This Week’s Shopping List and 5 Tasty, Easy Recipes

Here’s this weeks batch of dinners that make the most of your ingredient list. These meals are all scaled for 2 (or 1 with leftovers). Let me know how it goes in the comments!

The Shopping List

  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 2.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Colby cheese
  • Grated parmesean
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 container of Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 round wheat rolls (for burgers)
  • Couscous (you may have this leftover from the last weekly round of recipes)
  • Choice of veggie sides (entirely up to you, but here’s some easy suggestions: frozen, fresh or canned mixed vegetables; sweet potatoes; garden salad ingredients)
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 1 bag mustard and onion pretzels (or use bread crumbs and regular mustard – this is for the turkey burger recipe below)

See the bottom of this post for some coupon links!

Seasonings, Spices, and Tools

You may already have some of these. If not, consider them a good investment. If you prefer to use fresh herbs, go right ahead! Most spice jars have dried/fresh conversions on their labels.

  • Jar of minced garlic, or 5 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Garlic powder
  • Ketchup
  • Butter (I like light olive oil spread like Olivio or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’s Light Mediterranean Blend)

The Recipes

Monday: You’ll actually need to start this one on Sunday night (it just needs to marinate in the fridge). Garlic Egg Chicken is easy, and since you’re doing half of the prep in advance, it’s nice to come home to a meal you can just throw in the oven after a blah workday. Recommendation: mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesean cheese, parsley, garlic powder, and salt & pepper the night before and store in a covered container. This way, all you have to do Monday night is combine the dry bread crumb mixture with the melted butter and coat the chicken.

Tuesday: Zesty Turkey Burgers go great with baked beans (I really like Bush’s Grillin’ Beans Southern Pit Barbecue flavor) and a side salad.

Zesty Turkey Burgers - Image from AllRecipes

Zesty Turkey Burgers - Image from AllRecipes

Throw them in the broiler if you have one for a more grilled taste (just  keep an eye on them, they’ll take less time to cook than the baking method).

Wednesday: Here’s a stuffed pepper recipe that works with all of your ingredients:

2 green bell peppers

1/2 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 of a green bell pepper, chopped (save the rest)

6 oz chunky pasta sauce (about 1/3 of a regular jar)

2 1/2 tablespoons chopped onion

1-2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup couscous (uncooked)

2-3 oz shredded Colby cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Cut the tops off of your peppers and scoop out any seeds and guts on the inside. If you’ve never done this before, it’s kind of like cutting open a mini jack-o-lantern.  Set them on a baking dish and put aside.

3. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the turkey until no longer pink. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, and garlic. Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauce, and let simmer while you prep the couscous.

4. Prepare the couscous following the package directions – BUT – add 2 1/2 tbsp onion to the boiling water before adding the couscous. When the couscous is done, stir it into the skillet mixture. Fill up both peppers with the stuffing and top with shredded Colby.

5. Bake for about 20 minutes. It’s done when the cheese starts to bubble and get slightly brown.

Thursday: Herbed Chicken Nuggets with a nice big garden salad are a grown-up version of the Happy Meal. You can skip the wheat germ and substitute with 1/4 cup bread crumbs (making the total bread crumbs required for this recipe 1/2 cup).

Friday: Time for some comfort food: Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf. Add some garlic and onion to the mix (about 1 clove and 1/4 of an onion). The key is to follow the instructions and cut the cheese into big chunks. It pays off in delicious cheese explosions for your taste buds.

The Coupons

Here are some coupon links to help you save some money on some of the ingredients you need this week.

Classico Pasta Sauce

75 cents off Butterball Ground Turkey

$2.00 off Rice Select Couscous

For some of these, you need to sign up and download a coupon printer. I haven’t been able to get this to work with Google Chrome yet; but if you’re using Firefox or IE you’ll be fine. Another tip: set up a separate e-mail (try a Gmail account) for your coupon registrations; that way you won’t get tons of spam in your normal inbox.

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6 Comments on “This Week’s Shopping List and 5 Tasty, Easy Recipes”

  1. February 2, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Just wanted to let you know, the wife and I just got back from the grocery store. Everything (sans chicken breast and baked beans, which we have) came to $31 after your Cous Cous Coup, and a Barilla Sauce and a Kraft Cheese Coupon I found online. We’re looking forward to a week of planned meals, with all ingredients ready to go.

  2. February 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Great! I made the garlic chicken last night and I highly recommend it. Looks like you guys had a very wallet-friendly shopping trip, too.

  3. February 4, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    thanks now i’m hungry ajajajajja

    hello from France, Paul

  4. February 4, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    Turkey Burgers were a hit. With the grownups and the kids (ages 4 and 9). Served with a side salad.

  5. February 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Just keeping you updated. The chicken nuggets were great! Fun for the kids, but savory, and not re-processed for the adults. We didn’t quite do 5 meals in 5 days due to scheduling, but we’re working our way through all the recipes 🙂


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