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Final wrap up of last month

Thursday, May 02, 2013

For the month, I averaged 1660 calories per day, 127 grams of fat, 95 grams of protein, 33 total grams of carbs, 11 grams of fiber, and 22 net carbs per day. Which are all right around where I'd like them to be, though the calories could be a bit higher. I averaged just over a pound of meat per day and a pound of veggies per day.

Here are links to all of the recipes this month:

Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stew -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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il.asp?recipe=2369157

Best meatloaf -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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il.asp?recipe=2408374

Zucchini Beef Pie -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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il.asp?recipe=2474436

Spinach Lasagna -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
ta
il.asp?recipe=2474584

Cabbage and Mackerel Salad -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=2457505>

Chicken Spinach Casserole (aka Spinach Chicken Bake) -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>

Taco Zucchini Casserole -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>

Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>

Hamburger Soup -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2474020>

Best Meatloaf -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2408374

Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=2473734

Emerald Soup
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=2473751


So that's it for last "month," which used the prices that things were actually available on Wednesday of this week, since that's when I did my shopping. Next "month" will be moslty pork and chicken, since Marsh has a good sale on pork this week. 98 cents a pound for a pack that contains chops, ribs and a roast. It's a big chunk of meat that they cut up that way. They cut it themselves at the store, and I have been known to ask them to cut it differently for me, which they did. I'm not sure what would happen if I asked them to roughly bone it and then grind the meat for me. It might be worth trying sometime.

  


Shopping list and budget and how I did

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ok, my budget for the month (28 days) was $125, which was the average food stamps benefit received for a single person in 2011, adjusted to 28 days. Of that, I spent $124.64. And that's just how much it turned out to be. I wasn't really trying to get it that close! I have very little left over - some sunflower seeds, condiments, things like that. Here's what I bought:

From Aldi
13 doz eggs @ 1.19/doz
2 lb butter @ 2.29/lb
1 pint heavy whipping cream @ 1.99/pint
1 lb cheddar cheese @ 1.79/8 oz
1 pint sour cream @1.29/pint
8 oz mozzarella @ 1.79/8oz
5 oz parmesan @ 1.99/5 oz
4 cans tuna @ .69/can
4 cans green beans @ .49/can
2 cans tomatoes @ .59/can
1 can pumpkin @ .99/can
1 jar (30 oz) mayo @ 1.99/jar
1 jar cumin @ .99/jar
1 jar onion powder @ .99/jar
1 jar Dijon mustard @ 1.19/jar
2 lbs carrots @1.39/2 lbs
3 lbs onions @1.89/3 lbs

From Walmart
1 pint ricotta @1.94/pint
10 lbs chicken leg quarters @ 5.90/10 lbs
2 big cans mackerel @1.38/can
1 lb ham hocks @1.98/lb
1 package (12 oz) turkey franks @.98/package
2 packs (3 heads each) romaine @2.49/pack
1 head cauliflower @ 2.58/head
1 head celery @ 1.68/head
2 lbs frozen broccoli @ .98/lb
2 bags (26 oz each) frozen spinach @ 1.98/bag
1 bulb garlic (3 oz) @ 3.48/lb
5 lb cabbage @.44 /lb
1 bottle liquid splenda @ 2.98/bottle
1 lb sunflower seeds @ 2.50/lb
1 bottle vinegar @ .96/bottle
1 jar chili powder @ .50/jar
1 jar garlic powder @ .50/jar
1 jar dried parsley @ .50/jar
1 jar Italian seasoning @ .50/jar
1 can (14 oz) spaghetti sauce @ 1.00/can

From Kroger (all on sale)
6 lb ground beef @1.97/lb
2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts @1.87/lb
4.5 lb zucchini @ .88/lb
1 bottle ranch dressing @1.00/bottle

And I just estimated these prices, since I haven't been to the right store to check prices -
1 T cayenne - 1.00
1 T paprika - 1.00
8 oz peanut butter - 3.00/lb (fresh ground)




  
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NAYPOOIE 5/3/2013 1:59AM

    Maw, you are a treasure.

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KICK-SS 5/1/2013 10:52PM

    Wow! I'm not patient enough to track everything like that... Good for you!!

My Mother used to do that, maybe not quite that close, but pretty detailed. Guess I had to keep detailed records of a lot of other stuff over the years, I just never did with foods and stuff..

I have all due respect tto those who have to live on such a limited food budget and am amazed at those that can make their food stamps last for the whole month, I know it's NOT easy to do. More power to them!!!!

Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 10:53:19 PM

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ZELDA13 5/1/2013 8:56PM

    Great job! I also try to stick to a reasonable budget for groceries. So far the best I've been able to do was about $5.00/day for each of us. I will take pointers from your list.

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Week 4 Menus

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Day 22 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup; devilled eggs
Supper - Zucchini Beef Pie, broccoli, drippings

Day 23 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of chicken, egg, mayo, celery
Supper - meatloaf, broccoli, drippings

Day 24 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - green beans, turkey franks, onion; devilled eggs
Supper - Spinach Lasagna, romaine, dressing

Day 25 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Pumpkin, Cabaage and Chicken Stoup; devilled egg
Supper - Zucchini Beef Pie, lettuce, dressing, sunflower seeds

Day 26 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of cabbage, onion, egg, mayo
Supper - Taco Zucchini Casserole, lettuce, dressing

Day 27 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of tuna, egg, mayo, celery
Supper - Spinach Lasagna, broccoli, drippings

Day 28 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup; devilled eggs
Supper - Hamburger Soup

Average calories per day = 1693; fat = 128 grams; protein = 99 grams; total carbs = 36 grams; fiber = 11 grams; net carbs = 25 grams

  
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CREEKLADY1 5/1/2013 3:48PM

  Sounds good...

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Week 3 menues

Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 15 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of cauliflower, eggs, ranch, sunflower seeds
Supper - chicken, zucchini chips, lettuce, dressing

Day 16 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup; eggs and mayo in celery sticks
Supper - meatloaf, green beans, drippings

Day 17 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of chicken, egg, mayo, celery
Supper - Zucchini Beef Pie, broccoli

Day 18 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - soup of broth, eggs, spinach and carrot (and whatever other veggies happen to be lying around needing to be used up), peanut butter on romaine leaves
Supper - meatloaf, broccoli, drippings

Day 19 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper - Spinach Lasagna, zucchini, carrot

Day 20 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - salad of chicken, egg, mayo, celery
Supper - Zucchini Beef Pie, broccoli

Day 21 -
Breakfast - eggs and butter
Lunch - Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper - Spinach Lasagna, zucchini, carrot

Links to recipes -

Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stew -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2369157

Best meatloaf -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2408374

Zucchini Beef Pie -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2474436

Spinach Lasagna -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2474584

And the Zucchini Chips, from Vittles and Bits, are just thinly sliced zucchini, sprayed with canola oil (or I would brush them with a bit of drippings or butter), VERY lightly sprinkled with seasonings (the chips shrink so use less than you think you should), then bake at 225 for 45 minutes, rotate sheet and bake another 30 - 50 minutes.


  
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CHOCOHIPPO 4/29/2013 10:16PM

    These menus sound delish!

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Week 2

Monday, April 29, 2013

Here's my menu for week 2 of this month.

Day 8 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - salad of cauliflower, eggs, ranch, sunflower seeds
Supper - hamburger soup

Day 9 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper - Chicken Spinach Casserole, lettuce, dressing

Day 10 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - Chicken Veggie Soup
Supper - Taco Zucchini Casserole, lettuce, sour cream

Day 11 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - salad of cabbage, onion, mayo, eggs, sunflower seeds
Supper - Hamburger Soup

Day 12 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Supper - Chicken Spinach Casserole, lettuce, dressing


Day 13 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup
Supper - Taco Zucchini Casserole, lettuce, sour cream

Day 14 -
Breakfast - eggs with butter
Lunch - tuna, egg, mayo, celery
Supper - meatloaf, broccoli, carrot, dripping

Average daily calories are 1634, protein is 125 grams, protein 92 grams, total carbs 35 grams, fiber 11 grams, and net carbs 24 grams per day.

  
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BUDGETMAW 4/29/2013 3:50PM

  Here are links to this week's recipes.

Cabbage and Mackerel Salad -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2457505>
Chicken Spinach Casserole (aka Spinach Chicken Bake) -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>
Taco Zucchini Casserole -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>
Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stoup -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2378545>
Hamburger Soup -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2474020>
Best Meatloaf -
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2408374


Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 4:04:26 PM

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WALLINMW 4/29/2013 3:01PM

  Stay on track!

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