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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Superbowl SAVE!

Ok, so I wanted to post this earlier, but baby A required being rocked to sleep tonight, and since the days come all too fast where they don't want to be rocked anymore, I relished in the opportunity :)

But due to that, pics will be posted tomorrow! But my saves of the day are as follows;

Game day breakfast (aka our every-sunday-morning-breakfast) :

wheat toast
bacon or chicken sausage
fruit/ veggies if we're doing omelettes

Since we always have Nutella on hand since my toddler eats it on toast daily (he calls it "chocolate spread"), and we use whatever fruits/veggies we already have, total cost ends up being approx $8.00! 

This $8.00 serves a family of 5 AND we have leftovers! For us, since we participate in our state WIC program, we actually get the eggs and bread for FREE, so our meal ends up just being the cost of the bacon or chicken sausage. To find out if your eligible for your state WIC program, which helps with nutritious family food choices as well as breastfeeding support, contact your state Department of Health and Human Services.

And all week long, never underestimate the cost savings and nutrition of toast for breakfast! Whether you purchase an organic variety, or make your own bread, or buy the store brand wheat bread (usually the cheapest)- it is far more cost effective (and usually more nutritious) to eat wheat toast, versus the leading bagel or waffle! And adding something like Nutella or Tahini paste, are great ways to add some variety that will please all the members of your family!

Game Food SAVE : 

slow cooker pulled pork with homemade bbq sauce and beer :)

* So, I purchased a pork shoulder at my local Hannaford for $3.41
* placed it in my slow cooker with olive oil, 2 medium white onions coarsely chopped, salt & pepper, and some additional seasonings (you can use whatever you have in your pantry- I chose paprika, cumin, and minced ginger)
* set the slow cooker on HIGH for 4 hours
* I then drained the liquid, and shredded the pork.
You want to then add 2 cups of bbq sauce (or 16 ounces if you're using pre-made bbq sauce) to the slow cooker. My husband made our bbq sauce using about 1/4 cup of Sweet Baby Rays Original Recipe Barbeque Sauce, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup ketchup (we use the Hannaford Organic variety), approx 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tbspn spicy brown mustard, and garlic and celery salt to taste.
* Once your bbq sauce is in the slow cooker, return the shredded pork and onions back in as well. Keep the setting on HIGH for about 2 more hours.

We served ours over leftover Honey Cornbread from last night. All we did was cut up the corn bread and toast it with butter in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10- 15 minutes. YUM! Total cost, since we used only what we already had in our fridge and pantry to make the bbq sauce, approx $5.00! That would include the cornbread, which we actually purchased for last nights dinner!

Additional benefit of this delicious $5.00 meal?! It served 2 adults and 2 children AND we have leftovers! Oh, I almost forgot, since it was game-day, we also splurged on beer to accompany our delish meal! I have recently discovered that a microbrew snob like myself, can be won over for purposes of finances, for a light and delicious Heineken Light! Best part ? A 12 pack is only around $12.00, versus the $16-18 microbrews in our area. SCORE :)

I hope you all scored with your game day snacks or meals too! Be sure to let me know what YOU were eating today!

1 comment:

  1. YUM! Sounds delicious! We made a beer cheese spread - which was delish, but not as inexpensive!