It’s time to talk about Walmart’s Meal Solutions again! This is the segment where I tell you what meal Walmart is highlighting for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Look for the “Tonight’s Menu” signage at your local Walmart so you can just grab & go with the things you need to make this meal:
Spaghetti Dinner Meal Solution
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Traditional, 26oz $1.75
Great Value Spaghetti, 16oz $.89
Great Value Grated Parmesan Cheese $2.73
Great Value Mushroom Pcs/Stms 4oz, $.55
Del Monte Cut Green Beans 14.5 oz $.82
Texas Toast Garlic Bread, 10 oz $3.22
$9.96 total for the meal-or about $2.49 each.
Of course, you don’t use an entire jar of Parmesan cheese for a single dinner, so that per person cost is off by quite a bit. . .
Now I don’t know about you, but I rarely feed my family plain old bottled spaghetti sauce over noodles & call it a meal. It just feels like cheating.
Don’t get me wrong-I totally use bottled sauce. I had big plans to grown my own organic tomatoes this year and can my own sauce-but the plants had different ideas. Instead I got a nice case of tomato blight & no red tomatoes. So it’s store bought sauce for another year.
And we use quite a bit of jarred sauce because I love pasta! Even when I’m in a rush and it’s my last minute “what on earth am I going to feed the family” meal I still take a couple of minutes and toss a little something extra in to make the meal my own.
Here are my top ten spaghetti sauce add in’s:
1. Ground venison & onions.
2. Homemade precooked meatballs.
3. Leftover chopped or shredded cooked chicken, pork, venison or beef.
4. A can of stewed or diced tomatoes-preferably “Italian seasoned”
5. A cube of frozen homemade pesto.
6. Cream Cheese.
7. Red Wine.
8. Black Olives.
9. Minced Garlic (fresh is better than jarred)
10. A can of tuna, salad shrimp or clams.
By using a few extra ingredients anyone can take an inexpensive can of sauce and make it taste like a million bucks! So, what are your favorite ways to “dress up” jarred spaghetti sauce?
Disclosure: This post is part of a series of Meal Solutions with Walmart that some of my fellow Walmart Moms (Heather of Domestic Diva, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and Lori at My Wooden Spoon) and I are participating in. Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.
Read about my participation in this program at: What Are Walmart Meal Solutions?