Sunday, June 28, 2009

Weekly Meal Planning

Week of June 28th

Sunday: Spaghetti and m'tballs
Monday: Meatball sandwiches with homemade chips
Tuesday: Polenta with TVP bolognaise
Wednesday: Mexican black bean lasagna with salad from the garden
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Soup Day: Zuppa Toscana (my vegan version of Olive Garden's) with French bread
Saturday: Spinach salads with warm strawberry dressing and walnuts

Friday, June 26, 2009

Even Cheaper Lemonade

In case you still have the $0.75 coupons, rumor has it that Fred Meyer has them on sale 5 for $5.00. With the coupon that's $0.25! I'm heading to the Vancouver Freddie's tonight.

Cheap Tortillas

At Safeway Mission White Corn Tortillas (30 count) are on sale for $'s how to get them for $0.24 each:

Head to the meat department (I know, horrible place to make you go for coupons but it has to be done) and look for the little coupon machines that spit out coupons (these machines are called blinkies in the coupon world). You will want to get six total (the machine can be slow and tries to trick you to think it's out of coupons but wait a minute and it'll keep spitting them out).

Now find the end stand with the tortillas. You're looking for the ones on sale for $0.99. Grab six packages (the limit for the sale).

Head to the register...that's it! For $1.44 you have enough tortillas to last a couple months. These freeze very well so if you are a tortilla person you may want to grab six more coupons and packages and head through the line again.

Mission tortillas are gluten free and vegan. I see some Vegan nachos with homemade chips in the future...yummy!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekly Meal Planning

Week of June 14th

Sunday: Sweet potatoes and kidney bean wraps
Monday: Tropical quinoa
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatless meatballs
Wednesday: BBQ seitan with spinach salad
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Spicy black bean burgers and fries
Saturday: Homemade nachos with refried beans

Friday, June 12, 2009

Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade for $0.50/jar

Bi-Mart currently has a sale through Wednesday, June 17, on Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade 4/$5.00. With the $0.75 off coupon available that makes them $0.50 a jar! My son wants to have a lemonade stand this year and being that we live in a corner house he should make some good money selling organic lemonade. Plus I love this stuff so I will be stocking up. Regularly Bi-Mart sells the Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade for $1.50 each so if you can't catch it on sale it would still not be a bad price if you use the coupon.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

FOOD REVIEW: Blue Horizon Organic Spring Rolls

While at Grocery Outlet I found Blue Horizon Organic Spring Rolls.
Spring rolls are my favority quick work meal. Since I sit in an office all day I like quick meals I can heat up and snack on. The brand I was buying before was at Costco (not sure if they were vegan though) but even though I begged for months they never stocked them again. For $1.89 a box I thought I'd give this brand a try.

Here's the list of ingredients:

Organic Green Beans, Organic Cabbage, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Cilantro, Organic Soy Sauce (organic soybeans, organic wheat, salt, water), Organic Cayenne, Salt. Wrapper: Organic Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Soy Lecithin.

Allergens: Wheat, Soy.

The Rating:

The spring rolls come 8 to a box and supposedly 2.5 servings per box! Not sure about that, springs rolls are pretty small. That puts this little lunch at 275 calories, 10 grams of fat (3.75 saturated fat), and 7.5 grams of protient.

Since I'm at work I don't have the option of deepfrying these guys, which of course is the best way to have them. Instead, it will be the microwave.
Even deep fried these wouldn't be that much better. I can taste the lemongrass but that's about it. A couple of them were mostly wrapper and hardly any filling. After about four of these I couldn't eat anymore. The strong lemongrass taste and the greasy feel in my mouth was nasty. I think I'll toss the rest and the other box I still have in the freezer.

Oh well, I guess I need to quit being lazy and make some myself.

Earth Balance for $1.29 each!

I made my weekly stop at Grocery Outlet last night and found the 13 oz. Earth Balance Mediteranean Blend and Original Blend for $1.29. They also had the 1 lb. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for $1.49. The shelves were full but I may be making a trip back to stock up. Just like real butter, these can be stored in your freezer for use later.