Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A recipe I made based on what was on sale this week

I talk about how people should shop based on what's on sale weekly, which is why I post the weekly ad matches. I wanted to share with everyone a recipe that I made tonight for supper with a lot of the ingredients based on the sales this week. I got this recipe from the website Once a Month Meals, which is a great site that they provide recipes that can be pre-made and then frozen to save time if you are ever in a bind.

The pics aren't the best (the hubby never took a photography class "wink")
Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake

1 (16 ounce) box Penne pasta noodles--had in pantry but store brand pasta is $1 each small box
2 (10 ounce) containers Alfredo sauce--made homemade cream cheese on sale for $.99
1 cup sour cream--land o lakes 8oz $1.19 no PM or deal this week
1 (15 ounce) container Ricotta cheese--only had Sargento for $2.99 no coupon for this cheese
2 cloves of garlic, minced--in pantry, glass jar minced $2.59--jumbo garlic $.33 @ Hyvee
2 cups cooked, diced chicken--$1.88/lb at Hyvee this week
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese--$2.99 store brand everyday no other deals
2 teaspoons dried Parsley--in pantry Tone's mini spices are $.89 every day
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning--in pantry Tone's mini spices are $.89 everyday
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese--on sale $1.66 for 8oz this week

Directions: Boil Penne pasta in a large pot of water, according to package directions. Drain water, and then return pasta to pot. Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the mozzarella cheese. Stir together to combine and then pour mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle the top evenly with the mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy

A majority of these items I had on hand because I use them a lot and I also purchased them when they were on sale at a great price.

My Alfredo recipe is this...
1/2 cup butter
1 (8oz) cream cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups of milk
6 oz grated Parmesan
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Melt the butter, then add the cream cheese and garlic powder and stir while it melts. slowly add milk into the mix and stir to get lumps out. Add the Parmesan and black pepper. If it's too thick, add a little more milk. Done.

My recipe costs me, probably at most $2 but it makes about 3.5 cups, 28 ounces, of sauce. A jar that you can buy at the store is 10 ounces and costs $2.59. It's a quick recipe and you won't be kicking yourself in the butt for wasting all that money. :)

I like to make at lest a double batch of this and then freeze it to be used later. Depending on what it will be used for, I pick different sized containers. A word to the wise though, when freezing sauces or soups, always allow at least an inch of empty bowl between the soup/sauce and lid for expansion or you'll have one heck of a mess! Date the dish and thaw in the fridge the night before you need it. If you forgot you need it, put it in some hot water, that should do the trick!

What are some great recipes you've made based on the weekly sales?