Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I bought The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook and got started on my sale flyer/coupon shopping. I actually always skim the flyer, but lots of times I'm not sure if the sale is actually a good price or not. Also lots of times it's 2 or 3 things at each store and I wonder is it worth it to go to more than one store. And then ultimately it boils down to the Weaton Way Albertson's is gross. I like Safeway better -- yes even the Callow St. one is nicer than Albertson's. SO I go to safeway, get their sale things and pay full price for everything else.
This week though I thought the deals were too good to pass up. I got pork shoulder ribs for $0.99 per pound.
I got 12 pounds of chicken breasts for $1.88 per pound. I cooked it and cubed it and froze it in 2 cup portions so it's ready to go for casserole type meals.I got 25 cups of cubed, cooked chicken! Some I seasoned while cooking and some not. We'll decide what we like better when I actually use it for a meal.
One of the things in the cookbook that I thought "whatever! Those prices are lies!" was her $0.50 each for bell peppers. Western Washington just does not have peppers this cheap, ever. But I did get them for $0.69 each.
We had stuffed peppers since I found them so cheap and I diced 6 up and froze them for use in future meals.Reese hates the peppers so his in a ramekin instead.For my shining Martha moment I made tortillas!
I used this recipe.Here they are resting before I rolled them out.Here it's cooking.It really was not too difficult or even time consuming. Kyle raved about their freshness, but I don't know if it was just because he knew I made extra effort.
Honestly I expected some great taste difference and there wasn't, but there was no preservatives and yucky stuff in it, so I'd make them again.
We had carne asada fajitas in the homemade tortillas.

This week we are eating:
Stuffed Peppers
Spaghetti and aidell's meatballs
Curry Stir fry--This recipe is from Nutrition Action Newsletter. They have tons of great info about food. This is the first time we are going to try a recipe.1 tsp curry
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp grated ginger (i'll have to use powdered)
1 large ripe tomato
2 cups+ veggies (bell peppers, cauliflower, onion, mushroom, peas, etc)
6 oz. chicken or 1/2 cup lentils cooked
1 TBls canola oil
1/8 t salt
1/2 cup brown rice cooked

Pork Shoulder ribs, Au Gratin Potatoes, Broccoli/Cauliflower/Carrot medley with cheese sauce
Chicken, Rice, Broccoli--made into a casserole with my pre-cooked frozen chicken!!

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1 comment:

JessieLeigh said...

Your chicken looks great-- and what a time saver to have it all ready like that!

I love making my own tortillas, though I certainly still buy them sometimes too. Mine taste good, but they're never perfectly round. :) I love to use the Jalapeno Cheddar tortilla recipe from Tammy's Recipes.