Saturday, September 12, 2009

Weekly Menu Sept. 14

Hi Everyone!!!! And welcome to the new members of my Weekly Menu!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s menu! This week we have another great menu. We are going to begin the week with a super saver dinner – Baked Ravioli. Frozen ravioli is on sale at Giant Eagle as well as Ragu (if you like it). Plus there was a coupon in the Wednesday coupon section from Red Plum for Ragu!!! Double savings!!! Tuesday we are going to fire up the crock-pots for easy cooking with Sausage and Grits. This is a recipe adapted from Southern Living and was recommended by Dawn S. Smoked Sausage is on special at GE – B1G1 free!!! Wait – there is also an internet coupon!!! Double savings!!!

Does anyone still have pork in the freezer? If not, don’t worry. GE has value pack pork chops B1G1 free this week! We will have pork with tomatoes and capers. This is a new recipe but looks delish! We will also try out Oven-Fried Chicken. Leg quarters are only $.79 per pound at GE!!! We will use leftover chicken for sandwiches on Friday night!

Remember - save your receipts each week and at the end of the month tally your savings by using GE specials and coupons and pay yourself!!! Before long, you will have created a nice little slush fund for you and your family.

Don’t forget to check out all of the old coupon fliers that you should be saving - :) - and also the internet. Here are the sites again for those of you that are new: and When you sign up at a nifty toolbar will appear and you will be able to pull down the tab and see which coupons you would like to print. So easy!!!!!

Here is this week’s menu:


Baked Ravioli
Garlic Toast

Baked Ravioli

1 pkg. of frozen ravioli – cheese or meat
1 jar of your favorite sauce or 3 cups of your homemade
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Prepare the ravioli according to its directions. While the ravioli is draining, add the sauce to the pot and heat through. Gently combine the ravioli and sauce, stirring until coated. Place in a 9x13 baking dish and cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350˚ until the ravioli is heated through and the cheese has melted.


Sausage and Grits

Sausage and Grits (adapted from Southern Living)

2 cups uncooked regular grits
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can Cheddar cheese soup
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 pound hot smoked sausage, sliced
3 tablespoons butter

Combine first 8 ingredients in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Take sliced sausage and fry in a skillet until slightly crispy. Stir the sausage into the slow cooker and cook on low for an additional 1 ½ hours. Stir in the butter and serve immediately.


Pork with Tomatoes and Capers
Steamed broccoli

Pork with Tomatoes and Capers (adapted from Southern Living)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
4 (1/2 inch-thick) boneless pork chops
1 T. olive oil
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) of petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons capers

Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish; dredge pork chops in flour mixture.
Cook pork chops in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove chops from skillet. Add garlic to skillet, and sauté 1 minute. Add vinegar and broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet; stir in tomatoes and capers. Return pork chops to skillet; bring sauce to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until pork is done. Serve pork chops with tomato mixture. Garnish, if desired.


Oven-Fried Chicken
Green Beans
Baked Potatoes

Oven-Fried Chicken

1 ½ cups of plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 t. chili powder
1/2 t. salt
3-4 lbs. of chicken pieces, with the bone, preferably chicken leg quarters
2 large eggs, beaten

In a large shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs, cheese, chili powder, and salt. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Dip in beaten egg and roll in crumb mixture to coat. Place on a foil-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Bake in a 375° regular or 350° convection oven until crumbs are browned and chicken is no longer pink at the bone, 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Chicken Hoagies
Carrots sticks and dressing

Chicken Hoagies

Leftover chicken from Thursday night, cut off of the bone
Hoagie rolls
Mozzarella or provolone cheese
Chopped tomatoes
Shredded lettuce
Italian dressing

Take the leftover chicken and warm in the microwave to take the chill off. Assemble the hoagies by placing cut chicken on top of the roll and then top the chicken with the cheese. Place under the broiler until the bun is toasty, the cheese melted and the sandwich is hot. Remove from the oven. Combine the chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce and enough dressing to coat the veggies. Top the chicken the mixture and enjoy!

And now for the shopping list. As always, double check your pantry, fridge and freezer to see if you already have any of the items listed below. This will reduce your spending and create less waste!


Salad – GE special on bagged salads
Shredded lettuce
1 jalapeno pepper
Tomato – GE special
Green beans – GE special
Baked potatoes

Hoagie rolls

3 (14.5 oz) cans of chicken broth
Hot sauce
Flour – GE special on Robin Hood or Pillsbury
Olive oil – GE special on GE brand
Balsamic vinegar
Chili powder – GE special on McCormick spices
Ranch dressing – GE special
Italian Dressing – GE special on Wishbone PLUS look in old fliers for coupon

Canned Goods/Ethinic Foods/Dry Goods
Spaghetti Sauce – GE special on Ragu PLUS coupon from Wednesday’s section Red Plum
Regular Grits
Can of cheddar cheese soup
Can (14.5 oz) of petite diced tomatoes

Seafood/Meat Case/Butcher
Smoked sausage – GE special on Hillshire Farm PLUS internet coupon
Boneless pork chops – GE special B1G1 on value pack
3-4 lbs. of chicken with bone – either a whole chicken cut up or leg quarters

Frozen Foods
Garlic Toast – GE special
Ravioli (meat or cheese) – GE special on Rosetta
Frozen corn – need 2 cups – GE special on Green Giant boxes

Shredded mozzarella cheese
Finely shredded cheddar cheese – GE special on GE brand
Heavy whipping cream – need 2 cups

Plain bread crumbs


Thanks again to everyone who has passed on my menu! I really appreciate it and am grateful that you are enjoying the recipes and the savings! I am happy to add anyone so keep passing it on! :)

Follow the plan so you can save time, money, and a few calories! Remember – cooking our own food is healthier than ordering in and eating out any day!!! Your family, wallet and waistline will thank you! :)

I hope you all enjoy your week, the recipes and the savings!

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