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Out of a box- literally 4.14.11 April 14, 2011

Filed under: Hot Deals,Meal Planning,Organization,Parenthood — clappingonthedownbeat @ 10:00 PM

Next week I will be back to writing more frequently, and back to posting grocery ad deals and meal plans!  This is a long one, sorry I have been MIA, we have moved from one house, to a friends house to the new house.  Hopefully I will be back into a routine this week.

I have been experimenting more since I have less to cook with here in our transition phase before the move. We have had real simple meals and some we ate out of a box that I would recommend. We had an Asian themed meal tonight with egg rolls, pot stickers, rice and orange chicken. The rice and orange chicken I bought at Walmart in the freezer section. The rice was frozen and cooked in the microwave in 3 minutes. It was amazing. It was short grain sticky rice that tasted like it came out of the rice cooker. I was impressed. The orange chicken was also out of a box and was good. Both brands were InspirASIAN. The egg rolls and potstickers were the same brands I have shown before I think it’s Tsings.

This week I have ben unpacking like mad to try to not only find things, but create room for us to live here in the new house.  I just hauled out about 60 flattened boxes to the garage for a pick up.  It’s a little like Christmas, everytime I move, discovering things that were packed up and that I learned to live without.

I subscribed to the Dallas Briefing yesterday, so I am hoping that I am in the delivery area.  I am not sure what I will do without my grocery ads each week.  Now that I have a fridge and cleared space in the kitchen, I am excited to get to cooking and baking in the new space.  Here is what I have found for this week:


Red seedless grapes 10lbs for $10 (you don’t need to buy 10lbs, it’s $1/lb)

Kraft BBQ sauce 10 for $10

Birds eye steam fresh veggies 10 for $10

Broccoli crowns 10lbs for $10


Green Beans $.77/lb

Cucumbers and potatoes .69 each

Strawberries 1lb clamshell 2 for $4

Celery, zucchini and squash $.88 lb


Betty Crocker cake mix or brownies $.88

2 liter Pepsi or Dr. pepper $.88


Cabbage 2 for $1

Quilted Northern 12 roll or Brawny 8 roll $4.99

The Harry Potter Movie (part 1 Deathly Hollows) DVD/Blueray comes out on Friday!

MONDAY- How about pulled pork sandwiches in the crockpot ? In the spice section grab a seasoning packet for pork roast, on the back is the recipe to add apple cider vinegar and ketchup and brown sugar, yum!


Pork and Cabbage Slaw

1 bottle Kraft BBQ sauce
2 pork tenderloins (12 to 16 ounces each)
coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons light-brown sugar
5 cups finely shredded green cabbage (half a 2-pound cabbage)
4 potato rolls or other soft sandwich rolls

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Divide BBQ Sauce between two bowls. Use one for basting the raw meat; reserve the other for serving with sandwiches.
  2. Place pork on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Brush generously with sauce. Roast, basting occasionally with sauce, until an instant-read thermometer registers 150 degrees, 18 to 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Mix in cabbage.
  4. Thinly slice pork; serve on rolls, accompanied by slaw and reserved sauce.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY- Chicken and remake Chicken and pasta

I took a whole chicken and cooked it all day in the crock pot with just salt ands pepper last night. We had roast carrots and potatoes with it. I am going to use the leftover chicken to make a pasta chicken and spinach dish. Cook pasta (like bow tie) in salted water. In a skillet cook chicken (or use leftover) in a little olive oil and 1-2 chopped garlic cloves.  When chicken is cooked, sprinkle 2Tbs. flour over chicken and then add 3/4 c. milk.  Mix well.   Add 3 heaping Tbs. (or more to taste) prepared pesto, 1 package thawed and drained frozen spinach and  1/2-1/3 c. Parmesan cheese. Toss in pasta and serve.

THURSDAY- Ratatouille

1/3 cup olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggplants (2 pounds), peeled in strips and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
4 to 5 medium zucchini (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 yellow or red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup chopped fresh basil
  1. In a Dutch oven (or other heavy 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in eggplant and zucchini; season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add 3/4 cup water; cover, and simmer until vegetables are beginning to soften, stirring once, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell peppers; simmer, covered, until softened, 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover; simmer, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. If serving immediately, stir in basil. (If freezing, leave out basil.)
FRIDAY-  Tilapia and corn with dessert,  Chocolate Almond Soufle
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 ounces sugar snap peas, halved
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Four 4-ounce tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Cut out four 12-by-15-inch pieces of parchment. In a bowl, combine the corn, sugar snap peas and lemon peel; season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the parchment pieces and top with the fish. Season the fish with the Old Bay, then the olive oil and lemon juice.
  2. Bring together the long sides of the parchment and fold over twice, then tuck the short sides under to form a pouch. Transfer the pouches to a baking sheet and bake until the fish is just opaque, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Chocolate Almond Soufle

  • Butter
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 9 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 egg whites


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 325°. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment, then butter the parchment; add 1/4 cup almond flour and tilt the pan to coat all sides. In a double boiler, melt 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) butter and 9 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate over simmering water, stirring; remove from the heat. Whisk in 1/2 cup sugar and let cool slightly. Using an electric mixer, beat 6 egg whites and 2 pinches salt at medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes; sprinkle in another 1/2 cup sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat until moist, stiff peaks form. Whisk 6 egg yolks and 1 1/4 cups almond flour into the cooled chocolate mixture. Fold in one-quarter of the egg white mixture until nearly blended; fold back into the remaining egg white mixture. Scrape into the prepared pan. Transfer to the oven and place a baking dish filled halfway with boiling water on the oven floor; bake for 1 hour. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing the sides of the pan.


Did you see this Mamapedia deal for National Geographic for kids?  My son loves wildlife and watching Wild Krats so this is perfect.  Use code NATGEO3 for an additional $3 off or EASTER10 for 10%off

Coupon Network just released $28 worth of new Fisher-Price toy coupons here

Save $5/1 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy
Save $5/1 Fisher-Price Musical Activity Walker
Save $5/1 Fisher-Price Lil’ Zoomers Shake & Crawl Racer
Save $5/1 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball
Save $5/1 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop
Save $3/1 Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse

*Also, don’t forget about the 20% off select Fisher-Price baby item Target store coupon found here that can be combined with one of the coupons above to score some additional savings!

Beginning tomorrow, April 15th, through April 17th, Sam’s Club is inviting both Members and non-Members to head over to their local Sam’s Club for a special tasting event to celebrate the spring season and the launch of the Sam’s Club cookbook, Fresh Fast and Fabulous. In addition to enjoying free samples, the first 800 members AND new sign-ups from 11AM-6PM each day will snag a FREE cookbook as well (offer only valid 4/15-4/17). Even better, there will be no non-Member upcharges during this event, so you can bring lots of friends!

Flirty Aprons is currently offering up a *HOT* coupon code. Just use coupon code MARILYN60 at checkout to score 60% off the purchase of any Marilyn Style Apron including the Mint-a-liscious, Strawberry Shortcake and Sugar n’ Spice varieties. That means you can snatch up Marilyn Style aprons for as low as $9.60 each + shipping (starts at $4.92). In addition to making great Mother’s Day gifts, these are fun to snatch for yourself


One Response to “Out of a box- literally 4.14.11”

  1. Pamela Milogradov Says:

    Maybe we need a Harry Potter watching party on Friday 🙂

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