Yesterday we challenged you to Stock the Pantry using this week’s incredible Kroger sales ad. Today I’m going to show you how to turn that add into the ultimate budget menu. I started by making a list of all the items I considered to be a fabulous deal in the ad. This turned out to be most of the ad (which sparked this whole week’s theme!)
I started with the first page and planned a few simple dinners based on their sale priced chicken breast. You can assume about 1/2 lb per person for each meal. If it comes in 5lb packages, open it up when you get home and take out what you need for each meal, sorting them into piles to store in the fridge or freezer. I usually place them in freezer Ziploc bags with the marinade I want to use, label them with a marker, and then store them in the freezer for the week until I’m ready to prep dinner. Add a $1 bottle of BBQ sauce and a stack of the 4/$1 corn on the cob and you have a fabulous BBQ chicken dinner to enjoy with the family. I might make a party of this one and serve 10 people for just $1.50/person. Wow. I’ll probably top it off with a few cans of baked beans to round out the meal.
For another dinner, I would make a pan of sage roasted chicken breasts with a side of Alexia sweet potato fries (p. 2) and green bean casserole. The chicken will cost me $1.99/lb and I need 3 lbs for my family so that is $6. The fries will cost me $2.99/bag and I’ll season them with garlic salt and roasted red pepper flakes before baking them. The green beans will be 2 cans for $0.78 and I’ll add a can of Kroger cream of mushroom soup for $1, a splash of milk and season it with dried onion flakes and black pepper. This comes out to $10.78. I’ll round up to $11 for the spices I used at home and then divide by 5 people. This is a grand total of $2.20 per person.
Like Mexican food? We do! So, I’ll make one more chicken dinner with a can of rotel and 3 lbs of chicken in the crockpot. Add Onion flakes, a Tbsp of chili powder, and a tsp cumin. Cook on low all day and then shred with a fork to serve for dinner. I’d serve this over a pile of Fritos ($1.77/bag) on the plate with sliced avocado ($0.99 each) and top with sour cream ($1/pkg.) and shredded cheese ($2.99/bag). This meal will be GONE in our house, but I might have some cheese and sour cream left to use on another meal later. Still, it costs us $2.55/person with food left over.
On the last page of the ad they have pork loin for $2.99/lb. I’ve seen it $1.99/lb before, so I might wait on this one, but even if I bought it now I would make Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin. Place it in an oiled pan, slice through the top layer and shove garlic cloves inside. Surround with slices of zucchini and yellow squash ($0.99/lb) with onions and top with slices of butter. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over all of it and roast it in the oven at 300 for 2 hours. Then, serve it next to a buttery pile of peas from the freezer section ($1/bag). Even with the added cost of one onion, the garlic, a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, all of this would only cost us $2.80/person. That’s the cost of our FANCY meal! There is no way I can feed my family at any restaurant for even twice that price these days (We have teenagers, enough said.)
Was that too fancy? Then how about a night of brats on the barbie? $2.99 for a pkg. of hotdogs is more than we usually pay, but then again I don’t usually buy Johnsonville brats. Come to think of it, I don’t like cheap hotdogs so even though I buy the cheaper stuff, I won’t eat it and end up scrounging for something else in the kitchen later. A pack of the better brand might be fun! It’ll take two packages to feed my family, so that makes it $5.98. Add 2 bags of Kroger hotdog buns ($2) and a bag of Lays potato chips($1.77) and the total is $9.75. I would top this meal with the rest of the shredded cheese from our Mexican chicken night and maybe add a can of Ranch style beans. That would be around $2.25/person for this meal. Not bad for a fun night in the backyard around the grill.
So, we’ve made 5 nights of dinners now for less than $3/person each meal. Here’s the final cost:
BBQ chicken with corn on the cob & baked beans: $1.50/person
Sage roasted chicken with sweet potato fries and green bean casserole: $2.20/person
Mexican crockpot chicken with toppings: $2.55/person
Balsamic roasted pork loin with zucchini squash and peas: $2.80/person
Brats, beans, and chips: $2.25/person
Total cost per person: $11.30 for 5 nights of dinners!
That’s incredible! With a little more research and planning, I could make a few weeks of meals out of this sale and I haven’t even touched breakfast yet! They have all of their Kroger cereal and lots of fruit on sale, too. I’m telling you, this is a great time to stock your pantry full of healthy foods that are easy to use. Want to see the ad for yourself? You can find it here.
Speaking of stocking up, this is a great opportunity to share with another family in need. This sale makes good use of $10, stretching that money to give us more. We challenge you to set aside $10 this week to help a family right here in your community. An easy way to do that is by donating to your local food pantry. Want to know more about how you can help? You’ll find all the details HERE. Don’t let this moment slip by. It’s easy, it helps real families right around the corner, and it only takes $10 to make a difference. Stop by tomorrow to hear more about the very real problem that is touching so many lives in Arkansas: Hunger.