Monday, June 04, 2012

What's for Dinner

Do you get this question too? I am sure all households get it at some stage.
Do you always know what you are having? Are you super organised with a meal schedule?
I do have a menu and I do try to stick to it, but sometimes we need to jazz things up a little.

However having someone else make the decision for you is always much nicer, sometimes it just makes thing flow smoother having someone else make the decision and you just get on and cook it.

Turns out our local supermarket are trying to help in just that way.
They are suggesting a meal to make and also giving you a great special on the cost of actually getting the ingredients required.

Each week on a Wednesday they are offering a meal deal for $14.95. The Meal Deal for this week was a Corn Beef Meal with Dessert. For that price you got the following:

  • 3kg Corn Beef
  • 1kg potatoes ($2.99)
  • 1/4 of pumpkin ($1.49)
  • 500g bag frozen mixed vegetables ($3.49)
  • 1 pkt white sauce mix ($1.30)
  • 4 white magnum ice creams ($3.99)
The prices in red are what they normally cost. Adding them together it came to $13.26 so for $1.69 I got a nice piece of corn beef that actually did us dinner and lunch for Steve the next day. Corn Beef is usually selling at about $6.99-8.99/kg
Now I must admit that if I was doing dinner I wouldn't have brought all of that, although I was very clever and made sure that when they had items to choose from (pumpkin & corn beef) I got the biggest pieces. They were all the same price at the end of the day!

We didn't have this for dinner but I am now going to make a pumpkin soup out of it, so it will now do a few lunches for me and Steve.

The Magnums are definitely not something we would have brought for dinner, but they are now in the freezer for when we need a special treat sometime, cause we sure didn't need them after dinner on Wednesday.

It was just lucky that Wednesday was my day off and that I thought to go check out the special at 9am as that allowed me to put the meat in the slow cooker (crockpot) and leave it simmering all day, the house smelt lovely when we came home from soccer practice.
However, it wouldn't have made any difference because for a deal like that I would still happily have brought it and cooked it the next day, apart from the pumpkin, there really was nothing that was going to go off if not used within a day or 2.
So next week I will happily skip along to the supermarket and see what the special is, because unless it is something that we really don't like then it turns out to be a great deal.
I do know that last week they did a spaghetti bolognese meal and the week before a roast chicken meal, so will be interesting to see what comes out next week.


Jeremy Bates said...

That's a good idea by the market.

Around our house, we ask that question almost daily. At times we can't decide and go out to eat, which can be an indecisive choice in and of itself.

Otherwise, we plan for later that evening or the next day. At other times, I find a recipe on the blogs and we make it.

Alison said...

That's a neat idea! I HATE having to think up something for dinner when I'm not here on my own!
Alison xx

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I LOVE this idea! What a great deal and way to help out!

I've been seeing the commercials for those ice cream bars but have never tried. You'll have to let me know if a yummy one or not :)