Food Haul 4.11.13

Food Haul 4.11.13 realfoodinarealworld.com

Finally a “cheap” week!  My fridge and pantry are stuffed and we are eating all kinds of tasty things.  The only food we bought this week was from Door to Door Organics, and even that was a smaller order than usual for us.  Total food costs this week was $62.

Food Haul 4.11.13 realfoodinarealworld.com

There are two of the biggest bunches of kale I have ever seen stuffed in that picture.  My goal is to finally perfect making kale chips.  I keep under or over cooking them!  I can’t believe I keep buying kale on purpose.  Anybody else think it tastes like grass?  I’m working on a bunch of non-grassy recipes, share your favorite!

I also had to replenish my oats supply because I used them all up trying to make a nut free version of my granola bars.  If my next experiment goes well, those will be up on the blog next week!  I have been toiling away at that recipe forever.  I’m trying a chocolate bar called Chocolove.  It is dark chocolate, almond and sea salt.  Not too much else new and interesting there, the usual Calder milk for local toddler (and his grape tomatoes! addict…)  Also some potatoes because this cool spring weather has me craving some potatoes.  Oh white potatoes, why can’t you be as nutritious as sweet potatoes?

What did you buy this week?

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Food Haul 3.28.13

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I don’t think I really ever realized how much food we use in a week until I started posting these food hauls.  It’s very interesting to take a look and see what we use in a week.  This weeks Door to Door Organics boxes were big again.  As you can see in the picture above, there is the usual suspects as far as produce, along with some dandelion greens and baby beets.  My husband ordered some Easter treats from Zingermans; a brownie and some fudge eggs.

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The second box from Door to Door had milk from Calder Dairy, cheese, boneless skinless chicken breasts, some breakfast sausage from Graham’s Organics, and Avalon 313 whole wheat bread.  One loaf is for my mom, she babysits for me so I bake and get things in my boxes for her.

We went to Pure Pastures (Natural Local Food Express) this week too.  Talked to Garry a little bit and found out that he will be at both the Canton Farmers Market and the Dearborn Farmers Markets this season.  He also let me know my quarter cow should be ready in a week or two.

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Picked up some necessities from Pure Pastures; free range eggs, garlic powder, chocolate milk from Calder Dairy, free range boneless skinless chicken breasts, and dark chocolate almonds.  The almonds are my treat, they are so delicious.  I only need two or three to satisfy a craving.

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A few random items from a local bakery.  They sell bread crumbs for 50 cents a bag and I keep them in my freezer.  I bought the bacon cheese for my husband, and made him a grilled cheese sandwich.  I think I’m wife of the year right now.

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This last photo is probably the most random of all our food this week.  My husband is a mechanic, and is always checking out cars for people.  This person needed him to take a quick look at something.  He works in produce and stopped by later that day and handed us a bag with these goodies.  The bananas are already cut and frozen waiting to be made into Green Monsters!

Food prices this week?  I think we are around $115.  It’s a little higher than I would like right now, considering we have a huge beef purchase coming up.  But, we purchased almost five pounds of chicken breasts.  I’m making chicken nuggets for the freezer.  Recipe coming as soon as I finish testing it!

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Food Haul 3.21.13

Food Haul 3.21.13 realfoodinarealworld.com

Huge food haul this week!  My husband had a birthday and we are restocking our shelves.  I will just give a summary so it’s not hideously boring.  We hit up Natural Local Food Express in Dearborn Heights, Target, and our weekly Door to Door Organics order.

First up is Natural Local Food Express (the Dearborn Heights location)

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Highlight of this trip was the chicken pasties.  Such a quick and delicious dinner!  I am going to talk to Garry or Su and find out more about the pasties, they were great.

Next up is the accidental Target trip.  Accidental, because I had to get some toddler supplies but my husband was with me.  He made some interesting choices, but I’m keeping it real and here are what “food products” landed in my cart.

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Told you, I’m keeping it real. Not proud, but we usually do pretty good.

Last up is Door to Door Organics.

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Huge order this week.  The Smoking Goose (Indiana) Applewood smoked bacon is a favorite here.  I love Avalon (Detroit) 313 bread and I got the birthday boy a brownie from Zingermans (Ann Arbor).  From Calder Dairy (Carleton) we got milk and sour cream.  Strawberry yogurt from Thomas Organic Creamery (Henderson) and La Michoacana (Detroit) tortillas.

For anybody interested in food costs, we spent $32 at Natural Local Food Express and $92 at Door to Door Organics

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