Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meal Plan for HEB 9/17 through 9/24


I'm not great at consistency but I'm trying to be better! So since today is Wednesday (also known as HEB ad day!) I thought I'd get the meal plan up as soon as I could! Pickings are slim in the ad, so if my friend Kassie from the HEB Deals Group (join here!) finds anything awesome on her hunting/recon trip to HEB I'll update!

Here's the plan for the week!

Wednesday: Chicken tostadas: poached and shredded chicken (breasts 1.99/lb or legs $1/lb) refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomatoes (98c/lb), and sliced avocados (4/$5)

Thursday: Pork stir fry - Assorted pork chops ($2.38/lb) and frozen veggies and stir fry rice (free when you buy chicken strips!)

Friday: Bubblin' Buffalo Chicken Sandwich   and chips -Tyson chicken strips (buy to get free veggies, rice and book) Philly cream cheese (get free tortillas) and chips (buy 2 get 1 free!)

Saturday: Fish tacos, cole slaw, beans - fish sticks (buy fishsticks, get mashed potatoes and kids book free), tortillas (buy cream cheese and get free tortillas)

Sunday: Pot Roast -- Shoulder Roast ($3.97/lb), potatoes (red or gold, $2.67/bag) carrots (buy baby carrots, get free kids book) and sweet onions (98c/lb)

Monday: BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! (This is exciting for me.) Whataburger sausage ($3.98 a tube), turkey bacon, biscuits (buy turkey bacon, get biscuits) Orange juice and go-gurts (buy OJ, get go-gurts and a kids book!)

Tuesday: Cold cut subs, chips, veggies with dip -- lunch meat meal deal, bolillo rolls from the bakery, cut vegetables, and dip: mayonnaise (freebie with meal deal) whizzed up with an avocado (4/$5), and green onions (48c/bunch)

That's what I've got for y'all this week. I'm super excited for that buffalo sandwich - holy crap that looks good!

Let me know what's on YOUR meal plan - and don't forget - if you just can't be bothered to do your own meal plan, I'll do it for you! Shoot me an email and we'll talk pricing - you don't even have to shop at HEB, as long as your store offers the weekly sale ads online, I can do it!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good Food and Great Wine: A Match Made in Heaven

Hey guys! Now that the move is all done (mostly) I'll be back to blogging regularly! To get back in the swing of things, we've got a guest post today! Check it out....


For foodies from around the world, the combination of excellent cuisine and an enticing selection of wine is simply irresistible. Although a bottle of cheap champagne may indeed be sufficient for a rather informal gathering, the undeniable appeal of food and wine has made mouths water around the world for centuries. However, the correct pairing of these two is an art form as much as it is a science. There are some combinations that are naturally better than others; many of these depending upon the way each will compliment the other. For some of the best palate-pleasing ideas, let's have a look at a handful of excellent food and wine suggestions.

A Spark of Fruity Flavour

Some meals will begin with a light course of fruit before the entree is presented. In this case, lighter wines are the best; the slight acidity of fruits such as oranges and grapefruits blends quite well with choices such as a Sauvignon blanc. Also, let us not forget that lighter wines will not decrease one's appetite before a main course.

Fish Courses

Most of us are already aware that white wines are perfectly suited for a meal of fish such as cod or hake. In fact, most seafood will actually exhibit a stronger flavour when paired with a Pinot Grigio or similar variety. The only exception to this can be in the case of salmon. Some connoisseurs will occasionally prefer a Chardonnay to match the robust nature of this fish.

A Hearty Choice

A robust and dark red wine is the ideal choice for a meal that is pronounced by meats such as beef, pork or chicken. One of the reasons for this is the presence of what are known as tannins within the wine; these chemicals cause its red colour. Also, these tannins will cleanse the palate between each sip. So, the flavour of the meat is enhanced throughout the meal. As a general rule, darker reds and Bordeaux-style varieties are often preferred over lesser-quality blends.

Pasta Dishes

The personality of any pasta dish will primarily depend upon which ingredients are used. Thus, the type of wine will likewise vary. Spicy platters are best served with a red wine with an equally spicy taste. Lighter pasta meals such as those made from basil, pesto or seafood are better complimented with the rustic flavours of a Zinfandel. Unsurprisingly, meat sauces will be wonderfully enhanced with the aforementioned selection of a good Bordeaux.

Mediterranean Delights

Nothing compliments a healthy and light Mediterranean-style meal than a nice rose wine (also known as a "rioja" in Spanish). As most foods of this variety are cooked with virgin olive oil, this taste is heightened by the addition of a lighter wine. Although some prefer a Mediterranean meal with a red wine, it is a wise choice to instead opt for a wine that will not overpower the subtle nuances of the food itself.

These are some of the most popular pairings which are ideally suited for a variety of culinary masterpieces. Indeed, it is very much true that the wine can make the meal!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meal Planning with HEB

As y'all know I'm a huge HEB fan. One of the many joys of living in Texas is being able to shop there. I use their weekly ads to plan my meals for the week, and share the meal plans with y'all!! Here's this week's menu!


Roasted Lemon Pepper Leg Quarters, Crispy Parmesan Ratatouille (seasoned leg quarters on sale for 77c/lb at HEB, and the Kraft Fresh Take packages are BOGO)

Shrimp and hatch chile tacos, refried beans, canteloupe (12 oz bag frozen shrimp $5, refried beans FREE when you buy pre-cooked ground beef, and canteloupe 2/$3)

Southwest Turkey Burgers, Mac n cheese, roasted broccoli -- (Jennie O ground turkey $1 off yellow in-store coupon, and the BOGO Kraft Fresh Take, 5/$5 Horizon organic mac n cheese, $2.98 organic broccoli florets)

Turkey Provolone Stromboli, cut veggies --( Buy 1lb deli turkey, get 1/2 provolone free, organic carrot snack packs 4/$5)

Taco salad - pre-cooked ground beef, chopped lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and tortilla chips - (buy beef, get beans and cheese free)

Meatless Meal - Mixed Vegetable risotto and tomato basil bruschetta  (Organic vegetable medley $2.98, arborio rice $2 off yellow coupon, ciabatta $1 off coupon, tomatoes 98c/lb)

BFD (Breakfast for Dinner) Sausage, pancakes, strawberries (buy HEB smoked sausage, get hot dogs free, strawberries 2/$3 -- option - buy Eckrich sausage, get Lipton Brisk Bottled Tea free)

There ya have it! I hope this helps you plan your shopping for the week, or at least gives you some inspiration! As always, you can find me on Twitter or Facebook with questions, or just leave a comment here!