Sunday, November 27, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Perfect Scrambled Eggs, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Clementine Oranges

Monday: Spaghetti with Turkey Italian Sausage

Tuesday: Mujadarrah, Celery Sticks

Wednesday: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Kale Chips

Thursday: Polenta With Green Peas, Bacon

Friday: Homemade Pizza with Onions, Salad

Saturday: Slow Cooker Chili With Kidney Beans

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday and Weekly Shopping

Walgreens trips: 2 trips total, which I heartily do not recommend when you have bronchitis and feel dizzy :(. The Softsoaps were B1G1, and were $2.99 each after coupons.  The ALL was $2.99 after coupon, and paper towels were $3.99 after coupon. The last time I bought paper towels was 18 months ago- I hoard those suckers like a goblin hoards gold! Everything else ended up being free or a moneymaker after register rewards. I think I have over $40 RRs now.

I plan to start rolling them quite a bit again. I haven't been to Walgreens in months.

CVS trip:  Spent $21.75, got $20.75 in Extra Care Bucks back. I hadn't planned on getting the iPod earphones, but mine have been crumbling to bits after 7 years, and it ended up being $6 ECBs back. Why not?

Health Food Store trip: $32. $16 of that was a quart of local honey.

Kroger trip: $29 ($25 for food)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weekly Shopping Trip

Kroger trip: $67. A few extra holiday things in there, including a case of clementines to bring to work to share a healthy treat, and fixin's to make guacamole and chips.

Health food store trip: $67 again. I picked up a few organic ketchups, tahini, flax seed oil, and faux mayo while they were 40% off. I had to get expensive coconut milk and coconut oil to make my dairy free pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I did find a nice 4 lb tub of nonfat yogurt for $2.99- equivalent in price to what I can make at home.

The plan for next week: pick up only milk, fruit, and veg, and keep the total $40 or less!

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Romaine Salad with Tomato, Blue Cheese, and Fake Bacon, with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Monday: Italian Rice Salad, Clementines

Tuesday: Meatloaf with Veggies, Peas

Wednesday: Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon,

Thursday: Thanksgiving! My contribution: Dairy and Grain Free Pumpkin Streusel Pie and Homemade Guacamole and Blue Tortilla Chips

Friday: Whole Grain Spaghetti and Italian Spinach Meatballs

Saturday: eat out

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kale Chips: Do They Taste As Revolting As They Sound?

Above: a recent dinner of 7 Grain Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Peaches, and Kale Chips

Make no mistake, of all the green leafies, kale has been my least favorite. My mother used to serve us wet, sloppy canned spinach that tasted like dirt. It was not until a couple years ago that I was brave enough to try the fresh versions of spinach and other greens.

Kale, however, always looked too much like the weeds I pull from our flower beds. How could I possibly eat that?

I've had a good half dozen people tell me they've tried fresh Kale Chips and swear they don't taste like crispy green dirt. In fact, they said, they were a little salty and just about as enjoyable as potato chips. Ha!

This is my attempt to call that bluff. I used a Food Network recipe. It was simple. Kale, olive oil, and salt. I used Olive Oil PAM. The first attempt, I made the mistake of not getting the greens dry enough. I ended up having to cook them too long in order to get them crisp, and the outer leaves burned. My kitchen reeked for days.

This time, I whipped out the salad spinner that someone gave us for our wedding eons ago, and that has sat in our cabinets gathering dust. The result: perfectly crisp and unburned leaves.

How do they taste? Not bitter, not dirt-like. They have a nice salty earthy taste. They have appeared on my menu again, even.

You will so like crisp kale with PAM, you will so like them Sam-I-Am.

Weekly Shopping Trip

Dorothy Lane Trip: I hit the specialty store due to limited time this week. All in all $66. I admit that $6 of that was from a couple slices of chocolate cream pie. Nom, nom, nom. Hiding in the back there is another $15 box of 200 Finish tabs from Costco courtesy of Mom. I think we're set for the next 2 years.

We also picked up 2 boxes of Earth's Best Blueberry Waffles at the health food store, for a total of $72 for the week.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Whole Grain Spaghetti and Spinach Meatballs (made without cheese), Bread Machine Focaccia Bread

Monday: Leftover Focaccia, French Onion Soup

Tuesday: Pancakes, Homemade Fruit Smoothies with hemp protein

Wednesday: BLTs, Kale Chips

Thursday: Scrambled Eggs, Polenta, Peas, Pears

Friday: Chickpea Broccoli Roll-ups, Carrot Coins

Saturday: Out With Girls, husband on his own

Lunches: Cottage Cheese, Baby Carrots, PB & J, Almonds and Walnuts, Celery, Strawberries

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Edamame, Romaine Salads, Fresh Pears, Sliced Bell Pepper

Tuesday: Whole Grain Pizza with Mushrooms, Onions, and No Cheese

Wednesday: Tuscan Baked Eggs, Romaine Salads, Pears

Thursday: Black Bean Burritos, Kale Chips, Fruit Smoothies

Friday: Falafel, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta, Romaine Salad

Saturday: dinner out for sister's birthday at Olive Garden

Sunday: Mujadarrah

Lazy Night In A Pinch Meal: Simple Pasta and Jarred Pesto Sauce

Lunches: Hummus and Triscuits or PB & J, carrot sticks, clementines, almonds and walnuts, home made dairy-free Skinny Choco Chip Cookies

Breakfast: Non-fat Yogurt with Homemade Granola

Weekly Shopping Trips

Kroger shopping trip: $44. Nothing fancy, just simple fruits and veggies (most of them organic), almond and soy milks, juice, tea, and baby food. After last week's grocery trip of $108, this evens things out to a little over $70 per week.

CVS trip: I had $7 in extra care bucks, and everything was $7 with coupon (see it in these deals here for the Krazy Coupon Lady). I got $6 in extra care bucks back. Nothing out of pocket for me!