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>>>WELCOME BACK TO “HOUSTON LIFE.” COOKING EVERY SINGLE NIGHT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PAIN AND THE COUPON CONTESSA NORA IS HERE WITH SOME EASY SLO COOKER MEALS TO ADD TO YOUR MENU THIS WEEK. HI, NORA.>>HI, THERE.>>SO NICE TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>AND I LOVE THAT WHERE DOING THIS SEGMENT TOGETHER BECAUSE I KNOW ME SO WELL. TOMATOES, CORN, BEANS, SOME OF MY FAVORITE FOODS. BUT WE’RE ALL DOING THIS IN THE SLOW COOKER, RIGHT?>>WE’RE ALL DOING THIS IN A SLOW COOKER AND IT’S GOING TO BE WITH GROUND TURKEY. I GOT GROUND TURKEY ON SALE, SO GROUND TURKEY COCK POT MEALS.>>YOU GET SOMETHING ON SALE? HOW UNUSUAL! I’M SURPRISED THAT THE GROCERY STORE DIDN’T PAY YOU LIKE A THOUSAND DOLLARS AND GIVE YOU THE FOOD.>>BUT ALL FOUR MEALS, UNDER $40.>>UNDER $40.>>YES.>>AND HOW MANY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY DO THEY NEED?>>FOUR TO SIX. BUT YOU CAN MAKE THIS FOR A TAILGATING PARTY OR ANY KIND OF PARTY THAT YOU’D LIKE, BECAUSE YOU CAN MAKE IT IN ADVANCE AND BRING IT ALONG WITH YOU.>>FOR ME, THE SLOW COOKER FOR A TAILGATING PARTY, I GUESS IS PRETTY COMMON. WHO KNEW.>>YOU CAN MAKE IT IN ADVANCE AND HAVE FUN AT THE PARTY. WE’RE GOING TO START WITH TURKEY CHILE. GO AHEAD AND GROUND YOUR TURKEY AND THEN ADD YOUR VEGETABLES AND SOME CORN, BEANS, AND TOMATOES.>>OKAY, LET’S SAY SOMEONE OUT THERE IS A SLOW COOKER NOVICE, BECAUSE A FEW YEARS AGO I NEVER HAD A CROCK POT. I GREW UP WITH ONE. MY MOM ALWAYS USED ONE. BUT WHEN I DISCOVERED THE SLOW COOKER, IT WAS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ME BECAUSE I COULD THROW IN ALL THE INGREDIENTS BEFORE WORK, COME HOME AND NOT ONLY WAS DINNER READY BUT THE HOUSE SMELLED AMAZING.>>RIGHT.>>LET’S SAY SOMEONE IS MAKING THIS TURKEY CHILEI. WHERE WOULD WE START? WOULD WE BROWN THE TURKEY FIRST.>>BROWN THE TURKEY FIRST. THAT WAY YOU HAVE IT ALL DONE AND ALL YOU YOU HAVE TO DO WORRY WORRY ABOUT JUST PUTTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER.>>WE’RE NOT THROWING RAW TURKEY.>>YOU CAN. I LIKE TO GROUND IT FIRST. THAT WAY I CAN PUT IT IN THE FREEZER IF I HAVE TO MAKE IT AS WELL.>>HOW LONG DOES IT STAY GOOD IN THE FREEZER?>>TWO TO THREE MONTHS. NOD BAT. AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF — WHAT IS THIS, A CHICKEN BROTH?>>YES, BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE IT — YOU WANT TO FLAVORFUL IT UP A LITTLE BIT AND — BUT YOU CAN USE WATER. SO THAT’S PERFECTLY FINE.>>SOME BEANS, TOMATOES, SPICES, GREEN PEPPER AND AN ONION.>>YES.>>ITALIAN MEATBALLS. THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS.>>THESE ARE TURKEY ITALIAN MEATBALLS. YOU MAKE THE MEATBALL UP. YOU BROWN THEM UP A LITTLE BIT. SO YOU HAVE THAT NICE CRISPY MEATBALL ON THE SITE. THEN YOU TAKE YOUR ONION, GO AHEAD — SLICE IT UP. PUT IT IN THE CROCK POT. MEATBALLS ON TOP AND THEN YOUR CRUSHED TOMATOES. AND THEN YOU WALK AWAY.>>HOLD ON. YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN. YOU JUST MAKE THE MEATBALL UP?>>YES.>>HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?>>THERE’S A RECIPE.>>HOW DO YOU — DO YOU ADD OATMEAL OR BREAD CRUMBS TO THEM?>>BREAD CRUMBS. PARKE SAN CHEESE AND YOUR SPICES.>>DO YOU EVER ADD EGGS?>>YES, USE AN E TO BIND.>>THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS. YOU’D HAVE TO MAKE THE PASTA WHEN YOU GET HOME, BUT THOSE ARE READY TO GO AND THEY SAY HOW LONG IN TH FREEZER?>>OH, TWO TO THREE MONTHS. THEY’RE REALLY GOOD. AND YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GO TO THE STORE AND BUY FROZEN MEATBALLS IF YOU WANT TO THAT I CAN THAT OUT AND PUT IT — TAKE THAT OUT AND PUT IT IN THE CROCK POT. BUT MAKING YOUR OWN, YOU KNOW THE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE IN THERE.>>WHEN YOU’RE OUT SHOPPING FOR YOUR FAMILY AND PREPARING MEALS, HOW CRITICAL IS ORGANIZATION? BECAUSE WHEN IT COULDPS TO FEEDING A FAMILY OF FOUR OR MORE, SAVING MONEY, HOW ORGANIZED DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO BE IN TERMS OF BUYING FOOD WHEN IT’S ON SALE, FREEZING IT, AND HAVING IT READY TO GO?>>I FEEL THAT WHEN I SAVE THE MOST MONEY IS WHEN I PLAN THINGS OUT. WHEN I PLAN MEALS OUT, AND I LOOK TO SEE WHAT IS ON SALE AND PLAN IT AROUND WHAT IS ON SALE.>>OKAY. THAT’S VERY SMART. BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT ACTUALLY SAVING MONEY IF YOU’RE BUYING GROCERIES THAT –>>YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BUY THINGS THAT YOUR FAMILY WILL EAT. THERE’S NO POINT IN ADDING KIDNEY BEANS TO A CHILI AND THREE OF YOUR KIDS DON’T LIKE IT.>>YEAH.>>SO YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU’RE BUYING FOOD, YOU’RE BUYING WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL EAT.>>LIKES TO EAT. I CAN’T HELP BUT NOTICE, YOU HAVE TO SLOW COOKER READY TO GO.>>I MADE ALL THESE YESTERDAY. I WENT SHOPPING YESTERDAY AND I CAME HOME. I SAID, LET’S GET THIS ALL TOGETHER AND I WAS COOKING AND EVERYTHING. TURNED AROUND. MY FAMILY HAD COME HOME AND THEY ATE ALL MY FOOD. SO WE’RE GOING MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. POUND OF GROUND TURKEY. I ALREADY GROUND IT UP.>>WHY DO YOU HAVE A BAG IN HERE?>>BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO GO DIRECTLY IF THE FREEZER. MY FAMILY ATE THIS LAST NIGHT.>>OKAY. GOTCHA. SO NORMALLY YOU WOULDN’T HAVE A BAG IN HERE.>>I’M GOING PUT THIS DIRECTLY INTO THE FREEZER. SO I’M GOING TO USE MY CROCK POT AND I’M GOING TO JUST DUMP ALL THE INGREDIENTS RIGHT ON IN AND THEN THE BAG IS GOING TO GO DIRECTLY &NTO THE FREEZER AND THEN WHEN I WANT TO HAVE TACO SOUP FOR MY MEAL, AND FOR MY FAMILY AGAIN, I WILL JUST PUT IT RIGHT INTO THE CROCK POT.>>OH, I SEE.>>OUT OF THE FREEZER.>>SO YOU’RE NOT ACTUALLY PRECOOKING THIS STUFF AND FREEZING IT. YOU’RE FREEZING THE RAW INGREDIENTS.>>WELL, THE TURKEY IS –>>THE TURKEY IS COOKED.>>YES.>>HOW MUCH TACO SEASONING?>>ONE PACKET.>>THE WHOLE THING?>>YES. AND MY SECRET IS ONE PACKET OF RANCH.>>THIS IS A KROGER BRAND, THEN?>>YES.>>TACO SEASONING?>>YES. ANY KIND OF KROGER, ANY KIND OF SEASONINGS THAT YOU LIKE OR WHEREVER YOU LIKE TO SHOP, YOU CAN ALWAYS –>>THIS IS SO GOOD.>>YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND TACO SEASONING AND RANCH SEASONING IN A PACKET.>>MY GOODNESS. YOU TOTALLY TAUGHT ME SOMETHING NEW. IT NEVER WOULD HAVE OCCURRED TO ME TO PUT IT IN A BAG AND FREEZE THE RAW INGREDIENTS. NOW, NORA, BECAUSE YOU ARE THE COUPON CONTESSA, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO APPLY A COUPON A CHECKOUT.>>WITH YOUR STORE LOYALTY CARDS. YOU CAN ACTUALLY TAKE YOUR CARD AND LOAD COUPONS ON TO THE CARD. SO THE DAYS OF ACTUALLY CUTTING COUPONS AND BRINGING THOSE WITH YOU TO THE STORE PASS.>>HOW DO YOU LOAD I ON ELECTRONICALLY? YOU GO THE STAR’S WEBSITE?>>YES, AND Y ENTYOUR CARD NUMBER. WHEN YOU GO TO THE CHECKOUT, YOU BUY THE PRODUC>>PRELOADED COUPONS. GENIUS, LOVE IT. PRINT, CUP. NORA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE ON GROCERIES AND FOR COOKING TIMMS,

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