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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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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! I’ve 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.

Here’s 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 it’s 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 I’d 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 wasn’t enough money left for Week 4. And then I did another one in Week 4.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMARIE013 5/28/2013 9:39PM

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Week 4 at May 22 -29 prices

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A very strange month. I somehow ended up spending less than $110. I went back and double checked my protein, and it’s right. I didn’t double check all of it, though.

Anyway, here’s the last week at May 22 – 29 prices.

Day 22 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of chicken, celery, egg, mayo, sunflower seeds
Supper – BBQ chicken leg quarter, Fauxtato Salad

Day 23 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, celery with cream cheese
Supper – Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole; lettuce with dressing

Day 24 – (Memorial Day)
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, lettuce, dressing, cheddar cheese
Supper – BBQ pork ribs, Fauxtato Salad, carrot and sunflower seed salad

Day 25 -
Breakfast – cottage cheese, flax, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of bbq pork, cauliflower, onion, mayo, mustard
Supper – roasted chicken leg, Broccoli Casserole

Day 26 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – salad of chicken, celery, mayo, egg, sunflower seeds
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 27 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, sour cream, lettuce, dressing
Supper – BBQ pork ribs, coleslaw

Day 28 -
Breakfast – yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds, half and half, cinnamon, strawberries
Lunch – Chicken Soup, celery, cream cheese
Supper – jumbo franks, coleslaw

I’m intrigued with the idea of trying to spend zilch on food one week, as in The $21 Challenge. Though they give you up to $21 to spend. Anyway, I thought I’d see if I could get through the whole week without buying anything. I could have, but I caved and bought another pound of strawberries. The Chicken Soup is something I concocted from what I had on hand. It sounds pretty good, actually.

Average calories were 1820 per day, fat was 131 grams, protein 101 grams, total carbs 60 grams, fiber 19 grams, net carbs averaged 41 per day.

Here the links to the recipes -

Broccoli Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Basic BBQ Sauce - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

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

Hamburger Barley Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

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

Fauxtato Salad - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

Coleslaw - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai


Week 3 at May 22 - 29 Prices

Monday, May 27, 2013

Funny, last “week” I had to work to get my costs down. This week they’re lower than usual without any work on my part.

Day 15 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – lettuce, eggs, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – BBQ chicken, Fauxtato Salad, Coleslaw

Day 16 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – Cream of Spinach Soup
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 17 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – Cabbage Salad (leftover coleslaw with eggs and cheddar cheese)
Supper – jumbo franks, Fauxtato Salad

Day 18 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of tuna, celery, egg, mayo, sunflower seeds, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – BBQ chicken, green beans

Day 19 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – cheese omelet, salad of romaine, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix
Supper – Pumpkin, Spinach & Hamburger Casserole, salad of lettuce, Italian dressing, Basic Salad Mix

Day 20 –
Breakfast – eggs, butter
Lunch – salad of lettuce, chicken, egg, Italian dressing & mayo, sunflower seeds
Supper – Hamburger Barley Soup

Day 21 –
Breakfast – yogurt, sour cream, flax, sunflower seeds, strawberries, cinnamon
Lunch – salad of lettuce, eggs, ranch dressing, Basic Salad Mix, sunflower seeds
Supper – stir fry of BBQ chicken, extra BBQ sauce, cabbage, onion, carrot and oil

Total cost of food eaten was $22.23, or an average of $3.18 per day.

Average daily calories were 1790, fat was 135 grams, protein was 90 grams, total carbs was 54 grams, fiber was 17 grams, and net carbs averaged 37 per day.

Links to recipes -

Ranch Dressing (Thanks, Faith!) -


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