Feb 28, 2006

Menus and Ramblings

So much going on around our kitchen lately... our computer keyboard wasn't working properly for the past week so I haven't been able to post as often as I like to. We got a new keyboard today so I'm back to blogging again!

Yesterday I finally got to make the Creamy Lime Bars I saw on Culinary In The Desert.



They are SO GOOD and now I am looking at recipes using key limes because we have lots left. Any suggestions are welcome!

Last night we went to Trader Joe's to shop. I have been noticing more and more that the prices on Safeway.com and going up and it's really putting us in a pinch. It's tough because on our side of town there are not many places that offer organics (which I am trying to stick to) at a reasonable price... so I felt the 45 minute drive to TJ's for two weeks worth of groceries would be worth it. We saved about $25 on our bill by shopping there so if you count the gas it took to drive there I'd say we came away with $15 in our pockets plus LOTS of high quality food that I feel good about feeding my family. I couldn't believe how much less they charge for things like flax seed and King Arthur brand flours. Hoping to convince hubby that we should shop there at least once a month.

I am a bit late this week preparing my menus but here they are...

Mon - Great Northern Beans, Collard Greens, Corn bread (hubby's request)
Tues - Leftovers
Wed - BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans
Thur. - Homemade Beef Ravioli, Broccoli
Fri - African Chicken Stew, Rice
Sat. - Leftovers
Sun - Shepheard's Pie
Mon - Leftovers
Tues - Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Brown Rice, Green Beans
Wed - Pinto Beans, Corn Bread, Greens
Thurs - Leftovers
Fri - Burrito Casserole
Sat - Leftovers
Sun - Stir Fry Chicken, Brown Rice
Mon - Creamy Chicken Casserole, Green Beans
Tues - Leftovers

8 comments:

emily said...

Since I have been trying to buy fresh and organic our grocery bill has gone through the roof.It's sad that the less healthy options are cheaper.

Michele said...

I totally agree, it's a shame people have to pay so much for healthy food. Prices in our area have gone up so much for both organic and non-organic but with price of non-organics going up so much it's worth it to me to pay more for certain organic items.

Susan said...

Thankfully, I have a TJ near my home. I not only get great prices on organic products, but I buy their household cleaning items, which are so much cheaper than Melaleuca (which I used to purchase). I just wish I had more time to shop and cook!
Susan
http://susansspa.blogspot.com/

Michele said...

I know what you mean Susan! Their prices on organics are lower than the non-organic junk I usually buy. It really is a shame. I know what you mean about wanting more time to cook too, I was just looking over come cookbooks wondering how I will find time to try all the recipes that look so good!

Jeff in MD said...

Yum, those creamy lime bars were indeed sooo good! Folks from the office have requested the recipe several times!

Stop by Culinary in the Desert and wish Joe a happy birhtday today if you get a chance! :)

Heather said...

Michele,
In looking over your menu, I think you might want to add meatloaf and join my Meatloaf Madness event. Maybe it can fit into your list later in the month. I love to read your blog and I think of meatloaf as a frugal dish. What do you say??

Michele said...

Heather, I would love to join you, in fact I saw your post on Food Blog S'cool and thought it sounded great! I'll add meatloaf to my next round of menues and get the link to you. BTW, you need to come and Guest Blog for me sometime! Email me and let me know if you'd like to, your blog is great!

Fiber said...

I wish our TJ was closer. As it is, it's about an hour away, although I think it's worth the drive. Around here, the organic food is so expensive.