Friday, May 30, 2014

Menu for the week of 6/1 thru 6/7

Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Leftover Grandma's German "Potato" Salad
Leftover Apple Gouda Sausages
Barbo's Creamsicle Jello
Hamburgers on Sesame Seed Sandwich Buns
Sliced tomatoes and onions
Baked soy beans

Deep Dish Pizza

Leftover Pizza
Tuna Muffins
Tartar Sauce

Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry
Leftover Pizza
Leftover Tuna Muffins

Kicken Chicken (new recipe)
Green Beans

Pound Cake (will probably use it for strawberry shortcake)
Tijuana Quiche

Mexican Stuffed Peppers (new recipe) 



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Shopping List - Week of May 25 - May 31

Quart heavy cream - $3.56

TOTAL - $3.56

2 Ribeye steaks @ 4.99lb - $6.79
2 NY strip steaks @ 2.99lb - $3.59
Duke's mayonnaise @ 2.33 (minus .55 coupon) - $1.78
Cauliflower - $2.99
Parsley - .50
Green onions - .42
Small tomato - .15
Large tomato - .72

TOTAL - $16.94

18 eggs @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
8 ounce Colby cheese @ 2.59 (minus 10% discount) - $2.33
16 ounce shredded cheddar @ 3.33 (minus 10% discount) - $3.00
16 ounce shredded mozzarella @ 3.33 (minus 10% discount) - $3.00
4 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.44
Parmesan cheese @ 2.77 (minus 10% discount) - $2.50
Raspberry Lemonade mix @ 1.79 (minus 10% discount) - $1.61
Canned bean sprouts @ .99 (minus 10% discount) - $.89

TOTAL - $17.37

Hand lotion - $3.42
Coffee - $2.98
Panty liners - $3.88
Ponds moisturizer @ 4.97 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $3.97

TOTAL - $15.18


I thought for sure I'd go over budget this week but I couldn't pass up the deal on the steaks. In the end, I came out a little under budget. I didn't shop on Tuesday this week because of flooding rain all day. So, I went to four stores today. HEB had Steak-umms advertised for a dollar per 9-ounce box but naturally they were sold out. I did get a raincheck and hopefully they'll have them in stock next week.

I bought the canned bean sprouts today just in case I can't get fresh ones at Food Town next Tuesday. I like to put them in my Quick Asian Pork Stir-Fry.

I bought all of the fresh produce to make my Grandma's German "Potato" Salad today but with cauliflower, of course. I'm looking forward to it. Her salad was a family favorite when I was growing up. It's not like the traditional sweet and sour vinegar type German potato salad. Hers has a sour cream and mayonnaise dressing with bacon and lots of parsley and green onions. She served hers hot but I'm going to serve mine as a cold salad. We'll also have some apple and Gouda smoked sausages with the salad.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Product Review: LC-Cranberries

I just posted a review of the dehydrated cranberries from LC Foods. I put some in the chicken salad that I made yesterday. Click HERE to see my review and the recipe for the chicken salad.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Menu for the week of 5/25 thru 5/31

Leftover Swiss Onion Quiche
Leftover Atkins Meatloaf (if there is any)
Leftover Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée
Leftover Creamy Squash Casserole
Leftover Chicken Salad
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Green Beans

Ham Quiche
Lasagna with Ham "Pasta"


Chile Relleno Casserole

Apple Gouda Sausages
Grandma's German "Potato" Salad


Spanish-Style Sausage Quiche
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shopping List - Week of May 18 - May 24


HEB (Tuesday):
2 Passion fruit drink mix @ 1.88 each (minus $1.00 coupon) - $2.99

TOTAL - $2.99

FOOD TOWN (Tuesday):
Fab detergent - $1.88
12 Fiora toilet paper @ 3.44 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $2.44
Yellow squash @ .99lb - $1.47
2 Garlic - $.84
Onions @ .39lb - $.79

TOTAL - $7.73

KROGER (Tuesday):
8 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.88

TOTAL - $2.88


Dollar Tree (Thursday):
3 bottles Heinz Low Sugar ketchup @ 1.00 each - $3.00

TOTAL - $3.00

KROGER (Thursday):
12 pack diet soda @ 2.39 (minus 10% discount) - $2.15
16 ounce sour cream @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount & .40 coupon) - $.50
18 eggs @ 2.79 (minus 10% discount) - $2.51
Maybelline cover stick @ 4.27 (minus $2.00 coupon) - 2.27
8 ounces Colby cheese @ 2.00 (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
8 ounces shredded pepper-jack cheese @ 2.00 (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
2 8-ounce cream cheese @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
Deluxe American cheese @ 3.49 (minus 10% discount) - $3.14

TOTAL - $16.33

WALMART (Thursday):
Clean Shower - $1.97
10 ounce can whole chiles - $1.25
Rubbermaid juice bottle @ 1.96 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $.96
Claussen pickles @ 2.98 (minus .75 coupon) - $2.23
Celery - $1.14
Ricotta cheese - $1.66
2 3-packs Dial soap @ 1.97 each (minus $1.00 coupon) - 2.94
16 ounces sliced ham - $3.98
Decaf coffee - $2.78
Nasal strips - $7.47

TOTAL - $27.48

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $60.41 (over budget by $.41)

I went over my budget by 41-cents because I bought three bottles of Heinz sugar free ketchup at Dollar Tree. I'd read on Low Carb Friends that Dollar Tree was selling it there because Heinz has changed the bottle and/or the label and needed to clear out the old stock. I usually make my own ketchup but I thought it might be handy to have a few bottles of ready-made ketchup on hand. With Jerry eating low carb now, we'll probably go through ketchup a lot faster than if I was the only one eating the sugar free kind. He likes a little meatloaf with his ketchup and I just made meatloaf yesterday.

I didn't really need a whole pound of sliced ham. I'm going to use 8 ounces next week to make lasagna but the only 8 ounce packages they had were the kinds with too many carbs or they weren't rectangular. I like to use the large rectangular slices for my "pasta". I'll just freeze the other half of the package for the next time I make low carb lasagna.

I don't buy pickles very often but I plan to make a low carb version of my Grandma's German potato salad next week and she always put some Claussen pickle juice in her dressing. They're expensive but at least I had a 75-cent coupon for them. Hopefully I'll get a good price on cauliflower for the "potato" salad when I go to Food Town next Tuesday. I'll also buy the green onions and parsley for the salad that day.

I wasn't in desperate need of another juice bottle but I couldn't pass up getting a nice Rubbermaid one for around a dollar. I use that kind when I make my sugar free drink mixes and I also keep one filled with filtered tap water in the fridge all the time. It's easier to pour water from that bottle than directly from my Brita pitcher. I keep that full and in the back of the fridge to refill the smaller bottle as needed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday's Shopping

I didn't buy much today at Food Town or HEB, but I stopped at the "other Kroger" to stock up on my favorite CARBmaster yogurt flavor. I also got a "Cinnamon Roll" and a "Black Forest Cake" just for a little variety. They're not my favorite flavors but I can't get them at my regular Kroger.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Menu for the week of 5/18 thru 5/24

Leftover Salsa Sausage Quiche
Leftover pork roast (if there is any)
Leftover Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Swiss Onion Quiche
Seoul Chicken
Fried "Rice"


Atkins Meatloaf
Green Beans


Roast Chicken
Creamy Squash Casserole

Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée

About half of the stuff that was on this week's menu got pushed to next week because we have too many leftovers from earlier in the week. This happens most of the time so my menu is constantly being adjusted as the week goes by. I made the pork roast on Monday and there's still enough for at least a couple more days even after I froze some of it.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shopping List - Week of May 11 - May 17

Quart heavy cream - $3.56
4 green peppers @ .59 each - $2.36

TOTAL - $5.92

16 ounces frozen broccoli - $.85
2 8-ounce Swiss cheese @ 1.99 each - $3.98
2 cans mushrooms @ .59 each - $1.18

TOTAL - $6.01

18 ounce peanut butter @ 1.77 (free coupon) - FREE
5 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
Dozen eggs @ 1.89 (minus 10% discount) - $1.70
2 cream cheese @ 1.25 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.24
8 ounce colby cheese @ 1.50 (minus 10% discount) - $1.35
3 8-ounce shredded cheese @ 1.50 each (minus 10% discount) - $4.05
(I also had two coupons for the cheese: .65 off two packages and .50 off $2.00 or more cheese purchase. Total for all four packages of cheese - $4.25)
Hellmann's mayonnase @ 2.99 (minus $1.00 coupon) - $1.99
Can bean sprouts - $1.39
Onion powder @ 4.19 (minus 10% discount) - $3.99
Napkins @ .97 (minus 10% discount) - $.87
2 12-packs diet soda @ 2.39 each (minus 10% discount) - $4.30
Hoisin sauce @ 2.49 (minus 10% discount) - $2.24

TOTAL - $24.98

Coffee - $2.98
Salsa - $1.98
Shower spray - $1.97
Cauliflower - $1.98
Green onions - $1.00

TOTAL - $10.07


I didn't do any shopping on Tuesday this week so I went to four stores today. The best deals for this week were the peanut butter and cheese at Kroger. You can't beat free and the cheese came out to only $1.06 each.

You've probably noticed that I bought hoisin sauce, which is a bit carby due to the sugar content. Now that I'm in maintance, I don't worry too much about using small amounts of special condiments for flavoring. I found an Asian salad recipe online that I really want to try soon and it calls for hoisin sauce. It's a recipe by Curtis Stone called Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad. It doesn't contain a lot of expensive ingredients, sounds delicious and is very low carb except for the hoisin. I don't think it would taste nearly as good without it though.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Menu for the week of 5/11 thru 5/17

Leftover Texas Sweet Onion Quiche
Leftover Mushroom Burger Scramble
Leftover Tuna "Rice" Casserole
Easy Strawberry Ice Cream

Pork Shoulder Roast
Almond Cheese Rounds

Pork & Mushroom Stir-Fry

Salsa Sausage Quiche

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Lori's Snickerdoodles

Seoul Chicken
Fried "Rice"

I didn't make the tuna casserole until yesterday and I made the onion quiche today so there's enough left for a few more days. This morning I made the "ice cream cubes" for the strawberry ice cream. However, I don't have any Da Vinci syrup so I just replaced it with more cream and extra sweetener. That will change the carb count a bit but I'm not going to worry about it. It's my special Mother's Day treat. I will use some of Monday's leftover pork roast to make the stir-fry on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Shopping List - Week of May 4 - May 10

HEB (Tuesday):
Quart heavy cream - $3.56
Sugar free passion fruit drink mix - $1.88
Parchment paper (from clearance bin) - $1.50

TOTAL - $7.22

Food Town (Tuesday):
Garlic salt - $.99
12 ounces Apple & Gouda chicken sausages - $1.49
Boneless chicken thighs @ 1.77lb - $3.40

TOTAL - $5.88

KROGER (Thursday):
7 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $2.52
2 2-liter bottles Diet Cherry Pepsi @ 1.00 each - $2.00
Dozen eggs @ 1.89 (minus 10% discount) - $1.70
Chili powder @ 4.19 (minus 10% discount) - $3.77
Foil @ 1.99 (minus 10% discount) - $1.79
Kitchen trash bags @ 3.49 (minus 10% discount) - $3.14
2 boxes tissue @ 1.00 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
2 ribeye steaks @ 3.99lb (minus $2.00 meat coupon) - $8.33

TOTAL - $25.77

WALMART (Thursday):
Printer paper - $3.47
Vacuum bags - $3.97
Generic Excedrin - $2.46
Mildew spray - $2.88
Dishwasher gel - $2.97
6 ounces Pepperoni - $2.28
8 ounces fresh mushrooms - $1.68

TOTAL - $20.81

2 16-ounce bags frozen strawberries @ 1.69 each - $3.38
2 16-ounce bags frozen red/yellow/green bell pepper strips @ 1.69 each - $3.38
1 16-ounce bag frozen Brussels sprouts - $1.19
8 ounces slivered almonds - $3.69
8 ounces pecan pieces - $3.99
Sunflower kernels - $1.99
Sesame oil - $2.29 (they want $3.48 for it at Walmart)
Cheddar with caramelized onions - $3.69

TOTAL - $23.60

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $83.28 (over budget by $23.28)

As you can see I went over my budget by a lot this week because I made a run to Trader Joe's to stock up on a few items. I would have spent just under $60 otherwise and been right on budget. I mainly needed nuts and I also wanted to get some of their frozen strawberries to make ice cream on Sunday for a Mother's Day treat. I bought some of their strawberries last time I went there and they were excellent. I'm sure that I would have paid more for them at Walmart and the quality would have been poor.

I also splurged on a couple of huge steaks at Kroger. They have them on sale this week for $3.99 pound if you spend at least $10.00. Plus I had a store coupon for $2.00 off a meat purchase of $10.00 or more. After the coupon, the steaks cost me about $3.22 pound.

I picked up the Holmes Smokehouse Apple & Gouda chicken sausages because they were marked down and sounded interesting. Although they have 2 carbs per link, the ingredients don't sound too bad:

Chicken, Gouda cheese, dehydrated apple, apple juice, seasonings (they do list sugar as a "seasoning"), vinegar, pork casing

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday Shopping

As you can see, I didn't buy much today. Only three of the items were actually on my shopping list. The other were marked down items or on sale.

Friday, May 2, 2014

New Recipe: Cabbage Roll Skillet


I just posted a new recipe on my website HERE

Menu for the week of 5/4 thru 5/10

Leftover Sausage Quiche
Leftover Cabbage Roll Skillet
Leftover Deep Dish Pizza

Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce

Baked Soy Beans

Texas Sweet Onion Pie/Quiche
Tuna "Rice" Casserole

Tropical Orange Jello

Mushroom Burger Scramble

Perfect LC Pancakes

I'll be making the Cabbage Roll Skillet today and will add a link to it later.

I'm not sure yet if I'll have to make the burgers on Tuesday or not. It will depend on what leftovers are in the fridge. I don't have a recipe for the Baked Soy Beans. I bought two cans of soy beans from the 99-Cent Store ages ago and used one can to make baked beans for my husband recently. He really liked them so I'll do the same thing with the second can. All I did was stir in some low carb BBQ sauce and ketchup and microwaved them until they were soft like baked beans.

The Tropical Orange Jello will be based on my Strawberry-Banana-Banana recipe but this time I'll use orange jello and tropical flavor yogurt.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shopping List - Week of April 27 - May 3

HEB (Tuesday):
3 pack tissues - $3.57
Sugar free passion fruit drink mix - $1.88
Sugar free strawberry jam (marked down) - $1.50
2 bags pork rinds @ 1.49 each - $2.98

TOTAL - $10.38

Food Town (Tuesday):
2 packages ground beef @ 1.88lb (marked down) - $5.60
Boneless thighs @ 1.79lb - $3.35
3 packages bacon @ .99 each (marked down) - $2.97
12 pack diet Cherry Pepsi - $3.55
Onions @ .50lb - $.66

TOTAL - $16.39


KROGER (Thursday):
5 CARBmaster yogurt @ .40 each (minus 10% discount) - $1.80
18 ounce peanut butter @ 1.67 (minus 10% discount & .45 coupon) - $1.05
12 ounce frozen cauliflower @ 1.00 (minus 10% discount) - $.90
Sugar free strawberry gelatin @ .19 (clearance - minus 10% discount) - $.17
8 ounce Colby cheese @ 2.50 (minus 10% discount) - $2.25
16 ounces shredded cheese @ 3.50 (minus 10% discount) - $3.16

TOTAL - $9.32

WALMART (Thursday):
Makeup cloths - $5.97
Liquid soap refil - $3.97
Quart zipper bags - $2.48
Coffee filters - $1.28
Cabbage @ .42lb - $.92
Sundress - $9.94

TOTAL - $26.18

GRAND TOTAL FOR THE WEEK - $62.27 (over budget by $2.27)

I goofed on the liquid soap from Walmart. Without thinking I picked up the clear "anti-bacterial" kind instead of the kind I usually buy. Now I'll have to drag it back next week and exchange it. I generally avoid buying anything that's anti-bacterial.

I'm not sure why the strawberry jam was marked down but it may have been because a leaky jar had gotten jam on the label. There were two jars in the clearance bin and both had some jam on them. I checked to see what the regular price was, to make sure that it was a good deal, and I think it was around $2.69. The bacon at Food Town was a steal. I've never tried that kind but how bad could it be for only 99-cents? It was marked down because it expires on Saturday. That's OK because I put two packages in the freezer and I'm going to cook the third one today. I know that I said I wasn't going to buy any more meat for a while but I couldn't resist two small packages of ground beef and chicken thighs. I was going to get some of the thighs last week, while they were on sale, but they were out of them. The strawberry gelatin was marked down because the box is dented. I just hope that it's not another defective batch like I've gotten twice lately from two different stores.

I went over my budget slightly this week because I found this cute sundress for only $10.00 at Walmart: