Monday, May 28, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Pork with Plum Sauce (we're using peaches), Salad with Julia Child's Vinagrette
Tuesday: Mustard Lime Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Cucumber Slices

Wednesday: Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: Perfect Eggs, Pumpkin Bars, Slow Cooker Potatoes and Onions

Friday: Gluten Free Meatloaf (veggie infused), Peas, Strawberries

Saturday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Grilled Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Onions

Lunches: Pumpkin Bars, Nuts, Salami/Pepperoni with Cheese, Salad, Fruit, Granola and fruit

Breakfasts: Oatmeal with Walnuts, Raisins, and Almond Milk or Green Monster Smoothie with added flax seed oil and chia seeds, or Frozen Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Banana, and Spinach Smoothies with added Chia Seeds


Homemade Goodies: Paleo Bread, Homemade Granola (we add nuts) with peaches,

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly Shopping Trips

I've been dealing with autoimmune issues for several years, and am starting to get a bit desperate. With that in mind, I've decided to cut out wheat for a month to see if there is any discernible improvement in my joint pain and neuromuscular symptoms. With that in mind, I have quite a few gluten-free recipes picked from several blogs that I will start trying this week.


I spent $98 at the specialty store buying organic produce, local eggs, pork, beef, and chicken, and organic milk.


$45 at the health food store sticking up on chia seeds (going to add to my morning green monster or fruit and spinach smoothies), agave nectar, and non-wheat flours. I plan on making this Paleo Bread.


Of course, some bulk dates for husband to top on my homemade granola.

And these are organic basil, rosemary, parley, and mint to plant in the indoor kitchen herb garden I am working on.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Shopping Trip


This weekend was my son's 4th birthday party. Alas- I forgot to take pictures of my shopping trips, but it was more than my usual budget: $119 at Kroger and $26 at the health food store. We sent the kids home with paper sacks full of raisins, Annie's Organic Bunnies, and fruit juice.

I pretty much bough everything pre-made and ready to pop in the oven. The cake and cupcakes were fabulous, made by my friend who has her own homegrown Bridget's Bake Shop. We spent another $50 on wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and $50 for the cake and cupcakes. We fed 40 adults and kids, and had a great time.

Now, of course, it's time to get back on the horse! This week we'll be eating a lot of bean dishes and need to use of the leftover veggies and fruit.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Menu Plan Monday







Monday: Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers

Tuesday: Spanish Rice with Black Beans

Wednesday: Falafel, Cucumbers, Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: Homemade Pizza with Cheese and Peppers

Friday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Balsamic Onions

Saturday: birthday party for my son, party leftovers for dinner

Sunday: hunt and peck, leftovers. Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast

Breakfasts continue to be Green Monster or Spinach and Fruit Smoothies

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Shopping Trips


This week's Kroger trip: $74.71 in food. $8 of that was for juice boxes for birthday party attendees. I otherwise never buy them. (Also spent $15 in plastic cups, paper treat bags, baby wipes, and a birthday gift for my son's birthday next weekend.) I got two 40-count Comforts Wipes for $0.40 each with coupons.

My main frugal food strategy is cooking from scratch and using vegetarian meals several times a week.

CVS trip for this week: Paid $1.35 out of pocket, used $8 in ECBs, and got $5.75 in ECBs back.

Planning on going back to get 8 Aquafresh for Kids toothpastes. It will cost $7.54 out of pocket with coupons. I will use my $5.75 in ECBs, and actually pay  $1.69 out of pocket and get $5 ECBs back. I will have to stretch this transaction between 2-3 different stores, so I am not cleaning out the shelves.


These peppers were a gift from Mom. She found them marked down at Meijer today. She got 12 peppers and spent $6. We are making a double batch of Roasted Red Pepper Pasts tomorrow night and the rest of the peppers will be frozen for later use.

CVS trip from last week: Blink tears and 2 Colgate Max toothpastes: Paid $6.96 out of pocket, used $8.99 in ECBs, got $8 in ECBs back.

Walgreens trip: Paid $6 out of pocket for U by Kotex tampons, got $6 back in Register Rewards. Got Youth Code Gel Facial Wash for 25% off.

Walmart: I was able to score three FREE Reach dental flosses. I have 17 coupons left, and will be hitting both Target and Walmart, as they regularly have Reach for $0.99, making them free with $1 coupons.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Green WHAT?


What do you get when you combine fresh spinach, a banana, peanut butter, and unsweetened almond milk...


...and spin it around in a food processor for a few minutes?

Why, a delicious and healthy Green Monster Smoothie!

I admit, the color is off-putting. I wasn't sure if I had the cojones to try it. I really didn't believe that you couldn't taste the spinach.

Trust me- you can't taste it. All I can taste is peanut butter and banana. It's quite good, and hey- you're getting your green leafies, right?

This is now my breakfast 3-4 mornings a week.