Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.
My family loves football! Each week during football season when our favorite team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, plays my hubby and kids love for me to create a smorgasbord of fun game day foods. This past Saturday was a crazy busy day for a tailgate party. After being at the ballfields for my son and oldest daughter’s softball and baseball games from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to prepare food that night so I needed an easy menu that they still considered “game day” worthy. After several suggestions, we settled on Steak Fajitas, Chicken Wings, fresh veggies, and brownies. Although I had never made Steak Fajitas before, I knew they would be super easy and budget friendly to prepare with just a few ingredients. Also, chicken wings are a very easy frugal addition to a menu that can often be a huge expense at restaurants. It also happens to be one of my kiddos most favorite game day foods.
While a tailgating party is a lot of fun, it can get expensive quickly. So, before my son and I headed out to our local Save-A-Lot in Cleveland, TN to shop for our tailgate party we wrote down a list of items based on my kids’ recommendations we would need to prepare our menu as I have found that meal planning ahead of time helps us save money. I picked up paper products while we were there because I didn’t want to spend my evening washing dishes. All in all, I spent under $50 for everything we needed for a tailgate party that fed my family for two nights.
After being gone all day, grocery shopping, then getting home close to dinner I was glad that the foods on our menu were easy to prepare. From start to finish I had dinner on the table in about an hour, which is no easy feat. I’ve included my recipe for Steak Fajitas below in a printable format for your convenience. They turned out amazingly delicious and were the perfect pairing to chicken wings.
- 1.25 lbs steak, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 purple onion, sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- juice of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- dash of red pepper flakes
- Heat olive oil in a skillet and add green peppers, onion, and garlic. Sautee until translucent then remove from pan.
- Add steak and seasonings to
panand cook until it reaches desired doneness.
- Return the veggies to pan and simmer on low for 3 minutes covered.
This was also my very first time making chicken wings as it’s something my hubby usually prepares. On game day, however, I didn’t want to take him away from his game, so I decided to make them myself. These were so easy. I simply dumped the drumsticks and wings in a disposable pan so that cleanup would be fast. Save-A-Lot carries a huge variety of disposable pans in many different sizes. I added salt and pepper and melted 1/4 stick of butter on top. Next, I popped them in a 400-degree oven for 35 minutes. Then, I removed the pan from the oven and poured the wing sauce that I bought at Save-A-Lot on top and tossed them so that the sauce was evenly dispersed. Finally, I covered the pan with aluminum foil and baked for another 10 minutes. Viola!
I didn’t add the brownies to our tailgate tablescape because my two year old would have NEVER wanted to eat dinner. Instead, we brought them out as a surprise after dinner. My son made them all by himself and wanted to show off how amazing they turned out.
We had such a fabulous tailgate party that was easy to prepare and didn’t break our grocery budget. The kids thought it was super fun to create a menu together and create new recipes. As a mom, it means the world to me to create new traditions with my family. I can see this becoming a new fun way to celebrate game day together that will create memories together that they won’t soon forget. Save-A-Lot carried everything we needed for our budget-friendly menu. To join the Smart Shopper Email Club, which includes the latest specials, tasty and affordable recipes, cooking tips, and entertaining ideas from Save-A-Lot, click here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.