Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday's Menu and Groceries

This weeks shopping trip started to make me sweat! I had a longer-than-usual list, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to come in "under the wire" or not, but I DID!!

1 lb. fettuccine* - $1.23
16oz. LF Cottage Cheese, SB - $1.68
1 cucumber - $.88
2 Gala apples - $1.15
Garlic Powder, SB - $1.58
Saltine Crackers, SB - $1.00
Garden Rotini, SB - $1.12
Soy Flour - $1.98
head lettuce - $1.44
Parmesan Style Grated Cheese, SB - $2.74
8oz. FF Cream Cheese, SB - $1.18
3 OJ concentrate, SB - $4.26
doz. eggs - $1.63
Total: $22.41
SB = Store Brand
under budget: $2.59

Spaghetti w/ homemade sauce, Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges, Salad
Fried Rice My Way
Chicken Calzones, Rotini Salad
Roast Pork w/ Raspberry Sauce, Green Beans, bread
Salisbury Steak over Egg Noodles, Broccoli
Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken (from the new Kraft magazine), Peas
Snacks restock:
Apple Pie Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies

If you followed the Soy Flour link, you'll see that I plan to severely reduce the amount of eggs that I'll use in cooking/baking. I couldn't believe this, and haven't PERSONALLY tried it, but I tell ya what, if Gayle does it and it works for her, it's as good as tried 'n' true in my book.

The big bad thing about my shopping trip: Garlic Powder was high on the "need to restock" list. I only had a teeny bit left in the bottle, and needed it for tonight's spaghetti sauce and the potato wedges. Well, Ms. Checker-Outer-Lady wasn't paying attention one bit to my transaction. I handed her my cloth grocery bags before I put anything on the belt. She laid them on top the bag carousel, and started bagging my groceries into the plastic bags! Ok, I'm not so green that I mind plastic, but I could tell her brain had been captured by aliens and I needed to bring her back to earth. I kindly asked her if she could use my bags. So, she picked the few items she'd already scanned and bagged out of the plastic bag, and started loading into my cloth bags. All's well, end's well... until I went to make my potatoes! I realized that I had put garlic powder into the grocery cart, had unloaded it out of the grocery cart, but it wasn't in my grocery bags that I'd already unloaded and put away! I checked my receipt, just in case it had fallen out of the cart somehow. If I hadn't paid for it, no sweat, I'd do without until next time. But it IS on the receipt. So, I will take the receipt with me on Friday and get another one. This has happened before and they've given me a replacement, so I'm hoping they will do the same this time.

Otherwise, I had a fine shopping trip!

Oops, I just re-read this post and realized I hadn't written about the *fettuccine. If you were nosey enough to peer at each item in the picture of my groceries, you'll notice that it is Barilla brand and NOT GREAT VALUE!! *gasp!* Well, that's because I whipped out my handy cellphone calculator, and found out that the Barilla brand was cheaper per ounce than the GV brand - even though "per package", the GV was cheaper. But the GV pkg. had fewer oz in it, even though the boxes were the same size. Ah-ha!! I found them out, and I win!


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Hey, let me know how the soy flour thing works for you. I may start doing that since eggs are so expensive. Don't use it in pickled eggs though! (haha)
Sorry about the garlic powder. I'm sure you weren't looking for extra hassle.

Gayle said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Miriam,

You had asked about the soy flour/water combination in place of the egg...I usually just put it right into my ingredients. I don't pre-mix it. Sometimes I'll just toss it all in the bowl and sometimes I'll put the soy in with the dry ingredients and the extra water in with the wet. Let me know how those turned out for you.

The Happy Housewife said... [Reply to comment]

I need to make Salisbury steak soon. That is one of my favorite meals!