The beauty of this soup is in it’s versatility; you can use most vegetables and any number of meat products that are available to you, and it will still taste delicious. Personally, I use up any leftovers I have from a beef roast, and I incorporate whatever veggies I have on hand that are looking sad in the fridge or need to be used up from the garden. You can also go simple and use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables from your freezer. This soup is thick and hearty enough for a meal if you include a loaf of homemade bread or a salad. Followed exactly, this recipe will feed at least 6 people. You can also adapt this recipe for the slow-cooker. From my estimates, this recipe cost me around $2 in total to make. Please note, I did go a little easy on the meat because I didn’t have much left this time. This dish has a great tomato flavor and a bit of a spicy kick; if you don’t care for heat in your food, decrease or omit the red pepper flakes.
- 1/2-1 lb. of leftover pot roast (or cooked ground beef or sausage)
- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 6 cups chicken stock (I use my homemade stock because it’s free, but you can also use veggie or beef stock, or water with bouillon)
- 2 can condensed tomato soup
- 1.5 cups of chopped veggies (either raw or frozen–use whatever you have on hand that you need to use up)
- 1/4 box of ditalini or macaroni noodles
- 2 TBS Worcestershire
- 2 tsps. red pepper flakes
- salt, pepper and onion powder to taste
- Bring the stock to a boil; add celery, potatoes and any raw veggies to the stock and boil for 10 minutes.
- Add the tomato soup and any frozen pasta noodles. Bring back to a boil and continue simmering for 10 minutes.
- Add any frozen veggies, Worcestershire sauce, pepper flakes, and seasonings. Continue to simmer 10 minutes more or until pasta and veggies are tender.
- Add beef or ground meat and heat through. Don’t worry if your leftover beef has gravy on it; this will add flavor to the soup.
- Serve with sprinkled parmesan or Romano cheese on top.
This leftover soup is a big hit in my house; my fiancé is super-picky and he still loves it. This is one of those recipes that has endless variations, so don’t be afraid to play around with it in order to use up any leftovers you have sitting in the fridge. It’s great for using up some of that end-of-summer zucchini surplus as well if you have a garden.
What about you? Any no-fail recipes that you use to get rid of veggie or meat leftovers?
As you can clearly see, Joey was super-excited about the new Purina coupon…
Rush on over to coupons.com to print out these high-value coupons that will make for some cheapies/freebies:
Hope everyone had a great weekend!!
Some meat/cheese products not pictured…
Whew! What a night at the stores (with Mike wanting to strangle me the whole time…I finally sent him to Home Depot to buy himself a wrench, or a clamp…or something…).
Haven’t quite figured out the exact details yet, but I spent around $30-$35 for what I’m estimating to be around $150 worth of product (retail). This is after sales, promotions, Catalinas, register coupons, and Rite Aid rewards that I received back were factored in. I also got some Saving Star money back, but haven’t figured that into the total yet, which would make it a buck or two cheaper.
- 3 Pledge Multi-Purpose cleaners
- 2 Lysol disinfectant wipes
- 16 rolls of Sparkle paper towels
- 2 Brut deodorant
- 2 Sure deodorant
- 2 Rite Guard body washes
- 1 bag of dog treats (free with coupon in K Mart’s monthly ad)
- 3 bottles of Purex detergent
- 2 Soft Scrub cleaners
- 1 Glade plug-in
(I’m new to the whole K-Mart coupon game (it is kind of confusing/infuriating!), but once I master the ins and outs I will be posting the best deals here on the blog, because with their doubling of $1 coupons, in-store register coupon deals, freebie coupons, and $5 gift cards, you can score some MAJOR free/cheap goodies here! But my total there should have been less if I’d done the deals correctly. I’ll figure it out and get back to you.)
- 6 boxes of Totino’s pizza rolls
- 2 Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Veggies
- 1 box of Super Pretzels
- 6 cans of Red Pack tomatoes (assorted varieties…yeah homemade sauce!)
- Package of 14 chicken patties (Mike looooves these when he wants to munch late night…)
- 4 Suave Shampoos
Shop n Save (forgot I made a quick stop there!)
- 2 bags of Fresh Express salad mix
- 3 boxes of Hamburger Helper (They still have selected varieties available for $1 if you still have some 75 cents/3 coupons laying around…I did!)
- 3 bags of shredded cheese
- Case of Mountain Dew cans (grrrr…no sale, no coupons…but Mike doesn’t drink coffee and he needs something to wake himself up in the morning…)
- 2 packages of Chips Ahoy! cookies (there was a Facebook $1/1 coupon, making these 88 cents each, but it’s gone now, I checked for you guys) :(
- 2 lb Pork Sirloin roast (my freezer is already bursting at the seams with cheap chicken/ground meat, but we love pulled pork from the Crock Pot, and it was only $1.79/lb)
I think I got it all!! Anybody else have any great coupon halls this week? Tell us about it in the comment section below…
Check out Unilever’s new coupon beauty bounty and add some more products to your stockpile!
Click Here for 8 New Coupons (Just click the box at the bottom right of the page)
- $1.50/1 Clear Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner
- $1.50/2 Suave products
- $1.25/1 Caress Body Wash or Pond’s Face Care Item
- $1/1 TRESemme Hair Product
- $1/1 Noxema Face Care or St. Ives Lotion
- $3/1 Nexxus Hair Product
- $2.50/1 Simple Moisturizer or Cleanser
- $3/1 Dove Hand and Body Lotion
The Suave coupon should make many Suave products only around 20 cents each at Walmart or Dollar General…and the Noxema/St. Ives coupon will double at Kmart (as long as you’re buying $25 worth of merchandise there–before coupons). The rest are just drugstore freebies waiting to happen. :)
These coupons will all print at once, and you’ll be able to print them twice.
I’m a big fan of Sun-Bird seasoning packets…especially the General Tso’s Chicken. Add a little soy sauce, sugar and water, and you’ve got a yummy chicken dinner to serve over rice. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I prefer it over Chinese takeout or restaurant meals. Their seasoning packets are frequently on sale for $1 at supermarkets, and this coupon will take half off that price (if your grocery store doubles coupons):
25 cents/1 Sun-Bird Seasoning Packet
This makes a low-cost, delicious dinner. For example:
- 1 Sun-Bird seasoning packet (after doubled coupon): 50 cents
- 1 lb of chicken, from our $1.33/lb stockpiled boneless, skinless chicken breast bags (on sale at $4/3 lb)
- 1 cup of rice, cooked in our rice cooker 25 cents (probably less expensive if you’re buying rice in bulk)
- a bit of sugar and soy sauce 10 cents (if that)
So for around $2.50, we can feed 3-4 people with this meal, or just feed the two of us and have leftovers at the end of the night. If you add a bit of broccoli (especially if you’ve grown it yourself or purchased it frozen with a coupon), the price only increases by a few cents.
Compare that to Chinese take-out, which costs around $10 per entree, and is often concocted from stringy, dark meat and more “breading” than chicken.
Plus, it couldn’t be simpler to cut up and brown the chicken and add the sauce…all while the rice cooker is casually doing it’s thing to give us perfectly cooked rice…no matter what.
If General Tso’s isn’t your thing, Sun-Bird has a variety of other seasoning packets, including Kung Pao, fried rice, sweet and sour, etc.
I’ve been trying not to eat many processed foods. I’ve been cooking at home from scratch (can you say homemade chicken stock and fresh baked bread), but there are a few “convenience” foods I like to keep around in case I’m feeling lazy…or if Mike’s left to fend for himself. GE has a lot of great deals this week when combined with printable coupons, plus many of those great deals get you Black and Gold Bucks. If you buy seven participating products, you get $7 back when you check out to spend on any Pittsburgh Steeler’s merchandise in Giant Eagle or at their online store. And many of the participating products are around 50 cents, so you can’t go wrong this week! Here are my favorite deals:
- Helluva Good Cheese Blocks are $2. Print this 50 cents/1 coupon (will double) to score your cheese for only a buck! (Eligible towards Black and Gold Bucks promotion)
- Helluva Good Dips are 3/$5. Print this 50 cents/1 coupon (again, will double) and dip till your heart
is content for only 66 cents! Or get this $1 one dip coupon when you “like” Helluva Good on Facebook.
- Chex Mix, Bugles, and Pillsbury Baguette Chips only 99 cents. Combine that with this coupon or this coupon for 50 cents off (will double) and you’ve scored free chips!
- Totino’s Pizza Rolls are only 99 cents…get a 75 cents/3 coupon here and score them for 50 cents a box
- Knorr Rice and Pasta dishes are 99 cents…use this $1/3 coupon to get them for 67 cents each…they have a lot of new varieties. (note: you will have to register on the Unilever site to print coupons).
- Skippy Peanut Butter is $2.29. Print this 50 cents/2 coupon to get your PB and J on for around $1.69 per jar. (Plus this product qualifies for the Black and Gold Bucks promotion in the Pittsburgh area).
- Ragu Pasta sauce is 2 for $3, plus get a free Giant Eagle pasta instantly when you buy two. Since GE now accepts competitor coupons, this 75 cents/2 Target coupon (will NOT double) will get you all of the above for $2.25. (Ragu sauce also counts towards B and G Bucks promotion).
- Philadelphia Creme Cheese Indulgence (in quite a few chocolaty varieties…mmm) is $2. This 75 cents/1 coupon (will double) gets you there for only 50 cents.
Giant Eagle is also having a 2 day meat sale, but if you live in the Pittsburgh area, head on over to Shop ‘n Save where the deals are a lot better. Bagged chicken breasts and ground chuck are WAY less expensive, and so is lunch meat and cheese. I generally don’t buy my meat and deli products from GE…I believe they are WAY overpriced, even when on sale. Shop ‘n Save, Aldi’s and Bottom Dollar have frequent great sales on meat that put GE to shame. Sorry Giant Eagle…I love ya, but not when it comes to my protein…usually.
Soooo…for $17 (plus 20 cents off my gas, and $7 back to spend on Steeler’s merchandise), I got…
- 6 boxes of Totino’s pizza rolls
- 5 bags of Bugles/Chex Mix
- 6 Knorr pasta/rice sides
- 2 jars of Ragu pasta sauce plus one box of GE brand pasta
- 2 jars of skippy peanut butter
- 1 tub of Philadelphia Indulgence spread
- 4 blocks of cheddar/monteray jack Helluva Good cheese (don’t forget…you can shred blocks of cheese, and you can freeze ‘em, so stock up now!)
- 2 tubs of Helluva Good chip dip (buffalo wing and jalapeno cheddar…mmmm)
- Store brand butter
- 1 Starkist Tuna pouch (I had a 55 cents off coupon from a long time ago…)
Not too shabby…
Super-cheap tuna, bread, marinades, snacks, toothpaste and more this week!!
Some great deals are going on this week at Giant Eagle! From Thurs 1/12 to Wed 12/18 there are several sweet deals that you can score for under $1! And who doesn’t love deals for under $1?? (Hence the popularity of Dollar Store Chains…but these deals are even better and cheaper!!) Here are the ones that I spotted right off the bat…I’m sure there will be more deals to follow as I delve deeper into the internet printables and my own stockpile of coupons!!
Schwebel’s Giant White Bread is 2/$3
Starkist Tuna Pouches are only $1.25
- Get your 50 cents off 1 coupon from the 1/1 Redplum insert (will double)
- Or…go on Starkist’s facebook page and “like” them to recieve 2 printables of the same coupon!
- 25 cents will score you a tuna pouch!!
Ken’s Marinades are 3 for $5
- Hunt for your 1/8 Smartsource insert and find that $1 off 1 coupon
- You now have access to any of Ken’s delicious marinades (Teriyaki and Buffalo Chicken are my faves) for only 67 cents!!
Muir Glen Organic Canned Tomatoes are only 2 for $3
- Hope you scored this printable earlier! It’s no longer available, but if you got your prints you have some FREE tomatoes coming your way this week!!
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are only 10 for $10!!
Totino’s Pizza Rolls are 8/$10
Crest Toothpaste is 2/$4
- Clip your 75 cents/1 Crest toothpaste coupon from the 1/1 P&G
- Get your tooth-brushin’ on for only 50 cents!!
Purina One Dog Food is 2/$12
- Word on the street…the 1/15 smartsource has a $5/1 Purina One coupon!
- Feed that hungry, hungry puppy for only $1 this week!! (I know my hungry puppy goes through TONS of food!! She will love this!)
And some great Loss-Leaders!!
- Giant Eagle King Size White Bread is 79 cents
- Ground Round is $2.27/lb
- Roasting Chickens are BOGO
- Boneless Sirloin Tip Roasts are BOGO
- Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops are BOGO
- Farmer’s Market Fresh Express Salad Blends (in many different varieties) are BOGO
- Peaches/Nectarines are 99 cents/lb
Nabisco’s Oreo cookie brand makes for some pretty delicious frozen treats…especially when a girl’s PMSing…just sayin’…
Anyway, get your $1.50 any Oreo frozen treats coupon here…fill out a short form, and they’ll send it to ya (hopefully the coupon will coincide with an awesome sale…and you’ll get it at that time of the month as well…in a perfect world…just sayin’…)
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So many things you can do with a chicken breast!!
This Thursday and Friday at select Shop ‘n Save stores around the Pittsburgh area, 3 lb. bags of chicken breasts are on sale for only $4…which works out to around $1.33/lb. Not a bad deal at all!! I recommend a stock-up, as these bags normally go for $5 each, even when they are on super-sale like this!!
But what to make with all of that chicken breast??
First, if you’re buying in bulk, you’ll want to wrap the breast tightly in 1 lb portions (or whatever portions make sense for your family when cooking a meal). Even in the bag, chicken can become freezer burnt when you are taking pieces of chicken out randomly to cook meals, and you may not be sealing the bag properly….better to wrap your portions in saran wrap and then aluminum foil…then add a sticker with a date on it, so you know when to toss chicken that has exceeded it’s expiration date.
Most of these recipes are pantry-friendly, meaning you don’t have to run to the store to buy five “what the heck is that?’ ingredients.
Anyway, some great recipes using chicken breasts from all over the web, including a site dedicated to the picky-palates of children (featuring…you guessed it…chicken breast recipes)!!
- Smothered Chicken Breasts (allrecipes.com) Love bacon?? Try this recipe…
- Candied Chicken Breasts (allrecipes.com) If you love that sweet, tangy, tropical flavor, this one’s for you…
- Chicken Parmigiana (foodnetwork.com) Bobby Flay’s famous recipe…you’ll find you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry/refrigerator!)
- Barbeque Chicken (foodnetwork.com) Straight from the Neely’s recipe repertoire…instructions for the grill, and for the grill-less…
- Mustard Chicken (epicurious.com) This recipe is for a whole chicken cut into sections, but this can easily be translated into several breast portions. Straight from Paris, France, this recipe simple to make, yet leaves a complex, satisfying taste on the palate. Impress your friends and neighbors!!
- Chicken with Crispy Panko Coating (southernfood.about.com) Fans of the South, rejoice! Mayonnaise, mustard, and fried chicken breasts are given an Asian twist with Panko bread crumbs. It’s finger-licking’ good!!
- Kid-Friendly Chicken Breast Recipes (Grandparent’s Cafe) FOR KIDS!! This page contains several “kid-tested, parent-approved” chicken breast recipes, if you have picky wee-ones!!
Have a great chicken breast recipe you’d like to share?? PLEASE leave a comment and let me know about it!! (I’m always looking for new recipes!)
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So happy to see another 2-day sale hit the ‘Burgh!! Shop ‘n Save is offering some great deals this Thurs and Fri. Check first to make sure your local Shop ‘n Save is participating though, as they are all independently owned. My insert is from the Haymaker Village branch in Monroeville.
Here are a few of my favorite deals, the ones that I will be stuffing my freezer with!!
- Hillandale Butter is only $1.99
- Ground Chuck is $2.29/lb (I’ve seen it a bit cheaper, but still a great price as food prices continue to rise!)
- United Dairy Golden Ice Cream (in many varieties) is only $2 for a 64 oz carton
- Gia Russa Stuffed Rigatoni is BUY 1 GET 2 FREE! (serve this up at your next party!)
- Hillandale Chunk or Shredded cheese is only $1.50
- Gallons of United Dairy Iced Tea (and other drinks) are only $1.25
- Boneless Pork Loin Chops $1.88/lb
- Jif Peanut Butter is $2.50 (I haven’t bought peanut butter, which is my fave, in AGES due to the insane price increases. Might have to spring for a jar this week!)
- Loaves of fresh baked Italian bread are 99 cents
- Gia Russa Chicken or Beef broth is only 50 cents for a 14.5 oz can
And from the deli…
- Armour Jumbo Bologna $1.98/lb
- Farmland Cooked Ham $1.98/lb
- Honeysuckle White Turkey Breast $2.98/lb (great price on this!)
- Amish Classic Yellow or White American cheese is $2.98/lb
There are many other deals as well!! I’ll let you know if I find any coupons that match up with these sales to make them even sweeter! Even without coupons, the 2-Day sale is a great way to stock up on butter, lunch meat, cheese and more at a great price!
See you all at the 2-Day Sale!!