Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List

Whew, life gets busy sometime & I don’t have time to plan, coupon & sale shop.  I find when I don’t plan and prepare for the week, I eat so much worse than when I do. While this is certainly not the healthiest week of meals, I am moving back in the right direction. 

Meal# 1:  Grilled Pork Chops with Pierogies, Peppers and Onions– Create an aluminum foil pocket and coat bottom with olive oil.  Add Pierogies and the frozen stir fry peppers and onions.  Drizzle more olive oil over top and securely close aluminum foil pocket.  Grill both aluminum foil pocket and pork chops until done.

Meal# 2: Crustless Pizza Casserole– click here for recipe.  I will be taking crescent rolls, unrolling without separating and placing over top of casserole for a different twist. 

Meal #3:  Southwestern Stuffed Peppers– Take 8 peppers and submerge in boiling water for ten minutes.  (This is figuring on a family of 4- 2 peppers per person)  Cook rice and brown hamburg while boiling peppers.  Remove peppers from boiling water and let cool.  Preheat oven to 400 degree.  Meanwhile mix browned hamburg, cooked rice, frozen black beans and corn, diced tomatoes and salsa in a bowl.  Stuff peppers with mix.  Top with Cheddar Cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Meal # 4:  Chicken Cobb Salad– Bake popcorn chicken as package directs.  Boil eggs.  Prepare tossed salad as desired (lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cheese, etc).  Add chicken once done and shelled, sliced boiled eggs.  Drizzle with Italian dressing or dressing of choice.  Top with Sunflower Seeds.

Meal # 5: BLT’s with Caprese Salad– Prepare bacon as package directs.  Toast bread.  Top bread with bacon, lettuce, tomato and condiment of choice.  Toss cubed mozz cheese, diced tomatoes in olive oil and fresh basil for caprese salad. 

Meal #6: Sausage & Potato Stir Fry– in deep frying pan or wok, heat oil.  Add sliced smoke sausage, diced potatoes, diced onions, mushrooms, pepper strips, zucchini and yellow squash slices.  Cover over low heat and cook, stirring often, until potatoes and veggies are tender.

Meal # 7:  Popcorn Chicken & Pasta Salad– Bake Popcorn Chicken as directed.  Boil rotini, then drain water.  Toss with pepperoni, tomatoes, peppers, celery, Italian dressing and shred cheese.  Top with sunflower seeds.  Best served chilled. 

Grocery List:

  • Pork Chops (1)
  • Pierogies (1)
  • Frozen Stir Fry Peppers and Onions (1)
  • Olive Oil (3)
  • Aluminum Foil (1)
  • Pepperoni (2) Tops has Buy Two, Get Three FREE
  • Sliced Fresh Mushrooms (2)
  • Peppers, 12 (4)
  • Onions (2)
  • Sausage (1)
  • Crescent Rolls (1)
  • Marinara Sauce (1)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (2)
  • Hamburger (1)
  • Brown Rice (1)
  • Frozen Black Beans (1)
  • Frozen Corn (1)
  • Cheddar Cheese (3)
  • Salsa (1)
  • Diced Tomatoes (1)
  • Lettuce (2)
  • Tomatoes (3)
  • Bread (1)
  • Bacon (1)
  • Basil (1)
  • Potatoes (1)
  • Smoked Sausage (1) Tops has Buy Two Get Three FREE
  • Zucchini (1)
  • Yellow Squash (1)
  • Popcorn Chicken(2) Tops has Buy Two Get Three FREE
  • Whole Wheat Rotini (1)
  • Celery (2)
  • Italian Dressing (2)
  • Sunflower Seeds (2)
  • Eggs (1)
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Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List Included!!

Here is the third installment of the weekly meal plans with the grocery list included.  I know that a big complaint that most women have is trying to plan meals.  So here is seven meals, directions of how to prepre (or links to recipes) and the grocery list of what you will need to prepare these meals.  Print this off, then go to your kitchen and compare the list to what you have already in inventory.  Cross off items you already have.  When you go to the grocery store, take list and cross off items as you put them in the cart. 

This week I have noted items on sale at Price Chopper with an asterisk*.  Also in parentheses I have noted how many meals in the weekly plan that ingredient will be used for. 

Meal Plans

Day One: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cottage Cheese, Tomatoes, Avocados: Click here for pork chop recipe and prepare as recipe directs. Top cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, slices of avocado and fresh ground pepper.

Day Two: Oven Roasted Sausages, Potatoes and Peppers: Click here for recipe.

Day Three: Veggie Burgers with French Fries: Mix together one can of organic black beans, ½ cup of oats, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 egg, 1tbsp of cumin, ¼ tsp pepper and ½ cup of diced mushrooms. Process in a food process until well mixed. Press into patties. Grill one side for five minutes, then flip and grill other side for five minutes. Serve on a roll with toppings of choice.  For fries, slice peeled potatoes lenth wise. Lay on a greased cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Day Four: Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing: Click here for recipe.

Day Five: Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Beans: Click here for recipe.

Day Six: Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread: Place frozen stuffed shells in a glass casserole dish, side by side. Cover with spaghetti sauce. Bake according to directions on package. Prepare garlic bread as directed.

Day Seven: Pulled Pork SpareRibs with Coffee, Molasses Barbecue Sauce with Brown Rice and Stewed Tomatoes: Click here for pulled pork recipe. Prepare as directed. Prepare brown rice and heat stewed tomatoes. Serve tomatoes over rice.

Grocery List

  • Pork Chops (1)*BOGO FREE
  • Chicken Broth (1)
  • Olive Oil (4)
  • Garlic Cloves (3)
  • Paprika (1)
  • Garlic Powder (1)
  • Poultry Seasoning (1)
  • Oregano (1)
  • Basil (1)
  • Cottage Cheese (1) * Price Chopper Brand $ 1.99
  • Grape Tomatoes (1) *$2.50 per pint
  • 2 Avocados (1)
  • Ribs (1) *BOGO Free
  • Coffee (1) *Eight O’Clock Coffee is Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
  • Molasses (1)
  • Dijon Mustard (1)
  • Soy Sauce (1)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1)
  • Hot Sauce (1)
  • Ketchup (1) * Price Chopper Squeeze Ketchup
  • Brown Rice (1)
  • Stewed Tomatoes (1)
  • Chicken Sausage(1) *Bilinski’s is BOGO Free
  • Potatoes (2) * $ 4.98 for an 8lb bag
  • Onion (1)
  • Banana Peppers-jarred (1) * Mezzetta Brand is BOGO FREE!
  • Bell Peppers (1) * $ 1.69/lb
  • Rosemary (1)
  • 1 Can Organic Black Beans (1)
  • Hamburger or Ciabatta Rolls (1) *Kaiser Rolls 6 pack $ 2.00
  • Oats (1)
  • Eggs (1)
  • Cumin (1)
  • Fresh Mushrooms (1) *$ 2.50 8oz sliced
  • Bacon (1)
  • Almonds (1)
  • Strawberries (1) *Buy 1 16 oz container, get 1 FREE
  • Fresh Spinach (1)
  • Greek Yogurt (1)
  • Mayo (1)
  • White Vingear (1)
  • Sugar (1)
  • Poppyseeds (1)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shrimp (1)
  • Fresh Cilantro (1)
  • Lime juice (1)
  • Frozen French Style Green Beans (1)
  • Frozen Stuffed Shells (1) *Pede brand $ 2.00
  • Spaghetti Sauce (1)
  • Garlic Bread (1)

Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List Included!

 Day One: Pulled Pork with Baked Beans & Cole Slaw and Garlic Bread: Put thawed pork tenderloin in the Crock Pot. Empty BBQ sauce and beef broth over tenderloin and cover with lid, cook on low 8-10 hours. When finished shred tenderloin and serve with BBQ sauce and black pepper. Prepare coleslaw as liked (mayo with a dash of sugar is how I usually prepare), follow directions to cook baked beans and garlic bread.

Day Two: Peppered Lime Chicken with Avocado Salad and a Creamy Lime Dressing: Click here for recipe.

Day Three: Egg Sandwiches with Fresh Fruit Salad: Toast English Muffins as you fry eggs as you prefer your eggs. Heat up slices of deli ham in a separate pan. Stack egg seasoned with black pepper and ham on English muffin and top with a slice of provolone cheese (I also like mustard on my sandwich). Serve with diced fresh fruit (cantaloupe and watermelon).

Day Four: Chicken Cobb Salad: Boil half a dozen of eggs. Coat bottom of deep pan with olive oil and cook chicken strips. Prepare fresh lettuce, slices of tomatoes, strips of provolone cheese and croutons. Top with sliced boiled eggs and chicken strips. Use dressing of choice (I like Honey Mustard with this salad). Top with black pepper.

Day Five: Roast with Potatoes and Carrots: Place thawed roast in Crock Pot. Empty beef broth into Crock Pot. Add potatoes and onions that have been halved. Add a bag of peeled baby cut carrots. Cover with lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Day Six: Tilapia with Strawberry Salsa: Click here for recipe. I serve over brown rice.

Day Seven: Eggless Western Omelet’s with Cottage Cheese: Half 4-5 fresh green peppers and remove stems and seeds. Microwave peppers for ten minutes (if you prefer to not use microwave, boil for 15 minutes). Stuff peppers with shredded deli ham, diced onions and fresh mushrooms. Baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, add a slice of provolone to each pepper half and then bake another 5 minutes. Top with salsa. Top cottage cheese with a few chunks of cantaloupe and some black pepper.

I have noted which items are on sale at Tops Supermarkets thru 4/6/2013. 

  • · Pork Tenderloin*
  • · Garland Jack’s Secret Six BBQ Sauce**
  • · Bush’s Baked Beans**
  • · 3lb Bag of Russet Potatoes**
  • · Fresh Express Cole Slaw**
  • · Tops 10 oz Garlic Bread**
  • · Sierra Mist 2 Liter**
  • · Tops Premium Ice Cream**
  • · Bush’s Baked Beans (second can) (1)
  • · BBQ Sauce (second bottle) (1)
  • · 2 Beef Broths, boxed not canned (2)
  • · Mayo (2)
  • · Boneless chicken breasts (1) $ 1.99 per lb
  • · Black pepper (all)
  • · Kosher salt (2)
  • · Onion powder (1)
  • · Garlic powder (1)
  • · Ground coriander (1)
  • · Ground cumin (2)
  • · Crushed red pepper flakes (2)
  • · Lime juice (2)
  • · 3 Large Tomatoes (2) Hot House Beefsteak Tomatoes $1.99/lb
  • · 2 Avocados (1)
  • · 2 Red Onions (2)
  • · Fresh Cilantro (2)
  • · Worcestershire Sauce (1)
  • · Paprika (1)
  • · 12-18 Eggs (2)
  • · English Muffins (1) BOGO FREE
  • · Deli Ham, 1 pound (2) $ 5.49 for Russer Canadian Maple Ham at Deli
  • · Provolone Cheese, Sliced, 1 pound (3) Tops Brand Packaged Sliced 2/ $ 5.00
  • · Cantaloupe (2) BOGO FREE
  • · Watermelon (1) BOGO FREE
  • · Sliced Chicken Strips (1) Hormel Natural Choice Chicken Strips 2 for $ 6.00
  • · Lettuce (1) Fresh Express Iceberg Garden Salad $ 0.99
  • · Dressing of Choice (1) Ken’s Light Options $ 1.00
  • · Croutons (1)
  • · Roast (Beef or Pork) (1)
  • · Carrots, bag (1) Peeled Baby Cut Carrots 1 lb $ 0.99
  • · 5-6 White Onions (2) Texas Sweet Onions $ 0.99/lb
  • · 6 Green Peppers (2) $ 0.99/lb
  • · Mushrooms (1) Fresh Sliced 6-12oz pkg 2/$ 5.00
  • · Salsa (1)
  • · Cottage Cheese (1) Tops Brand 24 oz $ 2.79
  • · Olive oil (1)
  • · Garlic, minced (1)
  • · Chili powder (1)
  • · Cayenne pepper (1)
  • · 4-6 Tilapia fillets (1)
  • · 16 oz (1 lb) fresh strawberries (1)
  • · Jalapenos (1)
  • · Brown Rice (1) Success Brown Rice Boil in Bag 2/ $ 4.00

When you buy this (*) you get these items free (**) at Tops thru 4/6/2013.

My Tops Experience!

Any Penny Pincher who closely follows the page knows that I LOVE Price Chopper!  I am a fan of the great sales they have and the coupons they offer for produce and meat departments. 

However, any successful Penny Pincher also knows they have to follow the sales of all stores in order to score the best deals.  I have been hearing a lot of great things about Tops Supermarkets that got my curiosity hungry! 

Sunday’s paper secured the deal with the Tops ad.   Buy a big package of boneless chicken and get NINE items for FREE!  Click here for that deal’s details. 

So off to Pulaski I went.  I posted on Facebook how giddy I was to be branching out and trying out new things.  A friend commented that she thought Tops was expensive.  My opinion on that?  Groceries are expensive across the board.  Especially when you try to integrate as much fresh produce as possible into your diet and eliminate processed foods.  That is why you must sale shop and the most successful couponers/ penny pinchers store hop and don’t do one-stop-shopping. 

My overall opinion of Tops was favorable.  I was quite impressed that they give you FOUR coupon doublers when they offer them and that the in-store ad’s have the doublers included (Price Chopper’s do not).  The store was clean and had a smooth flow to the set up.  The produce had a good selection of ripe fruit.  Far too often at Price Chopper and Big M both have I found fruit with mold on it.  I did not have that problem at Tops.  For those who avoid Gluten there was a decent selection of Gluten Free foods available. 

I was in a hurry and very unprepared for this week’s shopping trip.  I went in armed with only 8 coupons (4 doublers) and ended up still saving over $ 80 on my grocery bill.  I will be returning to Tops in Pulaski and eagerly await the opening in Adams.  Make sure you sign up for your Tops store card to score the best deals!  It is similar to the AdvantEdge card at Price Chopper. 

(P.S. Did you know that Price Chopper will honor the Tops coupon doublers?  Click here to print off your doublers!)

Kick-off on Superbowl Food Deals!!

I love the Superbowl for two reasons:  The commercials and the food!!  Some sweet deals this week include:

Target: 

  • DiGiorno Pizza 2 for $ 9.00
  • Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza get a FREE 2-Liter Soda
  • Use RedPlum coupon for Buy (2) Digiorno Pizza, Get (1) FREE
  • (3) Digiorno Pizza & a 2-Liter of Soda for $ 9.00!!
  • Use your Red Credit or Debit Card for another 5% off!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) Jars of Ragu Pasta Sauce @ $ 1.19 each = $ 3.57
  • Use RedPlum coupon for $ 1.25 off 3 = $ 2.32 or $. 78 each
  • Buy 2 boxes of Barilla pasta @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) cans of Old El Paso refried beans @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Buy (2) boxes of Old El Paso taco shells @ $ 1.19 each = $ 2.38
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off four Old El Paso = $ 3.76 or $ .94 per item
  • Buy (1) jar Pace Salsa @ $ 2.35
  • Get $ 5.00 Target Gift Card for buying (10) easy-meal ingredients
  • Total cost after gift card for all 10 items= $ 3.43 or $. 35 per item!!
  • Use items to make tacos & baked ziti for game day!!

Target:

  • Buy (3) 90 ct Totino’s pizza rolls @ $ 6.59 each = $ 19.77
  • Use SS coupon for $ 1.00 off (2) Totino’s Pizza Rolls = $ 18.77
  • Get a $ 5.00 Target Gift Card when you buy three frozen snacks
  • Total cost after gift card $ 13.77 or $ 4.93 each!!

All coupon mentioned are available in today’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!

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Price Chopper Coupon Matchup: week of 1/27/13

I am really excited about the sales this week!!  Here are the Price Chopper coupon matchups with the SmartSource (SS) coupon insert that will be in this Sunday’s edition of the Watertown Daily Times!!  Remember, if you have been couponing you might find some great deals with coupons for previous weeks but I focus on that week’s coupon insert with that week’s deals!!

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  • Eggland’s Best Large White Eggs $ 1.99/ Dozen: Buy 2 @ $ 3.98 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.98 or $ 1.49 per dozen
  • Wheat Thins or Triscuits 2/ $ 4.00: Buy 3 @ $ 6.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 5.00 or $ 1.67 each (Great for Superbowl Party Dips!!)
  • Furmano’s Crushed or Whole Tomatoes 10/$10: Buy 3 @ $ 3.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 2.00 or $.67 each!!!
  • Heluva Good Dips 2/$4.00 – SS coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 3.00 or $ 1.50 each
  • New York Garlic Bread BOGO Free: Buy 2 @ $ 3.49 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off two = $ 2.49 or $ 1.25 each!!!
  • Planters Cocktail Peanuts $ 2.99: Buy 1 @ $ 2.99 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off one = $ 1.99
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars 2/$6.00: Buy 3 @ $ 9.00 – SS Coupon for $ 1.00 off three = $ 8.00 or $ 2.67 each

Some great sales without coupons to consider while meal planning:

  • Avocados 5/$ 5.00 this week ( I was super excited to see this!!)
  • Shady Brook Farms Lean Ground Turkey (2) 1.3 lb packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Sweet Blackberries (2) 6 oz packages/ $ 5.00
  • Fresh Santa Sweet Grape Tomatoes 2/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Fresh Baby Cut Carrots 5/$5.00
  • Price Chopper Pizza White or WHEAT Pizza Dough- Buy 1 Get TWO FREE!!! (I love the wheat dough!!)
  • Ronzoni Pasta 10/ $10.00
  • V8 Splash $ 2.00
  • Danon Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack 2/$ 4.00
  • Sundown Vitamins BOGO FREE
  • Kraft Salad Dressing 3/$5.00

Big M Deals- 1/20/13–1/26/13

I do love Price Chopper, but I love good deals even more.  And some weeks the sales are better elsewhere.  Like this week.  So I think I am doing my grocery shopping at the Big M this week.  These sales are good at the Big M’s located in Adams, Alexandria Bay, Sandy Creek and Watertown. 

  • Pizza Dough (in bakery department) $ .99 (I like to buy several of these to freeze)
  • Kretschmar Provolone Cheese (deli)  $ 4.99/lb
  • Jennie-O Turkey Breast $ 3.99/lb
  • Ronzoni Pasta Buy One, Get One FREE
  • 1.3 lb Shady Brook Farms 93% Lean Ground Turkey Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Dole Premium Classic Salads Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Pint of Blueberries Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Boneless Top Round Roast Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Boneless Center Cut Pork Roast Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Triple M Boneless Budaball Half Ham Buy One, Get One FREE
  • Cabot Chunk Cheese 2/ $ 4.00
  • All Laundry Detergent $ 3.99

Coupon Matchups

  • Tyson Any’tizers $ 6.99 – $ 1.00 off one SS coupon = $ 5.99
  • Dannon Greek Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack 2/ $ 7.00 – TWO $ 1.00 off one SS coupons = 2/ $ 5.00 or $ 2.50 each (either buy two newspapers or ask friends/family for their coupon)
  • Hormel Pepperoni 2/$ 7.00 – $ 1.00 off two SS coupon = 2/ $ 6.00 or $ 3.00 each

Big M In-Ad Coupon

  • Get One 5lb Bag of Fresh Grapefruit FREE when you buy TWO bottles of Ocean Spray 64 oz Grapefruit Juice

Price Chopper Coupon Matchup for Week Starting 1/20/13

If you don’t subscribe to the Watertown Daily Times already, wake up on Sunday morning and head out to buy the Sunday edition of the paper.  Not only do you get all the local and national news, but you also get the coupon inserts and the sales ads. 

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As I mentioned before, when I first started couponing I found it very frustrating that I would look at coupon matchups and they would contain deals using coupons from several weeks before.  Just getting into couponing, I didn’t have those coupons available to me so I will offer coupon matchups weekly for Price Chopper using just the coupons available in that week’s paper.  That way, whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can all take advantage of the deals I post. 

This week is not the greatest for deals but there are several making it worth the trip:

Price Chopper In Ad Coupons

  • Kellogg’s Cereal on Sale $ 1.88 (Click here for Kellogg’s coupons)
  • Corn Flakes 12 oz
  • Frosted Flakes 10.5 oz
  • Raisin Bran 18.7 oz
  • Corn Pops 9.2 oz
  • Froot Loops w/marshmallows 9.4 oz
  • Buy 4 of the cereals listed above get a gallon of Price Chopper Milk FREE with in-ad coupon!!
  • Coca-Cola 12 packs 4/ $12.00
  • Polar Seltzer or Soda 12 packs 5/ $ 12.00
  • Prilosec 42 count $ 5.00 off
  • $ 2.00 off any specialty or deli cheese purchase over $ 3.99
  • Hebrew National Franks 2/$7.00, get FREE Golden Spicy Brown Mustard with in-ad coupon!!
  • $2.00 off any three American Greetings cards
  • Pepsi 2-Liters 4/ $ 4.00

SmartSource (SS) Coupon Insert in Watertown Daily Times

  • Softsoap Elements Hand Soap 50% off…Use $ 1.00 off on two coupon in SS insert
  • Progresso Traditional Soups 2/ $ 3.00…Buy four @ $ 6.00 – $ 1.00 off 4 SS coupon = $ 5.00 or $ 1.25 each `
  • Colgate Total or Max Fresh Toothpaste 6 oz $ 2.79…Buy two @ $ 5.58 – $ 1.00 off 2 SS coupon = $ 4.58 or $ 2.29 each
  • Palmolive Dish Liquid $ 2.00…Buy two @ $ 4.00 – $ 1.00 off 2 SS coupon = $ 3.00 or $ 1.50 each
  • Softsoap Body Wash 2/ $ 7.00…Buy 2/ $ 7.00 – $ 1.00 off two SS coupon = $ 6.00 or $ 3.00 each
  • Irish Spring Body Wash 2/ $ 7.00…Buy one @ $ 3.50 – $ 1.00 off one SS coupon = $ 2.50
  • Lady Speed Stick 2/ $ 5.00…Buy one @ $ 2.50 – $ 1.00 off one SS coupon = $ 1.50 each
  • Reynolds Aluminum Foil $ 3.79…Buy two @ $ 7.58 – $ 1.00 off two SS coupon = $ 6.58 or $ 3.29 each
  • Sorrento Stringsters 2/ $ 7.00…Buy one at $ 3.50 – $ 1.00 off one SS coupon = $ 2.50 each

How to Score CHEAP String Cheese Next Week at Price Chopper!

A.  Buy TWO copies of the Sunday edition Watertown Daily Times.

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B.  Make sure you have an AdvantEdge card.

Sorrento Stringsters and Sticksters will be on sale 2/$7.00 1/20/13 – 1/26/1.  In this week’s SmartSource coupon insert is a coupon good for $1.00 off any one Stringsters or Sticksters.  Use TWO of these coupons on TWO packages.  Final price will be 2/$5.00 or $ 2.50 each!

I think homemade pizza rolls will make my meal plan next week!  Crescent Rolls (click here for a coupon), Pepperoni (coupon for Hormel Pepperoni in coupon insert), Sauce & String cheese is all you need!  Take a Crescent Roll, put a few slices of pepperoni on the roll, a spoonful of sauce & half a stick of string cheese & then roll up.  Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees until the crescent roll is a golden brown on top.