The local grocery store occasionally has a 2-day only sale and this week’s Friday-Saturday sale was a good one. Ground round was on sale and I purchased 3 large packages…two to freeze for later and one for the moment. It was 2.49 per lb. ( Posting these prices because I don’t know what a good sale is in various parts of the country; here, this was a great price. )
Both peppers and zucchini were 1.00 per lb. and corn on the cob up from Florida was 8 for 1.99. I have used up all of my home-canned tomatoes by now; Redpack canned tomatoes were on sale.
Time to cook and invite the family over for a Friday evening dinner.
While most lean ground beef still has fat and requires draining and rinsing, this ground round did not. I cooked it up in one skillet and boiled the corn in a pot. Once drained and cooled, I cut the corn off of the cobs into a serving dish.
The peppers and onions were sauteed in a skillet, then mixed with half of the ground round into a casserole dish. I added rice and canned tomatoes and that went into the oven for a stuffed pepper casserole.
Next I peeled and boiled potatoes but turned the potatoes off about 5 minutes before they were done, so they could finish off in the hot water. I cut zucchini, breaded it and started frying it up.
The timing was perfect. The family arrived when almost all of the zucchini was done and the only thing to do was mash the potatoes. I saved that for last because little kids get an enormous kick out of helping to do this : )
Without special sales and planning around them, I honestly don’t think that I could treat my family to big meals like this anymore, so I try to take advantage of them when they occur. Cooking frugally around sales = a good dinner at a nice cost.
( That corn was very good…I was surprised that it was so good this early in the season. The children did not leave me any leftovers in regards to the corn! They just kept asking for more:)
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