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Caprese Salad

I found stuffed pork chops for an unbelievable price. $4.25 for two big ones. I’ve mentioned before, always check your local grocers or butcher for Manager’s Specials and capitalize when you can!

But, I’m sure you’re also noticing, one package only feeds two. And you’re right. This was a meal that put me over budget a bit, but I wanted to still share with you because even if was a little more costly, it’s beautifully presented and could easily be served for a dinner party or romantic dinner for two. And if you think about it, feeding a family of 4 for less than $14, it’s still very impressive. Especially when you consider the presentation and yummy factor. Isn’t caprese salad so beautiful?

Stuffed Pork Chops:

PREMADE COST: $4.25 per package (I bought two packages to feed the whole family, but the kids split one , so we had leftovers)

If you prefer to save even more money or make your own, please see my recipe for Cornbread Stuffed Pork Chops with Pepper Salad. It’s only $9.38 for a family of 4 and super delicious!

 

Caprese Salad:

2-3 vine ripe tomatoes, depending on size – $1.50
Fresh basil – $.50
1 package of a fresh mozzarella ball (large size or package with 2 small balls) – $3.99 (shop around because prices vary from store to store. I’ve seen some places ask as high as 8.99!)
Extra virgin olive oil – pantry
Pepper to taste – pantry (optional)

COST: $4.99

Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick. Fresh is best, but vine ripe from the store will have to do in the off season.

Next, slice mozzarella into 1/4 inch thick slices and set aside. Clean and prepare basil. You can leave whole or chop the leaves coarsely.

Now, begin alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each or topping with basil as I did. You can prepare per dish or serve on a platter. This salad is great for an appetizer at dinner parties as well.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to drizzle the layers with quality extra-virgin olive oil and season with coarse salt and pepper. Enjoy!

GRAND TOTAL: $9.24 for two ($13.49 for family of 4)



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When you find pork shoulder for .99 cents a pound, well, it’s a no brainer…scoop it up and then figure out what to do with it.  In this case, it’s slow simmered bbq pork sandwiches with lots of fresh veggies and some fun tater tots. The leftovers will be abundant, so what a deal!

Simmered Pork BBQ recipe:

Pork Shoulder (4 medium pieces or about 3 lbs) – $2.98
2 bay leaf – pantry*
1 tsp garlic powder – pantry
1 onion chopped – .65 cents
1 heaping tablespoon Paprika – pantry
1/2 container of BBQ sauce (your choice) – $1.00
1-2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper – pantry

COST:  $4.63

*Pantry items are very cheap at $1 stores and discount food stores.  Shop these places to stock up!

Combine meat and all ingredients, EXCEPT BBQ sauce, into a large pot.  Cover meat with water, just to top of meat and bring to boil.  Keep covered, reduce to slow simmer and cook for 3 hours.  After it’s all cooked, meat will fall apart. Remove meat from heat and drain liquid.  Shred meat and remove any excess fat.  Place shredded meat into fresh pot with some of the cooked onion and add BBQ sauce of your choice. Bring to very slow simmer and let cook for 5 mins or so.  Serve warm.

Tater tots:

I don’t know why, but tater tots are just yummy! We try and get them on sale for about $1.5o a bag. You can fry them in oil or bake them to be a little more calorie friendly, but remember, they’re tater tots, so add a veggie tray for the health factor.

Veggie Tray:

Veggie trays can be made of whatever you find in the grocers or farmers market affordable.

Bag Baby Carrot – $1
1 cucumber – .33
1 red pepper – .50
5 stocks celery –  .75

COST: $2.58

Don’t forget the BUNS – $1.19

A simple, but vey tasty meal for 4. GRAND TOTAL: $9.90


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