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A month's food from this week's ads

Monday, April 29, 2013

I decided to see whether I could do a whole month's (28 days, just because it's easier!) on a Food Stamp Budget, using a single week's grocery ads and prices. It comes out to about $125 for the 28 days, so that's what I'm going with. I have the whole month's menus and shopping list worked out, and am going back now and fine tuning after putting everything in the nutrition tracker. If you're interested, I put this week's food into the January 2010 tracker.

There weren't many good bargains this week, so I'm relying on hamburger (one of the few good sales at $1.97 per pound) and chicken leg quarters (10 pounds for $5.90 is the regular price at Walmart). The only other meat you'll see this week is canned tuna and canned mackerel. I did try to find a variety of dishes using hamburger and chicken so it didn't get too boring. So far, some of the prices are just guesstimates. I'll check on what they are this week after I get things fine-tuned.

Here's the menu for the first week:

Day 1 -
Breakfast - eggs scrambled in butter
Lunch - salad of tuna, egg, mayo, lettuce
Supper - skins from a 10 pound bag of chicken leg quarters (you'd be surprised at how much protein there is in the skins!) and a leq quarter

Day 2 -
Breakfast - eggs scrambled in butter
Lunch - Peanut Butter Vegetable Soup
Supper - Fried Hamburger, Carrot, Cabbage and Onion

Day 3 -
Breakfast - eggs scrambled in butter (or you could boil them or fry them or poach them...)
Lunch - Emerald Soup (cabbage, spinach and cream), with devilled eggs
Supper - Chicken Spinach Casserole

Day 4 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter, again
Lunch - Peanut Butter Vegetable Soup, devilled egg
Supper - Taco Zucchini Casserole, lettuce, sour cream

Day 5 -
Breakfast - the usual - eggs and butter
Lunch - Emerald Soup (cabbage, spinach and cream), with devilled eggs
Supper - Chicken Spinach Casserole

Day 6 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter, again
Lunch - Peanut Butter Vegetable Soup, devilled egg
Supper - Taco Zucchini Casserole, lettuce, sour cream

Day 7 -
Breakfast - eggs cooked in butter
Lunch - Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper - chicken, green beans and drippings

This averages 1678 calories per day, 130 grams of fat, 96 grams of protein, 27 total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, and 18 net carbs.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BUDGETMAW 4/29/2013 2:56PM

  The menus are in my SparkRecipes collection. I'll be posting them here in the blog, too, as it seems to be hard to get them from either my food tracker or my SR collection unless you're me.

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AUNTWILLIE 4/29/2013 2:31PM

    Sounds really good!
Where are the soup and casserole recipes from?
I tend to eat too many "piece of meat with a side of broccoli" dinners.... I need to add some variety. Your menu sounds really interesting.

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BUDGETMAW 4/29/2013 12:20PM

  4 eggs and a tablespoon of butter

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WOUBBIE 4/29/2013 12:14PM

    I'm sure someone's going to look at your dinner of chicken skin and go Ewwwww!, but Yum! that's the best part!

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NAYPOOIE 4/29/2013 12:05PM

    How many eggs are we talking about for breakfast?

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

I've started a couple of boards on Pinterest. My name there is Mary Anne. One board is Recipes to Try (I haven't tried any of them yet) and the other board is Budget Low Carb, which so far is recipes that I've repinned from Recipes to Try. I haven't tried any of these, either. The ones on Budget Low Carb are ones that I have eyeballed to cost less than $1.50 per serving, using this week's sale prices. You'll see a lot of hamburger recipes there, because 73% ground beef is $1.97 this week. Actually, I guess the recipes will end up being ones that I eyeballed to cost less than $1.50 per serving sometime, as I will be moving recipes based on each week's sales. But, since your sales probably won't be the same as mine, and your regular prices aren't the same either, I guess it doesn't much matter.



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I've posted before about Juanita's Mexican Style Hominy. Judy Barnes Baker, who wrote Carb Wars, said that she had checked with the company about the very low carb count (10 total carbs per half cup, 4 grams of fiber, so 6 net carbs) and they assured her that it was the result of testing and was correct. Someone recently asked her again, she asked the company again, and they, again, insisted it was right. Then someone who didn't believe it convinced the company to retest it (the original testing was 60 years ago!) and the numbers came out very different. Now they're saying 19 total carbs, 3 grams of fiber, for a net of 16 carbs per half cup! A huge difference!

Anyway, wanted to pass that on since I have recommended the hominy in the past. It's a shame, too, because it's cheap!


Mackerel and Cabbage Salad

Friday, April 12, 2013

A while ago I posted about a Tuna and Cabbage Salad I made, based on a recipe from Monday to Friday Cookbook. The original recipe called for mackerel but what I had was tuna. It was ok. Not great, but ok. I got a can of mackerel so I could try it as written (more or less - I seldom really follow a recipe!) and made it this week. It was much better with the mackerel than with the tuna. Basically it's just coleslaw (lots of shredded cabbage, some chopped onion, mayo, rice vinegar, pepper, cayenne and fresh parsley) with a can of drained mackerel added. It came to about $2 for a big bunch of the stuff. I ate it for two lunches though it could easily have been enough for three. The original recipe suggests serving it on a bed of lettuce and/or tomatoes. I can't really see serving it on lettuce, except maybe a bit of lettuce for presentation, but I do think that some halved cherry tomatoes would have been good in it. Or some chopped summer tomatoes. But I think the cherry tomatoes would be best.

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DIET_FRIEND 4/12/2013 11:35AM

    I've never eaten canned mackerel. I prefer fillets to canned fish, so I'll never be a true budget-maw! I still enjoy reading your posts and considering new ways to fix foods with budgeting and low carb eating as the foundation. Keep on posting.

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More egg recipes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Here are links to more egg recipes that sound good and that are a bit different from the quiche/omelet/frittata type of thing.

CHICKEN ENCHILADA (uses a thin egg sheet instead of burrito) girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com

CHICKEN CURRY CLAFOUTI (a sort of chicken curry quiche sort of thing)

COCONUT PANCAKES (coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so very little is needed) girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com

MCSOG BREAKFAST SANDWICH (a paleo version of a McDonald's breakfast sandwich, using coconut flour pancakes) sonofgrok.com

MUFARRAKA (chicken liver, chicken gizzard and egg fried things) westonaprice.org

OOPSIE PIZZA (uses the famous Oopsie Roll as crust) girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com

PIZZA BITES (mini pizza quiche cups) lowcarbdiets.about.com

And don't forget the basics, like Oopsie Rolls, Egg Salad, custards, pumpkin pie, cheese cake, Egg Drop Soup, merangues, etc.


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