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It’s Meatless Monday-Cranberry-Orange Kale Salad

In Meatless Mondays on October 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Kale always seems to be on sale, but the price per bunch dips even lower around this time of the year. It’s a superfood too which makes it a nutritional powerhouse. However, two things I’ve found are, one; it can often be bitter. Two, it gives your mouth a workout because of the chewiness of this veggie.

I’ve found a couple of ways to overcome these problems. One is to cook it before I add it to things like soups. And the second way, which I used in this week’s Meatless Monday recipe, is to add some salt (for want of a better word), and then massage it. It turns the kale into a deep green veggie, almost like cooking it because it reduces it down to size too. Best thing is the salt removes any hint of bitterness and makes this veggie a little less chewy.

I like to pair kale in salads with oranges but for this one I took a short cut and used a can of mandarin oranges in my pantry supply. The liquid doubles as the base for the dressing so nothing goes to waste.

1 bunch of kale, washed, stalks removed (keep them for making stock), cut the leaves into small shreds

½ teaspoon salt

1 11 ounce can mandarin oranges (Drain them but reserve the liquid)

½ cup dried sweetened cranberries

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Splash of vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar for this one but rice wine vinegar would be perfect too)

Good pinch of pepper

About ¼ cup oil.

Place the shredded kale in a large bowl and add the ½ teaspoon of salt. Using your hands ‘massage’ the kale until it starts to reduce down and releases a liquid.

Place the kale in a strainer and drain all the liquid.

Place the drained kale in a bowl and add the slices of mandarin oranges and cranberries. Toss everything together.

Pour the reserved liquid from the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup and add some water so the amount totals about ½ cup.

Add the splash of vinegar and the pepper.

With a whisk slowly add the oil until everything is well blended. Taste test and add some more pepper and salt if needed.

Pour the dressing over the kale mixture and then add the crumbled feta cheese.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

 Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.

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Friday Round-Up-Saving at the Store

In Friday Round Up on October 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Another quick Friday round-up while I take a break from working on the last parts of my cookbook. I decided to add another chapter, this one on tips for saving money at the supermarket. The book finally has a title too…Adventures in Budget Smart Eating. Hopefully, the e-book version will be released before the end of the year and I’ll be giving away some copies for the holidays.

Fall Is Here

Fall has definitely set in and where I live we had the first frost this morning. While the herbs and vegetables are gradually coming to an end, the stores have great deals on things like apples, beets and squash. Now I’m waiting for sweet potatoes because I have a few recipes I’ve developed that need test testing.

Next week’s Meatless Monday features another fall favorite, Kale.

Know Where to Look at the Store

While I’ve been writing my chapter on ways to save money at the supermarket, one thing that most people don’t think about is where to look in the store. I’ve recently discovered the same item in two different places and two different prices, one much lower than the other. Sounds crazy but it wasn’t a one-time thing I’d stumbled upon. My advice look at every aisle, every shelf, and yes, especially the bottom ones to see if you can find the same item twice because it can save you money.

Herbs and Spices

Another tip, think about buying things like spices and dried herbs online because you get better deals by buying in bulk and can find things you’ve never seen at the store.

 

I found two money saving articles this week on the web-

Check out these superfoods-

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/here-are-the-cheapest-superfoods-you-can-buy-and-how-to-use-them/

 

Beauty items under $5-

https://shopping.yahoo.com/photos/drugstore-beauty-steals-under-5-1412697459-slideshow/

 

Have a good weekend and happy savings.

 

October Savings

In Georgine Saves Blogs on October 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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Georgine has plenty of tips to share with you this month-

The leaves are starting to fall! That means the prices are starting to fall too. Look for savings on grills and BBQ equipment that can be saved for next year, or better yet, that can still used currently.

Columbus Day is coming up so there will be lots of sales. Remember, sale prices go back to regular price when the promotion is finished. Clearance prices stay or go lower.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace you can warm up your home on these chilly days without turning the heat up. Be sure the wood you use to burn is properly seasoned, which means for at least 2 years, if not, your heat-producing efficiency drops as much as 30%. It should be dry wood with cracks through each piece and at the ends. Split wood should be gray and the logs should feel dry and sound hollow when banged together. If you neglect to use a screen, glass, or efficient blower on your fireplace it can suck more heat than it provides and ash and sparks can spill out. Make sure the flue is open and enjoy your cozy, warm fire.

New models of large appliances are rolling in so you’ll save on last year’s stock. You may find some travel deals now as summer vacations are finished.

Try to book your flight on the weekend you’ll save more! Keep in mind that October is still hurricane season, so ask about cancellation policies.

Denim always gets reduced in October so keep your eyes opened for some sales.

In the grocery, lots of snack foods will be at special prices because of football games and The World Series. Combine coupons with the sale prices and you’ll hit a home run.

As far as Halloween costumes go, you can save big bucks by waiting until the last week before buying. BUT , and this is a big BUT, if you want a pop culture icon or fad disguise they are the first to go so you may have to settle for what is left if saving is important.

 

 

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