A Budget’s BFF: Turkey

Whoever said that turkeys were just for Thanksgiving and Christmas, never had to live on a budget!

Several resolutions were made for 2017. Keeping on tight grocery/dining out budget in order to save up money for a family road trip to my hometown this summer was one of them.

That means that meals are planned around that week’s sales flyer, items on clearance are bought and taking out the turkey that was bought on sale this past Christmas to ensure that February’s budget is close to target happens!

This week’s suppers:

Monday- Roasted turkey, Paleo Dressing Balls and a simple salad.

Tuesday- Hubby’s Birthday Leftovers (ribs, bacon Brussels sprouts and honemade sweet potato fries).

Wednesday- Sliced turkey, slow cooker green beans and salad.

Thursday- Roast beef, green beans and salad.

Friday- Homemade Turkey soup.

Saturday- Campfire hotdogs and veggies.

Sunday- Hamburger salad and/or leftovers.

Zoodle Love

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It’s SHRIMP SCAMPI on ZOODLES tonight! Couldn’t think of a tastier way to end a chaotic day.

BREAKFAST’S READY: Sausage Veggie Casserole

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So glad that this sausage breakfast casserole was made last night in preparation of a very early morning swim meet. Now feet are up, belly is full and a movie is playing. HAPPY SATURDAY!

INGREDIENTS
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced. $1
1 yellow onion, diced $1
1 red pepper, diced $1.75
1 pound sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Sage) $3.99
1 can of coconut milk $1.55
2 slices of bacon, uncooked and diced $1.25
8 eggs $2.50
Salt/Pepper/Garlic to taste
TOTAL= $13.04/8 = $1.63 per serving

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook sausage, drain juices and set aside.
2. Add sweet potato, onion, red pepper and bacon to pan and cook until sweet potato is tender.
3. Mix sausage and veggies together and add spices.
4. Add combination to greased 9 X 13 casserole dish and spread out evenly.
5. Add coconut milk to whipped eggs and pour on top.
6. Cook for approximately 30 minutes. ENJOY!

Left alone, it’s Paleo friendly. Topped with shredded cheese, it’s considered Keto.

KETO SNACK: Pork Rind Nachos

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Pork Rind Nachos! Oh My Goodness! Go buy a bag and make these tomorrow. These were so amazing and satisfying. Perfect for a relaxing night of movies.

SUPPER’S READY: Morrocan-Style Chicken Recipe

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It may not look very good or heck, even sound very good but it is! I first saw this dish at a friend’s wedding and thought the combination was weird but with some coaxing, a spoonful landed on my plate and I discovered this odd blend of flavors actually works.

Unlike other recipes for Moroccan chicken, this recipe is easy. I’ve completely simplified it to the point that only a few ingredients are required; chicken thighs, broccoli, green olives, garlic powder, cumin, mayo, salt & pepper and cooking fat of choice.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
1.Add your cooking oil to a cast iron pan, salt and pepper your chicken thighs and add them to your pan.
2. Cook on each side for three minutes.
3. Place covered cast iron in preheated 350° for 30 minutes.
4. Cut and wash broccoli before steaming. Remove when tender and drain.
5. Add a whole bunch of cut olives to broccoli and mix in desired mayo and 1 tsp of cumin.
6. When chicken thighs are fully cooked, place beside broccoli mixture and ENJOY!

TIP: For more flavor add cilantro, ground ginger, turmeric.

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