Sunday, September 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup (I add a bit of cheddar to mine)

Monday: (Boot Camp night) Homemade Fruit Smoothies with Hemp Protein (I mix several fruits, nix the yogurt, and use almond milk)

Tuesday: Zucchini Turkey Burgers, Pioneer Woman Green Beans (seriously, the BEST green beans I've ever had)

Wednesday: (Boot Camp night) Homemade Fruit Smoothies with Hemp Protein

Thursday: Pear Oven Pancake, Fresh Fruit, Green Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza with Lots of Peppers and Onions

Saturday: Chunky Corn Chowder (substituting skim milk for the cream), Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Beer Bread

Snacks and Extras: Pumpkin Spice Bread made with Pureed Squash, Homemade Granola, which has now become a staple in our household

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Weekly Shopping Trip

Kroger trip: $80. Would have spent less if I did not have a husband and two children with me. At least what they threw in my cart were semi-healthy! I ended up with a bag of organic raisins, chopped dates, larger orange juices, and organic chocolate bunnies that were not on the original list. I did buy 8 extra small cartons of Almond Breeze Almond Milk. We send one carton a week to day care in lieu of cow's milk. With coupons and Mega Sale, they were $1.49 each. Usually they are $2.50 if I am lucky. The Birdseye Steamfresh veggies (which I cook on the stovetop) were only $0.59.

The goal next week is to keep it at $50 or less!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shopping Trip

Our ancient Wrap-N-Mats have been starting to wear down after almost 6 years of being used several times a week and thrown into the washer once a week. One of them bit the dust recently. It's amazing, though, when you think of it, that those Wrap-n-Mats I bought before our wedding have been used at least 4 days a week, 50 weeks out of the year, for 5.5 years, and have saved at least 1100 single-use plastic bags!

I found a couple different deals on Mamapedia for half price on reusable lunchware, and picked up 5 cloth snack and sandwich bags, 2 new Wrap-N-Mats, and 6 stainless steel lunch-sized bowls to replace the plastic ones as they wear out.

This week's Kroger trip: $52. They had a Mega-Sale this week, and I got 2 Prego sauces for $0.74 and 8 Fat Free Carnation Evaporated Milks for $0.27 each. I will be making this Pear Oven Pancake for my husband and myself using those evaporated milks (the boy gets his beloved peanut butter sandwich instead). I used this post to make those match-ups. I was so bummed that my husband's soy milk was in the sale, and planned on getting 10 at $1.49 each, but they only had the original flavor that he despises. $10 of what I spent was for fancy cheese for a coworker's bon voyage party, as she will be telecommuting from home after this week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shopping Trip

My Meijer Trip: $15. Seven jars of Planters Peanut Butter for $0.67 each. We go through at least a jar of peanut butter each week.

Also had a trip to Kroger for soy milk, almond milk, a few jars of baby food, dairy free bread, and fresh fruits. $52 for that trip. Tried to take a picture, but the 'dern camera wasn't working!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Homemade Hummus with crackers, Greek Yogurt with Berries and Honey, Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday: Spanish Rice and Beans

Wednesday: Leftover Spanish Rice

Thursday: Homemade Wheat Pizza with Lots of Peppers and Onion (we are getting a ton of peppers in the farm box, and my husband otherwise hates cooked peppers)

Friday: Penne Pasta with Zucchini and Basil Pesto

Saturday: Winds Cafe Dinner: Naked Garlic, Grilled Strip Steak

Sunday: Baked Eggs with Cheese, Tomato, and Bacon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Food Blog Lovin: Zucchini Burgers

 I saw this recipe for Zucchini Burgers on Gina's Skinny Recipes a while back, and now that we are getting a lot of zucchini from our Farm Box, we have tried it with both ground sirloin and ground turkey. Both tasted great!
   Zucchini, onions, and garlic in the food processor
Having a food processor makes it quite easy to make, as I only roughly chopped everything, and then quickly mixed it together by hand.  There are obvious green flecks in the burgers when raw that are not as obvious when cooked. My 3 year old, who hates vegetables, ate these without complaint! They tasted like a good burger with a nice hint of onion and garlic- no zucchini flavor at all!

                  Burgers ready to go on the grill

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Turkey Zucchini Burgers (with local ground turkey from the Bowman Landes Family), Fresh Green Beans Pioneer Woman Style, Homemade Air Popped Popcorn for dessert

Monday: Mexican Baked Eggs, Kicked Up Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tuesday: Late Summer Vegetable Medley, Homemade Hummus and Crackers

Wednesday: Black Bean, Zucchini, and Olive Tacos

Thursday: Homemade Wheat Pizza with Lots of Peppers and Onions

Friday: Lean Mettwurst with Fried Potatoes and Onions
Saturday: Pasta with Spinach and Vegan White Sauce (made with almond milk it has a pleasant nutty flavor)

Lunches: Crackers with Hummus or Havarti With Dill Cheese, Greek Yogurt with Honey and Fruit, Grapes, Pumpkin Spice Bread made with Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Farm Box Produce: Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Hundreds more menu plans here

Shopping Trips

Long time no post- but we have been sick, sick, sick with one bug after another. Hopefully all these summer sickies have run their course.

Kroger Trip: $ 82. In-laws are in town and they expect to eat meat, so that added almost $18 to my total. If you noticed, I got some Light Mayo for a recipe I want to try involving lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppery bacon. Most light mayo has dairy in it- but Kraft brand does not.

CVS trip: $2.14 out of pocket and received $0.99 in ECBs back. The Skintimate Shave Gels were free, and the Hershey Bar was $0.99 and I got the Extra Care Buck back for it. I had a $3 ECB from last week, so the jelly was free. You can see the deal for Skintimate here. I confirmed with the cashier at CVS that I could stack the CVS coupon with the manufacturer coupon.

Health food store trip: $25. The powdered probiotics were $22 and are prescribed by our pediatrician. Soy yogurt was $3- no time to really "yog" my own this week, and I have a ton of garden produce to process and baking to do already.