Thanksgiving Grocery Deals and Recipes: Nov. 18 – Nov. 24

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This is it. The final countdown ’til Thanksgiving. And the ads are out and the deals are smokin’. WIth everyone in the kitchen next week, it’s good to see so much fresh produce on sale this week. So again, there is no excuse (except for laziness) to cook your family and delicious and nutritious meal. Don’t reach for the canned stuff, don’t open the box of Stove Top and don’t let Uncle Albertsons cook for you this year! You’ll be so happy you did, with the help of Family Spice, of course.

For the best turkey deal this week, we’ll break it down by size. Vons/Safeway has their turkeys broken down by size: 16lbs or less is $5, more than 16lbs $7 ea. If you can get a 15-16lb turkey for $5, you are paying 33¢-31¢/lb, great deal. Also, a 22lb turkey for $7 works out to be 32¢/lb. BUT, if only small sized turkeys are available, and selection might be scarce because some of us, ahem, have been stocking up in the beginning, go to Ralphs/Kroger who is selling turkeys for 37¢/lb. If you only want a small turkey, than your deal is at Albertsons. With a coupon, you get $10/off a turkey selling for 99¢/lb. I bought my 13-pounder with this coupon for only $3. So figure out your size first and read the fine print: EACH TURKEY DEAL REQUIRES A $25 MINIMUM PURCHASE. And a lot of times, that excludes liquor, dairy, gift cards and such. Hams are also plentiful this Thanksgiving week and Ralphs/Kroger has a spiral sliced ham for only $1.99/lb. During the holidays, lamb is plentiful in the stores and Albertsons has a leg of lamb for $3.99/lb. And since it’s Thanksgiving next week, the beef deals are nothing to write about, so I will pass on them this week.

Now, my favorite topic: PRODUCE! For San Diego locals, Henry’s has great bargains (granny smith & rome apples for 47¢/lb, navel oranges for 47¢/lb, vine-ripe tomatoes for 77¢/lb). But every store has something special for you. The best deals are as follows:

Asparagus, $1.99/lb @ Alberstons
Avocados, 99¢/ea @ Ralphs/Kroger
Bell Peppers, Red, 79¢/ea @ Albertsons
Broccoli, 99¢/lb @ Ralphs/Kroger
Cauliflower, 99¢/lb @ Ralphs/Kroger
Cranberries, 2/$4 @ Ralphs/Kroger
Fresh Express Salad Blends, $1.99/ea @ Vons/Safeway
Grapes, Red Seedless, $1.99/lb @ Ralphs/Kroger
Mushrooms, white, $1.99/ea @ Vons/Safeway
Russet Potatoes, 10lb bag, 69¢/ea @ Ralphs/Kroger (limit 2)
Squash, yellow, 99¢/lb @ Albertsons
Squash, zuccini, 99¢/lb @ Alberstons
Tangerines, cuties 5lb box, $4.77/ea @ Vons/Safeway
Yams, 39¢/lb @ Vons/Safeway

You can also buy frozen veggies at Albertsons (10/$10) and Ralphs/Safeway (88¢/ea).

Dairy deals are as follows:
Butter, 1 lb, $1.99/ea @ Vons/Safeway
Cream Cheese, Philly Brick, 99¢/ea @ Albertsons (limit 2 with coupon)
Kraft cheese, various, $1.77/ea @ Albertsons
Eggs, Extra Large 12-count, $1.49/ea @ Henry’s Marketplace
Sour Cream, 99¢/ea @ Henry’s Marketplace

Holidays mean party-time and that means soda is on sale. Albertsons has the best deal with Coca-Cola and Pepsi 12-packs for 4/$9 (with coupon and $25 minimum purchase). Ralphs is still offering triple coupons (up to $1) so take advantage of those savings. Other items to mention:

Minute Maid OJ, $2/ea @ Albertsons
Nestle Toll House Morsels, $2/ea @ Albertsons & Target
Cool Whip, 99¢/ea @ Albertsons
Kraft Mayo, $1.99/ea @ Albertsons (limit 1 with coupon & $25 min. purchase)
Sauza Gold or Blanco Tequila, $5.99/ea @ Albertsons (limit 1 with coupon & $25 min. purchase)
Barilla Pasta, 10/$10 @ Vons/Safeway

And if you must, really I hope you don’t, Stove Top Stuffing is cheap at Ralphs/Kroger for only 88¢/ea.(limit 2).

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Caramelized Onion-Balsamic Gravy
(pictured above)

Here is a great gravy for your holiday turkey: caramelized onion-balsamic gravy. The sweet caramelized onion match well with the tang of your balsamic reduction. For the full recipe, click here.

Sausage Stuffing

Italian sausage and mushrooms give this Thanksgiving staple an Italian twist. Moist and full of flavor, your family will wonder why they ever at boxed stuffing! For the full recipe, click here.

Leeks with Buttered Bread Crumbs

Tired of the same-old side dishes? Here’s one that your guests have probably never tried. Just like caramelized onions, leeks sweeten when roasted. Seasoned with salt & pepper, olive oil, white wine, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and butter, these leeks are finger-licking good. For the full recipe, click here.

To see all the great grocery deals this week, click here.

Count your blessings, love your family and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, from Family Spice!

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