Meals on a Budget

Living life on a budget seems to be a modern trend these days.  We’re always trying to find the best deal or comparing prices to determine which store will yield the highest amount of savings.  (Or maybe this is just me?)

I’m not a crazy coupon clipper, but access to deals in this wonderful technology world have changed drastically.  We’ve got access to amazing deals through Groupon, Living Social, Jetsetter, Gilt, One King’s Lane, etc etc (And YES, I have an account with all of the above.  In fact, you should too since it doesn’t cost you anything to sign up).  Aside from browsing the daily deals from these websites, there’s always the browsing of the good ol’ weekly ads.  Heck, that’s the one thing that I look forward to the most when I wake up on Sunday morning!  Firing up the iMac, cup of joe in hand, and checking out the local grocery store ads and Target to help me plan for the week.

I am a strong believer in “If you realllllllllly want it, then just get it, regardless of price”.  We work hard for the money that we earn and we should be able to enjoy it, within reason though.  That’s why it’s important to check out these deals and weekly ads to help save money where possible!  And as a side note, who even shops for clothes at retail price anymore?  Marshall’s & TJ Maxx to the fullest – Hello!!!

This recipe features our Valentine’s Day dinner.  A delicious and scrumptious meal on a budget.  Stew Leonard’s is a local grocery store in the area and has such fresh produce, dairy, baked goods… everything is fantastic!!  This past week, lamb chops were on sale for $5.99/lb (usually $10.99/lb) and cauliflower was on sale for $1.49/head (usually $2.99/head).  So, the total cost of our romantic meal for two was $13; plus we had leftovers for lunch the next day.

Grilled Lamb Chops

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of lamb chops
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  1. Season lamb chops with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. In a large skillet over high heat, drizzle olive oil, place lamb chops onto pan and sear each side for 4 minutes.
  3. Once both sides achieve a nice golden color, reduce the heat to low, and cover pan.  Let lamb chops cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with rice, pasta, or mashed cauliflower.

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