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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted October 12, 2013



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas for what to make with all the great deals you have bought on sale recently.

What's on your menu tonight?


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 13, 2013

    nceducator79 - well done on the meal planning! Your meals sound delicious. I think I'll make soup this week as well. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)

    Oxy - I hope that whatever kept you in the ER until 6 this morning has resolved and that you or your loved one is feeling much better. The ER is no fun at any time of day, but all night is really really no fun. Take out sounds like it was warranted. Without a doubt.

  • Oxymoron02 Oct 13, 2013

    Take-out. Not even a little bit frugal, but I was in the ER until 6 am this morning, and in spite of my attempts to marinate myself in coffee enough to function on no sleep, I just didn't have "making dinner" in me tonight. I tried heating some soup, but when I turned my back to refill my coffee cup, my almost 3 year old decided that the floor needed his soup more than he did. Yeah, take out. Is it bed time yet?

  • nceducator79 Oct 13, 2013

    I bought a whole chicken this weekend at Walmart (we prefer the harvestland chicken...just tastes better). I made baked it in the oven and made a huge pot of green beans (at sale at Lowes last week for 99 cents a pound) as well as a big vat of mashed potatoes. We are using the chicken carcass, leftover chicken and vegetable scraps to make chicken stock to have chicken soup for dinner on Tuesday. Then, tomorrow, we are going to have steak (from HT on sale this week) with the leftover potatoes and green beans from last night. So, I essentially ended up spending just $14 for three dinners because I had everything at home except for the meat. Not to shabby for three healthy, homecooked meals!

  • jdouglas13 Oct 13, 2013

    Still loving the great deals I'm getting at the new HT in Clayton! Tonight is grilled strip steak and grilled asparagus, both on sale at the Clayton HT this week for really good prices. We'll probably have smashed potatoes on the side, which is what I make when I'm too tired to peel them and drag out the electric mixer. ;)

    Enjoy your frugal dinners everyone, and happy what's left of the weekend!

  • ncveteranswife Oct 13, 2013

    We did chicken & rice tonight. Very cheap & frugal. We used can chicken with Minute Rice and a can of chicken broth.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Oct 13, 2013

    We have 2 huge chicken breasts left from our Caramel Orange Chicken, so tonight we're doing Chicken Fried Rice. Almost free peas and soy sauce from past HT sale (love peas in stir fries), leftover green onions from HT sale this week and 2 EB Eggs from last weekend HT sale. Plus Hinode Rice free from past HT sale (I had never tried this rice, and it is fantastic... a bit stickier than regular rice) Found this recipe on their site and we use it often w/leftover chicken/steak/pork, etc. plus peas. Perfection and so cheap!

  • ascherer Oct 12, 2013

    Homemade chili at my SIL. I am taking corn bread (mix on sale at Kroger). I think someone else is bring a salad. We will end with Birthday cake to celebrate SIL's birthday. You have to love family time together.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 12, 2013

    Kitchen chores today: blanching asparagus for the freezer from the HT sale, trimming and wrapping chicken for the freezer from the Lowes' sale, and I've got pizza dough in the bread machine. One batch for tonight for sausage pizza, and I'm going to make another batch (different recipe) that benefits from a couple of days in the fridge to develop its flavor.