Week 3 August Menu Plan

16 Aug

Last week, I shared one of our family favorite recipes with you. Well I updated it with pictures, so head over here to check out my Sticky Chicken recipe. Here’s this week’s plan.

16th: Burgers

17th: Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice

(Photo courtesy of eat at HOME)
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 cups diced ham 
  •  soy sauce
  • 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 cups frozen peas and carrots

Cook the onion and garlic in oil  in a large skillet till soft.  Add the ham, 2 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 Tbs. pineapple juice.  Cook for several minutes till the ham is hot.

Pour the eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently.  Add the peas and carrots and heat through.  Stir in the drained pineapple.  Add the cooked rice, stirring to combine.  Drizzle soy sauce over rice, I’d say about 1/4 cup. Add a few splashes of pineapple juice. Enjoy!

This is a super yummy recipe. I like to make a big ham and then dice up the leftovers and freeze them in 2 cup increments, and they are handy for a quick casserole, soup, or fried rice recipe. You can check out the original recipe for this fried rice here.

18th: The family and I are member’s of our local YMCA, and tonight they are have a BBQ Roundup for all their members. So no cooking for me=D If you attend the Mel Korum Y, here in Puyallup, make sure you head over there from 5-7pm and enjoy the festivities! You can even bring guests.

19th & 20th:  We are going camping!

21st: Teriyaki Chicken is the plan;-)

22nd: SOS so maybe you know what the SOS stands for….? LOL. I have never had or even made this before, but my hubby grew up on this and I found a recipe so I figured I would try it out just for him. It’s also called chipped beef;-)

3 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. chopped onion
3 Tbs. flour
2 cups hot milk
1 jar of beef (you know the kind from the canned meat section that you use for cheese balls)
1/4 tsp paprika
pepper and salt to taste

Rinse the meat under running water to remove a bit of the salt and then chop it up. In a sauce pan melt the butter and saute the onion until it’s clear. Stir in the flour with a whisk and then add the hot milk, stirring until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining ingredients.

Once again, this is a recipe courtesy of eat at HOME.

23rd: Spam Musubi Yep. Spam. We love it! If you’ve been to Hawaii, maybe you’ve had Spam Musubi. A friend told us you can get it at the convienence store there. If you haven’t been to Hawaii, like us, you can also find this at the Hawaiian Grills. Or you can make it at home! You get to eat more anyway.  I think I will have to make this as a snack sometime this week and post a step-by-step how to.

Alright that’s the plan this week for “Eat Out Of the Pantry” Challenge. So how are you doing with the challenge?

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Sticky Chicken

16 Aug

 This is one of our family’s absolute favorite’s. It rarely happens, but if there are any leftover’s of this dinner, there’s a fight for it;-) FYI, I usually eyeball the ingredients so the amounts in this recipe are not an exact science.  I hope you try it because it really is yummy!

Ingredients

about 2lbs of boneless, skinless, chicken thighs cut into 1inch chunks

about 1/4 cup of cornstarch- I usually just make sure there is a light coating of cornstarch on the chicken

1/4 to 1/2 cup of soy sauce- I just drizzle over chicken until it looks moist with soy

1 cup of crushed croutons-  once again, I add until it makes a good coating over the chicken.

vegetable oil

Green onions

Rice

To Make

I like to coat the chicken in the cornstarch first, then add the soy and mix, then add the crushed croutons and mix till the chicken is coated. Let the chicken sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Chicken with Cornstarch

Then the soy sauce added

Now the croutons. If it looks too dry, don’t be afraid to add more soy. Now let it hang out, in the fridge, for at least 20 minutes.

While my chicken is hanging out, I like to start the rice.

After 20 minutes, you can start heating your pan over medium/high and then adding just enough oil to the bottom to cook the chicken.

 Cook the chicken for about 25 minutes stirring about every 5 so that the chicken is evenly cooked.

Sprinkle the green onions on once it’s cooked and serve over rice.

If you like it spicy, serve with Rooster Sauce AKA Sriracha and/or Hot Chili Garlic sauce. Enjoy!

Oh! I forgot to show you how I crush the crouton’s.

Just tear the top a little so it doesn’t pop on you. Start smashing. Here’s what it should look like.

Alright. Let me know how you like this recipe=D

Redbox 10 Days of Deals!

14 Aug

 

WOOHOO! I’m so excited for this. Redbox is offering 10 Days of Deals. All you have to do is  text DEALS to 727272 every day from 8/15 thru 8/24 to get a new discount code daily – between 10¢ and $1! I got a few $1 and $.50 codes last time, and movies are only $1 a night, so this is pretty AWESOME! Easy peasy, but if you need more info, head here.

Dreyer’s Ice Cream Cups Only $.08 each! @ Albertson’s

14 Aug

From now until Tuesday 8/16, you can score Dreyer’s Ice Cream cups for only $.08 each!

Buy 12 Dreyer’s cups $1 each

Use (4) $1/3 coupons from 6/12 SS insert

Use (3) Albertson’s TTV coupons

Pay $5 and recieve a $4 CAT= S1 for 12 cups or $.08 each!

Links to Store Matchups Week of 8/14

12 Aug

So instead of trying to do my own store matchups, I decided I am going to save myself some time and just do link ups of the stores from some of my favorite bloggers. It takes a long time to type up these matchups so I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of these amazing bloggers who take the time to match up the deals and type it out for all of us. They are truly amazing. So here are my favorite’s.

Rite Aid is from The Krazy Coupon Lady

Walgreens is from Happy Money Saver 

Safeway  is from Thrifty NW Mom

Albertson’s is from Coupon Connections She’s also reported doubler’s this weekend!

Fred Meyer the deals for Fred Meyer are not posted till we get the ad’s on Sunday, So check out the current deals at The Coupon Project. There’s also a Friends and Family EXTRA discount coupon so really check it out!  She’ll probally post next week’s deals by Monday.

Coupon Lingo

12 Aug

I like to use coupon talk to make it faster. Not sure what I’m saying? Here’s what I’m talking about;-)

RP= Red Plum

SS= SmartSource

PG= Proctor & Gamble

Q= Coupons

OYNO= On Your Next Order

WYB= When You Buy

BOGO= Buy 1 Get 1

YMMV= Your Mileage May Vary, also means it may or may not work for you

Catalina or Cat= coupon’s printed at the register’s

Register Rewards or RR =Recieved at Walgreens, basically a Catalina coupon

+up Reward= Coupon’s printed at the end of your Rite Aid reciepts to be used on OYNO

Roll= using your Cat or +up rewards you’ve recieved from one purchase to pay for your next purchase

MM or Money Maker= Coupon value is over the item price or you’ll recieve a Cat back in amount over price of item.

Blinkie= Little coupon machines that dispense coupons

OOP= Out Of Pocket

Stacking coupons = Using an in-store coupon with a manufacturer coupon to increase your savings.

TTV or Doubler’s= Twice The Value coupon’s that Albertson’s releases. I also call them doubler’s.

MIR= Mail In Rebate

These are not all of them either! I will keep adding as I go. Feel free to let me know some of yours and I can add them.

 

 

Week 2 August Menu Plan

10 Aug

Whoops. Sorry. I didn’t realize that I was behind on the menu plan. Here’s what we are having.

9th: Teriyaki chicken. I actually have a slow cook recipe that I love to use for Teriyaki Chicken, but tonight I used a make-ahead meal that I had made. What I did was cut about two chicken breasts into chunks and froze it in a quart size bag with some of the free, Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade, that I had gotten at Albertson’s. I actually didn’t even thaw it. I just put the frozen meat and marinade into a pan, splashed a little bit of water over it, covered it, and simmered it over medium heat. I stirred every 5 minutes until the meat looked cooked. Served over rice and broccoli.

10th: Salmon. We actually planned on having salmon on Saturday because my Husband gauranteed me he’d catch one by then. I was a little worried about that plan but he got off of work early today and it was his lucky day! His first catch of the season! So proud of him. He beat me home and was supposed to start the manicotti’s that was on the menu but I told him let’s eat the salmon instead. He slathered the salmon with garlic, mayo, peppercorns, and other ingredients and grilled it on the BBQ. I would have taken a picture but it was so yummy that it went too quickly in my tummy=D

11th: Burgers

12th:Sticky Chicken This is one of our family’s absolute favorite’s. It rarely happens, but if there are any leftover’s of this dinner, there’s a fight for it;-) FYI, I usually eyeball the ingredients so the amounts in this recipe are not an exact science.  I hope you try it because it really is yummy!

about 2lbs of boneless, skinless, chicken thighs cut into 1inch chunks

about 1/4 cup of cornstarch- I usually just make sure there is a light coating of cornstarch on the chicken

1/4 to 1/2 cup of soy sauce- I just drizzle over chicken until it looks moist with soy

1 cup of crushed croutons-  once again, I add until it makes a good coating over the chicken.

Green onions

Rice

I like to coat the chicken in the cornstarch first, then add the soy and mix, then add the crushed croutons and mix till the chicken is coated. Let the chicken sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. Put a little oil in a pan over medium/high heat. Cook the chicken for about 25 minutes stirring about every 5 so that the chicken is evenly cooked. Sprinkle the green onions on once it’s cooked and serve over rice.  I’m telling ya, this is yummy! Let me know if you try it.

13th: Salmon.  Hubby is planning on catching another salmon by today so hopefully he does. Otherwise, we will have the manicotti’s.

14th: Meatloaf.  Next time you make meatloaf, try making a double batch. I love the cook once and eat twice meals. I made extra last time. I cut the cooked meatloaf into slices and laid them flat and froze them. So tonight’s meal will be easy peasy. Just reheat in the microwave until warm.  That means we get to play today!=D

15th: Chicken Fettucine

Well that’s this weeks plan. But before I go, I want to share a really yummy Taco seasoning mix recipe with ya. On last week’s menu, we had nacho’s. I was all out of taco seasoning mix so I looked up a homemade recipe.

Taco Seasoning Mix

1/4 cup chili powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne peppers
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
 
Mix all the ingredients above in a small bowl.  Keep fresh in an air tight container for up to 6 months.
To use:  substitute 2 rounded Tablespoons for 1 packet of taco seasoning.
 
You can check out the original recipe here. I just added the cayenne. Enjoy!
 
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