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camping beneath a full moon

18 Jul

Meals (7/5 – 7/9)

6 Jul

MEAL PLAN:

Tuesday (7/5):  Spaghetti & Turkey-balls

Wednesday (7/6):  Grilled Chicken with Grilled White Corn Mango Salsa.

Thursday (7/7):  Ground Turkey Chili with Black and Pinto Beans

Friday (7/8):  Big Spinach Salad with leftover Grilled Chicken

Saturday (7/9): AM: Eggs with Spinach, Green Bell Pepper, Onions & Avocado

Lunch: Leftovers (Chili, Spaghetti, etc)

PM:  Burgers (with Morning Star Grillers)

SHOPPING LIST:

  • Ground Turkey
  • 3 ears of White Corn
  • Mangoes
  • Bell Pepper
  • Lime
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Morning Star Grillers
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Hamburger buns

I had on hand:

  • Pasta
  • TJ’s 3 Cheese Marinara
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Feta
  • Chicken
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Simply Organic’s Chili Mix
  • Salad Dressing
  • Fixings for Burgers

This is how I plan our meals each week.. I go through my fridge, freezer and pantry and see what I have on hand, then I go through the weekly ad for Sunflower Market and see what’s on sale and in season (usually the same things!)  and go from there. When I’m shopping if there’s a great sale on something not on my list, I ‘ll usually buy it and freeze or store it for the future. This makes meal planning simpler but also fun because we eat in season.

I’ll be following up with posts for each meal (hopefully) so stay tuned!

I’m back!

5 Jul

What a month it’s been for me! I dropped off the face of the blogosphere around mid-May (finals) and haven’t had a chance to even log in since then. I took four classes in summer school (so I can graduate in December!), took 8 exams in 4 weeks, trained not one but two new girls at work, went on vacation, moved to a new apartment, and almost had a meltdown because with all that going on I hardly got a chance to cook, let alone eat a normal meal at a normal time.

This is what led me to add a new page to this blog called, “Menus, Shopping Lists & Recipes.” I’d go shopping, get a few things that looked good and were on sale and then I get back home and realize I couldn’t really do much with what I got. Then having no time, it was easier to get a not-so-healthy alternative on the go. Perhaps having it all figured it out will make it easier on me when things get real hectic again and maybe it will help someone else out there, too!

It feels good to be back and on the right track to health again! I’m so excited!

second backpacking trip

9 May
 

grilled tilapia and pineapple salsa

8 Apr

The weather today was perfect for grillin’! This little dinner was fantastic and super easy! We marinated the tilapia in some pineapple teryaki sauce, sprinkled pineapple slices with a little margarita salt and chili powder and threw them on the grill. Once the pineapple was done, we chopped it up with some mango, green and orange bell peppers, cilantro, lime and a splash of orange juice to make the salsa. Throw some salsa on top of the fish and you’re all set to dig in and did we ever. I can see us making this dinner a lot in the coming months when it gets too hot to cook inside.

blackberry breakfast quinoa

4 Apr

 

the supplies

switched out the blueberries for blackberries

I threw the quinoa, water and cinnamon into the rice cooker and when it was almost done I added the blackberries and a little honey.
We put it in the fridge overnight and enjoyed it in the morning with blueberry yogurt.
 This was seriously good.

my little garden

4 Apr

Check out my mango tree:

mango tree

Looking so healthy!

In addition to the mango, I’m growing cherry tomatoes and jalapenos in my Aerogarden (the salsa kit!).

tomato blossoms

 I’ve also got some other peppers growing in a pot outside.

peppers

 

If you don’t have an aerogarden yet, I highly recommend it. Not only do herbs grow wonderfully in it, put any plants near it and they thrive also. It’s great!