5 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

When we walk into the grocery store these days we cannot help but notice how expensive everything has become. I was looking at cheese the other day and was flabbergasted at the price. I just passed it by.

National nutrition experts from Nationwide Children’s Hospital have come together to help us save some money at the grocery store with some helpful tips.

— Don’t buy organic if you don’t have to.

— Don’t buy designer fruits like pomegranates and acai fruit. Blueberries and plums are cheaper and have the same nutritional content.

— Avoid buying pre-packaged foods. Why buy bagged lettuce when it’s cheaper to buy a head of lettuce?

— Don’t assume fresh is always best. Frozen fruits and vegetables are cheaper and have the same nutritional value.

— Buy in bulk. The experts suggest buying large amounts of fruits during the summer when they’re cheaper and freezing them to ear all year long.

On the Net: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/

Perfect Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes contain essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants and are fat-, sodium- and cholesterol free? Well, they are. And potatoes still remain one of the most inexpensive foods around. At 25 cents for a medium potato, families can afford to include potatoes to their diets in a variety of ways.

For a host of healthy potato recipes, visit www.momsdinnerhelper.com. In the meantime, start eating better on a budget today. Try the United States Potato Board’s Pennywise Potato-Turkey Wraps. This self-contained dinner sandwich is full of vegetables and can be made for approximately $1.84 per serving. It was designed to include an ingredient from each of the sections of the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid and can be whipped up using ingredients that most people have on hand.

Pennywise Potato-Turkey Wraps

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
3/4 pound (12 ounces) potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 pound (12 ounces) ground lean turkey
1 large carrot, shredded
1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning or basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 large (9 to 10-inch) whole wheat or high fiber tortillas
Light sour cream (optional)

Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 8 minutes just until potatoes are tender. (Time will depend on wattage of your oven.) Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; cook and toss 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs. Cook, stirring occasionally, four to five minutes until mixture is hot and most of sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll up as for burritos. Cut in halves and place on serving plates. Accompany with sour cream, if desired

Makes four main-dish servings

Nutrition information per serving: 385 calories; 78 calories from fat; 9 g fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 723 mg sodium; 44 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 33 g protein; 640 mg potassium; 1822 mg vitamin A (IU); 12 mg vitamin C.

SOURCE United States Potato Board

Are You Destined for Grilling Greatness?

Outdoor grilling has become a popular hobby for backyard chefs. Now Crisco wants to discover and reward the greatest griller around.

The Crisco(R) Sprays Grilling Hall of Fame contest is inviting grillmasters to share their favorite recipe for a chance to be one of the first inductees into the new Hall of Fame and win a backyard makeover. Recipes can be submitted between October 17, 2008 and December 15, 2008, at www.GrillingHallofFame.com.

How Can You Enter?

  • Share an original grilling recipe that incorporates a Crisco Cooking Spray (Original, Butter or Olive Oil)
  • Provide an image of the recipe
  • Include a brief essay, 250 words or less, explaining why they created the recipe and why they should be inducted into the Crisco Grilling Hall of Fame

Quick Tips from the Crisco(R) Grill

  • Always spray cool grill rack with Crisco (R) No_Stick Cooking Spray before heating grill so that food will not stick. Remember to never spray a hot grill.
  • Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray makes clean up a breeze! Simply spray the cold grill (never spray a hot grill) for non-stick grilling all summer long!
  • Use long handled tongs – not a meat fork – to turn meats on the grill. Forks can pierce the meat, releasing the juices (and flavor!) from your food.
  • Check meats for doneness with an instant-read meat thermometer.
  • Always let grilled meats rest 10-15 minutes before slicing or serving for the juiciest results.

On the Net: www.GrillingHallofFame.com

Newman’s Own All-Natural Pizza. YUM!

Ask us to name any of Paul Newman’s movies and we’ll quickly draw a blank, but ask us to name any of Paul Newman’s food products and we will briskly scribble out a lengthy list– from memory. Yep. Love his food!

Now Newman’s Own has come out with an all-natural, organic pizza in Supreme, Four Cheese, Roasted Garlic and Chicken and Uncured Pepperoni and if they tastes anything like his other foods we’re sure they’re delicious. We can’t wait to try them all! Can you tell we’re fans of Newman’s Own?

Newman’s Own Thin and Crispy pizza retails for a suggested price of $6.49-$6.99 for pizzas that range from 12.3 oz. to 14.7 oz. They can be found in the frozen food aisle at these grocers: Shaw’s; Price Chopper; Big Y; Hannaford; Demoula’s Market Basket; Roche Bros.; Foodmaster; Harris Teeter; CUB Foods; Piggly Wiggly; Woodman’s Markets; Copps; Sentry; Byerly’s; Lund’s; Kowalski’s.

On the Net: www.newmansown.com

Win a Basket of Spices from iLunch.com

The site that helps parents prepare nutritious school lunches, iLunchbox, has partnered with Spice Hunter to give away six spice baskets worth $150 for the holidays.

Beth Ann Bentley, cofounder of iLunchBox says, “iLunchBox has started this series of giveaways in an effort to add value to the reader’s experience in a fun, light hearted atmosphere. There are three ways to enter: 1. sign up for the newsletter; 2 comment on the weekly blogs; 3. submit an email to iLunchBox with a favorite holiday recipe. For more information on the giveaway and how to enter, go to iLunchBox Basket of Spices Give Away.

On the Net: www.ilunchbox.com

Fall Foods

Fall is undoubtedly the most anticipated delightful season where we have festive family get-togethers and can indulge in some of the comfort foods we remember as children. Lot of spices and smells abound during this season. It’s our favorite. We’ve found amazing gourmet fall foods from Crate and Barrell that taste wonderful and won’t break the bank.

Gourmet Cobbler Kit: When it’s time to prep the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner it’s always nice to have all the spices you need in one place because if you buy the spices separately invariably you miss one, or two, or three.

Crate and Barrel has a Gourbet Gobbler Kit ($14.95) for cooks like me who always wind up forgetting something in the hustle and bustle of buying the makings for Thanksgiving dinner. What’s inside: Brine contains salt, sugar, orange peel, spices, juniper berries, shallots and pink peppercorns; Rub contains salt, thyme, savory, sugar, onion, lemon pepper, peppercorns, garlic, rosemary, parsley flakes and marjoram; Brines up to a 20-pound turkey.

Perfect Potatoes Seasoning ($4.95): Make a perfectly seasoned batch of potatoes with Crate and Barrell’s Perfect Potatoes Seasoning. Contains leeks, shallots, and garlic. Yum!


Smart Spices from TSP Spices

There are very, very few things that make us absolutely shake-in-our-boots excited. But the new spices from TSP (The Seasoned Palate) Spices make us drool in anticipation of using them in all manner of meals.

Get this: Two moms, Katie Luber and Sara Engram, came up with the extraordinary idea to sell organic spices in little teaspoon packs because spices tend to lose their flavor when they sit in your cupboard forever. Isn’t this a brilliant idea? We think so.

Everything is wonderful about their product from the sheer concept to the smart packaging. You can choose from several spice collections from green basics to sweet basics as well as sampler packs of spices.

And by the way, Whole Foods is carrying their spices in each of its stores, quite a difficult feat to accomplish. These spice collections will serve as perfect gifts for the holidays because they are packaged so beautifully. Giving someone organic spices is a true gift from the heart.

On the Net: www.tspspices.com

How to Maintain Your Omega 3-DHA Fatty Acids Fix

We have all heard how important it is to incorpoate Omega 3-DHA fatty acids into our diets. According to the American Heart Association Omega 3-DHA fatty acids help to reduce the risk of heart disease and slightly lowers high blood pressure.

Crisco has introduced a new Canola Oil enhanced with Omega 3-DHA fatty acids. Crisco Puritan Canola Oil with Omega-3 DHA features a premium quality, sustainable vegetarian source of DHA. Since this plant-based form of DHA is not from fish it has no taste or aroma characteristics, making it ideal for salad dressings, marinades, stir-fries and more. In addition, Crisco Puritan Canola Oil with Omega-3 DHA is kosher, a cholesterol-free and sodium-free food, contains zero grams trans fat per serving, and 32mg of DHA per serving. (source)

The suggested retail price for the 16 oz size bottle is $3.99-$4.59 and recipes featuring Crisco Puritan Canola Oil with Omega-3 DHA are available online at www.crisco.com.

Save Lids to Save Lives with Yoplait

Can you believe Yoplait has been championing breast cancer education and research for ten years now? Yoplait is by far my favorite yogurt. It tastes great and they have a ton of yummy flavors. And each year I save my lids to do my little part for breast cancer survivors and those who are currently struggling with it.

To celebrate ten years (ten years!) Yoplait will be hosting an anniversary concert with Sheryl Crow, who will all know went through her own battle with breast cancer.The concert will take place on 10/10/08, at 8:00 p.m. PT, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. Supporters can call 1-877-MY-TEN-LIDS, after 5:00 p.m. ET on 9/9/08, and order up to two free tickets per household to the show (while supplies last). Tickets will be distributed via mail and attendees are asked to present 10 pink Yoplait lids at the door with their ticket. Yoplait has pledged to donate $1.00 per pink Yoplait lid collected at the concert to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, equaling a $10 donation per guest.

Visit www.yourlidmatters.com to learn all about how you can save lids to save lives.

-Jennifer James, Editor