Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fries Stuffing (Dressing) And Gravy - Coupon Cooking

Food Flashback

FYI this IS NOT A SPONSORED post, it's just something I came up with in hopes it can be helpful!

If you read my  Coupon Cooking post last week you will see that I'm posting recipes based on my coupon purchases.  Please note that I don't eat like this all week, as packaged foods are usually not the healthiest of choices.  Moderation is the key. 

Sundays are now Republic Of Doyle night for me.  I got hooked on the CBC series last season.  When growing up, some of my favorite TV shows were with adventurous Private Eyes.  Think of MagnumPI and Simon & Simon.

Republic of Doyle reminds me of that.

Whenever I see one of their car chases through St. John's Newfoundland. I think of my trips there.  The second Newfoundland trip was a bit more vivid in my mind, but it was the first one where I discovered FRIES DRESSING AND GRAVY

Even just saying it makes my mouth water!

I couldn't believe that even the Food Court New York Fries served Fries Stuffing and Gravy.  They called it George Street Fries.

Today I'm making Fries Stuffing And Gravy otherwise known as Newfoundland Fries.  What's even better? I'm spending next to nothing to make it.

  • I bought McCain Superfries on sale for $1.99 and Checkout51 was doing a $1 back = 99 cents
  • I grabbed Stove Top stuffing right around Christmas for $2 a box (usually cheap whenever stores are selling turkeys/holiday times which makes it a good time to stock up)
  • Club House Gravy that I bought when it was 88 cents.  At the same time I used this coupon to buy two packages of Gravy and get a Free Slow Cooker Seasoning.
  • Frozen Green Giant vegetables when they were on for $1.79
Plus I bought all of it at Sobeys so I earned Club Sobeys Points!

Making this recipe is so easy.  I'm actually baking the fries while I'm writing this post

  1. Bake fries in oven.  I leave them in longer than the package says because you want them to stand up to the other toppings being piled on.
  2. When you can see the fries getting golden brown shut off the oven but keep them in there to crisp up while you make the additional ingredients
  3. Follow package directions for Stove Top Stuffing BUT there is no need to add the butter/margarine and in a separate pot following the package directions for the Club House Gravy. When the gravy is cooked add a couple of spoonfuls of gravy to the already completed Stove Top stuffing,  This adds some extra moisture (because you have excluded the butter)
  4. I also steamed up some frozen veggies (in this case frozen peas) to make at least one part of this meal healthy
  5. When the stuffing and gravy are done, plate it all. Fries first, then top with stuffing  pour gravy over. I prefer my veggies on the side, but I have saw peas added to the mixture (choice is up to you).
Did you try this recipe? Let me know, but I won't be able to respond until after tonight's TV episode Repulic Of Doyle.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Coupon Cooking - Creative Culinary Couponing

FYI this IS NOT A SPONSORED post, it's just something I came up with in hopes it can be helpful!

Relatively Easy Recipe

Over the last few weeks I have been on a mission to achieve some goals for this year. One of those goals is improvements around my house.  I am they type of person that saves up for a project.  Last year I saved up for a new roof on my house and wrote the cheque on completion of the project.  I know too many people who just buy now and pay on credit.  Let's just say for the most part that never ends well.  This year I have two home improvement ideas in mind, so that means I need to cut back a lot on my spending.

I have really taken to couponing! It started last summer and I have save a lot of cash that way. I try to only use coupons on products that I would normally buy or have wanted to try.  I never just go and buy something because I have a coupon for it.  

Last week I made a full meal with products that I had bought with coupons.

The Ingredients Included

  1. Barilla Pasta that was on sale and I had a coupon, so I paid next to nothing for it
  2. Maple Leaf Prime Chicken which you can see is regularly $10.94 but I had a $2 off coupon
  3. Philly Cooking Creme which was on for $1.99 and I had a $1 off coupon (was wanting to try)
  4. Sobey's vegetable mix which I received bonus Sobey's Points for
Plus I had enough Sobeys Club points saved up that I didn't really end up paying anything for these ingredients!

I have been wanting to try the Philly Cooking Creme and because I would end up getting it for 99 cents I figured this would be a great way to try it.  I wasn't sure how to use it so I went on their website and loosely followed their Creamy Chicken Florentine recipe. I tend to only cook with what I have so I change recipes around all the time.

  • I started by boiling the pasta in a large pot Note* I always boil pasta longer than it says on the box so if you like a softer pasta like I do then make sure it has been cooking for quite a while before you continue on with the recipe.
  • Normally I either boil or steam my chicken before using it in any recipe  but because I was already straying from the original recipe I didn't want to really mess it up, so I did fry the chicken in a large frying pan
  • When the pasta was basically done cooking I added in close to half the bag of frozen vegetables (they are smaller bags than most store brand vegetable mixes)
  • I let that come back to a boil
  • When everything was cooked I poured/scraped the entire tub of Philly Cooking Creme into the frying pan
  • Then ladled in some of the cooking water from the pasta pot into the frying pan with the chicken making sure to stir over a high heat to make a quick sauce.
  • I drained the pasta/veggie mix and added it to the frying pan and kept stirring it so that the excess water would boil off and thicken the sauce a bit.

Here's the end result!

Note* I will make this again, but I will steam the chicken first before adding it to the frying pan.  It was a little dry because it didn't have time to absorb too much of the sauce,  That being said the left overs the next day had absorbed the sauce = YUM!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

How Axis Of Awesome Motivates Me

If you are a regular reader of all things me, you know I post about random things, have a warped sense of humour and I am Jedi in the art of sarcasm.  That is how I stumbled the Axis of Awesome 4 Chord Songs video years ago

It has always been one of those "Go To" videos for me.  Whether I'm having a bad day, or just looking for a way to pass some time, the 4 Chord Songs video always puts me in a great mood.

Last week I posted about ways I am going to work on being organized in 2013 and made a list of ideas to keep myself on track.  I am happy to report, so far so good!  That is up until today.  I needed a little boost to keep me motivated.  I went back to my list and realized I forgot to put PLAY AWESOME MUSIC when you need to recharge!  So I headed to youtube to find some of favorite tunes and decided "awesome music" was what the doctor ordered.  When I typed Axis Of Awesome 4 Chord songs into the search I came to find that I had missed an updated version of the song!  Take a look

I have to say the second version did not disappoint.  In fact it motivated me enough to write a post about it.  So when you need that little extra push to get things done, remember a little bit awesome can go a long way!

How do you motivate yourself on the days you feel exhausted? I would love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!
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