Friday, January 30, 2015

Menu for the week of 2/1 thru 2/7

CHILE RELLENO CASSEROLE

CHEESY BISCUITS
 

SUNDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftover Atkins Meatloaf
Leftover Stuffing Pie
Steak
Cheesy Biscuits aka Almond Cheese Rounds

MONDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Ham & Swiss Quiche
Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce

TUESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers
Mock Rice Pudding

WEDNESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Chile Relleno Casserole

THURSDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
"Split Pea" Soup
Leftovers

FRIDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Deep Dish Pizza

SATURDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers
BBQ Cheeseburger Pie

CHICKEN WITH PEANUT CURRY SAUCE

BBQ CHEESEBURGER PIE
 

The mock split pea soup got moved to next week because we had too many other leftovers this week.
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shopping List for January 25 - January 31


TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Ground beef @ 1.99lb (marked down) - $12.70
2 8-ounce fresh mushrooms @ 1.29 each - $2.58
Italian sausage - $2.49
Smoked ham pieces @ .99lb - $2.82
Onions @ .39lb - $.80
Green onions - $.79
Garlic - $.60

TOTAL - $22.78

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.56
Broccoli stir-fry blend - $2.48
2 pounds ground pork (marked down) - $4.38

TOTAL - $10.42

ALDI (Thursday):
Celery - $.59
Cremini mushrooms - $.79
2 dozen eggs @ .99 each - $1.98
Bread - $.85
Pancake mix - $1.49
Colby cheese - $1.79
Coffee - $3.99

TOTAL - $11.48

KROGER (Thursday):
6 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.76
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
2 16-ounce bags shredded cheese @ 2.99 each (minus 10% discount) - $5.38
2 ice cream @ 2.50 each (minus 10% discount) - $4.50
4 packages lip balm @ 1.29 each (marked down) - $5.16

TOTAL - $19.95

WALMART (Thursday):
Makeup remover cloths - $5.97
Vanilla - $.98
Liquid smoke - $1.12
2-pack 3-way light bulbs - $2.38

TOTAL - $1.25

GRAND TOTAL - $65.88 (over budget by $15.88)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
Oops! I went over my budget again this week, partly because I bought marked down ground beef and ground pork on Tuesday. At least I got some pretty good deals. The ground pork was marked down 25% and the ground beef was half price. The ham pieces were a steal at 99-cents pound. Eggs were still 99-cents at Aldi this week so I bought two dozen more even though I still had a couple dozen left from last week. I couldn't pass up celery for 59-cents either. I rarely need fresh celery so I will chop the whole bunch and freeze it for recipes.

I bought two containers of ice cream for Jerry this week because it was on sale. I also bought the pancake mix for him. He loves pancakes so I told him that I'd make them for him occasionally. I had to buy a complete mix that only needs water because I never buy milk anymore now that our son has moved out. I already had pancake syrup in the pantry.

I splurged on the coffee at Aldi today because I want to see if I like theirs. It's always $3.99 so I might buy it there when Community coffee isn't on sale at Kroger. I might not even buy myself any more coffee for a while. I really only drink it in the winter when it's cold and spring is just around the corner. I only have it once or twice a week even in the winter. I try not to drink coffee more than two days in a row so that I don't get hooked on it.

I found the lip balm in the clearance bin at Kroger. They were marked down to only $1.29 per package of three. That's cheaper than buying one tube at the regular price so I bought all four packages that they had. It works out to only 43-cents per tube.


 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping




Friday, January 23, 2015

Menu for the week of 1/25 thru 1/31

POUND CAKE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

STUFFING PIE

SUNDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftover Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Leftover Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry
Leftover Burger Scramble Florentine
Pound Cake with strawberries and whipped cream

MONDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers

TUESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Broccoli and Chicken Stir-Fry (new recipe)

WEDNESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Stuffing Pie
Texas Sweet Onion Pie 

THURSDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
"Split Pea" Soup
Leftovers

FRIDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Atkins Meatloaf with Golden Mushroom Sauce

SATURDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers
"SPLIT PEA" SOUP
GOLDEN MUSHROOM SAUCE
 

The Broccoli and Chicken Stir-Fry will be my tweak of a recipe from The Neelys from Food Network. You can see the original recipe HERE.

I'm going to use the ham bone that I saved from our Christmas ham to make the "Split Pea" Soup this time. I usually buy smoked turkey legs but I might as well make use of the ham bone and save a LOT of money. Those smoked turkey legs are very expensive. There just won't be as much meat in the soup as usual unless I buy some diced ham to add to it. We'll probably have enough other main dish leftovers though that the soup won't have to be a main dish this time.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shopping List for January 18 - January 24

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Ground beef @ 1.99lb (marked down) - $5.95
4 cans tomato sauce @ .25 each - $1.00
Sage - $.66
16 ounces bean sprouts - $.99
Roma tomato @ .79lb - $.20

TOTAL - $8.80

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.56
Shower spray - $1.97
Nasal strips - $6.88

TOTAL - $12.57

ALDI (
Wednesday):
1 Swiss cheese - $1.79
1 pepper-jack cheese - $1.79
ice cream - $2.49
Onion powder - $.99
Oregano - $.99
Cauliflower - $.39

TOTAL - $8.44

KROGER (Wednesday):
4 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.44
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
16 ounce cottage cheese @ 1.25 (minus 10% discount) - $1.12
4 8-ounce bags shredded cheese @ 1.99 each (minus 10% discount) - $7.16
Napkins @ .97 (minus 10% discount) - $.87
Stevia blend @ 3.79 (minus 10% discount) - $3.41
Frozen spinach @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
28-ounce peanut butter @ 2.99 (minus 10% discount) - $2.69

TOTAL - $19.99

WALMART (Wednesday):
Makeup remover cloths - $5.97
Vanilla - $.98
Liquid smoke - $1.12
2-pack 3-way light bulbs - $2.38

TOTAL - $11.29

GRAND TOTAL - $61.09 (over budget by $11.09)

WEDNESDAY'S SHOPPING
We're supposed to get all-day rain today so I did my shopping a day early.


The cheap price on the cauliflower at Aldi was just a fluke. When I got home, and looked over my receipt, I saw that the cashier rang it up as a grapefruit. It should have been 79-cents. Instead of making the asparagus soup that's on my menu for this week, I'm going to use the cauliflower to make "Cauliflower Bisque" today. I've got some chicken bones simmering on the stove to use in the soup.

I actually paid a bit more at Walmart than listed above. They overcharged me by $1.88 on the light bulbs so I will get a refund next week.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Menu for the week of 1/18 thru 1/24

TUNA "RICE" CASSEROLE
ITALIAN MEATBALL BURGERS

SUNDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftover Ham Quiche
Leftover Easy Corned Beef & Cabbage
Leftover Roast Chicken
Leftover Sausage-Mushroom Dressing
Leftover Cranberry Sauce (not low carb)
Tuna "Rice" Casserole (if some of the leftovers are gone by this time)

MONDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Italian Meatball Burgers
Pasta (for husband)

TUESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry

THURSDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Super Fast Cream of Asparagus Soup

FRIDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Burger Scramble Florentine

SATURDAY:
CARBmaster Yogurt with whipped cream and Coconutty Crunch
Leftovers
Tuna Patties with Tartar Sauce
Pound Cake

BURGER SCRAMBLE FLORENTINE
TUNA PATTIES WITH TARTAR SAUCE
POUND CAKE
 

I was recently asked what I usually eat for breakfast and I realized that I haven't been posting about it here on my weekly menus. My husband usually eats the quiches that I make and I usually have a CARBmaster yogurt with some whipped cream folded in and topped with some of my Coconutty Crunch. The whipped cream helps boost the fat content and makes the yogurt more filling. As far as lunches, I mostly eat whatever leftovers are on hand or I'll make myself some eggs.
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shopping List for January 11 - January 17

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Onions @ .50lb - $.99
Jalapenos @ .79lb - $1.00
Mushrooms - $1.99

TOTAL - $3.98

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.56
Burger buns - $.88
Pork rinds - $1.58

TOTAL - $6.02

ALDI (Thursday):
4 dozen eggs @ .99 each - $3.96
Bread - $.85
Coffee - $2.79
Decaf - $2.69
3 Swiss cheese @ 1.79 each - $5.37
1 Colby cheese - $1.79
Pork rinds - $.99
Butter - $2.29

TOTAL - $20.73

KROGER (Thursday):
Ice cream @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
5 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount/.40 coupon) - $1.40
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
Asian vegetables @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Peanut butter @ 1.79 (minus 10% discount) - $1.61
American cheese @ 4.19 (minus 10% discount) - $3.77

TOTAL - $10.67 (after deducting $1.85 on VISA gift card)

WALMART (Thursday):
Vinegar - $.56
Salsa - $1.98
Cabbage @ .42lb - $.71
Cotton balls - $1.88
Coffee filters - $1.78
Furniture polish $1.97

TOTAL - $9.34

GRAND TOTAL - $50.74 (over budget by 74-cents)

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
 

No crowds at the new Aldi store this morning. I was almost alone in the store shortly after they opened. Luckily they still had eggs for 99-cents this week so I bought four dozen.

I got a bit of sticker shock buying cone coffee filters for the first time today. Our ancient Mr. Coffee maker died the other day and we just happened to have another coffee maker that we'd gotten free from Gevalia years ago. It was brand new and still in the box just waiting for Mr. Coffee to kick the bucket. The drawback is that it takes cone filters which cost a lot more than the regular kind. I was buying the regular cheap kind at $1.29 for 200 and the cone filters are $1.78 for only 100. But, I think that the free coffee maker will cover the extra cost of the filters for a few years since we didn't have to buy a new machine. 


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping



I didn't need to buy much today and they didn't have any marked down meat. I wasn't planning to buy the jalapeños but they looked very fresh and my jar of Bread & Butter Jalapeños is getting pretty low. I made another batch of them when I got home.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Menu for the week of 1/11 thru 1/17

PIZZA WITH LC FOODS PIZZA CRUST

SUNDAY:
Leftover Sausage Quiche
Leftover Enchilada Bake Variation

MONDAY:
Pizza with LC Foods pizza crust
Creamsicle Jello

TUESDAY:
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
Roast Chicken
Sausage-Mushroom Dressing
Cranberry Sauce (not low carb)

THURSDAY:
Leftovers
Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée

FRIDAY:
Ham Quiche
Baked Fish
Green Beans

SATURDAY:
Easy Corned Beef & Cabbage


CREAMSICLE JELLO
SAUSAGE-MUSHROOM DRESSING
EASY CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shopping List for January 4 - January 10

TUESDAY'S SHOPPING
FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Celery - $1.49
Garlic salt - $1.44
Onions @ .39lb - $.53
2 jalapenos @ .79lb - $.14
Boneless chicken thighs @ 1.39lb - $4.32
Coleslaw mix (marked down) - $.59

TOTAL - $8.51

HEB (Tuesday):
1 quart heavy cream - $3.56
Bread - $.88
Burger buns - $.88
Mayonnaise @ 2.98 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $1.98
3 lip balm (marked down) - $2.74
Shower spray -$1.97

TOTAL - $12.40

KROGER (Tuesday):
3 bags unsweetened coconut @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.70
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $ 2.88

TOTAL - $5.58

KROGER (Thursday):
Ice cream @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
18 eggs @ 3.42 (minus 10% discount) - $3.08
32 ounce shredded cheese @ 7.49 (minus 10% discount) - $6.74
5 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
3 lip balm (marked down) - $2.49
Toothpaste - $.88
Toothpaste - $.89

TOTAL - $18.68

WALMART (Thursday):
Hairspray - $1.24
Better Than Bouillon - $3.62

TOTAL - $4.96


TOTAL - $50.13 (MINUS VISA GIFT CARD) 

GRAND TOTAL - $8.51

THURSDAY'S SHOPPING
A new Aldi store just opened today that's about the same distance from me on the same road as the other location but in the opposite direction. It's actually a little closer so I'll probably shop there from now on. However, I decided not to stop there today because people were lined up out the door and around the side of the building for the grand opening. I really wanted to get the 99-cent eggs but decided that I'd rather not wait in line just for eggs and a few other things that I didn't need all that much.

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday's Shopping


 
Because I got some coleslaw mix marked down really cheap today, I've made a change in this week's menu. I was going to try a new chicken recipe tomorrow but instead I'm going to make My Favorite Sloppy Joes. I think that sloppy joes and slaw go perfectly together. I bought the two jalapeños to add to My Favorite Coleslaw. I don't usually put them in but I thought I'd give them a try. After adding one of them, I decided that they didn't have quite the right flavor so I added some chopped Bread & Butter Pickled Jalapeños instead. I really like them in the coleslaw. I'm going to eat my sloppy joes bunless and I bought burger buns for Jerry. The buns in the photo below are my Carbquik Cheddar Buns. They were very good but I don't buy Carbquik anymore.




Sunday, January 4, 2015

Menu for the week of 1/4 thru 1/10

CREAMY BEEF & VEGETABLE CASSEROLE

SUNDAY:
Swiss Onion Quiche
Leftovers

MONDAY:
Creamy Beef & Vegetable Casserole

TUESDAY:
Leftovers

WEDNESDAY:
April's Kicken Chicken (new recipe)

THURSDAY:
Sausage Quiche
Leftovers
Spaghetti (for Jerry)

FRIDAY:
Tuna "Rice" Casserole

SATURDAY:
Enchilada Bake Variation

TUNA "RICE" CASSEROLE"
ENCHILADA BAKE VARIATION
We were out of town for a few days last week so some of my menu items got shifted to this week or moved around.