Sunday, July 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Mushroom Risotto, Sliced Tomatoes

Tuesday: Turkey Zucchini Burgers, Corn on the Cob, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

Thursday: leftover beef and cabbage

Friday: BLTs, Tomatoes, Salad

Saturday: dinner out

Sunday: hunt and peck

Treat: Pumpkin Bread

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Weekly Shopping

CSA Share: 3 lb potatoes, 3 lb carrots, 2 large yellow squashes, 1 lb green beans, 2 quarts tomatoes, 1 small watermelon, 5 ears corn, a pint of fresh blackberries: $22

Dorothy Lane Market:
3 homemade soups: $14.97
2 Organic Valley Chocolate Soy Milks: $5.28
Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk: $2.99
Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Bologna: $3.99
1 lb Organic Grass-fed Local Beef: $7.99
Mushrooms: $2
2 lbs local peaches: $4.24
Organic parsley: $1.99
Romaine Lettuce: $3.29
Organic Apple Juice: $4.45
Tomato Paste: $0.79
Canned Tomatoes: $6.75
Organic Salsa: $3.79
Bacon: $4
Organic Ezekial Bread: $4.29


3 chocolate almond milks: $9
4 Vanilla Soy Dream quarts: $8




We'll also have to hit the health food store for a few more yogurts and some waffles, for an additional $10. No homemade yogurt this week. Our daughter has been very ill with croup/asthma and was almost hospitalized. Experimentations planned for next weekend.

Number of items: 39
Number organic: 22
Percent organic: 54%

Monday, July 22, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: clean out the fridge- hunt and peck

Monday: Mexican Baked Eggs With Black Beans

Tuesday: Arby's Sandwiches (did you see the July 23rd only deal to get a sandwich for $0.64?) and Oven Roasted Veg for adults, freezer chicken nuggets and veg for kids

Wednesday: Turkey Zucchini Burgers (local Bowman Landes Turkey), corn on the cob, Homemade Fridge Pickles, Salad

Thursday: Slow Cooker Falafel, Sliced Fresh Cucumbers, Tomatoes

Friday: BLTs, Salad

Saturday: Afternoon Birthday Party, hunt and peck at home dinner

Home-prepared this week:

Freezer Bean Burritos

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Vegan Muffins

Homemade Granola

Hundreds more menu plans HERE!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekly Shopping

Weekly CSA box from Fulton Farms (2 cabbages, quart tomatoes, 1 large zucchini, 1 beet, 1 kohlrabi, 4 yellow squash, 8 carrots, 3 cucumbers, 3 ears of corn): $22

Health Food Unlimited:
2 bunches organic bananas: $4.70
2 boxes Earth's Best Organic Waffles: $7.58
3 4-packs Silk Soy Yogurt: $14.97 (Whole Soy out of stock due to factory issues)
Applegate Farms Organic Bacon: $ 4.99
Tree of Life Organic Ketchup: $2.27
Organic Lettuce: $3.09
Mushroom Broth: $4.59
1.7 lb Organic Dried Navy Bean: $2.91
1.3 lb Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds: $9.43
2 lb Organic Quick Oats: $3.01


Organic Ezekial Bread: $3.49
Skyline Frozen Chili Spaghetti: $3.49
Organic Apple Juice: $3.49
Ginger Snaps: $2.99
2 cans Pringles: $3
Kroger Croutons: $1
Kroger Canola Oil: $2.58
LaRosa's Spaghetti Sauce: $2.99
Deli Swiss Cheese: $3.25
Deli Roast Beef: $4.87
Deli Pickle Loaf: $3.70
2 Organic Soy Milks: $5
Silk Almond Milk: $2.99
2 8 oz Coppertone Kids Sunscreen (used $5 off 2 coupon): $8.98


Weekly Total: $132.34

Percentage Organic Items: 53 food items/38 organic = 72% organic

Room for improvement: Try to perfect homemade soy yogurt (HUGE expense). I find it difficult to get the soy product to thicken evenly and my kids prefer it thick rather than runny. Also, I'd like to experiment making my own mushroom broth. Right now we do not have room in the freezer, thanks to the summer produce, and we have no additional freezer (we have to rewire the electric in the house before we can add another energy sucking device). The Pringles? Total impulse buy.

Still, we're under $140/week, which is the government's estimates for a "thrifty" plan for a family of 4- and my budget this week included $9 for sunscreen.For food, I averaged $30.75 per person. Almost 3/4 of our food was organic.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Long time no post. This is what happens when you have months of horrific morning sickness.

Saturday: Veggie Infused Meatloaf, Roasted Zucchini,  Potato, and Mushrooms, Oven Roasted Green Beans

Sunday: Roasted Pork Tenderloin, German Potato Salad, Sweet and Sour Slow Cooker Cabbage

Monday: Pasta with Tomato, Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Onions. Turkey Spinach Meatballs.

Tuesday: Herbed Baked Chicken, Roasted Mushrooms, Zucchini, and Onions, Rice cooked in Homemade Chicken Stock

Wednesday: Mexican Baked Eggs, Sliced fresh tomatoes and cucumbers

Thursday: Beef Vegetable Soup in the slow cooker

Friday: leftover soup

Saturday: Grilled Turkey Zucchini Burgers, Grilled Corn, Homemade Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles, Watermelon

Treats: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Muffins

This week we've had LOTS of cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, and cabbage in our CSA share.