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Sales, Menus and Recipes: Organic Foods

04 April 2019  
Organic Food: What is it and why eat it?

These days every supermarket has a section of Organic produce and also carries other organic grocery items. What does this mean and why would you want to buy them? After all, they are almost always more expensive than non-Organic items. Here's an explanation of Organic foods.

The USDA regulates what can be called Organic. Most of the regulations have to do with what is not allowed, such as virtually all pesticides, “artificial” fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics. For a full explanation see 

Basically the benefits of Organic farming fall into two categories. Health and Ecology. Health benefits are difficult to study, but many people believe that the absence of pesticide/herbicide residue can’t help but be a good thing. Also those who care about the health of the farm workers and those who live nearby point to increases in illnesses among those exposed to high levels of pesticides/herbicides. We must remember that while there are regulations governing chemical use in many countries, not all have or enforce them. If you check the origin of your foods, you will find that very many come from places with little regulation.

The second issue has to do with the effects of Organic and non-Organic farming on the soils and on the ecology of the fields/pastures and surrounding areas. As we learn more about the worldwide crash in insect populations, limiting pesticides begins to look more important. 

So, each one of us must try to balance the increased cost of Organic food against the potential harm of non-Organic options. 

Once again, I urge everyone to check out the Prescott Farmer’s Market. Most produce sold there is raised Organically, and is grown locally. All products are required to contain mostly Arizona grown ingredients, so the dollars stay in Arizona.  For times, dates, information on growers and more, the Prescott Farmer's Market website has all the information you need.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—There are a number of sales going on at Fry’s this week. The 3x fuel points continues, watch for special shelf tags (there is a coupon in this week’s ad to get this.) A 4 day sale, Thurs. April 4 thru Sun April 7,  A spring cleaning sale, Buy 3 participating products, get $6 off. Also a Spend $20 on participating frozen products, Get $5 off.

Safeway—Also has a spring cleaning sale, special prices on many items, 25% off on some. The Digital Just for U coupon is for Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent, $1.99/46-50 oz. There are Clip or Click coupons for everything from eggs to coffee to frozen items to Deli Ham.

Sprouts—Has a huge Organics Sale. Over 700 Organic items throughput the store—Everything from Organic Avocados for $.98/each and Sprouts Brand Organic Frozen Fruits and Vegetables to Organic Tortilla Chips. There is also a 72 hour sale Friday April 5 thru Sunday April 7. In addition, you will get 10% off bottles of wine if you buy 4 or more.

Special Days This Week

Wed April 3 Chocolate Mousse Day
Thurs April 4 Burrito Day
Fri April 5 Caramel Day
Sat April 6 Carbonara Day
Sun April 7 Coffee Cake Day
Mon April 8 Empañada Day
Tues April 9 Chinese Almond Cookie Day 

April is National Pecan Month

Menus 

Day 1

Steak
Baked Potatoes
Steamed Cauliflower
Chocolate Mousse

How to Pan Fry a Steak

Baked Potato

Try this out!

Traditional Chocolate Mousse

By a real French Chef.

Items On Sale

Steak—$4.77/lb @Safeway, T-Bone or New York. $5.99/lb @Fry’s, boneless flank. $11.99/lb @Sprouts, New York, boneless, 10%off @sprouts, 100% grass fed steaks.
Potatoes—2.99/10 lb bag @Fry’s, Russet. $2.98/5 lb bag @Sprouts, (O), Russet
Cauliflower—$.98/lb @Sprouts

Day 2

Citrus and Herb Chicken
Quinoa With Roasted Vegetables
Green Salad
Sweet Empañadas

Citrus and Herb Chicken

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables

Sweet Pineapple Empañadas

Items On Sale

Chicken Parts—$.97/lb @Sareway. $1.29/lb @Fry’s
Greens—$$.99/each @Safeway, Iceberg. $3.00/each @Safeway O Organics blends, $2.50/each @Fry’s, Taylor Farms Chopped Kits.
Tomatoes—$1.48/lb @Sprouts, cluster (O), $.98/lb @Sprouts, non (O), cluster. $.99/lb @Safeway, Roma. $2.50/10 oz box @Fry’s, grape.
Bell Peppers—$.99/each @Safeway, Red.
Avocados—$.98/each @Sprouts, Organic, $1.50/each @Sprouts, Large, Haas. $.99/each @Safeway, Large Haas. 
Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts
Oranges—$4.88/ 8 lb bag @Fry’s. $.99/lb @Safeway, Navel. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Cara Cara or Navel.  $2.98/4 lb bag @Sprouts, Navel

Day 3

Salmon
Steamed Asparagus
Avocado Citrus Salad
Caramel Sundae

A Salmon Tutorial

Acocado Citrus Salad

Grapefruit and Orange

Caramel Sauce

Items On Sale

Salmon—$6.99/lb @Sprouts, Fresh, farm raised.  $$9.99/lb @Safeway, Sockeye, frozen. 25%off 2 lb bag @Fry’s, frozen
Asparagus—$1.99/lb @Safeway. $1.98/lb @Sprouts. 
Avocados—$.98/each @Sprouts, Organic, $1.50/each @Sprouts, Large, Haas. $.99/each @Safeway, Large Haas.
Oranges—$4.88/ 8 lb bag @Fry’s. $.99/lb @Safeway, Navel. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Cara Cara or Navel.  $2.98/4 lb bag @Sprouts, Navel
Ice Cream—$3.34/48 oz @Fry’s, Dreyer’s, $2.50/each @Fry’s, Kroger Deluxe

Day 4  (High Tea)

Coffee Cake
Scones
Assorted Small Sandwiches
Tea (hot or Iced)
Coffee

Classic Coffee Cake

English Tea Scones

Sorry for the metric measurements, but the technique is very good.

Tea Sandwiches

Clotted Cream

Way better and less expensive freshly made.

Day 5

Spaghetti Carbonara
Garlic Bread
Orange Salad with Fennel
Fruit Plate

Spagetti Carbonara

(in the fashion of charcoal makers}

Use any pasta you like!

Quick and Easy Garlic Bread

180º C = 350º F

Orange Salad with Fennel

Items On Sale

Pasta—BOGO @Sprouts, Montebello, (O). $.98/each @Safeway Barilla, Clip or click coupon.
Bacon—$2.40/12 oz pkg @Safeway, Farmland. $3.99/pkg @Fry’s, Farmland.
Onions—$2.99/5 lb bag @Fry’s, yellow
Eggs—$$.88/dz @Safeway, Lucerne, clip or clip coupon$3.99/dz @Sprouts, free range, (O)
Bread—$1.99/each @Safeway, Nature’s Own, Clip or Click coupon. $1.50/each @Sprouts, fresh baked French.
Greens—$$.99/each @Safeway, Iceberg. $3.00/each @Safeway O Organics blends, $2.50/each @Fry’s, Taylor Farms Chopped Kits.
Oranges—$4.88/ 8 lb bag @Fry’s. $.99/lb @Safeway, Navel. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Cara Cara or Navel.  $2.98/4 lb bag @Sprouts, Navel
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green. $.77/lb @Sprouts, red. $.88/lb @Fry’s, red
Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts
Cantaloupe—$2/each @Safeway
Watermelon—$@/each @Safeway
Strawberries—$1.25/lb box @Fry’s. $2.50/lb box @Sprouts
Pears—$.98/lb @Sprouts, d’Anjou, Bosc, Red

Day 6

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops
Polenta
Steamed Green Beans
Fruit Salad

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Looks wonderful!

Polenta

Items On Sale

Lamb Shoulder Chops—$3.29/lb @Sprouts
Green Beans—$.99/lb @Safeway
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries—$1.67/box @Sprouts
Raspberries—$$2.99/12 oz box @Safeway, first two
Oranges—$4.88/ 8 lb bag @Fry’s. $.99/lb @Safeway, Navel. $.98/lb @Sprouts, Cara Cara or Navel.  $2.98/4 lb bag @Sprouts, Navel
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green. $.77/lb @Sprouts, red. $.88/lb @Fry’s, red
Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts
Cantaloupe—$2/each @Safeway
Watermelon—$@/each @Safeway
Strawberries—$1.25/lb box @Fry’s. $2.50/lb box @Sprouts
Pears—$.98/lb @Sprouts, d’Anjou, Bosc, Red

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Cindy LaMaster