It's going to be easy to follow Mom's advice about eating your fruit and vegetables. Local supermarkets are bursting with fresh summer fruit - some of it exotic - and reasonably priced. That along with lots of specials on beef and the Taste cover story on fresh salads by Leigh Grogan http://www.sacbee.com/taste/story/1084771.html, this should be a cool week in the kitchen.
Here are the highlights:
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are 2/$4 at SaveMart.
Raley's/BelAir has a BOGO on personal size watermelon. Blueberries are 2/$5.
Safeway has the exotic fruit specials with Black Velvet Apricots, Aprium and Magenta queen peaches all for $1.99lb. They also have corn on the cob at 10/$2.
Some of the independent markets still have the best prices on produce. Rainbow Foods has avacado for 79-cents each; iceberg lettuce for 79-cents a head and personal watermelon 2/$3.
Foods Co. has cherries at $2.98lb; honeydew melon 2lbs/98-cents and a 2 pounds of strawberries for $2.98.
Here's the store-by-store rundown.
SaveMart: If Hawaii isn't in the cards this summer, how about Mahi-Mahi and fresh pineapple instead? Previously frozen fillets are $4.99 a pound; pineapples are 2/$5. If you're feeling more Italian, SaveMart is introducing an imported pasta called Fasolino's at 4 packs for $5. They also have a recipe for Tuscan shrimp and chicken pasta, which sounds delicious. You can add a fresh baguette at $1.49, slices of salame at $5.99 a pound and fresh mozzarella at $3.99 for a complete Italian feast.Other specials include bottled water at 2 cases/$7; 32oz tub of cottage cheese $3.69; Minute Maid OJ 2/$6 and Simply Limeade or Minute Maid enhanced juice at 2/$5. If you need a greeting card, check out the $1 off coupon in the ad.
Raley's/BelAir: Another delicious sounding recipe this week: Grilled Beef and Avocado Melts. I might improvise a little and swap the New York Texas Toast in favor of cibatta rolls but otherwise it's London broil $2.77lb; seasonings, avocado 4/$5; onion, tomato and Monterey or pepper Jack cheese $3.99. It's a main course the ad claims to cost "about $10." Cases of Aquafina water are $3.99; fresh cooked salad shrimp is $3.99lb; Fresh Express salads are 2/$4 and bakery baguettes are $1.29 each. If you want a sweet treat, try Nonni's biscotti 2/$6.
Safeway: In addition to those 10 ears of corn for $2, you can toss a tri tip roast on the BBQ. (Howe Ave. and Sierra College stores $2.99lb; 50% off elsewhere). Safeway has the BOGO going with bacon, Foster Farms lean ground turkey; General Mills cereals, orange juice; Nathan's beef franks; Lucerne whipped cream and Hefty storage bags. The best deal of all is - gasp - the Signature soups. Now, if it was the middle of winter, I'd drop everything and stock up. But even in summer, $3.49 is a great price. Their Kaiser rolls in the bakery dept. are 2/$3. They make great buns for burgers. If you're not into shredding, Lucerne cheeses are 2/$5 and Oroweat breads are 2/$5. I've seen Oroweat products as high at $4 a loaf. In the milk dept., gallons are 2/$6.19. And one last shout-out for cherries - sweet red or Rainier - $3.99lb.
Vic's Markets: If you get the Fulton Ave. ad, check out that chicken pose on the cover. Is it reclining, or what? A good buy, though, at 89-cents a pound for a Foster Farms bird. Land Park Vic's has avocado for 69-cents each and red or green bell pepper at $1.69 lb. Folsom Vic's has plums, peaches and nectarines for 99-cents a pound. Other good stuff at all the Vic's markets: Tilapia fillets are $4.99lb and Michelinas frozen entrees are 99-cents each.
Rainbow Foods: Don't usually start out with detergent but All varities are $2.99 with the coupon. Golden Grain pasta is $1 a box and Classico sauce is 2/$4. Dannon yogurt is 10/$5 and Skinny Cow ice cream treats are $3.99 a box.
Food Co.: Produce reigns with raspberries at $1.98 a carton; limes at 10/$1; cantaloupe 4lbs/$1; peaches 2lbs/98-cents; and avocados at 98-cents each. Other good stuff includes Yoplait Yogurt 10/$4; Kellogs cereals 4/$8; Minute Maid juice or fruit punch 2/$5 and LaModerna pasta at 3 bags for 88-cents.