Sales, Menus & Recipes: Fresh Fruits

07 August 2019  
Fresh Fruits Are Abundant Now - Hooray!

How many ways can you use fresh fruits in your summer diet? Of course there are fruit salads and fruit plates. Many salads benefit from the addition of melon, berries or chunks of nectarine or peach. Grapes make a great snack. Blueberries are wonderful on your breakfast yogurt or cereal. And then there are deserts—everything from peach pie to raspberry mousse. Fruits are low fat, but high flavor. So search out the ripe fruits of the season.

Special Days This Week

August 7Raspberries and Cream Day
August 8Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Day (One of my personal favorites, and leading to some great zucchini bread I hope.)
August 9Rice Pudding Day
August 11Raspberry Bombe Day
August 13Filet Mignon Day

Special Sales This Week

Wednesday August 7 is Senior Discount Day. Patrons over 55 years of age get an additional 10% off most items at Safeway and Fry’s.

Fry’s—Digital Deals, Fri & Sat, $.99/each, Capri Sun or Chips Ahoy, $1.99/48 oz Private Selection Ice Cream. Buy 5 or more, Get $1 off each one. Items such as $1.88 for family size Lay’s and $1.99/box for Club and Townhouse crackers.

Safeway—Fab 5 Sale. Buy 5 or more, Get $1 off each participating item. The special Digital Coupon this week is Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers $.25/bag, first 2. $5 Friday is August 9 only. Items include, Chobani Greek Yogurt-$5/10 cups, must buy 10, limit 1 offer, 8 inch meringue pies $5/each and Primo Taglio Roast Beef and President Swiss Cheese $5/lb. 

Sprouts—FROZEN FRENZY at Sprouts this week. ALL FROZEN ITEMS are 20% OFF. This includes, meat and seafood, vegetables and fruit, Ice Cream and frozen entrées. Everything Frozen! Some items are 30% off including some olive oil and all Lily’s Sweets items. 

Suggested Menu Items for This Week  

Note: An * means a video or recipe is given below.

Main Dishes

Spaghetti Bolognese *
Manhattan Fillet with Pan Sauce*
Pan Broiled Fish
Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops  *
Sheet Pan Steak Dinner *
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Boneless Chicken Parts *

Sides and Salads

Really Crispy Roasted Potatoes *
Garlic Bread
Steamed Carrot Slices
Grilled Corn, Indian Style *
Steamed Rice, white or brown
Polenta *
Melon Salad*
Green Salad
Orange Salad with Fennel  *


Raspberry Mousse *
Zucchini Bread *
Rice Pudding *
Raspberry Bombe *

Videos and Recipes

Classic Bolognese Sauce

Make twice as much. Freeze the rest for later.

Quick & Easy Bolognese Sauce

Mom’s Really Fast Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese Style

Can be prepared ahead, refrigerated, then served up after the concert, play, soccer game, wrestling match...

You will need:

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion finely diced
10 baby carrots finely diced
2 stalks celery finely diced (or pulse each veggie separately in a food processor)
2 cloves garlic, grated, finely diced or pressed
1 jar of your favorite commercial Pasta Sauce.


5 or 6 large fresh Basil leaves
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced sautéd at high heat in a separate skillet

Stir your meat and chopped onion, garlic, celery & carrots around in a heavy pot until the meat is browned and veggies are softened. Add 2 cloves finely diced or pressed garlic and stir briefly. Add pasta sauce. Heat through and let simmer 10 minutes or so. Add optional basil and/or mushrooms. Stir in then remove from heat. 

Serve with your favorite pasta. (Did you know you can cook pasta ahead, stir in some olive oil, refrigerate in bowl or plastic storage bag and rejuvenate by dumping briefly in boiling water. )

Manhattan Filet

A great Idea, especially for those of us who can’t afford a real fillet.

Pan Sauce 

Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

A little more fussy than some Instant Pot Recipes but looks tasty.


Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops in a Skillet

Sheet Pan Steak Dinner

Good Choice for Dinner for Two

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Boneless Chicken Parts

Really Crisp Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Corn, India  Stye

This is Indian Street Food. They use unripe field corn. 

You will need:

Ears of corn, husk and silk removed, leave on any long stalks.
limes, quartered
Dash of salt, your choice what type, Himilayan pink is nice.

A grill, gas works fine and so does charcoal.

Grill your corn ears, turning frequently. The long stalks will help, as would a heat proof glove. The corn is done when it changes to a slightly darker color and some of the kernels are browned.

Serve hot with the lime quarters and salt handy. Each person should take a lime quarter, dip it in the salt dish and rub the salted lime on the corn up and down until the lime juice salt mixture coats the corn. The good thing about this is the low fat content. And the taste.


Jamie Oliver’s Salad Principles

Melon Salad


Orange Salad with Fennel

Raspberry Mousse

No Ladyfingers? Try spongecake rounds or pound cake cubes.

Zucchini Bread

With ingredients the recipe’s inventors only wished they had thought of adding.

Kheer, Indian Rice Pudding

Raspberry Bombe

A quick and easy version

Raspberry Watermelon Bombe

Classic Technique. The watermelon effect is cute, but not necessary. You could use any combo of ice creams and sherbet, sorbet or gelato. It’s hard to do more than 3 layers, and you could do just two. How about Chocolate Ice Cream filled with Raspberry Gelato.

Items On Sale


Ground Beef—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, 100% Grass Fed. $4.99/lb @Safeway, Laura’s. $5.99/lb,  @Fry’s, Laura’s
Steaks—$8.99/lb @Sprouts, top Sirloin Filet. $4.77/lb @ Safeway, T-Bone, $4.99/lb @Safeway, Tri tip or Top Sirloin, Boneless. $7.97/lb @Fry’s, boneless ribeye
Pork Chops, bone in, center cut—$2.99/lb @Sprouts. $2.99/lb @Safeway. @2.99/lb @Fry’s, Assorted Loin, bone in
Chicken, B/S-$1.77/lb @Sprouts, thighs, $3.99/lb @Sprouts,Tenders. $1.47/lb .@Safeway, breasts, at full serve counter. BOG2 @Fry’s, breasts
Fish—$4.99/lb @Sprouts, Tilapia, $8.99/lb @Sprouts, Wild Alasskan Sockeye Fillets. $7.99/lb @Safeway, Whole Atlantic Salmon Fillet.

Fruits and Vegetables

Cantaloupe—$.99/each @Safeway, Jumbo.
White Peaches or Nectarines—$2.99/lb @Safeway. 
Yellow Peaches or Nectarines—$.98/lb @Sprouts.
Blueberries—$.75/6oz box @Safeway. $1.88/18oz box @Sprouts. $1.88/18oz box @Fry’s
Blackberries—$.75/6 oz box @Safeway.
Grapes—$1.48/lb @Sprouts. $1.99/lb @Safeway, red, green. $1.98/lb @Sprouts, (O). $2.49/lb @Fry’s, red, green, black
Strawberries—$3/1 lb box  @Sprouts, (O), $1.88/2lb box @Sprouts.$2.50/lb box @Fry’s, (O)
Greens—$.99/bunch, red or green leaf, romaine kale$3.00/box @Sprouts, Sprouts salads (O).
Avocados—$.88/each @Sprouts. $.97/each @Fry’s
Tomatoes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, on-the-vine. 
Sweet Corn—$1/6 ears @Sprouts.  $.33/ear @Safeway, Olathe. $2/5 ears @ Fry’s, Olathe
Onions—$.88/lb @Sprouts, red, sweet.  $.99/lb @ Safeway, sweet yellow
Carrots—$2.98/5 lb bag @Sprouts, large, table.
Potatoes—$.99/lb @Safeway, Russet

Other Good Deals

Eggs—$.97/dz @Safeway. Fab 5. $4.99/dz @Sprouts, Free Range, (O)
Canned Vegetables—$.49/can @Safeway, Beans, tomatoes & others
Cinnamon Rolls—$1/4 ct box @Safeway
Salad Dressings—$2.50/each @Sprouts, Drew’s or Briana’s
35% off All Santa Cruz Organic, and select varieties Justin’s Nut Butters
Butter—$1.99/lb @Fry’s Land O Lakes (Buy 5 Sale)
Cereal—$1.79/box @Fry’s, Honey Bunches of Oats (Buy 5)



Cindy LaMaster