GF Pizza and Carrot Sticks

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 18, 2008

Mashed Sweet Potatoes…I got 12 lb of sweet potatoes for just over $4 yesterday. I baked, mashed and put them into Ziplocs. 5 meals worth. So I’ve got $.80 sweet potato portions to use up in the next few weeks. I just might grab more this weekend. This really is a deal too good to pass up. Having a cheaper vegetable portion really makes my $5 Dinners easier to come up with! And of course, we are having mashed sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. With cheap sweet potatoes, I just might be able to add some carmelized walnuts on top of the sweet potatoes…we’ll see if the budget allows! (For more kitchen tips, head on over to “Kitchen Tip Tuesday” at Tammy’s Recipes. And for more “Works for Me Wednesdays”, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer.)

***UPDATE: November 20th…I got a report that sweet potatoes are $.25/lb at Super Walmart in Greater Cincinnati (Thanks Amy!)…Anywhere else??? Leave a comment!

The rest of my shopping trip…(Sorry I forgot the photo AGAIN! I’m slowly getting “back on track”!)

Total before coupons $85.52
Total after coupons $48 even!
Percent Saved 45%
Upromise Deposits $2.50

GF Pizza Crust ($1.25) I used about a third of the dough for this meal and froze the other ones. And bought the package on sale.
Regular Pizza Crust ($.75)
Pizza Sauce ($.50) Half a jar
2 cups Cheese ($1.50) There is a Shortcuts coupon for shredded cheese at Kroger.
20 or so slices of pepperoni ($.35)
1/2 bag of Carrot Sticks ($.50) These are on sale at Kroger this week, and I had a “best customer” store coupon for these.

GF Pizza Crust
GF Pizza Dough Package (yeast included), 2 eggs, 2 T EVOO

Here are my GF mini pizza. There is another cookie sheet with 6 more mini crusts. I made 4 for the boys tonight and put the rest into the freezer for future snacks or lunches.

Wheat Pizza Crust
3 cups flour (1.5 white, 1.5 wheat flour), 1 cup water, 1 T EVOO, 1 t salt, 1 yeast package, 1 t sugar

I made this dough in the bread machine. Water and oil in first, then flour, then salt, sugar and yeast.

1. Make GF dough according to package instructions. Make wheat pizza dough in bread machine, as indicated above.
2. Bake crust for 6-7 minutes at 350. Then add sauce and cheese, bake another 15-20 minutes.
3. Serve with carrot sticks.

Cost $4.85

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily November 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Just a heads-up, my hubby and I own a national pizza franchise, and we often sell people pep, dough, boxes, etc. at cost for those who want to make their own at home. It’s a cheaper option (and, if you came in and asked me for 20 pep, I’d most likely give it to you for free – your goodwill is worth more to businesses than pennies). Food for thought….


Noah's Mommy November 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

First time visiting your blog…and can I say how excited I am to have found you???gt;..having our salary cut in half with my decision to stay at home..your tips are so super helpful…definitely will be following you….


Noah's Mommy November 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

First time visiting your blog…and can I say how excited I am to have found you???>..having our salary cut in half with my decision to stay at home..your tips are so super helpful…definitely will be following you….


Lisa B. November 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm

I just made home-made pizza last night and swore I will never make the dough again. It never comes out good to me. I will stop by pizza parlor and buy the dough if it’s reasonably priced.

I posted a frugal dinner for tonite, check it out!


Audra Krell November 18, 2008 at 11:57 pm

That’s unbelievable on the pizza dough from the national franchise. Great tips in your post and in the comments. I would love to have all those sweet potatoes!


Kim B November 19, 2008 at 10:20 am

Sweet potato question: so you just baked them all and then mashed them? Do you have to let them cool completely before bagging them for the freezer? Also, do you just thaw them the night before you need to use them? Many thank for your help!


$5 Dinner Mom November 19, 2008 at 10:37 am

Yep…bake with a little water in the baking dish. Covered with foil. Bake 1 hour at 350…a little longer if they are super fat potatoes! Let cool a few minutes so you can peel off the skin. Then just mash. Let cool a little bit before bagging.
Thaw by placing plastic bag in bowl filled with warm water. (be sure bag is sealed :)
If water in the bowl gets cold and its taking a while to thaw, replace with more warm water. Should thaw pretty quickly!


Sarah W November 19, 2008 at 11:24 am

We are going gluten free, can you tell me the brand name of the GF pizza mix? So far the only GF pizza mixes are more than 5.00 a box at a store 4o miles away down the mountain. We are looking forward to living in Dayton once again. The grocery deals look better than I remember from 10 years ago.


mub November 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Wow that is a great deal on Sweet Potatoes! I’m lucky if I can even -find- them here *L*


Shannon November 19, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Here is another tip for you that I learned about freezing potatoes. They seem to do better if you add an emulsifier like butter, sour cream or cream cheese. It holds the potato starch together and makes for tastier, creamier, re-heated taters! I love your blog and hope to find some sweet potatoes on sale this week, too!


two_blue_one_pink November 20, 2008 at 8:55 am

Thanks for posting this. Sweet potatoes are my DD’s favorite, she would eat them with everymeal. Well Foodlion has them on sale here for .19!!! I got 20lbs yesterday. So this weekend I will be baking and mashing. How long do you think they are good for in the freezer?


$5 Dinner Mom November 20, 2008 at 9:28 am

2Blue1Pink…I’m not an expert, but I plan to use mine within 1-2 months. They would likely be ok longer, but might get bad freezer burn?!?


mommietromie December 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Just linked back here from your recent post…

So, for baking, do you halve the potatoes, like you would for squash or just place them washed and whole in a glass dish with water? I’m going to mash some for my freezer, I’ve already tried sweet potato sticks (recipe link below)


Teri July 31, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Another great use for the mashed sweet potato is to make it into sweet potato pie! I use a homemade graham cracker crust because its easy and just as tasty. I also can bake mine in the medium size toaster oven rotating it every 15 minutes while baking. It’s a great way to incorporate sweet potato’s, because they will think it is pumpkin. I also use a recipe that doesn’t call for half n half or evaporated milk, just regular milk.


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