November 20, 2014

Simple Suppers: Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger, casserole, comfort food, Jennie-O turkey, McDonalds Cheeseburger

Don't get me wrong, I love cooking.  But I've been SO uninspired in the kitchen for dinners lately. Maybe it's because we have had quite a few bouts of flu going around our house.  Or because I spend most of my days creating fun recipes for my job.  Some nights, by the time 5:00 hits, I'm just staring at the fridge, hoping for a cooked meal to pop out at me.  I wish! Can't I have a magical twitch to my nose like Samantha on Bewitched?!

Last night, I had ground turkey but no ideas what to do with it.  I wanted a burger, but it was still partially frozen.  I remembered seeing something on Rachael Ray once about a cheeseburger casserole and I just went with it.  

The verdict? EVERYONE loved it.  It tastes just like McDonald's double cheeseburgers. We don't do much McD's, but those double cheeseburgers are hard to resist...especially after a nasty post-wedding hangover! (We had quite a few weddings this summer...I learned the hard way)

Served with some of our favorite tots and green beans, this was a tasty meal that hit the table in about 30 minutes! 
Cheeseburger, Simple Dinners, Casseroles, Ground Turkey, Jennie-O

Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole

Here's what you need:
  • 1 package of Jennie-O lean ground turkey (about 1.25 lbs)
  • 2 cups of elbow noodles, cooked al dente (about 5-6 minutes)
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 2 pickle spears, chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon each- onion & garlic powder
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese 
  • Optional: chopped bacon (I put it on half of ours)

  1. Preheat oven to 400. 
  2. In a large pan, brown ground turkey for 4-5 minutes.  Add onions, mustard, Worcestershire, onion and garlic powder.  Brown until turkey is completely cooked. Do not drain.
  3. Add pickles, relish, tomatoes, tomato paste. Once thoroughly heated, slowly pour in noodles. Stir.
  4. Pour into casserole dish and top with cheese (and optional bacon).  Bake 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and drool-worthy.
    Casseroles, Simple Suppers, Jennie-O Turkey, Cheeseburger
What's your go-to meal when you're in a cooking rut?


November 13, 2014

Time to Bundle Up! Kmart has MAJOR Outerwear Savings!

Kmart, Shop Your Way Rewards, Winter Boots, Winter Outerwear, Kmart Sales

We woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground today.  I absolutely love snow...this time of year, at least.  By the time January hits, I'm over it.  But for now, I'm optimistic! Especially if it means we will have a White Christmas!

If you're looking for some deals on winter gear, look no further than Kmart!  

As you may know, I am a personal shopper for Shop Your Way Rewards--which includes Kmart, Sears and Lands End.  My job is to help YOU save money.  I can send you exclusive coupons and rewards, or just quick heads up for sales.  All up to what you want!  Also, at least once a month, you'll get a $5 bonus on your Shop Your Way account. Best part? It's FREE!  

Yesterday, I posted a pic of our new boots and a lot of people wondered where they were mine were from.  Kmart!  I love how warm and comfy they are.  Great quality boots for under $40! 

A photo posted by Ashleigh Evans (@itscheapash) on
Right now, all boots are Buy 1, Get 50% off.  You can get free 2-day shipping as a client of mine, or ship to your local store. Also, be sure to add the  $5 off $25 in shoes coupon to your account. (Tip: I add ANY coupon I think I'll use. At checkout, whatever ones are relevant will be applied)

All outerwear is on sale 40% off and hat/glove sets start at $6.99!  Coats start at $20, with most around $27 and snow pants are $17.  There are coupons: $5 off $25 in Apparel and also $5 off $50 Storewide.
If you have anything specific you need help finding, I'm here to help! Also, be sure to use your Ebates account for an additional 3% back! New to Ebates? You'll get a free $10 gift card.

Is there snow on the ground where you live?


November 12, 2014

Aunt Millie's Thrift Store: Discounted Bread!

Bread, Aunt Millies Discounts, Grocery hacks

I don't know about your family, but we fly through bread, bagels, English muffins or basically any carbs--during breakfast if we each have a bagel, that's one package right there!  With the prices of groceries getting INSANE, it's nice to find a bargain store for something we frequently eat.  One day on a whim, I stopped into our local Aunt Millie's Thrift Store and I was pleasantly surprised.  They carry most of our favorite breads, including Meijer brand french toast bagels (ah-mazing) and whole wheat pitas (for pizzadillas!).  When you walk in, ask about the specials and for any pricing information.  For instance, our store has a bargain table and you get a FREE item off of that table when you spend over $5.
Aunt Millie's Bread, Grocery Hacks, Bread, Discounts on groceries, Grand Rapids

The Aunt Millie's Thrift Store is located off of 68th Street here in Grand Rapids, but there are locations all over Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.  I'm sure prices vary by store, but if you have one in your area, be sure to stop in! You're in for a great discount.  I usually walk out with two large bags full of bread for under $10!

  • Ask about discount days for even better prices!  Ours is on Sunday and bread is only $0.75!  There are other deals too.
  • Since the bread is close to the "use-by" date, be sure to have room in the freezer.  For buns, I just pick them up when I need them. 
  • Think about other ways you can use the bread. They have $1 bags of day-old bread which I make croutons or bread crumbs with.  With Thanksgiving coming up soon, consider getting one of those bags to make your own stuffing mix!
What ways are you saving on groceries lately? I'm all ears! 

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