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First Week at May 30 - June 5 Prices

Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 1 -
Breakfast - eggs, butter, canalope
Lunch - Lentil Soup, sour cream, cheddar
Supper - chicken skins, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian Dressing

Day 2 -
Breakfast - yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch - lettuce, eggs, ranch, Basic Salad Mix
Supper - pork chop, Ginger Stir Fry Broccoli, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing

Day 3 -
Breakfast - eggs, butter, canalope
Lunch - salade of cabbage, carrot, mayo, mustard, vinegar, liquid splenda, eggs, sunflower seeds, onion, hot dog
Supper - roast chicken, Sag Paneer

Day 4 -
Breakfast - yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch - cheese omelet, lettuce, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix
Supper - Microwave Spinach Lasagna, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing

Day 5 -
Breakfast - eggs, butter, canalope
Lunch - Lentil Soup, jumbo frank, cheddar
Supper - Asian PB Pork Chop, Ginger Stir Fry Broccoli

Day 6 -
Breakfast - yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch - salad of tuna, celery, mayo, egg, Basic Salad Mix; celery with peanut butter
Supper - Creamy Winey Chicken over frozen broccoli

Day 7
Breakfast - eggs, butter, canalope
Lunch - lettuce, chicken, egg, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing, mayo
Supper - Microwave Spinach Lasagna, lettuce, Basic Salad Mix, Italian dressing

Total cost of food eaten this week was $23.73, or an average of $3.39 per day.

Average calories per day was 1773, fat was 133 grams, protein 93 grams, total carbs 48 grams, fiber 15 grams, net carbs averaged 33 grams per day.

Links to this week's recipes -

Creamy Winey Chicken - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Lentil Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Ranch Dressing - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

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

Ginger Stir Fry Broccoli - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Microwave Spinach Lasagna - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Crockpot Asian Peanut Butter Pork - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Sag Paneer (Spinach) - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai


Free low carb kindle cookbooks

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I was at amazon.com today for some reason (I don't even remember why or whether I did what needed to be done there!) and thought I'd see if they had any new low carb cookbooks for free. They do! At least, they're new since the last time i looked. Here are some of the ones I found. I haven't looked at them yet, but maybe there's something there that would interest you. As I understand it, you can get free Kindle for PC software so you can essentially turn your PC into a kindle, in case you don't actually have one of the handy little devices.

Zero Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Susan Sterling. (Not that they're really zero carb, of course. It looks like she just took regular recipes and if there was something with carbs, said to get a zero carb version of it. Zero carb marinara sauce? Give me a break! With tomatoes? But, that aside, and recognizing that most things are going to have more than -0- carbs, some of the recipes look interesting. There are some other Zero Carb Cookbooks, too, and I assume the same applies to them. But, after all, the cookbooks are free.)

0 Carb Cookbook, by Susan Sterling. See comment above.

20 Incredible Coconut Flour Recipes, by Marissa Paine. Some should be low carb, anyway.

300 Low Carb Slow Cooker Recipes, by Dana Carpender. If it's by Dana, it's got to be good!

Best of Grain Free Meal Plans, Volume I, by Cara Faus. Again, some at least should be low carb.

Blood Sugar Diet Recipes, by Stephen Robinson. "For preventing diabetes" so it's hard to tell what it will recommend.

Cave Wraps: 40 Fast and Easy Paleo Recipes, by Ivy Martin. Paleo isn't necessarily low carb, but a lot of it is.

Paleo Diet Handbook: Quick and Easy Paleo Diet Recipes, by Michael Thomas and Eric Edwards

Paleo Recipes for Slow Cookers and Crockpots, by Stephanie Haber

Quick and Easy Chicken and Seafood Paleo Entrees, by George Bryant and Abel James

The Extreme Fat Burning Protein Diet, by Scott Warren

The Paleo Aficionado Chicken Recipe Cookbook, by Amanda Matthews

The Paleo Cookbook (Dinner Edition), by Ryan E. Taylor

The Paleolithic Diet - What it is and why it works, by Mackenzie Jagger

The Paleolithic Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Amy Atlas, Jeremy L, et al

The Ultimate Low Carb Diet Cookbook, by Donna Pliner Rodnitzky

Wheat Belly Trying Gluten Free, by Ravi Kishore

Wheat Free Cookbook, by Marcia Hansen

Zero Carb Appetizer Cookbook

And then I had trouble connecting with amazon so I quit. Anyway, you get the picture. There are lots of free electronic cookbooks available, as well as all the recipes online. I happen to like reading cookbooks, so findng so many free ones is great.

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CANYON_GAL 1/28/2014 8:24AM

    I just looked up "The Extreme Fat Burning Protein Diet" book and my kindle store gave me a price of $8.97. But I do have "My Grain Brain Cookbook" & " Unravelling Paleo" which were both free

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Stuffed Peppers of Many Kinds

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kyndra Holley, who writes the Peace, Love and Low Carb blog, has recipes for at least half a dozen kinds of stuffed peppers. It seems like she takes recipes that need to be held in something (like tacos, or pizza) and uses the pepper shells to hold them. A great idea! I can get big peppers for 50 cents during the summer at the Farmers Market, which would be the time to try them.

Here are links to her recipes:

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers -

Hawaiian Pizza Stuffed Peppers - peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/sea

Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Peppers - peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/201

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers - peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/201

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers - peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/201

Kitchen Sink Stuffed Peppers - peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/201

And I thought I saw a recipe for Taco Stuffed Peppers, but maybe that was someone else using the same idea.

I haven't tried any of these, but it sounds like a way to sort of fancy up a meal and make the meat go farther, especially if you grow your own peppers or have access to cheap ones at the Farmers Market.

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ADZY86 5/30/2013 4:36PM

    Yum yum! I'm experimenting with not eating cheese so I think I'll make a version if the sloppy joes one this weekend. Thanks x

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NAYPOOIE 5/30/2013 2:12PM

    I've made a sloppy joe stuffed pepper (a little simpler than this one), and I love them.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/30/2013 1:40PM

    Thank You! emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 5/30/2013 9:16AM

    Thank you so much for sharing these links. I make a very similar stuffed pepper with ground turkey, salsa, corn black beans and cheddar cheese..... delish!! I can't wait to try some of these others. Most are low cal and will make a great summer meal!! emoticon emoticon

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E_COYNE 5/30/2013 9:11AM

  I will have to try the Lasagna stuffed peppers! YUM!

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May 30 - June 5 Prices

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Another week without great sales. Sigh. Oh well. I did better last "month" without good sales than I did the first couple of "months" when there were some good prices. I guess practice makes perfect.

I'm going to focus again on sides this month. Also at least 8 servings each of chicken, pork, beef and fish. And making my own, hopefully healthier - at least with fewer additives - dressings, sauces, etc.

So here's what's on sale this week.

Walmart -
Tomatoes-on-the-vine - $1.44/lb
b/s chicken breast - $1.99/lb

Aldi -
multicolored peppers - $1.49/3 pack
pinot grigio (white wine) - $2.89/750 ml
ham, turkey or chicken sandwich meat - $3.29/lb
strawberries - 99 cents/lb

Kroger -
milk - $1.00/half gallon
sour cream - $1.00/pint
frozen veggies - $1.00/12-16 oz
assorted pork chops - $1.77/lb
cantalope - $1.97 each
Dannon yogurt - $2.00/quart

Marsh -
watermelon halves or quarters - 59 cents per pound
watermelon slices - 99 cents per pound
John Morrell smoked or polish sausage - 98 cents/9 oz
bone in chicken breast - 99 cents/lb
fresh green beans - $1.49/lb
zucchini or yellow squash - $1.49/lb
milk - $2.19/gallon
boneless country style ribs - $2.49/lb
chef's prime roast (from the pork loin) - $2.49/lb
rib end pork loin roast - $2.49/lb
boneless chuck roast - $2.99/lb

So it looks like mostly chicken and pork this week, with maybe a cantalope instead of or in addition to the strawberries.

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GEMINIGEM6 5/29/2013 4:22PM

    You're doing great. And I know exactly how it is to shop on a very low budget. Lawd knows. Lol.

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BUDGETMAW 5/29/2013 3:55PM

  Way to go! Congratulations!

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MYBULLDOGS 5/29/2013 3:14PM

    i buy chicken when its on sale and freeze it.

i lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products.
at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day.

you can do it.

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May 22 - 29 Prices Wrap-Up

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

As I said, I somehow got through the month spending only $109.71! Ive tried to figure out what I did differently, and the only thing that jumped out at me was I kept my breakfasts simple and cheap. And I made my own yogurt, for way less than it would have cost me to buy it ready-made. Oh yeah, and I used half and half instead of whipping cream, for less than half the cost.

Heres what I bought for the 28 days

2 10-lb bags of chicken leg quarters @ $5.90/bag
2 lbs hamburger @ $2.50/lb
1 lb Jumbo Franks @ $1.00
4 lbs pork ribs @ $1.79/lb

1 lb butter @ $2.49/lb
2 8-oz bricks cheddar @ $1.79/brick
24 oz cottage cheese @ $2.29/24 oz
2 8-oz blocks of cream cheese @ $1.00/block
7 dozen eggs @ $1.21/dozen
1 quart half and half @ $1.49/qt
1 pint sour cream @ $1.00/pint
1 gallon whole milk @ $2.39/gallon (to make the yogurt)
1 small carton yogurt @ 50 cents (yogurt starter)

3.25 lbs cabbage @49 cents/lb
2 lbs carrots @ 1.29/2 lbs
1 head cauliflower @$3.58/head
1 cucumber @ 54 cents each
2 lbs frozen broccoli @ 98 cents/lb
26 oz bag frozen spinach @ $1.98/bag
2 green peppers @ 64 cents each
3 pack of romaine @ $2.49/pack
2 2lb bags of onions @ 99 cents per bag
3 lbs strawberries @ 99 cents per lb

2 cans green beans @ 49 cents/can
2 cans hominy @ $1.58/can
1 can mackerel @ $1.39/can
1 30-oz jar mayo @ $1.99/jar
1 12-oz jar mustard @ $1.19/jar
1 17-oz bottle of pure (not EVOO) olive oil $2.68/bottle
1 can pumpkin @ 99 cents per can
Salt and pepper pack @ $1.29 per pack
Smallest bottle soy sauce @ $1.50/bottle (guess)
1 bottle liquid splenda @ $2.98/bottle
1 bottle steak sauce @ 99 cents per bottle
1 bottle hot sauce (Tabasco-ish) @ 89 cents per bottle
2 cans tomatoes @ 59 cents/can
2 cans tomato sauce @ 29 cents/can
2 cans tuna @69 cents/can
1 bottle wine vinegar @ $2.00/bottle (guess)

1 lb barley @ $2.00/lb (guess)
1 jar of each of the following, at 50 cents/jar
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Italian herb blend
Onion powder
Wee bit of each of the following, at 50 cents each (guess)
Red pepper flakes
1 lb flax seed @ $1.99/lb
3 oz peanut butter @ $3.39/lb
2 lb sunflower seeds @ $2.50 per lb

For a total of $109.71, I averaged 20 oz a day of meat/eggs/cheese/yogurt (ounce for ounce except for the yogurt, and I figured one cup was equivalent to 1 ounce of protein), and 12 ounces a day of veggies. And another 2 ounces a day of strawberries. All of these are as purchased, so some of them include some waste.

One of my goals when I started this month was to get more variety by having at least 8 meals each of fish, beef, pork and chicken. The chicken was easy, since its the cheapest. I had two meals of Cabbage and Mackerel Salad and 3 meals of tuna salad. Three meals of Hamburger Barley Soup and four of Pumpkin, Spinach and Hamburger Casserole. Four servings of Cherokee Pork Chili and 3 of BBQ pork ribs. So I almost made it, though I forgot that the Hamburger Barley Soup only makes 3 servings instead of 4.

The other goal was to focus on sides. I guess Id call that one a success, too. I made my own salad dressings Italian and Ranch. My own barbeque sauce. A Basic Salad Mix of chopped veggies that I added to salads, though I seem to have forgotten about that after the first two weeks. Also Broccoli Casserole, Fauxtato Salad, Coleslaw, and Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad. And, in terms of trying to make things a bit healthier than just buying the cheapest version of things I could find, I made my own yogurt and, as I said, my own salad dressings, too.

And I even managed to sneak in two Memorial Day dinners! I planned the first one for Week 3, in case there wasnt enough money left for Week 4. And then I did another one in Week 4.

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AMARIE013 5/28/2013 9:39PM

  emoticon Now THAT is inspiring!!!

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