Thursday, July 16, 2009

Publix Bargain Meal July 16-22

This week's ad doesn't excite me. Ever have weeks like that? You look at the ad and think, "what in the world is this going to make??" Of course, this week, I have zuchinni to fall back on.

But, even if you don't have zuchinni, you can always fall back on a classic cheap meal. Clam spaghetti. It's perfect this time of year, because it tastes better with fresh parsley. It's one of those meals where you can tell that parsley really does have flavor, and it's not just meant to make the plate prettier.

I make this very simply. Clams, olive oil, garlic, wine, and parsley. Similar to this recipe, but let's get real. I use 2 cans of clams. Maybe one day, I'll be all about steaming my clams and turning them into spaghetti. But, if I'm lucky enough to have clams in the shell, we're just eating those suckers straight. They are a rare treat, and they aren't going to become spaghetti. Just sayin'.

½ pound spaghetti--approx $0.50
2 cans clams--minced is fine here--approx $2
2 tablespoons olive oi--$0.20
4 cloves garlic, minced--$0.10
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 cup dry white wine (anything, so long as it's not pink)--I'm a fan of Trader Joes Two Buck Chuck, but just find a $3 wine, and you're good--$0.60
fresh-ground pepper
1 or 2 bunches flat-leaf parsley, chopped--free, from your garden, right??
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated--I leave this off a lot of the time or just add a little. It's okay, but it doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor, and it's one more thing to buy

And that's it. It's a very simple meal.

Total cost--$3.40

Add half a loaf of bread (on sale $2.50)--$1.25--and some cut up peaches for dessert--on sale $0.88--and, you're all set.

Total cost for the meal--$5.53

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