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  • Breaking Out of the Dinner Rut: Bacon & Egg Casserole with Citrus Smoothies


     Guest Post from The Coupon Project

     

    Have you ever had cereal for dinner? I'm not going to lie - I've done it before. I think we can all relate to those crazy days where the thought of digging through recipes and cooking is too much to think about. Today I'd like to share with you an easy recipe that's inspired by breakfast, but more substantial than a bowl of Toasted O's or Fruity Rings. While you can definitely enjoy it for breakfast, it's a go-to dinner recipe in my house because of how quick it can be prepared and requires only a few ingredients.

     

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    For this recipe, you'll need a pound of ground breakfast sausage or bacon. I found this Aberdeen Farms Hardwood Smoked Sliced Bacon on sale for $2.99 at my Grocery Outlet. The beauty of shopping at Grocery Outlet is that you never know exactly what you'll find! Feel free to tweak today's recipe with whatever yummy looking sausage or bacon you find at your store.

     

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    Start by preheating your oven to 350º. Cook your bacon or sausage and drain. While it's cooking, tear up four pieces of bread and sprinkle them on the bottom of a casserole dish. I used wheat, but white works great too. I prefer using a "fluffier" type bread in this recipe - nothing too dense or heavy.

     

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    Crumble your bacon or sausage and put it on top of the bread pieces.

     

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    Next, top with 2 cups of grated cheese. I like using a medium cheddar.

     

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    Whisk six eggs with 2 cups of milk together and season with fresh ground pepper. I omit salt because there is plenty in the bacon!

     

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    Pour the egg mixture on top of the casserole and bake in the oven between 20-30 minutes, when eggs are set.

     

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    This is such a delicious, hearty casserole!

     

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    I like to serve this dish with some sort of fruit or fruit dish. While at Grocery Outlet, I noticed they had pineapple Chobani Greek Yogurt at my store for just $1.99. I decided to pick some up along with a bag of frozen mango for $3.99 to make a tropical smoothie.

     

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    For the smoothie, I simply combined 1/2 cup of the Greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen mango and 1 cup orange juice. To kick it up a bit, you could add a nice handful of organic spinach (which yes, they also carry at Grocery Outlet!).

     

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    So there you have it: breakfast for dinner that's NOT a bowl of cereal!

     

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    The next time you're at your local Grocery Outlet store, see what fun and frugal ingredients you can find to spice up your dinner table!  Download the recipe here.

     

    Like this post? You might want to read the others in this series:
    Make sure to come back next month for another fun installment! Angela Russell blogs at The Coupon Project, a site that encourages families to live well for less. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her firefighter husband and two small kids. In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and has recently taken up canning.

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  • $4-A-Day Challenge: Mark

    Hi, I’m Mark, the Marketing Director for Grocery Outlet at our home office in Berkeley, CA.   I’m going to share with you my experience this week in eating on only $4 a day, which is going to be interesting since I can occasionally blow $20 on just one lunch!  My wife told me I was on my own this week, so I’m having a “bachelor” menu. Mark and Lois

    Eating in Berkeley isn’t cheap, unless you shop at Grocery Outlet.  I’ll be doing all my shopping there, so I’ll be paying about half price for my food which will put me at a big advantage versus people who shop at regular grocery stores.

    So here’s my story, hope you enjoy it, I’m sure I’m going to learn a few things!

    Monday
    I had planned it all out, I would do my shopping on Sunday and have everything ready to fix during the week. Then family came in from out of town and we had to travel on Sunday and all of a sudden it was Monday morning and I hadn’t shopped. Now what do I do? I looked at my “rough” meal plan and went downstairs to our store to strategize. I had planned eggs ($1.49/dz) and hash browns (only $2.49 for ten Lindens hash brown patties!) for a couple of breakfasts, then I saw some Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage sandwiches for only $5.99 for a 20ct box (only 30 cents a serving!). Sounds good! However, as I picked up the box and looked at the ingredients, it struck me that I was making some less than healthy choices. Hmmmm….

    Nimble Bar
    So I started my Monday with oatmeal and frozen blueberries mixed together which was very tasty. Lunch was two yogurts (3 for $1 at GO) and a “Nimble” peanut butter nutrition bar. Ok, Nimble is supposed to be for women, but the price was right ($ .33/bar) and it has 5g of fiber, 10g of protein plus Calcium, Iron, Vitamins C, D, E & B6, Lutein and Beta-Carotene! Dinner was my one vice with a salad with two pieces of Red Baron 4 meat pizza (only $ .50 a slice!). I normally drink water for most meals and the savings will help me save up for some wine with dinner later in the week!
    Final tally for Monday; $3.35
    $16.65 left for the week


    Tuesday
    I scrambled three eggs and added some fresh fruit for a nice breakfast that only penciled out to $.62. I started to adjust my plan for the week and observed that healthier choices (salad, fruit, etc,) were actually bringing my costs down! Lunch was a nice green salad with a Nimble bar. You can get a lot of salads out of a head of lettuce! Newman's Own In fact I got a little “heady” and decided I could have a glass of wine for dinner the last four nights with a $3.99 bottle of Newman’s Own Merlot, a great wine that sells for up to $9 elsewhere. With Newman’s Own, I’m also benefiting the charities that they donate their proceeds to so it’s a “win-win”. A 750ml bottle is 25.4oz which translates to four 6oz glasses. Cheers!
    I’ve got this figured out!
    Final tally for Tuesday ; $3.45
    $13.20 left for the week


    Wednesday
    Felt a little hungry this morning so I grabbed for breakfast one of my yogurts I was originally going to have for lunch. Breakfast
    When I got to lunch, I found to my dismay that my lettuce was going bad! Rats! I had pre-washed it and put it in an airtight ziplock, but I hadn’t dried it properly and didn’t put it in the “crisper” drawer in the fridge (yes honey, I know!). So, I had some slightly rusty salad for lunch along with a Nimble bar and some “humble pie” (cost: “priceless”). Then for dinner, with my 2 slices of pizza I had to substitute fruit for the salad (in addition to the grapes from the wine of course!
    Ew!  Lettuce gone bad! With my lettuce gone, I need to start re-strategizing the rest of the week now.
    Final tally for Wednesday; $4.11
    $9.09 left for the week


    Thursday
    Take a look at a very nutritious breakfast bowl! This is oatmeal ($ .28), with frozen blueberries ($.83) , plus a light showering of an anti-oxidant trail mix ($ .25). I usually get off to a good start with breakfast, then it’s all downhill the rest of the day! Lunch was yogurt ($ .66) and a Nimble bar ($ .33).
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    My wife and I have our bocce ball league tonight and I’m meeting her there, so I’ll have to grab something before I leave. A two pack of mini burritos ($ .79, $1.49 elsewhere) looked good (remember what I said above about going downhill the rest of the day?) so I had those along with a banana ($ .20) for some extra potassium.
    Mojo bar
    While looking through our NOSH (Natural-Organic Specialty-Healthy) section I noticed Clif Mojo bars for only $ .50! With all the “Nimble” bars I’ve had this week I figured I could use a little extra “Mojo”!
    Final tally for Thursday: $3.84
    $5.25 left for Friday!

     


    CHEATER ALERT!!!
    When I ventured into Melissa Porter’s (VP of Marketing and my boss!) office I caught her eating a full size salad bowl! We sell these pre-packaged salad bowls (complete with proteins, cheese, veggies, etc., even a fork!) for only $2.99, but that still would bust a $4-A-Day budget. I think there’s something fishy going on here!

    Melissa eating salad!


    Friday
    I’m in the home stretch and have a whopping $5.25 left for today! My only question left was, “what would Lois Prices do?”. I went to my old standby, 3 scrambled eggs with fruit for breakfast ($ .62). Lunch was yogurt, a Nimble bar and a banana ($1.20). So, $3.43 left for dinner… let’s see, what would I like?Glass of Wine
    Friday is always pizza night at our house, so I went for 2 slices of pizza ($1), some salad (ok, I had to borrow it!) for $.25 which left me with $2.18 for...hm, I guess that means I can have an extra glass of wine! Cheers!

    Total tally: $19.82
    $3.96/day
    Not bad!


    Looking back on the week, I was surprised at how cheaply you can eat with careful planning, preparing and of course, shopping at Grocery Outlet for the best prices! I do have a new found respect for those who face a tight food budget every day as it does require considerable thought up front as well as planning and preparation for a family. I look forward to using the things I’ve learned this week to eat for less money as well as eat healthier (and store my lettuce properly!).

    What about you? What have you learned on your $4-A-Day Challenge? Leave us a comment on Facebook and let us know!

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  • How to Save on Breakfast

    Save the most on breakfast foods when you shop Grocery Outlet first!




    What's your favorite breakfast bargain?

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  • Bargain Breakfast

    Getting out the door each morning can be a challenge, especially now that school is starting up again.  With this in mind, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite ideas for getting out the door with a good breakfast in hand.

     

    Bargain Breakfast from Grocery Outlet



    Oatmeal-On-The-Run!

    Instant oatmeal is a filling and comforting breakfast.  Put the oatmeal with your kids' favorite toppings in small, repurposed jars (jam and condiment jars are great for re-use) on the weekend, then all they have to do is grab and go the next morning with a little hot water and a stir.

    Ingredients (per jar)
    ½ cup instant oatmeal
    ¼ cup any of the following to taste: raisins, dried chopped apples, crushed walnuts or pecans, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
    ¼ tsp. cinnamon
    ¼ tsp. sugar, brown or white

    You will need ½ cup boiling/very hot water to add to the jar.  Stir and add more water depending on the consistency desired.  Warning: jar will be *hot* so wrap in paper towels to protect hands, or combine and stir in jar and then pour into a bowl to eat.

    Serves 1.


    Eggs-A-Go-Go!
    Kelly, one of our resident bargainistas, came up with this fantastic make-ahead idea.

    Ingredients
    8 eggs
    ¼ cup diced onion
    ½ cup chopped spinach
    ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    Cooking spray

    Coat a standard 6 cup muffin tin evenly with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Beat eggs until fluffy.  Add in veggies and cheese and mix until combined.  Spoon into the muffin tin evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes, or until eggs are fluffy and rise above the top of the muffin tin.  Let cool completely, and store overnight in the fridge.  Warm up for 30 seconds in the microwave for a quick and very easy breakfast.  (And you get protein and veggies!)  These last about a week in the fridge.

    Serves 6.

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