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Eat in for under R170: Best grocery specials at South Africa’s supermarkets

All the meal inspiration you need, in one place, thanks to these SA supermarket specials.

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With load shedding likely to return this week, getting food on the table might be a bit of the mission. Here are four easy meals for the week.

Cutting down on food preparation is key and thankfully, we have some amazing deals from our supermarkets this week to help with that.


Asian Beef and Sesame Seed Salad – R129.99

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In the past, Checkers offered between four and six new mouth-watering meal kits every week. Brace yourself, folks, Checkers now offers more than 20 ready-made kits per week.

The Asian Beef dish with sesame seed salad got our attention this week. It’s only R129.99 for two servings, and is ready in under 45 minutes.

The supermarket giant assures us that all their recipes are easy to prepare, and promises perfectly portioned and locally sourced ingredients every time.

All meal kits come complete with a recipe card. Alternatively, either scan the QR code on the box, or watch the instructional step-by-step videos on their website.

Also read: The ten best breakfast places in Johannesburg


Cheese ravioli and butternut – under R110 for 2 servings

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Woollies has delicious cheese ravioli for only R56.99 this week, made in Italy by Bertagni-specialists. And the best parts? It’s ready in under three minutes.

Team it up with stuffed butternut halves, on sale for R34.99. Or pop the creamed spinach and honey cinnamon butternut in your trolley for a quick and easy alternative. From packaged to ready to eat in just two minutes.

Pick ‘n Pay

Snoek and veggies on the braai – R170.00


What better way to deal with load shedding than having a braai. Thanks for Pick ‘n Pay, a good ol‘ fashioned snoek braai won’t break the bank this week.

PnP’s Fishmonger Braai Snoek sells for only R59.99 per 800g. Team it up with Garlic and Parsley Butter-filled Baguette, or simply thread roasting vegetables onto skewers, drizzle with some olive oil.

Then wrap in foil and grill over the coals. Get a 1.5kg bag of roasting vegetables for only R54.99.


Spanish-style roast chicken – under R150.00

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You’ll find some amazing specials at Spar this week. If you do have some time to spend in the kitchen this week, why not try this yummy Spanish-style roast chicken recipe? It’s perfect for a Sunday family meal.

Get chicken portions from Spar for under R50 for two kilograms, and bacon for R27.99 per pack. You’ll also need potatoes, garlic, spices, lemons, onions and red sherry.

Recipe: Spanish-style roasted chicken and potatoes


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 kg large potatoes cut into pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 chicken portions, preferably thighs
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges
  • 3 large red onions halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sherry (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 260 degrees °C. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven.
  • Render bacon in a sauté pan until brown and crisp. Remove from pan, drain on paper towel and when cool, crumble. Set aside.
  • Place a large cast-iron baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and allow to heat up.
  • Put the cut potatoes, garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe baking dish and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce the plastic in a few places and microwave 8 minutes to cook partially.
  • Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the smoked paprika, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and the lemon juice. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • Carefully remove the hot baking dish from the oven. Carefully add the potatoes and spread in an even layer as this will sputter as it all hits the pan. Scatter the onions and 1 lemon cut into 8 pieces on top. Roast until the potatoes start to brown, about 12 minutes.
  • Turn the potatoes and lay the chicken pieces on top, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl. Return to oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle sherry (optional) on top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley and crumbled bacon. Serve with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.