Category Archives: clean couponing

Weinervention dogs & squash

Family #Wienervention Cookout with Applegate & Friends

*Posting in cooperation with Applegate, to bring you more yummy content!

Will your family’s end-of-summer cookout include fun food like hot dogs or healthy foods like grilled veggies?  We shouldn’t have to choose, should we?  Maybe your family, like mine, includes some of us who could live with less meat, AND those like my hungry husband who thinks it’s not a cookout without meat on the grill!

Is there a compromise?

Weinervention dogs & squash

Applegate is helping our family work through this meaty issue with a #Wienervention. Instead of having to adopt a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy to have a picnic, we can add all-beef hot dogs to the menu along with garden-grown heirloom tomatoes and squash.

These hot dogs come from humanely raised animals that haven’t been fed regular doses of antibiotics or growth hormones.  They’re minimally processed, not “cured” like most hot dogs, which avoids suspect preservatives like nitrates possibly linked to cancer.  Their ingredient list is meat and spices — no fattening corn fillers.

Family-style wienervention clean couponing

Here at Clean Couponing, we’re not exactly saying you should consume hot dogs every day; but if you choose processed meats, look for “cleaner wieners” like these!  We love the idea that with a #Wienervention we can ease family members like stubborn carnivorous husbands (ok, he eats a few vegetables) toward a more wholesome approach to food.

Hubby and the kids all agreed these wieners have great flavor!  Our fun #Wienervention kit included some yummy toppings and gear.  Did you know that Applegate weiners and Rudi’s buns can create a gluten-free hot dog experience?  Pretty good, huh?

I would personally like to see Applegate go one step further and be able to assure us that the livestock, even in their “natural” line, has not been fed genetically modified grain. Currently, that assurance only comes if you choose their “organic” varieties.  But as far as grocery store food goes, Applegate is far ahead of other deli meat makers.

If your family needs a #Wienervention too, you can visit the Applegate website for coupons plus enter to win a year’s supply of “cleaner wieners!”

Ripe Tomato Pike County Garden

Green Goes Mainstream special #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat Tonight!

You are invited to a special #CleanCouponing Twitter chat tonight in conjunction with co-host @FlourSackMama – on the series topic #GreenGoesMainstream.  Here at Clean Couponing we are frugal with more than money.  We discuss values like wholesome food and reasons to have organic food as a choice with what studies show are higher nutritional value and lower heavy metals and pesticides residues.

Join experts from the Rodale Institute and Organic Consumers Association as we chat at 9 pm Eastern, 6 Pacific tonight about how Green Goes Mainstream with the growth of organic food!  You can RSVP here.

Green Goes Mainstream Twitter Chat2

 

KaleChipsCleanCouponing

Frugal Baked Kale Chips

Have you noticed how pricey kale chips can be in the health food store?  Fresh kale itself is pretty reasonable.  And growing organic kale yourself is the most frugal way to go.  Here’s how we turned part of our virtually free harvest into a healthy snack:

KaleChipsSnackCleanCouponing

Baked Kale Chips:

KaleRinsingCleanCouponing

1. Rinse kale leaves, remove spines, and tear leaves into pieces.  For best results, thoroughly dry before baking.

KalePiecesDryingCleanCouponing

2. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.

KaleTossedOliveOilSaltCleanCouponing

3. Toss bowl of kale with just enough olive oil to thoroughly coat pieces.

4. Sprinkle sea salt to taste.

KaleChipsBakedCleanCouponing

5. Place kale pieces in a single layer on baking sheet.

6. Bake approx. 15 minutes, watching to be sure kale becomes crisp without burning.

Serve as a snack.  Or, add to a soup for extra flavor.

*I got in a hurry by not drying this batch enough, then went too heavy on the oil.  They still tasted great.  Yours will probably turn out even prettier than ours.

Dehydrating kale has become very popular.  In this post the Food Storage Moms show you how easy it is to prepare kale with a dehydrator.

The Crafty Garden Mama created an entirely different sort of kale chip recipe that’s worth a try.

Prefer your kale in salad? Eating Made Easy has some savory salad ideas.

No matter how you serve it, kale remains a strong choice for snacks and meals.

may20DoA

Guest Post: Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil

When problems seem overwhelming for our children, we remind them to take things “one day at time.” Amazingly, their problems often don’t seem so big or so overwhelming anymore.

On May 20, 2014, you and your family can join me and my family and thousands of other folks around the world as we take one day and create thousands and thousands of actions around ONE ask: PepsiCo The Power to Cut Conflict Palm Oil is #InYourPalm.

Ashleyinyourpalm

For most of us, making a difference and creating change around huge global problems like the destruction of the world’s rainforests and climate change seems way too big and too hard to imagine taking on. As parents, between work in and outside our homes, getting to and from lacrosse games, music and dance classes, putting nutritional meals on the table, arranging play dates for our kids, and finding time for the occasional play date of our own, our lives are full, busy, and regularly frenetic and hectic. Continue reading

Rice for a Frugal Gluten-Free Dish

Maybe you have health reasons to try a gluten-free diet, whether from a celiac diagnosis or other concerns.  The transition can seem a bit daunting, and it can be somewhat more expensive when it comes to traditional baked goods without gluten.  However, a frugal, at-home staple for a gluten-free diet is brown rice.

cooked rice

Buying in bulk by the bag, or even bulk bin shopping can help you save on the cost of rice.

We show you how to make perfect rice in this post on frugal cooking.

Here’s more about gluten free food choices from the Mayo Clinic.

 

Our Frugal, Clean Couponing Grocery Shopping for Family of Four

We’re all challenged to make ends meet these days, aren’t we?  Yet, we’d be penny wise and pound foolish to pat ourselves on the back for being frugal at the grocery store, with no other values in our shopping cart.  That’s why clean couponing is about being frugal with more than money.

Budget-conscious grocery shopping trip for only $135 for family of four.

It’s common knowledge that good nutrition is the most important single thing we can do for our own health.  So, how do we balance the need for the best nutrition, free of pesticide residues, genetically modified organisms and other suspect additives in our food, without breaking the budget?  Could you feed a family of four all week for $175 or less with mostly organic, non-GMO foods? Continue reading

YoKidsPouchesCleanCouponing

YoKids Organic Yogurt Pouches Review & Giveaway

*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic, bringing you new information and the chance to win free organic yogurt for your family!

I’m not the only mom who gets nostalgic about every little toy her kids play with, am I? This miniature wooden wagon made a great prop for our new delivery of Stonyfield pouches.  I insist on saving all of the wooden, vintage-inspired toys my kids have been playing with — now realizing how fast my kids are outgrowing them.  I suppose holding onto toys is another way of holding onto #RealLifeMoments.

YoKidsPouchesKidCleanCouponing

My daughters, both so mature and school-aged, were sure to point out that they were really too big for the “baby” food, although they liked the taste of YoBaby blueberry in the new reclosable pouch. Continue reading

USDA Average Food Costs for Families

How much is your grocery bill each week?  As you might has guessed, the average price for food has crept up a bit each year, with USDA-estimated costs for feeding your family at least a couple of dollars more each week than it was a couple of years ago.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The United States Department of Agriculture keeps tabs on average prices for all food categories, then figures this in, along with dietary guidance and consumption patterns, to come up with its food plans. Continue reading

weill_big (1)

Is Palm Oil Healthy For Your Family? Dr. Weil Weighs In

So, you’re reading more ingredient labels and watching out for things that don’t sound like food.  You may be delighted to read about an ingredient like an oil that at least sounds naturally good for you and the planet.  The following guest post from Rainforest Action Network helps clear up some confusion about palm oil.

by Ashley Schaeffer Yidliz, Rainforest Action Network

Mother Ashley Schaeffer Yidliz with baby boy

Ashley Schaeffer Yidliz of Rainforest Action Network

Now that we’ve added trans fats to the list of ingredients to look for – and avoid – in supermarket labels, and the FDA is poised to ban them from the food supply altogether, we’re good, right?

Not so fast, warns Dr. Andrew Weil, America’s leading expert in integrative medicine.

Conflict Palm Oil is often used to replace those artery-clogging trans fats. It makes a good substitute because palm oil, like partially hydrogenated oil, is solid at room temperature. But is it actually healthy? Continue reading