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/ 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 Stockpiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638948 The Pantry Challenge and all the storms and power outages and all (we lucked out here again) have gotten me thinking about stockpiling food for emergencies, both of the financial variety and the weather related variety. When I was at Aldi today I got a couple of sticks of summer sausage (the kind that doesn't need to be refrigerated) and a can each of Vienna sausages and luncheon meat (off-brand Spam). I'll keep the sausage in the freezer, mostly to keep it out of the way. I'll try the Vienna... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:45:47 EST Pantry Challenge Wrap-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636368 Though it may end up lasting a few more days. I had planned to go shopping on Sunday, but another big storm is headed our way. Not sure I want to fight the crowds at the store. They're bad enough on a Sunday in general, but with folks stocking up for the storm... <BR> <BR> I didn't quite make my $21 goal. I spent $21.46. Here's what I spent: <BR> <BR> Coke (at work) - 1.50 <BR> Coke (at work) - 1.50 <BR> Peanut butter (bought for the dog, but I ate a lot of it) - 3.49 <BR> Ham - 12.48 <BR> ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:54:31 EST This week's food pantry blog entry - sales plus pork chops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636308 Here's this week's blog entry. Some pretty good sales this week, for a change. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> IGA has family packs of sirloin pork chops for 99 cents a pound. Select varieties of chunk cheese are $2.99 a pound (which is $1.50 for eight ounces, a common size for chunk cheeses). Select varieties of shredded cheese are three eight ounce packages for $5.00, or $1.67 for eight ounces or $3.34 per pound. “Bunched” broccoli and brunched cauliflower are both two for $4.00 or $2.00 each. I’... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:59:01 EST Day 25 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633801 Spent $12.48 on a ham Sunday. Had to fight for it. They were out of the Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Ham and not giving out rain checks. I argued and the store manager on duty agreed to give me a different brand instead, and have it sliced for free to my specifications. The other ham was on sale for $1.99 a pound and I got it for 99 cents a pound. I don't usually make a fuss like that, but this was two weeks in a row that they had advertised it and not had it and said they wouldn't give out r... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:44:28 EST Thoughts and Insights on the Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633303 My food has been horrible this month! Especially this last week or so. I hadn't thought about it in terms of this challenge until last night/this morning, but then I realized that my "bad" eating was in response to the challenge. At first I thought it was a matter of eating because I was feeling deprived (you all know how that goes, I'm sure!) but as I thought more about it I realized it was something else. Well, related, I guess, but a bit different. <BR> <BR> Almost all of my "bad" eating ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:04:03 EST Day 22 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631175 $21 seemed like a lot yesterday. Today, when I got set to spend it, it suddenly seems like not so much! A big part of that is allowing for food that I initially characterized as for the dog but that I ate. So... <BR> <BR> coke at work 2/1 - $1.50 <BR> coke at work today - $1.50 <BR> dog's peanut butter - $3.49 <BR> dog's hot dogs - $1.00 <BR> <BR> spent so far - $7.49 <BR> remaining - $13.51 <BR> <BR> Maybe I won't get the ham after all. Though that $21 limit kept me from buying stuff at t... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:38:46 EST Day 21 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630438 Just one more week! <BR> <BR> I got through another week without spending anything on food for me, though I did eat some of the dog's peanut butter and hot dogs. I'll include something next week for those. Next week I'll buy a ham (on sale) and some cheese (also on sale) but I shouldn't need/don't need anything else. <BR> <BR> The pantry challenge and disaster planning seem to go together in a lot of ways. I'm not interested in survivalist type disaster planning, like for The End of the W... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:27:36 EST This week's blog entry - sales plus recipes using veggies on sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630356 Here's this week's blog entry for the food pantry. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Marsh has meat this week. Family pack assorted pork chops are 99 cents a pound. Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced Half Hams are 99 cents a pound. Sugardale hams (water added) are 69 cents a pound. And they have iceberg lettuce for 99 cents a head. These prices are good through next Wednesday, February 26. <BR> <BR> Aldi has some great buys on produce. Green peppers are three for $1.49. Mushrooms are 99 cents for eight ou... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:58:59 EST Day 20 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629595 Breakfast - cheese <BR> Lunch - tuna salad - tuna, egg, mayo, dill pickle, splenda, cucumber; carrots <BR> Supper - concoction of hamburger, onion, carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, steak sauce <BR> Snacks - peanut butter, herbal tea with splenda and coconut milk Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:13:19 EST Day 19 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628607 Rats! I was just thinking that I only had one more day to get through this week without spending anything, but then I realized that today is only Wednesday. That means two more days. Oh well. I'l make it. <BR> <BR> Lots of meat on sale this week around here. IGA has turkey breast for $1.19 a pound and ten pound bags of turkey leg quarters for $5.98, or 60 cents a pound. Kroger has split chicken breasts (bone-in and skin-on) for 99 cents a pound. Marsh has family packs of assorted pork chop... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:27:35 EST How to Buy Herbs and Spices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627972 Kayte at the food pantry asked me to expand on the bit I did about buying herbs and spices a couple of weeks ago. She wants to make it a handout at the pantry. Here's what I came up with. It's not much different from the blog entry I gave here a couple of weeks ago, but it does have a bit more information. <BR> <BR> HOW TO BUY DRIED HERBS AND SPICES <BR> <BR> Herbs and spices (they’re herbs if you use the leaves, spices if you use the roots or flowers or seeds or other parts) are usually h... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:40:47 EST Day 18 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627628 It's only 7:18 and I'm already out of it. If I go to bed now, I probably won't sleep now and I probably won't sleep later, when it's really bedtime, either, so I'll stay up for a while longer. Besides which, Bella would make me get up and let her out later anyway. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - scrambled eggs, leftover pork <BR> Lunch - chili <BR> Supper - Eggplant Casserole, leftover pork, cheese <BR> Snacks - peanut butter, cheese, herbal tea with coconut milk and splenda <BR> <BR> I will be reall... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:20:54 EST Revised Food Pantry Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626660 By the time I got my blog entry to the food pantry, it was too late for Kayte to post on Friday. And since the IGA sales were over on Sunday and the column wouldn't be out until Monday, I had to rewrite the darn thing. Wouldn't you know that the recipes were about IGA sales! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what actually got posted today, for last Friday. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Kroger has boneless (and, I assume) skinless chicken breasts for $1.89 a pound and boneless (and, again, I assume skinle... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:14:59 EST Day 16 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626581 Well, my expected food expenditures for February are about $10 less than they were yesterday. The 99 cents a pound Hormel hams were "while supplies last" and they didn't last long. There was a store brand for 99 cents, also not "water added" but it was not only sugar cured but they put the brown sugar glaze on themselves instead of giving a glaze packet. 8 carbs per 3 ounce "serving"! And I don't know about you, but 3 ounces of ham is not a serving as far as I'm concerned! <BR> <BR> After go... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:30:15 EST Day 15 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625102 Breakfast - MIM w/peanut butter; peanut butter MIM <BR> Lunch - last of the leftover West African Stew <BR> Supper - Southwestern Pork Stew (from freezer) <BR> Snacks - peanut butter, herbal tea w/coconut milk Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:27:26 EST Day 14 of Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624226 Oops! I left the 'r' out of Pantry. I'm sure glad I caught it before I posted it! <BR> <BR> Food was much better today. Still good pantry challenge wise but also good eating-wise and nutrition-wise and attitude-wise. It started with a normal breakfast at a normal time, and that makes a huge difference for me. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - eggs scrambled in lard (leftover in the skillet from last night's pancakes) with cheese <BR> Lunch - leftover West African Stew <BR> Supper - leftover Orange Chic... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:42:45 EST This week's blog entry - sales plus pork roast recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624105 Here's this week's entry for the food pantry blog. <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Kroger has boneless (and, I assume) skinless chicken breasts for $1.89 a pound and boneless (and, again, I assume skinless) thighs for $1.99 a pound. Bar S franks and bologna are 10 for $10.00, or $1.00 each. You don’t need to buy 10 of them to get this price. Honeysuckle 93% lean ground turkey is $1.99 a pound, limit of one, and you have to have a digital coupon. Canned veggies (tomatoes and beans for sure, maybe s... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:52:20 EST Day 13 of the Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623447 Had a good day in terms of the Pantry Challenge, but a lousy day in terms of eating properly. And the two should definitely not be mutually exclusive! <BR> <BR> The day got off to a bad start when I got up at 2 am and had a couple of hard-boiled eggs with mayo before heading out to the Homeless Shelter to work. (Of course, just getting up at that time gets the day off to a bad start, though being able to get up at that or any other hour, and doing it in my own home instead of the homeless sh... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:54:49 EST Day 12 of the Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622813 Breakfast - MIM/OMM with coconut milk (I usually pour cream over the MIM/OMM and eat it like a bowl of hot cereal, but I'm almost out of cream so I left it in case I need it for something) <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of lettuce, hard boiled eggs and ranch dressing; carrot <BR> <BR> Supper - leftover Orange Chicken (from Monday) with frozen broccoli; cucumber with ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Snacks - butter (I love eating butter!), hard-boiled eggs with mayo, cheese, tea with splenda Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:52:58 EST