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Friday, July 20, 2012
HyVee Specials in Topeka Through July 24, 2012
Stock Up on Prego this Week
HyVee is currently holding a "Dollar Days" sale effective July 18-24, 2012. What jumped out at me in this week's advvertisement was Prego Pasta Sauce for $1.00. "Prego" is Italian for "You're Welcome". Just what you want in a spagetti sauce, tomatoes, green pepper and oh, yeah, a little arrogance.
Spagetti sauce frequently goes on sale. Lately, I have seen Ragu running 2 jars for $3. $1 a jar is about as cheap as it gets and personally, I like Prego better than Ragu. HyVee pasta is also on sale for $1. Brown up a package of that 98 cent sausage that was on sale at Apple Market a couple of weeks ago, buy a $1 jar of sauce and $1 jar of pasta for a really cheap, filling meal.
My friend, the beautiful Italian, shared the secret to truly great spagetti sauce is to add some beef broth (for richness) and just a little cayenne pepper (to bring out the flavors). I always doctor up my store bought spagetti sauce, don't you? Spice it up, baby.
My husband doesn't really care for spagetti. He puts about three stands on his plate and then proceeds to fill up on garlic bread, which he covers with a thick layer of meat sauce. As a result of his indifference to pasta in general, the word "spagetti" has become code in our family for any food one of us dislikes. For example, my son-in-law recently referred to Pancakes as "the spagetti of breakfasts". I agree.
Other deals I took advantage of at HyVee this week included HyVee microwave popcorn for $1 a box (3 bags) , sour cream for $1 and cabbage 2 pounds for $1.
The Clearance Rack is my Friend
I had to make an emergency run up to Dillon's (more on that later) and while there found these Hormel Peppercorn Fillets on clearance for $1.99. I think they usually cost around $8-9 dollars. I had a couple of $1 off coupons so they ended up costing a whopping 99 cents a package. I also found some Naan bread on clearance for $1.49. Naan is nomally around $2.99.
Naan is the the most delicious bread in the world. I remember the first time I ate homemade Naan at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kansas City. I fell head-over-heels in love with it. The commercial breads are good also (http://stonefire.com/our-flatbreads/naan/).
So based on this week's current sales, clearance rack finds and previous sale purchases, here is my menu for the week:
Indian Butter Chicken (made with chicken that was on sale last week and clearance Naan)
Pork Chop, mashed potatoes and corn-on-the-cob (some of the corn from Target and sale Pork)
Pulled Pork Sandwich with coleslaw (Hormel meat and sale cabbage)
Taco's (with garden tomatoes and fresh salsa)
Hamburgers, homemade fries and probably leftover slaw