Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping

Grocery shopping can be such a gamble. I could kick myself today for paying $1.79 pound for marked down ground beef last week. Today they had it marked down to $1.49 pound and they had so many packages that I could have filled my freezer with it. I restrained myself though and only bought six 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound packages, which I froze unopened. I also bought one larger package to make burger patties, which I froze raw. When we want to have burgers, I can cook them without thawing first in my Nuwave oven. I've probably shot my budget again for this week but I should make up for it over the next few weeks. My freezer is completely full so I can't buy any more meat until we've eaten some of it. I was lucky to find enough space for what I bought today.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Menu for the week of 9/28 thru 10/4

Leftover Ham & Cheese Quiche
Leftover Chicken with Peanut Curry

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers (if needed)

Enchilada Bake Variation
Cheese Quiche

Mock Rice Pudding


Roast Chicken
Green Beans

Perfect LC Pancakes



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shopping List - Week of September 21 - September 27


HEB (Tuesday):
Quart heavy cream - $3.56
Shower spray - $3.56
3-pack tissues - $3.57

TOTAL - $9.56

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Ground beef @ 1.79lb (marked down) - $20.49
2 8-ounce shredded cheese @ 1.88 each - 3.76
2 packages ribeye steaks @ 3.99lb (marked down) - $13.60
Mt. Olive SF pickle relish - $2.29
Yellow squash @ .99lb - $.84
Cucumber - $.63
Dozen eggs - $1.62

TOTAL - $43.23

KROGER (Thursday):
1 dozen eggs @ 1.89 (minus 10% discount) - $1.70
24 ounce cottage cheese @ 2.29 (minus 10% discount + .40 coupon) - $1.66
Lip balm (marked down) - $.50
2 12-packs diet soda @ 2.39 each (minus 10% discount + $1.25 coupon) - $3.15
3 cans tuna @ .50 each - $1.50
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.88
4 packages cheese @ 1.50 each (minus 10% discount & .65 coupon) - $4.75 (1.19 each)
Coconut @ 1.25 (minus 10% discount) - $1.12
Frozen yogurt @ 2.50 (minus 10% discount + .40 coupon) - $1.85

TOTAL - $19.30

WALMART (Thursday):
2 bottles white vinegar @ .56 each - $1.12
Salsa - $1.98

TOTAL - $3.10

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $75.19 (over budget by $15.19)


While I was at Walmart this morning checking the price on bulk granular "Splenda", I noticed that they're carrying the squeeze bottles of "Sucralose to Go" again as well as the Stevia version. The sucralose is $2.74 per bottle. They had stopped selling the liquid Splenda back when they got in the Skinny Girl brand sweeteners. Actually, I think the liquid sucralose might be their own store brand. I just looked at the Sucralose to Go bottle online and I don't think that's what I saw there today. I'm pretty sure that I saw a white bottle, not a yellow one.

Kroger is now selling their own store brand of almond flour under their Simple Truth label of "health food" products. It's quite a bit cheaper than Bob's Red Mill at $7.99 for a pound bag. If I get the 10% senior discount on that brand (not sure yet), it would be even cheaper than ordering from Honeyville when they've got theirs 15% off on sale.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Recipe Review - Low Carb Egg Noodles

I tried a fun new recipe today that I just ran across this morning on Jimmy Moore's forum. It's from the Up Late Anyway Low Carb Recipes blog. HERE is the link to the recipe. I'd never seen anything like them before and I just happened to have an open bag of shredded mozzarella in the fridge and some left over egg yolks from something I made the other day that only called for the whites. I had nothing to lose by trying them. I was skeptical but they turned out quite well and were very easy to make.

I followed the recipe exactly as posted and let mine air-dry four hours on the counter. I saved the parchment paper to use again for making cheese crisps or something. It would have been a shame to throw away two big pieces that only had a little cooking spray on them. It was a little tricky getting the thickness right because I couldn't see how thick the dough was through the parchment. I think I got them about right though.

Since I was just trying them out, I didn't actually do anything with them other than taste them. They were nice to snack on and I think they'd be good with some sort of sauce on them or added to soup. I'd add them at the last minute right before serving though. I'm not sure how well they'd hold up sitting in a pot of soup over time. They have an egg noodle/dumpling sort of consistency which made me think of putting them in soup. I tried reheating one on a plate in the microwave but it started to bubble so I stopped it. I think they might turn into cheese crisps in the microwave unless you were to heat them in a sauce on a low power setting perhaps.

I just got an idea that I might try if I think of it later. I might make a batch and add them to my Tuna Casserole recipe. If they fall apart or melt during baking it won't matter. The trick will be remembering to make the noodles at least four hours before I want to make the casserole.

There is one drawback to this recipe. The recipe only makes one serving yet they contain FOUR ounces of cheese! That's an awful lot of cheese for one serving, especially if you want to use them with some sort of cheesy sauce, like Alfredo. That's why I think they'd be better in a pot of soup or a casserole with one batch serving about four people.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping

Today was MEAT DAY!!! I snapped up a bunch of packages of ground beef marked down and also two packages of marked down ribeye steaks. Unfortunately, that means I will go over my budget this week because I've already spent almost $53.00 and there's stuff that I need to buy on Thursday. I'm sure that $7.00 won't cover it but I'll try to keep the cost down as much as possible and put off buying a few things that I'm not in dire need of just yet.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Menu for the week of 9/21 thru 9/27

Leftover Salsa Sausage Quiche
Leftover Meatloaf
Leftover Tuna Muffins
Cheesy Garlic Bread

Seoul Chicken


Italian Meatball Burgers
Squash "Pasta"

Ham & Cheese Quiche

Tuna Muffins
Tartar Sauce

Chicken with Peanut Curry


The rice on Monday is some that I still have left in the pantry from when I was cooking high carb for my husband and son. I might as well use it up rather than throw it out. In any case, Jerry is still losing weight eating bread and ice cream so a little rice probably won't hinder him.

There's a chance that I will take the steak off the menu and make it another day. It depends on how much meatloaf and Tuna Muffins are left by Sunday. I've been making Tuna Muffins quite a bit lately because they're nice "filler" food for snacks and lunches and they're pretty cheap to make.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shopping List - Week of September 14 - September 20


HEB (Tuesday):
Quart heavy cream - $3.56
Shower spray - $3.56
4 SF drink mix @ 1.00 each - $4.00
Nasal strips - $6.88

TOTAL - $16.90

ALDI (Tuesday):
2 Swiss cheese @ 1.99 each - $3.98
1 Colby cheese - $1.99
Butter - $1.99
6 ounce tomato paste - $.39
Pork rinds - $.99

TOTAL - $9.34

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Onions @ .50lb - $.79
Fab detergent - $1.99
Ground beef @ 1.99lb (marked down) - $7.24
2 8-ounce shredded cheese @ 1.66 each - $3.32

TOTAL - $13.48

KROGER (Thursday):
1 dozen eggs @ 1.89 (minus 10% discount) - $1.70
2 packages chicken thighs @ .88lb (minus $2.00 coupon) - $8.24
Parmesan cheese @ 2.97 (minus 10% discount) - $2.67
50 quart zipper bags @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51

TOTAL - $15.33

SPROUTS (Thursday):
Chicken burrito @ 1.99 (FREE coupon) - $.00
Cucumber - $.77

TOTAL - $.77



I was lucky to get a little over three pounds of ground beef marked down this week because hamburger is back up near $4.00 pound again. I used my last FREE coupon from Sprouts grand opening today and got a free burrito for my husband. The chicken thighs were a great price at Kroger this week and I think we're going to start eating more chicken because it's the cheapest meat anymore. The chicken was only 88-cents per pound and I had a coupon for $2.00 off a meat purchase. I had to choose the largest packages they had (10 thighs in each) to make the $10.00 minimum to use the coupon. As you can see, I made it by 24-cents.

My husband requested a batch of my homemade Bread & Butter Pickles which is why I bought the cucumber.


I was planning to make a new Trifle recipe this week but I've decided to save a little money and just make Strawberry Shortcake using ingredients I already have on hand. For the "shortcakes" I'm going to make a batch of Basic Almond Flour Muffins and I'm using frozen strawberries that I got from Trader Joe's. Using muffins for the shortcakes is a bit cheaper than making a pound cake, which calls for cream cheese and a lot more butter.