Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


Safeway Sale Stimulates Cosmic Cooking!

Safeway Sale Stimulates Cosmic Cooking!

Sounds strange.. but that is the way the Safeway ads work for me! When I read the weekly ads my Creative Cosmic Cooking genes kick in and I start to have some fun construing economical dishes!

This week the Williams, Arizona ads included 3 green peppers for $1.00 and last week yellow corn 5 for $1.00.

Think about the value here!  $0.33  per pepper and $0.20 per ear of corn! 

Cow Tip: Meal plan from grocery sale ads!  You can actually create your shopping list on line and it will organize by category.. so planning healthy meals and saving money could not be any easier if you use the Safeway tools. If you use site you can also get the weekly coupons added to your club card so no paper going green!

The ad made me start to think about Stuffed Green Peppers, one of my husbands favorites.... so off I went to create something different. I used chopped cabbage instead of rice.

Stuffed Green Peppers

  • 9 green peppers      on sale 3 for $0.99 total of $2.97
  • 1 onion     @ .49 per pound  $0.25
  • 1 turnip     @ 1.49 per pound $0.90
  • 2 ears of corn     @5 for $1.00 total $0.40
  • 4 tomatoes or 2 cans of diced tomatoes             $1.00 per can from past sale, total $2.00
  • 1/2 cabbage head               @ $0.59 per pound $0.75
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or hamburger        $2.29 
  • Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon
  • Seasoned pepper 1/2 teaspoon
  • Course salt 1 teaspoon
  • Onion or Garlic salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Brown the ground turkey or beef in a skillet.  

Cut the tops off the green peppers and take the stem out.  Use the remaining of the green pepper on the top for the stuffing.  Chop the pieces from the top around the stem finely.

Put the green peppers in a microwave dish covered for 15 minutes.  Empty extra water from the inside of the peppers

Chop the onion and turnip finely.  Take the corn off the cob.

Saute the onion, turnips, green pepper and corn in a skillet with the olive oil. 

Use 1/2 a head of cabbage chopped finely and saute.

Mix all the vegetables and meat together for the stuffing.

Open the 2 cans of diced tomatoes, you can use Italian Stewed tomatoes and add the seasoning to a blender.  Mix until smooth sauce consistency.

Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes.

Total Cost for 9 peppers was $9.56 plus the spices and oil.  Basically $1.06 a pepper!

Easy to freeze so great to make when the peppers are on sale! 

Ahi tuna was on sale for $5.99 per pound.. so some good grilling this week

Roses were on sale for $9.99 a dozen  Roses

Hope you enjoyed today's Cosmic Cooking with Carra in Williams, Arizona!

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Comment balloon 18 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • August 02 2010 11:11AM


MMMMMMMMMMM!!! Stuffed bell peppers with all those awesome veggies for the stuffing!

We don't get the deals you do down here, unfortunately . . . still, it is worth it at any price to eat well!

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) about 10 years ago
Okay, that does it for me, a reminder that it's 12:45 PM and I haven't had lunch as yet.
Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 10 years ago

Carra ... I'll be right over!!  Sounds great .... and I'm always ready to chow down!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 10 years ago

Hi Carra - I use grocery ads to plan my menu, too.  You get the gold star, though, for going the extra mile with recipes.  BTW - I've never had stuffed peppers with veggie stuffing.  Sounds wonderful.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Carra:  What time is dinner?  This is great and I really appreciate the recipe!  My husband and daughter used to do all the grocery shopping -- he believed in a list (and only a list).  He taught my daughter to cut coupons from the Sunday paper and when they went shopping, she got to keep whatever amount was saved.

To this day she is an excellent shopper.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Eating fresh is not only better for you, it is also budget friendly.  I enjoyed blueberries all weekend since Henrys Market was selling them  .77cents for a half pint.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 10 years ago

Not a stuff pepper kind of guy but you do know how to find the bargains.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 10 years ago

Howdy and Evening to you Carra

This sure does sound mighty good! I like the idea of using copped cabbage in the stuffed bell peppers. I'll have to use your recipe to make them this way for my lady and I.

I've got bell peppers, tomatoes and red cabbage right out side in our garden, our corn that I planted has not came in yet.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

Carra...Sal would like to come to your house for dinner, supper, lunch or left-overs; he loves stuffed peppers.
        I don't eat meat, but will purchase ready made just for him. Perhaps not economical at the time, but since
       they usually come in multiples & he is the only one eating, we do have extra to freeze.  Your points
       though are well taken & of good practice.  Have a great week.

Barb & Sal

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan about 10 years ago

Great cooking!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 10 years ago

Candyland.. check the Safeway link.. put in your zip code and you will see the ads.. I bet you had green peppers 3 for a $1.00 in BHC. 

Ed ~  Come on over.. the bears at Bearizona would love to meet you and hubby Tom.. will take you golfing at elephant rocks! 

Gene ~  We can have a virtual lunch!  Great job on the live show!  Lots of good comments.

Pam ~  It's fun to mix things up.. the turnips added a little zing.

Tish ~  I put all the money I save in an envelope in my purse.. any coupons.. if I take my lunch.. if I don't get a star buck.. then I use it as my mad money and buy things I want.. and don't feel bad as I saved it all:)

Norma ~ I love blueberries got some at Safeway but they were $2.50 a carton.

Robert ~  I think all women love bargins!

Dale ~ I wish I had your garden.. we are too high at 6,800 feet for a long enough growing season and it gets cold at night.. so take some pictures of your garden and share some finished product.. that would be a fun post!

Barb ~  my daughter does not eat red meat so we do them with ground turkey.. but you can leave the meat out and put it at the end.. make some vege for you and meat for him.. that is if you like the peppers.

Joshua~  it was fun.. I wrote this post to delay cleaning my office :)   I need to get back to cleaning :)



Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Hi Carra--Wow!  I have eaten stuffed peppers many ways but never with turnips, corn and cabbage.  Thanks for the new recipe and the reminder to get back to posting my recipes.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thanks for pointing out the Safeway website and that you can add the coupons onto your Safeway card!  I didn't realize you could do that!  Now I'm going to register for the benefits.  Your peppers sound delicious!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Mary~ Gald to share... I think most people like to talking about food and saving money is a good thing! Happy to see you!

Georgina~Fun they work in Maui too.. did I ever tell you I lived in Kula for 3 years...worked with Tracy Stice..knew Jim Sanders too! My heart is still house is mostly tropical.. so I live with the spirit of aloha in my heart... We used to have a LOT of cabbage in Kula! Hope you think of me when you are using your club card with your built in coupons! Aloha!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Try this out....  You put in the ingredients you have on hand....or from your ad and it spews out possible recipes.  It's pretty cool. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 10 years ago


Great idea, you are an amazing font of great stuff.  Have a wonderful week.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 10 years ago

I'm not very good at shopping online ahead of time, but I do price compare viciously and there are quite a few things I refuse to buy unless they're on sale.  Great recipe, one of my favorite special dishes.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 10 years ago

We don't have Safeway out here, but it doesn't matter since I don't cook anyway. LOL

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago