Many of the trendy foods you will pay big bucks for on your grocery shelves you can easily make yourself.
For example, take oat milk. If you buy Oat-ly it will set you back from $4-$5. You can make it yourself for less than a dollar. Or take another tasty new item, cheese crisps. The least expensive ones you can find in stores are $3.50 for a very small package. They are incredibly easy to make yourself.
Home Made Cheese Crisps
Great for parties.
Super Bowl Sunday
Don’t forget that the Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2. Even if you are only sharing it with a few people, you will want to share some food too.
Fry’s—There is a special 4 day Digital Deal Sale including Kroger Butter $1.49/lb and Sargento cheese slices $1.49/pkg. The Buy 5 Get $1 off Sale continues with bargains like LaCroix Seltzer water $1.99/8 pack and Pringles Mega Stack $.97/each. If you get the Digital Coupon, you will get 3x Fuel Points on Produce, Floral, Meat and Seafood.
Safeway—Special Digital Coupons, Fresh Ground Beef, $.99/lb, Value Pack, First 5 lb, Ball Park Buns $.74/each, first 2, Lay’s xl chips $.74/each, first 2. There is a 3 DAY $5 SALE, Jan.31, Feb 1 & 2 including bargains like, Oscar Mayer Bacon $5/22oz, Primo Taglio Roasted Turkey, Ham Roast Beef, Provolone or Muenster Cheese for $5/lb.
Sprouts—Wants you to know that they are the Title Sponsor of the Mesa Marathon being held on February 8. There will be both a 10k and a full Marathon. Sprouts has both “You Pick Up” and Same Day Delivery of orders. Visit SPROUTS.COM/ORDER.
And every Wednesday is Double Ad Day. Get last week’s and this week’s bargains on Wednesday.
Special Days This Week
Jan 29—Corn Chip Day
Jan 30—Croissant Day
Jan 31—Hot Chocolate Day
Feb 1—Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (another curiously placed day. Who wants to get up and eat Ice Cream for Breakfast in the middle of winter?)
Feb 2—Heavenly Hash Day
Feb 3—Carrot Cake Day
Super Bowl Week Suggestions
For 49ers Fans
Cioppino (a fish stew popular in San Francisco)
Crusty Sourdough Bread
Caprese Salad Reimagined
We don’t have a lot of fresh shellfish here, but use chunks of fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, thawed crab legs, or whatever looks and smells good.
Fresh Salmon Cakes
Caprese Salad Re-imagined
Serve on a bed of Romaine or Spinach.
Baby Heirloom tomatoes would be good. Any small balls of Mozzarella or even chunks of regular Mozzarella would work.
For Chiefs Fans
Oven Cooked Ribs
Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Oven Cooked Ribs
If you use smoked paprika you will not need liquid smoke.
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
Maybe use a bottle of sauce and some chicken stock in the slow cooker. Then add more sauce after pulling.
Serves 4 (can be easily increased)
2 1/2 cups frozen corn (thawed) Use frozen roasted corn if you can get it.
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice mixture
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 cup jicama, peeled and diced 1/4 inch (watch out for waxed jicama, makes it hard to assess freshness) If Jicama is not available use celery or apple, you need something crunchy
1 large tomato peeled, seeded and diced 1/3 inch
1 green chili finely diced
1 or 2 medium/large avocados, diced 1/3 inch
1/4 cup chopped cilantro,
1 small garlic clove, grated, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime zest and juice and chili powder.
In a large bowl, mix corn kernels with olive oil mixture and all the rest of the ingredients. Let sit at least 1/2 hour to let flavors mingle.
Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan
Chips and Dips
Bacon Wrapped Jalpeños
Fresh Vegetable Plate
Cheese and Meat Board
Here are 3 that look good
My favorite easy dips
Spicy Salsa Dip
Start by making 8 oz cream cheese soft.
Add your favorite spicy salsa until the consistency seems right.
Start by making 8 oz cream cheese soft.
Stir in warmed chili (canned or home made.) Don’t let it get too soupy. (This is why you make extra chili and freeze it.) Add some grated cheese, cheddar or jack. Stir well. Some finely chopped green onions are a nice touch
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños
Use thin bacon for this. Also use gloves for the cutting and removing seeds, the heat stays on your hands for a loooong time otherwise.
Here’s another take on the cheese/meat board.
A good choice for parties where most of the food is snacks and finger food.
Here are some things you might buy, but can easily make yourself
Custom Made Trail Mix
Allergic to some nuts? Don’t like raisins but love dried cherries? Mix up your own snack/trail mix. Many stores have bulk bins where you can pick out exactly how much you want of each item.
A good mix might be 1/2 nuts, 1/4 dried fruit and 1/4 other (think seeds, chocolate chips) Mix well in a large bowl.
How to make your own beef jerky in the oven.
And some sweet things
Might look for some way to add a little mire flavor.
A Really simple recipe.
ON SALE THIS WEEK
Ribs, Pork—$$.99/lb @Fry’s, Spare ribs, with digital coupon, whole in bag, $1.99/lb @Fry’s, back ribs, whole in bag. $1.97/lb @Safeway, back or spare. $2.99/lb @Sprouts, back, St Louis or country style.
Beef—$4.97/lb @Fry’ , T-Bone, $3.97/lb @Safeway, New York, bone in.
Beef, ground—$.99/lb @Safeway, value pack, with digital coupon. $3.99/lb @Sprouts, value pack. $8/10 patties @Fry’s, $3.49/lb (3 lb pkg) @Fry’s,
Chicken—$BOGO @Fry’s, Breast, thin sliced breast, thighs, tenders. $1.67/lb @Safeway, B/S breasts at full serve counter. $1.77/lb @Sprouts, B/S breasts.
Turkey—$.49/lb @Fry’s, whole frozen. $3.99/1 lb pkg, Ground. $4.99/1 lb pkg @Sprouts, Ground.
Fish—$9.99/lb @Sprouts, Salmon, 40% off frozen fish fillets, 32 oz @Sprouts.
Shell Fish—$3.99/each @Safeway, frozen lobster tails. $10.99/lb @Fry’s, Snow Crab legs.
Shrimp—$5.99/lb @Sprouts, 16-20. $11.98/2 lb bag @Fry’s, frozen, 21-25. $15.98/2 lb bag @Safeway, frozen, 31-40.
Sausage—$2.99/lb @Sprouts, Chicken or pork, links or bulk. $8/10 links @Fry’s, Denmark.
Fruits and Vegetables
Avocados—$69/each @Fry’s, lg. $1.25/each @Sprouts, jumbo, $1.25/each @Sprouts (O).
Tomatoes—$.99/lb @Safeway, Roma. $1.50/pt box @Sprouts, grape. 2.99/10 oz box @Fry’s, snacking
Greens—$2.50/bag @Safeway, Salad Blends. $2.50/bag @Sprouts, select varieties.
Celery—$.99/bunch @Safeway, $.88/bunch @Sprouts $1.25/bunch @Sprouts, (O)
Blueberries—1.97/18 oz box @Fry’s. $1.67/box @Sprouts. $3.34.box @Safeway.
Berries—$1.67/box @Sprouts, Straw, Black. $3.33/box @Safeway, straw, black, rasp.
Pears—$1.49/lb @Fry’s, Bosc, D’Anjou, Red
Apples—$.98/lb @Fry’s, Honeycrisp
Grapes—$.75/lb @Safeway, red, green
Other Good Deals
Whole Cashews—$5.99/lb @Sprouts
Chips—$5/3 bags, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos @Safeway, must buy 3. $1.67/each @Sprouts, Sprouts brand potato, Veggie, organic tortilla. Also Angie’s Boom Chicka Pops $2/each.
Laundry Detergent—$2.99/bottle @Fry’s, All brand, select varieties and sizes.