Thursday, March 26, 2009

Publix Bargain Meal March 26 - April 1


The absolute, without a doubt, favorite meal in our house is tacos. And, we're not picky. Absolutely anything can be made into a taco. Leftovers, fish sticks, ground beef, just beans. You name it, I can taco it. Some kids will eat anything called a chicken nugget. Mine will eat anything called a "taco." Makes it easy.

I buy two brands of tortillas, El Milagro for corn, and Ole for flour. They are our favorites, and it's one of the few brand specific items I buy. But, buy whatever you like. If you can't get fresh tortillas where you live, Publix has Taco Bell ones on sale this week, as well. But, if you can get fresher tortillas, by all means, you should buy them!

Today's meal is... TACOS! To make them really easy, serve a roast early in the week, then reheat the leftover meat in a skillet for the tacos. Just like with the main component, we're very flexible with the toppings on our tacos. Sometimes, we have tacos with cilantro, onion, and a squeeze of lime only (like at the roadside taco trucks). Other times, we have the full "old El Paso" style--cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and sour cream. Just depends on what is on sale and what hits my fancy that day.

12 corn tortillas--1 pound (roughly 30 tortillas)/$1.39--$0.56
meat--use 1/2 pound chuck roast--on sale $2.69/lb--$1.35
Beans--use dried to make these--1 pound--$1
Cilantro--use 1/2 bunch--$0.40
Lime wedges--1-2 limes--$0.50
Hot sauce--something like Valentina is our favorite--$0.25

Total cost--$4.36

For us, this will feed 4 adults with some beans left over. As I said, my child adores refried beans, so that's always a good thing, and he'll eat them for lunch the rest of the week (unless Daddy finishes them for a midnight snack).

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