Yesterday I made a successful slow cooker meal, Pizza Meatball Subs, and I was very happy that it turned out. But I was sad in a way, as well, because one ingredient I rarely use for anything else, and the other was kind of cost prohibitive for what it was (and I’ve never used it before).
I’m speaking about the Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette dressing and the oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, respectively. After the severe sticker shock of the sun-dried tomatoes, I’ve decided to either make my own when I actually want to use my oven again or to purchase sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed), pack them in oil, and store them in my fridge.
As for the vinaigrette, yes, I could use it on a salad. But, when I was making today’s supper, the Pizza Pasta Salad, I realized that I did not have oil-based Italian salad dressing. Guess what got added to the mix instead? You got it! The sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.
The recipe also called for green olives, which are somewhere in the garage. I had some black olives left over from topping the meatball subs last night, so I used those instead. Ditto with the leftover bell pepper.
I did this because I hate wasting food. Sometimes, I look in the back corners of my fridge, and I see ingredients that I meant to use up, but didn’t…and it makes me angry with myself. I challenge myself to use up these rarely used ingredients before they go bad or disappear to the depths of the fridge.
Onto the sales for the week. I actually shopped on Thursday morning while the boys were mowing the lawn. (Josh was off Wednesday-Thursday this week)
Roma tomatoes 78 cents/pound
Mission flour tortillas 10/$10
cilantro 3 bunches for 99 cents
white onions 78 cents/pound
pint blueberries 2/$4
broccoli crowns 99 cents/lb.
grape tomatoes 99 cents for a 10 ounce box (I may have bought several of these)
Juicy Juice juice $1.49 wyb 5
Crest Pro-Health toothpaste $1.99 wyb 5 (both the 6 ounce and the 4.2 ounce were this price)
Kraft mayo $2.49 wyb 5
hamburger buns 10/$10
canning jars $9.79/dozen
Bottom Round Roast $1.99/pound…limit 2 with $20 additional purchase
Homel pork tenderloin tips 1.99/pound
Wonder Bread 99 cents wyb 6
cataloupe $1.19 each
Hawaiian Punch $1.88 wyb 6
Pringles 99 cents each limit 4
Land O’Frost Ham, 1 pound package, $3.49
What deals did you find this week? How do you ensure that ingredients are used up before they go bad?