Call me crazy, but do you want to know one reason I love this time of year? Meat is on sale. Way on sale. In my area that means ground beef at $1.99/lb., and I just found chicken for 3-lbs for $5 at one local grocer. Time to clear out some freezer space and fill it up with meat.
You’ve heard me say one of the reasons I ldon’t think super-couponing works is that you are compelled to buy things that take up your cabinet and freezer space that may not be your Smart ingredients (ingredients that always add up to dinner in your house). THIS is super-couponing the right way…. stocking up on Smart Ingredients when they are on sale. If I buy 10 pounds each of chicken and ground beef, that’s over $20 saved. Now there’s a coupon!
I consider ground beef and chicken to be two of the most versatile meat bases for making family dinners. Using the basic pantry items in the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store plan, there are over 45 dinners I can make with ground beef or chicken, and what I have on hand at home. Lately I’ve been making burgers stuffed every which way (bacon, spinach, onions, blue cheese), and Chicken Cacciatore (recipe below). Made with my favorite Vegeta broth, the chicken is supremely flavorful and shreds with a fork. Yum.
Also, have you heard that Maine has an overabundance of lobster this year due to climate conditions? What does this mean for us? Lobster, at great prices, all summer long. Stock up on lobster too, as it lasts up to 3 months in the freezer, and you’ve got three great meat options at the ready. For easy prep, cut the lobster tails in half (shell and all), season with garlic salt, baste with butter, and cook 4 minutes on a hot grill, meat-side down. Serve with any one of the great salads from our 30 Spectacular Salads cookbook and you’ve got an EASY, and clean-eating gourmet dinner.
If you stock up on these three meats, and buy the pantry staples from the 70 Meals cookbook, you can make dinner for the next 3 months with what you will have on hand at home.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon Vegeta or other poultry seasoning
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups rice
Season chicken with Vegeta. Cook rice according to package directions. In large skillet or pan, heat oil and saute onion, garlic and pepper. Transfer veggies to a small bowl. Add chicken to pan and brown on both sides. Add remaining ingredients, including veggies to pan, cover and simmer 25 minutes. Serve over rice.