Today: May 29 , 2020

Sales, Menus & Recipes: Shopping & Cooking In Quarantine

25 March 2020  

What to Do About Food and Shopping?

Update 3/25 10:42 PM: 

Supplemental Information on Fry’s for the week of 3/25/2020—3/31/2020

Fry’s put out an online only ad on 3/25. It is only a few pages and contains the disclaimer that the items on sale may not be available at all stores and that the prices apply only to stock on hand, no raincheck will be given.

That being said, there are a limited number of items on a Buy 5 or more—Get $1 off each item. The best bargains in that sale:

General Mills Cereal—$1.49/box

Cheese—$2.49/each, Kraft or Tillamook, select varieties

Other Good Bargains:

Yogurt—$.88/each, 4-5.3 oz,  Fage and Dannon


Pork Spare Ribs—$1.29/lb

Many Easter Specials—30% off, Easter Baking, Egg Colors

This week is different—for a variety of reasons, from supply chains to farmworkers to transportation, the coronavirus is having a major effect on our shopping and eating habits. All of a sudden, it’s not clear what food items will be available at any time, or how much we’ll be able to purchase.

Here’s the information we have right now—this may change.

Store Hours

Fry’s—opening—Seniors and disabled special hour 7-9 am, M T W Th.Closing 9 pm every day.
Safeway—opening Seniors and disabled special hour 7-9 am, closing 8pm
Sprouts—opening 7am—closing 8pm, no special hours for Seniors or others.
Wal-Mart—from 3/24 - 4/28, special Seniors and disabled 6am-7am every Tuesday (includes Pharmacy)

Store Sales and Ads

There will be restrictions on the amount of some items you can purchase at one time. These will vary by store and may change at any time .

Fry’s ad status unclear at this time.
Safeway has a reduced ad, some specials. Items may not be available but if they are, sale prices apply. There are the usual Clip or Click coupons but no weekly extra special just for U coupon.
Sprouts has no ad this week, there will be some items on sale but quantities and prices are not clear at this time.

What can we do? 

  • First, be flexible. Instead of saying “I’m buying THIS,” go to the store with an open mind. See what’s available and consider what you can make with what’s there. 
  • Inventory your pantry. Try to mix what you have on hand with what you can buy fresh. If there are staples you need, keep a running list so you will remember to buy them when you see them.
  • Don’t assume that if something isn’t there today, you’ll never see it again—keep your eye out for items that fit into your overall scheme. 
  • If you usually buy only small quantities of an item, such as meat for example, consider buying a “value pack” instead and freezing what you don’t need right now.

National Days This Week

3/26—Spinach Day
3/28—Something on a Stick Day
3/29—Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
3/30—Take a Walk in the Park Day
3/31—Tater Day

Spinach is a highly nutritious leafy green with excellent amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin and folate. It can be eaten both cooked and raw.

Garlic Saute´ Spinach

Catalan Saute´ Spinach

Spinach Lasagne (vegetarian)

A good dish to teach your kids cooking techniques.

Could also be made with tomato/meat sauce.

Spinach Dip, Hot

Maybe add some salt & pepper, garlic powder?

Spinach Bacon Salad

A classic combination. How about an avocado.

Ham and Potato Soup 

A ham is always a good thing. It can be used in so many ways. 

Another Good Idea—Grain Bowls

A way to use a wide variety of ingredients for nutritious meals.

Grain Bowls

A quick healthy meal any time, use what you have.

More Bowls

From Struggle Meals.

And some  additional recipes.

Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes

Requires fewer eggs than full size cakes.

Fruit Popsicles

Fruit Skewer Bouquet

You could just put them in a clean vase or water glass with some flower foam in the bottom. 

Here are a few items which are supposed to be on sale at Safeway this week. There is no guarantee that they will be available, but if they have it it should be at this price.

Beef—$3.99/lb, Top Round Steak
Chicken Breast—$1.97/lb, B/S, at full serve meat counter
Bell Peppers—$.99/each, red
Tomatoes—$.99/lb, Roma
Grapes—$1.99/lb, red, green
Oranges—$.99/lb, Navel
Strawberries—$2/1 lb. box, first two
Oroweat bread—BOGO