Attention Defecit Grocery Shopping Disorder

IMG_4716One benefit to living in a high-traffic/denser urban area is the variety of businesses to choose from.  I am able to walk to many grocery stores including Ralphs (aka Kroger), Pavillions/Vons (aka Safeway), Alberstons, Whole Foods and my favorite the Co-Opportunity.  This gives me an opportunity to seek out the best organic deals around share tips from my various random grocery store visits.

Best Overall Selection of Organic Food: Co-Opportunity and Whole Foods have by far the best selection, followed by Ralphs and Pavillions and last but not least is Albertsons.

Best Price for Organic/Free Range Chicken: Albertsons is usually the cheapest, followed closely by Ralphs, then Co-Opportunity and Whole Foods are about the same price.

Best Price for Organic Baking Products: Ralphs seems to have the best price on organic sugars, flours, chocolate chips.

Best Price for Organic Frozen/Canned Foods: Pavillions appears to have the best prices followed closely by Ralphs and Albertsons.

Tips on getting the best organic deals:

  • Scan at the circulars in your mailbox before recycling them to see what organic deals are coming up or view on your selected store’s website.
  • Walk the store aisles to see what organic deals are around.
  • Buy in bulk when there is a good deal but make sure you will use it before it expires.
  • Like your favorite organic brands on Facebook and be the first to know about the deals and coupons.
  • Use coupons (see below).

More tips from from Consumer Reports “Tightwad Tod” on how to efficiently and economically maneuver the consumer traps in the supermarket.

In the spirit of Tightwad Tod, here are some coupons sourced from Organic Deals:

I will leave you with a fantastic recipe that I from a free e-book for my Kindle application sourced on Facebook.  Think of this dish as a fried rice replacing rice with quinoa.

Asian Skillet Quinoa with Tofu (from the book Naturally Skinny: 100 Organic Recipes with less than 350 calories)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked organic quinoa (don’t read this as 2 cups uncooked, once cooked, the water adds weight)
  • 1/2 lb organic firm tofu, cubed
  • 3 organic green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • Any other additions like cooked organic frozen peas, corn or carrots for more veggies

Directions:

In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium high heat.  Add the tofu and sear on all sides until brown.  Add the green onions and cook 1 more minute.  Add the quinoa and soy sauce and toss to combine.  Add the beaten eggs and stir.  Serve immediately.

– Bone Appetite! GreenUp! Guy

 

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