Thursday, March 19, 2009

Publix Bargain Meal March 19 - March 25


This week, Publix has both tuna and cherry tomatoes on sale. This dish from Rachael Ray includes both. It calls for basil, which is the icing on the cake, of course. However, this time of year, I don't include basil. Buying herbs in the store will push you far beyond a $5 dinner budget.


Herbs are incredibly easy to grow. This is the time of year to start them. Even I can grow herbs! And, I can't grow anything (my husband is the gardener in our family). So, dig out some of those pots from your garage, travel down to your local nursery, and find some herbs to grow! Your suppers will thank you this summer. ('s incredibly cost effective to grow your own herbs. Justify planting by thinking of how few herbs you could buy in the store for the same price) . Even people with no space for a garden can grow a few herbs. It's very rewarding to pick something you grew yourself for the supper table. Try it this year!

Off the rabbit trail and back to the tuna and tomatoes.

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil--use EVOO if you have it--if not, canola on sale $2.99/64 oz--$0.08
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped--$0.25
2 (6-ounce) cans Italian tuna in olive oil, drained--on sale 4 cans/$3.75--$1.86
1/2 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes, coarsely chopped--use the whole pint--on sale--$1.25
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 pound gemelli pasta--approx $1
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped, about 3 handfuls--if you grow it, great--if not, dried--$0.25
20 leaves fresh basil leaves, shredded--again, if you grow it, great--if not, leave it out

Total cost--$4.69

As always, Erin at $5 Dinners hosts the fabulous (if I do say so myself) bargain meal of the week. Lots of ideas, lots of bloggers, and well, what are you waiting for? Check it out!

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