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Monday, April 7, 2008

Take A Peek...

...into my shopping cart. I really like what Leanne Ely, author of Saving Dinner, says about your grocery cart, "How healthy we are is directly related to what we throw in our shopping carts each and every week." Visit her Saving Dinner website for loads of good information. She offers a menu mailer plan through email and numerous cookbooks (available at our library) with REAL FOOD. I love that none of her recipes call for a can of condensed soup or opening up a package of puff pastry, etc. She also has lots of crock-pot recipes for the busy mom.

2 lbs red grapes
2 mangoes
1 bunch celery
1 bunch cilantro
1 red bell pepper
1.4 lbs apples
2 lb carrots
2.4 lbs bananas
1 avocado
2 yellow chile peppers
3 whole chickens
1 lb Ground Turkey
2.25 lbs ground beef
1/3 lb sliced roast beef from deli
1 container of real shredded parmesan
1 lb mozzarella
8-oz. Pepper jack
2 lbs butter
Caesar dressing
Strawberry jam
Smucker's peanut butter
Unsweetened applesauce
1 lb dry pinto beans
2 14-oz. Cans diced tomatoes
1 can pineapple chunks
2 cans pumpkin
1 can beef broth
1 bag frozen corn
large box spaghetti noodles
Egg noodles
1 can refried beans (fat free to avoid hydrog oils)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag plain corn tortilla chips
5 lbs unbleached white flour
2 boxes baking soda
4 loaves honey wheat sandwich bread
1 pack large flour tortillas
1 package corn tortillas
1 package crunchy taco shells
Small bag Doritos (a very rare treat for the kids :) )

Swan's Dairy
1 gallon milk
1.5 lbs cheddar
1 pint cream

Conrad's (local farm)
2 dozen eggs
1 head romaine lettuce
2 tomatoes

Whole Foods
3 lbs organic brown rice
2 lbs organic unhulled barley
1 package Rapadura

Menu for 2 weeks -
Roast Beef Wraps with French Fries (fried in peanut oil)
Homemade Pizza w/Turkey Italian Sausage
Chicken Parmesan
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Fried Rice
Roast Chicken legs and Caesar Salad
Chicken Wings (maybe, if we don't have enough leftovers)

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins
Eggs, Homemade Yogurt, Fruit and Toast
Cream of Rice cereal
Eggs, Bacon & Hash Browns (weekend)

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Chic Breast Sandwiches w/tortilla chips
Peanut butter sandwiches for kids

Dessert on Sunday:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toffee

Miscellaneous Items I will make this week:
Whole Wheat Molasses Bread
Sour Cream

Notice that the dinner menu is for two weeks, but it's only 8 meals. We have leftovers often to relieve me of cooking duty.  :)


  1. I notice that you have Roast Beef Wraps on your menu. My family prefers the white tortillas but I feel better about them eating the whole wheat ones. After a trip to the Great Harvest Bread Co. we were told that the grocery breads only have to have a 51% whole wheat to qualify is 100% whole wheat bread! Ugh! That makes me mad. Anyway, when I bought some whole wheat tortillas recently, I noticed there were a LOT of ingredients on the list following the whole wheat part. Is there a whole wheat wrap? What do you use?

  2. Yes, my family prefers the white tortillas also. For myself I just choose only to eat them on rare occasions.

    We need to think in terms of GOOD - BETTER - BEST. There is a definite range within the tortilla world. The white tortillas at the local grocery would be at the bottom, they contain trans fat. A step up would be the white tortillas at the health food store (HFS), they don't contain trans fat. Better will be the whole wheat tortillas at the HFS, they don't contain all those weird ingredients you noticed. But BEST will be a tortilla made from sprouted or soaked grain, these have been properly prepared to neutralize the phytic acid I have mentioned. One brand I know of is Ezekial, available at the HFS.

    I have a hard time placing the whole wheat tortillas from the local grocery in the good, better, best scenario, because of all the added junk, like you mentioned. This just shows us that there is real deception in the marketplace regarding health. Foods like that are thought of as healthy, but may be worse for us than the white counterparts because of the chemicals.

    I say do what you can do. I don't know if I can ever move past white pasta, myself, it is SO much better than whole wheat pasta (IMO), so I just choose to have it as a treat, it's not a main staple food for me.

    I hope this helps.