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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Post-Thanksgiving Deals

Post TG deals from today's visit to the 99c store included:
  • pint of grape tomatoes
  • 5 oz. corn husks
  • baby spinach
  • bunch of green asparagus
  • 30 oz. crushed Hunts tomatoes with basil
  • Green Giant 5 oz. white mushrooms
  • huge jar of sauerkraut
  • Mori Nu silken aseptic tofu
  • dark soy sauce (great for Pad See Ew)
  • rice vinegar
  • frozen blackberries and mixed berries (strawberries and blackberries)
4th and Geary St. Market deals in SF:
  • butternut squash 79c/lb.
  • acorn squash ~50c/lb.
  • sweet potatoes and yams ~50c/lb.
  • small container of blackberries ~79 c
  • red seedless grapes 69c/lb.
  • oranges 49c/lb.
  • celery 3 for $1
  • spinach 89c/bunch
  • leeks $1.99/bunch
  • kiwis 6 for $1
Take advantage of these deals!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vegan Thanksgiving

I haven't hit the dollar store recently for any good Thanksgiving finds, except for cute leaf-themed cupcake wrappers and toppers for a dollar.

However, I have found deals at Bay area grocery stores that I wanted to share in time for Thanksgiving:

Fresh & Easy (33rd/Clement in SF):
- raw cashews: $5.99 for 16 oz.  Trader Joe's price is about a dollar more.
- tofu always 99c per box
- their fried onion price ($1.49?) may be lower than TJ's ($2.99), too, per a comment on the Post Punk Kitchen site that I haven't yet verified
- graham crackers (no milk, but has honey, so not vegan) $1.99/box (vs. TJ $2.99/box also with honey)
- potatoes 99c for 10 lbs.

Trader Joe's
- Tofurky $9
- Amaretto $6.99
- Frangelico ~$17.99 for 750 mL

Grocery Outlet in Berkeley:
- walnuts 16 oz. for $4.99

4th and Geary Farmer's Market in SF:
- Imagine portobello vegan creamy mushroom soup $3.49 (vs. Rainbow Grocery $3.99)

Foodsco (15th/Folsom in SF):
- Green beans for 99c/lb.
- Sweet potatoes 2 lbs for $1

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deals for week of 8/3/11

Safeway
  • Almond Breeze almond milk $2.49 64 oz. (need in-store coupon, limit 3)
  • Black beans $1 for 15 oz. can
Tonight I made Pasta de Los Angeles from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes.  I used:
  • cilantro from FoodsCo (under 70 cents I think)
  • lime from Lien Hing on Clement St. (8 for $1.10)
  • spinach from Lien Hing (~$0.69/bunch)
  • pasta from a previous Los Angeles sale (~5 x 7 oz. bags for $1)
  • tomatoes from Lien Hing ($0.59/lb.)
  • black beans for 99c store in LA (32 oz. for $0.99)
  • leeks from 4th/Geary Farmer Market ($2.99 for 3 stalks; only small portion used here)
  • jalapeno peppers from New May Wah on Clement St. (~$0.70/lb.)

 

Yesterday I made Thai Basil Green Beans, also an Isa recipe.  Notable ingredients I used included:
  • green beans from a previous Safeway sale for 99c/lb. (this price also available at Civic Center farmer's market)
  • Thai basil from Ferry Building farmer's market ($2 for large bunch; a better price is found at Civic Center farmer's market, $1.50 for 2 large bunches)
  • ginger from 99c store (better price likely at Lien Hing where it's <$1/lb.)
  • leeks from 4th/Geary farmer market

 
The best part of the meal is dessert, and what a better way to round off these nutritious dishes than with a fresh fruit smoothie.  I used Chloe Coscarelli's recipe.  Notable ingredients include:
  • Soy milk (32 oz. West Soy at 99c store, or Safeway sale last week Silk 64 oz. for $2.49)
  • Blackberries ($1/basket at Civic Center farmer's market; I narrowly missed snagging raspberries for $1/basket, Driscoll brand, from 4th/Geary, but that was a leftover stock fluke)
  • Bananas (39c/lb. at May Wah- not New May Wah, but a cousin across the street on Clement.)
I doubled the soy milk called for in the recipe since the initial product was thicker than my liking.

 
Yum!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NorCal Dollar Store Deals

DollarStoreVeg has relocated to Northern California, where the East Bay hosts 99c stores that feature several of the same deals as the Southern California chain.  Unfortunately, the bargain basement produce deals are few and far between compared to Los Angeles.  At my most recent 99c store visit this past weekend, I spotted:
  • 15 oz. garbanzo, kidney, and black beans
  • Fresh baby spinach, pre-washed
  • West soy tetra pack 32 oz. soy milk
  • Arabian flat bread (great for pita pizza or with hummus)
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Bunch of asparagus
  • Balsamic, rice, plain, red wine, and white wine vinegars
  • The usual other greens: pack of romaine lettuce, celery, limes, red bell peppers
A couple weeks ago I had spotted 5 oz. cremini mushrooms and portobello (~2 caps) mushrooms, too.

As for other stores with deals (not necessarily for $1), I like the Geary & 4th Ave. market (called "Farmer Market") for their good produce prices, by NorCal standards.  For example, 3 bunches of leeks were $2.99, white nectarines were 79c/lb, and apricots were 69 c/lb.  They also have capers, olives, and other specialty items. 

I also love Rainbow Grocery (around 13th/Folsom St.) for offering bulk Ener-G (around $5-6/lb.) and nutritional yeast (under $7/lb).  I bought bulk vital wheat gluten (also just under $7/lb.) but later realized that I can get Hodgson's Mill or even Bob's Red Mill brands less expensively.  In addition, they have bulk brown rice syrup, TVP, and tons of other surprises (trail mix of various kinds, dry pasta, beans, lentils, etc.).  They no longer carry my favorite Black China Bakery vegan carrot cake with the delectable soy cream cheese frosting, at least not in the past few visits there.

If you are looking for Asian style fake meat products in the freezer section, both New May Wah and Lien Hing supermarkets along Clement St. (start at 6th Ave/Clement and walk east or west) offer them at just under $4/bag or more.  My favorite soy triangles with veggies embedded in them run around $4 for 8 little triangles. Thus these items are pretty pricey but cheaper than eating at a restaurant.  For example, ~12 veggie fish filets run around $10-12.  The produce prices are hit or miss: tomatoes for 59c/lb (good) while other items are less expensive elsewhere (Fuji apples 99c/lb. vs. only 79c/lb. at other places blocks away).

It took a while for me to find mirin to use in some of Isa Moskowitz' recipes.  Food4Less (aka Foodsco in NorCal) carried it in SoCal, but the SF Foodsco does not.  However, Safeway does sell mirin for ~$4/bottle.

Stay tuned for more NorCal DollarStore deals!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Asparagus Sundried Tomato Tofu Frittata, Sesame Asparagus

From the 99c store: extra firm tofu, sundried tomatoes in olive oil, asparagus, lemons

From the 99c store: asparagus, sesame seeds, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes

Dollar Store Deals 4/3/11

Today I found the makings of vegan crunchy tacos at the local 99c store.  These included: a dozen Old El Paso crunchy tacos, Pace salsa verde sauce, and Old California green olives. 

Other deals included: box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar) packets, ~30 oz. can of garbanzo beans, a bunch of aspargus, portobello mushrooms, and a 5 lb. bag of corn meal.

Lacto-vegetarians may be interested in: 8 oz. of Nestle semi-sweet mini morsels, Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, graham crackers, and vanilla wafers.

Let's not forget the Breathe-Right strips...yeah, they're vegan.  Gotta love the dollar store.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Roasted red pepper chickpea soup

This recipe came from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes.  My local 99 cent store sells fresh red peppers (tray of 2-3) and occasionally roasted red peppers in a jar; 30 oz. can of garbanzo beans; rosemary; and tomatoes.  The soup was very good, except for the rosemary was too strong to the point of bitterness.  I would cut back on rosemary next time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Deals of the Week 1/26/11

What's on sale this week? Most of the grocery stores I frequent have new sales starting each Wednesday (thru following Tuesday). I will attempt to regularly share items of interest and relevant recipes with you.

Ralphs (membership card required- free to join)
  • Silk almond milk 64 oz. $1.99 (must buy 10 of this and/or other items in ad to get the deal)
  • Kellogg's cereal 8-20 oz. $1.99 (must buy 10 of this and/or other items in ad to get the deal)
  • Del Monte corn, green beans, peas 11-15.25 oz. cans 49c (must buy 10 of this and/or other items in ad to get the deal)
  • Italian squash 50c/lb.
Food4Less
  • La Moderna pasta 7 oz. bag 5 for $1
  • Del Monte canned vegetables 48c ea 13.5-15.25 oz. (must by 10)
Bestway (no website, in CA, not to be confused with VA chain- also note ads may be location-specific even within CA, so check local listing)
  • bananas 50c/lb.
  • Fuji apples 3 lbs/$1
  • Roma tomatoes 3 lbs/$1
  • kiwi 5/$1
  • lemons 3 lbs./$1
  • green cabbage 6 lbs/$1 (Wednesday 1/26 only)
  • oranges 10 lbs/$1 (Wednesday 1/26 only)
El Super (website not up yet)
  • Granny Smith apples 3 lbs/$1
  • Asian pears 3 for 99c
  • Italian squash 50c/lb.
  • broccoli 50c/lb.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dollar Store Deals- fresh herbs, grape tomatoes

Today at the local 99c store I saw fresh 1 oz. thyme, oregano, Italian basil, sage, and rosemary for 99c each!  Basil is cheaper at Asian grocery stores ($5.99/lb.), but if you absolutely need Italian basil, this is a good deal.  These plastic fresh herb packs are usually ~$2 at other stores.

I also saw fresh green beans for 99c/lb. and grape tomatoes for 99c/pint.  Green beans can go as low as 59c/lb., but I have not seen this price lately.  Instead, green beans have been $1.50+/lb.

I sadly did not see any garbanzo beans, but I hope it is a temporary fluke.  I did see kidney, black, and pinto beans (30 oz. for 99c) and Hunt's diced tomatoes (28 oz. for 99c).

For vegetarian bakers out there, I saw Valentine's sprinkles by Cake Mate as well as a peppermint candy grinder (includes candy) for 99c each.

A lot of recipes from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes call for these fresh herbs, so time to stock up and experiment!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Deals of the Week- 1/19/11

What's on sale this week? Most of the grocery stores I frequent have new sales starting each Wednesday (thru following Tuesday). I will attempt to regularly share items of interest and relevant recipes with you.

Ralphs (membership card required- free to join)- nothing good this week
Big Saver
  • papaya 50c/lb.
  • Springfield 8 oz. tomato sauce 4 for $1
  • celery 2 for 99c
  • cabbage 33c/lb. 
Food4Less
  • Roma tomatoes 33c/lb.
  • Del Monte canned vegetables 48c ea 13.5-15.25 oz. (must by 10)
Bestway (no website, in CA, not to be confused with VA chain- also note ads may be location-specific even within CA, so check local listing)
  • oranges 8 lbs/$1
  • roma tomatoes 3 lbs/$1
  • pineapple 3 lbs/$1 
  • Pagasa pasta 7 oz. 7 bags for $1
  • yams 25c/lb.
  • papaya 50c/lb.

El Super (website not up yet)
  • lemons 50c/lb.
  • papaya 50c/lb.
  • white mushrooms 8 oz. 99c
  • Gala apples 50c/lb.
Stater Brothers
  • Quaker oats 42 oz. $1

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bean & Tomato Soup, Lemon Bars, Lemon Squares

What have I made lately using dollar store ingredients?  Using a recently clipped Tuscan bean and tomato soup recipe from the LA Times, a lemon bar recipe from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, and a lemon squares recipe from The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!, I went on a cooking spree this weekend.

The Tuscan bean soup used celery (sometimes found @ the 99c store; this time I got it at Bestway supermarket), canned tomatoes (from 99c store), dried oregano and basil (99c store or Big Lots), beans (I substituted 99c store black beans for cannellini beans), leeks (Food4Less), carrots (Bestway, Big Saver or El Super), potatoes (El Super) and margarine (El Super). 

The lemon bars and squares used sugar and corn starch from the 99c store, lemons on sale (see previous posts), flour (on sale at many venues during the holidays, from $1-$1.50 per 5 lb. bag), margarine, tofu (99c per 15 oz.  at Fresh & Easy; 99c store also sometimes has vacuum packed Nori brand tofu), agar agar (~$1.30 at Asian supermarkets), and turmeric (~$1 a small bag at Asian supermarkets).



Need I also mention that the metal lemon bar pan was from the 99c store, too?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Appetite for Reduction

I am probably one of the first people in LA County to check out Isa Moskowitz' new book, Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from the county library system.  What I like so far is that there is nutrition information for each recipe.  Several of the recipes are rehashes from prior books (such as chickpea gravy, cheesy sauce), but there are several that I am excited to try.  Sadly, there are no desserts.  Stay tuned for cheap renditions of these recipes. 

Deals of the Week 1/12/11

What's on sale this week? Most of the grocery stores I frequent have new sales starting each Wednesday (thru following Tuesday). I will attempt to regularly share items of interest and relevant recipes with you.

Ralphs (membership card required- free to join)- nothing good this week
Big Saver
  • Fuji apples 3 lbs. for $1
  • Small Haas avocados 4 for 99c 
Food4Less
  • Van de Kamp hot dog and hamburger buns 98c for 8 count 
  • Kellogg Special K cereal $1.78 for 11.4-14 oz.
  • Del Monte tomato sauce 3 8 oz. cans for $1  
Bestway (no website, in CA, not to be confused with VA chain- also note ads may be location-specific even within CA)
  • cucumbers 8 for $1
  • spinach 2 for $1
  • green peppers 50c/lb.
El Super (website not up yet)
  • Fuji apples 33c/lb.
  • Reynaldo's soy chorizo $1.29 12 oz.
  • green pepper 50c/lb.
  • Small Haas avocado 25c each
  • tangerines 33c/lb.
  • Asian pear 33c each
Stater Brothers
  • Stater Brothers pasta 49c for 10-16 oz. bag

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Deals of the week- 1/5/11

What's on sale this week? Most of the grocery stores I frequent have new sales starting each Wednesday (thru following Tuesday). I will attempt to regularly share items of interest and relevant recipes with you.

Ralphs (membership card required- free to join)
  • $3 Morningstar meatless entree (unclear if any vegan options included)  for 5 to 12 oz. 
  • bananas 39c/lb.
  • $1.99 Kellogg's healthy cereal and bars 4.6 to 19.5 oz.
Big Saver
  • cauliflower 50 cents/lb.
  • oranges 6 lbs/$1
  • green bell peppers 50c/lb.
  • Roma tomatoes 50c/lb.
  • Italian squash 50c/lb. 
Food4Less
  • tangelos 25c/lb.
  • red delicious apples 50c/lb.
  • $2.50 family size Post cereal 15-18 oz.
  • Pagasa pasta 25c for 7 oz. bag (=$1 for 4 bags = 28 oz.) 
Bestway (no website, in CA, not to be confused with VA chain- also note ads may be location-specific even within CA)
  • cauliflower 33c/lb.
  • Fuji apples 33c/lb.
  • green peppers 33c/lb (Saturday & Sunday only)
  • Pagasa pasta 20c/7 oz. ($1 = 35 oz.) (Saturday & Sunday only)
  • celery 33c/lb.
  • lemons 33c/lb.
  • yucca root 50c/lb.
El Super (website not up yet)
  • Silk soy/almond milk $2.19/64 oz. (Saturday & Sunday only)
  • bosc pears 50c/lb.
  • cantaloupe 33c/lb.
  • broccoli 50c/lb.
  • yams 25c/lb.
  • lemons 33c/lb.
  • Special Value frozen veggies 89c/lb.
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