In order for me to enjoy menu planning, and to stave off temptation, it helps quite a bit to know that I will get my treats. I need sweet, salty, and crunchy! For my sweet tooth, I have allowed myself to buy the Trader Joe’s 17oz of belgian chocolate for $3.29. I figure that should last me at least two months! That is a lot of dessert! As is Trader Joe’s lovely organic 32 – oz dairy-free chocolate ice cream (Soy Dreamy) for $2.99. I was very happy with it. Soy Delicious has a more intense chocolate flavor but I was perfectly happy with TJ’s – at nearly half the price.
soy creamy in a bowl
To protect myself against the desire to grab a box of Cheezits, I have invested in a 2-lb block of delicious Tillamook medium sharp cheddar (I got that for about $13.00 at Safeway). A small slice of that with some crackers makes for a lovely, lovely snack. As for a savory delight, I decided to make a habit of getting a bag of soft corn tortillas – I think I got two dozen for about 3 dollars. Pop one in the toaster for crunch and slather with canned black beans, garlic, cheese and hot sauce, for complete proteins and complete satisfaction.
On an attenuated note, I must also tell you of my victory with Safeway. I noticed that the Save Mart flyers were selling assorted pork chops for $1.59/lb. Safeway also a special price for assorted pork chops – but $2.49. I asked the cashier to let me know if Safeway honored price-matching and showed her the Save Mart flyer.
She called for a manager because she didn’t know. The manager told me that it was not their policy to price-match but that she would let me have the chops at my price if that would keep me coming to the store. I told her that I usually shop here but that $1.59/lb at Save Mart was very “motivating.” Due to the fact that none of us had a calculator handy, she ended up selling them to me for barely $1.00/lb!!! Craziness!!! They were delicious…I prepared them in a cast-iron pan with some butter, soaking them with my beloved Worchestershire sauce.
That’s all for right now, but I am looking forward to blogging again and enjoying your company!