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Hot Value Tips for Summer Grilling

By Value Guru, May 15, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

Grilled Sausage and Pepper SaladAre you fired up for backyard barbeques but fearful of your budget going up in smoke? Thanks to The Whole Deal® value guide, it’s easy to get the fire going without burning a hole in your pocket.

Fire Up Flavor

Saving money shouldn’t mean skimping on taste – especially when summer offers some of the year’s best bites. Here are three budget recipes that make the most of the season and The Whole Deal’s savings. Bonus: they each have only five ingredients and ring in at under $4 per serving!

  1. Grilled Sausage and Pepper Salad. Move beyond the bun and enjoy grilled, house-made Italian sausage, feta cheese and sweet, roasted peppers in a green salad that is ideal for summertime.
  2. Beef Franks Mini Kabobs. Adults and kids alike will fall for these summer skewers, threaded with fresh zucchini, cherry tomatoes and beef hot dogs and basted with honey mustard.
  3. Chicken Burgers with Goat Milk Brie. Topped with creamy goat milk Brie, juicy chicken burgers have never tasted better.

Money-Saving Tips

Whether it’s dinner for two or a backyard bash for 20, you can enjoy the season’s best flavors on a budget. Here are six of our favorite tips for keeping the fire going without burning through your cash.

1. Maximum meat for the moolah. Look for better pricing on lesser-known or leaner cuts such as boneless sirloin, flat-iron steak or skirt steak. Grill it hot and fast, then slice thin.

2. Go wild. Spotlight wild-caught Alaska salmon without overspending by serving seared chunks over a salad such as Mediterranean Orzo Salad.

3. Grilled goodness. Fill plates with grilled summer squash, corn, peppers and onions. Grilling intensifies their natural sweetness.

4. Spread the love. Go organic in your condiment cabinet without going broke by shopping for 365 Everyday Value® options. (Check out our shopping list below!)

5. Fruity finish. Use your fire to its finish by throwing fruit on the grill. Serve grilled peaches with organic ice cream or drizzle pineapple with honey before grilling.

6. Befriend your butcher and fishmonger. They’ll share tips for the right cuts at the right price and other ways to save.

 

Smart Buys
Yes, you can fill your plate (and your invite list!) without forking over too much time or money. Just look for 365 Everyday Value® for the best products at the best price. Here’s our shopping list for 365 Everyday Value® grilling season basics. They meet all our quality standards, meaning no hydrogenated fats and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors, ever.

  • Organic Yellow Mustard
  • Organic Dijon Mustard
  • Organic German Mustard
  • Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Organic Pickles
  • Organic Relish
  • Simple BBQ Seasoning Grinder
  • Garlic & Herb Seasoning Grinder
  • Organic 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic Tortilla Chips           
  • Organic Popcorn
  • Organic Potato Chips
  • Organic Ice Cream
  • Real Hardwood Charcoal
  • Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum
  • 100% Recycled Dinner Napkins

From Sure Deals and more than $55 in coupons to 10 new 5-ingredient budget-friendly recipes and summery money-saving tips, you can discover even more savings in The Whole Deal.

What’s your favorite way to save on summer grilling?

 

2 Comments

Comments

Ron Buckley says ...
I am looking for Santa Maria grill seasoning. bought some at Sugarland, TX store but need to order online if possible. no luck in finding it on Allegro Coffee site. Thanks
02/06/2014 10:41:14 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RON - At this time we only offer online ordering for catering items, gift cards and Allegro coffee. You can call our store in Austin at 512-542-2243 as they can ship products within the US if their store has the item in stock.
02/06/2014 3:56:05 PM CST