait for you to try it. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with all of our other recipes from our meal planner. You’re going to LOVE this!! 

Best Bake Sale Prices EVER!

I can’t wait to share with you some of these AMAZINGLY-FABULOUS baking deals you won’t want to miss! These are some sales you need to stock up on before they end tomorrow. I am SO sorry this shout-out is late, but with us being out of town, I didn’t have a chance to share them with you. 

Check out these incredible baking deals you can pick up at any of your local Utah Macey’s grocery stores. Some of these prices I have literally NEVER seen. For example. only $0.99 for a large can of pumpkin (LOVE that), $1.49 for a large container of cooking oil and only $0.39 for a pound of brown or powdered sugar. Can you believe that price?!?! That is the lowest price I have EVER seen. Great time to stock up!!  There are MANY more great deals no matter where you live, so login to Deals to Meals and check them all out. Happy shopping and saving some BIG money this week!

Meal Planner Monday: Green Curry Chicken and Rice

Now that we are back home from our vacation, I’m excited to get back to grocery shopping and meal planning. It feels like it’s been awhile since my family has had a normal week with no big events that kind of mess up my meal plan. It’s so good to be home and back to a routine and I can hardly wait to go do some grocery shopping.

There are some AMAZING great deals this week!  Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best deals in your area, and to get this delicious recipe for Green Curry Chicken and Rice. It’s on my families meal plan for sure this week! Enjoy 😉 

Meal Planner Monday: Spicy BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Sweet Sriracha Coleslaw

Okay friends, this recipe is a keeper! Sometimes I just get so tired of certain recipes that I rack my brain until I can come up with something with a little twist. I think I have recipe ADD. I get bored easily and like to switch up flavors to keep dinner interesting. I bought a big pork roast on sale this week at Smiths and was excited to use it for a slow cooker recipe to make dinner easy.

I was able to take a traditional pork sandwich and add a bunch of delicious spices and flavors and top it with a spicy, sweet coleslaw. The combination was way more exciting than a traditional sandwich and without much more effort. This coleslaw I ate for several days later and it was still super amazing. I loved the creamy sweet Sriracha dressing. Login to Deals to Meals to get these recipes, along with all of our other delicious meal planner favorites. Also, find out where you can get all of the recipe ingredients on sale this week. There are some great deals and a fun time to try this new recipe. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

If you are new to Deals to Meals, don’t forget to email us at school@dealstomeals.com to take advantage of our September Back to School pricing of only $3.50 a month (that’s a 30% savings). It’s the perfect time to learn how to save BIG on groceries and see how fun meal planning can be!

Flashback Friday: 12 Bake Sale Favorite Recipes and How-To Videos

Very Best Cinnamon Rolls EVER

Bars, Bars and more bars are by far the biggest sellers of our annual charity bake sale. Here are a few of our all-time favorite bar recipes. 

 Butterscotch Bars, Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars, Best Brownies, Smore Cookie Bars and Salted Caramel Bars.

This year a new addition that was a big hit was these Cherry Pie Bars from The Country Cook. They are super simple to make and a favorite for all of us!

Pesto Cheese Rolls

What’s not to love about homemade fudge? Well, our friend Ellen Johnson just happens to make the worlds best fudge. She refuses to give us her famous recipe, but she’s says the method we use on our YouTube video is pretty stinking close 😉 Switch up this recipe and add any flavors you enjoy: Peanut Butter Cups, Andes Mints, Salted Caramel, etc. The sky’s the limit! Check out our video and see how fun making fudge can be.

Best Pumpkin Bread EVER

Not sure how to make homemade bread? Visit our YouTube channel to see just how easy it is to make homemade wheat bread. I made 15 loaves in one afternoon. Super simple once you know how to make it.

Best Whole Wheat Bread

Rainbow Bread–check out our YouTube video of how easy and fun this bread is to make!

Hope you have enjoyed some of our favorite dessert and bake sale recipes. You can’t go wrong with any of these tried-and-true favorites from our home to yours. Enjoy!

 

 

Game Day Snack Sales

Game day snacks are all on sale this week at your local Kroger grocery store. These deals are on sale for stock-up prices and a great to buy extra and add to your pantry supply. Login to Deals to Meals to get the best grocery deals in your area. 

Meal Planner Monday: Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Good morning friends! Hope your weekend was wonderful. I’m ready for a new week and excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes from our meal planner this week. My family will be eating this tomorrow night and I can hardly wait!! If you don’t make any of the recipes but this one on the meal planner, you won’t be disappointed! Login to Deals to Meals to check out our recipe for these Greek Chicken Souvlaki Wraps. The chicken is marinated in a lemon-honey blend with Greek herbs and seasonings. Grilled to perfection and then put into  a warm pita with grilled vegetables and topped with a cool, refreshing Tzatziki sauce. Believe me, you’re going to LOVE this!

If you are not yet a member of Deals to Meals, we are offering our ‘Back to School’ special through the rest of September. This allows you to get a membership to Deals to Meals for only $3.50 a month–that’s a 30% savings! It’s a great time to take advantage and see how much money you can save each week! Email us at school@dealstomeals.com to get this special.

Meal Planner Monday: Maple Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Happy Labor Day! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful time celebrating this holiday weekend. We’re going to be up camping, so I’m scheduling this post to share with you a little ahead of time 😉 I’m excited for a weekend away from technology, my computer and our jobs. Bring on the dirt, port-a-pottys and some delicious dinners around the fire. Hope you are able to get away for a minute too. 

For those of you looking for another delicious summer grill recipe, this is the one for you! Sometimes I defrost chicken in the morning and rack my brain for something new I can do with it. Chicken can get so boring, but not with this marinade. It is so full of flavor and there isn’t anything fancy about it. This marinade can be thrown together with items you most likely already have in your pantry. But the chicken is nothing but ordinary. The chicken breasts were bursting with tons of flavor. This will be a marinade I will be cooking all year long. I can’t wait for you to try this. Login to Deals to Meals and get this recipe, along with all of our other delicious meal plan recipes today!

Monday Meal Planner: Pina Colada Crepes

If you’re looking for a meatless meal and are a fan of breakfast for dinner, this is the recipe for you! I wasn’t in the mood the other night for thawing or cooking meat, so I decided to whip up these Pina Colada Crepes that have been a favorite of ours for years. Crepes are so great for dinner because kids can fill them with anything they’d like: fresh fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. They are so versatile and a fun way to personalize dinner. I’ve even made up some crepes and put chicken salad sandwich filling into them. They’re pretty much great with anything! The great part about these Pina Colada Crepes are eggs, yogurt, pineapple and milk are all on sale this week. It’s a great week to make this meal for well under $10 for a family of 6-7. Login to our website to find all of the best grocery deals in your area, as well as to get this delicious recipe 😉 Enjoy!

Flashback Friday: CupBop Copycat Pork Bowls & Asian Shredded Pork Sandwiches

For our Flashback Friday today I wanted to highlight two of my favorite pork recipes since pork is on sale at Smiths for only $1.99 a pound. This is a great time to stock your freezer and have some on hand for a quick, slow cooker recipe. Both of these meals can be thrown in the crock pot in the morning and dinner will be ready before you know it in the evening. And who doesn’t LOVE Cup Bop?! Now you can make your own! Check out our You Tube video of how to make this delicious recipe 😉 Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Cup Bop Copycat Korean Pork Bowls

Asian Shredded Pork Slaw Sandwiches

 

 

Back to School Membership Sale & $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Now that kids are back in school, it’s time to simplify your life at home with a membership to Deals to Meals. Who has time to plan your week’s meals, search through the grocery ads each week, and figure out where to grocery shop?! If you are feeling stretched in many different directions and are ready to take control over your budget and your meal planning, Deals to Meals is here to help! Check out all of the ways (below) a membership to Deals to Meals can help you save TIME and MONEY! Also, enter our giveaway for a $50 Walmart Gift Card to buy you some groceries or school supplies to make life even a little sweeter. Good luck to you!

Deals to Meals will make your life easier by:

*Planning your week’s meals for your family

*Giving you an easy to print Grocery List

*Planning your meals around the week’s sale items to save you $100’s a week

*Helping you build up your food storage 

*Sharing all of the best grocery deals at your local grocery stores to help you know what to buy

*Giving you access to our thousands of tried and true, delicious recipes

*Giving you our 28 Day Healthy Meal Planner & Grocery List for FREE (Reg. $9.95)

*Entering you into a giveaway to win $50 to Walmart for all of your back to school needs

Want to enter to win this $50 Walmart gift card? Sign up for a membership to Deals to Meals at this LOW PRICE of $3.50/mo. and you will automatically be entered into our drawing. It’s simple to sign up. Just email us at school@dealstomeals.com and we will let you know how to get 3 MONTHS FREE and pay only $3.50 a month for a membership. You’ll save this amount ten times over every month (if not more)!

If you are already a member and would like to enter, share this post on Facebook or Instagram, email us the link of your share to school@dealstomeals.com and we will enter you into our drawing. Contest closes Labor Day when we will announce the winner. If you have any questions about our service, feel free to contact us at Shandra@dealstomeals.com. Have a wonderful, successful, healthy and happy new school year. Best of wishes to you!

BONUS: Free Healthy Home Lunch Ideas your kids are going to LOVE!!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s official, as of today all five of our kiddos are back to school. It’s a bitter sweet day. I thought all I wanted was some peace and quiet and now that we have the house to ourselves, Todd and I feel a little sad. We’ve watched several Hallmarks and now the cooking network and I have to admit it is kind of nice to not have Mom guilt for working while they’re home, but I do miss them. It’s been an awesome summer and I’m so glad I still get to be home with my best friend during the day. Thanks Todd for keeping me company!

So..for those of you looking for something to do before kids get home (ha!), here is a favorite cookie recipe my kids requested for yesterday. Who doesn’t love a classic peanut butter cookie? This recipe is a little more fluffy and cake like. If you want more of a chewy peanut butter cookie, here’s a recipe you’ll also love.

Not to mention there are some great deals on peanut butter throughout the country. Many Kroger sales have awesome deals on either JIF peanut butter or Kroger. Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area. Check back TOMORROW for some back-to-school giveaways and an awesome Deals to Meals Membership SPECIAL!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 2 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2 tsp. salt
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 2 tsp. baking soda
  10. 6 1/2 cups flour
  11. 12 oz. bag peanut butter chocolate chips
  12. 12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
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  1. Cream the peanut butter and butter in a large mixing bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add the sugars, vanilla, salt and eggs. Mix together until whipped and light. Add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until combined. Once the dough has come together, add the two bags of chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cookie spray. Place golf ball sized cookie dough balls onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly golden brown (don't over cook or they will dry out). Remove from the pan and let cool until ready to serve.
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Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken


Looking for a meal that seriously couldn’t be any easier? We had leftover mashed potatoes from our meal the other night and I wanted a simple chicken dish to serve with them. I only have about 20 minutes to get dinner on the table and I wasn’t in the mood to slave away in our hot kitchen (yep, no a/c at our rental abode–good thing summer is almost over ;). To make things really easy, I decided to pull out some frozen and grilled chicken breasts from our freezer and I turned them into this simple, Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken. With the mashed potatoes and a spinach salad it was the perfect meal that took less than 10 minutes to throw together. Can’t beat that!

Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken
Ingredients
  1. 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. 1 cup barbecue sauce
  4. 1-1 1/2 cup shredded colby cheese
  5. 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved (optional garnish)
  7. Mashed potatoes (optional side)
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  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Turn the oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken breasts into the 9x13 pan and lay flat. If you want your chicken to cook more quickly, cut them in half horizontally. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. When the chicken is nearly cooked through, remove from the oven, remove tinfoil and drain any extra chicken broth from the pan. If there are fatty parts to the chicken, cut those off as well. Cover the chicken breasts with plenty of bbq sauce on both sides. Add a generous portion of shredded cheese on top of each chicken piece. Turn the oven to broil and broil chicken for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and brown. Garnish chicken with sliced green onions and diced tomatoes. Serve warm. Serves 6.
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Not to mention the chicken, cheese, bbq sauce and potatoes are all on sale at your local grocery store. Check out all of the best grocery deals in your area by logging into Deals to Meals. Saving money on your grocery bill doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time. Let us help you with a membership to Deals to Meals. Remember, if you don’t save, you don’t pay! Head over to Deals to Meals to check out what we have to offer 😉 

Deals and Recipe Match Up: Grilled Peaches, Grilled Tomato Sandwiches, Chipotle Turkey Wraps

Hey friends! Check out some of the amazing deals at our local Smiths grocery store. If you have a Smiths or Kroger store near you, take a look at some of their big savings this week. I wanted to highlight a few of them so you can whip up some of these delicious recipes for super cheap. Login to Deals to Meals to see hundreds of other awesome grocery deals in your area. Happy shopping!Grilled Peaches with Honey Lime Glaze: 

Summer is the perfect time to make these grilled and glazed peaches and pineapple. If you’re looking for a sweet, healthy treat, this is the time to make this recipe while peaches are on sale for only $0.98/lb.

Have any tomatoes from your garden? These grilled cheese tomato sandwiches are a favorite around here.  Buy several of Smith’s sliced cheese for only .99 each and keep some in your freezer for later. You’re going to love this simple recipe!

Grilled Cheese Tomato Sandwiches

What’s more perfect for summer than Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches? You’re going to love these and with ice cream only $1.99 for a half gallon, it’s a great time to splurge 😉

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love having several bone-in turkey breasts in my freezer for those days I need a quick, slow cooker meal. Since they are on sale for only $1.49/lb., it’s a great time to stock your freezer. I also love when I have leftover shredded turkey for sandwiches or wraps. Try these Chipotle Turkey Avocado Wraps for a simple weeknight meal your whole family will love!

Chipotle Turkey Avocado Wraps

Simple Pita Taco Pizzas

While we were back East this summer we went to a restaurant that served the best taco pizza. Every time I see taco pizza at a buffet I am leery of giving it a try. Not sure that’s a combo that should be together. I thought that anyway, until I gave it a try. It ended up being all of our favorite pizza and couldn’t get enough of it. I was in a pinch to make dinner the other night and realized I had some frozen pita bread in my freezer (from Costco–love that stuff) and some frozen, pre-cooked taco meat in my freezer. I whipped together these Pita Taco Pizzas and they were a big hit for all of us. Nothing fancy, just good, cheesy, delicious flavor on a soft, pita crust. 

If you’re looking for a super simple meal idea, login to Deals to Meals and check out our recipe for Simple Pita Taco Pizzas. Login and also see all of the best grocery deals in your area. All ingredients (besides the pita bread) is on sale this week, which makes this meal for a family of 6-7 for well under $10! Hope you enjoy. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza Salad

I was looking through my menu planner this week and remembered a salad I shared many years ago that is still one of my favorites. I love the combination of flavors and how when I eat this salad, I feel like I am eating a delicious slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza–without all the carbs! This salad would be so great on a hot, summer night. I’m adding it to my meal planner this week and I hope you do to. Get this recipe, along with all of our other favorite recipes at www.dealstomeals.com

Need help with your grocery shopping and meal planning? Don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals and let us do all the hard work for you. Try Deals to Meals for two weeks free and see how much time and money you can save!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches

For those busy nights I don’t know what to make, I love to pull out the grilled and frozen chicken from my freezer and whip together a quick sandwich for lunch or dinner. The other day I was looking to jazz up our traditional Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe to bring on a picnic in the mountains and decided to add a little buffalo flair to the mix. It was so good, I wanted to share this with you in case you need a simple dinner idea, or a grab-and-go lunch. 

You could also ‘healthy-ize’ this meal by using greek yogurt instead of mayo and serving it on a sandwich thin. I many times do half mayo and half greek yogurt and you can barely tell. You could also serve these in a lettuce leaf for a low-carb version 😉 Hope you enjoy!

Flashback Friday: Winger’s Sticky Amazing Chicken Salad

I was searching for our recipe for Winger’s sauce to make one of our favorite salads, and I couldn’t believe I’ve never posted a better picture and put the recipes together. This salad is one of our family’s favorites and it is a great salad to throw together on a busy, summer night. Don’t forget to check out Deals to Meals where you can find lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, red onions and much more on sale. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Winger's Sticky Amazing Chicken Salad
Salad
  1. 1-2 heads romaine, chopped
  2. 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or you can use pre-breaded chicken nuggets)
  3. 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  4. 1 cup croutons
  5. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1/2 red onion, sliced
Amazing Sauce
  1. 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  2. 1/3 cup Frank's hot sauce
  3. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  4. Ranch dressing
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Instructions
  1. Prepare the chicken by either baking, grilling or breading and frying the chicken breasts. If you are baking or grilling the chicken, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is cooked through, cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. If you are breading the chicken, coat the chicken in breadcrumbs or flour, along with salt and pepper. Fry the chicken in some butter or olive oil until the breading is crispy and fried. Once the chicken is crispy, continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Once the chicken is cooked, you can prepare the other salad ingredients. For the Sticky dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a sauce pan. Stirring constantly on medium high heat, boil for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Don't cook too long or the dressing will turn hard like candy. Set dressing aside to cool slightly. Chop up the lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Cut the tomatoes and onion, and add on top of the salad. Top with the croutons and shredded cheese. Serve with the sticky dressing and ranch (mixed together or separate) drizzled onto the salad.
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Awesome Kroger Grocery Deals! Saved $81.73

Finally did some grocery shopping this past weekend to fill up our new fridge in our apartment (yep, I’m ashamed to say we’ve eaten pizza for three nights in a row). It was time I jump into being a real mom again and get settled in our cute, new life 🙂 I made a quick trip to Smiths after checking out the deals from our website. I was surprised at how many awesome deals they have this week! Above are just a few of them. I spent $116 (which a lot of that was paper goods I needed for a bbq–not on sale) and saved $81.73!! If you take out the non-grocery items, I saved well over 50% off my groceries.

Login to Deals to Meals to check out the best Kroger deals in your area! Saving money on groceries doesn’t need to take long, or be difficult. Just knowing which items to buy and which items NOT to buy, will help save you $100’s each month! Happy shopping. 

 

5 Favorite Camping Meals to Simplify Your Summer (So easy your kids can make them!)

This post is probably coming a little too late, but in case you have a trip planned later this summer, I wanted to share a few tips to make camping easy (and delicious)! My husband and I are big fans of camping. We love to get away and spend some quiet time with the family in the beauty of nature. Whether we are camping, or even on an extended stay in a hotel, there are a few meals I never leave home without. 

These meals are so simple, even a kid can make them! My son Isaac loved turning on the stove each night to warm up our dinner. With just a little forethought, you can make camping a breeze!

BREAKFAST

Breakfast and lunch have become simplified over the years for our family. I used to make big, homemade breakfasts. I have to admit I have become a little lazy over the years and we now only have cereal, yogurt and granola, or bagels with fruit. These meals are super simple and allows us to not have to clean any dishes–which is a bonus!

However, my sister did make these Overnight Oatmeal Jars which were super yummy and would be easy to make ahead of time. These jars can be made a few days in advance and will be ready to eat when you need. All you do is add regular oats in a jar, some fresh fruit, real maple syrup, dash of salt and almond milk and lightly shake. Keep these jars in the fridge overnight (or for 1-2 days) and then serve with a little more almond milk as desired. You can play around with any flavors you’d like–add some chocolate protein powder, some coconut, chocolate chips and bananas for a chocolate version. Add some pumpkin and cinnamon for a fall flair. The options are limitless. 

LUNCH

Lunch is even easier, we only do sandwiches. Bring a healthy portion of bread, lunch meat, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and condiments and you’re set for days 😉 Nothing fancy, just easy to throw together in a hurry. 

DINNER

Dinner is my favorite meal while camping. Don’t you think everything just tastes better up in the mountains? Maybe it’s just me, but I LOVE meal time while camping. It makes me happy!

Here are the five meals we ALWAYS eat when we’re camping. I’ve become so accustomed to it that I don’t even think anymore. The week or two before we go camping I double these recipes and freeze half of them to enjoy while away. These are some of our family’s favorites, easy recipes and I hope you enjoy them too!

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love these? They are great for lunch or dinner, whichever you need. In fact, I usually make a huge bowl  of this so we can enjoy them for a simple dinner (usually the first day when we’re setting up) and for lunch the next day. 

Mexican Tacos with Black Beans and Corn

The thing I love about these tacos is they can feed an army! With the black beans and corn added to the meat, this meal can be stretched to feed several people. I love to make extra of this taco meat and use for a taco salad for an easy lunch. There is nothing easier than tacos when camping. Shred some lettuce, dice some tomatoes, serve with shredded cheese and away you go! If you like double decker tacos, warm some refried beans and serve some beans in between a flour and hard shell taco.  Your family will be filled and happy before you know it!

Shredded BBQ Chicken or Pork Sandwiches

Can’t get easier than this recipe. Throw some chicken or pork in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. After serveral hours drain off the excess juices and shred the meat. Add BBQ sauce before you pack the meat, or serve it on the side once you’ve warmed the meat up at camp. For a little gourmet flair, add some sliced avocado and some chipotle mayo (shown above). Serve these sandwiches with baked beans, watermelon and chips. Easy-peasy and super yummy!

Tangy Sloppy Joes

What’s more American than a sloppy joe? The best part about these, is when I make up a big batch of taco meat, I double the ground beef and use the other half for the sloppy joes. The base is the same of an onion and ground beef (or turkey), so it makes these two recipes easy to make at the same time. Once the meat is ground, I put half of the meat in a second pan and turn that into sloppy joes. I love my Mom’s original recipe for sloppy joes. They are a little tangy, spicy and sweet. The perfect combo, if you ask me!

Hot Dog or Hamburger Barbecue (or Healthier Salad Option)

My husband and kids love hot dogs and their camping trip wouldn’t be complete without that as a meal. I on the other hand, like a little healthier option of a homemade salad. I usually plan a nice salad as a side dish to the hot dogs then we both are happy. We have too many delicious salad recipes to mention, so just search ‘salad’ and you’ll have plenty to choose from. Want a fun twist for your hot dogs? Give these Hawaiian Polish Dogs a try. They are so good even I would like them 🙂 

I hope these meals will help you with your next camping trip or vacation. If you have any favorite meals you like to make, I’d love to hear about them 🙂 Leave us a comment and give us some more ideas!

Meal Planner Monday: Fajita Burgers and Mango Margarita Chicken

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Southwestern Quinoa Spinach Salad

Here’s the recipe I promised you for the Southwestern Quinoa Spinach Salad I told you about yesterday. If you are looking for a healthy, hearty side salad, this is the one for you! If you are a vegetarian, this would also make for a fresh and delicious main dish salad as well. The dressing for this salad is light, healthy and perfect for any salad. Login to Deals to Meals to get the recipe for our Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken I served this salad with for the perfect, summer dinner. Hope you enjoy!

Southwestern Quinoa Spinach Salad
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup cooked quinoa
  2. 2 cans black beans, drained
  3. 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 pint grape tomatoes, in half
  6. 2 cup spinach leaves
  7. 1/2 cup lime juice
  8. 1/4 cup oil
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1 Tbs. jalapeno jar juice
  11. 1 tsp. salt
  12. 1 tsp. cumin powder
  13. 3/4 cup Kraft roasted red pepper salad dressing
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Instructions
  1. Place two cups of quinoa and four cups of water into a large pot. Bring to a boil then place a lid on top of the pot. Turn the heat off and let the quinoa cook for 10-12 minutes, or until fork tender. Once the quinoa is cooked, set it aside to cool.
  2. Drain the cans of black beans. Dice the yellow pepper, orange bell pepper and cut the grape tomatoes in half. Tear the spinach leaves and place in a large serving bowl. Once the quinoa is cool, add that to the serving bowl too.
  3. For the dressing, whisk together the lime juice, oil, honey, jalapeno jar juice, salt, cumin and roasted red pepper dressing. Whisk together and drizzle over the salad as desired.
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Meal Planner Monday: Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken

Looking for a simple chicken marinade with tons of flavor and a meal that comes together in minutes? This Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken is the perfect ticket! Do you ever get tired of thinking of how to make boring chicken something special? I know I do. The other day I was racking my brain for a new chicken recipe idea and had some jarred jalapenos in my fridge. I love jalapenos and I love chicken, so I thought..what the heck, let’s put them together. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much flavor this chicken had. It wasn’t overly spicy at all, it was just juicy, tender and a perfect dinner for a busy night. Serve this chicken with a simple salad, or with our recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad which I will post tomorrow. It’s a winner!

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Healthy Quinoa Spinach Pesto Frittata

If you are looking for a healthy, homemade, vegetarian breakfast, this is the recipe for you. I just made it this recipe this morning and my sisters and I are in love with this recipe! For those mornings you’re not wanting a syrupy, sugar filled breakfast, this is a really quick and healthy breakfast or simple dinner.  And for those of you counting calories, you could use egg whites, lowfat mozzarella or parmesan cheese and you have a hearty meal that is not only healthy, but delicious! Hope you enjoy and are having an awesome weekend.

Healthy Quinoa Spinach Pesto Frittata
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup baby spinach
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 12 eggs
  5. 1 cup milk
  6. 1 Tbs. pesto
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. black pepper
  9. 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
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Instructions
  1. In a pan, place a 3/4 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water. Turn the heat to medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low, put a lid on the quinoa and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it cool until room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the cooked quinoa into a mixing bowl. Add the spinach, diced red bell pepper and mix together. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, pesto, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the spinach/quinoa mixture and toss. Spray two glass pie plates with cooking spray. Pour half of the mixture in each pie plate. Sprinkle on the top of each pie plate with the shredded cheese. Put in the oven and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles and is firm. Remove and serve with salsa.
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Summer Stock Up Items on Sale!

This is a great time of year to stock your food storage and pantry shelves with all of your favorite summer items! Buy extra of all of the items on sale this week so  you don’t have to buy them again later in the year when they aren’t on sale. Login to Deals to Meals to find all of the best summer grocery deals in your area. Watch for items like ketchup, mustard, pickles, bbq sauce, hot dogs, ground beef, watermelons, hot dog buns (freeze well), canned olives, chips, relish, baked beans, mayonnaise, pork and beans and MUCH more all on sale for rock-bottom prices. 

Meal Planner Monday: Vermont Blueberry Maple Chicken Salad

I can’t help but highlight my all-time favorite salad that is on our meal planner this week. This Vermont Blueberry Maple Chicken Salad is a copycat recipe from a local restaurant I love to go here called Zuppas. This salad would make a perfect summer night dinner, or a side salad to bring to your upcoming bbq’s. This salad is a crowd pleaser for sure! Login to Deals to Meals to get the recipe and to find out all of the amazing 4th of July grocery savings in your area. 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Quesadillas

Like I mentioned earlier this week, I am all about easy and fast meals lately. What is quicker than quesadillas? This is not your normal quesadilla though. These are taken to a whole new level. Great news though, although these quesadillas are simple, they aren’t lacking flavor. They are creamy, cheesy, spicy, full of tender chicken and pickled jalapeños. If you’re looking for a simple meal, you’re going to LOVE these!

And of course, all of the ingredients are on sale again this week: shredded cheese, tortillas, chicken, jarred jalapeños and sour cream. Login to Deals to Meals to get all of the grocery deals to make this meal for well under $10. Enjoy friends!

Let the adventure begin! We closed on our land this week and now have the super fun job of getting four tons (literally) of wood concrete forms that were left on our lot. Lucky us! If any of you have some fun, DIY project that could use these wood forms, you are welcome to them!! Email me at shandra@dealstomeals.com and I’ll let you know where you can pick these up for a really, really low price of NOTHING! 🙂 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Quesadillas
Ingredients
  1. 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream
  4. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2-1 cup pickled jalapeños peppers, with some of the juices
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tsp. cumin powder
  8. 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  9. 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  10. 10-15 burrito size flour tortillas
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Instructions
  1. Put the chicken breasts into a crock pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on low heat for 4-6 hours, or until tender. Once the chicken is tender, remove the chicken from the crock pot and shred (leaving the extra broth in the pot). In a serving bowl, place the cream cheese and microwave for 30 seconds, or until able to mix with a spatula until creamy. Chop the jalapeno peppers into small pieces and add to the bowl. If it's too thick, add a little of the pepper juices to give more flavor and spice. Add the rest of the ingredients and the shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a griddle to medium heat. Spray with non stick cooking spray or melt a little butter onto the griddle. Spread a generous portion of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla. Place a tortilla on the top and put it on the griddle.
  3. Cook both sides of the tortilla and heat until the cheese is melted and it's golden brown. Remove from the griddle and slice into pieces to serve. Garnish with chopped cilantro and/or more jalapeños.
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Blue Bacon Hawaiian Burger

Can you believe it is almost the 4th of July? Where is this year going to? We have been so busy this summer getting our home ready to sell, showing it (ugh…keeping a house clean with kids out of school is an impossible task!) and packing up, that I haven’t had much time for making dinner. We’ve been surviving off of sandwiches, cereal and some freezer meals. If I can’t throw it together in less than 30 minutes lately, it’s not going to work for me.

The other night I knew my family was in need of some ‘real’ food. I had some turkey thawing and I decided to throw together some burgers on the grill to keep the kitchen clean. These Blue Bacon Hawaiian Burger were extremely simple, and yet full of delicious flavor and texture. They were a huge hit for everyone and if you’re looking for an easy recipe for your upcoming bbq’s these burgers are great!

Best part about it is ALL of the ingredients you need are on sale this week: ground beef, canned pineapple, bbq sauce and buns. This meal is well under $10 for a family of 6. Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of the best 4th of July deals are located! Happy shopping and saving money!

Blue Bacon Hawaiian Burgers
Burgers
  1. 2 lb. lean ground turkey or beef
  2. 1/2 onion, diced small
  3. 1/2 cup favorite bbq sauce
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  6. 1 Tbs. Montreal steak seasoning
Toppings
  1. 1 can pineapple rings, drained
  2. 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)
  3. 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  4. Extra bbq sauce
  5. Hamburger buns
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Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet until cooked through and crispy (or use precooked bacon for an easier option). Let the bacon drain on a paper towel until ready to serve.
  2. For the meat, dice the onion and place in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine together. Form the meat into 8 patties. Heat an out door grill to medium-high heat. Once the grill is hot, place the beef patties on the grill. Let the burgers cook until they get nice grill lines on the under side. Flip the burgers over and cook on the other side until all of them are no longer pink in the center and cooked through.
  3. Remove the meat and serve on a bun with a slice of pineapple, the strips of bacon, crumbled blue cheese and extra bbq sauce. You can also add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish, or just eat them this way with fewer ingredients. They are great both ways!
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Meal Planner Monday: Asian Marinated Chicken and Sesame Noodles

I’m excited to share this recipe with you from our Deals to Meals Meal planner this week. Login to our website to get this recipe and check out all of the local grocery deals in your area. Our meal planner this week highlights some of  my favorite, simple summer recipes–so check it out!

Not only is this dish a light, simple meal for summer, but it’s also pretty healthy too. I love the marinade that works for the chicken as well as goes on the noodles. It makes for easier prep and allows for dinner to get on the table in a hurry. I usually make up the marinade in the morning, save half of it for the noodles and put the other half to infuse into the chicken throughout the day. When you’re ready for dinner, just grill the chicken, slice some vegetables and cook the noodles. It’s a delicious summer meal that is perfect for a busy night, or great for a family gathering. Hope you are having a wonderful summer and enjoying some special time with family and friends. 

Meal Planner Monday: Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta

I was trying to decide which of our meal planner recipes this week to share with you and when I noticed this Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta was on there, I knew this was the one. I posted this recipe a couple years ago and still is one I make several times during the summer. I love how light it is, how healthy and how flavorful everything becomes with the few simple ingredients. If you are looking for a recipe that is simple to make and full of fresh, summer flavor, this is the one for you! Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, as well as find out all of the best grocery deals in your area. 

Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta

 

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pork Pastor Street Tacos

Looking for a recipe this week that has ALL of the ingredients on sale? These Pork Pastor Street Tacos have been a favorite of our families for several years now. Pork is on sale this week for some SUPER low prices, so it’s a great time to make these tacos. Top the spicy pork meat with a fresh, healthy, pineapple salsa and you have a meal for well under $10 your family will love! 

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My Go-To Quick Meal: Potato Bar

Can you believe it’s the end of the school year for most kiddos? Our two youngest boys had their last day of school this week and it has been AWESOME being able to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning. However, once the day begins, it seems like life gets a little hectic and before I know it, it’s dinnertime and kids are hungry. I wanted to share with you one of my go-to recipes when I don’t have a lot of time but need to get a homemade dinner on the table. 

The sky is the limit when smothering a baked potato in yummy goodness, but this is the way I grew up with and still love today. I love just about every vegetable you can think of on my potatoes. Add some shredded cheese and a drop of ranch dressing and you have a healthy, fresh, easy dinner your family is sure to love. Best part about it is everyone can create their own masterpiece with their favorite toppings, so everyone leaves happy. If kids are happy, mama is happy! 

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Baked Potato Bar
Ingredients
  1. 1 large russet potato per person
Toppings of your choice
  1. Kidney beans, drained
  2. Broccoli, diced
  3. Shredded cheese
  4. Frozen peas, thawed
  5. Tomatoes, diced
  6. Hard boiled egg, peeled and chopped
  7. Meat of your choice (optional): crumbled bacon, cubed ham, etc.
  8. Ranch dressing or sour cream
  9. Salt and pepper
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Instructions
  1. Scrub the potatoes until clean. Poke with a fork and microwave (or bake) for 14-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the microwave or oven and cut a slice in the top of the potato. Open up the potato and top with your favorite toppings. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing.
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Meal Planner Monday: Pesto Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Our was super great, but busy. Lots of family gatherings, graduation parties, bbq’s, soccer games, and fun enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. So grateful for family and the chance to enjoy each other on such a regular basis. 

One of my favorite recipes I made last week is one I added to our menu planner. The recipe is a simple marinade for the chicken, a creamy pesto mayo and a sweet balsamic glaze, all put together in a sandwich of yumminess! It was fresh, easy to make on a busy night and a recipe you’re going to love. This balsamic glaze I also added to the Pesto Ham Pasta Salad I blogged about last week. Loving the variations you can make with this recipe. Hope you have a chance to make this sandwich soon. You’re going to love it!

Balsamic Glaze
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  2. 1/2-3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. Salt, to taste
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Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, add all of the ingredients and whisk together. Bring to a rolling boil and boil until the sauce begins to thicken. Once the sauce is thick enough to drizzle, remove from the heat and set aside. The sauce will thicken as it sits and cools. Keep the glaze in your fridge for up to 30 days. Serve on salads, over pastas or on sandwiches.
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These sandwiches were amazing.

Balsamic Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
Marinade
  1. 5-6 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1/4 cup pesto
  3. 1/4 cup canola oil
  4. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
Sandwiches
  1. 1 pkg. hamburger buns or large rolls
  2. 2 tomatoes, sliced
  3. 1/4 red onion, sliced
  4. 8 slices provolone cheese
  5. 6-8 pieces lettuce
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Pesto
  8. Balsamic Glaze (optional)
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Instructions
  1. For the chicken marinade, combine all of the ingredients together in a ziploc bag or Tupperware and add the chicken into it. Toss to coat the chicken and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to cook the chicken, heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Place the chicken on the grill and cook on both sides until the center is no longer pink (time will depend how thick your pieces of chicken are). Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the grill and set aside.
  3. Slice the tomatoes, red onion and lettuce for the sandwiches. Cut the buns in half and spread a generous portion of the mayo and pesto onto both sides of the bun. Place a piece of chicken on the bun, along with the garnishing of your choice. Serve the sandwiches with a drizzle of balsamic glaze if you wish.
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Doug’s Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas

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It’s just about summer and around here that means the next few months will be filled with family vacations, church camps, a youth pioneer trek, young men adventure camps, girls camps and much more. That is something I love about our church. My teens don’t have a choice to sit home and be bored during the summer. Yes, they’ll have their fair share of sleep-in, do nothing days, but they’ll also ahve some fun adventures with some amazing youth. img_8029

If you are in charge of food for one of these youth events, or just need an amazing recipe to take camping, I wanted to share our friend’s famous recipe with you. Meet Doug. He is a crack-up! You can not be with him without laughing hysterically within minutes. Not only does he have a great sense of humor, he makes the BEST fajitas on the planet. Doug has been known to drive hours to a youth activity for our church to make these amazing fajitas. Here he is a couple summers ago cooking up enough fajitas to feed over 300 people! Now that is an act of love. 

Whether you are feeding 300 or just 3, you are going to love this recipe. They really are quite simple, but with a few special tips, they go from being average to amazing!

 

There is a secret ingredient though. You need to have a bottle of McCormick’s Mojito Lime Seasoning. You can buy this stuff in little dorky packets from Walmart, or you can get this size online from Amazon. I promise you…you will want the BIG container. This seasoning is good on SO many things: Fajitas, taco meat, shredded beef, chicken, fish and so much more. It has this awesome spice with a sweet and sour lime undertone. It’s delish!

 

 

img_8028Okay, enough about how great these fajitas are. Here is Doug’s simple, yet amazing recipe! Enjoy 🙂

Doug's Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas
Marinade
  1. 2 Tbs. McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  4. 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 lbs. chicken, sliced into thin strips
Fajitas
  1. 1 onion, sliced thin
  2. 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  3. 1 green bell pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1 pkg. flour tortillas
  5. Shredded cheddar cheese
  6. Sour cream
  7. Cilantro and limes for garnish (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients together and place in a large bowl or ziploc bag.
  2. Slice the chicken into thin strips, removing any of the excess fat.
  3. Place the chicken into the marinade and let it sit for 1-24 hours in the fridge.
  4. When ready to cook, prep the onions and peppers and set aside.
  5. In a large saute pan or wok (Doug only uses a wok), heat the pan to high heat. You want the pan super hot to get a nice sear on the chicken.
  6. Once the pan is super hot, add a little oil and place enough pieces of chicken onto the pan as you can in one single layer. Don't place the chicken on top of each other or they won't get a nice, golden brown side.
  7. Let the chicken cook in the oil and heat for a minute or two, or until the bottom side of the chicken is nice and golden brown. A nice sear will give the chicken some good flavor. Once the one side of the chicken is seared, you can saute the chicken and turn down the heat a little. Continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. If the chicken is cut super thin, the chicken won't take long to cook.
  8. Once the first batch of chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and place in a bowl with a lid to keep warm.
  9. Bring the pan back up to a high heat, add a little more oil to the pan and continue to cook all of the chicken in this same method until night and golden brown and cooked.
  10. Remove all of the chicken and heat the pan again to high heat. Add a little more oil and add the vegetables. Saute the vegetables until they are tender, have some charcoal spots and are cooked to your liking. Season the vegetables with more Mojito Lime Seasoning.
  11. Once the vegetables and chicken are all cooked, you can add the chicken back to the pan to keep warm until ready to serve.
  12. Serve the fajitas mixture in a tortilla with shredded cheese, sour cream and garnish with lime wedges and chopped cilantro.
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Meal Planner Monday: Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Chicken

Since yesterday was a holiday, I wanted to still highlight one of our delicious recipes from this week’s meal planner. There are recipes that I create in my kitchen that as soon as I make them I know they will forever and always be a family favorite. This copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory’s Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp is one of those all time favorite recipes. My mouth is watering just talking about it. The best part about it is nearly all of the ingredients for this dish are on sale this week: chicken, zucchini, carrots, frozen peas, coconut milk, etc. 

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Meal Planner Monday: Creamy Ground Beef Stroganoff

It’s Monday and that means I get to highlight another new recipe for you to enjoy from our meal planner on Deals to Meals. Isn’t it crazy that in my 18 years of being married I have never made beef stroganoff. How is that possible?! Not sure why I have never made this recipe until last week because it was super simple and comfort food at it’s best.

What’s not to love about a creamy, hearty, beef gravy over a tender bowl full of rice or pasta? Even though this recipe has mushrooms which most of my kids despise, they actually gobbled it up and came back for seconds. I hope your family loves this recipe like we did!

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Meal for a Family of 7 Under $10 {Cowboy Spaghetti}

Looking for a quick, weeknight meal for your family? This Cowboy Spaghetti is the perfect solution. Have you heard of this before? This was my first time making it, and it was a huge hit! Not sure how it’s different than normal spaghetti other than the fact it is chuck-full of yummy meats like pepperoni, ground beef and bacon. I’m assuming cowboys love meat? I guess I’m a cowgirl at heart 😉 If your family likes a meaty, hearty spaghetti, this is the recipe for you!

The best part about this recipe is everything I needed for it I already had in my food storage or was on sale this week. This really is a great food storage recipe too. You probably already have pasta, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and olives in your pantry, so this is a super easy, inexpensive meal to make. 

Cowboy Spaghetti
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbs. olive oil
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 1/2 lb. bacon
  5. 1 cup pepperoni, diced
  6. 8 oz. white mushrooms, diced small
  7. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  8. 2 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  9. 1 can tomato paste
  10. 1 cup chicken broth
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  13. 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  14. 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  15. 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  16. Shredded cheddar cheese
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Instructions
  1. Dice the onions, slice the mushrooms and set aside. Heat a large saute pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle in the olive oil. Add the onions and saute them until they are tender. Add the mushrooms and continue to saute. Add the ground beef and bacon to the pan and break up into small pieces and the bacon is crispy and the ground beef golden brown. Once the meat is cooked, add the diced pepperoni.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, seasonings, etc. Let this sauce simmer until it begins to thicken. While the sauce is simmering, boil the noodles and cook until the pasta is tender. Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce.
  3. Garnish with the sliced green onions, cheddar cheese and sliced olives.
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Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes
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Cheesy Chicken Lasagna

The other day I was making dinner for a friend who doesn’t eat red meat. I had all of the ingredients for a homemade lasagna but was a little perplexed how to make it without using Italian sausage or ground beef. I put on my thinking cap and remembered I bought some ground chicken sausage from Sprouts awhile back. I thought I would give it a try and you know what? I didn’t miss the sausage at all! The chicken made for a delicious, light, healthier flavor and I loved it every bit as much as my traditional marinara sauce. So, if you want a lasagna without the red meat, this recipe is a keeper! This is a cheesy, family-friendly recipe your family is going to love.

Don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these items are on sale at your local grocery store. Pasta sauce, noodles, cottage cheese and cheese are all on sale. It’s the perfect week to make this recipe for under $10!

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
Sauce
  1. 1 Tbs. olive oil
  2. 2 lb. ground chicken sausage
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 3 cans diced tomatoes
  5. 1 can tomato paste
  6. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  9. 2 tsp. basil
  10. 1 tsp. garlic powder
Filling
  1. 2 (16 oz.) cottage cheese
  2. 1 tsp. basil
  3. 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  4. 1 package oven ready lasagna noodles
  5. 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
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  1. Dice the onions into small pieces. Heat a large saute pan and drizzle with the olive oil. Bring the pan to medium-high heat until the oil begins to heat through. Add the diced onions and saute until tender. Add the ground chicken sausage to the onions and continue to cook until the chicken is browned. Break up the pieces of chicken so it is completely ground and broken up. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, basil and garlic powder. Let this mixture simmer on a low boil for 5-7 minutes until it starts to thicken. While the sauce is cooking, make the filling.
  2. For the filling, combine the cottage cheese, basil and mozzarella cheese together until smooth. If you don't like the texture of cottage cheese, you can use ricotta cheese or puree this filling in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. To assemble the lasagna, spread a generous portion of sauce onto the bottom of a 9x13 or 11x14 pan. Lay out a layer of the oven ready lasagna noodles. Spread a layer of the filling on top of the noodles and top with more sauce. Sprinkle a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Do this 2-3 more times until the lasagna is layered and to the top of the pan. Have the top layer be the filling, sauce and then top with the mozzarella cheese. Garnish the top with some fresh basil or parsley if desired.
  4. Spray a rectangle piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place over the lasagna and bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the lasagna is bubbly and hot. If you want the top of your lasagna browned, remove the tinfoil the last 10 minutes of baking.
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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Deals to Meals Giveaway!

Check out Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free on Rachel Ray yesterday! See how she uses Deals to Meals to cut her grocery budget in half–even clear across the country in New Jersey 😉 

To celebrate Jordan’s debut on Rachel Ray, we’re going to offer a giveaway and let two lucky winners learn how to cut their grocery bill in half too! Not only will two winners get a year membership to Deals to Meals, but also a copy of each of our four Ebooks. This is a total of 

Watch Jordan Page on Rachel Ray!  Want to cut your grocery bill in half too?

Give a membership to Deals to Meals a try!

Through May 31st we are offering our memberships for only $3.50 a month. After this month, our prices will go back to the $4.95 a month, so it’s the perfect time to see how much money and time you can save! Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com to get this one-time discounted price. 

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Meal Planner Monday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce

It’s Monday and that means I get to share with you a new recipe from our weekly meal planner. I am super excited to share this recipe for Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce. Not sure if you’ve ever had white bbq sauce, but it is super delicious! It is a little spicy, a little sweet and nice and tangy.

This is the bbq served in Alabama and it’s a really fun way to spice up your traditional chicken sandwiches. Not to mention, this recipe is SO super simple. Serve this sandwich with a side salad or coleslaw on the sandwich and you have a delicious meal for much under $10 for a family of 7. Login to Deals to Meals to find out the best deals in your area and to get this family-friendly recipe. 

It’s not too late to take advantage of our May special pricing of only $3.50 a month. That’s THREE months free to Deals to Meals and a great chance to save some BIG money on your grocery bill!

Meet Jordan Page and Learn How She Uses DTM to Save BIG Money!

Yep, it’s Tuesday and that means I get to introduce you to another one of our fabulously talented blog contributors. This is my beautiful (yes, inside and out) friend Jordan Page. She is the author and mastermind behind Fun Cheap or Free. I have known Jordan for many years now and am continually amazed at all that she accomplishes and can do. This lady is unreal-amazing!!

Not only does she run her own business, but she teaches classes all over the U.S., makes awesome self-help videos, is a Mom of 5 little kiddos, flies all over the U.S. to be on television spots (um..yeah, that’s her with Rachel Ray–airs May 15 so set your DVR), cooks, cleans, blogs and is always gorgeous and put together.

 

Now, despite this seemingly perfect Jordan, she is also real about life. She’s real about the hardships of being a mother, balancing life, financial difficulties, and running her own business. I think that is what is so mesmerizing about Jordan. She is one of those people who have an ability to make you love her through her perfect-ness and yet real enough to make you feel like you’re normal and doing okay.

Jordan is one of a kind and I’m so excited to share with you more of what she has to offer. You name it–she has a video or post about it. Anything from finances, to family, fashion, etc.–she blogs about it all. If you have yet to follow Jordan, you need to! She will brighten your day with her smile, and help you reach all of the goals and dreams you have for your family. 

 

Jordan is also a huge fan of Deals to Meals. Really, Deals to Meals wouldn’t still be around without Jordan. She has been an answer to our prayers and has really helped our service be what it is today. Jordan…you are heaven sent! Here are some of my favorite videos from Jordan that might help you with your grocery shopping and price matching questions we’ve all had lately. Beware..once you start watching her videos, you’ll be hooked for hours! She is so entertaining, they are a blast to watch. Take it away Jordan…

Price Matching Scoop Video


How Jordan Grocery Shops without Using Coupons

How Jordan Grocery Shops Plus Meal Planning Tips

Grocery Shopping Q&A

 

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken

Ready for our Meal Planner Monday recipe? If you love Asian or Thai flavors, you’re going to love this one! A couple months ago Todd and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for our anniversary. Although I have my favorites on their menu, there arsse times I want to branch out a little and try a new meal. They had just added a couple new recipes to the menu. This Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken did not disappoint.  It was full of flavor, texture, sweetness, a little spicy, creamy and sweet. The mango salsa on top was one of my favorite parts. Add the spicy curry chicken sauce and it’s delicious new recipe to help get your kids to eat their veggies; )  

Visit www.dealstomeals.com for  this recipe, along with the other meal planner recipes for this week. If you are new to Deals to Meals or want to try a membership to our service, you can take advantage of this one-time low pricing rate! All you need to do is visit this post to find out how to sign up for $3.50 a month. That’s the price of a gallon of milk. Start saving $100’s on your groceries and learning to cook healthy, homemade, delicious meals like this recipe. Hope you enjoy 😉 


 

 

Best Cinco De Mayo Grocery Sales

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Not only is it a great day because it’s my daughters, sisters and nieces birthday today, but it’s a great day for grocery shopping. Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to stock up on all of your favorite hispanic food. Items like limes, avocados, tomatoes, taco shells, canned tomatoes, canned beans, tortillas, refried beans, tortilla chips, enchilada sauce, cheese, sour cream and MUCH more are on sale this week. These items are great prices and a chance for you to bulk up your year supply of your favorite Mexican ingredients. 

Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area and enjoy some favorite Mexican recipes on our meal planner this week. Hope you enjoy your fiestas today!

Walmart Price Matching Update & Savings Catcher Program

Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Walmart’s new price matching policy (from our last post). Here’s the skinny…

*Walmart will not tell their customers which stores will continue price matching and which ones won’t (so frustrating!). However, they are letting us know that there ARE a few stores throughout the country that will continue to price match for ‘a short time’. They will not specify ‘short time’ but are hoping to have their Savings Catcher program replace the price matching eventually.

*Most of the Western United States are no longer price matching, specifically Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. Most will be finished by May 7, 2017.

*Over 800 stores have stopped price matching and many more will follow.

*Walmart is trying to combat their no price matching policy by lowering 15,000 of their top 11% SKU’s. They are hoping this will help keep customers shopping there.  Most of these prices however can still be beat by either Costco, Sam’s Club or the ‘red/great’ deals at your local grocery stores. However, lower prices may be helpful when doing those quick shopping trips.

*Walmart will continue to offer their savings catcher. In my opinion, this savings catcher program is not a beneficial program. They don’t price ‘catch/match’ any produce, meat, store brand items, specialty items and most grains and dairy. The only items this price catcher will be beneficial for is for name brand items that stores have on sale. One of the problems with Savings Catcher is they don’t compare prices to ‘regular’ grocery stores. Most of the stores they compare prices too are stores like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, etc. These stores rarely have many ‘red/great’ deals, so these savings are pretty minimal. 

As we get more information on their new policy we will keep you updated. Basically, call your local Walmart to find out their official policy. The inconsistency with Walmart’s policies are one of my frustrations with shopping there. Grateful they have some low prices, but overall their customer service and policy changes are pretty annoying to their customers. (Yep…after waiting on the line with Walmart’s corporate office for over 40 minutes, they hung up on me. Ugh! Glad we have some friends who are managers and work for corporate). 

All the more reason a membership to Deals to Meals can help you save money. With Walmart shopping not as beneficial, you’ll need to know where to shop, what items to buy, and what meals to make. Remember, our lowest membership pricing is continuing for a short time more, so take advantage before these prices are gone! Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com if you have any questions about this post or our lowest prices. 

How to save money on groceries WITHOUT price matching at Walmart!

It’s true friends, the day has come that most Walmarts are no longer price matching (there are a few stores left, so you need to just call your local Walmart and find out their policy). I promise, it’s going to be okay though. I knew this day was coming about 6 months ago, so I stopped price matching so I could have plenty of time to know how to help you. You may be surprised, but I actually have enjoyed grocery shopping MUCH more without Walmart. Yes, I liked the one-stop shopping, but I don’t miss the crowds, the grumpy cashiers, the changing policies, and the lesser quality produce and meat. All in all, I am actually perfectly happy that they no longer price match. In fact, I have found I enjoy supporting the local stores instead of the big-chain Walmart. Check out my stash I got Monday below. I shopped at only 3 stores, was gone for 70 minutes and I have everything I need for my families meal plan for TWO weeks! Stick with me,  I promise..there is life after price matching 😉 

Let me walk you through how I’ve been shopping the past 6 months and give you a few tips to help you continue to save some BIG money on groceries without shopping at Walmart. 


Yes, Deals to Meals is my number one tip. With price matching over, it is even more crucial you use Deals to Meals to know where to shop and what to buy. Shopping blindly will make you spend much more than you need to on groceries. For those of you new to Deals to Meals, we are bringing back our lowest membership pricing just to help you get through the news of Walmart not price matching any longer. It’s the perfect time to try out a membership to our service to see how much time and money you can continue to save. Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com to get this special pricing. We’re also giving away our Healthy Meal Planner Ebook (valued at $9.95) just to say thank you for giving our service a try!

Let’s get started…here are 5 tips to help you save $$ without price matching.

1-Shop individual stores with the best deals

 

Shopping at different stores will help you take advantage of the different stores’ best deals and still save you money. Yes, it might take a little more time, but it will save you $100’s! Before you choose a store to shop at, login to our website to know which store(s) have the best deals in your area (red deals are the ones that are LESS than Costco and Walmart). Focus on these red deals to save you 30-75% off regular priced items.

For example, today I logged into Deals to Meals and noticed that my local Smiths and Sprouts had the best grocery prices for the items I needed. I ran into both of these stores and it didn’t take any longer than price matching would have. Focus on those stores that are close together and not far from your home. Each week there will probably only be 2-3 stores that have the majority of the items you need for your meal planner. 

Select the store(s) you want to shop at in your local community. We are the most thorough online grocery shopping website on the web. For most areas, we have 10-24 local grocery stores listed (most online websites only offer a few). 

Don’t forget it’s okay to shop at big-box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. They do have the lowest prices on several staple items like flour, spices, sugar, yeast, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, certain frozen foods, etc.  Here’s a list of items I generally buy at Costco ONCE a month (or every other month) to help keep my grocery costs low: What To Buy at Costco.  

2-Watch for great deals on produce and meat 

 

Produce and meat are the most expensive part of your grocery budget. Focus your shopping trips on these items. For example, Smiths had strawberries, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and pineapple on sale for a great price. I bought these items along with tortillas, pork and a few other items they had that I needed. Sprouts had chicken and other produce items on sale so I stocked up on those. 

 

3-Have a well stocked pantry and food storage 

Stock up on sale items to save you from having to buy items when they are not on sale. As you stock up a little each week, you will find your own ‘store’ will begin to grow in your pantry/food storage. Case lot time is a great time to stock up on all of the best deals that can be stored long term.  This stocking up method also goes for meat and dairy items. On the Deals to Meals list, watch for those items with a gold star which means they are an extra good deal. These items are worth driving a few extra miles for, and buying as many of them as you can afford. A well stocked food storage and pantry will make meal planning SO much easier as well. 

 4-Use the Deals to Meals Meal Planner to save you time and money

Shopping with a plan will save you the most money each week. Before I shop, I like to know which stores I am going to, which items I need to buy, and what meals I will be making that week. Using our weekly meal planner  you will have delicious recipe options you can serve your family based around the week’s deals. Click on the recipes you wish to make  (or create your own meal planner) and then link the ingredients to the weekly deals.

For ease, we also prepare a grocery list you can quickly print and take to any store to help make shopping easier. 

You will also have access to thousands of our tried and true recipes. Create your own meal planner, or use ours. It’s up to you!

 

5-Grocery shop for a 10-14 day period 

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Since Walmart’s price matching policy has changed, and shopping is no longer as convenient, you will want to shop fewer times a month. The good news is, the fewer times you shop at the grocery store, the less money you’ll spend –yay! Try and do all of your shopping in one day so you get to relax the next couple weeks and not have to worry about shopping again for last minute items you need. If you shop using our meal planner, those recipes should last you 1 ½-2 weeks and should help you shop less and save more money!

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Remember, if you’re new to Deals to Meals, this is the time to give our service a try. There are NO contracts, NO extra fees and nothing to lose. If you don’t save, you don’t pay! We guarantee you’ll save more than the $4.95/mo. membership price or we’ll refund you your money. Login to Deals to Meals and get started today!

How to get this special pricing:

First: Go to Deals to Meals (www.dealstomeals.com) and click on the free trial button on the left. Fill in all of the information and click “Continue” (do not continue to PayPal from the free trial process). Your account has now been created.

 You can then pay for the promotion two different ways:

 1-Send money via PayPal: With this option you can log-in to your PayPal account and click on the blue “Send Money” tab at the top of the page. On the next page enter payment@dealstomeals.com as the email, enter $42 for a one year membership and mark the “Goods” option and click “Continue”

Or, you can pay by check:

2- Send a check: Make the check payable to “Deals to Meals” for $42 and mail to:

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Once you have paid we’ll get a confirmation email from PayPal and we’ll then apply the credit to your account. If you pay by check then send us a quick email and we’ll activate your account while we wait for the check to arrive. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

Cubby’s Copycat Tetonka Chicken Sandwich

There is a new place in town that is our go-to ladies lunch (or breakfast) destination. It’s a place called Cubby’s. Their philosophy is to make fresh, healthy food that both your husband, and yourself would like. Instead of only serving ‘chick’ food, they serve all sorts of juice hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. They serve buffalo cheese fries too, so both my hubby and I are happy 😉 If you live in Utah, you should check out Cubby’s. They are expanding out of state too, so watch for them soon.

They have a favorite sandwich, the Tetonka, I love to order there. I was craving it the other night and decided to recreate them for dinner.  The chicken was marinated in a super simple marinade and then grilled and diced. Toss the chicken in a yummy sauce and serve on a warm hoagie bun. This sandwich will make any dinner or lunchtime something special. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe from our meal planner this week. You’re going to love it! 🙂 

Turn Your Deals into Meals: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas under $10

Ready for a really inexpensive, delicious meal you can make in less than 30 minutes for under $10? This is the recipe for you! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the great grocery deals in your area. One of the ways Deals to Meals can save you so much money is by turning the grocery deals into your weekly meal plan. Here is an example. Smiths (and Kroger) have chicken, pineapple, bbq sauce and cheese all on sale. What meal does that spell? For me, this means BBQ Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas are on our menu. These are so easy to make and such a delicious way to make a homemade meal without spending a lot of money.  Login to Deals to Meals to have access to all of the best deals in your area, as well as our meal planner to help simplify your life. 


BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

 

 

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade

It’s Wednesday and that means I get to share with you one of our recipes from our Deals to Meals meal planner. Most of our recipes we try and make so you can feed your family for well under $10 (for a family of 6-7). This chicken marinade is no exception. We made this chicken when we were out of town last week and it was super simple to put together. The chicken was so flavorful, tender and made a delicious and healthy meal for our family.  Great for any barbecues or quick meals.

Chicken and Kraft dressing are both on sale this week. Serve this chicken with a Smothered Sweet Potato and a side salad and you’ll have a meal that’s inexpensive and will be a favorite marinade this upcoming summer. Login to Deals to Meals to get all of the best grocery deals in your area and enjoy more great recipes from this week’s meal planner.

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade
Marinade
  1. 5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup Kraft Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
  3. 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  8. 2 Tbs. parsley, chopped
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Instructions
  1. Trim the chicken of the excess chicken fat. If you want the chicken to cook faster, and to be more flavorful, cut the chicken in half horizontally into two thinner pieces. Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag or large tupperware and add the marinade ingredients. Mix the chicken around into the marinade and keep in the fridge until ready to grill.
  2. When ready to grill, heat the outdoor grill to medium high heat. Once it's heated, remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Let the chicken cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the bottoms are nice and golden brown. Brush the top with the leftover marinade and then turn them over to continue to cook on the second side. Brush the tops of this underside with the rest of the mariade and continue to cook until the center of the chicken is no longer pink. This time frame will vary depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.
  3. When chicken is done, place on a plate and drizzle with the remaining salad dressing leftovers. Garnish with the fresh, chopped parsley
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Grocery Savings, Easter Highlights & Pintrest ‘Nailed-Its’

How was your Easter weekend? I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing time with your family and friends. Our children’s school break was last week so we decided to go hang out in St. George with our family. It was such beautiful weather which made for  great hikes, lots of swimming, eating and playing with cousins and family. We made it home just in time for me to do a little grocery shopping for Easter and to have dinner with my fam. Look at the pile of groceries I got for $123 and saved $62.41! I got all of the groceries we need for our week’s meal plan and took advantage of some of the awesome Easter deals as well. Most deals end today, so hurry and do a little last minute shopping if you need.

Remember to always login to Deals to Meals before you shop to help save you the most money! Plus..we are extending our LOWEST PRICING SALE through April 30th. Take advantage of a membership to Deals to Meals for only $3.50 a month! You will save that a hundred times over in just a few months!

Besides having a great time in St. George, I wanted to share a funny moment of yesterday. I thought I would humor all of you with my ‘Pintrest Nailed-It!’ posts.

I had dreams of making these darling chickey deviled eggs and a bunny bum cake. Although they are darling, they are a little more tricky than I had first thought. I gave my kids the job of making the chicks and they turned out hilarious! We didn’t have straws to make the olives into round circles, so they looked a little demented. Our bunny bum cake was a little cuter but we forgot the paw prints, didn’t make big enough ears, didn’t have food coloring or large marshmallows. We worked with what we had and it came out pretty cute. Definitely made for some good laughs 😉 Hey..you win some, you lose some, right? Hope your Easter celebrations were wonderful–even with demented egg chicks!

How to save 30-70% on groceries and the BEST deals this week!

People ask me all the time how I keep a well stocked food storage on a budget. For our family, having a reserve of food is an important aspect to our preparedness goals. This can be tricky however, if you are on a tight budget like we are. The trick is to only stock up on those items that are great/lost-leader prices that will save you the most money. This can be hard to keep track of, and that’s why Deals to Meals is here to help!

Don’t try and stock up on several items every week, just focus on the really great deals to save you the most money. All ‘red’ deals (or great deals) from our website are worth buying a few extra of. However, really pay attention when an item goes on sale for a starred/stock up deal. These items range from 30-70% off and will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year. 

This week there are several of these stock-up deals. In fact, some of these prices I have NEVER seen in the past two decades. For example, here in Utah there are Associated Stores that have powdered and brown sugar on sale for only $0.35 per pound. That is a CRAZY-AMAZING-SUPER FUN deal! Don’t buy just a few bags, buy cases of this sugar because it will last 10-15 years and you know you will use it. For less than $25 I could have my family’s year supply of powdered sugar and brown sugar. You’ll save over $30 by stocking up on just this one item. Remember…we do ALL the work for you for under a $1 a week. Now that’s an investment with BIG paybacks 🙂

There are case lot deals happening this week as well. Here are a few of the great/lost leader deals we thought you should be aware of. For ALL of the best deals, login to Deals to Meals and see for yourself. If you’re not a member, hurry and take advantage of our lowest prices we’ve ever offered. Check out how to sign up here for only $3.50 a month (that’s a 25% savings).

Albertsons 

Best Deals: Chicken of the Sea Tunafish 5oz. $0.59, American Beauty Pasta $0.69, Top Ramen Noodles 3oz. $0.12

Blairs, Ridleys, Fresh Market, Dan’s Market, Petersen’s Market, Lin’s Market, etc.

Best Deals: Western Family 1 lb. Brown Sugar or Powdered Sugar $0.35-$0.50, Western Family Tuna Fish 5oz. .59, Western Family Sugar or Flour 4-5 lbs. $1.50, Pilsbury Cake Mix 15.5 oz. $0.78. Hundreds of great deals, so login and get shopping before they’re gone!

Smiths

Best Deals: Kroger Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1, Libby’s Canned Vegetables $0.50

 

Gerbes, Bakers, Dillons, Kroger

Best Deals: Kroger Peanut Butter 16oz. $1, Quaker Cereal up to 14 oz. $1.50

 

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HUGE Case Lot Sales

If you live in the Western United States, this is the week for you to take advantage of some AMAZING great deals. Many stores are having case lot sales and others are just having some great deals on pantry items you probably use on a regular basis. Items like tuna fish, ketchup, canned beans, canned tomatoes, powdered/brown sugar, flour, granulated sugar, honey, oats, canned vegetables, salsa, canned fruit and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices. Before you do your grocery shopping this week, make sure and login to Deals to Meals to find all of the best grocery deals in your area.

$260 for 2 Week Plan for 7 People!

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After coming back from a 13 day trip it was imperative I do some grocery shopping to get some food in our house again. My sister and I headed out shopping and made it to three stores with her two little boys and it was a fun adventure! There were a few basics I needed at Costco so thankfully their pizza kept us all going for a couple hours. Now that our local Walmart are stinkers about price matching, I’m finding it easier to shop at a few of the stores with the best deals instead of shop there. Don’t get me wrong, when there are TONS of deals I need, I will still shop at Walmart and price match, but for my less busy shopping days, this method seems to work.

I logged into Deals to Meals, picked the recipes I wanted to cook during the next 12-14 days and created my grocery list. I also kept track of items I needed for my food storage and some meat that was on sale I wanted to stock up on (we’re talking 25 lbs. of chicken, turkey, bacon, rump roasts, etc.). After a few minutes we were off and ready to shop.

Here’s the loot I got for just under $260. I got SO much food and it’s been so fun to make some homemade meals again. I’m focusing on healthy recipes for an upcoming Healthy E-book I’m creating so I can’t wait to share some of these with you. I am 2 recipes down out of 12, and so far it’s a success! Stay posted for some of these new (and healthy) recipes coming soon. Have a great day friends!

Flashback Friday: Spicy Queso Dip

It has been so fun to spend the past couple months going through all of my recipes from the past 8 years. It’s fun to see how my recipes, pictures and style has changed. It’s also been fun to remember some of my favorite recipes that I haven’t made for awhile. One of these is for this spicy queso dip I posted about several years ago. It’s simple to make and is a crowd pleaser. We have some family parties this week and I’m excited to make this dip again. Not to mention, salsa, tortilla chips and cheese is also on sale. Bonus!

Amazing Grocery Deals THIS week!

There are so many great grocery deals this week I had to share a few. If you live in the western United States, you have a great chance to take advantage of some rock-bottom grocery prices. Smith’s Grocery Stores and Harmon’s have their case lot deals happening this week (ends Monday). Besides Smiths, there are also great deals at Maceys, Fresh Market and other grocery stores. There are some items like peanut butter, tuna fish, canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit and other pantry stock up items that need to be stocked up on asap. These are prices we haven’t seen for a couple years, so don’t miss this opportunity to STOCK UP!! Check it out and save $100’s by logging into Deals to Meals.

Salami Chicken and Pasta Salad

Check out our website this week for this healthy, delicious Italian Salami Pasta Salad. This is a delicious whole foods recipe that will be great for any of your diets or healthy eating goals. Get this recipe at www.dealstomeals.com. Not to mention, pasta is on sale for a FABULOUS deal this week! It’s the perfect time to stock your food storage shelves with pasta of all varieties. At fifty percent off, this is a deal you don’t want to miss. Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can get this great deal all around the U.S.

10 Day Meal Plan for 7 People for $153!

1aHow cute is my husband to go grocery shopping with me at the end of our anniversary getaway? After a fun several days together in Midway, I decided it was time to go home and face reality of post-holiday healthy eating. You know you’re in need of a grocery shopping trip when your kids have eaten cereal for several days in a row–morning, noon AND night ;/ With the holidays I haven’t done a big shopping trip until yesterday. And let me tell you, it is awesome to have healthy food in my fridge again!

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Guess what, you can do this too! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area. Besides that, you’ll get access to thousands of our recipes, as well as our meal planner for the week. This will make your grocery shopping a breeze! Print off our grocery list, check the deals and away you go. It took me less than one hour to plan my meals, do my shopping and be back home ready to do some cooking 😉

Let’s start the year off right and get planning some healthy, homemade, delicious meals your family will love!

Best Deals to Meals Pricing

The BEST Christmas deals are here! Give your loved ones the gift of saving time and money with a gift certificate to Deals to Meals. These low prices are our gift to YOU this Christmas. We are so grateful for your support of Deals to Meals for the past 9 years that we are offering our lowest prices EVER. We wouldn’t be here without you and we are grateful every day for your support. To say thank you, we are going to be giving away several FREE memberships this month to four different winners.

We know there are people in your life who could benefit from using Deals to Meals. If you have a friend or family member that’s in need of a Christmas gift, you can give them a membership for less than $15! That’s a gift that’s affordable, useful, and will bring savings and blessings for months to come.

These prices will end December 24th, so don’t delay! Everyone who orders a gift certificate for a friend will be entered into a drawing for a FREE year’s membership for YOU.  Winners will be announced each Saturday (thru Christmas Eve), so hurry and order your gift certificate today!

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Thanksgiving Favorite Recipes

Since I have been working on our new blog layout (entering 1500 recipes takes forever–yikes!), I thought I would share a link from a post last year with some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Now, if you want ALL of our favorite recipes, you need to login to Deals to Meals, but this is just a sneak peak 😉 Hope your Thanksgiving prep is going great and I just want you to all know how thankful I am for YOU!!


Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Baking Deals and Recipes

Can you believe there are only a few more days left until Thanksgiving? If you haven’t logged into Deals to Meals to get our Thanksgiving and weekly meal plan, it’s not too late. Sign up today and take advantage of EVERYTHING you need for your Thanksgiving meal plan on sale at your local grocery store. Not to mention you get all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, as well as a week’s worth of additional recipes with your membership to Deals to Meals. For only $1.13 a week we will tell you all of the best grocery deals in your area, plan your week’s meals for you and give you a easy to use grocery list all put together for you. It’s a simple and easy way to save BIG money this time of year! Happy shopping 😉

Delicious recipes your entire family love! These are all our tried-and-true Thanksgiving favorite recipes. Make your Thanksgiving extra special with the most delicious recipes around 😉

Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza

 
Last weekend we had the best time making homemade pizzas with my extended family. We experimented with lots of different flavors and combinations and were in LOVE with these two gourmet pizzas. The first pizza we used our favorite quick pizza crust recipe and topped it with grilled chicken, ranch dressing, fresh tomatoes, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, lots of mozzarella cheese and Buffalo sauce. It was amazing!!
 

On the second pizza we topped the crust with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, added grilled chicken, green onions, diced bell peppers, chopped cilantro and lots of mozzarella cheese. This Thai pizza was a hit and the sweet and spicy flavor was unforgettable. My mouth is still watering thinking about these pizzas. If you want to have a fun, family activity, whip up a batch of homemade pizza dough and have fun playing with new toppings and flavors. Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy 😉

*Btw, there are TONS of great deals on produce and meat this week, so login to Deals to Meals to find where to get your pizza toppings at the best price.

Favorite Pizza Dough Recipes:

America’s Test Kitchen Overnight Pizza Dough
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe Simple Pizza Dough

White Bean Pizza Dough

Grilled Blue Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Ingredients
  1. 1 recipe pizza dough (or you can use those flat pita breads from Costco for a super simple method)
  2. Follow this link to find out how to grill the pizza dough. If you don't want grilled pizza, just cook on a baking stone and they will still be fabulous!
Toppings
  1. Grilled and chopped chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper), about 3-4 chicken breasts
  2. 3 tomatoes, sliced
  3. 4 stalks green onions, sliced
  4. 2-3 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese
  6. Franks' hot sauce
  7. Ranch or blue cheese dressing (I like ranch best)
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine a cup or two of ranch dressing. Add the crumbled blue cheese to the dressing and mix. Once the pizza dough has been grilled slightly on one side, flip and then add the blue cheese/ranch sauce on the pizza. Add the chopped chicken all over the pizza and then cover with some mozzarella cheese. On the top of the cheese add the sliced tomatoes and the green onions. Crumble an extra amount of blue cheese on top (optional) and drizzle the top of the pizza with Frank's hot sauce (to your liking--I like a lot :). Continue cooking the pizza until the cheese melts and gets golden brown. If you are in a hurry, I have been known at times to pop my pizza in the broiler for a minute to get the top a little more crispy. Serve pizza hot off the grill for best results.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on a whole wheat pita or pizza crust.
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*Everything for this recipe is on sale this week: chicken, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and ranch dressing. Login to our website to see where the best deals are in your area.

Cheesy Tomato Avocado Pesto Paninis

Ready for one of the most simple, healthy, delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had? You are going to love this meatless meal you can make in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention, it uses fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden so it’s fresh and summer-licious. We made these for a quick dinner the other night and they were a hit with the whole family. For my hubby and teenage son I added a few slices of deli turkey to give their’s a little more protein. For the rest of us, we loved the fresh vegetables melted in between layers of cheese and pesto. Oh, it was lovely! Can’t wait for you to try them 😉 Enjoy!

*Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these ingredients are on sale in your area: tomatoes, avocados, cheese and bread are all on sale for great prices this week.

Cheesy Avocado Pesto Paninis
Vegetarian Recipe
Ingredients
  1. 10-12 slices of bread
  2. 2-3 large avocados, seeds removed and sliced
  3. 3-4 large, vine tomatoes
  4. 10 slices of cheese (provolone, Swiss, Monterey, etc.)
  5. 2-3 large basil leaves per sandwich (optional)
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup pesto
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Optional sliced deli turkey
  10. Butter
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Instructions
  1. Peel the avocados and remove the seeds from the center.
  2. Slice the avocados into long, thin strips.
  3. Slice the tomatoes into thin slices as well.
  4. Slice the cheese if it is not already.
  5. Heat a panini griddle or a flat griddle and turn to medium heat.
  6. Assemble the sandwiches with some mayo and pesto on both sides of the bread (mayo is optional).
  7. Spread the pesto mixture.
  8. Place a slice of cheese on both sides of the inside of the bread/sandwich.
  9. Slice the tomatoes and avocados on top of one slice of bread.
  10. If you like fresh basil, place some basil leaves on the top of the avocados.
  11. If you are using turkey, you can add several slices to the sandwich at this point.
  12. Place the sandwich lid onto the sandwich after seasoning with salt and pepper.
  13. Spread a thin layer of butter onto each side of the sandwich and place on the griddle.
  14. Heat the sandwich until nicely golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.
  15. Serve sandwiches warm or cold.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
  2. VEGETARIAN MEAL
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BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad

 

On our meal planner this week on Deals to Meals you will see one of my favorite summer salad recipes. We had this last week and we couldn’t get enough! We were literally licking the bowl clean. I love everything about the combination of this salad–salty, crispy bacon, bed of crisp lettuce greens, grilled chicken smothered in barbecue sauce, crunchy croutons, shredded cheese and drizzled with a cool, ranch dressing. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! This salad is like a BLT in a salad–only kicked up a notch. I can’t wait for you to try this salad recipe this summer. You are going to love it!

Not to mention, every ingredient for this salad is on sale this week. There are great deals this week on chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, salad dressing, eggs, cheese, etc. Make this meal for well under $10 by logging into Deals to Meals and checking out the best grocery deals in your area.

*Don’t forget to enter to win an Amazon Gift Card! Only one more day to enter. 

BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad
Ingredients
  1. ½ c. ranch dressing (good quality)
  2. 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  3. 8 cups torn salad greens
  4. 2 large tomatoes, chopped (or use grape tomatoes)
  5. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  6. 1 cup croutons
  7. 3 boneless, chicken breasts, grilled, seasoned and diced
  8. 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  9. 2 eggs, boiled and sliced
  10. 1/2 cup shredded cheese
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Instructions
  1. Grill the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the grill and cut into cubes. Place the chicken in a bowl and cover with barbecue sauce. Set aside. Prepare the salad by cutting the lettuce and placing in a bowl. Dice the tomatoes, green onions and also place on the bowl. Boil some water and add the eggs. Boil for 7-10 minutes and then let cool. Once the eggs are cool, peel them and then slice them to add to the salad. Cook the bacon until crisp and then place on a paper towel to let the grease drain. Once the bacon is cool, crumble and add to the salad. Add the shredded cheese and croutons to the salad, along with the chicken. Drizzle the entire salad with the ranch dressing and then serve.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Omit bacon and use light ranch dressing.
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Beach Street Chicken Lemon Linguine

 

I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week one of my all-time favorite meals. In case there is someone out there who hasn’t tried this recipe, you are missing out. Don’t wait another week to give this recipe a try. It is such an unusual pasta dish with different flavors like Cajun, soy sauce, lemon and a sweetness from some brown sugar. At first you might look at this recipe and think it is kind of strange. However, it is AMAZING! The flavors all come together so perfectly unlike any pasta dish you’ve ever had.  Hope you love it!

*Don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals to find out where you can get chicken and pasta on sale this week. Both are on sale for great deals. In fact, some stores have chicken as low as $1.29/lb. How great is that?!

 

Beach Street Lemon Linguine
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. linguini (or Fettucini) pasta
  2. 2 T. olive oil
  3. Zest from one lemon
  4. Juice from one lemon
  5. ½ c. chopped green onion
  6. ¼ c. chopped fresh parsley
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. Parmesan cheese
Marinade
  1. ½ c. olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, whole
  3. 2 T. Cajun seasoning
  4. 1/4 c. lemon juice
  5. 2 T. minced parsley
  6. 1/4 c. brown sugar (or more if you like it a little sweeter)
  7. 3 T. soy sauce
  8. 2 chicken breasts, sliced
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Instructions
  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Slice thawed chicken (or shrimp). Pat dry and toss in marinade to coat. Refrigerate 1-12 hours. Cook marinated chicken with the marinade sauce in a large saute pan on medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  2. Cook linguini in boiling salted water until done; drain well and rinse noodles. Combine juice of one lemon, zest, olive oil, green onions, and fresh parsley together. Add hot pasta into bowl and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add chicken with the marinade into the large pasta bowl. Toss in parmesan cheese to taste and serve warm.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on whole wheat noodles.
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13 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes & JIF Peanut Butter on sale for only $.99!!!

For those of you who live near a Kroger, Smiths or other Associated Kroger Stores, this is the week to stock up on Peanut Butter!! Who doesn’t love JIF peanut butter and Smucker’s Jam? This week these stores are offering these two items for only $0.99 each (check your local ads, some stores have them for $1.49 which is still a good deal). This is over 60% off the regular price, so it’s the best time to stock up. Login to our website to see what specials your local grocery stores are offering.
 
To get you excited to stock up on peanut butter I wanted to share with you some of my favorite peanut butter dessert recipes. Who doesn’t want a little sweet treat this time of year? I know I do! And if it has peanut butter and chocolate in it, I’m in heaven! Enjoy 13 of my favorite pb and chocolate recipes. Enjoy and let’s all get out and stock up on some peanut butter and save some $$!

Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Take 5 Caramel Bars

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Peanut Butter Brownies

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Pie

Salted Nut Rolls

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Scotch-o-Roos

 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

 Want a simple, weeknight meal you can make for under $10? Don’t settle for a boring pot roast with little flavor. With a few simple ingredients, you can take a beef roast from boring to incredible! I love using this shredded beef for simple tacos, burritos or I use it in my enchiladas. This meat is so tender and amazing that I could really just eat it by the plateful. This meat does call for one of my favorite Mexican seasonings that you might not have–but you’ll want it. It’s the McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning. You can buy it at a grocery store in a small packet for $2-$3, but I buy it online in a 26 oz. size because it is so delicious on all of my favorite Mexican dishes.

The best part about this recipe is nearly all of the ingredients are on sale at your local grocery stores. Beef roasts are on sale for great prices, which make this meal super inexpensive and a great solution to your weeknight menu plan. Plus, if you cook up a large roast you can use the extras for later meals or freeze for another night. Enjoy!


*Don’t forget to enter to win the Amazon Gift Card on our past post. And check out our favorite Product of the Week 😉

 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 lb. boneless beef roast
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  4. 2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chilies
  5. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  6. 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  7. 1 Tbs. cumin powder
  8. 1 tsp. McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning
  9. 1 Tbs. chili powder
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Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, place the boneless beef roast. Dice the onion and place over the beef roast. Season the top of the roast and onions with the steak seasoning. Put the crock pot lid on the roast and turn on med-high heat. Cook the roast for 5-6 hours, or until the roast shreds easily. Once the roast is ready to shred, remove some of the excess fat and discard. If there is too much juice, drain some of the juice from the roast (don't discard, but keep in case you need to add it back to the meat). To the meat, add the diced green chilies, diced tomatoes, salt, cumin, Mojito lime seasoning and chili powder. Shred the meat and season as desired or needed.
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NEW Mobile Friendly Website is up and running to take Deals to Meals on the go! Your life just got easier ;)

Happy day! Our NEW mobile-friendly website is up and running. This has been a year in the making and lots of time and thought have been put into this new function of Deals to Meals. We can’t wait for you to give it a try! Deals to Meals can now be accessed on any of your mobile, handheld devices and can be used for all of your shopping and meal planning needs.  Using Deals to Meals just got easier, so login to our site on your phone, computer or any other device and see how easy it is to take our service on-the-go, helping you save even more time and money!

If you have any feedback or comments, we’d love to hear them!

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Asian Chicken Burgers with Coleslaw

 

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am a new fan of ground chicken. Have you tried cooking with it yet? It is so fun! You can infuse the ground chicken with so much flavor it is versatile and fun to cook with. I buy my ground chicken at Sprouts. It’s nearly always $1.99/lb., so it’s not that much more than buying regular chicken breasts per pound. Not to mention, it’s healthier than ground beef which is a bonus 😉  The other day I wanted to try an Asian flair with these burgers and was so happy with the delicious results. The coleslaw is sweet and tangy, and paired with the savory, chicken burgers it was a perfect 10 in my book! The best part is if you are looking for a low-carb option, I ate these burgers piled on a large portion of coleslaw and it was SO good! It tasted so fresh and full of flavor, I can’t wait for you to give them a try. Enjoy 😉



Asian Chicken Burgers with Asian Slaw
Ingredients
  1. Asian Chicken Burgers with Slaw
Chicken Burgers
  1. 3 lbs. ground chicken
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  3. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  4. 2 Tbs. red onion, diced small
  5. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. black pepper
  8. 1 tsp. sesame oil
  9. 2 Tbs. coleslaw dressing
  10. 1 package hamburger buns
Slaw
  1. 1/2 purple cabbage, sliced thin
  2. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  3. 1/4 cup cilantro
Slaw Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
  3. 1 tsp. sesame oil
  4. 1 tsp. soy sauce
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
  7. Dash Sriracha sauce
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Instructions
  1. Prepare the coleslaw dressing and set aside. For the burgers, combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix together until the chicken is combined with all of the ingredients (including two tablespoons of the coleslaw dressing you made previously). Patty the chicken burgers into large patties. Heat a flat griddle (or outdoor grill) to medium-high heat. Once the griddle is hot, spray with non-cook spray or drizzle some olive oil on the pan. Place the chicken patties on to the griddle and let them brown on the bottom side of the burger. Once the burger is nicely browned on the bottom, flip to the other side to continue to cook. Turn down the heat to medium-low to make sure the patties are cooked all the way through to the center.
  2. While the patties are cooking, prep the rest of the coleslaw. Slice the cabbage very thin. Add to a salad bowl. Slice the green onions and cilantro and add to the cabbage. Pour the rest of the coleslaw dressing on to the cabbage and toss. When the patties are cooked, place a hot patty onto the bottom of the hamburger bun. Top the patty with some of the coleslaw and then serve.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on a whole wheat bun or serve bunless.
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Summer Grocery Deals–Save $100s on your food budget!

These past couple weeks I have saved literally $100’s of dollars on groceries. Summer is my second favorite time to grocery shop next to the fall holiday baking deals. There are just so many things on sale that your family uses throughout the year that are only on sale this time of year for great prices. It is the best time to stock up on SO many items (like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bbq sauce, salsa, ground beef, hot dogs, chicken, chips, crackers, cookies, Go-gurts, otter pops and MUCH more). Nearly every thing you need for your grilling, cooking, summer recipes are on sale.

Remember, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to save big on your groceries. All you need to do is login to Deals to Meals, click on the stores you want to shop at, and see all of the best deals in your area (without having to use a single coupon!). Try and purchase only the red deals or gold star deals to save you the most money. You can price match all of the best deals at your local Walmart, or pick and choose which stores you want to shop at. No matter what method you choose, you are sure to save BIG with the help of Deals to Meals. If you ever have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at shandra@dealstomeals.com. We’re here to help you save time and money!

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100’s on this week’s meal plan and your favorite bbq items

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area. Many items like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles, hot dogs, ground beef, watermelon, baked beans, olives, pickles, chips, ice cream and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices! Don’t delay, this is the best week to stock up on items you will use all year long. Happy shopping 🙂

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}

 

Now that summer is well on it’s way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad’s for dinner in the summer. When I use the grilled and cooked chicken from my freezer, these salads can come together in just a few minutes. Also, the salad dressings will last up to two weeks in the fridge, so they are nice to make up and have ready for salads throughout the month.

As I was looking through my blog recipes, I was shocked I hadn’t blogged about this Rumbi’s Island Voo-Doo Salad recipe. This copycat recipe I have been making for over 8 or 9 years now and it is a favorite! I went to Rumbi’s Island Grill long ago and got this salad. I knew we could make this salad better and had fun playing with the recipe until we got it just right. The combination of mango fruit, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and chicken is just plain delightful. Top the salad off with a creamy, sweet, chili dressing and you have a salad everyone will crave and love for years to come! Hope you’re having a great summer and staying out of the heat 😉

 

Rumbi Island Grill Chicken Voo Doo Salad
Salad
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup feta cheese
  3. 3 tomatoes, diced
  4. 1 mango, peeled and diced
  5. 1/2 red onion, diced small
  6. 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and seasoned then chopped
  7. 1 bag tortilla chips or strips
  8. 2 cups cooked white rice (optional)
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  2. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  3. 1 tsp. chili powder
  4. 3/4 cup Mayo (I always use Best Foods LIGHT)
  5. 1/2 cup white sugar
  6. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  7. 1/2 cup white vinegar
  8. 2 Tbs. minced garlic
  9. 2 tsp. ginger powder
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Instructions
  1. Grill or bake chicken that has been heavily seasoned with lemon pepper or steak seasoning (or just salt & pepper). Cut chicken into cubes and set aside. Cut lettuce, tomatoes, and mango and place in a large salad bowl. Cook the rice until tender and set aside to cool slightly. For the dressing, blend the ingredients together until smooth. Add extra sugar if needed. Layer the salad on your plate with rice on the bottom of your plate, then lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, mango, feta cheese, and tortilla chips. Serve the salad with the dressing.
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Southwestern Chicken Paninis

 

The other night we had one of those nights when it is either eat a Little Ceasar’s pizza for the second time during the week (yes, we frequent there nearly every Friday night for our children’s date-night dinner :)–or, come up with a dinner that could be made in just a couple minutes. I decided to throw together some easy chicken panini’s and give them a southwestern flair. Not only were these panini’s delicious, but they were so easy to make, I just had to share. If you are one who struggles with dinner prep, please use our tip of having grilled and cooked chicken in your freezer at all times. I promise, this one and only tip will save your dinner-time stress and make cooking fun again. I hate thawing out meat when I am in a hurry to make dinner. Having pre-grilled chicken breasts in the freezer I can quickly pull out and throw in the microwave to use for meals, makes life so much more simple. Chicken is on sale in nearly every state this week, so while the weather is nice, head out to your grill and grill up some chicken for those busy nights. You’ll be so glad you did because then you can put together these sandwiches in just a couple minutes.

Southwestern Chicken Paninis
Ingredients
  1. 1 loaf wheat or white bread (heartier the better)
  2. 1 jar red bell peppers, drained
  3. 2 avocados
  4. 3-4 grilled chicken breasts, seasoned and sliced thin
  5. 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
  6. 6-8 sliced Provolone cheese
  7. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  8. 2-3 Tbs. jarred jalapeno peppers, diced
  9. 1 tsp. cumin powder
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Instructions
  1. Grill or bake the chicken breasts before preparing the sandwiches. In a bowl, mix together the chopped jalapeno peppers and cumin powder. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Drain the oil or water out of the red pepper jar. Slice the red peppers if you wish. Slice the red onion. Peel the avocado and slice into thin strips (or mash). Slice the chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. On one slice of the bread, spread with a generous portion of the mayonnaise. Add the avocado slices, the sliced chicken, sliced red onion and a slice of provolone cheese. Put the lid of the sandwich on top and place the sandwich in a panini press or on a griddle. Cook until both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve warm.
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Costco Comparisons: 6 simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores!

This past weekend I did my two week meal plan and wanted to share with you some tips I use to help keep my grocery budget low. If you are like me, you LOVE shopping at Costco. What is there not to love about it–samples, hot dogs for only $1.50, great quality products, and the fact they seem to have everything you need in one place. However, many people end up shopping at warehouse stores and spending MUCH more than they planned–leaving their food budgets over extended and their families finances in a pinch. I’m excited to share six simple tips to help you stay in your food budget and still have the flexibility of shopping at wholesale stores–saving you some BIG money!

*All of the items above from Costco as well as a regular grocery store only cost me $128! That was everything I needed for my two week meal plan. Fab, huh?! 🙂

Here are SIX simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores:

1-Only shop at warehouse stores once a month
Although these stores are fun to shop at, you can get sucked in by all of the other ‘fun’ items to buy and leave spending WAY more than you expected too. The items I buy at Costco will last about a month and it seems to work out great for our family.

2-Shop the coupons
Costco comes out with a coupon book once a month. You can find all of the best coupon deals on our website. Login and see if any of the coupon items are items your family NORMALLY uses and then stock up. Many of the great deals on coupons have a limit, so buy as much as you can afford if it’s an item you use anyway. For example, this month mayonnaise is on sale, so stock up and buy several to add to your food storage. With the coupon you won’t be able to find it much cheaper any other time of the year. However, be careful and not buy items ‘just because’ they are on a coupon deal. ONLY buy items you normally use and know your family will eat. Here’s a link to some great tips on how the pricing works at Costco to save you money.

3-Go with a shopping list
Don’t go to these warehouse stores without an exact list of what you need–and stick to it! I know this can be hard. Don’t get caught up in all the different foods that seem fun to try and buy. If you are on a tight budget, stick to the items you know and try and keep your blinders on for all of the others–no matter how great the samples taste 😉

4-Make items from scratch
One thing people love about warehouse stores are all of the pre-made products. I know these items are delicious and fun to eat, but they are WAY over priced. For example, a small container of Avocado Hummus costs almost $6. However,  you can make this from home (here’s our awesome Copycat recipe) for under $2 for a HUGE batch. Another example, Costco sells frozen taquitos, burritos, etc. You get about 15-20 burritos for about $1 each small burritos. Why not make up a batch of frozen burritos from scratch and keep in your freezer. They are healthier and SO much less expensive.

5-Use Deals to Meals to help know which items are less than Costco and Walmart
Focus on stocking up on these items to save you the most money. Use Deals to Meals to help you know where to shop and what to buy. Whether you want to shop at regular grocery stores for the best deals, or price match all of the best deals at Walmart, this will save you BIG money!! For example, this weekend I went shopping at Costco and bought my ‘regular’ Costco items. I then stopped by our local Sprouts to get some of the items that were on sale at their store. Between the two I had everything I needed at the very lowest prices possible. It took only an extra 20 minutes to stop by a second store but allowed me to get many of the items much less.

6-Be an informed shopper–know what to buy and what not to buy
Just because a product is sold at Costco or Sam’s Club doesn’t mean it’s the best deal. In fact, many items are over inflated because they know you will ‘grab’ extra items once you are there doing your other shopping. One place Costco really inflates their prices is on produce. Yes, they have good quality produce, but unless you want to spend twice the amount on many items, you might as well be an informed shopper and shop where prices are less. Here are some examples of items I bought at a ‘regular’ grocery store instead of a warehouse.

Here is a link to a post where I listed the items I buy on a monthly basis. 

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wrap

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that Thai food is probably my favorite type of food of all time. There is something about a creamy, peanut coconut sauce that speaks to my heart. Pair that with some seasoned chicken, brown rice, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers and you have a healthy meal your whole family will love. Even my 9 year old tonight at dinner said, “I think this is my new favorite dinner.” I have to admit I was a little shocked because of all the vegetables. The great thing about this recipe is it can be eaten as a wrap, as a salad or as a rice bowl. No matter how you put the ingredients together, you are going to love them! The best part about it is you can use your pre-grilled chicken from your freezer and the rest comes together in only a few minutes. Great for a quick weekend meal. Hope you love it as much as we do 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wraps

Spent $92 and saved $95 on my grocery shopping trip today–that’s over 50% off!

Went out today for a midnight munchie run with my teenagers and found some great prices at Smiths I wanted to share with you. Yes, I’m not sure who kidnapped their mother?!–this was SO not like me! Despite my unusual behavior, I was thrilled to get all sorts of great deals at Smiths–for things we didn’t need, as well as those we did. Not sure ice cream and doughnuts are a ‘need’, but the kids sure loved them 😉

Either way, this is a great week to stock up on some items your family might use on a regular basis. Things like pasta, chips, snack foods, chicken, produce, peanut butter, fishy crackers, marshmallows, Juicy Juice drink boxes, yogurt, eggs, milk, etc. I spent $92 and saved $95! That’s over a 50% savings WITHOUT using coupons or price matching. Knowing what to buy, as well as what not to buy, is what will save you the most at the grocery store. Login to Deals to Meals to help make your grocery shopping experience SIMPLE and FUN–no matter the time of day.  I think I am finally ready for bed now that the house full of teenagers are gone 😉 Ahh, peace and quite. That’s a good part of the day, isn’t it? Have a great night!

Memorial Day Grocery Deals–Save $100’s!

Let the grilling and barbecue season begin! Memorial Day kicks off all of the best summer sales. Watch for everything you need for your upcoming barbecues, ALL on sale this week! Everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, baked beans, pork and beans, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, cookies, snacks, soda pop, corn on the cob, watermelon and MUCH more!! Many of these items are on sale for ‘stock up’ prices too, so it’s the best time to stock your freezers and food storage with these sale items. Stock up now so you can save money in the future from buying these items at regular prices. Happy shopping!

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for $132! Great grocery deals this week!

Awesome grocery deals this week! Spent $132 and stocked my freezer with chicken and ground beef, and then got all of the produce items I need for the next two weeks. Great deals at all grocery stores this week so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area 😉

Grocery Deals: Week’s groceries for 7 people for only $142!

Amazing deals this week on fresh produce and meat. It’s a great week to stock your fridge and freezer with all of the healthy ingredients you need for your family’s meal plan. I logged into Deals to Meals earlier today before I headed out shopping, printed off my grocery list and away I went. I was able to take advantage of some of the best deals this week and saved some serious $$! I bought 24 lbs. of chicken, 5 lbs. of pork sausage and 12 lbs. of beef roast–along with ALL of these produce items for only $142! It was an awesome shopping trip and now I have all of the ingredients I need to make this week’s delicious meal plan.

If you haven’t given our service a try–we offer a 2 week FREE trial, so there is nothing to lose. Login to our website and see how easily our service can save you $100’s on your grocery budget. Like always, if you have ANY questions about how our service works, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks friends! Have fun shopping 😉

Week’s Groceries (for 7 People) for only $138 using Deals to Meals

Had a great time shopping today and saved some serious money!! Not only did I get all of the groceries I needed for the week for my family of 7, but I also was able to stock up on cheese (yes, that is 14 two pound bags of cheese–scary how much we love cheese :), salsa and mayonnaise. I had to chuckle inside today when I was checking out. The lady in front of me had several items that were all on sale. I helped her price match the items and she said, “Oh man, if I had time like you to price match I would save some big money”. I couldn’t help but think it took me literally less than 5 minutes to make my shopping list. No matter how busy we all are, we all have an extra 5-10 minutes to make a grocery list–especially if it saves us almost HALF on our groceries, right?  If you are like this lady and feel that price matching takes too much time, give our website a try (2 week FREE trial for everyone!). I promise, with a little practice, it doesn’t take long to save your family a lot of money.

How can you save money too? Simply log into our website, create your shopping list from the red/best deals of the week, and head out to the store (or stores) of your choosing. Today I was running low on time, so I decided to price match at my local Walmart. It was great to be able to get all of the best deals in one place.  It feels so great to have all of the ingredients I need for this months meal planner. If you need help knowing what to make this week, we can help with that too! We have tons of delicious recipes on our website that can all be made from the deals this week.  It’s a win-win!

Week’s worth of groceries for a family of 7 for $89 using Deals to Meals

You know, sometimes I love doing a large grocery shopping trip with price matching and a huge grocery list. But then, there are times I just want to do a quick, simple shopping trip. Tonight I was reminded that we were out of milk and most of the basics of family life 😉 I quickly logged into Deals to Meals and looked through the deals. Smiths had some of the best deals, so I decided to go there quickly. I spent $89 on all of the groceries we needed for a week (for the 7 of us) and was thrilled with the price tag. I saved $56 and was in and out of Smiths in less than 25 minutes.

That’s the great thing about Deals to Meals. It can help you save BIG money, even if you don’t have a lot of time. Just focus on those red/great deals and you will save 30-70% on your groceries. For example, this week at Smiths they have their personal size watermelons on sale for $1.50, usually $3.99. That’s more than 50% off. Also, they have their raspberries and blackberries on sale for only $1.25, usually $2.99. Again, over 50% off. Buy several and stock your freezer for smoothies and shakes 😉 We also got turkey, ground beef, ground sausage, bread, produce, dairy–you name it, it’s on sale! Not to mention Smiths (and Kroger) are also having their case lot sales, so it’s a great time to stock up on pantry items as well. Enjoy!!

Amazing Easter Grocery Deals–an Easter Feast for under $50 for a family of 7

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There are several weeks out of the year, that I get ecstatic to grocery shop. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  If you follow the trends of grocery shopping, you know that these three weeks of the year will give you some of the best savings on grocerie. Easter is one of those weeks that you NEED to shop. Whether you like to grocery shop or not, this is the week to take advantage of all these great deals. . Let me help you plan your Easter Meal around items on sale this week. I was able to buy my families entire Easter meal WITH lots of food storage items for under $50. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter week!

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Let’s start with the meat. Whether you like ham or turkey for your Easter feast, both are on sale. In fact, if you like pork, chicken or a beef roast for Easter, those are also on sale. Spiral hams are on sale this week anywhere from $1.59/lb.-$2.00/lb. This is over 45% off Walmart’s already low prices and up to 65% off your local grocery store prices. Turkey breasts are also on sale as low as $0.99/lb.  ato Target. It’s a great time to stock your freezer with meat. Fabulous, huh?!
  Login to Deals to Meals to see specific sales in your area on meat.
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Everything you need for baking is on sale this week. Butter, cake mixes, cooking oil, powdered sugar, brown sugar, marshmallows, canned pineapple, canned mandarin oranges, granulated sugar, coconut and MUCH more! Sales as high as 60% off regular grocery store prices. This is a great week to stock up on all of your sugars in your food storage. Powdered sugar, brown sugar and granulated sugar don’t ever go on sale as low as they do this week. Definitely stock up time 😉 

Login to Deals to Meals to see specific sales in your area on baking items.

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Many other great deals on Easter ‘party foods’ like crackers, cream cheese, chocolate chips, ice cream, cookies, etc.
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Your Easter meal won’t be complete without produce! Carrots, asparagus, apples, grapes, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, red potatoes and MUCH more are all on sale this week. 

Case Lot Extravaganza: How I case lot shop and the best $400 Investment you will ever make!

You’re probably getting tired of me talking about the case lot sales going on right now, but I can’t help myself! I want EACH and EVERY one of you (who live in the Midwest and Western U.S) to take advantage of these deals. Before these deals end on Monday, I just wanted to send out one more reminder to hopefully get you to take the time to do some grocery shopping this weekend. I know it can be hard to find time to do this kind of shopping, but I promise, it will bring you peace of mind–as well as save you $100’s for months to come.

Here are 5 tips to help you take advantage of the case lot 
(or best) grocery deals:

Tip 1: Take Inventory

It is imperative that before you go and do a large grocery shopping trip that you know what you have. Many times we think we know what we have on hand, but until we take the time to take inventory, our memory might not be as accurate as once thought. For example, I took inventory yesterday before going out shopping and realized I have WAY more of certain items that our family needs. If I had gone shopping, I might have bought even more of those items and perhaps wasted money by letting things expire before we used them.

We have an awesome Inventory Sheet if you would like to use. It works like a checkbook (totals on the gray lines and current amounts on the white lines). This sheet is great to also give you an idea of which items you need to add to your storage and how much of each item.

Tip 2: Go with a Plan

Before you go shopping, it is important you have a plan for your shopping trip. Use Deals to Meals to know which store (or stores) has the best deals you are in need of. You can always shop at the one or two stores, or you can price match all of the best deals at your local Walmart. When I do my large case lot shopping, I always like to shop at the actual stores having the sales. They seem to have a greater supply and I like buying the cases all wrapped up together. The two stores this week with the best case lot deals are Maceys (www.maceys.com) and Ridleys (www.shopridleys.com). Both have awesome deals this week!!

To find the best deals, just login to Deals to Meals and search for the ‘best’ deals in your area. Look through the list of best deals and click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Once you have your list, you are ready to go shop!

Tip 3: Buy as much as you can afford

The key to save the most money on your groceries is to buy as much of those great/best deals as you can afford. When items are on sale for their lowest prices, it’s the best time to stock up to save you money in the long run. For example, if your family uses canned beans on a regular basis, then stock up and buy several cases. Don’t buy just one–buy cases if you can afford it. These items won’t go on sale again for 6-12 months–so stock up! If you can buy several now, you won’t have to buy those items again at regular prices for the rest of the year–saving you $100’s throughout the months to come.

Tip 4: Best investment you’ll ever make

There are few investments that bring as much peace of mind, than knowing you have enough money and food for a ‘rainy day’. We never know what our future holds. We may experience job loss, natural disasters, health problems, etc. No matter what the situation is, we will always be grateful to have enough food, water and money on hand to help our family weather the storms of life.

How often do we pay monthly for life insurance, car insurance, cell phones, gym memberships, etc.– all for our comfort and peace of mind? However, how often do we think about what would happen if we were unable to go to the store, or have money to buy our family the necessities of life? Having a well stocked food storage and pantry help bring us a peace of mind we can’t get in any other way. There are few things in life we can purchase that will bring us as much sense of peace. Did I spend over $400 this week on food storage? Yes. Was that a stretch for my family? Yes. However, knowing we have nearly all of the basics our family needs (and will use) for the next 3-6 months, brings me a lot of comfort. Not to mention, it saves me time and money by not having to go to the store as often, and buy items when they aren’t on sale.

*TIP: If you are thinking you don’t have money to buy groceries, think of doing a few things that might free up some extra cash. What about your tax return? Could you put that extra money towards your food storage? What about not eating out for a month and saving that $100-$200 on food storage instead? What if you canceled your gym membership, your cable, or your cell phone payments for a couple months to buy extra food? How about not buying any ‘extras’ for a few months (cookies, chips, fruit snacks, soda, etc.) and put that money towards food storage? Have a trip planned this summer? Maybe think about simplifying your plans and use your vacation money on preparedness efforts for your family? There are several ways we can cut back if we are really dedicated to this cause 😉

Tip 5: Don’t make excuses and start NOW

So many times we make excuses as to why we don’t have time to be prepared and get our lives in order. The time to make excuses is over. With our economy the way it is, I urge ALL families to take a few minutes and figure out a plan for your family. What is your plan during an emergency? How will you cook your food if you no longer have power? Do you have enough food and water to keep your family eating comfortable for 1, 2, 6 weeks to come? Think about these different scenarios and DON’T DELAY! Take one step now and then work on another portion of your preparedness plans in the future. If you haven’t started stocking up on anything, then start with water.

Water is one of the most important aspects of your food storage and emergency preparedness efforts. If you don’t have anything on hand, start with buying several cases of water. You need a 2 week supply of water per person in case of an emergency. That is about 2-3 (24 bottles) per person. These are on sale this week, so it’s a great time to build up your supply of water. For my family of 7, our 2 week supply of water would cost under $50. That’s not a bad investment when you consider the peace of mind that purchase would give.

Start NOW! This is why we are here at Deals to Meals. We do what we do so that you and your family can save money and learn to be a little more self sufficient and smart with your money. Use our website to help you know where to shop, what to buy and how much to buy! We are here to help. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are your cheerleaders and want to help you the best way we can! Good luck to you and don’t delay. These case lot sales end soon, so do some shopping this weekend before it’s too late 😉

10 Days of Groceries for $150 by using Deals to Meals {for family of 7}

How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one. After being home for a week, I guess it was time I went grocery shopping, right? Our fridge was totally empty when we got home and I’m not sure what we have eaten, but somehow we survived a week with only buying milk and eggs. Having a well stocked food storage is the best, isn’t it? I knew I had to go shopping today when last night we ate another freezer meal and my son said, “Are you ever going to make a real dinner again?” I guess that’s a sign it was time to go shopping, wasn’t it?

So, off I went. I logged into Deals to Meals and decided to shop at Smiths and Sprouts this week. There were some amazing deals this week. Especially if you need any case lot-food storage items, this is the week to go! Having been gone for so long I needed a bunch of produce, dairy and meat. It was the perfect time to go and stock up on a bunch of great deals. I got everything I needed for my families 10 day meal plan, along with 20 lbs. of butter for my freezer (yes, it’s only $1.99 a pound at Smiths!! I saved $60 just on my butter purchase) and 20 lbs. of chicken.  Chicken is on sale here in Utah (and other Western US states) for $1.29-$1.77/lb. These deals make it a great time to stock your freezer with chicken!  Login to our website to find out all of the best deals in your area 😉

Real Mom Kitchen goes shopping with Deals to Meals and saves 50% on groceries!

I love my job! It is so fun to meet so many people and help families save money. To think I get to help people, and get paid while doing it. Seriously, what a blessing! Thank you to each of you who continually support us here at Deals to Meals. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do, so thank you!! This week I was able to help another friend learn how to save some BIG money on their groceries. And guess what, it is SO easy! What if I told you if you spent an extra 10-15 minutes a week, you could save $100’s on your grocery shopping trip? Sounds hard to believe, right? Well, it’s true. And it is more simple than you could ever imagine!

I have gotten to know some extremely talented and lovely people in this business. I love learning from fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs who have taught me so much over the years. One of those beautiful people is Laura Powell. She is the author of the famous food blog, Real Mom Kitchen -check her out, she’s amazing!

 Over 8 years ago when I started this blog, she was one of the only other food blogs on the web (wow, how things have changed!). She was the first food blog I followed all those years ago. Her recipes are incredible and her simple-no fuss recipes are perfect for busy moms. When I was introduced to Laura a few weeks ago, it was so great to get to know her and learn from her years of experience. And…at the same time, teach her a little something about what I love to do—grocery shop and SAVING money! We met at her house and within 15 minutes of using Deals to Meals we had her grocery list and meal plan all ready to go. Off we went to her local Neighborhood Walmart and let the shopping fun begin! After 45-60 minutes of shopping (and a lot of talking) we left Walmart with a full cart of groceries, 2 weeks of meal ingredients, plus some food storage items we stocked up on for under $100! As we were checking out I had her guess how much she’d think her total would be. She said, “Well over $200”. When it rung up for $98.92 she was shocked! How fun is that? Remember, saving money doesn’t have to be hard. With a little help from Deals to Meals, you can save some serious money too. Check out all of the great deals (some shown above) and see how fun saving and shopping can be for you too!

Visit this blog post to help you with price matching:
10 Tips to help make Walmart Price Matching Easier!

Best Grocery Deals this Week! Spent $59 and saved $56 on my groceries this week

I went shopping today. Surprisingly, my last big grocery shopping trip has lasted 18 days and I still have tons of produce left. How fun is that?!? I guess being on a diet is good for something–groceries don’t go as quickly 🙂 Ha! So, I decided to do some stock-up food storage shopping today and I got some great deals. We were out of cereal (again–ugh!) and so I needed some cereal, bread, eggs and then a few awesome deals that were on sale. Do you need pasta in your food storage? This is the week to STOCK UP! At only $0.49 a pound, it’s a great time to buy your year supply of pasta. Also, other great deals on salsa, taco shells, peppers, snack items, about every meat you’d ever want in your freezer and MUCH more. Login to our website to find out all of the best deals this week 😉 Have fun shopping!!

Deals to Meals Q&A–Learn the answers to some commonly asked questions about how our service works

We have received some great questions this past week about how Deals to Meals works and how to make our service work for your family. We wanted to share portions of these emails to help answer some questions you might be having as well. Learning a new system takes a little time and effort, but we promise once you get the hang of Deals to Meals it will bless your family for years to come! It really is easy and fun once you can get a few things figured out 😉

So, here we go…

Member: When do you upload a new meal planner?

DTM: Most grocery store ads start Wednesday and run through the next Tuesday. Our new meal planners are posted Tuesday nights before midnight and will run through the next Tuesday night.

Member: Why is Walmart not listed as a store?

DTM: At this time, we do not include Walmart as a store option because of a couple reasons. First, they only release an ad once or twice a month. Secondly, most of their ads are non-grocery items. Thirdly, we compare ALL of the other stores’ deals TO Walmart, so if something is not on sale for a ‘great/red’ deal, then you should buy it at Walmart or Costco instead. As I look through the Walmart ads each month there is VERY rarely a ‘great/red’ deal on their ad items. Most items you can find for less at Costco, or just wait patiently for those items to go on sale at a regular grocery store. However, during the holidays they sometimes have some good deals on baking items (around Thanksgiving) and during those times, I will include them.

Member: So far I have been impressed with your meal plans!! My husband is very picky, and even he thinks he’ll eat about 60% of the meals, which for us is a pretty big deal!!

DTM: Yay! So glad he thinks he’ll like our recipes. Our recipes are pretty family friendly and even if someone doesn’t like the whole idea of one of the meals, sometimes they find they like aspects of it (ex: If they don’t like Carnita Steak Tacos, they might like the steak grilled alone and eaten with a potato on the side instead. Or, if you don’t like Green Curry Chicken and Rice, just do a different chicken and rice dish (like Sweet and Sour) and most of the same ingredients will be on sale). It makes it easier to keep the meal planner as close to what we offer as possible to help you get the best deals, and make the process streamlined.

Member: Is there a way to easily remove meals from your plan and auto-update the shopping list? The only way I have been able to find to do this is look through the long list of ingredients and manually add them all to the shopping list. I’d really love to learn how to streamline that process!! 
DTM: No, sadly. Not at this point. They are easy to remove, but not to update the grocery list. So…this is what I would suggest. If he is liking 60% of the meal plan, I would stick with those recipes you know you will make. And, then cross off the few recipes on the grocery list you won’t be making that week. Then…before you go out shopping, I would glance quickly through the weekly deals and see if there is any great grocery deals you know will work for a different meal you know your family will eat. For example, if your family loves tacos but they weren’t on the meal plan, glance through (or search) for ground beef, taco shells, cheese, etc. and add those to your list. Most of us have a pretty good idea of our family favorite recipes that we know our family will eat and what ingredients we always need to have on hand to make them. As you get doing this for awhile you will know some of the basic ingredients you need for your ‘staple’ recipes—for me these include: lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions, green onions, apples, bananas, bread, milk, eggs, chicken, ground beef, etc. When I don’t have time to do the ‘perfect’ meal plan, I always grab these specific items and I know I can turn them into just about any recipe I know my family will eat. It’s a good idea to write down some of your favorite meals and the ingredients and start recognizing what you buy all the time and watch for those to go on sale—along with the meal planner ingredients you know you are going to need.  Does that make sense? This part is kind of a learned habit that will become super easy as time goes on 🙂

Member: I am wondering what kinds of deals your deal finder looks for, just to help me understand a little bit more! I would love to be able to compare Walmart/Winco/Costco.
DTM: We compare to Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club because they are national stores that have pretty comparable prices around the country. Winco sadly doesn’t offer a weekly grocery ad so we can’t add them—how I wish they did!! However, their prices are right around Walmarts and Costco, so you can generally assume if an item is less than Walmart and Costco, it will be less than Winco as well.
Member: I don’t see an item on your site that I see in the ad. Are all deals listed?
DTM: Almost all. If an item is in the ad and is a good or great deal, it should always be listed. If it’s an item that is NOT a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, it will not be listed. However, we do have many employees doing hundreds of ads around the country, so I can’t guarantee that 100%. However, if there is a great/red deal we will not miss those because they are the ones our reps are looking for. Many items in the ads can be bought for MUCH less at Costco or Walmart and are not worth entering and posting on our site. Focus on the red and starred deals to save you the most money. All other deals can be bought for less at Costco, Winco or Walmart.
Member: What coupons will show up under the “coupons” column? 
DTM: The only coupons we will mention are in ad coupons or store digital coupons. We don’t mention coupons you have to clip or get in the newspaper, although some people do a coupon match up on their own and find that works. Coupons just aren’t who our service is geared for 😉
Member: I’m wondering more about your food storage portion of things. I think it looks like a really really cool idea, but I guess I am trying to understand how to take the most advantage of this part of your service! 
DTM: This part of our service is awesome because it makes getting your food storage/stock pile SUPER simple. All you need to do, is if you see an item on sale with a star (or a stock up price) you want to decide if that item is a item that can be stored long term, AND if it’s an item your family uses on a regular basis. If it is, these are the items you want to stock up on. For example, this week cereal is on sale for a great price. If your family eats a lot of cereal, then stock up on those items and buy as many as you can afford within your monthly budget. There will be times that stores have case lot sales and that’s a great time to watch for food storage items, focus on the great deals and stock up! If you live in Utah right now Harmon’s is having a great case lot sale. If you use any of those great deals in your daily cooking, then it’s a good time to stock up.
Member: Are the food storage recipes meant to use up year supply items I would have already purchased if I’d been using your service for a few months, or to recommen