Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Yikes! I have a kitten who wants to help with my typing.
B - MIM with coconut oil
L - soup of chicken bone broth, and odds and ends from the crisper - the core and some leaves of cauliflower, the core and old leaves of lettuce, and I think some outer leaves of cabbage.
S - Squash Leaves with Peanuts over rice - demo and tasting at the food pantry
D - pork chop, leftover coleslaw, zucchini and red bell pepper cooked in coconut oil
And I'd best quit before this looks like I'm swearing a la Beetle Bailey.
Monday, September 29, 2014
B - MIM with coconut oil
L - salad of cauliflower, eggs, mayo and mustard
D - pork chop; broccoli and carrots cooked in coconut oil; leftover coleslaw from the picnic
Instead of doing a summary to date as I did at one, two and three weeks, I'll wait for the end of the month. Just two more days!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Here's this week's column for the food pantry. They took it off the blog and are handing it out at the pantry, so they want it kept to the front and back of one page - with lots of white space. Very watered down. But they did get taken at the food pantry (I was doing a demo/tasting and telling everyone about it) so maybe more people are seeing it. Maybe. Anyway, here it is.
WEEKLY SPECIALS WITH MARY ANNE
Aldi has *avocados for 69 cents each. *Cantaloupe are $1.49 each. *Oranges are $1.99 for a three-pound bag (67 cents a pound). Green peppers are $1.49 for 20 ounces, which is probably three peppers. A pound of *organic baby carrots is 99 cents. A ten-ounce pack of *organic grape tomatoes is $1.49. Red grapes are 89 cents a pound for a two-pound bag, or $1.78 per bag. Chicken drumsticks are 89 cents a pound in family packs. Regular (73% lean) ground beef is $12.99 for a five-pound chub, or $2.60 per pound. Prices are good through Tuesday, September 30.
Marsh has boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.69 a pound. Bacon is $2.99 a pound. *Chiquita bananas are 33 cents a pound. *Apples are 99 cents a pound. These specials are only good through Sunday, September 28. *Del Monte canned vegetables are 10 for $7.00, or 70 cents per can. Cucumbers and green peppers are 89 cents each. These last two are good through Wednesday, October 1.
Kroger has *Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna two cans for $1.00, or 50 cents a can. Kroger cheese is 4 packages for $9.00, or $2.25 per pack. The packages range from 6 to 8 ounces. Heritage Farms boneless chicken breast is $1.99 a pound. *Green beans, *yellow squash and *zucchini are all 99 cents a pound. *Whole fresh pineapples are 99 cents each. And ten pound bags of *russet potatoes are $2.99, or 30 cents a pound. Prices are good through Wednesday, October 1.
*Means I think you should be able to get it at Walmart under their price matching policy.
Remember I said last week that I’ve been asked to do these columns assuming you can only go to one store each week? Last week we went to Aldi, where I hope you stocked up on dairy, canned veggies, eggs, and a few fresh veggies. This week we’re shopping at Walmart. I’ve found that Aldi’s prices are usually lower than Walmart’s, but Walmart is cheaper than either Marsh or Kroger. So I’ll pull in items that I think you should be able to get price-matched at Walmart. I’m not positive that they can be price-matched, but I think most of them should be.
There are two items that I consistently buy at Walmart – ten pound bags of chicken leg quarters and quarts of heavy whipping cream. They are cheaper at Walmart than anywhere else. We’ll go with the chicken leg quarters this week.
MENU #1 – ITALIAN STYLE GREEN BEANS AND CHICKEN
The chicken and green bean dish, with a little over half a pineapple for dessert, should be plenty. However, it is good over a starch like boiled and diced potatoes, mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice, or with French or Italian bread. You could substitute two pounds of potatoes (with a price match for the ten pound bags at Kroger) for the pineapple and still stay at $6.00 for four servings.
Italian Style Green Beans and Chicken; fresh pineapple; rice, potatoes, pasta or French bread (optional). Total cost of green beans and chicken dish and fresh pineapple - $6.00, or $1.50 per person.
ITALIAN STYLE GREEN BEANS AND CHICKEN
(based on http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-green
2 T olive oil 4 chicken leg quarters, or 4 lbs
4 cloves garlic, chopped chicken thighs and drumsticks
1 lb green beans (or 2 cans) 3 T minced fresh basil (or 2 T dried)
2 14-5-oz cans diced tomatoes 1 T Italian herbs
Tail and top green beans and cut into 1” pieces. If the green beans are small, you can leave them whole. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté about one minute, or until it smells nice and garlic-y. Add chicken pieces to skillet and sauté about five minutes per side, or until nicely browned on outside. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add green beans to oil and garlic in skillet and sauté five minutes. Add tomatoes and Italian herbs and bring to a boil. Put chicken on top of vegetables and bake at 350 until the chicken is done, about 40 minutes. May be served alone or over potatoes, rice, or pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.
MENU #2 – ROASTED CHICKEN LEGS
The chicken leg quarters are from a ten pound bag at Walmart. The green beans are price-matched with Kroger’s ad. Carrots are from Aldi if you stocked up on them last week, otherwise, buy them at Walmart. They’ll be just a bit more expensive. You should have gotten mayo at Aldi last week; $1.99 for 30 ounces is a great price. You just need a fourth of a cup so even if you buy a more expensive jar it won’t make much difference. Get the raisins and sunflower seeds either at Aldi or Walmart.
Roasted chicken leg quarters, roasted green beans, carrot salad. Total cost just over $6.00.
Salt and pepper four chicken leg quarters and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.
Tail and top two pounds of green beans and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil. Spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and put them in the oven with the chicken for the last 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper when done. They should be slightly shriveled with brown spots.
Shred or grate a pound of carrots. (Don’t have a food processor? Borrow one from the Hub!) Add a fourth of a cup of mayo and half a cup of either raisons or sunflower seeds.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Just more of the same. I spent $6.90 on a ten-pound bag of chicken leg quarters and $1.25 for a pint of sour cream. They were to take to a picnic potluck today. I cut the leg quarters into three pieces (drum, thigh and a piece of back) and baked them, and took the drums and a few of the thighs to the picnic. The rest were for me. I made half of the monster head of cabbage I bought a few weeks ago into coleslaw, and used some of the sour cream in the dressing. Unfortunately, I took highway 45 instead of highway 46 (or highway 46 instead of highway 45) to the lake, so we missed the picnic. Which means there's more food for me.
I've spent about $115 out of my budget of $120, and I have lots of food left, and don't expect to buy any more before the end of the challenge. I feel pretty good about it. Just three more days!
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