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19 April 2018  

Yummm! Pecans!

April is Pecan Month. The Pecan tree is a native of Mexico and the Southern United States. Discovered by early settlers, it was not grown commercially until the 1880s. Now pecans is one of the more commonly used nuts in cooking, especially in desserts and sweets. It is very nutritious, being high in fats (mostly mono unsaturated) and in minerals such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.   

This week Safeway has a lot of Just for U digital coupons. There are also a Fab 5 sale, mix and match 5 or more of the blue tagged items and a limited number of items on sale at 50% off. 

This week Sprouts starts a “Your Change Matters” drive. By rounding up the final charge on your order to the nearest dollar, you can make a donation to the Sprouts Community Fund, which supports local school nutrition programs as well as school and community gardens. Spouts also has a 25% off sale on over 7500 vitamin and body care products. All items are on sale, limited to stock on hand and cannot be combined with other promotional discounts. 

Fry’s has a Buy 5 Get $5 off, must be in groups of 5.

Specialty Days Recipes

April 18
National Animal Crackers Day

April 19
National Rice Ball Day
National Garlic Day

April 20
National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day

April 21
National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day

April 22
National Jelly Bean Day

April 23
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
National Picnic Day

April 24
National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

April 25
National Crotilla Day
National Zucchini Bread Day

Links & Definitions:

All Store Coupons & Sales (on the Pillsbury site)
Fry’s Grocery Ad Fliers
Safeway Grocery Ad Fliers
Sprouts Grocery Ads 
BOGO: Buy One, Get One
O: Organic
B/S: Boneless, Skinless
AZ: Grown in Arizona


Day 1

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
Vegetable Salad
Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Simple Pasta with Garlic Butter Shrimp

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is a really easy cake. I love the technique with the dry ingredients.

Recipe: Vegetable Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This is a salad with different vegetables than the usual ones.

1 bunch kale (or other greens)
2 cups cauliflower buds
1 green squash
4 or 5 Brussels Sprouts
1 cucumber

Tear up greens and place in salad bowl.

Steam cauliflower, squash and Brussels Sprouts separately until just crisp tender. Let cool.

Cut up cucumber into chunks.

Place all veggies into bowl, toss gently, serve with poppy seed dressing


Poppyseed Dressing
No blender—whisking will do it too.


Items On Sale

Shrimp, $6.99/lb @Sprouts and Safeway and Frozen Waterfront Bistro 50% off @ Safeway
Greens, $3/each @ Sprouts, Sprouts brand organic salads, and Fry’s simple truth salad blends
Cauliflower $.98/lc @Sprouts
Squash, $1.99 @Safeway, Organic
Cucumber, $.99/each @ Fry’s, Organic, $$.50/each @Safeway
Olive Oil, $6.99/liter $ Sprouts

Day 2 (A kid friendly meal)

Pigs in a Blanket
Broccoli Trees with Secret Sauce
Bunny Salad
Ice Cream Sundae

Pigs in a Blanket

(You could also use refrigerator case crescent rolls)

Bunny Salad

(Note that at the beginning they give alternate decoration ideas.) This works just fine with canned pear halves. We always used marshmallows for the tail and cherries for the nose. Kids love to help make this.

Other Animal Shape Fruit

Recipe: Broccoli Trees

1 bunch broccoli, separate broccoli cutting down part way into the stalk so the pieces look like trees with a bunch of leaves on the top.
Secret Sauce—1/2 cup Mayonnaise, 1/3 cup catsup, 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce, 1 Tablespoon pickle juice


Items On Sale

Hot Dogs, $3.99/pkg @Safeway Nathan’s Beef Franks or Open Nature Smoked Sausage
Ice Cream $1.99/16oz @Safeway O Organics, $1.88/48 oz @ Fry’s, Dreyer’s Slow Churned $3.99/pint @ Sprouts, Talenti

Day 3

Italian Egg Bake
Steamed Asparagus
Green Salad
Pineapple Spears

Italian Egg Bake

A vegetarian dish for any meal.

Items On Sale

Eggs, $2.50/dz @Sprouts, England’s Best Cage Free, $2.49/18 ct, @Safeway, Lucerne, $3.79/dz@Fry’s, Organic
Cheese, 50% off @Safeway, 5 oz cups Primo Taglio brand, Parmesan, Blue, Feta
Cheese, $4.99/2 lb pkg @Fry’s, Kroger Brand, select varieties
Cheese, $3.99/lb @Sprouts, Mild White Cheddar, Bulk Cut, $3.99/each 7.6 oz Yancy’s Fancy
Asparagus $.77/lb @Safeway
Tomatoes, $.77/lb @Safeway, On-The-Vine, $98/lb On-The-Vine, Organic, $2.50/pint, Snacking
Bell Peppers, $.98/each@Sprouts, $.99/each @Fry’s, $1.50/each @Safeway, Organic, 
Pineapple $2.99/each @Fry’s, Organic

Day 4

Country Style Pork Ribs
Dirty Rice
Steamed Sweet Corn
Pecan Pralines

Dry Rub Baked Country Style Ribs

I love this recipe, but it is best on a cold day when you don’t mind having the oven on.

Crock Pot Country Style Ribs

He uses a commercial rub, but you could easily make your own. Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika.

Pecan Pralines

I don’t think you could get more authentic than this.

Recipes: Dirty Rice

It’s just cooked rice (I prefer brown for this) With some mix ins like:
defrosted green peas
bacon bits
sautéed mushrooms
fried onions
pecan pieces
or anything else you have on hand or like

Items On Sale

Country Style Ribs $1.99/lb @Safeway and Fry’s
Sweet Corn, $1/10 ears @Sprouts, $.99/2 ears @Fry’s
Pecans, $9.99/lb @Sprouts, Halves or Pieces in Bulk

Day 5

Ground Beef Stew
Crusty French Bread or Rolls
Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing
Cookies (or other bakery items)

Ground Beef Stew (Slow Cooker Style)
I would either add more tomato paste or some corn starch during the last 2 hours of cooking to thicken it up.

To dress up your Iceberg Wedges sprinkle on some chopped canned pimentos, some crumbled blue cheese and some bacon bits


Items on Sale

Ground Beef, $3.99/lb @Fry’s, 93 % lean, comes in 2 lb pkg for $7.98
Ground Beef, $1.99/lb @ Safeway, 80% lean, package of 5lb or more
Ground Beef, $3.99/sb @ Sprouts, 100% Grass Fed
Cookies $3.29/12 ct pkg @ Sprouts, Cookies, assorted flavors
Meringue Pies, $5/each @ Safeway
Rolls, $2.49/6ct @ Safeway, Kaiser, Onion or Hoagie
Bread, $1.29/each @Sprouts, Fresh Baked French Bread


Day 6

Pecan Crusted Chicken
Steamed Cauliflower 
Green Salad 
Cherry Cheese Cake

Pecan Crusted Chicken

This one is baked.

Cherry Cheesecake

Items On Sale

Chicken, B/S Breasts, $1.99/lb @ Safeway, $4.99/lb @ Fry’s’ Organic
Cauliflower, $.98/lb @Sprouts
Cream Cheese $2,79/each @ Fry’s, Philadelphia brand, Buy 5 sale
Pecans, $9.99/lb @Sprouts, Halves or Pieces in Bulk