Shopping Day/Staples/Menu Planning

Since I feel stocking up a pantry or cabinetry takes sometime and money we are slowly attempting this and in time you will be well stocked! Let’s grab our grocery list and get to the store. Some tricks the grocery stores play are higher priced items are eye level; the average height of a female is 5’4″ isn’t that about eye level at any grocery store?! Look around at the bottom shelves of merchandise at the top of the shelves. Always remember to carry a shopping list and grab a store sale circular/flyer when entering the grocery store. Find a quiet spot to stop and scan the sale items in the flyer. I use A pink Hi-lighter pen and circle items I need that are on sale. In Florida the major grocery chains are highly competitive. There are always BOGO’S (buy one get one free) one thing you may not know is that one particular large grocery chain here will allow you to purchase one at the sale price; are you confused? Let’s say a box of cereal is BOGO and the regular price is $3.99 buying two would mean $2.00 EACH BOX. The grocery chain I frequent will allow anyone to purchase one at the $2.00 price, so for that item and for that weekly purchase the need was met at $2.00. Hope that clarifies for you. Every grocery chain has their own rules as to BOGO’S, using coupons, limits on sale items. Getting to know their policies will certainly help you save money weekly. There are often markdowns on bake goods, breads, pre-packaged deli meats and Manager specials. Be sure to check the “use before date”, should you decide to add that to your grocery cart for that week.

Seeing what is on sale in every department will make menu planning much easier for you. You may not be hungry for that item right that minute but you may later in the week.

You know not to go to the grocery store hungry-it’ll add non essentials thus increasing your weekly grocery bill!

Hoping some of these suggestions will work for you. Until next time, I wish you Good Health.  cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.


Stocking up on sale items!

When you are at the grocery store next check sales on can goods; the dates are usually one year or more, such as cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, carrots, sweet yams/potatoes and any other vegetables you like. They can be stored and used in pot pie recipes, soups, side dishes etc. saving you $.I always stock up and never have any trouble using these can goods before any expiration dates! I also check bread aisle (for dinner rolls that can be frozen and heated at a later time), cheeses in dairy section. You’d be surprised at some mark downs the competitive grocery chain stores will have available. Or Managers specials. I have even found frozen fruit reduced that I buy, freeze and use in desserts. So the sky is the limit if you find time to check on these!

In closing, I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.
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“Skinny” Lemon- Blueberry Shake

Lemon-Blueberry Blast Shake!

Delicious flavors in this shake. 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1 cup Frozen Vanilla Yogurt, 1/4 cup 1% Milk, 1/2 whole lemon for zest and juice add blueberries into a blender pulse several times, add remaining ingredients and run blender 1 minute to incorporate.

Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!

In closing I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.

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Beef n’ Mushroom-Bacon Creamy Soup

This is a great soup on a cold day or night! You’ll need one pound (16 ounces) lean ground beef, one white onion sliced, 1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms, 8 slices crispy bacon cut into pieces, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or Sea salt, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 cups low sodium beef stock, 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, 1 cup light cream (or half and half), 2 tablespoons chopped parsley to garnish. Croutons to garnish, if desired.

In a large dutch oven pot with lid (or any soup pot with a lid) add oil, sliced onions, sliced mushrooms saute until softened, add lean ground beef, salt, pepper, cumin, nutmeg and cook on medium heat, break up meat as it cooks. Drain excess grease and return to stove top. Add beef stock, flour, light cream and stir well to incorporate ingredients. Cover with the lid and cook 15 minutes stirring occasionally. (Note: If you or your family do not care for mushrooms, just omit them from recipe!).

Serve in soup bowls, garnish with bacon pieces, grated cheese, parsley and croutons! Enjoy it is a family favorite. In closing I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.

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Honey French Toast Bake

Breakfast is a huge deal in our home. No one leaves without it! This is an easy option and a delicious one.

Add 3 large eggs into a bowl, add a bit of milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and dip your favorite bread coating both sides well. Transfer to a non stick baking sheet pan. Pre heat oven 400 F. Place into the oven and bake until golden brown (about 5 minutes each side) remember to flip them!

 In a small bowl add 1/4 cup Pure Honey, 1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract and stir (yes its sticky). When your French Toast Bake is done, plate and add by drizzling the honey mixture over the hot French Toast-delicious!!!

Note: You can dust with confectioners sugar, if desired.

It is a favorite! Hope you enjoy them too.

cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.

Chocolate Marshmallow Pops

If you are like me you prepare many desserts on a weekly basis. They are economical to make and a lot of fun. These chocolate marshmallow pops are so easy and the children love to help. You’ll need 1-bag whole large marshmallows, 20 sticks, 1-15 ounce bag chocolate morsels-melted, and any sugar sprinkles to coat for decorations.

Melt the chocolate morsels in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stir until creamy and completely melted, pierce the bottom of the marshmallow with the stick and dip into the melted chocolate, lay on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to set-up, use any type of sprinkles to decorate. Easy, Easy, Easy…

Place on a platter and serve!

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Easy Freezer Foods…

When I make breakfast burritos to freeze for a quick breakfast I will also make refried beans and cheese burritos. Very easy and quick for a lunch option or light supper. In the breakfast burritos I use scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage crumbles, cheese (must have cheese) white, wheat or corn flour tortillas (small size). Allow to cool and freeze in freezer safe bags or containers. Re-heating is a snap in the microwave-wrapped in paper towel for 1-2 minutes. When I make the refried beans and cheese burritos they are equally as easy to prepare. I use the larger size tortilla wraps for those. I usually make two dozen of each variety. They soon disappear from my freezer!

If you are cooking for just yourself (or one other person) you can easily take 2-4 burritos out of the freezer in the morning and for supper add them into a prepared baking dish add enchilada sauce, or salsa, some more cheese and bake @ 400 F for 8 minutes.

I always have some type of homemade salsa or sauce to dip either ones to bump up flavors. Quick and delicious and easy to prepare!

In closing I wish you Good Health. cheffie cooks easy 1-2-3.

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