Collard Green Wraps

2015-02-08 11.49.13We have continued to get a weekly produce box, which I absolutely love! The only downside is that in the winter months, we get A LOT of greens and I’m not always sure what to do with them. I can only eat a side of greens so many times per week. It has taken a bit of creativity to use up the greens before they go bad. Additionally it has taken some creativity to stick to our food budget with our current dietary restrictions, being that my husband is on a grain free low card diet and I am a vegetarian trying to reduce my grain intake. With those restrictions in mind I found the perfect use for our collard greens in the way of making sandwich wraps out of them. They add the perfect amount of spice and add to the crunch of whatever vegetables are in the wrap.

 

2015-02-08 11.46.13I have also found that it pays off to get good quality cheeses and meats that are packed with flavor. When using a good quality, flavorful cheese, like a raw gouda for example, a minimal amount is needed for big flavor, allowing your dollar to go further. As you can see there was just a small amount of cheese, but it was very flavorful!

 

Jumping Back In

It’s clear I took a long break from writing about eating whole food on a tight budget. During that time, I went on a very strict diet, which included cutting out all grains to correct some health issues. I then became pregnant and had a beautiful little girl who is now 9 months old. My husband also returned to a low carb lifestyle, which just works better for him.

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Due to our increased family size and the reduction on grains in our diet, I had to increase my weekly budget to $125. I know it’s a large jump from $80 a week, but when pasta is just not an option and the consumption of meat and cheese has increased, it was totally necessary.

So here I go. Back at it. Finding deals on whole food, using what coupons I can, and coming up with healthy inexpensive meals to feed my family and stay in budget.

Pick Your Own

BerriesI absolutely LOVE going berry picking! I never really went to U-Pick Farms as a kid, but I remember going to my Grandma’s house and picking the best Oregon Blackberries from her property. Maybe that has something to do with the joy I find in U-Picks, or maybe it that I get to teach my kids the value of hard work, and about reaping a harvest, and where food actually comes from. Or maybe it’s the screaming good deal you can get on all the as-fresh-as-can-possibly-be produce. We went to two different U-Pick Farms this week.

DSC_1036The first was a Blueberry Farm where we picked 3 gallons (or 24 pints) of No Spray Blueberries for a total of $30.00. That works out to $1.25 a pint, which by the way is twice as much as it cost last year, but still a really great deal. For reference I just saw conventional blueberries at Target for $3.99 a pint.DSC_1050

Today we picked 4 pints No Spray Olallieberries and Logan for a total of $16.00. This is not a crazy deal, but still pretty good for pesticide/herbicide free berries that are fresh off the vine. Next we plan on picking some Cherries. I was told they are $1.50 per pound and are pesticide free! We are not into June yet and I have already spent my stock-up budget on U-Pick fruit, but I think it is worth it.

DSC_1045If you are wondering about the U-Pick Farms in your area most regions will have a list of Farms on the internet. Here is a link for many of the Farms here in Northern California.

New coupons including FREE Stretch Island Fruit Leather

I feel like there were more great high value whole food coupons out this week than there have been the last few. Here’s the list as well as some match-up deals.

Coupons.com

  • $0.75 off and 2 Larabar or Uber Bar
  • $0.75 off any Cascadian Farms product
  • $0.75 off 1 4.5oz or larger Food Should Taste Good chips
  • $1.00 off any 1 Kettle Brand Chips (8.5oz or larger)…I love the Baked Sea Salt chips. Great for this weekends Memorial Day celebrations.
  • $0.75 off 1 Stretch Island Fruit Chews product (zipcode 03110, go here, enter zipcode, and return to coupons.com)

The Stretch Island coupon can be used on singles. WinCo has them for $0.48 each, making them FREE. I have also heard Walmart has them for $0.68 each and they will give you cash back, where as WinCo will not.

Earthbound Farm

  • $1.00 off 2 EB Farms products

S&W

  • $1.00 off 5 cans of S&W beans

Hannaford

  • $2.00 off any 1 Glutino Product.

Walmart has Glutino corn chips for $2.78, making the $.78 after coupon.

There was also a $2.00 off Valsic Farmer’s Garden Dill Pickles making them just $0.98 at Walmart. The coupon has now ran out of prints, so if you were able to get that one congrats!

 

Mother’s Day “Flours”

I just had to share how great my husband is, and brag on how well he listens to me. These are the Mother’s Day flours I received. They include Semolina, Pumpernickel, Buckwheat, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, and 10 Whole Grain Pancake mix These flour were under $20 all together. I haven’t purchased flowers recently, but I think that is about the same price as a dozen roses, and so much more fun.DSC_0999

He went to our local flour mill and had the person working point out all the whole grain flours and he chose several for me. My husband put the 10 Whole Grain Pancake Mix to good use for my Mother’s Day breakfast. I had mine topped with yogurt (plain with maple syrup and pure vanilla extract mixed in), a few slices strawberries, and just a drizzle of pure maple syrup. It was delicious, and I can wait to use the rest of my flours.

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Hope all of you had a special Mother’s Day too!

This weeks coupons and a couple of match-ups

I’ve kind of been slacking on getting coupons and links posted. So to make up for it I’ll also let you know of a few good match-ups I’ve found.

Coupon.com

  • $1.00 off 1 Hindoe Rice
  • $2.00 off 1 Natural Delights Medjool dates
  • $2.00 off 2 Kashi Cereal

Target has single serving Kashi Go Lean cereal for $1.35 each. After the coupon they are $0.35 when you buy 2. The date coupon is also a very rare coupon, so make sure you print it before they are gone.

Mambo Sprout

  • $0.55 off one Silk product

Common Kindness

  • $1.00 off 1 Erewhon Cereal product
  • $1.00 off Woodstock Organic Tofu
  • $1.00 off Woodstock Frozen Fruit or Veg
  • $1.00 off Fantastic World Foods Product
  • $0.75 off 1 Clover Product
  • $1.00 off Rising Moon Organic Frozen Pasta
  • $1.00 off Uncle Sam Cereal

EB Farms always has a weekly coupon

  • $0.75 off any EarthBound Farm Product

Winco has 8oz boxes of EBFarm spinach for $1.98 making it $1.23 after coupon.

Facebook finds

Target has Van’s frozen waffels for $2.50 making them $0.50 after coupon.

Walmart has Lindsay Olives for $1.52 making them $0.52 after coupon. I tried to use this coupon at WinCo as they have the same olives for $0.68 which would make them FREE, but they would not take the coupon as it says “available at Walmart”. This is really just an ad for Walmart, but I was not in the mood to argue. Walmart also has Muir Glen tomato paste for $0.98 making it $0.24 after coupon. They also have diced tomatoes for $1.38 making them $0.63 each.DSC_0981

I also wanted to share that I found boxes of 16 Larabars at Grocery Outlet for just $5.99. That’s just over $0.37 a bar. I bought 8 boxes from my Grocery Outlet and spend most of my monthly stock-up budget. This will save us so much money in the next three or four months!

Carrot “Cake” Juicer Muffins

One of my favorite Juicer Juices is Carrot, Orange, and Ginger. I use 3 medium carrots, 2 oranges and a one inch cube of ginger. It’s a great immune booster and tastes amazing. Not to mention IT’S CHEAP! I have been using my Earthbound Farm coupons to get FREE carrots at Walmart basically every week, and have been getting oranges in my CSA box all winter. So basically the only extra cost is the ginger, and this juice uses maybe $0.04 worth.

After making this juice this morning I thought I would attempt some muffins with the pulp. I went online and found a recipe to adapt, and here is what I came up with:DSC_0987

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • About a cup of Juicer pulp
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1 cup milk (any type is fine)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup combined raisins and pecans

Preheat oven to 400 and place 18 muffin liners in muffin tins. In a med mixing bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients and set aside. Place the Juicer pulp in a large bowl and pull out any large pieces of pulp. Add the next 5 ingredients and mix will. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Scoop equal amounts into each of the 18 muffin tins and bake at 400 for 15-18 min. Let cool completely on a wire rack before attempting to peal off the muffin tin or the muffin will stick to it.DSC_0994

They are definitely more muffins than cake, but equally as tasty, and a great way to use juicer pulp.