Friday, March 5, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week: Sloppy Joe Loaf

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 week 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 sure to be a kid pleaser!
Serve with steamed vegetables.

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

Pillsbury Italian Breads 8-13.9 oz $1.67
-.40/2 Pillsbury Italian Breads SS 1/24, 1/31 or printable or here

Final Price: 1.27

Kraft Chunk or Shredded Cheese, 4.5-8 oz, $1.67
-$1/2 Kraft Cheese in store dispenser
-$1 off Kraft Cheese printable (Target coupon)**
Final Price: If your store accepts Target coupons, use with manufacturer for .17 when you buy two

Ground Beef, usually around $2.50

Hunt's Tomato Sauce, price unknown
-$1/3 Hunt's Products, $1 off any three, no size restrictions, 30 Day Rolling (play game)
Final Price: Cheap

Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables, 10-13 oz pk, 50% off
-$1/2 Birds Eye Vegeatables 10-13 oz Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer starting 3/6
-.35/1 Brids Eye Vegeatbles “Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids” booklet (store coupon)
-$1/2 Birds Eye Vegetables SS 2/07
-$1/4 Birds Eye Vegetables printable
-.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 2/7

-$1/3 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 2/28
-.35/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 2/28
Final Price: Free to very cheap

Sloppy Joe Loaf

from Pillsbury website


1lb. ground beef
1small onion, chopped
1(8-oz.) can tomato sauce
1tablespoon All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
teaspoon fennel seed
1(11-oz.) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Loaf
4oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese


Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet and large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. In sprayed skillet, combine ground beef and onion; cook until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.

Add tomato sauce, flour, basil, oregano and fennel seed; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, remove dough from can; place on lightly floured surface. Cut loaf in half lengthwise. Roll each half to form 16x4-inch rectangle. Place 1 dough rectangle on sprayed cookie sheet, being careful not to change shape.

Stir 1/2 cup of the cheese into ground beef mixture. Spoon and spread mixture over dough rectangle on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining dough rectangle.

Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices.

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