Gotta keep it quick here, but wanted to post a few new pics of meals we had a la coupon!  Hope you enjoy them!
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Foreman Grilled Cheese Sandwich

That grill's come in handy this summer!  You can use the Kraft American slices, but I used another type of cheese.
 




  • 5 thin slices of Helava Good PepperJack cheese
  • 1 slice garden tomato
  • 1 slice Roasted Pepper
  • 1 Whole Wheat Deli Flat

I layered tomato and roasted pepper between the cheese and deli flat and grilled for 2 minutes. Yum!

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BBQ flavored Grilled Chicken Tenders

My daughter got hooked on the PBS America's Test Kitchen show.  When I ordered one of their books with the accompanying DVD, she gravitated to this recipe.  It's meant for skinned pieces of chicken but I used the dry rub on chicken tenders and grilled them on the Foreman Grill.

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic and onion powders
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Pat the chicken dry.  Marinade in the rub for at least one hour.  Cook on the heated Foreman Grill for about 5-8 minutes or until done.

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On the Go Parfait

I did my first ever nutrition/coupon tutorial with the Metanoia Freedom School parents during the annual parent's night educational series.  I wanted to spend as much time as possible talking about saving money with coupons, so I showed the families a couple of recipes that kids could make on their own without turning on the kitchen stove.  Why is it in a cup?  To show the parents that if kids are running late to school they can still have a decent breakfast in the car on the way to school. This parfait was the first recipe.

1 Yoplait Blueberry yogurt
1 Nature Valley granola bar, broken into bitesize pieces

I simply layered the cup yogurt, 1/2 granola bar pieces, yogurt, the rest of the granola.  Breakfast or snack is served.  *For a less sugar version, I used a Dannon Greek plain fat free yogurt with about 2 Tbsp mandarin oranges.

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Kashi Supreme Thin Crust Pizza

The empty nest is not so empty anymore and our fashionista wanted to try the Kashi Pizza.  I asked her to dress it up with the following:

  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 handful Lindsay olives, rinsed and halved
  • 2 Tbsp President's Fat Free Feta
  • 2 Roasted Red Peppers, dried and sliced
  • Italian Seasoning to taste

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Easy Pasta Salad

G, how easy is it you ask?  So easy, my husband made it from my instructions while I redid a lot of my food coupon pictures.  It's a variation of the Tortellini and Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad recipe on this site. 

  • Barilla Plus bowtie pasta
  • a handful of the Lindsay olives, rinsed and halved
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta
  • a cucumber from our garden
  • Kraft balsamic vinegar dressing.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Remember that Pork Rib Italiano from the last post?  Just as I'd mentioned, it was awesome as a quick lunch!  I just shredded one country rib with about 2 teaspoons of barbecue sauce.  Nuked it for about 40 seconds and then filled 2 Sara Lee whole wheat hotdog buns and lunch was great that day!  Sorry the photographer got hungry in the middle of the shoot.

 
 
As I'd mentioned in recent Twitter comments, I'm starting to get a feel for seeking out the healthier food choices e in my couponing adventures.  Way back when I changed the kinds of food my family ate, this recipe was one of my personal favorites.  At home, I added a little red wine to the recipe, my kids called this grown up food. It wasn't until I made the wine-free version for their peers at the Kids Cafe that my two finally came around.  I upped the number of veggies in the sauce to 10 for a community health fair.  I challenged kids in the audience to guess all 10 veggies.  We had one contest winner, but most of the kids came back for seconds,  and even thirds.

Yeah, this recipe makes a lot of sauce, but everyone knows that spaghetti tastes better on the second day.  For our family of four, this pot's enough for to provide leftovers for at least another day, my husband's lunch and and extra for freezing, if desired.

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey - both were close to the expiration date, so Harris Teeter reduced the prices. I got the beef for $1.34.  The ground turkey was .99 cents
  • 3 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp celery seed
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Lots of diced veggies - onions, squash, zucchini, stewed tomatoes, olives (I usually use the chopped olives), eggplant, spinach, cooked carrots, bell peppers, and celery
  • 1/4 cup red wine, optional
  • 3 cans large cans spaghetti sauce
  • 2 pounds whole wheat or whole grain pasta, cooked al dente and drained - I shelled out a few extra pennies for Mueller's whole wheat pasta that wasn't on sale, but it was cheaper than what I used to buy at Walmart.  It does have a distinctive texture that takes some getting used to, so try Barilla Plus or Ronzoni whole grain varieties for a more traditional pasta texture.
Brown ground beef and drain fat.  Stir in seasoning and then add chopped veggies and wine, if using.  Cook until veggies are softened. Add spaghetti sauce and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes. Serve over pasta.  I topped the sauce with a little shredded cheese, also on sale.

Super Duper Vegetarian Version: This recipe's easy to modify for vegans and vegetarians.  Just skip the meat and saute the veggies in 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil.  Proceed with the remaining recipe but skip the cheese.  Try something new and replace pasta with spaghetti squash!

Minimize Waste: The veggie scraps ended up in our compost pile and I'm saving seeds from the red pepper for gardening.  Once they dry completely, I'll transfer them to a ziploc plastic bag for safe keeping.
 

Easy Recipes for Cheap Living
Last Updated November 26, 2010
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Easy Recipes for Living Well on a Budget