Our weather has been crazy lately. A week ago, the temperatures were in the 70’s. Now, we’re expecting a big snow storm on Tuesday. I went to the grocery store early yesterday to beat the crowds and to make sure I was able to get some milk and bread. Luckily, I was able to buy everything I needed for my St. Patrick’s Day Make-Ahead Meals.
St. Patrick’s Day Make-Ahead Meals
Monday night we are having the Chicken Parm Lasagna from Buzzfeed. This recipe combines two favorite meals at my house. We love chicken parmesan and lasagna, so I figured the two together would be delicious. I bought an extra box of lasagna noodles last week for 69 cents and a jar of pasta sauce for 39 cents. Since I went to the store early, there were some meats that were marked down. I found a pack of 6 thin-sliced chicken breasts with a $2 off sticker on them. That made the price $2.45. It also saved me the step of pounding the chicken breasts to make them thin. I can’t wait for everyone to try this recipe tomorrow night! I think they’re going to love it!
I found a loaf of Italian bread for 84 cents in the discount bakery area. There was also a 3-pound pack of ground turkey with a $3.00 off sticker on it. I bought that for $5.00. When I got home, I found the recipe for Garlic Bread Meatball Subs from Ashley at Center Cut Cook. I made my own turkey meatballs for this recipe using half of the ground turkey. Then, I froze the other half for a future meal.
Cans of tuna were on sale this week for 88 cents each when you bought 8 of them. I stocked up on tuna and found the recipe for The Very Best Tuna Noodle Casserole from Kellie at The Suburban Soapbox. Most of the tuna noodle casserole recipes I found used canned soup. I chose this one because it uses chicken broth and half and half to make the sauce. The breadcrumb topping will make this extra yummy.
I was very disappointed when I realized that St. Patrick’s Day was on a Friday during Lent this year. I always make corned beef with cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. This year I had to find an alternate meal for Friday. I didn’t want to completely give up on our tradition, so I decided to make reuben sandwiches on Thursday. I found the Reuben Sandwich recipe from Holly at Spend with Pennies. It was just what I was looking for! I bought the corned beef and swiss cheese at the deli counter and a loaf of rye and pumpernickel swirl bread from the bakery. I already had some Thousand Island dressing in the pantry. While this isn’t a make-ahead meal, it won’t take long to put these sandwiches together Thursday night.
Since I couldn’t have my corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, I needed to find another special meal for dinner. I decided we’ll have breakfast for dinner. We are having my Green Shamrock Pancakes with a Fruit Rainbow. I love that there is no food coloring in these pancakes, and my kids don’t even mind the spinach. I tell them the leprechaun mixed the batter and put it in the refrigerator for me. Anything the leprechaun makes has to be good! This dinner will definitely be the star of my St. Patrick’s Day make-ahead meals.
Strawberries were on sale for $1.88 for an 8-ounce package. I bought two packs to use in the French Strawberry Cake from Kim at Foodtastic Mom. I was in the mood for cake, but I didn’t want to have to make icing. This recipe was perfect since it just gets a sprinkle of sugar over the top. I love how crispy the edges of this cake are. I think the kiddos are going to love it!
This week, my St. Patrick’s Day make-ahead meals cost a total of $37.28. My grocery bill was $93.48, and I saved $47.92. Even if we get a foot of snow, my refrigerator is stocked with delicious meals. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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