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Old 03-14-2008, 03:28 PM   #76  
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Sorry, but most of those meals are really gross!
It depends--I really like their barbecue chicken and mashed potato meal
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:51 AM   #77  
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I know this is old, but I actually enjoyed those michelinas meals. The light or regular ones. Even the regular ones weren't too bad calorie wise from what I remember. (Of course, I am allowing myself a higher caloric intake than others.)
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:12 PM   #78  
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i could never support walmart, but i'm really broke so going to local farmer's markets helps a lot, and i go to local natural grocery stores. like Berkeley Bowl.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:12 AM   #79  
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I buy bananas on sale. When the are ripe, I peel them, cut each one into 5 pieces, and freeze them in a freezer bag. When I need a banana for a smoothie, it's right there! That way I don't throw away any overripe bananas.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:45 PM   #80  
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I am trying not to buy the rice/pasta sides like you suggested, but dont know how to make them, and my family LOVES them. Can you give me any ideas of where I can find recipes for them that are quick and more healthy than the boxes?

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #81  
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My tips:

-Menu plan
-shop the reduced produce rack if your store has one
-buy frozen vegetables during your area's non-growing season
-store fresh produce correctly, for maximum shelf life
-shop at a bread outlet. I shop at an Aunt Millie's one, but there's other brands who have them too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:48 AM   #82  
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I don't drive and end up shopping at the grocery store across the street. It is not a cheap store.

I look at the weekly flyer and make a list.
I buy some food at the local drug store (check flyer)
I do go to a small fruit market up the street and they often sell veg and fruits cheaply.
I go to the farmers market when I can. But I live in a major city, the farmers markets focus on organic and are more expensive then the big chain non organic stores. But it is cheaper then going to the organic stores. I eat local and organic as much as possible.
I do not waste food. I use food in soups etc.
Right now cabbage, carrots and onions are staples. Apples too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:41 PM   #83  
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I always make multiple batches of anything I cook and then make individual meals using my foodsaver ( I have nothing to do with the company and I think there are also other brands)

Anyway the food lasts forever and tastes like the day I made it. When I am on top of things I have a wonderful variety in my freezer- Sort of like a do it yourself Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem.

However, if I go on a complete freezer eating binge and do no cooking, I eventually end up with nothing and have to start over to build my supply.

I would love to try one of those fresh delivery systems but I think the cost is excesive. I want to lose weight but not at any cost.

Good luck everybody.

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:18 PM   #84  
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I love my crockpot. I buy cheaper cuts of meat (pork shoulder is my favourite!) and cook it all day with tons of veggies, beans and spices according to my whim. Freeze the leftovers.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:13 PM   #85  
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I love my CrockPot. Since there are only two of us, I plan my meals for the week around using up the leftovers. For example, if I eat pot roast on Sunday, then Monday's dinner will be beef sandwiches, Tuesday is shredded beef taco salad, Wednesday is soup then any leftovers get rolled into a shepherd's pie or pot pie.

It's not healthy to keep reheating the same food, so I divvy up the portions and then freeze them, thawing out one portion a day. This also helps keep me from using too much per meal.

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Old 06-06-2017, 08:22 PM   #86  
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Default this thread is great

I like figuring out the best combination of groceries for economics, health, tastiness, and lowest amount of work to shop and prepare.

I live in a city where there are tons of grocery stores I can go to, but it can be time consuming to go to them. I try to stock up at Aldis every couple of months because it is a longer trip to get there. Then every few weeks I walk to a bigger grocery store about 1 mile away and stock up there. And I make due with the smaller more expensive stores close by and take a break from longer shopping trips the other weeks. Luckily the best price on bread is the closest stores, and there is a discount vegetable store not too far away for the things that I don't buy organic.

So when I go to Aldis, I stock up a ton. I buy several months worth of organic milk and sometimes yogurt or cheese if I want it. They all have expiration dates several months away, but I check to make sure when I buy them. I buy tons of canned mushrooms, cereal, and any staples I'm out of that Aldi's carries. A bag or two of frozen fish, which they sell in shrink wrapped individual packages, lasts me a few months or more. And I buy any fresh fruits and vegetables that look good for that week. Their fruits and vegetables are often not very good, and will go bad before they ripen, but sometimes a bag of grapefruits is good and that lasts for months. Also they have small boxes of organic greens which are good for a week. Their bags of organic apples are often mushy and tasteless, but organic tomatoes are tolerable and well priced.

When I go out of the city I live in, prices are cheaper everywhere else around, so if I can, I stock up on non-perishables that I can bring home without spoiling.
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