Saw a pretty neat movie this afternoon, "I am Number Four." I knew it was about aliens but I didn't expect it to be such an interesting plot. Then we spent 2 hours at the commissary. I know it seems excessive, but in order to save money, it's a necessity. In this case, I saved $25 in coupons--all for stuff I needed already and stuff that's good for you. I find it's cheaper to shop "around the edges" of the grocery store--basically, 90% of my food comes from the meat, produce, dairy, deli and bakery. I usually try to limit myself to items found in the middle of the store--that's where all the processed aka pricier stuff is. If I find staples on sale such as canned beans or soups, I'll buy a couple to keep in the pantry.
What we had for dinner: Sausage, Peppers, & Penne Pasta
1 box whole wheat penne
1 pkg Italian sausage links
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 of each: red, yellow, and orange peppers, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
a handful of fresh basil OR 1 TBSP dried basil
1 tsp oregano
Boil water for the pasta, when boiling, throw in the pasta. Fry the sausages until browned. Slice into 1/2" slices. Brown the onions & garlic, then add the sliced peppers. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add spaghetti sauce and sausages and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain pasta and top with sausage/pepper mixture. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Meal costs about $6 and served 5 people with 2+ servings left over for lunch tomorrow!