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1/17/10 12:07 P

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A few thoughts:

*Try shopping at an asian or indian store for things like meat (depending on the size they may not have meat) or produce it is also a good place to get staples like rice or lentils on the cheap--but skip the processed foods like cheerios cause they are waaay expensive here

*Consider going meatless more often. You can still get protein from legumes or nuts

*Cook in bulk and freeze. Another benefit is time...oh the time you save

*Plan a for "leftovers" meal cause it will happen with the best meal planning



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12/3/09 1:54 A

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I know that some healthier items in the store cost more. Especially like organic items. But I have found by cooking at home I save a ton of money overall. I balanced my checking out recently and was shocked at how much extra money I had in just one month of being on Sparkpeople and eating most of my meals at home, its incredible. Besides we are worth it. There are ways to cut corner. I shop on sale a much as possible.

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11/29/09 5:46 P

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I shop in Aldi. It has a lot of healthy foods for far less than the grocery stores and even Walmart. I can get items that I wouldn't usually get in regular stores because of the price. If you don't mind eating off brands this is a good place to start. Plus Aldi's unhealthy foods (cookies, chips, etc.) are not that appetizing, so it kinda forces you to get the healthier items.

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ALICIAMARIE26's Photo ALICIAMARIE26 Posts: 134
11/24/09 5:03 P

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PUMPKIN515- Your sofrito seasoning sounds delish! What is sazon though? I'm not sure what aisle to look for it in the grocery store!!

REVJVH- Thanks for posting that website. I've tried to do that a few times, it's frustrating sometimes to try and find recipes that use the same ingredients! I think the website will help me a lot :)


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11/21/09 9:32 P

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I've found that the menus you can subscribe to at SavingDinner.com help to save money by making sure that you use everything you buy in a week. When I have a menu plan and a shopping list, knowing that I'll use leftovers and unused portions of some ingredients in another meal that week, my shopping is more efficient.

I also shop the outside of the store. That's where the fresh food is. The aisles tend to have the processed junky food. I'll breeze down the aisle for canned tomatoes, rice, beans, and tuna, but that's about it. Most everything else I need is on the outer edges of the store.

I tend to overbuy on veggies and I end up throwing some away. But I'm single, and sometimes it's hard to buy just enough. A head of cauliflower lasts a lonnng time.


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PUMPKIN515's Photo PUMPKIN515 Posts: 10
11/20/09 11:55 A

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Thanx that is a great tip, especially for this time of year, and my family loves soup. If I see any healthy soup recipes I will post for those who would like them as well.
I do have a fairly good seasoning for meat, rice, and soups to make the flavor pop!! low calorie because it is mostly veggie and herbs:

Sofrito
1 large red onion
1-2 bunches of green onion
2 green peppers
1-2 bunches of Cilantro
3 stalks celery, washed
40 cloves of garlic (I buy the already peeled)
1-2 bunches or corriander
1 tsp - 1tbsp vinegar to taste
2 packets of sazon
3 tbsp garlic powder
3 tsp pepper
dried cumin (corriander in powder form)
Puree all ingredients in food processor. You will need container for storage in the fridge. It lasts 4-6 weeks, if you don't use it all, but we use it a lot. It is the base of good puerto rican food, stews, rice, ect. I do not add some of the oil or fat & lard to mine but works just as well!
I sometimes use a small can of hunts or goya tomato sauce. I also add other seasonings on a meal to meal basis. Example I will use 1/2 cup sofriti add 1-2 tsp of indian or jamaican curry mix then marinate bake or grill my meat!

I marrinate my meat in this mixture then cook, Pork shoulder is a favorite!!
1 cup of the homemade sofrito, season pork with salt pepper, or Ms. Dash grilling or salsa lime, toss in crock pot, add veggies and potatoes on medium, or low,little water let cook for 6-8 hours and melts in the mouth. I have the butcher trim the fat, costs the same but healthier.....enjoy

Edited by: PUMPKIN515 at: 11/20/2009 (12:04)
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ALICIAMARIE26's Photo ALICIAMARIE26 Posts: 134
11/3/09 9:52 P

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I would love some soup recipes if you feel like posting them! I like to make a big pot of soup so I can have a bowl every day for lunch!
I made some Chicken Tortilla-Lime Soup over the weekend and it was so good!

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CPERKS Posts: 6
11/3/09 8:07 P

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Start with soup, it fills you up and stretches your dollar. Lentil soup, pea soup, chicken soup (made with thighs), tomato soup, minestrone soup, bean soup. All these soups should be made from scratch. Basically its chop some veggies and add the rest and cook for 10 minutes to an hour. Supplement the soup with pasta or rice cooked on the side and added just before serving to each bowl to control how much pasta is added.
I can give specific recipes if you want.

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ALICIAMARIE26's Photo ALICIAMARIE26 Posts: 134
11/3/09 10:38 A

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I'm in the same boat as you right now and I would love some ideas on this topic too!
One thing I am doing if finding healthy recipes. I try to find recipes that use some of the same ingredients so that I am buying less. Check Kraft.com, they are very family and budget friendly and have a bunch of healthier recipes!

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PUMPKIN515's Photo PUMPKIN515 Posts: 10
11/2/09 2:45 P

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I find the healtier a food item is, the more expensive it can become. We have a family of four, I want to incorperate the food plans as a household but our grocery bill would be over $200 a week. Right now we spend about $125 with coupons and cut backs. The farm fresh veggies at stands are close to the local stores, and with the cold weather not as available.
Some of the meat and seafood choices are more expensive than what we are used to. Heck truthfully we only had $50 this week for groceries for all 4 of us....
Any help out there would be appreciated!!!!!

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