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Shopping & Savings March 30, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Life — silimommy @ 2:57 pm
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Yesterday I took my husband on a trip to the local Whole Foods (another of our favorite groceries). We shop there a couple of times a month, but I don’t go there for a lot of my groceries because they are… well, expensive.

Yesterday was a different story. I went in with the mind-set of shopping on a budget! What I mean by that is, I was paying closer attention to prices and comparing value/using coupons!

With that being said I came out with more bang for my buck!

{* =sale, + =coupon, WF= Whole Foods}

  • 1 lb ground white turkey
  • 1 lb ground dark meat turkey
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 pt. blueberries
  • Ezekiel Cinnamon Rasin Bread
  • WF Organic tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 2 large lemons*
  • Organic Italian cheese+
  • Sour Cream+
  • Chiobani Greek Yogurt+
  • Fire Roasted tomatoes+
  • WF Sharp Cheddar
  • Silken Tofu
  • Dates
  • 4 bunches fresh broccoli

I got ALL of that for the grand total of {drum roll please}……. $44.94!!!!

This is everything I needed (and a little extra) for the makings of our next 3 suppers and leftovers for Joseph’s lunches!

Tuesday night: Dark turkey burgers topped with a tomato mixture on top of whole wheat english muffins served with spicy steamed broccoli.

Wednesday night: Tacos (made with turkey burger). I already had most of these ingredients at home and only needed the meat.

Thursday night: Grilled Chicken Parmesan with whole wheat pasta.

Friday: I will use the leftover cheeses and veggies to make a Frittata (with the eggs that I already have).

I also got all of the ingredients to make Lemon Cream with Ana!

  • 12 oz silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 pitted dates coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (which I didn’t have, and didn’t miss it in the taste)
  • fresh blueberries (to top)

I also added a drizzle of honey for sweetness

This stuff is so good! You would never know that it’s healthy! Top it with some fresh fruit and enjoy!

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Fit for the dogs… March 4, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Life — silimommy @ 11:21 am
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…that pretty much sums up my night and my breakfast. 😦 Ana hasn’t been feeling well, and if you have kids you know that= no sleep. Thankfully this morning she seems to be feeling a little better. {Just so you know I don’t blog if she is sick, thus no post yesterday.}

As I said my breakfast was pretty much disgusting… I tried a meal idea from my INSANITY nutrition guide and I was SO disappointed! It was power protein oatmeal (plain oatmeal with vanilla whey protein and berries). Maybe I made it wrong, but this is how it turned out…

Does that look disgusting or what!? The texture was like a mixture of grits and oatmeal… Maybe like eating polenta uncooked…? (Polenta is very good… cooked!)

So I went back to my trusty (up until this point) guide, and I decided on an omelet! However I didn’t have everything it called for, so I improvised! Here is was I came up with after a long hard look at my fridge.

L’arte d’arrangiarsi!

The art of making something out of nothing!

This was my power breakfast, and let me tell you it brought me out of my slump!

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 slice whole-wheat toast
  • 1 Tbsp all fruit preserves
  • 1 large orange

Make the eggs and egg-whites omelet style, saute veggies, top toast with preserves and VIOLA!

My sweet baby-girl (whom I playing tea party with as I type (a mom’s multitasking talent), also had a wonderful breakfast! Over 1/2 of her bowl of oatmeal, a whole egg and some sautéed tomatoes! I was more happy that she ate something than anything! (She pretty much won’t eat when she feels bad.) So when she asked my for a “tookie” I happily handed one over!

Who says you can’t have dessert after breakfast!?

I do have one more thing to share with all of my “bloggies”! A new recipe!!! This is once again inspired by my nutrition guide but tailored to our liking and caloric needs for the day! You can do the same with this recipe…

Pasta Surprise

(lame name, I know, but oh well the taste makes up for it!)

  • 1 lb whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 bag frozen bell pepper strips with onions
  • garlic (4-5 cloves minced)
  • 2 cans tuna
  • italian seasoning, S&P (to taste)
  • feta and  quatro formaggio cheeses (low-fat)

Cook pasta al dente, in a separate pan saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant, add peppers and onions, saute 3-5 minutes until warmed, add spices and tuna and heat through. When pasta is cooked drain and toss with the vegetable mixture. Serve sprinkled with cheeses.

One good size portion (1 1/2 cups) of this is probably about 450 calories.

This was a huge success! My hubby loved it! 🙂 Which makes me very happy!

 

Much love and happiness to you all!