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Sales, Menus & Recipes: January is Slow Cooking Month

17 January 2019  
Comfort food is on the menu this month!

Also soup month, hot tea month, oatmeal month and menudo month. I’m sensing a theme here, can you say comfort food? Come in from the cold and make yourself something warm and comforting. 

Your definition may depend on your culture or family history, but warmth and moisture seem to be common characteristics. Myself, I tend toward chicken soup, but you may prefer cookies and hot chocolate or lamb stew. And then there’s meatloaf.

Whatever makes you feel warm and cared for—January is the month to indulge yourself. And it doesn’t take a lot, you can still make your fitness goals, if you have any.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—A full page of Simple Truth, Digital Coupons. More BOGO deals. 
Safeway—just for u digital coupons. A Stock Up Sale on select laundry products, 25% off.
Sprouts—Special savings on many plant based food products.

Special Food Days This Week

Jan 16Fig Newton Day (Have yourself a few Fig Newtons and a glass of warm milk)
Jan 17Hot Buttered Rum Day
Jan 18—Winnie-the-Pooh Day (Honey)
Jan 19Popcorn Day
Jan 20Cheese Lovers Day
Jan 21Granola Bar Day 
Jan 22Blondie Day

And HEADS UP, Wednesday January 23 is Pie Day (or one of the Pie Days) 

Menus

Day 1
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Green Salad
Crusty Bread
Blondies

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Very Easy-Very Tasty
Corn flour = Corn Starch

Blondies

Items on Sale

Beef—$1.97/lb @Safeway, top round roasts, $4.99/lb @Safeway, Boneless Chuck,  $3.99/lb @Fry’s, boneless bottom round roast, $4.99 @Sprouts, boneless rump, $5.99/lb #Sprouts, Stew Meat
Bacon—$3.99/pkg, Oscar Meyer
Potatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, red or gold, $3.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, russets (O)
Kale—$.77/bunch @Sprouts
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Roma,      $.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-vine
Avocados—$1.50/each @Sprouts, Jumbo Haas,      $.99/each @Safeway, size unkown
Bell Peppers—$.99/each, red,       $98/each @Sprouts, red. yellow, orange
Cucumbers—$.98/each @Sprouts, hothouse

Day 2

Menudo
Warm Bittered Flour Tortillas
Refried Beans
Quinoa Salad
Flan

Menudo
Traditional Menudo, speeded up with the Instant Pot

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Easy Flan
Just don”r get impatient with the caramel, and keep stirring all the time.

Items on Sale

Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Roma,      $.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-vine
Avocados—$1.50/each @Sprouts, Jumbo Haas,      $.99/each @Safeway, size unkown
Black Beans—$.50/can @Safeway, canned
Corn—$.50/can @Safeway, canned
Eggs—$.99/dz @Safeway, 

Day 3

Stir Fry Chicken (for 2 or 3)
Steamed Brown Rice
Citrus Cucumber Salad
Honey Cookies (Pryaniki)

Stir Fry Chicken
For 2 or 3. For more people add ingredients or another side dish.

Citrus Cucumber Salad

Pryaniki, Russian Spiced Honey Cookies
Think that Pooh would enjoy these.

Items on Sale

Boneless Skinless Chicken—$1.77/lb, @Sprouts, breasts, $1.99 @Safeway, breasts or thighs, at butcher block
Bell Peppers—$.99/each, red,       $98/each @Sprouts, red. yellow, orange
Cucumbers—$.98/each @Sprouts, hothouse
Mandarins—$2.77/3 lb bag @Fry’s, $1.77/2 lb bag @Sprouts
Oranges—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, Blood, Cara Care, Minneola, $.99/lb @Safeway, Minneaola
Grapefruit—$.88/each @Sprouts

Day 4

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole (vegetarian or non)
Composed Salad
Nutella Fudge Cupcakes

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
For Vegetarian, use veggie stock or water. Looks really good and no canned soup.

Composed Salad
You can do individual salads or make one on a large plate or platter.

Nutella Fudge Cupcakes
Of course, you could just do a simple frosting or Nutella Frosting.

Items on Sale

Broccoli—$1.49/lb @ Safeway, crowns
Cheese—$1.67/6-8 oz @Safeway, Lucerne, chunk/shred, or       $2.99/pkg @Safeway, Sargento, slice/shred       $3.99/lb @Sprouts, pepper jack, bulk
Rice—$.79/lb @Sprouts, brown or white, bulk
Potatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, red or gold, $3.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, russets (O)
Kale—$.77/bunch @Sprouts
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Fry’s, Roma,      $.99/lb @Safeway, On-the-vine
Avocados—$1.50/each @Sprouts, Jumbo Haas,      $.99/each @Safeway, size unkown
Bell Peppers—$.99/each, red,       $98/each @Sprouts, red. yellow, orange
Cucumbers—$.98/each @Sprouts, hothouse

Day 5

Meatloaf
Baked Potatoes
Glazed Baby Carrots
Fruit Skewers

Meatloaf with a Twist

Fruit Skewers
If you have kids around, this is a good thing to do with them.

Items on Sale

Ground Beef—$3.99/lb @Sprouts,        $2.97/lb @Safeway, 3 or more lb,    
Ground Turkey—$3.99/1 lb pkg @Fry’s
Potatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, red or gold, $3.49/3 lb bag @Fry’s, russets (O)
Pineapple—$2/each @Fry’s
Cherries—$$3.98/lb @Sprouts
Grapes—$2.98/lb @Sprouts, Red Globe, 
Mandarins—$2.77/3 lb bag @Fry’s, $1.77/2 lb bag @Sprouts
Oranges—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, Blood, Cara Care, Minneola, $.99/lb @Safeway, Minneaola
Grapefruit—$.88/each @Sprouts

Day 6

Breakfast—Or Breakfast for Dinner
Oatmeal
Ham or Canadian Bacon or Bacon and/or Eggs
Fresh Fruit
Hot Tea or Coffee

Oatmeal
He’s British. Americans use Maple Syrup. I usually microwave mine, 2 min, stir, 2 more minutes, stir, last 2 min. stir and let sit until just warm. It.s good to add dries fruit at the beginning, softens it up. I think he’s using steel cut oats, Rolled Oats don’t usually take so long.

Items on Sale

Pineapple—$2/each @Fry’s
Cherries—$$3.98/lb @Sprouts
Grapes—$2.98/lb @Sprouts, Red Globe, $.79/lb @Safeway, red
Mandarins—$2.77/3 lb bag @Fry’s, $1.77/2 lb bag @Sprouts
Oranges—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, Blood, Cara Care, Minneola, $.99/lb @Safeway, Minneaola
Grapefruit—$.88/each @Sprouts
Eggs—$.99/dz @Safeway,
Coffee—$7.99/lb @Sprouts, bulk, $4.99/bag @Safeway, Peets, Starbucks
Bacon—$3.99/pkg, Oscar Meyer

Bonus Recipes

Popcorn
Think you know how to pop corn? Let Alton Brown show you how it’s really done.

Wednesday January 23 is Pie Day, and Blueberries are on sale this week. What could be better?

Blueberry Pie
A beautiful recipe.

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Items on Sale

Blueberries—$2.50/18 oz pkg  @Sprouts, $2.67/18 oz pkg @Fry’s, $2.50/6 oz pkg @Safeway

Recipe: Crockpot Oatmeal

It's almost as good as breakfast in bed. Crockpot oatmeal. Start it at night, just before you go to bed. For all you moms and dads out there getting the kiddos ready for school, having breakfast cooked and ready to eat is a pit-hour lifesaver. (Sorry to all who enjoy lovely, happy mornings, but for us, early AM was pretty crazy.)

Use approximately 2:1 liquid to old-fashioned oatmeal. (Instant isn't so great.) We use milk. And the secret ingredient? About a teaspoon of Tapioca pudding will make it nice and creamy. (H/T to Brit King.) I also usually add some butter. 

We usually use 4 cups of milk to 2 cups of oatmeal. You can adjust the measurements for your family size. We like having some leftover, too.

Add in as much of any or all of the following that you like:

• Brown sugar
• Chopped apples
• Raisins
• Cinnamon
• Cranberries
• Dried fruit
• Whatever else you like in your oatmeal…

Put it all in the crock pot (I usually spray it first with Pam.) Stir quickly. Cook on low. In the morning, you'll get up and it will smell wonderful. Serve it up, and put any leftovers in the refrigerator. It makes a nice snack or next-day breakfast with a little re-heating.

Are you a fan of steel-cut oatmeal? We've had good success with this, but others have reported that theirs didn't turn out so well. I think it's worth trying, though. 

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Cindy LaMaster