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Did you check on Nicole’s list of best deals this week?  You should!  It’ll make for some mighty good eating!

Main Dishes

  • Taco Soup – With the slightly cooler weather this week, I’ve been in the mood for soup.  Make some with the ground beef on sale at Aldi’s before the weather gets too warm!
  • Lasagna – that same beef that’s on sale with the pasta from Hy-Vee would make a great lasagna!  Try this crockpot version.
  • Roasted Chicken – Hy-Vee has fryer chickens on sale.  Time to stock up!  Roast one up for a fancy-feeling meal.  You can use any leftover chicken in all kinds of things – soup, quesadillas, burritos, almost anything!
  • Pulled Pork – My freezer is out of these, so I’ll be heading to Bakers to fill ‘er up!  Combine this with the barbeque sauce on sale and you’re sitting pretty!
  • Teriyaki Chicken – Chicken breasts are on sale!  Use this recipe with some frozen stir fry veggies and you have a complete meal!
  • paninis

    Did you realize that paninis are just grown up grilled cheeses? They’re still bread. They’re still cheese. They just have grown up – maybe added meat, some sauces, some veggies. But at the heart? They’re a grilled cheese.  With a bigger price tag…

    You don’t need a fancy panini press to make these at home.  I normally make them in a pan on the stove.  But the other day, I had another friend over for dinner and I needed to make 4 sandwiches, so I pulled out my griddle.  Make 4 at one time and I could have easily fit another 4 onto my family-sized griddle!

    I made mine Italian style — at least that’s what I’m pretending it was.  It had ham, pepperoni, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, provolone cheese and pepperocinis (for my husband’s – I don’t care for them).

    Since you can mix and match the meats, cheeses and veggies, you can have paninis all week and still not eat the same thing!



  • 2 slices of bread per sandwich
  • butter or olive oil
  • meats (I like ham & pepperoni)
  • cheeses (optional)
  • veggies (optional)
  • mustard (optional)
  • vinegar (optional)


  • Make sandwich. On 1 slice of bread, I like to put the balsamic vinegar and then use mustard on the other one. In the middle, layer in your meats, cheeses and veggies. I like to do the cheeses next to the bread to help them melt better. But whatever floats your boat!
  • Prepare pan or griddle. Put it on medium heat - not too hot! You need time for the cheese to melt without getting your bread too toasty! If I'm using a pan, I just put some olive oil in the bottom. If I'm making a few sandwiches on the griddle, I lightly butter the outside of the bread.
  • Put sandwich in the pan (or on the griddle).
  • Panini usually means pressed. If you want to do that, put another pan on top of the sandwich to use as a weight. Or just use your spatula to hold it down. Fancy.
  • After a couple of minutes, check on sandwich. Flip when the down side is done.
  • Serve and eat!


    Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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