Mar 29 2010

A trip to a GFS

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Have you ever been to a Gordon Food Service? I hadn’t, until today.

GFS is a store that provides bulk foods and catering goods to restaurants, caterers, organizations and individuals. There’s no membership fee.

I bought butter ($1.79 for four sticks), 2 lbs. of raisins ($3.99), 5 lbs. of shredded mozzerella ($10.99) and 5 lbs. shredded Mexican cheese (cheddar and Monterey jack blend, $12.99).

In some parts of the country (like if you have a Kroger, for example) you can get cheese for a really cheap price on sale. Isn’t it like $1/bag for 16 oz.? Or is it 8 oz.?

But here, I’ve never seen stores mark down cheese like that.

The GFS price on cheese is roughly what it is at Sam’s Club — but without the membership fee of course.

GFS had a large selection of spices, giant jars of condiments, and an obscenely large jar of pickles. Big bags of rice and flour, and miscellaneous prepackaged goods, and disposable catering trays, and that sort of thing. Oh, and they have 1 lb. packages of yeast for something like $4.

I didn’t see anything marked “organic” (but it doesn’t mean they don’t have any, I guess). Oh, and I didn’t see whole wheat berries. When I asked the cashier, she was like “Oh, you wanna be really healthy!” Hah.

Still looking for a local source for those.

If you have a GFS near you, it might be worth a stop in.

What deals have you seen at GFS?


Mar 28 2010

Menu plan for the week of March 28

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I’m trying to keep my meal plan simple, but still full of healthy things.

Breakfasts:

Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, fruit, sausage cheese balls

Lunches:

Leftovers, salads with Romaine, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, walnuts, hardboiled eggs, dried cranberries, cheese…and whatever else I think to throw on it. Or, simple sandwiches (PB&J, ham & cheese, chicken salad).

Dinners:

  • Baked herbed salmon, cooked barley, side salad with homemade salad dressing (just a little olive oil, vinegar and seasonings)
  • Tacos with homemade tortillas and homemade seasoning. Before, I would have gotten the cheapest ground beef (even if it was fatty, since you can just rinse the cooked beef and lots of the fat will go away). Now, I got some local, hormone-free/antibiotic-free beef. It was $2.99/lb. And before, I would have bought tortillas and prepackaged seasoning.
  • Zucchini-crusted pizza. Haven’t tried this recipe, but you make a crust with shredded zucchini and eggs and a little flour. We’ll add tomato sauce, cheese and toppings.
  • Bowtie pasta with sausage, tomatoes and cream. Love this recipe! We sometimes add sliced mushrooms or cooked spinach. I always double the sauce recipe and freeze half for later (which is what this is) for an easy meal.
  • Wraps (made from those tortillas) with beans, rice, and misc. vegetables, and baked sweet potato chips or fries
  • “No sauce” whole grain rotini pasta with Ricotta and parm cheese, herbs and spices, served with a few sides of vegetables. We had tried whole grain spaghetti in the past, and I thought the texture was too gross. Lately, I’ve tried some whole grain pasta that has shapes — either the bowties or rotini. They taste delicious and you can’t really tell they’re whole grain. It could be that the brand uses different types of flour than the first type I tried (the blue box whatever it is).
  • Caribbean jerk chicken, steamed rice, and salad/vegetable. This is an old standby around here. Quick to throw together and yummy and reasonably healthy!

Snacks

Lots of fresh fruit. Last week, I pulled out a clear punch/serving bowl thing and arranged fruit in it. I placed it on the counter (happened to be in front of my cookie jar!) so we could easily see what was available.

Also, organic popcorn.



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