Food Haul 3.7.14

Happy Friday!!

This week started with a very empty fridge and pantry. I reorganized my pantry and I tossed an embarrassing amount of old expired stuff. In better news, I am much better organized now!  I also packed up a box of food to donate so I know I won’t be wasteful.

Our budget was pretty lean for a couple weeks so we tried to only buy what was absolutely necessary. We ate just fine but a little boring. Wednesday was our Door to Door Organics day and it felt like Christmas!

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Lots of beautiful color in the boxes!  Local toddler was happy to see his Calder Dairy milk and some Brown Cow yogurt. My husband did our order this week so he got us both brownies (Zingermans for him and a vegan one from Pinwheel Bakery for me).  Also some Tofutti dairy free sour cream and Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon aka the only bacon ever found in our house.  We spent $60 at Door to Door and my fridge is so much happier!

I also went to Pure Pastures this week but I cannot find my photos!  I bought 2 whole chickens, frozen bell peppers, canned beans, soy sauce, potatoes, sausage, dried cherries and I am certain I am missing a few things. Spent $50.70 and $50 of that was covered by a groupon I had purchased for $30.

Did you try anything new this week?  Find a great deal?  Come chat about it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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Try it Tuesday – Immaculate Baking Company Crescent Rolls

I thought I would start a new feature about new products I am trying in the world of “natural” foods.  I aim to eat the bulk of my food as whole real foods, but sometimes we eat things with barcodes too!  I am still getting the bulk of my groceries from Door to Door Organics and they are constantly adding new things to their offerings.  I am attempting to add one “new to me” item to each order to expand my horizons.
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Today is all about the Immaculate Baking Company crescent rolls.  I love crescent rolls at the holidays!  I also love crescent rolls for making little rolled sandwiches for my 3 year old, as they freeze so well.  I do not love the usual ingredient list.  For example, here is the ingredient list for Pillsbury crescents:

Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Soybean and Palm Oil, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Baking Powder (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate). Contains 2% or less of: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Vital Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, TBHQ and Citric Acid (preservatives), Yellow 5, Color Added, Red 40.

And here is the ingredient list for Immaculate Baking Company crescent rolls:

WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, PALM FRUIT OIL, CANE SUGAR, BAKING POWDER (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), DEXTROSE, SEA SALT, CANOLA OIL, XANTHAN GUM, WHEAT STARCH, NATURAL FLAVOR, BETA CAROTENE (COLOR).

CONTAINS WHEAT; MAY CONTAIN MILK INGREDIENTS

The Immaculate brand is certainly not a perfect whole food, but the difference in those labels is pretty dramatic.  Because of the huge difference in ingredients I honestly did not have high expectations for the product to taste the same as the chemical filled rolls that I so fondly devour at Thanksgiving.

I was pleasantly surprised!  The little bites I tried were a yummy less chemical tasting version of the “real” ones.  My son enjoyed them as well, and I feel better giving him this version.

So what is the downside?  The price.  There is a huge price difference between these and the grocery store/Pillsbury version, probably several dollars difference.  I am a former couponer and I can remember getting Pillsbury for pennies.  When I look from that angle it is difficult to see how much they cost.  But, for your money you are also getting a MUCH better ingredient list and is Non-GMO Project certified.

The verdict:

I will purchase these again.  I love to make little rolled sandwiches for my son to keep on hand in the freezer.  I eat a lot of salad meals and at 3 he is just not that into salads.  Super convenient just to give him the “guts” of my salad and defrost a little frozen sandwich.  Now that I have had a closer look at the Pillsbury ingredients I probably won’t be able to purchase them again.  The price is tough, but I don’t buy them on a regular enough basis to worry too much about it.

Disclaimers:  I buy all these things with my own money from Door to Door Organics.  This is not sponsored.  I just like to share!

Real Food to Go 11.18.13

Happy Monday!

What is new in your world?  I got this fancy new phone that I’m learning how to use (Samsung Galaxy).  It takes amazing photos but I have to relearn editing and blogging.  I do 90% of my blog from my phone because I am always on the go with my kiddo.  I *think* I have learned enough to get me back to blogging!  Today is some more lunches!

 

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Leftover cold pizza is one of my favorite food groups.  This was a simple pizza I threw together one night when I realized we had nothing planned for dinner.  It was Trader Joes dough from my freezer, Target organic spaghetti sauce used for the sauce, some cheese from Whole Foods and Organic Prairie uncured pepperoni from the freezer.  We are indifferent about the Trader Joes dough, I need to get around to making some homemade dough and stash in the freezer.  I also threw in a PB & J sandwich, an apple and a spinach salad with some pepitas and dried cherries.

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Spaghetti nights are a toddler favorite.  Some Field Day pasta from Door to Door Organics, jarred organic sauce from Target, breaded chicken, and a spinach salad with some trail mix and pepitas and dried cherries.

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This lunch was repeated a few times!  When I make stir fry, I always make enough for like 10 people.  This was a simple stir fry made with Applegate organic hot dogs, every veggie in the house and some Soy Vay Teriyaki sauce.  Botan sticky rice keeps the hubby happy.  He said the protein shake was terrible, but I am guessing it may have been because it was vanilla and boring plain.

Food Haul 11.8.13

How is it November already?! Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly! I love Thanksgiving but I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by.

This week is just Door to Door Organics. Lots of goodies to share though!

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The Challah bread from Zingermans is a thing of beauty. It is pricey, but makes the best French Toast you have ever eaten in your life. We are obsessed with this bacon from Smoking Goose! Just a fair warning, if you eat it you will never EVER be able to eat regular grocery store bacon again. Completely worth it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! The eggs are from Creswick Farms and the milk in glass bottles is from Calder Dairy. Grabbed some maple Brown Cow yogurt and the always tasty Garden Fresh Gourmet wild mild fresh salsa. I also needed some Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese. I don’t typically like most dairy imposters but those two things are so delicious! Somehow the Zingermans brownie escaped being photographed, but I snuck one of those in the order for local hubby.

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In the bitty box this week I got zucchini, avocado, kale, pie pumpkin, potatoes, bananas, apples and lettuce. The warehouse had strawberries out when I picked up my boxes. Local toddler has been begging for strawberries forever but they are so pricey this time of year. I was really jazzed to see them there, thanks Door to Door Organics! He also picked up a green mango that he is completely obsessed with and won’t stop talking about.

Oops, I lied.  I also ran over to Aldi and picked up a container of organic baby spinach and three avocados.  I spent $5 and some change.  I spent $58.99 at Door to Door this week, so my total spending this week was around $64.

How about you?  Try anything new this week?

 

 

Food Haul 8.9.13

Happy Friday! Another week has come and gone, and this one was a little rough in the Real Food House. I got sick and my husband is working super long shifts. Pretty sure local toddler will climb the walls today if we don’t get out of our house!
Because I got sick, I didn’t make it to any markets during the week. Thankfully I have a veggie buying addiction, so the fridge is full.
Lets haul!

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Last Friday we had the great fortune to be able to harvest from the huge garden where my son attends playgroup. Lots of beautiful chard and kale. We also picked a few green peppers, a summer squash and a cucumber.

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Canton Farmers Market was fantastic last week. The author of “Farmers’ Market Day”, Shanda Trent, was selling her book and also reading and signing. We bought one and local toddler is obsessed with it. He talks about the farmers markets all the time, so it’s great to have a book about one of his passions. The illustrations are beautiful! I thought the price point was good too, it’s a very large hardcover for $13. Along with the book, we picked up peaches from Kapnick’s ($5), carrots and potatoes from Hand Sown Farm ($7) and from Prochaska Farm we bought cabbage, a watermelon, onions, bell peppers, corn and a broccoli approximately the size of local toddler. I think I spent $13 there. From Pure Pastures I picked up some chicken and some sausage for $15.

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Wednesday was Door to Door Organics day and we got a bitty box. My goal is to eat the beets instead of juicing them. I’d love some beet recipes! The box looks a little sparse because we needed a lot of bananas.

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Just a few cookies and milk items! Some Calder Dairy milk, Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory chips, Zingermans brownies and Avalon cookies.
Total from Door to Door must have been around $50. The Internet hates me today so I can’t check. That is also why there are no links in this post, I’m doing it from my phone and they won’t cooperate.
So the total for food this week was about $100. What did you buy this week?

Food Haul 6.20.13

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I’m sorry I have been kind of blog absent!  I can give you 100 excuses why, but I won’t bore you with my life story.  Stick with me, I promise the good stuff is coming!  I try to keep up on social media outlets, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I just discovered Instagram, it is so much fun!

Anyways, down to the food.

As is our summer ritual, we started Sunday off at the Canton Farmers Market.  I forgot to take a picture of everything together, but we bought some Swiss chard from Hand Sown Farm, some cinnamon honey baked almonds from Nana’s Nuts, and chocolate chip cookies from Kapnicks.  The real star of the show was my flat of non-GMO pesticide free strawberries from Prochaska Farm.

ImageAs of this writing I am halfway through the flat turning them all into low sugar freezer jam.  Total at the Farmers market was $33, of which $25 was the strawberries.

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Because Sunday was Fathers Day, hubby got to choose what we did.  He wanted to go to Holiday Market on our way home from the farmers market.

ImageWe bought coffee from the coffee bar and strolled around the store.  He picked out some spinach dip & chips, and cannoli.  We also picked up some marked down organic blueberries, avocados, and a few boxes of pectin for my jam making.  Can’t find my receipt anywhere, I’m guessing we spent $30.

Last up is Door to Door Organics.  As always, a cute story first.  Local toddler and I were picking up our box and the only item in the extras bin was peaches.  Local toddler refers to Door to Door Organics as “oranges” and all the workers know him as the orange monster.  The always awesome Mike got my boxes and brought kiddo an orange.  He held it on the way home, when at a stoplight I noticed my car smelled delightful…

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And now the food!  My counters are covered with jars of cooling jam, so lame pics today.

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The ever present Calder Dairy milk and some Thomas Organic Creamery blueberry yogurt.

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Spent $39 at Door to Door Organics this week, so our total for the week is $102.  Not too shabby because I’m expecting to have 16 pints of local organic low sugar strawberry jam to show for that as well.

Food Haul 5.30.13

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Things are returning back to normal here at the Real Food house.  If you don’t follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) then you might not know that Local Hubby and I both stood up in the amazing wedding of dear friends.  The wedding was at The Henry Ford Museum and the whole thing was amazing.  The food was awesome, they even had a sliders and Better Made chips station late in the evening.

For food this week, we just have Door to Door Organics.

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Trying several new (to me) things this week.  The usual Calder Dairy milk, Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon and a Zingermans brownie.  The new-to-me goodies are Garden Fresh Wild Mild salsa, two flavors of Kind bars, Chocolate coconut Larabar, Ann Arbor Tortilla factory tortilla chips and Great Lakes Potato Chip Company BBQ chips.

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This weeks co-op freebie was strawberries.  Local toddler was really excited, but he just couldn’t stay awake on the ride home to have a snack.

This weeks food cost was $51.

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