Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trying to stick to a grocery budget can be hard sometimes, especially when you start to get burnt out on your go to meals. While we try to eat healthier the best we can , sometimes I just want to go back to some of my easy favorites that aren’t the best for me. When we moved to North Carolina I fell in love with Trader Joes as Orlando didn’t have one yet. We went often and grabbed new things to try. One of our favorites was the Gorgonzola Gnocchi. To be honest this was the first time I think I had ever even had gnocchi. I also loved their sweet potato and brown butter one. It made for a quick easy dinners as we adjusted to a new normal 8-5 life and did not know what to do with ourselves when we could actually make a meal together at home. That was almost 4.5 years ago. I still love Trader Joes but I do try to make better choices there now, and there are lots of good ones in that category as well.

After having the gnocchi several times over I decided it was good but plain and I needed to dress it up a bit. We started buying 2 bags of it and making both at once because we loved having leftovers to eat for lunch the next day. If you are feeding a family bigger than 2 you definitely need 2 bags anyways. Making this meal cost about $10 when you truly add it all together. HEre is what you need from Trader Joes.  (All of these ingredients came from Trader joes except the Spinach which was already in the fridge, however that can also be bought at Trader Joes)

2 bags of Trader Joes Gorgonzola Gnocchi – $2.99 each bag

Container of Pancetta – $3.19 You will use half s0 $1.60 for the serving

Sun dried Tomatoes – $1.99 I used 1/4 cup which was about 1/4 of the bag so about .66

Spinach – $2.19 for a bag of organic  You will use one cup so about .73 for the serving

So it was about $8.94 for 4 servings,  we will use all the other ingredients for other meals as well.

Saute one cup of spinach with Olive Oil and garlic ( I used garlic powder) in a pan lightly, then add half the container of Pancetta. I like to get the Pancetta good and crispy like bacon. Next chop and add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes. Push all ingredients to the side and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat up per the bag instructions, then add in gnocchi. Let all the gorgonzola start melt and start mixing it all together. It only takes about 7 minutes to cook. Now you have a quick easy way to get a delicious gnocchi dinner for under $10 at home. Makes life simple for the Mama. Even though my daughter cant do dairy, she loves the gnocchi so we wipe the sauce off some and give her the gnocchi, and make her a little something else, because well this Mama needs some comfort food sometimes.

So how will I use those other ingredients I have left? We always have spinach in our fridge. I use it in my daughters smoothies, for salads, other dishes so its pretty much a staple in our house. The pancetta we love in scrambled eggs, added to a salad, a pizza, and the same goes for the sun dried tomatoes. You can even add them into other pastas as the sun dried tomatoes are usually good for a little while. I love being able to use things multiple ways and not just use them for only one meal. There are many other ways you can add to this delicious gnocchi, chicken, Italian sausageand the list goes on. Stop by Trader Joes and grab yourself some today!

 

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