Memorial Day is just around the corner and I think of it as not only a day to fire up the grill to launch barbecue season but a time to save some money too.
Sales Are Everywhere
Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, supermarkets want you to spend money in their stores which means price cuts on certain foods like ground beef, ribs, pork chops, chicken breasts, corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburger buns. All items that can be stored in the freezer for future use.
Don’t Forget the Pantry Items Too
This is the time of the year when I stock up on pantry essentials like ketchup, barbecue sauce and baked beans.
Cook Once Eat Twice
While you have the grill fired up why not cook some extra food to enjoy for the rest of the week? I usually cook two whole chickens which are used for sandwiches, tacos and even chicken Caesar salad. Another idea using hamburger buns that are on sale is to slice it, top it with barbecue sauce and freeze them. Or one of my favorite time savers, pouch meals. Put chicken or fish, some sliced potatoes and veggies onto a sheet of foil, seal it like a pouch and then place it on the grill. When you need a quick meal it’s waiting for you. I also grill extra corn on the cob which I use as is or take the corn off the cob and use it for salsa. Additional grilled vegetables can be used in sandwiches throughout the week too.
More Expensive Items
I love roasted red peppers and I often make my own and keep them for winter when prices go up. When you fire up the grill throw some extra ones on there. I usually store mine in jars, cover them with olive oil and store them in the fridge.
Don’t Forget Grilled Fruits
Lost of fruits are back in the produce department now and like vegetables, go on sale right before Memorial Day. They make great desserts when they’re grilled. They make the perfect topping for ice cream or even on your breakfast cereal. And I often make a sweet version of a quesadilla using grilled fruit. All they need is some cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on them and some frozen yogurt on the side and it’s a quick and easy dessert.
And here’s a very simple, inexpensive recipe to try if you’re throwing a Memorial Day bash-
Layered Dip Pizza Style
- One large bag of tortilla chips
- Two cans of refried beans, the spicy ones work really well for this one.
- One 16 oz. container of sour cream
- Two avocados, diced, toss them in lime juice to prevent them from browning
- 2 cups of shredded cheese
- One cup of salsa
Take a large platter and place the chips on it, make sure to cover the whole platter, chips overlapping the edges are perfect. Place the refried beans on top, then top with the sour cream and then the diced avocados, and finally the cheese. Usually I place the salsa in the center of everything.
I find it’s best to have a large spatula by the platter so guests can transfer everything to their plate just like they would with a pizza.