Busy Mama Weeknight Cooking

By: Elizabeth Webber Akre

Many of you know this about me, but I’ll say it again:  I am a coupon addict.  It pains me to go to the grocery store without a stack of them.  I love the rush of feeling like I just robbed the store.  I plan, I plot, I wait, I watch.  Then, I swoop in and buy, buy, buy!  Now, before you get concerned, let me clarify: I only buy stuff we actually use, unless I can get it for free and then I donate it. I have not built an addition onto my house to store 3 years’ worth of groceries, and I don’t clean out an entire department of my grocery store in one fell swoop.  But, I do sleep well knowing that I have my own little personal hoard of olive oil, soup, rice and beans  (and occasionally feta cheese, pie crust, spaghetti sauce and pickles).

Last week, I noticed that a new product was on sale at Publix: Progresso’s “Recipe Starters.”  At first, I thought this was similar to the new concentrated stocks that a lot of broth companies have introduced. I downloaded some coupons and decided to check this stuff out.  As it turns out, these are not all stocks.  They are bases to start recipes. In addition to the product, the box offers recipe ideas. I selected a variety to give it a try:  Creamy Parmesan Basil, Fire Roasted Tomato, Creamy Roasted Garlic and Creamy Three Cheese.

Just a few days later, I received an email from MyBlogSpark, introducing me to “Progresso Recipe Starters,” which included a link to a high value coupon for the product.  They have encouraged me to post this coupon link for you, my faithful reader, to download and give the product a try.  I decided to use one of them myself so I could give you my two-cents’ worth, in case you’re interested.  I used the “Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac n Cheese” recipe right on the label.  You can view the recipe right here. 

I served it with a grilled flatiron steak and green beans.  This dish was very tasty (BACON!) and very creamy.  I think the flavor could be boosted even more with a sharper cheese thrown in, like blue cheese maybe.  And, it was a snap to prepare.  It absolutely fits the bill for an easy weeknight dish.  If you are the type who prefers the old school, drier oven baked macaroni from your grandmother, this may not do it for you.  But, if you are one who digs hot, cheesy, creamy pasta…this is a winner.  If you’re interested in trying out this product, the nice people at Progresso have made this coupon available to us.

And, their generosity doesn’t end there.  They also included a coupon for Progresso Light Soups.  These are low calorie soups; some as low as 100 calories!  Please note that this information and the coupons were provided to me from MyBlogSpark and Progresso.  Download the coupons and try out the products.  Thank you Progresso!

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