Showing posts from August, 2015

Spaghetti Pie

This recipe is for all those Mama's who fall into the dinner slump that usually includes spaghetti once a week. I gave this a shot last night and my family loved it. My husband also compared it to lasagna which I hate to cook because it's so tedious. We also had plenty of left overs that I froze in individual containers for our lunches this week, which is a nice change from the typical frozen meals!

1 box spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 package sweet Itallian turkey sausage
1 lb Fit n Active ground turkey
1 container cottage cheese
1 egg
1T grated parmesan cheese
1 onion chopped
Mozzerella cheese

In a large pot cook pasta al dente. In another pan brown the ground turkey and the turkey sausage along with the chopped onion. I cut the sausage casing and squeeze it all into the ground turkey. This is more than enough meat. I actually froze half of it to use in another meal. Add the sauce to the meat once it's cooked. Once the pasta is cooked and drain…

Product Reviews: New Lullabies Diapers

So ALDI went and messed with one of my favorite items in the store. I had previously posted about how much I loved the $4.99 packs of diapers and how the price per diaper beat out every house diaper around. ALDI recently switched the diapers not only in packaging, but the actual diaper appears to be different. The diapers are now sold in a box for $13.49 and contains 96 diapers in Size 3. 
Product Review: The new Lullabies diaper is not as thick but is longer than the old one. It still works perfectly and holds up overnight but the fit is a little different than the old one. The pattern is different as well; pretty gender neutral and a little more updated.  Price Breakdown: Size 3: ALDI: $13.49 for a box of 96 = 14.1 cents per diaper Target: $17.99 for a box of 104 = 17.2 cents per diaper Walmart: $13.97 for a box of 96 = 14.6 cents per diaperWalgreens: $17.99 for a box of 96 = 18.7 cents per diaper Size 4:ALDI: $13.49 for a box of 82 = 16.5 cents per diaper Target: $17.99 for a box …

Product Review: Specially Selected Glaze with Balsalmic Vinegar

If you can still find this amazing glaze at your local Aldi, then you must have it. I have put this on shredded chicken sandwiches and grilled chicken sandwiches. I'm thinking it would be quite delicious over salmon as well! I caught it marked down to $1.50 and have not seen it around anymore, so good luck!

You Can Make Any Dish with Pasta....Pasta with a Mexican Zing

This meal was one of those, "Oh my, we have spent the entire day at the pool, and I didn't plan anything for dinner, so nothing is thawed. Oh, but we have a ton of fresh veggies, and turkey kielbasa doesn't really have to thaw!"  Oh, and the title is my husband's response when I have been making the grocery list and meal planning, "We should have something with pasta every week, it's pretty easy to make that a meal, right?!"  So let's just call this recipe Pasta with a Mexican Zing

Pasta with a Mexican Zing

1 T olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 pkg sliced mushrooms
1 zucchini sliced in half circles
1 yellow squash sliced in half circles
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 broccoli crown
1 Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Link sliced
1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 -1 cup chicken broth (see Katie's recipe for chicken broth)
1 box bow tie pasta
1 block Monterrey Jack cheese

Cook pasta til done. In a separate pan heat olive oil with 1 tsp …

Basket Sets - Teacher Alert!

These stackable 3-basket sets are $4.99 at ALDI this week. Posting for all my teacher friends that are organizing classrooms and getting set up for the year.

Black Grapes at ALDI are awesome-sauce!

$2.38 for a 2 lb. package and these are awesome! That's all...

Back to School Bakeoff

It's back to school time, not just for our kids but also for Carolyn and myself since we are both teachers. We have started this tradition of a back-to school bake-off night where we meet up and bake as many breakfast foods, lunch snacks and treats as we can. We portion them in baggies to fit in lunch boxes and it makes packing a lot healthier and easier. We also have a lot of fun drinking too much coffee late at night (thought about wine but we were worried the baking quality would suffer!) All of the recipes are ALDI-friendly (nothing they don't carry).
The Recipes:Blueberry Muffins Banana Bread from Better Homes and Gardens -nutmeg seasonally available Carrot Applesauce Muffins from 101 Days of Real Food - ginger seasonally available  Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chocolate Chip Cookies from Blueberry Pancakes from  Whole-Wheat Donuts from 100 Days of Real Food

Kitchen Living Food Dehydrator: Product Review

I recently purchased the Kitchen Living Food Dehydrator for $19.99 at ALDI. There are a few left in stores, so worth snagging if this is your thing. I have never dehydrated foods before, so I am by no means an expert on what makes a good food dehydrator. I have had quite a few zucchini, summer squash, and kale from my garden this year and last and I was looking for something to do with them other than freeze. I have done a few batches so far of zucchini chips (Yum!), summer squash chips, and kale chips (I am not a fan. I really don't get what all the fuss is about?) I also just did a quick batch of drying italian parsley, basil, oregano, lemon thyme, and greek oregano. It's a fun new kitchen gadget to have and I am happy with my purchase.

Price: Similar 5-tray, single setting, food dehydrators are priced $30.99 at Target and $40.99 at Walmart. Steal at ALDI for $19.99.

Drawbacks: Other dehydrators have temperature settings, so you can adjust the drying process. For my purpose…