Sunday, December 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Freezer Bean and Cheese Burritos (I made a batch of 10- ate one and froze 9! This will gve me the next 2 week's worth of lunches for a total of $8.)

Monday: Special New Year's date night

Tuesday: Pioneer Woman Roasted Whole Chicken, Beer Bread, Sweet Potato Cottage Fries

Tuesday Overnight: throwing chicken carcass in the slow cooker to make Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Wednesday: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup in the Slow Cooker

Thursday: Mettwurst, Roasted Broccoli, Kiwi

Friday: Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Spinach Turkey Meatballs, Mini Cherry Pies

Saturday: In-laws in town. Out to dinner!

Sunday: hunt and peck

Breakfasts: Waffles for the kids (Bob's Red Mill 7-Grain is dairy free) and Spinach and fruit smoothies for me

Lunches (I work from home): Freezer Bean and Cheese Burrito, Salad

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Mushroom Risotto

Tuesday: Roasted Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, and Red Onion on Bread Machine Focaccia

Wednesday: Ground Beef and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Thursday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Roasted Broccoli

Friday: dinner out!

Saturday: party!

Sunday: hunt and peck

Treats: Paleo Apple Tart

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Hamburgers, Oven Roasted Cauliflower, Pumpkin Bread

Monday: Mushroom Risotto

Tuesday: Herb Roasted Whole Chicken (from local Ed Hill Farms), Roasted Root Vegetables,

Wednesday: Leftover Chicken and Veggies

Thursday: Spaghetti with Summer Squash, Mushrooms, and Onions

Friday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza

Saturday: Guinness Stew, Beer Bread, Colcannon Mashed Potatoes

Goodies to make: Pumpkin Bread to "BOO" our neighbors with, Chicken Stock in the Slow Cooker, Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Beetroot Puree to make Beetroot Chocolate Cupcakes for preschool Halloween party

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Favorite Freebies of the Week

I've been surfing the internet quite a bit this week, trying to find activities for my 4 year old to do instead of begging to play video games.

I found there are some great free resources- handouts and all- especially on homeschooling sites.

My son has been enjoying the Pumpkin Sight Words from Confessions of a Homeschooler. It also had a great idea for learning sight words using do-a-dot markers. I promptly ordered some do-a-dots on Amazon, along with some clear plastic paper covers, so we can practice writing using dry erase markers. The do-a-dots remind me of playing around with my mother's bingo marker when I was a kid.

My son is also very much enjoying the free printable Space Pack from 3 Dinosaurs. There are loads of free printables on this site too!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Golden Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday: hunt and peck

Wednesday: Meatlaof with Hidden Veggies (I also add spinach to the puree), Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: Falafel with Cucumber

Friday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza with Peppers

Saturday: Star Trek Party! Wings, Beer, and Snacks

Sunday: leftovers

Hundreds more menu plans at Org Junkie here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

My mother brought over a rotisserie chicken while I was recovering from surgery (whey-free- we check every time!). This meant we had a lot of leftover chicken. We can't use any boxed mixes or canned soups for casseroles due to allergies,

This dairy free chicken casserole was good, though it took a bit more work to make the dairy free white sauce. I added lots of peas and a package of mushrooms, browned ahead of time.

The big people and the little people both enjoyed this. If you can eat dairy, melted cheese on top would probably go well with this.

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Home Command Center

( You can read what I've written for the CareSource blog about creating a family plan. There are plenty of links at the bottom of the post!)

I am not organized by nature. I love how much the internet has made it easy to find ideas to control the clutter that comes into my house. I've developed a good-sized Pinterest Board filled with organization ideas, and I've slowly been working through projects one by one.

Since my son is now in pre-k, and I have loads of papers coming in day care on a daily basis, I've been working this summer on creating a command center near the entry from our garage .

Pictured above- the first thing we see when we walk in our door and the last thing we see as we grab our keys to leave. This is a picture frame with a vinyl chalkboard sticker and hooks for hanging keys. I bought mine on Etsy, as I am not even remotely good at making such things, and my husband has no time.This chalkboard allows us to see at a quick glance what we have on tap for the day.

This project was an extension of my refrigerator redo I did in the spring.

 The right-hand side holds our family folder. My son does get some "home-fun" from pre-k, and it is clipped to the outside of his folder with a binder clip. Papers that need to be signed and brought into work or day care go in these folders.

Our fridge is right next to our garage door, so this is in the direct line of vision as we are heading out the door. On the left side is a chalkboard sticker bought on Etsy that lists our menu for the week.  I make my weekly menu plan every Saturday and post it here with links to the recipes I need. I then write in out on my fridge chalkboard.

My next plans: Making a Drop-Zone for shoes and backpacks in the garage, medicine cabinet redo, long term school paper organization, and a dollar store pantry makeover.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Weekend Cooking: Healthy Apple Crisp, Mushroom Stock, Zucchini Oat Muffin

Sunday: Birthday Party!

Monday:Spaghetti Squash with Olive Oil, Kale Chips

Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Asparagus

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chili, Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: leftover chili

Friday:      Black Bean BurgersSweet Potato Cottage Fries

Saturday: hunt and peck

Sunday: Broccoli Mac and Cheese for the big people, chicken nuggets for the littles

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Stuffed Meatballs

Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Balsamic Asparagus

Wednesday: Bacon Lentils, fruit, salad

Thursday: Beef and Cabbage Stew in the Slow Cooker

Friday: leftover stew

Saturday: Mustard Lime Chicken, Sauteed Kale

Sunday: dinner out

Snacks: Cinnamon Muffins

Pantry Needs: Mushroom Stock

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Menu Plan Monday-

Monday: Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Tuesday: Strange Conconction of Scrambled Egg, Bacon, Onion, Peas and Carrots, which was surprisingly good

Wednesday: Pork with Plum Sauce

Thursday: Slow Cooker Turkey Cutlets With Stuffing

Friday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza with Roasted Veggies

Saturday: Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus

Sunday: Out to eat

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Favorite Reusable Lunchware

My son started day care when he was 8 months old, and since then I have generally packed 100% of meals and snacks for him and our younger daughter. This is partly because of severe dairy allergies in both and partly because I do not find the usual day care fare nutritious or healthy. Snack items are often pretzels, Nilla Wafers, or sugary cereal like Frosted Flakes or Corn Pops, vegetables and fruits are canned rather than fresh, and breads contain high fructose corn syrup and usually some kind of dairy to boot.

I don't like the idea of throwing away money or sending out more plastic waste. I also am a little creeped out by using plastic containers, as there seem to be frequent scares about leaching. I'd rather just avoid it altogether.

I typically pack a sandwich or leftover meat, a container of yogurt with fruit and vanilla stevia, 2 fresh fruits, applesauce, homemade muffin or bread, a vegetable, and a thermos with water for each child. My son may also get some Annie's Fruit Snacks or Bunnies. We use insulated lunch bags that are flexible and easily wipe clean. I need a separate container for each item. This could easily result in needing 5 baggies and 2 containers for each child per day. I could buy store brand plastic baggies for $0.07 per bag, making it $0.70 per day, or $3.50 per week. If I send an individual almond milk or juice box, that could be another $0.50 to $1 per child per day. That could easily add $34 per month or more to my grocery budget.

You can reuse plastic baggies, as recommended  in the Tightwad Gazette. For myself, I don't think they hold up as well, and it makes a big mess on my kitchen counters. I can throw reusable baggies in the washing machine or stainless steel in the dishwasher.

I have tried quite a few things over the years. We have some Take 'N Toss plastic containers that were given to us at my baby shower that we are still using, but after 4 years of steady use, they are finally ready for the recycling bin. If you don't mind plastic in general, this is a pretty economical way to use reusables. Because I pack so much food, though, I can't quite fit enough of these in our lunchboxes. Sandwiches and breads still need to be packed in something else.

A few of my favorite alternatives are compiled below:

Kids Konserve Stainless Steel Containers- cost $25 for 3

Pros: plastic-free, no leaks, durable (using ours 3 years now with regular use!)

Cons: Heavier than plastic, lids can be harder to open, they do not nest well, so take up more room in cabinets

My take: We have 3 sets of these, and generally use them for daily yogurt, chopped fruit, and fresh veggies without any leak issues. The lids require help for our 4 year old to open, however. 

Eco Lunchbox Sandwich Cube- cost $20 for 1

Pros: stainless steel, lightweight, leakproof, easy to open for a child, durable

Cons: fits standard size bread, but not larger size

My take: These fit a sandwich easily and don't take up a lot of space or add to much weight to a lunchbox. My 4 year old can open the lid himself.

Thermos Brand Funtainer Stainless Steel Water Bottle- cost $12 on sale at Target

Pros: Stainless steel, straw is easy to remove and replace for cleaning, leakproof, insulated

Cons: heavy, especially when filled

My take: My 4 year old and 18 month old can both press the button to release the straw as well as close the lid. The lid stays closed in their lunchboxes without leaks, and are generally filled with water in the morning. My kids like the designs.

Wrap-N-Mat- $18 for 3

Pros: Fits a sandwich without extra bulk, wipes clean and reusable throughout the week, durable (I've had some for 7 years whose plastic liner in just starting to wear down, and we wash them in the washer once a week at least), BPA-free, easy to fold, lightweight

Cons: fitting a larger than normal sandwich can be difficult

My take: I have used these faithfully for years and have only had to send one to the dump recently, after 7 years of regular use. They are great for times there is not too much space in a lunchbox, or trips to the zoo when a lightweight wrap is needed.

Lunchbots Stainless Steel Duo- $20 for 1

Pros: Lightweight, choice of single, double, or triple compartments, leakproof, stainless steel, lid easy to remove for a child

Cons: heavier than plastic

My take: We just started using one of these, as my daughter often eats leftover dinner fare for lunch. This divides her protein and her veggie, and has not leaked yet. Since we often use stainless steel, having lightweight containers helps keep a lunchbag from weighing more than the child!

Lunchskins Reusable Bags- cost $9 per bag

Pros: closes securely, flexible, fun patterns, washes in washing machine, lightweight, multiple sizes

Cons: requires washing, fades with washing, not leak-proof

My take: We have 4-5 of these and use them almost daily for breads, muffins, cookies, or other homemade treats. We often just shake out the crumbs and air out to send the next day. We turn these inside out and attach the velcro so it doesn't snag anything in the wash. We keep a plastic bin under the kitchen sink for soiled Wrap-N-Mats, cloth bags, cloth napkins, and bibs, and wash them together.

Bambu Natural Kids Utensils- cost $8 per set

Pros: sustainable bamboo, small sized that fits a child's hands easily, fork is not too sharp, organic

Cons: wood can wear down over long use, must hand-wash

My take: These are perfectly sized for a younger child. My 4 year old and my 18-month old both use these with ease. My greatest fear is that they will get thrown out by accident at day care! It really only takes 3 minutes of my time at night to hand-wash these.

Cloth Napkins- cost varies widely. I've seen napkins at Goodwill for $0.25 each. I've bought 8  custom ones on Etsy for $1 each. If you have the skills, you can sew or crochet your own.

My Costs:

Over the past 4 years, we've spent $260 on reusable lunch items, including the lunchboxes. The cost up front is much more than the cost of a box of Kroger-brand plastic sandwich bags, however we've been able to spread it out. I've often shopped at when a coupon code is out, in order to bring down costs. We are still coming out ahead. I calculate that these reusables have paid for themselves within 7.5 months of use. If I weren't avoiding plastic containers, that could have happened is less time.

Menu Plan Monday

Surgery is done and I am starting to cook again!

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Fruit

Tuesday:Homemade Chicken Pot Pie made with rotisserie chicken

Wednesday: Boston Baked Beans in slow cooker, Cantaloupe, Carrots

Thursday: Leftover Beans

Friday: hunt and peck- friend may bring meal

Saturday: Beef and Bean Chimichangas, Guac, watermelon

Treats: Banana Bread made by Grandma, and Cousin Alicia's Vegan Snacks, recipe below:

Put about 1/2 cup almonds in a food processor and chop them up pretty fine.  Add to it 8 - 10 pitted medjool dates, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, about 3 tbsp cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt.  Process it until it balls up.  Then form little balls and you can roll these in coconut if you want!

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Julia Child's Beouf Bourguignon, salad

Monday: leftover beouf

Tuesday: Pork with Balsamic Plum Sauce, watermelon

Wednesday:Poached Eggs with Spinach and Leeks, strawberries

Thursday:Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Peas, Grapes

Friday: Lentil Burritos, Guac, Salsa, corn on the cob

Saturday: date night!

Snacks: Chocolate Vegan Zucchini Muffins

Monday, August 6, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Turkey Zucchini Burgers, Peas, Pineapple

Tuesday: Chimichangas with Beef and Beans, Wholly Guacamole, Oranges

Wednesday: Falafel with Cucumbers

Thursday: Quinoa Pasta with Onions, Zucchini, and Red Sauce

Friday: Mujadarrah, lentils made with homemade chicken stock, Slow Cooker Rice, Salad, Grapes

Saturday: Wendy's after the zoo!

Sunday: Pineapple Chicken Kebobs, Kale Chips

Breakfast: Overnight Oats!

Lunches: leftovers or salad

More menus here!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

 Long time no post! Our camera broke a few weeks ago, and we decided to finally upgrade our 6 year old phones to android phones. Love them! I just need to figure out how to upload photos, and I'll be set!

I've also been very sick the past 2 months. I finally found out my gallbladder is rotten and it will be coming out in 3 weeks. I've been on a very limited diet because of the pain, but am starting to cook a bit here and there.

The better news is that I won a Wholly Guacamole Prize Pack from Dragondreamer's Lair! I have to be careful about how much of it I eat, due to how the fat content affects my gallbladder, but I am enjoying the new salsa and my 17 month old daughter loves the guac!

Sunday: Big Vat of Beef Vegetable Soup in the slow cooker

Monday: Leftover soup!

Tuesday: Agave Lime Chicken

Wednesday: Falafel with Cucumber Sauce

 Thursday:  Beef and Bean Chimichangas, Salad

Friday: Quinoa Pasta with Tomatoes, Sauteed Onion and Zucchini, and Fresh Basil

Saturday: Date night?

Breakfasts: Overnight Oatmeal (my favorite combo now is 1/3 c. oats, 1/3 c. unsweetened plain almond milk, 1/2 TB chia seeds, 1/2 sliced banana a couple drops a vanilla stevia, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The next morning, I add a scoop of peanut butter and some fresh blueberries) or Fruit and Spinach Smoothies

Lunches: Blackberry Smoothie or Veggie Smoothie. Snack of nuts and fruit, or a few squares of sharp cheddar.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Marinated Grilled Chicken Kebabs, Strawberries and Cantaloupe, Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash

Tuesday: Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Cauliflower, Oven Roasted Green Beans, fruit

Wednesday: Broccoli, Cheese, and Potato Soup, Wild Rice with Mushrooms

Thursday: Mexican Baked Eggs with Black Beans, oranges

Friday: Zucchini Burgers, Melon, Kale Chips

Saturday: Agave Lime Chicken, Fresh Green Beans, oranges

Sunday: hunt and peck

Breakfasts: Green Monster or Overnight Oats (I like mine with added strawberry and blueberries and a small scoop of peanut or sunflower butter)

To make: slow cooker vegetable stock, homemade Lara Bars using my homemade granola, Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Hunt and peck

Tuesday: Mexican Baked Eggs

Wednesday: hunt and peck- busy work day

Thursday: Maple Mustard Chicken, Broccoli

Friday: Cranberry Port Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Cauliflower

Saturday: Picnic, making Picnic Fruit Kabobs and Berry Ice Cubes

Sunday: Outback for birthday

Many more menu plans here!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Food Experimentations

Chocolate Pudding, from The Unrefined Kitchen. My son loved it. Next time I will add the arrowroot in dribs and drabs, and mix well before adding more, as it congealed quickly.  I like my dairy- I know- shoot me. I will make some with cow's milk for myself next time, as I was not keen on the nutty flavor, though it had a good deep chocolate tone to it.

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth, from Nom Nom Paleo. I know, it looks gross, but I yielded another freezer stockpile of rich and non-creepy broth. OK, unless you find meat creepy. Then you might want to look away.

Chocolate Cake Batter Overnight Oats from Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth. I've been seeing a lot of overnight oat recipes in food blogs lately. My oats are gluten free, and they don't appear to cause me the same issues that wheat does. I loved this, and have been eating it every morning since trying it. If you want to try chia seeds but are wigged out about it, try it in this. The chocolate hides them, and you have no idea you are eating them.

Pork with Plum- OK, we used Peaches- Sauce, from the Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. Yum! Savory heaven! We've been eating this once a week since trying it.

No pictures of the Paleo Bread. It was -myeh. Easy to make, and I had about a 3 inch rise. It had a strong coconut flavor. I don't really like coconut much. My husband didn't care for it, my toddler pushed it away, but my son ate it. If you like coconut, you will probably like the bread. I'm thinking of making it with olive oil instead of coconut oil.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Herb Roasted Chicken

We had a very successful experimentation with Herb Roasted Chicken. I bought a chicken from local Ed Hill Farms. The neck was still attached, which creeped me out a bit, but it was very useful to make stock with later on.  This was a very moist, delicious chicken. I will not make the mistake next time of using too much olive oil, as it started to smoke and set off our fire alarms. Oops!

It still turned out well, and my family gobbled it up in one sitting. 

I used the leftover carcass and the neck to make my own sodium and gluten free stock. I popped everything in the slow cooker in the morning, and had 10 cups of stock ready by the evening.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Pork with Peach Sauce (substituting peaches for plums), peas, strawberries

Tuesday: Herb Roasted Chicken a la Pioneer Woman, Roasted Broccoli, Oranges

Wednesday: Quinoa with Sauteed Mushroom, Peppers, Onions, and Parmesan, Asparagus, watermelon

Thursday: Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Oranges

Friday: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Scrambled Eggs with Sauteed Mushrooms

Saturday: Cottage Pie with Leek Mashed Potatoes,

Chicken Broth in the Slow Cooker, Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Pudding

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Pork with Plum Sauce (we're using peaches), Salad with Julia Child's Vinagrette
Tuesday: Mustard Lime Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Cucumber Slices

Wednesday: Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: Perfect Eggs, Pumpkin Bars, Slow Cooker Potatoes and Onions

Friday: Gluten Free Meatloaf (veggie infused), Peas, Strawberries

Saturday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Grilled Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Onions

Lunches: Pumpkin Bars, Nuts, Salami/Pepperoni with Cheese, Salad, Fruit, Granola and fruit

Breakfasts: Oatmeal with Walnuts, Raisins, and Almond Milk or Green Monster Smoothie with added flax seed oil and chia seeds, or Frozen Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Banana, and Spinach Smoothies with added Chia Seeds

Homemade Goodies: Paleo Bread, Homemade Granola (we add nuts) with peaches,

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly Shopping Trips

I've been dealing with autoimmune issues for several years, and am starting to get a bit desperate. With that in mind, I've decided to cut out wheat for a month to see if there is any discernible improvement in my joint pain and neuromuscular symptoms. With that in mind, I have quite a few gluten-free recipes picked from several blogs that I will start trying this week.

I spent $98 at the specialty store buying organic produce, local eggs, pork, beef, and chicken, and organic milk.

$45 at the health food store sticking up on chia seeds (going to add to my morning green monster or fruit and spinach smoothies), agave nectar, and non-wheat flours. I plan on making this Paleo Bread.

Of course, some bulk dates for husband to top on my homemade granola.

And these are organic basil, rosemary, parley, and mint to plant in the indoor kitchen herb garden I am working on.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Shopping Trip

This weekend was my son's 4th birthday party. Alas- I forgot to take pictures of my shopping trips, but it was more than my usual budget: $119 at Kroger and $26 at the health food store. We sent the kids home with paper sacks full of raisins, Annie's Organic Bunnies, and fruit juice.

I pretty much bough everything pre-made and ready to pop in the oven. The cake and cupcakes were fabulous, made by my friend who has her own homegrown Bridget's Bake Shop. We spent another $50 on wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and $50 for the cake and cupcakes. We fed 40 adults and kids, and had a great time.

Now, of course, it's time to get back on the horse! This week we'll be eating a lot of bean dishes and need to use of the leftover veggies and fruit.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers

Tuesday: Spanish Rice with Black Beans

Wednesday: Falafel, Cucumbers, Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday: Homemade Pizza with Cheese and Peppers

Friday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Balsamic Onions

Saturday: birthday party for my son, party leftovers for dinner

Sunday: hunt and peck, leftovers. Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast

Breakfasts continue to be Green Monster or Spinach and Fruit Smoothies

For more menu plans, try here!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Shopping Trips

This week's Kroger trip: $74.71 in food. $8 of that was for juice boxes for birthday party attendees. I otherwise never buy them. (Also spent $15 in plastic cups, paper treat bags, baby wipes, and a birthday gift for my son's birthday next weekend.) I got two 40-count Comforts Wipes for $0.40 each with coupons.

My main frugal food strategy is cooking from scratch and using vegetarian meals several times a week.

CVS trip for this week: Paid $1.35 out of pocket, used $8 in ECBs, and got $5.75 in ECBs back.

Planning on going back to get 8 Aquafresh for Kids toothpastes. It will cost $7.54 out of pocket with coupons. I will use my $5.75 in ECBs, and actually pay  $1.69 out of pocket and get $5 ECBs back. I will have to stretch this transaction between 2-3 different stores, so I am not cleaning out the shelves.

These peppers were a gift from Mom. She found them marked down at Meijer today. She got 12 peppers and spent $6. We are making a double batch of Roasted Red Pepper Pasts tomorrow night and the rest of the peppers will be frozen for later use.

CVS trip from last week: Blink tears and 2 Colgate Max toothpastes: Paid $6.96 out of pocket, used $8.99 in ECBs, got $8 in ECBs back.

Walgreens trip: Paid $6 out of pocket for U by Kotex tampons, got $6 back in Register Rewards. Got Youth Code Gel Facial Wash for 25% off.

Walmart: I was able to score three FREE Reach dental flosses. I have 17 coupons left, and will be hitting both Target and Walmart, as they regularly have Reach for $0.99, making them free with $1 coupons.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Green WHAT?

What do you get when you combine fresh spinach, a banana, peanut butter, and unsweetened almond milk...

...and spin it around in a food processor for a few minutes?

Why, a delicious and healthy Green Monster Smoothie!

I admit, the color is off-putting. I wasn't sure if I had the cojones to try it. I really didn't believe that you couldn't taste the spinach.

Trust me- you can't taste it. All I can taste is peanut butter and banana. It's quite good, and hey- you're getting your green leafies, right?

This is now my breakfast 3-4 mornings a week.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Spanish Rice and Beans

Monday: Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets (going to experiment with butternut squash puree in the mix), Baked French Fries, asparagus, pineapple

Tuesday: Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Wednesday: Zucchini Burgers, Cauliflower with Fennel and Garlic

Thursday: Whole Wheat Pasta with Mushroom, Yellow Squash, and Onions

Friday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza with Onions

Saturday: Anniversary Dinner- still finalizing plans!

Breakfasts: Oatmeal with Walnuts and Raisins or Green Monster Smoothies

Lunches: leftover rice and beans or mac n cheese