The recipe and tutorial are at the bottom of this post but I share a lot of other information ahead of them. Please scroll down if you’d rather skip the extra stuff
If you need a little enriching in the soil of your life, you’re sitting in front of what could be a great tool to help make that happen. All ya gotta do is seek it out.
And now that I’m done with my little soap box for the day, we need to get to cooking supper because I don’t know about you, but I’m mighty hungry!
You’ll need: All Purpose Flour, milk, eggs, shredded cheese, cooked ground beef, vegetable oil, sloppy joe sauce, french fried onions, and salt.
This is my Manwich from Big Lots :).
The retail price on it there is 90 cents a can but I actually paid less. I joined this rewards program thingiemawhosit that they have and every now and then they send me a coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase, that is when I spring into action!
There are some canned goods that I use on a regular basis that I get there. Manwich, Spaghettios (my kids love spaghettios!), a few baking mixes (they have Krusteaz brand, which is really good) and they have this Ghiradelli brownie mix that is wonderful for a quick dessert. I also buy canned meats from there (chicken, ham, beef), which are great to have in emergencies – be they natural disasters with power outages, or Mama running late and needs some chicken for the dumplings real quick.
So I’ve started buying some groceries from Big Lots when I get those great coupons. I know, some of y’all are thinking “but they’re seconds! they’re expired!”
Actually, I can see how you’d think that but it really isn’t the case.
This can “expires” over a year from now. Canned goods are actually good long past those dates though, but we can use the dates as guidelines and to help us use up our pantry goods under the “first in, first out” principal in order to keep a good rotation system in place, which prevents food from not being used before it truly does expire.
I also shop a lot at Aldi for their sales (they have some amazing money savers), and I buy in bulk whatever I can buy in bulk at Sam’s.
Buying in bulk is smart for two reasons:
- It can save a lot of money (sometimes I pay less than half of what I would pay had I not bought in bulk.
- It helps families to build up and keep a larger supply of food on hand over time so that you aren’t having to run to the grocery store every week or in some cases, multiple times a week. A well thought out grocery plan can easy involve only a single trip each month. This saves money from those impulse purchases that we are all susceptible to.
Things I buy in bulk: Dried beans, canned tomatoes (#10 cans), spaghetti sauce, pasta, paper towels (although I’m using a lot less of them as I’ve moved to dish towels, which I also buy in bulk), toilet paper (member’s Mark brand is great), rice, sugar, spices, beef and chicken bouillon, coffee, coffee creamer, eggs, butter, peanut butter, honey, oats, and longer lasting fruit and vegetables like apples, potatoes, and carrots.
The big exception to this is when I go meat shopping. When my freezers get low, I start meet shopping in the early mornings. I go to certain stores and head straight to the meat department to see what they have on sale. I buy the meat with good markdowns and take it home where I immediately repackage it using my foodsaver (video of my review here) to put in my freezer. Except for ground beef. That I cook and dehydrate so that it’s shelf stable and a quick fix for any meal that calls for fresh cooked ground beef. A video of that is here.
I’ve changed the way I shop even more than usual over the past few months and encourage you to start thinking about ways you can save as soon as possible in order to help insulate your family from the tidal wave of food prices. We gotta learn to surf or we’re gonna sink.
You can read more of my tips here:
Money Saving Tips Videos:
- Using a dehydrator to make shelf stable ground beef
- Making your own instant rice from bulk rice
- Dehydrating to save money and freezer space
- Affording groceries during times of rapid price increases
Money Saving Tips Posts:
- Money Saving Tip: Rice, the Ultimate Budget Extender
- Money Saving Tip: Go Bananas!
- Money Saving Tip: Rethink Bulk
- Get 8 Meals From 4 Pounds of Ground Beef
Christy, you were supposed to be making supper and now you done went off on another rabbit trail.
I know, I know! I’m hushing up now and getting back in the kitchen. Supper will be ready soon!
Stir your sloppy joe sauce into the meat until it’s well coated.
If you want to make your own sloppy joe sauce click here to see how I do that. Just get the sauce ingredients from that recipe and use them in this one if you would like.
Stir in your fried onions.
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
So this is my fruits of the spirit bracelet. Y’all probably see that in a lot of pictures. I got it last fall in Dallas on my book tour and haven’t taken it off (waves at Karen, who helped her pick it out). The funny thing about this bracelet is that it lists all of the fruits of the spirit on it, but one in particular seems to always be on top, so that I see it first whenever I look down: Longsuffering. It is a little to the side in this pic, which is a miracle. I tell folks that the “long-suffering” part means putting up with mean people. Whenever I’m having to deal with ornery folks, sure enough I look down and there it is, staring right back at me, reminding me that it is par for the course! lol But hey, we all do what we have to do and we should be grateful for the opportunity to be of use but I gotta admit I enjoy it when “Joy” and “Peace” are on top as they are in this photograph!
Add a layer of cheese.
Spread meat mixture over top of cheese.
Top with remaining cheese.
Place eggs, milk, flour, salt, and oil in a bowl.
Do y’all see that?
Our ingredients are smiling at us
God love it! Ooh and those look like good, rich eggs, too.
Y’all, remind me to move to a new city as soon as I can so that I can raise my own chickens…
So all you have to do on this is stir it together with a spoon until it’s well blended. It just takes a minute.
Pour over top of meat and cheese.
Bake this at 350 for 30 minutes, or until it is just a wee bit browned on top.
- 1-2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
- 1-2 14.5oz cans sloppy joe sauce (I only use Manwich when it comes to buying it pre made. I normally like generics but find generic sloppy joe sauce to be really bad.)
- 1 cup french fried onions
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (mild, sharp, whatever you like)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, stir together ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, and french fried onions until well blended.
- Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the bottom and top with the meat mixture, spreading to the sides. Top meat mixture with remaining cheese.
- In medium bowl combine flour, milk, oil, eggs, and salt. Stir until well blended. Pour over top of meat and cheese in casserole dish.
- Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until crust is set and very lightly browned.
“Time is more valuable than money.
You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
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