Friday, October 17, 2014

Menu for the week of 10/19 thru 10/25

PORK & BELL PEPPER STIR-FRY

SUNDAY:
Leftover Tijuana Quiche
Leftover Burger Scramble Florentine
Leftover Mushroom Chicken & Sausage Casserole


MONDAY:
Tuna Muffins & Tartar Sauce 
TUESDAY:
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Eggplant Lasagna (if I can get eggplant on sale)
Burgers & Baked Beans
Ham Quiche

THURSDAY:
Pork & Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

FRIDAY:
Leftovers
Pound Cake

SATURDAY:
Sloppy Dog Casserole (new recipe)

POUND CAKE
 

I'm still hoping to find a good price on eggplant. I bought the whole milk mozzarella to make Eggplant Lasagna and now I just need the eggplant. The best price I've seen lately is $1.00 each and I'm hoping to get them 2/$1.00. If they don't go on sale soon, I may just go ahead and pay a buck each for two of them.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shopping List - Week of October 12 - October 18

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

HEB (Tuesday):
12-pack diet soda - $2.25
Coconut curry powder (bulk spices) - $.21
Ground allspice (bulk spices) - .59

TOTAL - $3.24

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Jalapenos @ .79lb - $.94
Onions @ .39lb - $.76
Roma tomatoes @ .89lb - $.41
Garlic @ 1.99lb - $.58
Ham pieces @ 1.99lb - $3.86

TOTAL - $6.55

KROGER (Thursday):
7 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.52
Pork & beans @ .59 (minus 10% discount) - $.53
Coconut @ 1.25 (minus 10% discount) - $1.12
American cheese @ 3.88 (minus 10% discount) - $3.49
Chicken thighs @ .99lb - $5.30
Ice cream @ 2.69 (minus 10% discount) - $2.42
Frozen cauliflower @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Mustard seed @ .99 (minus 10% discount) - $.89 (half price sale on spices this week)

TOTAL - $17.17

WALMART (Thursday):
Q-tips - $1.94
Black card stock - $3.97
Refill size shower spray - $3.67

TOTAL - $10.37

SPROUTS (Thursday):
Boneless chicken thighs @ 1.88lb - $3.82

TOTAL - $3.82

ALDI (Thursday):
8 ounce Colby cheese - $1.99
8 ounce colby jack cheese - $1.99
Dozen eggs - $1.19
2 x 8 ounce cremini mushrooms @ .69 each - $1.38
Cream cheese - $1.29
Pork sausage - $2.89

TOTAL - $10.73

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $51.88

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING

I came in $8.12 under budget this week even though I ended up buying some things that I hadn't planned for. I bought the large refill size of the shower spray and had only planned to buy the regular size. I wasn't planning to buy the mustard seed but I couldn't pass it up for the price. Kroger has most of their brand of spices 50% off this week. I use that whenever I make pickles and that's nearly every week lately. The bone-in chicken thighs were 30-cents more than I was planning to spend but that was as close as I could get to $5.00. Also, the chicken from Sprouts was slightly more than I'd estimated too. Oh, and I got two containers of mushrooms at Aldi and I was only planning to buy one. I'm going to use them when I make my Mushroom Chicken and Sausage Casserole on Sunday. Hopefully they'll stay fresh until then.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping



 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Menu for the week of 10/12 thru 10/18

HOUSTON CHICKEN

SUNDAY:
Leftover Swiss Onion Quiche
Leftover Deep Dish Pizza
Houston Chicken

MONDAY:
Burger Scramble Florentine

TUESDAY:
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Eggplant Lasagna (if I can get eggplant on sale)
Leftovers
Tijuana Quiche

THURSDAY:
Chandran's Chicken Curry

FRIDAY:
Leftovers

SATURDAY:
Leftovers
Tuna Muffins & Tartar Sauce

The Houston Chicken got moved ahead to next week because we have too many other leftovers to use up this week. I wasn't able to get a good price on eggplant this week so I'll try again for next week.


CHANDRAN'S CHICKEN CURRY

TUNA MUFFINS



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shopping List - Week of October 3 - October 11

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

HEB (Tuesday):
2 ice cream @ 3.50 each - $7.00
2 heavy cream @ 3.56 each - $7.12
Garam masala (sold by the pound) - $.27
Paprika @ 5.99lb (sold by the pound) - $3.23
Dried vegetable mix (sold by the pound) - $.26

TOTAL - $17.88

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Bread - $.79
4 8-ounce tomato sauce @ .25 each - $1.00
1 pound fresh bean sprouts - $.99

TOTAL - $2.78

KROGER (Thursday):
7 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.52
Xanthan gum (marked down) - $2.59
2 12-packs diet soda @ 2.39 each (minus 10% discount) - $4.30
2 cans tuna @ .69 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.24 (price down from .78 per can)
18 ounce peanut butter @ 1.79 (minus 10% discount & .45 coupon) - $1.16
16 ounce shredded mozzarella @ 3.79 (minus 10% discount) - $3.41

TOTAL - $15.57

WALMART (Thursday):
Coffee filters - $1.28
Toothpaste - $1.67
4 ounce can green chiles - $.58
Toothpicks - $.58
Dryer sheets - $2.26

TOTAL - $6.70

SPROUTS (Thursday):
3 cucumbers @ 3/$1.00 - $1.00
1 pound bulk pecan pieces @ 5.99lb - $5.99

TOTAL - $6.99

ALDI (Thursday):
2 cans corned beef @ .99 each - $1.98
8 ounce Colby cheese - $1.99
8 ounce Swiss cheese - $1.99
2 pounds butter @ 1.99 each - $3.98
1 pound ground turkey - $1.69
Dozen eggs - $1.19

TOTAL - $12.82

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $62.74 (over budget by $2.74)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
You'll never guess what was still in the clearance bin at Kroger today. Yes, the other bag of xanthan gum that was marked down to the ridiculous price of only $2.59! I really couldn't pass it up and I'm sure I'll use it eventually and will probably never need to buy more in my lifetime now that I've got a whole pound of it!

I mainly went to Aldi this morning because they have butter on sale this week and I needed eggs. I got a couple pounds of butter, the eggs and of course I found a few other items that I couldn't pass up. The corned beef was a steal for just 99-cents per can. It's over $4.00 at Walmart. The ground turkey seemed a reasonable price too. There's a recipe that I haven't made in ages that calls for ground turkey and pork sausage. It's my Stuffing Pie. It actually calls for 20 ounces of ground turkey but I'm sure that a pound will be plenty what with the sausage, cheese and eggs.

STUFFING PIE
I saw something interesting at Aldi that I hadn't seen there before. They have their own version of the Atkins Advantage bars. They call them "Advance" bars and you get five bars per box for $4.99. I didn't look closely to see what flavors they had but I recall seeing one with a white filling, peanuts and caramel (I think) and a chocolate one that might have been a knock-off of the "Oreo" cookie Atkins bars.

I got a great price on bulk pecan pieces at Sprouts. I usually buy my nuts at Trader Joe's because they have the best price around. I pay $3.99 for an 8-ounce bag at Trader Joe's which works out to $7.98 per pound. Well, the bulk pecan pieces are only $5.99 pound at Sprouts this week and they're normally $11.99 pound. Ouch!!!

I also bought three cucumbers at Sprouts so that I can make a large batch of Bread & Butter Pickles for Jerry. He's down to half a quart jar of them in the fridge.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping



I make a lot of my own spice and seasoning mixes and the base of many of them is paprika. I used to be able to buy gigantic jars of it at Kroger, for a reasonable price, but now they only sell it in small jars like everyone else. Since I can easily use most of a little jar in one big batch of taco seasoning or seasoning salt, I had to find a better option. Penzeys has it of course, but it is quite expensive there. A pound bag of California paprika costs $17.60 from Penzeys and the Spanish variety would be $20.40. Yikes! So, this morning I looked at both Food Town and HEB in hopes that they might have the large jars. Neither one had anything other than tiny jars but then I remembered that HEB sells spices in their bulk food department. I'm so glad that I thought to look there because the Spanish paprika was only $5.99 pound and I could buy as much as I needed! I bought a little over half a pound and it only cost me $3.23, which is not much more than I would have paid for a little 3.75 ounce jar or tin at Kroger ($2.69). I just did the math and Kroger's paprika works out to almost $11.50 pound!

HEB has a nice selection of bulk spices so I'll definitely go back for more. I'd forgotten that I'm running a little low on allspice because of all the pickles I've been making lately so I'll pick some up next week. I did buy two other things to try. I got 26-cents worth of mixed dried vegetables to use for something. I have no idea what but they looked interesting. The mixture is carrots, onions, tomatoes, spinach, celery and bell peppers. If I had to buy that in a little jar in the spice aisle, there's no way it would have only cost 26-cents. I also bought 27-cents worth of garam masala. Again, it will easily fill a small spice jar that probably would have cost me at least $4.00. You just don't see exotic spices like that except in the premium spice brands like Spice Islands and they're very pricey.

As you can see, I didn't buy any meat today. It's just as well that my freezer is full because they didn't have anything marked down this week anyway.

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Favorite Recipe: Tuna Casserole III



I've updated this recipe because ingredient quantities have changed and I've also simplified the way that I make it now. Click HERE to see the recipe on my main site.