Sales, Recipes & Menus: Peaches & Cherries
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19 July 2018
 

Monsoon Madness

The wet evenings may put a temporary stop to your grilling, but the humid hot mornings can bring on extra air conditioning, and make swamp coolers very inefficient. A good plan—bring out the slow cooker. In addition to some traditional slow cooker meals, we have gleaned some unusual ideas for that versatile appliance.

Peach prices are at a season low this week. Both Sprouts and Safeway have peaches at 77¢ lb., and Fry’s offers them at 99¢ lb.. Lots of recipes are online. This may also be the last week for inexpensive cherries—so make a cherry dessert, put some cherry halves in a salad, or just gobble them up for a snack. If you’ve never made a Cherry Clafoutis you should try it. It’s easy and oh so yummy.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Buy 5 Save $5 continues. School supplies on sale. 4x fuel points on gift cards, this Fri Sat and Sun only.
Safeway—Clip or click coupons, School supplies on sale.
Sprouts—Sprouts Brand Hatch Products 25% off, including Hatch Chili Veggie Straws, Jerky, and Potato Chips. Sprouts is featuring many Paleo picks at 25% off throughout the store.

Special Days this Week

July 17—National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 18—National Caviar Day
July 19—Hot Dog Day
July 20—National Ice Cream Sundae Day
July 21—National Junk Food DayNational Ice Cream DayNational Creme Brulee Day
July 22—National Penuche Fudge DayMaple Syrup DayNational BLT Day
July 23—Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Menus

Day 1

Baked Chicken Breasts
Quinoa Salad
Glazed Mini Carrots
Fruit Salad
Homemade Peach Cobbler

Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
A little fussy, but great technique and easy to vary the flavor.

Quinoa Salad

Glazed Mini Carrots

Homemade Peach Cobbler

Items On Sale

B/S Chicken Breast $1.77/lb @Fry’s, $1.99/lb @Safeway, $1.77/lb @Sprouts
Mini Carrots $.99/16 oz pkg @Safeway
Peaches $.77/lb @Sprouts and Safeway; $.99 lb. @Frys
Cherries $.97/lb @Fry’s, $.98/lb @Sprouts
Strawberries $3.99/2 lb pkg @Safeway, $2.50/1 lb pkg @Sprouts
Blueberries $1.98/18 oz pkg @Sprouts, $3.99/18 oz pkg @Fry’s
Raspberries $3.99/12 oz pkg @Fry’s, $2.50/6 oz pkg @Sprouts $2.50/6 oz pkg @Safeway
Blackberries $3.99/12 oz pkg @Fry’s, $2.50/6 oz pkg @Sprouts
Grapes $1.50/lb @Sprouts, red or green seedless
Pineapple $2.50/each @Safeway
Watermelon mini seedless, $.97/each @Safeway $1.88/each @Fry’s, $2.50/each @Sprouts
Cantaloupe $.77/each @Sprouts, $2.99/each @Fry’s, (O)

Day 2

Slow Cooker London Broil
Green Salad
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches with Burrata & Basil
Crusty Bread

Slow Cooker London Broil

I would forget the boullion cubes, use stock and a few herbs.

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Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches with Burrata & Basil

Items On Sale

London Broil $4.99/lb @Sprouts, AZ Grown, $2.97/lb @Safeway
Small Potatoes $2.50/1.5 lb bag @Fry’s
Peaches $.77/lb @Sprouts and Safeway; $.99 lb. @Frys 
Tomatoes $.99/lb @ Safeway, Roma, $1.48/lb @Sprouts, On-the-Vine, (O)
Mini Carrots $.99/16 oz pkg @Safeway
Head Lettuce, $.99/each @Safeway

Day 3

Slow Cooker Chili Dog Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Vanilla Ice Cream with Berry Compote

Slow Cooker Chili Dog Casserole

Watermelon Salad
I would use about twice the amount of watermelon.

Blueberry Compote with No Added Sugar
I like to leave some berries whole. Add in a few minutes before end of cooking time. This method also works with other berries and mixes of berries.

Items On Sale

Ground Beef $2.77/lb @Sprouts, AZ Grown$2.97/lb @Safeway, 3 lb + pkg, 
Sausages $5.99/28 oz @Fry’s, Johnsonville $2.99/pkg @Safeway, Nathan’s, Just for U
Watermelon mini seedless, $.97/each @Safeway $1.88/each @Fry’s, $2.50/each @Sprouts
Blueberries $1.98/18 oz pkg @Sprouts, $3.99/18 oz pkg @Fry’s
Ice Cream $$5.99/64 0z @Fry’s, Bluebell, $2.48/64 oz @Safeway, Blue Bunny

Day 4

Philly Cheese Steak Skillet
Green Salad
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Cherry Cake

Philly Cheese Steak Skillet Dinner (low carb)

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Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

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Fresh Cherry Cake

Items On Sale

Ground Beef $2.77/lb @Sprouts, AZ Grown$2.97/lb @Safeway, 3 lb + pkg,
Onions, Yellow $.25/lb @Sprouts, $.69/lb @Safeway
Cherries $.97/lb @Fry’s, $.98/lb @Sprouts
Tomatoes $.99/lb @ Safeway, Roma, $1.48/lb @Sprouts, On-the-Vine, (O)
Mini Carrots $.99/16 oz pkg @Safeway
Head Lettuce, $.99/each @Safeway

Day 5

Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)
Fruit Plate with Blueberry Compote

Pasta Primavera (vegetarian/vegan}
for vegan leave out cheese or substitute vegan cheese)

Blueberry Compote with No Added Sugar
I like to leave some berries whole. Add in a few minutes before end of cooking time. This method also works with other berries and mixes of berries.

Items On Sale

Pasta $1/box @Safeway, American Beauty
Italian Squash $1.48/lb @Sprouts, (O)
Cauliflower $.99/lb @Safeway
Onions, Yellow $.25/lb @Sprouts, $.69/lb @Safeway
Tomatoes $.99/lb @ Safeway, Roma, $1.48/lb @Sprouts, On-the-Vine, (O)
Mini Carrots $.99/16 oz pkg @Safeway
Pineapple $2.50/each @Safeway
Watermelon mini seedless, $.97/each @Safeway $1.88/each @Fry’s, $2.50/each @Sprouts
Cantaloupe $.77/each @Sprouts, $2.99/each @Fry’s, (O)

Day 6

Pork Chops
Beet Salad
Dirty Rice
Cherry Clafoutis

Pork Chops
A good technique, but don’t go by time as chops vary in thickness. Use a thermometer or cut into one chop, a little pink is now considered ok.

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Beet Salad

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Cherry Clafoutis

Recipe: Dirty Rice

Cooked rice (I prefer brown) with cooked stuff added, such as:

Sautéd mushrooms
Onion
Green Peas
Sautéd celery
Sun dried tomatoes
Small bits of broccoli or cauliflower
Bell Pepper

Items On Sale

Pork Chops $2.49/lb @Safeway, bone in center cut, $2.99/lb @Fry’s, boneless, center cut
Cherries $.97/lb @Fry’s, $.98/lb @Sprouts

Bonus Recipe: My Favorite Breakfast

Overnight Oats

This is pretty healthy, very filling, and couldn’t be easier. You will have to start the night before (another advantage.) 

Oats are on sale this week @Sprouts for $.69/lb in Bulk Foods

This can be made a single serving at a time in a steep sided cereal bowl. Or it can be made up in individual servings for the whole week in some type of screw top container of at least 2 cup size. But don’t add the coconut milk until the night before.

Start with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats (NOT quick cooking.)

Add 1 Tablespoon of each of the following: 

  • Chia Seeds
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Cacao Nibs (raw is more nutritious but toasted tastes better)

Now add whatever extras you like or have on hand. A tablespoon of nut pieces, a few pieces of roughly cut up dried fruit such as apricots, dates, pears, apples, etc etc. Use only about 2 apricots or an equivalent amount of any other dried fruit.

I particularly recommend some pieces of dried candied ginger, roughly cut or torn.

The night before add coconut milk (or almond milk, or cow’s milk or orange juice…) to cover by an inch or two (some like it thick and some like it thinner, you will have to experiment. If you don’t add chia and flax, you will not need as much liquid. Stir well. Place in the refrigerator overnight, covered. 

In the morning, stir well. The oats will be nicely softened and the chia and flax will provide nice texture. Top with fruit compote, jam, greek yogurt, or any fresh fruit you like. If you don’t have time to eat it now, screw on the lid and eat at your desk or in the break room as a mid morning snack. I have eaten it while driving, but that’s not very safe and can result in ruined work clothes.

Now, figure out how you like it—the only absolute necessity is the oats and some liquid. I have tried it with steel cut oats but that didn’t work. Use old fashioned or special thick cut (from Bob’s Red Mill—but pretty expensive for rolled oats.)

And if you forget to soak your overnight oats, or if the weather is cold and a cold breakfast doesn’t appeal, put the whole thing in a microwave safe container and nuke for a minute or two. If you’re cooking it from raw it helps to let it sit for a few minutes after cooking and before adding fresh fruit. Note: your dried fruit will not soften much, but that can be ok too.

One of the benefits of this breakfast is that you can control the carbs, fat and protein by your choices. For example, to reduce carbs, use only 3 Tablespoons of oats, use coconut milk (very low carb), use only a small amount of dried fruit or fresh fruit, but not both. To increase protein use cow’s milk, more nuts, and more yogurt. To reduce fat use orange juice or skim milk, no nuts, and fat free yogurt.

The variations are endless. Which reduces boredom and perks up your morning. Some people even add cocoa powder, which I didn’t like even though I am addicted to chocolate.

 

 

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.

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