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The Healthy Family Mealtime Makeover, Issue #011 -- Start 2006 By Grocery Shopping Like a Pro!
December 29, 2005

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One thing we all know that doesn't ever take "a holiday" is GROCERY SHOPPING!

It seems like I have been spending more time than ever in the grocery store. That is why I want to introduce you to Lana Dorazio whom I consider an "expert" grocery shopper.

Lana has developed a grocery shopping system that you can learn too.

Every time she goes shopping she has learned how to come home with delicious food for her family at a fraction of the cost the grocery store would have liked her to pay!

I would encourage you in this new year of thinking how you will save money with your family's food budget to investigate Lana's ebook, Save Thousands Grocery Shopping & Cook Great Food.

Try the easy recipe below:

This recipe reminds me of a cross between a souffle and a quiche. The texture is light and fluffy, a perfect companion to the heavier pancake.

A good New Year's Day breakfast idea....



Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

2 cups low-fat cottage cheese

1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated

3 eggs, lightly beaten

3 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles (optional)

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup onions, chopped

Blend cheeses, eggs, salt, baking powder, flour, and butter until smooth.

Stir in vegetables.

Pour into an 8-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes. Cut in squares. Serve hot or cold.

Source: Life's Simple Pleasures by Karen Mangum, MS, RD

Read an excerpt from Lana Dorazio's article When Coupons ARENíT a Good Deal

Donít get me wrong, I like coupons. Iím actually a member of a coupon website that helps me to match up my coupons with the best sales of the week! Itís a wonderful saving device.

However, there are pitfalls to coupon shopping that people fall into. If you are a diehard couponer, you might want to rethink your strategies for a more relaxed and timesaving alternative to couponing.

How do you know that, in using a particular coupon, you are getting the best deal possible? Unless you keep your own record of prices for items you buy, or unless you have the memory of an elephant, you donít know.

If, for instance, you have a coupon for a fabulous counter top cleaner that will save you $.75, reducing the price of the cleaner from $2.99 to only $2.24, are you really getting a good deal? You wonít know unless you have a basis for comparison.

If you knew that you could get the same amount of counter top cleaner at a discount store for $.99 how do you feel about using that coupon now? How about if you knew you could mix together the same amount of ammonia and water for a great cleaner for only $.25? Would you rather spend $.25 or $2.24? You be the judge.

The idea behind using coupons is to save money. In order to know if you are saving money, you must have a basis of comparison.

This is where a pricebook can really come in handy. A pricebook is simply your own personal record of the great deals youíve found in the past.

Without this important record, you canít be sure if the sale or coupon item youíre about to buy is really and truly a good deal or just another marketing ploy.

In short, you need to always evaluate other options before using a coupon.

My experience as an expert grocery shopper has led me to conclude that coupon shopping can be very beneficial, but at the same time, it can also be very misleading--if you donít use a pricebook.

Keep thinking and you will save thousands grocery shopping!

Lana Dorazio lives with her husband in the beautiful desert of Peoria, Arizona.

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2005


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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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