I love routine. In fact, I thrive on it! I love having a schedule (says the business-owner who works from home, ha!) and love filling my calendar with activities and a to-do list. For some reason, the busy-ness of fall gives me peace.
My sister says that she finds that same peace grocery shopping, going up and down the aisles and filling her cart with items for the week ahead. I can appreciate that sentiment. Some parents, however, can get stressed when filling their grocery cart because more and more, our grocery budget is being stressed. Prices seem to go up (anyone remember the cauliflower craziness last winter?) and as consumers we have to determine sometimes what recipes won’t be made that week because the ingredients are simply too expensive.
Since first launching its better food movement in 2013, Sobeys. has been on an important mission to help Canadians eat better food, more affordably. Earlier this year, Safeway and Sobeys lowered prices on produce and meat in stores across Saskatchewan, (you may remember when I wrote about it here) and they have now expanded that commitment to improving affordability and providing more value by lowering prices on thousands of everyday items across the store, up and down the aisles.
Since the beginning of Septmeber, Safeway and Sobeys stores in Saskatchewan lowered prices on thousands of everyday items in key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen and health and beauty products. You can find all the price-drop items in store and by looking for the bright green price-drop symbol.
This initiative comes at an important time of year for many customers as families are in full back- to-school routines and meal planning, myself included. But what’s more, is it’s not a sale or a short-term promotion. It is the continuation of a long-term commitment to Safeway and Sobeys’ customers – and I couldn’t wait to go check it out myself!
We have two small container gardens and this year planted zucchini! I was so happy with our little bounty of zucchini and have been happily grilling, spiralizing and baking muffins with it! I headed to Sobeys last week to pick up the remaining ingredients to make these yummy chocolate chip zucchini muffins, and was impressed with the pricing I found not only on the sale items, but on the everyday staples I buy regularly for my family.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- ½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- Mix egg, oil, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a bowl; stir into dry ingredients until just moistened.
- Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
- Fill prepared muffin cups ⅔ full.
- Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
I make two versions of this recipe – without walnuts for a school-safe variety and with walnuts for home, with each container being clearly marked when we freeze them. The kids love both varieties!
You can find a bunch of great recipe ideas and interesting food facts and tips at the Better Food Starts Here website: http://betterfoodstartshere.com/ Take a peek at the article titled 10 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze!
Did you find a recipe that inspired you? Now, not only can you create something amazing for your family thanks to Sobeys, you can win big!
From now until October 7, 2016 share a pic of your Better Food Meal on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BetterfoodStartsHere along with a description of how Safeway and Sobeys are helping you eat better, more affordably thanks to new lower prices for the chance to win 1 of 10 $50 gift cards! Full rules/regulations can be found here.
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