Baked Chicken Alfredo

For those of you who don’t love or have kids who don’t love spaghetti sauce, here is an easy solution.

Make Alfredo instead. 
1lb Boneless skinless chicken breast
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 box penne pasta
1 bag Italian blend cheese
Salt and pepper
1tbs Butter 
Preheat oven to 350. Dice chicken breasts. Melt butter in a frying pan. Cook the chicken, add a little salt and pepper. Boil the noodles. Drain. In a 13×9 dish mix cooked chicken, noodles and Alfredo Sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 25  – 30 minutes.
Pair it with steamed broccoli or asparagus. 
Plan ahead to make  a second and freeze it for another time!

Kroger Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

Well, apparently Kroger switched things up and changed their ad cycle to Wednesday thru Tuesday now. So this is a tad late, but you can still shop today or order through Clicklist if your store has it. Don’t forget that you need a Kroger Plus Card to get these prices. Here are my picks for Kroger:

Natures Own Honey Wheat Bread – BOGO (you can buy just one or two and freeze one)

Thomas’ English Muffins or Bagels – BOGO

Kroger K-cups – BOGO

Powerade – .79 (Great deals for those of us who have a middle schooler two wins away from city soccer champs) 😉

Welch’s Juice – BOGO

Post Cereal, General Mills Cereal, or Keebler Cookies – 4/$8 – You also get a free Kroger milk when you buy 4 of these products.  (You could stock up on your kids favorite cereals or buy some extra cookies and HIDE them!!)

Pace Salsa or Mission Corn Tortillas – $1.79

Arm & Hammer or Purex Laundry Detergent or Snuggle – $2.99

Kraft Cheese – BOGO

Kroger Cheese or Cheese Slices – $1.77

Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.39

So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt – $1.99

Wholly Guacamole – $2.49

Yoplait Gogurt, Chobani Smooth or Drinks – 3/$5

Heritage Farm Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.99/lb

Pork Boston Butts – BOGO

Hefty Slider Bags – BOGO

Heritage Farms Whole Chicken, Thighs or Drumsticks – .99/lb

Kroger Ground Beef Roll – $1.88/lb

Hillshire Farm Cocktail Smokies or Smoked Sausage – 2/$5

Kroger Private Selection or Kroger Bacon – $3.99

Oscar Mayer Lunchables – $1

Oscar Mayer Weiners – BOGO

Green or Red Cabbage – .49/lb

Avocados – .99/lb

Kettle Chips – 2/$5

Lays Family Size Chips, Lays Kettle Cooked or Skinny Pop – $1.77 when you buy 3

Pepperidge Fsarm Goldfish – BOGO

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps – BOGO



Bacon and Eggs

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on an English Muffin ( You could make and freeze these if you are wanting to have something easy and cheap)

Bagels and Cream Cheese

Avocado Slices, Bacon, & Eggs


PB&J Sandwiches

Baggies of Goldfish, Pretzels, Chips, & Popcorn




Cheese Slices

Pigs in a Blanket (grab some cresent rolls with the little smokies)

Dinner Ideas:

Cabbage and Smoked Sausage (chop cabbage and slice the sausage. Brown sausage, add 1/2 cup of chicken broth, put cabbage in pan and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, cover and simmer for about 5 min, then stir until cabbage is cooked.) You will need a large frying pan or stock pot for this.

Baked Seasoned Chicken Thighs, your choice of sides (mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, etc.)

Crock Pot Boston Butt (add some BBQ sauce or liquid smoke) sides of your choice and save the leftovers for Brunswick Stew.

 Crockpot Whole Chicken (throw in some chopped onions and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a litle chicken broth) with Cabbage Steaks

Enchilada Casserole

Recipe(s) of the Week :

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner

1 lb Chicken Thighs

Bacon (cut into small pieces)

Brussels Sprouts (or zucchini/ any other squash)


Olive oil

Salt/ Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Take a cookie sheet or stoneware, cover with foil, drizzle a little olive oil on the foil. Place Chicken thighs on one half of the pan, place brussels sprouts (or other veggie) on the other half of the pan. Place small (uncooked) bacon pieces all over the chicken and the veggies. Add some salt and pepper to chicken and brussels sprouts. Stir brussels to coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in oven and cook for 30 – 35 minutes.

Enchilada Casserole (Kid Favorite)

1 bag of yellow or white corn tortillas

1 can black beans

1 can enchilada sauce

1 lb browned ground beef or shredded chicken

1 8oz bag shredded cheese such as Jack, Colby Jack, Mexican Blend, or Cheddar

Sour Cream, Avocado Slices, Guacamole, etc.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray the bottom of a 13×9 glass pan. Brown the ground beef (or have your chicken shredded), then mix the can of enchilada sauce, black beans, and meat together. Then you will layer (like a lasagna), tortillas, meat mixture, cheese. Repeat until pan is nearly full. Top with cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Garnish with sour cream, avocado, guac, pico, etc.

Aldi Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

So, Aldi has some sales on easy meals this week. The sale started on Wednesday, but hopefully they stocked up in time for the Saturday shoppers.

Here are my picks:

Honey Crisp Apples – $2.99 bag

Avocados – .99 ea.

Tomatoes on the Vine – .99 pkg

Red Grapes – .99 lb

Pork Roast Kit – $6.99 !!!

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts – $4.99

Kobe Style Ground Beef – $5.99 lb

Fresh Salmon – $9.99 lb

Take and Bake Pizza – $4.99

Chopped Salad Kit – $2.49

Caesar Salad Kit – $1.99

Garlic Bread Sticks – $1.59

Lunches :



Meal Ideas :

Pork Roast – the kit has everything you need in it. If you have a large family, for that price, grab two.

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken, Caesar Salad and Bread Sticks

Lemon Dill Salmon, Sweet Kale Salad, Chopped Tomatoes and Sliced Avocado

Pizza and Caesar Salad

Spaghetti, Caesar Salad, and Breadsticks

Asian Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken

I love to take these salad kits and grab some of the grilled and ready chicken and make a meal out of them. Our personal favorite is the Southwest Salad. It is so cheap and so easy. If the kids don’t love the salad you can always save them some leftover pizza for that night!

Sprouts Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

So I really love Sprouts because they have such good meat and produce deals. You can get a lot of your groceries from here, however I usually wind up shopping at other stores for things that I can’t find here. But, you can still make several meals out of the deals you find at Sprouts!

  • Yellow Onions or Red Potatoes – $2.98

  • Green Seedless Grapes – .77 lb

  • Sweet Corn – 4/$1

  • Blueberries or Raspberries – 2/$5 

  • Fuji Apples – .98 lb

  • On-the-Vine Cluster Tomatoes – .98 lb

  • Organic Spaghetti Squash – .98 lb

  • Cucumbers – 2/ $1

  • All-Natural Pork Baby Back Ribs /St. Louis Style – $2.77 lb

  • All-Natural Ground Chicken – $2.99 lb

  • Choice Marinated Carne Asada – $4.99 lb

  • All-Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders – $1.99 lb

  • EZ Peel Jumbo Raw Shrimp – $5.99 lb

  • Chobani Greek Yogurt – .88 

  • Betsy’s Pasture Raised Eggs – $3.99

  • Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop – 2/$4

  • Horizon Cheesy Mac –  2/$3

  • Arrowhead Mills Pancake & Waffle Mix – 2/$6

  • Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup – $6.99

  • Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil – $5.99

  • Red’s Entrées – BOGO
        Grass Fed Ground Beef – $3.99 lb

Breakfast :

Scrambled Eggs



Lunches :


Boom Chicka Pop




Dinner Ideas : 

Shrimp, Salad, Seasoned Red Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese and Salad

Chicken Patties (homemade), Mac and Cheese, Corn on the Cob

BBQ Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Seasoned Red Potatoes

Chicken Stir Fry with Steamed Brown or Jasmine Rice

Wednesday Grocery and Meal Planning

After taking a while off from blogging, I am back with a completely new blog. Welcome! I hope to add in some of the old posts from Maya Papaya Mom, but I lost a lot, so I am starting from scratch! One of the things I used to do is post about my grocery deals and meals, and I am excited to be adding that back to the new one.

 I don’t know about you, but life is really busy for our family these days. I am constantly trying to make my life easier during the week by planning simple, kid friendly meals. If I can make two and freeze one or prep some of the ingredients on my days off even better. So, every Sunday and Wednesday I will be featuring some of the grocery sales and recipe ideas to go with them. I will also be including some meal prep and freezer meal ideas as well. Sundays will be for Kroger and Wednesdays will be Publix, Sprouts, and Aldi. I used to share my meal planning and deals on the old blog, and I am really excited about starting again! I hope you will find it useful!

Today will be Publix only, but I will be adding in Sprouts and Aldi in time for weekend grocery shopping.

Breakfast Foods :

Captain Crunch –  BOGO
Lender’s Refrigerated Bagels – BOGO

Lunches :

Crunch Pak Apple Slices 2/$4
Sabra Hummus – BOGO
Peter Pan Peanut Butter – BOGO
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks – BOGO
Nabisco Single Serve Tray Snacks – BOGO
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars – BOGO

Dinner :

Bertolli Olive Oil – BOGO
Chatham Village Croutons – BOGO
Marzetti Dressing – BOGO
Mc Cormick  Chili Seasoning – BOGO
Barilla Pasta – BOGO
Prego Italian Sauce – BOGO
Newman’s Own Pizza – 2/$10
Tombstone Pizza – BOGO
Birds Eye Vegetables – BOGO
Sargento Shredded Cheese – 2/ $5
Boneless Chuck Pot Roast – BOGO
Dakota Organic Gtround Beef – $5.99
Ground Round – 4.39 lb.
Kielbasa Smoked Sausage – B2G1
Fresh Attitude Salad- BOGO
Publix Baby Cut Carrots –  $1.00
Publix Red Potatoes – $2.99
Armour Meatballs – BOGO

Snacks :

Kettle Brand Potato Chips – BOGO
Nestle or Wonka Halloween Candies – BOGO
Pop Secret Popcorn – BOGO

Etc. :
Hefty EZ Foil Pans with Lids – BOGO
Lysol Wipes – BOGO
Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent – BOGO

Meal ideas for the week:

Baked Spaghetti with Salad – make two and freeze one in the Hefty EZ foil pans

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots (grab an onion for great flavor) Pre arrange in a Hefty EZ foil pan or stick it all in the crock pot before you leave for work!

Meatballs and Frozen Veggies

Pizza and Salad

Chili – make a double recipe and freeze half.

This weeks recipe:

Pot Roast

1 bag baby carrots
1 bag red potatoes
1 sweet onion
1 pot roast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp 21 season mix (if you have, if not you should find some!)

Cut onion in fourths and put in the bottom of crock pot. Pour Carrot bag in. Cut potatoes in half or fourths depending on how large they are. Add to crock pot. Sprinkle Half the Seasonings on the Veggies and stir to mix. Add the pot roast to the crock pot and pour in the broth. Then sprinkle the rest of the seasonings on the roast and rub in. Turn the crock pot on it’s lowest setting and cook all day.