Smith’s Case Lot Sale – Recipes You’ll Use Again and Again

Recipes that use Smith's Case Lot Ingredients - Crazy4SmithsSmith’s Case Lot Recipes

I think one of the keys to cooking good homemade meals and eating out less, is having a well-stocked pantry and an arsenal of delicious and easy recipes that use things you always have in your cupboards and refrigerator.

smiths caselotI am a big believer in case lot sales. They make it easy for me to stock up on the things I use most, at a great price. If you follow us, you know that Smith’s is starting a big case lot sale today with tons of basics at great prices, so I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite recipes that use some of the most popular case lot items.

Potato Corn Chowder-Crazy4Smiths1. Potato Corn Chowder – This Potato Corn Chowder is one of my go-to soups during the fall and winter. I have also taken it to neighbors when they are sick and it aways gets great reviews! Don’t forget to stock up on Kroger evaporated milk and Libby creamed corn this week at the case lot sale. The other two main ingredients, bacon and hashbrowns can be easily stored for several months in your freezer.

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole - Crazy4Smiths

2. Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole – I first had this breakfast casserole at my in laws house and it has become a family favorite. It is perfect for the upcoming holidays because you can make it the night before but it’s also ideal for company or busy weekday mornings. To make this recipe, be sure to pick up the 5 dozen medium Oakdell eggs at the case lot sale for just 3.99! Such a deal. I also highly recommend the 5 lb Tillamook cheddar cheese (I usually split it up into smaller bags and freeze it). I also used Kroger evaporated milk in this recipe too.

Easy Peach Cobbler

3. Easy Peach Cobbler – This 5 ingredient Peach Cobbler only takes a few minutes to prepare. The main ingredients are canned peaches and a yellow cake mix, both are part of the Smith’s case lot sale. Kroger canned peaches are just .99 a can when you buy a case and Pillsbury cake mixes are 1.00, when you buy a case of 12. Don’t forget to pick up some vanilla ice cream, it’s a must with warm cobbler!

Italian Chicken

4. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken I love to come home to the smell of this cooking in the slow cooker almost as much as I love coming home and knowing that I can have dinner on the table in 5 minutes. The delicious dish is made with frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Italian seasoning and 3 of my favorite items from the case lot sale: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce – these are so versatile, I always keep these on hand. Don’t forget the Bottan rice, 20 lbs for 11.99.

M&M Peanut Butter Energy Bites - Crazy4Smiths

5. M&M Peanut Butter Bites These filling little bites are a yummy mid afternoon snack that kids and adults will both love and you don’t even have to turn on the oven to enjoy these little morsels! Be sure to look for my FAVORITE, Kroger brand peanut butter, at the case lot sale. You will be so glad you did. (Also, be on the look out for honey at the case lot sale. I didn’t see it on the list, but I spied it with the case lot items at Smith’s today.)

Pantry Salsa - Crazy4Smiths

6. Pantry Salsa – Just seeing this picture makes my mouth water. This salsa is to die for! The best part is that most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry. Grab some Kroger canned tomatoes for just $11.76 for a case of 24 and give this salsa a try!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

7. Pumpkin Cheese Cake Chocolate Chip Muffins – These muffins are also know as the muffins with the longest name ever! Seriously though, these are divine. Now is the perfect time to pick up brown sugar and powdered sugar since both are part of the case lot sale and holiday baking is around the corner.

Recipes that use Smith's Case Lot Groceries - Crazy4Smiths

Do you have a recipe with ingredients you like to stock up on during case lot sales?

Potato Corn Chowder

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Potato Corn Chowder has been a family favorite for years. My mother made it and now I make it for my family because it’s quick and simple but oh so yummy! It’s a great go-to meal because it’s easy to keep all of the ingredients on hand. It’s also inexpensive, especially when you buy the canned corn and canned milk at Smith’s case lot sale.
Potato Corn ChowderSeriously, I always keep Libby canned veggies and Kroger canned milk on hand because they are so versatile and I can use them in so many recipes.

Potato Corn Chowder-Crazy4Smiths

You’ll need a 12 oz package of bacon. I usually freeze mine, that way I always have a couple of packages on hand. If it’s frozen, just microwave it for 60 seconds so that you can slice it into pieces. (It’s actually easier to cut if it’s only partially defrosted but refrigerated is fine too.)

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First, fry up the bacon in a pot over high heat until the bacon is crispy. Next, remove the bacon from the pot and cook the diced onion in the bacon grease until translucent or about 3 minutes. Then, add defrosted “southern style” hashbrowns to pot with onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. While stirring the hashbrowns, scrap the bottom of the pot to loosen the yummy bits of bacon stuck to the bottom of the pan. Last, add 3 cups of water or enough to cover the hashbrowns. Cover and cook on medium for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

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Then add a can of creamed corn and a can of canned milk. Add the bacon back in and stir. Next, add the seasonings and let simmer for 5 minutes and serve!

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Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole - Crazy4SmithsMy mother-in-law is a great cook. Several of our favorite family recipes have come from her. I have no idea where this Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole recipe came from, all I know is that she has been making it as long as I have been part of the family!

I LOVE that I can make it ahead of time, refrigerate it and then just pull it out and cook it 45-60 minutes before breakfast. Perfect for company, holidays or just busy school mornings.

This is the perfect week to try it out because Smith’s is having their case lot sale and the casserole ingredients are a great price. You can get 5 dozen medium Oakdale eggs for just $3.99! Also, 5 lbs of shredded Tillamook cheese is only 12.99, that’s just $2.60 a pound and Kroger evaporated milk is just $1.00 each when you buy a case of 24.  

[yumprint-recipe id=’3′]Hope you enjoy this easy, yummy recipe. Don’t worry about having leftovers, they heat up nicely in the microwave. Perfect for a quick, hot breakfast.

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M&M Peanut Butter Energy Bites

M&M Peanut Butter Energy Bites - Crazy4Smiths

In my neighborhood school started a couple of days ago. I don’t know about your kids, but mine come home SO hungry. My daughter, who is in middle school, starts lunch at 9:45 am on early Fridays!! Can you believe that? Needless to say, she comes home very hungry. So, today I created this M&M Peanut Butter Energy Bites recipe for an after school snack and it was a hit!

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Confession Time – We Don’t Buy Our Chicken or Beef at Smith’s


Confession time. Yes, it’s true, we don’t buy most of our Chicken or Ground Beef at Smith’s. I know, it feels like we’re traitors. It’s not that we have something against Smith’s meat; in fact when I’m running low, it’s the first place I turn and I love the Heritage Farm whole chickens and fresh seafood. Not to mention the butcher at my store is super cute . But, when you see this gorgeous meat you’ll be hooked too. Zaycon is the highest quality meat for the lowest prices anywhere!

Through 7/30 only, Zaycon Foods is offering a special promo code CHICKEN149 to save 12% off your total order if it contains chicken! This makes the chicken breasts just $1.49 lb and the 80/20 ground beef just $2.63 lb!

Zaycan Food

(photo: Coupons4Utah)

We’ve posted about this company many times over on Coupons4Utah. Their meat is top quality and defiantly a tremendous value. See our Chicken review here, and our Beef review here. It’s a great way to get a large amount of meat for a nice value. If you are a smaller family without a freezer, consider going in on an order in with someone. That’s what I do. This meat will NOT disappoint you.

How to Order:

#1 – Go to Zaycon Foods and Register for your free account.

#2 – Click on the “your account” page

#3 – Search through the sales in your area and add the items to your cart. You are allowed to purchase your cases from two different sales, but your purchase must include Chicken.

During checkout, enter the code CHICKEN149 12% off your purchase. NOTE: Code expires (7/30)

Easy Recipe Ideas from the Pantry

Pantry Cooking Staples

Written by Cathy Taylor

I was once asked to write down some easy recipes for the husband of a woman who is a quadriplegic.  He wanted dinner ideas that were quick and inexpensive, and easy enough for someone with little cooking experience. 

After some thought, I decided that instead of writing down each individual recipe, I could share a list of pantry items that, if he kept on hand, could provide him with a variety of meal ideas.  This list has since been shared with newly-weds, college students, and wonderfully enough, my own teenagers who are taking on more cooking responsibilities.  (Woo hoo!)

Recipe via Mommy's Kitchen on Rhodes Bread Blog
Recipe and photo: via Mommy’s Kitchen on Rhodes Bread Blog

1 – Canned chili

Chili can be eaten alone, or spiced up with toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, olives, and peppers.  You can use it as a smother for chicken, on Navajo tacos, for chili dogs, in a baked potato bar, over French fries, or mix it into macaroni and cheese.  It also makes a delicious dip when mixed with cream cheese.  Trying to eat less meat?  They make vegetarian chili too – and it tastes great!

2 – Canned refried beans

These can be used in all sorts of Mexican inspired dishes: tacos, tostadas, burritos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, etc.  You can change up the flavor by mixing in other items as well, such as salsa, enchilada sauce, canned black beans, ground beef, diced chilies, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, rice, or corn.

Pasta and Sauce

3- Pasta

Pastas like rigatoni, macaroni, fettucine, linguini, cheese stuffed tortellini, and penne are great to break up the monotony of regular old spaghetti noodles.   And the toppings for pasta can be just as varied: marinara, Alfredo, meat sauce, sautéed vegetables, butter and seasonings, parmesan, salad dressings, olive and other flavored oils, or vinaigrettes. 

Stuffed potato with chicken and spinach, baked with cheddar cheese
Stuffed potato with slow cooked chicken and fresh spinach, baked with cheddar cheese

4 – Potatoes

While these probably aren’t considered a pantry item, I love to include them because they are so versatile, and pair well with most anything.  They can be fried with onion, grated into hash browns, boiled and mashed, used in soup, roasted with olive oil and a variety of seasonings, baked and topped with veggies, chili, cheese, cream soups, salsa, sour cream, etc.  You can even bake them the night before and keep them in the fridge for later use.

Slow Cooker

5 – Bottled sauces, dressings and marinades

Slow cookers are a busy family’s best friend – and there are few things easier than putting a few frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker, pouring in a bottle of sauce, and putting on the lid.  (Don’t forget to turn it on too!)  Salad dressings like Italian, Catalina, vinaigrettes, and honey mustard are great over chicken.  You can also use BBQ sauces, salsas, spaghetti sauce, marinades, and Indian simmer sauces.  Then serve with pasta, rice or potatoes and you’re good to go!  Dressings can of course top your salads, but they can also add a delicious kick to sandwiches, wraps and pasta.

Now, these aren’t by any means gourmet meals.
What they are, is a solution for the reality of having a busy life.  We love having the whole world of cuisine right at our fingertips, but usually don’t have time for those recipes every day. 

So when you’re tired after a long day and the kids are asking what’s for dinner –  
Have no fear…

Your pantry just might save the day.

What’s your favorite quick and easy recipe you grab from the pantry?

Best Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste


It’s something a lot of people of probably are probably guilty of; throwing away that left over bit of Tomato Paste. Unless you’re cooking for the military there’s just no way you will likely use it all in one recipe. We have good intentions leaving a covered can or food storage container in fridge, but more than likely it will end up in the back of the shelf until you find it moldy, on one of your fridge clean outs. 

This week Smith’s (or your other Kroger affiliate store) has the large 12 oz. cans of Contadina Tomato Paste on sale for $1.00. That’s twice the size of your normal little cans you’re probably familiar with. While there isn’t a coupon currently even without that’s a respectable price that saves about 1/2 over the small cans.

How to Store Tomato Paste that's left over

I learned this little tip of freezing left over Tomato Paste in ice cube trays back in the ’80’s during my Tupperware Lady days and have been doing it ever since. A regular tray holds exactly 2 Tablespoons, which is just perfect for most recipes. 

How to save leftover tomato paste best way

Start by spraying your tray VERY lightly with cooking spray. While this step is skippable, it does seem to help them release and helps keep your tray from staining. 

How to freeze leftover tomato paste

Spoon your paste in each section of the tray. Cover and freeze until solid. Overnight is best.

Frozen Tomato Paste Best Way to Store

You can store it covered in the tray if you like. I prefer to put my in a food storage bag. It will keep for up to 6 months if covered properly. 

How to Freeze Tomato Paste

Did you know that tomato paste is a source of several nutrients and actually has some compounds that are not highly available in raw tomatoes, making it a very healthy addition to recipes. Next time you have a little left over or find yourself with a large can, don’t toss the leftover.


What to do with Tomato Paste

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Pantry Salsa – Quick and Easy Salsa with Ingredients You Have on Hand

Pantry Salsa - Crazy4Smiths

Pantry Salsa is a family favorite at my house. It’s great on tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, fajitas, pork carnitas and nachos. My kids love it so much, we rarely buy jarred salsa any more. Plus, it’s a great way to use some of the Kroger tomatoes I bought last week at the case lot sale!

Pantry Salsa - Crazy4Smiths

The reason I call it Pantry Salsa, is because almost all of the ingredients are staples that I keep in my fridge and pantry. This means we can whip up a batch of homemade salsa, any time of the year!

Pantry Salsa - Crazy4Smiths

This does make a very large batch of salsa, which makes it great for parties and potlucks. But you can easily cut this recipe in half. (Tip: When I cut it in half, I freeze the other half of the green chilies and El Pato sauce for the next time I make a half batch.That way I save money and they don’t go to waste.)

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Easy Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken Rolls


As mentioned in the Smith’s weekly matchup, this week you can get Foster Farm boneless, skinless chicken breasts for only $1.59. Here’s a quick and easy recipe idea that’s out of the norm that puts your slow cooker to use.

Slow Cooker Chicken Rolls Easy! - Crazy4Smiths

Easy Slow Cooker Stuffed Chicken Rolls

4 Chicken Breasts
4 Slices Ham
4 Slices Swiss Cheese
1/2 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Can Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Cups Dry Pasta

With a mallet, pound out the Chicken breasts evenly so they are about 1/2 inch think. Lay one slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese on top and roll. Secure with a toothpick. Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan Cheese together and coat chicken. In a skillet, brown chicken on all sides.

Put Chicken in slow cooker. Mix the soup and chicken broth and poor over chicken. Cook on low for 4 hours. In the last hour of cooking add in pasta that has been pre-cooked to slightly underdone.