On Sale This Week: Indoor Cooking, Cosy & Delicious

10 January 2018

It's great weather for a warm bowl of chili.

Isn’t it lovely to have the rain & snow? Cool weather is the perfect companion for crockpot meals, chili and soups. It’s also a great time for homemade breads, cookies and other oven goodies.  

What??! The column looks different! Yep! See: On Sale This Week: Change is Coming

As we explained in a second column this week, the On Sale This Week column is being revamped. Read the article above for all the details. We hope you enjoy the new features!

Links & Definitions:

All Store Coupons & Sales (on the Pillsbury site)
Fry’s Grocery Ad Fliers
Safeway Grocery Ad Fliers
Sprouts Grocery Ads 
BOGO: Buy One, Get One
(O): Organic

Special Sale Notes:

  • Safeway is having their Military Discount Day Monday, January 15. Save 10%. Military ID required.
  • Fry’s is having a 3X fuel points event when you purchase selected items. For example, Sargento Cheese is BOGO, plus you get 3x fuel points.

What’s for Dinner?

We’ve provided 6 Menu Starters for you, based on the items being offered for sale in local stores. Menu Starters are kind of the bare-bones menus - with lots of flexibility for your own ideas and inspiration. Don’t like our suggested recipe? Use your own. Does your family eat bread at every meal? Then add bread if you like. Perhaps you need more than soup at a meal. Add a salad or a side dish. What about dessert? Go for it! It’s all up to you.

What to do on Day 7? That’s a great day to catch up on derivatives, go out to eat or maybe just bring home a pizza. 

When you plan your weekly meals, be sure to consider these things when organizing your meals:

  • Activities and schedules 
  • If you need ingredients from one meal for another
  • Dietary requirements
  • The menus here can be used on any day, except Day 6 needs to come after Day 5 to take advantage of derivatives
  • These are just suggestions! Mix and match, substitute, make it your own.

Day 1

Chili Bar 

On the side: Chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, cut green onions, sliced black olives, cilantro sprigs, tortilla chips

Cornbread with honey butter

Recipe: Honey Butter

1 stick of butter, softened
2-3 TBS of honey

Combine ingredients and stir until well blended. Can add a bit of grated orange rind if you like. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Items on Sale:

Ground beef: $3.99 lb @ Sprouts
Ground beef, $3.99 lb. @ Safeway, 93% lean
Ground beef, $3.49 lb @ Fry's, 80% lean
Jennie-O ground turkey, BOGO, plus 3x fuel points @ Fry’s
Colby Jack cheese $3.99 lb. bulk @ Sprouts

Day 2

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Wild Rice & Vegetables

Fruit salad 

Recipe: Wild Rice & Vegetables

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped zucchini
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
Optional (for a sweeter flavor): 1/4 cup cranberries, 1/4 c. chopped apples, 1/4 c. finely chopped pecans
6 cups chicken stock
3 cups mixed brown rice (I use a combination of long and short, and include about 1/4 c. wild rice)

Saute’ onion and garlic in olive oil in a very large skillet. Add carrots, zucchini and mushrooms, saute’ until nearly tender. 

Add chicken stock, bring to boil. Stir in rice. When chicken stock returns to boil, cover tightly. 

In our high altitudes, it is likely to take an hour or more to cook. Try not to lift the lid (use a glass lid if you have one).  If it appears that the liquid is out before the rice is done, add more stock or water.

Cook until the rice is at desired softness. This makes a LOT. You’ll have at least enough for a couple of meals. You might even want to cut the recipe in half.

Items on Sale:

Chicken tenders or thighs @ Sprouts for $1.99/lb.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs $1.47 lb @ Safeway (clip or click coupon required)
Hint: Buy your rice in bulk to save money

Day 3

New York Strip Steak with Blue Cheese Butter 

Fingerling Potatoes

Creamed spinach

Items on Sale: 

T-Bone or NY Strip steak $4.77/lb. @ Safeway
Ribeye Steak $11.99/lb. @ Sprouts
Spinach $.99/bunch @ Frys
Fingerling Potatoes 2/$5 @ Frys

Day 4

Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers

Wild Rice & Vegetables (see Day 2)

Poached Pears

Recipe: David’s Simple Poached Pears

You can make very fancy poached pears for a touch of elegance if you like, (Giada Poached Pears or Poached Pear “Belle Helene” - Vanilla-Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce) or try out our simple, but delicious version that makes a wonderful side dish or dessert. 

4 Cups Ginger Ale (use diet if watching your sugar)
4 Pears, quartered with core removed; Peeled if desired.
2 Cinnamon sticks
4 or 5 whole cloves
3 or 4 slices of peeled fresh ginger, optional
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional

Pour Ginger Ale into skillet. Add quarters of pears, cinnamon and cloves, and the optional ginger, if you’re using it. Let simmer for 1/2 hour or more until pears are tender. Serve warm or cold, top with whipping cream or ice cream if using as dessert.

Items on Sale:

Pork Loin Chops $3.99/lb. @ Sprouts
Pork Chops $2.49/lb. (assorted); Loin Chops $3.49/lb.@ Frys
Pork Shoulder Country Ribs or Pork Steak $1.99 lb @ Safeway
Pears $.99/lb. @ Sprouts; $1.69/lb @ Safeway

Day 5

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken


Fettuccine Alfredo

Fresh salad

Items on Sale:

Whole chicken $.99/lb @ Frys
Baby Broccoli (O) $.98 ea @Sprouts
Varieties of pasta are on sale at Safeway from $1.25 - $2 package

Day 6

Chicken Soup (derivative from the Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken)

Homemade Biscuits

Items on Sale:

Whole chicken $.99/lb @ Frys

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.