Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week 3/12/09

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every Thursday for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

This is one of my favorites, and when I feel like we have over indulged on carbs lately, its a great meal to make. Every time I make it, I wonder why I don't make it more often because it is really good. I usually do not include the optional carrots, mostly because I forget to buy them!

Beef & Cabbage Bake

Low-Carb and tastes good!

1 lb extra-lean ground beef (or mixture of beef & turkey)
1 small onion, diced
2 Tablespoons oil
1/2 head cabbage (about 3 cups coarsely shredded)
2 tablespoons carrots, shredded (optional)
1 bouillon cube*
1/2 cup water
garlic to taste
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
onion powder, black pepper and salt - all to taste
small tomato - thinly sliced
shredded parmesan and/or romano cheese (I have used Cheddar cheese and it turns out great)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine ground meat, onion and garlic powder in a 2 qt. covered oven casserole/pan with oil. Sauté uncovered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up meat mixture. Drain off any fat. (Optionally, this can be done in a skillet and then moved to a covered casserole at this point.) Add cabbage and all but last two ingredients and toss well. Cover casserole and bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Remove cover during last 15 minutes, top with sliced tomatoes and shredded cheese and return to oven for balance of baking time.

3 net grams of carbohydrate per serving.

* You can use 1/2 cup canned chicken broth here in place of bouillon and water if you prefer.

Publix Sales:

Ground Sirloin, 3.99 per lb (you can also use ground beef which may be cheaper)
Cabbage, on sale .19 per lb
Cabot Vermont Cheddar Cheese 2/$4 (if you were lucky enough to find a tearpad for $3/1 MF Q, then this would be free with coupon)
Premium Tomatoes, $1.49 lb

Final Cost: About $6.50 or $4.50 with coupon plus a little more for oils and seasonings.

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