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Category: Special Diets/Heart Healthy
Rating: 5.00
Contributor: Carrie Kirby
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Kale & Egg on a Loaf
This week I made one of my free-est healthy meals ever, pictured above. The kale is from my dad's garden and before he started giving it to me he just let it sit out there all winter until it died. It's served over half a mini-loaf of Target bread, free with the $1/1 printable coupon, which is apparently no longer available. I cooked it in Progresso broth that was free with the General Mills Catalina deal at Jewel. All I paid for was a couple carrots (about 20 cents worth), an onion (25 cents), and the fried egg I served on top of each dish (15 cents, since those were on sale at Target for $1.69 a dozen, unheard of for cage-free). Since I used 3 eggs (Nutmeg didn't want one), I fed my family for 90 cents, and they liked it. And there were leftovers.

Sadly, that's the last batch of kale I'll be getting this fall, but I did freeze some in broth so it won't be the last time we have that yummy frugal meal.

As for our shopping this week, I came in right under my $80 budget.

I spent $25 on groceries at Target and I blogged the best bargains from that trip here. Much of that was for a big old box of wine. We also went to Trader Joe's and spent $40 on organic produce, nitrate-free ham for Nutmeg's lunches, and more salmon. A quick stop at Jewel set me back another $8 for English muffins, salsa, an avocado and pickles (Heads up: Mt. Olive are on sale for $2 and there is a blinkie box right there for 75 cents off one.). And two gallons of milk at CVS were about $5.

Here is what we ate on $80, and by the way, I am actually contemplating starting to menu plan. It's so not me, but lately I've been thinking that I have kind of a formula I try to stick to in a week's meals: Meat no more than every other day, and vegetarian meals cycling between egg-based, bean-based or potato-based dishes, with the occasional pasta with cheese or peanut butter thrown into the mix. Planning this out would help ensure that I stick to that formula, which I think is a winner in the frugal department. We'll see if I get around to it. If you all menu-plan, I'd love to see some links or thoughts on whether it's worth the time and the feeling that you've turned into a dainty little housewife who never gets out of the kitchen.
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