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May 23 - 29 Prices

Friday, May 24, 2013

Another week without any great bargains in either protein or veggies. Sigh. Lots of chicken and eggs again this month. Here's the best of what's out there this week.

Kroger -
boneless pork loin hald - $1.77/lb
pork spareribs - $1.47/lb
whole pork shoulder - $1.59/lb
assorted cheeses - $1.99/ pack, 6 - 8 oz each
cream cheese - $1.00/8 oz
sour cream - $1.00/8 oz
green beans - 99 cents/lb
tomatoes-on-the-vine - $1.99/lb
whole seedless watermelon - $3.97/lb (about 10-12 lbs each)
salad dressings - $1.50 each, 12 -16 oz each

March -
country style pork ribs (from the loin) - $1.99/lb
pork shoulder steaks - $1.99/lb
pork spareribs - $1.79/lb
western style pork ribs (from the shoulder) - $1.79/lb
assorted cheeses (6-8 oz each) - $2.00
ricotta - $3.50/30 oz
mushrooms - $1.67/8 oz
"ripe" tomatoes - $1.69/lb
watermelon, half or quarter - 59 cents/lb
whole seedless watermelon (10-12 lbs) - $3.99 each
salad dressings (12-16 oz) - $1.88 each

Aldi -
frozen broccoli spears - 85 cents/lb
strawberries - 99 cents per lb
sweet onions - 99 cents/2lbs (cheaper than the yellow onions!)
dill pickle chips - $1.69/32 oz
dill pickle spears - $1.69/24 oz
steak sauce (A-1 knock-off) - 99 cents/10 oz
vlasic dills - $1.98/24 oz

My plan for the "month" is focus on sides. I've been in a real rut with them, though as I recall our veggies when I was growing up tended to be peas, corn, green beans, baked beans, and mixed veggies. And salads were usually coleslaw, carrot and raison salad, or tossed salad. Not a lot of variety, there, either. Maybe it's the fact that I'm putting together 28 days' worth of menus every week that makes it seem like there's not much variety there.

The other thing that I'm going to try to do is to have at least 8 meals (either lunch or supper) each of pork, beef, fish, and chicken. Mostly chicken, since the leg quarters are always fairly cheap. Again, I'm aiming for variety. The beef is going to be the trickiest.

So, that's the plan for the month. I'd better get to it! It's Friday already.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BUDGETMAW 5/24/2013 4:52PM

  I make a salad like that, Faith, in my real life. Unfortunately, it's too expensive for this challenge. At least, it would be for a main dish salad, where that's all I have for the meal, which is how I usually have it. Hadn't thought about it as a side dish. Hmmmmm...

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NAYPOOIE 5/24/2013 3:16PM

    According to AB, you can make slaw out of most anything.

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LIVINMYDREAMS 5/24/2013 12:57PM

    Hey Maw, I saw a recipe recently for broccoli salad that had broccoli, bacon, mayo and artificial sweetener and maybe vinegar. You could also add red onion, sunflower seeds etc, I thought of that when reading your blog.

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Homemade salad dressings

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Here are links to a few of my favorite homemade salad dressings. Organic cold expeller pressed extra virgin olive oil is, of course, the healthiest, and also by far the most expensive. Use pure olive oil instead to keep the cost down, but don't use canola, safflower, corn, vegetable, sunflower, or other similar oils. Olive oil solidifies in the fridge, so you might need to bring out the dressing a bit before you plan to serve it to give it a time to liquify. If you put it in an old salad dressing bottle or something narrow like that, it will liquify sooner than if it is in a pint jar.

Andi's Greek Salad Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Italian Salad Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Vinaigrette Mayo Salad Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Ginger, Soy and Sesame Marinade and Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

I wish I could find a homemade ranch dressing that I like. I've tried several, but they just don't taste right. I guess they don't have the right chemicals and preservatives.

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DIET_FRIEND 5/24/2013 12:02PM

    I have never had homemade ranch dressing. It would be nice to have a good recipe for it as it is one of the most popular flavors.

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BUDGETMAW 5/23/2013 5:10PM

  Thanks, Faith.

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AVONWITHJENN 5/23/2013 1:23PM

    Yummy! TFS! emoticon

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LIVINMYDREAMS 5/23/2013 11:48AM

    For a ranch type dressing or dip I mix mayo and sour cream some onion powder, garlic powder and a bit of dried parsley flakes. Not bad but kind of thick. I suppose you could thin it down somehow. But I really like the taste.

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MYBULLDOGS 5/23/2013 10:04AM

    emoticon for the recipies

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Shopping list for May 16 - 22 prices

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

For this 28 day month, I bought the following. Almost everything is used up, except of course for things like vinegar and other condiments, herbs and spices, and lettuce.

2 pound bag of catfish nuggets @ $4.98/bag
2 lbs b/s chicken breast @$1.65/lb**
2 10-lb bags chicken leg quarters @ $5.90 per bag
2 lbs sausage @ $2.00 per lb

2 lbs butter @ $1.50/lb**
3 8-oz blocks of cheddar @ $1.79/block
1 qt heavy whipping cream @ $3.86/qt
1 8-oz block cream cheese @ $1.29/block
8 dozen eggs @$1.00/dozen**
3 8-oz blocks Mozzarella @$1.79/block
1 pint sour cream @ $1.29/pint
1 qt yogurt at $2.48/qt

4 lbs cabbage @ 57 cents per lb (ridiculous price!)
1 2-pound bag carrots @ 1.29/bag
1 head cauliflower @ $2.58/head
1 cucumber @ 68 cents each
4 1-lb bags frozen broccoli @ 85 cents per bag**
1 1-lb bag frozen cauliflower @ $1.38/bag
1 26-oz bag frozen spinach @ $1.98/bag
1 head garlic @ $3.86/lb
2 3-packs romaine lettuce @ $2.49/lb
1 3-lb bag onions @$1.89/bag
2 lbs strawberries @ 99 cents per lb**
1/3 lb sweet potato @ $1.00/lb (guess)
1.5 lb zucchini @ 97 cents per lb**

1 can baking powder @ $1.25/can (guess)
1 can mackerel @ $1.38/can
1 jar s/f maple syrup @ $3.50/jar
1 30-oz jar mayo $ $1.99/jar
1 jar Dijon mustard @ $1.29/jar
1 bottle pure olive oil $2.68/bottle
1 can pizza sauce @ 99 cents per can
2 bottles ranch dressing @ $1.39/bottle
Salt and pepper pack @ $1.29/pack
Smallest bottle soy sauce @ $3.00 per bottle (guess)
1 bottle liquid splenda @ $2.98/bottle
1 can tomato sauce @ 29 cents per can
1 can tomatoes @ 59 cents per can
3 cans tuna @ 69 cents per can
1 bottle vanilla extract @ $1.99/bottle
1 bottle vinegar @ 96 cents per bottle
1 bottle Worcestershire sauce @ $1.99/bottle (guess)

1 lb barley @ $2.00/lb (guess)
Tad bit of bay leaves - $1.00 (guess)
Tad bit of Cajun seasoning - $1.00 (guess)
Tad bit of curry powder - $1.00 (guess)
Tad bit of cayenne - $1.00 (guess)
1 jar of cinnamon @ 50 cents/jar
2 oz coconut flour @ $10.00/lb (guess)
8 oz flax seed @$1.99/lb
2 oz grind-your-own peanut butter @ $3.39/lb
1 lb sunflower seeds @ $2.50/lb

Total cost of food purchased - $123.51.

An average of 21 ounces of meat/cheese/eggs per day and 15 oz of vegetables. These weights are as purchased, so the weight of the chicken leg quarters, for example, includes the weight of the bones, but the boneless skinless chicken breasts do not. Cheese is counted as 1 ounce of meat per ounce of cheese. Yogurt is 1 ounce of meat for each cup of yogurt. Eggs are counted as 1 ounce of meat per egg.


Summary of this month's meals

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

yogurt, flaxmeal, sunflower seeds, sour cream, strawberries
cheese omelet
Coconut Flour MIM w/butter, strawberries
MIM/OMM w/butter, eggs w/butter
chicken, onion, butter, sour cream
sausage & eggs
barley w/butter, cream & splenda; strawberries
Broccoli Sausage Quiche

chicken, lettuce, dressing
Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Soup
chicken, celery, mayo
cauliflower, eggs, sunflower seeds, dressing
Broccoli Sausage Quiche w/ sour cream, lettuce w/dressing
tuna, egg, celery, mayo, sunflower seeds
lettuce, eggs, dressing, sunflower seeds
Chicken Crust Pizza
Cabbage Salad
Cabbage and Mackerel Salad
Caribbean Pumpkin Soup, carrots, devilled eggs
tuna, egg, lettuce, dressing, sunflower seeds
Dump Sticky Chicken salad (celery, sunflower seeds, mayo)
Curried Egg and Cauliflower Salad

catfish, coleslaw
chicken w/mozzarella & pizza sauce; lettuce w/dressing
Maple Mustard Chicken, carrot and sunflower seed salad
Chicken Crust Pizza, lettuce, dressing
chicken, creamed spinach
Maple Mustard Chicken, coleslaw
Maple Mustard Chicken, broccoli, carrots
Maple Mustard Chicken, sweet spud w/drippings
roasted chicken, Hellzapoppin Cheese Cauli-rice
Dump Sticky Chicken, fried cabbage
Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Casserole
Cajun Catfish Stew w/sour cream, celery w/ranch
Tuna Cauliflower Casserole, salad
Chicken Ranch Dijon, broccoli
Chicken Ranch Dijon, zucchini
chicken skins, coleslaw
Dump Sticky Chicken, broccoli
Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Casserole, cucumber salad


Week 4 of May 26 - 22 Prices

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have a better understanding for how people can end up out of food at the end of the month. It may not be actually out of food, but out of meals. I had a terrible time figuring out how to put what was left for the fourth week together to make real meals.

Day 22 -
Breakfast yogurt, flaxmeal, sunflower seeds, sour cream, strawberries
Lunch chicken, lettuce, dressing
Supper catfish fried in butter, coleslaw

Day 23
Breakfast cheese omelet
Lunch Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Soup
Supper chicken with mozzarella and pizza sauce, lettuce with dressing

Day 24
Breakfast Coconut Flour MIM with butter, strawberries
Lunch chicken, celery, mayo
Supper Maple Mustard Chicken, carrot and sunflower seed salad

Day 25
Breakfast yogurt, flaxmeal, sunflower seeds, sour cream, strawberries
Lunch salad of cauliflower, eggs, sunflower seeds, ranch dressing
Supper Chicken Crust Pizza, lettuce with dressing

Day 26
Breakfast cheese omelet, strawberries
Lunch chicken, celery, mayo, strawberries
Supper chicken, creamed spinach

Day 27
Breakfast MIM/OMM with butter, eggs with butter
Lunch Broccoli, Spinach and Chicken Soup, strawberries
Supper catfish fried in butter, coleslaw

Day 28
Breakfast chicken, onion, butter and sour cream
Lunch salad of eggs, cauliflower, ranch dressing, sunflower seeds
Supper chicken with mozzarella and pizza sauce, lettuce with dressing

1765 average daily calories, 131 grams of fat, 109 grams of protein, 42 grams of total carbs, 14 grams of fiber, 28 net carbs per day.

Links to this week's recipes -

Coconut Flour MIM - adapted slightly from www.djfoodie.com/aspx/m/OMM-French-T

Chicken Crust Pizza - the chicken crust part of it is from yourlighterside.com/2012/02/low-carb

and then I added pizza sauce and more cheese

Maple Mustard Chicken - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Broccoli Spinach and Chicken Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
with some broth added to it to make it into soup


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