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5/24/11 8:15 P

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Thanks. Cheap food generally has more calories. I much prefer fresh but frozen is usually cheaper.

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5/23/11 7:59 A

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My weekly standards include:
a whole chicken - usually 98 cents a pound - unless I can find chicken breasts for the same price. I often roast two chickens at the same time. It is either the meal for a number of days, or I freeze part of it. On Monday & Tuesday - there is usually discounted meat. But, I have to watch to see if it is good. It is ready to out-date in a day or two.
Frozen veggies when local is out of season - exception: leaf lettuce and perhaps something to to it with such as radishes or bell pepper.

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5/22/11 12:19 P

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For months, my main dinner shopping list for the month was:
a bag of potatoes (two if there was a sale),
one package of chicken or turkey franks (2 pkgs whenever there was a sale),
one package of bacon (when there was a sale),
one package of chicken thighs (always cheap here),
two 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes (or tomato puree, or peeled tomatoes) -- if they were a good price (four cans if there was a good sale),
3 bags of carrots (almost always on sale for three), and
a large bag of mixed, dried beans (two if they ran a sale -- a rare occasion for dried beans).

I already had a stockpile of rice and macaroni, as well as spices and condiments, which I used sparingly and it took a few months to deplete..
I used the chicken bones to make stock, and I went through almost all the boxes of fruit tea bags that I'd previously bought from the 99-cent stores to make my own drinks in bottles (for work and home).

I managed to get a month's worth of dinners every month for quite a while -- without food stamps or public assistance.

My financial situation is getting better, so now I can spend a little more on groceries, but that's still my basic food shopping list.

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5/22/11 8:08 A

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Keep in mind that Kraft is promoting their own products.
Can you go a week without Kraft or the store brand equivalents?

I would consider the "Spaghetti with Zesty Bolognese" but do some subbing.
The spaghetti would be whole grain. I would have to check the quantity - it is 2 oz per person. If that is the only starch, that would be okay.
The Neufachatel Cheese is naturally lower in fat. I don't think it has any surprises on the label.
I would go very light on a sprinkling of parm.
In stead of the salad dressing, I would use some cider vinegar and possibly eliminate the oil, unless the meat is super lean. I have some Italian herb seasoning in the cabinet to add.
The problem with the menu -
I would want some fresh salad on the side, or perhaps some broccoli.
I would end up with a second bag of groceries.




Edited by: 60SIXTY at: 5/22/2011 (08:17)
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.

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5/21/11 11:29 P

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I looked at the suggestions. There are few things on the list I would buy. The idea of planning five healthy meals from one bag of groceries is an interesting challenge.

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5/21/11 4:57 P

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my PCP has a diet that works for those who will do it. It's "no face" meat etc.
No dairy, no sugar, no beef, no oils, no nuts - basically all fruits and veggies ONLY !
I found it hard and Sparks nutrician guide was easier for me to handle.



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5/21/11 12:06 P

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Thank you for sharing.

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5/21/11 11:49 A

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I looked at the shopping list. The only thing I would even consider buying are the first 6 ingredients on the list. All the rest is processed food, some with extremely harmful ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup. Whenever fat is cut from an ingredient list starch or sugar are usually added.
I'd add a 2 lb. bag of brown rice and a 2 lb. bag of dry beans plus lots of green leafy veggies which are completely absent from this list (from garden or locally grown) and I could make a whole week's worth of very healthy meals. emoticon

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5/21/11 8:29 A

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5/21/11 5:54 A

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I found suggestions for five meals from "one" bag of groceries on the Kraft website.
I thought it might SPARK some ideas for menus from our team.
How light can you make your menus? ? ? ?
Can you lower the cost of the menus? ? ? ?
Here are the kraft food suggestions:
www.kraftrecipes.com/SiteCollectionI
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www.kraftrecipes.com/SiteCollectionI
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