Grocery Deals and Recipes: Oct. 14 – Oct. 20

Like a kid in the candy store (well, almost), I anticipate what the grocers are offering up for us each week. Before I started doing these posts regularly, I didn’t pay close attention to the weekly flyers. I thought Costco was my best bet, especially for meats. But after convincing myself otherwise, I am hoping you, too will get excited every week with gonga-grocery deals!

I’m even more excited about the deals this week! Whole Foster Farms Chicken is only 69¢/lb at Ralphs/Kroger this week! YIPEE! And no limits. I went today and found three big birds to bring home to the family this morning, almost wiping out what they had in stock. Although Vons/Safeway has chicken drumsticks, thighs and leg quarters for 99¢/lb, your best deal is to buy the whole chicken at Ralphs and cut it up. A 5-10 minute job that’s easy to do and saves you big bucks. Another good deal at Ralphs/Kroger is the untrimmed Tri-Tip Roast for $1.97/lb. But beware, untrimmed means lots of fat hanging on your roast that you will cut and discard. So your savings might be a wash if the roast has too much fat.

Apples are a-plenty and this week your bargain apples are at Vons/Safeway for 39¢/lb, but only the Golden and Red Delicious variety. Want something else? Try Henry’s Marketplace where ALL of their apples in stock (all 14 varieties, who thought there were that many?) are on sale for 77¢/lb. Another Ralphs/Kroger deal are avocados, only 47¢/each, green beans for 99¢/lb and one-pound bags of baby lemons, limes or key limes for 99¢/each. Both Ralphs/Kroger and Albertsons offers yellow or Italian squash for 99¢/lb. Vons/Safeway is still celebrating summer with raspberries for 99¢/each. Vine-ripe tomatoes are on sale at Ralphs/Kroger for 88¢/lb.

For the baker, Albertsons has on sale this Saturday and Sunday 5-lb bags of all-purpose flour and 4-lb bags of granulated sugar for $1.69/ea (limit two). Also at Albertsons 1 lb butter for $1.67 each (again Saturday and Sunday) and a dozen large eggs are on sale at Ralphs/Kroger for 99¢/ea (limit two).

Non-grocery item of the week: Crest toothpaste on sale at Albertsons for 10/$10. Combine with your coupons and you can get a few tubes for FREE!

Saffron Coated Stuffed Chicken

Give your roasted chicken a gourmet touch by stuffing it and basting it with saffron! The smell will send you and your guests panting and drooling next to the oven, waiting for it to finish roasting! The stuffing is a combination of onions, the chicken’s giblets, rice, almonds, apricots and cranberries. You cook everything for about 20 minutes prior to stuffing it into the bird. Saffron can be expensive and if you don’t have a middle-eastern store nearby to get a good deal on it, you can also find already ground saffron. It’s of lesser quality, but it is a cost-cutting measure that is easy to fix. For the full saffron coated stuffed chicken recipe, click here!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Sneak in some vegetable goodness with these babies. I made these for my daughter’s class to celebrate her birthday. Boy, were they happy! Some kids didn’t finish, but took their cupcakes home, and some moms got to take a bite. I had many of them call me the next day asking for this recipe! Unlike carrot cake, where you taste and see the carrots inside, the grated zucchini melt into the cake batter as it cooks, leaving you with a delicious chocolate cupcake. I left these unfrosted and no one seemed to care. The recipe also calls for buttermilk, which you can substitute by putting 1/2 TBS of white vinegar in a measuring cup and then filling it to the 1/2-cup mark with milk. Wait 5-10 minutes until the milk thickens. For the full chocolate zucchini cupcakes recipe, click here!

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