BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Food Stamp Challenge - Day 15 (Tuesday) and Halfway Through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781190 B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil; tea <BR> L - soup - chicken broth, eggs, zucchini, red bell pepper, coconut oil <BR> S - tea with coconut oil and splenda <BR> D - pork chop; cucumber with mayo; broccoli, carrots and butter <BR> <BR> The FSC is half over. I started on the 2nd so it's not half over until today. I've spent $88.84 of my $120.00 budget so far, or 75%. I guess that's reasonable, since I have the food for this next week. <BR> <BR> Here's what I bought and what I have left: <BR> ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:00 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 13 and 14 (Sunday and Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780585 Sunday - <BR> B - eggs scrambled in coconut oil <BR> L - church picnic - free <BR> S - tea/cream/splenda at restaurant - $3.50 <BR> D - none, wasn't hungry <BR> <BR> The tea was a social event and I have mixed feelings about whether it really should be included in the budget. But I said I would include it, so I am. <BR> <BR> Monday - <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - salad - cauliflower, eggs, mayo, mustard <BR> D - pork chop; salad of cucumber, tomato, mayo <BR> S - tea with sweet... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:57:36 EST The neurobiology of generational poverty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779816 We had a speaker at Sunday School this morning who talked about poverty from an unusual perspective. It amounted to the neurobiology of poverty. I wish you could have heard her. I'll try to repeat what she said but probably won't do a very good job of it. Caveat - as she put it, she was talking about the middle of the bell curve. What she said doesn't apply to everyone. And she was talking about generational poverty, which includes living in the "bad" part of town. <BR> <BR> People living i... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:24:42 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 12 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779297 B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - soup - chicken broth, eggs, zucchini, red bell pepper <BR> S - walnuts, delacata squash (free - party type thing) <BR> D - salad - cabbage, onion, mayo, eggs <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:31:43 EST Farmers Market and musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779055 Went to the Farmers Market this morning. I planned to get two zucchini for $1.00 each. What I actually got was a huge zucchini for 75 cents and two good sized cukes for 40 cents each. <BR> <BR> I thought about getting a cucumber, but then gave serious consideration to whether I could get "more" if I spent that dollar on something else - carrots, maybe, or lettuce. I'm sure I never had that conversation with myself before about a cucumber! I decided that I could get more (not sure more what ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:19:33 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 11 (Friday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778806 B - eggs scrambled in coconut oil <BR> L - soup - onions sauted in butter, chicken broth, cauliflower, purslane <BR> S - salad - tuna, lettuce, mayo, carrot, cucumber <BR> <BR> One thing about this challenge - I'm definitely eating on plan! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:26:18 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Days 9 and 10 (Wednesday and Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778105 Wednesday - <BR> <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - chicken broth, eggs, broccoli, red bell pepper, zucchini <BR> S - tea with sweetener <BR> D - pork chop, cauliflower, tomato/cucumber/mayo salad <BR> S - watermelon <BR> <BR> Got a tomato and a cucumber from a friend's garden. Sort of cheated re cinnamon - "bought" a jar from my pantry instead of waiting to go to the store. Close enough. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> Thursday - <BR> B - MIM/OMM with coconut oil <BR> L - chic... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:39:14 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 8 (Tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776826 Did some grocery shopping today, and sort of goofed. We'll find out at the end of the month whether I did or not! I went to Sam's to get some coconut oil, expecting to pay about $9 for it. That's what it was at Costco in Idaho this summer. It was a much bigger jar, though, for $16. That's what they had, so I got it. I may end up regretting it if I find that I need that extra $6 (I had tentatively planned on $10) later. I did manage to offset it, though, by getting two nice big heads of caulif... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:17:18 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Week 1 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776404 Week 1 is over. I spent a total of $50.81 out of my $120.00 budget. Here's what I bought and what I have left. <BR> <BR> 10 lbs chicken leg quarters - meat from 4 leg quarters <BR> 8 (4.5 pounds) pork chops - 7 pork chops <BR> 4 cans tuna - 2 cans <BR> 5 dozen eggs - 2 dozen eggs <BR> <BR> 1 lb (2 cups) butter - 3/4 cup <BR> 24 oz cottage cheese - all gone <BR> <BR> 1 watermelon - most of it is left, some in freezer <BR> 2 lbs (about 15) carrots - about 12 carrots <BR> 1 head (about 2 poun... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:47:16 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 7 (Monday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776154 The first week of the challenge is over! I've spent a bit more than 40% of $120 budget, but I have a lot of food left. I think I'll be ok. I'll do another post, probably tomorrow, about what I've spent and what I have left. <BR> <BR> Today's menu - <BR> B - MIM/OMM with butter <BR> L - tuna, egg, mayo, sweetener, lettuce <BR> S - egg with mayo <BR> D - pork chop, coleslaw (cabbage, onion, mayo) <BR> S - tea with sweetener Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:01:47 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 6 (Sunday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775411 B - eggs with mayo, tea with sweetener <BR> L - lettuce, chicken, mayo, sweetener <BR> D - eggs, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, butter <BR> S - watermelon <BR> S - tea with sweetener <BR> <BR> Had a good supper. I sauteed shredded zucchini, onion and diced red bell pepper in butter, then added some eggs and scrambled it all together. Very good. <BR> <BR> I'm rereading a Rosamunde Pilcher book that takes place before and during WWII in Cornwall. I'm not sure if it's in this book or a simi... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:13:09 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 5 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775087 Went to the Farmers Market and did a bit of other shopping. <BR> <BR> Farmers Market - <BR> 5+ pound head of cabbage - $3.00 <BR> 1 zucchini - $1.00 <BR> 2 big red bell peppers - $1.00 <BR> Total at Farmers Market - $5.00 <BR> <BR> Health food store - <BR> .6 lb flax seed - $1.19 <BR> <BR> Marsh - <BR> 8 pork chops (4.5 pounds) - $8.46 (on sale) <BR> <BR> Total spent Saturday - $14.65 <BR> Total spent this month - $50.81 <BR> Balance remaining - $69.19 <BR> <BR> So I've spent close to h... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:29:06 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774213 Friday - <BR> <BR> B - eggs cooked in chicken broth, tea with sweetener <BR> L - tuna, lettuce, mayo, sweetener, watermelon <BR> S - egg with mayo <BR> S - tea with sweetener <BR> D - chicken, onion and carrot cooked in butter <BR> <BR> Definitely need to get to the store to get some more variety. Also need to be sure to plan. I keep thinking that the first week is over since it's Friday, but I didn't start until Tuesday. Only four days down and 26 to go. I'm sure I'll have enough food, but... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:52:24 EST Food Pantry Blog - Turkey Breast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773872 Here's this week's post for the food pantry blog. Turkey breast is on sale for $1.29 a pound, broccoli crowns are 99 cents a pound, and cauliflower is $1.50 a head. Most of the recipes and menus are built around them. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> FALL IS FALLING! <BR> <BR> Summer finally arrived – briefly – and now it’s back to cooler weather. I have to admit the idea of cool and less humid is very appealing. I love Fall weather – cool nights and brisk days and blu... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:39:26 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773729 Has it really only been three days? Seems like a lot longer than that! Probably because I ate this same way for the previous week, too, before the challenge started. I'm still not completely over the bronchitis and all, so the same kind of food still sounds good, or at least as good as anything else. I'm going to go shopping again for this week's sales, but have to be careful or I'll buy stuff I would normally eat but just don't feel like cooking. <BR> <BR> Ate much better Thursday. Not near... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:32:33 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773033 I ate too much today. I had three regular meals, plus four snacks of egg and mayo to take pills and to try to settle my tummy. Budget-wise it was ok. Between $3.00 and $3.50 for what I actually ate today. Just too much food. I finished the antibiotics today, so that should help with the tummy issues, and I shouldn't need to eat something when taking evening pills. And instead of taking two prednisone twice a day I'm down to one three times a day, which I'm hoping will help, too. On the other... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 02:15:01 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772205 I grazed today, eating mostly when I needed to take pills with food and when my stomach was bothering me. I ate the following over the course of the day - <BR> <BR> 1.5 c chicken bone broth <BR> 1.5 c chicken bone broth w/2 eggs <BR> 1 hard-boiled egg <BR> 1 hard-boiled egg with 1 T mayo <BR> 1 hard-boiled egg with 1 T mayo <BR> 1 c decaf green tea with 1 packet sweetener <BR> 1 c decaf green tea with 1 packet sweetener <BR> 2 c chicken bone broth, 1 c stewed chicken, 60 g carrots, 2... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:01:34 EST Food Stamp Challenge - planning and shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772204 Did my first shopping for the month this morning. Here's what I got: <BR> <BR> Aldi - <BR> huge watermelon - $1.99 <BR> 3 dozen eggs @$1.49 - $4.47 <BR> 1 lb butter - $2.99 <BR> 2 lbs carrots - $1.49 <BR> 24 oz cottage cheese - $2.29 <BR> 4 cans tuna @68 cents - $2.72 <BR> 30 oz jar mayo - $1.99 <BR> 100 packs off-brand sucralose - $1.69 <BR> Total at Aldi - $19.63 <BR> <BR> Walmart - <BR> 10 lb bag chicken leg quarters - $6.90 <BR> 40 decaf green tea bags - $2.48 <BR> Total a... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:00:42 EST Packable Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771074 Today's post on the food pantry blog. Find the links at <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com/20<BR>14/09/do-you-carry.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Salads make great lunches, but they’re hard to carry with you to work or to school, even if you have a fridge when you get there. The salad dressing gets on the lettuce and other veggies and you can end up with a yucky slimy mess by the time you get around to eating lunch. It... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:04 EST Cheap, Quick and Easy Cooking for Dummies and Idiots with Hardly Any Equipment, Ingredients, or Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764463 Like my title? School starts here on Monday, and I decided to build my column around that with a dozen really, really easy recipes, most of which take no more than two ingredients and all of which can be made with just one skillet and one baking dish and a sharp knife. <BR> <BR> Mary Anne <BR> <BR> Aldi has avocados for 49 cents each. Seedless watermelons are $1.99 each and cantaloupe are $1.49 each. Strawberries are $1.49 per pound and blueberries are $1.49 per pint (about 12 ounces). <B... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:30:35 EST Food Pantry Blog - Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762084 Isn't there a green bean called Kentucky Wonder? Well, here are some Wonder-ful recipes using fresh crisp green beans. Hope you enjoy them! <BR> <BR> GREEN BEANS <BR> <BR> “Green Beans, or string beans as they are usually called, must be done [boiled] till very tender -- it takes nearly an hour and a half.” <BR> <BR> Sarah Josepha Hale, 'The Good Housekeeper' (1839) <BR> <BR> I grew up eating canned green beans, just plain from the can. Heated, of course, but plain. Not at all fancy or ex... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:47 EST Food Pantry Blog - Steak on a Budget? Why Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760267 There's lots of produce on sale around here this week, but not much in the way of protein. Top round steak, roast and London Broil are on sale for $2.99 a pound, and I've never used steak or even a roast as the protein in my blog posts, so that's what I chose for this week. I did it a bit differently, though. Because I had to increase the budget for supper, I had to decrease the budget for breakfast and/or lunch, so I gave complete menus for two days for all three meals. <BR> <BR> <link>g... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:56:00 EST Food Pantry Blog - What Do You Eat When Nothing's on Sale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755712 What a lousy bunch of sales this week! A few good prices on produce, but that's about it. Instead of picking a meat and basing a few recipes and menus around that, I came up with menus for the whole week. That's 3 meals a day for 7 days, or 21 meals. For four people. For under $115. Mostly low carb, too. Here's the link <BR> <BR> <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com/20<BR>14/08/what-do-you-eat-when-nothings-on<BR>-sale.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great month! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:19:33 EST Monday Food Pantry Blog - Peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752898 I've added another weekly post on the food pantry blog. This one comes out on Monday and is on some specific topic. It will usually be a particular food or a particular method of cooking, but may be other things. The recipes are not as penny-pinching as the ones on Friday and they're not necessarily low carb. But they're still pretty cost conscious and mostly lower carb than you find on a lot of blogs. Especially blogs that are more interested in eating "healthy" and cheaply than in our kind ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:01:16 EST Food Pantry Blog - Eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751245 Here's this week's food pantry blog, featuring eggplant. Most of the recipes are low carb or can be made that way, except for the Dutch Pancakes and Baked Peach Pancake. I'm not including links to those recipes, but you can find them from the link to the blog itself. And of course you need to limit the fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> --maw-- <BR> <BR> Yikes! It’s August already! Where has the summer gone? <BR> <BR> It’s been a strange summer, hasn’t it? It started late and has been unseasonably co... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:17:47 EST Today's Frugality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749223 Forgot to eat before I went off to work at the food pantry, so no lunch. That's one way to save money! <BR> <BR> For supper I sauteed a couple of mushrooms, part of an onion, some grated zucchini and some kale in the fat from the drippings from meatloaf I made a couple of days ago. Added some eggs and leftover pizza sauce and then topped it with mozzarella cheese. Pretty good. I had planned to make meatloaf but I did a bit of weeding first. I washed my hands really well, but I'm just not co... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:11:42 EST Waste Free Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748881 When I was doing some research online about preventing food waste, I came across the idea of Waste Free Friday. Apparently some bloggers report (or did at at one time - I'm not sure if they're still doing it as I didn't check the dates) each Friday on any food waste at their home, and include creative things they did to prevent food waste. <BR> <BR> Did you know that the average American household wastes 20 pounds of food each week? Or that as a nation, we waste $165,000,000,000 of food each... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:07:42 EST Vegetarian Zucchini Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748432 This is the food pantry blog post from July 18, but without the specials, since they're all over by now. There was practically nothing, anyway. I usually build my Friday posts around a meat that's on sale, but there was nothing to use that week. The recipes are vegetarian this week, but they're still low carb. <BR> <BR> ---maw--- <BR> <BR> I don't usually do anything vegetarian, but there’s nothing inspiring in the grocery ads again this week, and zucchini is out in full force at the Farme... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:43 EST Ground Beef and Summer Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748428 Here's this week's food pantry blog. I've got almost all of my recipes posted to the new blog and have completely revamped the organization. Check out the recipes and the blog posts at <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com </link> I've started doing a Monday post as well as the Weekly Specials posts on Friday, plus a few others now and then. The Monday posts are generally budget but don't necessarily fit into the $1.50 per person framework of the Friday posts. <BR> <BR> ---maw--- <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:17 EST This Week's Food Pantry Blog Post - Pork Loin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737817 In case you're new to this blog, I do a weekly blog post for the local food pantry about what's on sale and what you can do with it. It all started with a Food Stamp Challenge, trying to eat for a month on what the average food stamp recipient actually received in Indiana, which was $4.40 per day in 2012, and doing it low carb. I go through the local ads and pull out everything that I consider healthy, based on a low carb lifestyle. That means it's meat, dairy, veggies and fruit, and unproces... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:42:06 EST Food Pantry Blog - Chicken Breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737810 (I'm skipping the ads since I'm posting this here after the sales are over. Costs for the meals are based on the prices last week, including the sales. Sorry I didn't get it posted here in a timely manner. Anything in CAPS is a link to a recipe on the food pantry blog. I've given the links below the rest of the post. Here's the link to the main post. <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com/20<BR>14/07/chicken-breasts-and-weekly-speci<BR>als.html </link> <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Rats! Kro... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:28:59 EST Fireworks, Barbecues, and the Food Pantry Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723067 I did a special Fourth of July post, pulling together barbecue and picnic type recipes that have been posted so far on the food pantry blog at <link>http://gardentablecommunity.blogspot<BR>.com/ </link> . We haven't finished migrating everything from the old site to the new blog, so not all of my recipes are up yet. Most of the recipes there are ones that I posted and are both budget and low carb, though there are a few that were posted by others that are not. The Fourth of July post hasn't... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:21:35 EST Food Pantry Blog - Summer Veggie Recipe Retrospective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723063 I probably won't get a chance to do a "real" post next week, so I pulled up all the recipes that have been posted so far on the food pantry blog at <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com/ </link> . Most of them are recipes I've posted but some have been posted by others. There are a few that are not low carb or possibly not budget, but most of them are both. This isn't posted yet to the food pantry blog. If you see a recipe in the list of recipes that follows, you can search for it on the... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:15:46 EST Food Pantry Blog - Chicken Thighs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712619 Here's this week's post for the local food pantry blog. It's pretty low carb, though there is corn on the cob for one menu and more and different fruit than we are likely to be eating. The intended audience of the food pantry blog is food pantry patrons and others who want to save on their food budgets, not necessarily folks who eat low carb. Though it grew out of wanting to demonstrate that it is possible to eat low carb and still stay on a very strict budget - the average food stamp budget ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:32:39 EST Food Pantry Blog - Chicken Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706422 Here's this week's post for the local food pantry blog. It's pretty much low carb, except for the fruit that I suggest to round out meals and the grapes in the Chicken Salad with Grapes. Do any of you remember the days when this sort of thing was a staple at ladies' luncheons? <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the blog post as a whole, with lots of internal links to other recipes and such. <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com/20<BR>14/05/chicken-salad-and-weekly-special<BR>s-with.html </link... Thu, 29 May 2014 23:24:46 EST Food Pantry Blog - Memorial Day Picnic and Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702421 Here's this week's column, including the links. We've moved to blogspot and I don't have the kinks worked out of my column yet. I do it first in Word, and then move it to blogspot and pull out the recipes, leaving just a link to them. I forgot to save the whole thing. <BR> <BR> Most of these are low carb, though of course you need to watch the fruit. The Seattle Dog sounds good - a grilled wiener with grilled onions, cream cheese and mustard. And a grilled or toasted bun for some people, but... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:24:55 EST New site for food pantry blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697841 Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, our local food pantry, has a new site for it's blog, and my column. It's now <link>gardentablecommunity.blogspot.com </link> . We're in the process of changing over and much of the old content hasn't been moved yet. I'm working on getting an archive of my old columns. <BR> <BR> The new format is, we hope, more user friendly. It's searchable, and I'm tagging the recipes. Unfortunately, low carb isn't one of the tags. <BR> <BR> Take a look and let me know what yo... Sun, 18 May 2014 19:12:06 EST Catfish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697125 Kroger has Swai (catfish) nuggets for 99 cents a pound. They're farm raised in Vietnam, in case that matters to you. Sat, 17 May 2014 15:54:30 EST Food Pantry Blog - Chorizo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696594 Aldi has strawberries for 99 cents a pound! Also seedless watermelons for $3.89 each. Iceberg lettuce is 69 cents a head. Tomatoes on the vine are 99 cents for a 24-ounce box, or 67 cents a pound. Frozen broccoli cuts are 89 cents for a 1-pound bag. They have a good deal on meat, too, this week, for a change. A 5-pound chub of regular (73% lean) ground beef is $10.99, or $2.20 a pound. These prices are good through Wednesday, May 24. <BR> <BR> IGA has fryer wings for $1.39 a pound. Pork chor... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:02:44 EST Food Pantry Blog - Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690002 Chicken legs are on sale this week, and nothing else except produce. So some recipes for grilled chicken, coleslaw, grilled pineapple, and mango salsa. Sounds like picnic and/or barbecue time! Pineapple and mangos are not low carb, and not all of the chicken recipes are, so use discretion in using these recipes and menus. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Nothing much on sale this week worth talking about except produce, and there are a few good buys there. <BR> <BR> The only good sale on meat is at... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:33:54 EST Food Pantry Blog - Chicken Legs and Cinco de Mayo - sort of! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685821 Another week of nothing special when it comes to sales. Sigh. But I put together four recipes for chicken leg quarters plus two side dishes, all sort with sort of Mexican influence in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Fiesta! <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Nothing great when it comes to sales again this week. As frequently happens, the best deals are at Aldi on fruits and vegetables. Which is nice, and we need fruit and vegetables, but I keep waiting for a good price on something different in the meat depar... Fri, 2 May 2014 13:54:31 EST Food Pantry Blog - a week's menus, with costs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679873 No great specials this week, so instead of focusing on a specific meat that was on sale, I came up with a whole week's worth of menus - all 21 meals. I was very surprised to find that it came in under the Food Stamps limit for the week, too. I even had room to add a few things! The sweet corn isn't low carb, but everything else is. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> The sales aren’t great this week. IGA has ground chuck, in three pound or bigger packages, for $2.99 a pound. Honeysuckle fresh ground t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:57:45 EST Food Pantry Blog - Hard-boiled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673559 Here's this week's column for the food pantry blog. Not everything is low carb, but a lot of it is. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know, I write a weekly column for the local food pantry. The basic idea is that I give menus for full dinners, usually with generous - sometimes very generous - portions, for about $1.50 per person. That's based on the average food stamp benefit actually received in Indiana. I figure $1.00 for breakfast, $1.50 for lunch, and $1.50 for supper, plus a bit ex... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:07:33 EST Food Pantry Blog - Easter/Spring Ham Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670602 IGA has boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.69 a pound, leg quarters for 69 cents a pound, and legs (drumsticks) for 99 cents a pound. The chicken breasts are “previously frozen” so technically you shouldn’t refreeze them, but I always do anyway. Fresh green beans and Red Delicious apples are both ten pounds for $10.00, or a dollar a pound. That’s a particularly good price for the apples. Del Monte canned fruit is ten for $10.00, or a dollar a can, which may or may not be a good price. F... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:19:47 EST Food Pantry Blog - Pork Chops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663892 Here's this week's column. It's a good thing pork chops were on sale. I was going to do a column on beef liver, but Mom didn't think that was a very good idea. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Kroger has 8-ounce packs of cream cheese ten for $10, or $1.00 each. I don’t think you have to buy ten to get that price. Butter is two pounds for $5.00, or $2.50 a pound. Chicken drumsticks, thighs, and whole fryers are 99 cents a pound. That’s not a great price unless you specifically want whole birds or jus... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:09:00 EST Food pantry blog - hamburger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658741 Here's this week's column. I'm surprised I was able to come up with three menus (actually a lot more, if you count all the variations) and keep the cost down to around $1.50 per person. I allowed myself some leeway this week, since I was using ground chuck at $2.99 a pound since there weren't any real deals on meat. The last recipe and menu options come in closer to $2.00 per person. I gave some ideas for lower cost breakfast and lunch, though, so you should still be able to get in the day fo... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:33:32 EST Food Pantry Blog - split chicken breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656180 Here's last week's column for the food pantry blog, which someone informed me is not a blog because there's no way to get feedback. Okay, so it's the column for the website. Or whatever. <BR> <BR> I started with split chicken breasts and they were on sale but seem to have wandered all over the place. Chicken broth, three kinds of chicken veggie soup, homemade tortilla strips (I know - not low carb, unless you make them with low carb tortillas.) Italian dressing. And a couple of recipes for t... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:46:57 EST Food Pantry Blog - corned beef http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647308 Here's this week's blog entry for the food pantry column. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and you know what that means! Besides green beer, that is. That’s right – corned beef. I thought I’d throw out some different ways of using it. Remember that I’m not including potatoes in my recipes or menus, which is why you won’t see them here. <BR> <BR> But first, the specials. I was surprised to find that only Kroger has corned beef on sale. The veggies that traditionally ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:23:03 EST Food Pantry Blog - more fish recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645693 Here's last week's entry for the Food Pantry blog. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Kroger has meat on sale this week. Bumble Bee Tuna is 59 cents for a 5 ounce can. Boneless pork loin is $1.89 a pound. Don’t forget you can slice it into boneless pork chops if you want to. Ground beef (73% lean, in three pound chubs for $5.97) is $1.99 a pound. They also have celery for 99 cents a head and Roma tomatoes for 99 cents a pound. <BR> <BR> Marsh has iceberg lettuce for 99 cents a head and frozen whole ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:34:20 EST Vienna Sausages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639878 I tried the Vienna sausages this morning in scrambled eggs. They were ok, but nothing great. Good enough that I can eat them during a power outage or similar emergency, but not good enough that I'll be likely to raid my emergency supplies to eat them. I'll buy a bunch more of them for my emergency stash. They were 39 cents a can at Aldi, and, as I recall, had 2.5 carbs and 12.5 grams of protein. <BR> <BR> I should probably look into some recipes using them. I wanted to start by seeing wheth... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:15:54 EST