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.
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.