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Operation "Thin the Hoard" Week 2--SUCCESS! 
Oct. 4, 2010 9:57 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2010 5:51 pm
Well, sort of, anyway.  I didn't buy 80 lbs of flour this week.  I did buy 5 containers of Quaker Oats, but they were on sale from $4.99 per container to $1.57.  It's the holidays, people, and those cowboy cookies and carmelitas aren't going to make themselves!  I stayed out of the grocery store for the most part, only making quick trips when we were out of something essential like milk, and waited until Friday night when Hubs was home from work to do the grocery shopping at the Mexican market.  Amazing deals, by the way; white onions for $.16/lb, nectarines $.24/lb, celery was 3/$1.00.  That's just a sample, mind you; there's more, but I won't bore you.  It gave me a chance to use up some of the proteins that we had in the freezer as well as some of the rice and beans in the pantry.  And yep, I used some of that flour and pumpkin, too!  Oh, what the heck, I'll bore you.  For those of you who like lists, here's what I found for just under $40--

2 1/2 lbs bananas
1 1/2 lbs broccoli
3 lbs carrots
2 lbs cauliflower
3 heads celery
2 bunches cilantro
2 ears corn
12 cucumbers
4 cans spicy tomato sauce
80 corn tortillas
6 cans hatch chopped chiles
1 cantaloupe
1 bottle ground cumin
1 bottle ground ginger
3 bunches green onions
8 lbs white onions
4 bottles apple soda (for the boys)
2 chayote squash
5 lbs nectarines
1 lb tomatillos
2 lbs fresh roasted Hatch chiles
8 red bell peppers

My fridge is STUFFED.  The freezer, however, is not.  Yay!  I've planned the week's menu based on the fresh produce we bought, and the proteins in the freezer.  I may deviate; I'm a little flighty that way and though lists are my specialty, sticking to them is not.  Here's what I have so far.  Mind you, some of that produce is gone already; we went shopping three days ago, so my menu is a bit wonky and I've listed things that we had over the weekend as well. 

Friday 10/1
Black Bean Lasagna--minus the avocado (hot guacamole = weird)
Fresh Cucumber Salad

Saturday 10/2
Barbecue Meatballs- pretty good, but I wouldn't fry them if I make them again--too greasy
Mashed Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Nana's Favorite Fruit Cobbler-3rd time I've made this, and it's DELICIOUS.  I used peaches and raspberries left over from last week.  Overstuffed the pie plate and it bubbled over into my oven, so thanks to Baking Nana I now have a desperately needed, freshly cleaned oven. 

Sunday 10/3

Restaurant Quality Baked Potato Soup - This was delicious.  I turned 10 lbs of potatoes into mashed potatoes and froze them in ziplock bags, so instead of mashed potato flakes and whole potatoes I just threw in a bag of still frozen mashed potatoes and let them thaw in the broth (not the whole 10 lbs worth, just about 4 or 5 cups).  Worked great, and Hubs ate three bowls.  I didn't use the bacon since I hadn't taken any out of the freezer, and didn't use the cheese b/c I was serving with cheesy bread.  Didn't need it anyway.
Cheese Bread- Sorry, no recipe, just whatever bread we had, a little butter, and co-jack, broiled until bubbly.  The kids' favorite
Green Salad

Monday 10/4

Super-Simple, Super-Spicy Mongolian Beef
Yang Chow Veggie Fried Rice - My FAVORITE fried rice recipe, and I make it with brown rice. 
Steamed broccoli - I'll probably throw this in with the Mongolian Beef and make it nice and saucy, then serve over the rice.

Tuesday 10/5

Alaskan Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating
Wild Rice -or- Quinoa; I haven't decided yet.  Probably wild rice
Glazed Dijon Carrots
Baby Peas

Wednesday 10/6

Tacos Al Carbon
Fiesta Rice - Another gem made with brown rice!
Tangy Cucumber & Avocado Salad- minus the avocado since I have none.

Thursday 10/7

Sausage Polenta Bake
Italian Leafy Green Salad - using whatever we have produce-wise

Friday 10/8

Aloha Chicken Burgers
Oriental Sesame Slaw- minus the jicama and black sesame seeds since I have none (sorry, Celeste)

Saturday 10/9

Hub's choice - It's football day, so I have no control over Saturday's menu, and haven't been given a list of demands yet. 

Let it be known, I'll try to health up these recipes to the best of my ability since my pregnant waistline is expanding at an alarming rate, and I KNOW it's not all baby.  I also haven't planned any desserts for the week, or snacks for the boys.  I can only pretend to be organized for one meal per day.  Maybe next week I'll tackle the rest of the menu.  Maybe.

Whoo, this was a long one!  If you made it to the end-bless you.  Have a great week!

Oct. 4, 2010 10:25 am
Hey, sounds like you made some great buys at the Mexican market! Way to go. I never was organized enough to plan ahead but am sure it would have made life easier and saved some money too. Good for you!!
Oct. 4, 2010 11:08 am
I'm very impressed! I need to find a Mexican market near me. Great job on the menu planning!
Oct. 4, 2010 11:38 am
grannygigi- I'm not a planner either, but I find it's much easier (and cheaper) to shop first and then plan menus around what I have; that way I can alter recipes to use up what's already in the house and don't buy specialty ingredients that I either don't ever use again or don't use at all when I change my mind about the menu. And it's fun to use the ingredient search feature to find new recipes!
Oct. 4, 2010 11:43 am
Nurse Ellen - Thank you for your comment; I'm a backwards planner, but it works for me!
Oct. 4, 2010 12:50 pm
Wow, such a deal! I get some idea on what I want to make for the week, then buy whatever I need to supplement and then change as I go. Looks like an excellent plan, and you are feeding a lot more than me. I used to feed four that ate like 6 or 7. Now I'm down to 2-3. Really cuts into my cooking LOL!
Oct. 4, 2010 1:12 pm
good for you Rebecca, great deals for under 40$. Make up a fruit pizza for dessert, it will use up alot of fruit or let the boys have it for breakfast, fruit is good for breakfast
Oct. 4, 2010 5:10 pm
Um, potato soup WITHOUT bacon and cheese....surely you jest? And that's a lot of tortillas! Can you freeze them?
Oct. 5, 2010 4:28 am
Yum! I just printed out that Fiesta Brown Rice recipe, looks really good!
Oct. 5, 2010 5:51 pm
Aloha chicken burgers look really good!
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