Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you make anything green or bake any irish soda bread? I haven’t made it since I stopped teaching, but I do miss it. (I’m the only one who eats it in my family, so I won’t make it just for me.) I did make sure to eat some spinach today to get my green in!
What a difference a year makes! We had a nice relaxing weekend over here and didn’t do much besides some house things. I decided that we needed to have a barbecue because I wanted to pretend it wasn’t 30 degrees out.
Last week’s food highlights:
Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon, roasted zucchini, 1/2 avocado)
sauteed ground turkey with onions and a big salad (greens, roasted corn, avocado w/ dijon dressing)
arugala salad (arugala, avocado, tomatos, feta, walnuts), steak, hasselback sweet potatoes (see recipes I used below)
roasted chicken –> then made broth and had chicken veggie soup one night
These are the EASIEST things ever. I made them for 9 people this weekend and everyone raved about them.
- sweet potatoes (or white or red)
- olive oil
- sea salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut slits in potato, but be sure you do not cut all the way through. I cut until about 1/3-1/2 of an inch from bottom. Slits should be about 1/4 inch apart, but don’t need to be precise. Brush entire potato with olive oil (or coconut oil) including the bottom. Sprinkle very generously with salt and pepper. Bake in a baking dish for about an hour. [/print_this]
Food Budget update: Last week I clocked in at the food store at $143.25. I may have jumped up and down. My biggest take away from the past two weeks is that it’s so important to sit down and plan what you’re going to buy, as opposed to my usual write down 10 things and then buy 500. I’m learning the importance of prioritizing what I need verse what I want…and I have realized I don’t need ALL the items, I can wait until the following week to buy some things. I write down EXACTLY what I’m going to get at the store and how much it’s going to cost (I round up to nearest dollar) that way I know how much I’m going to spend.
If you’re like me and you like to buy specialty items, I highly recommend amazon prime/amazon subscribe and save. I buy my chia seeds, hemp, ground flax, coconut flour, larabars, short grain rice and more from there. My budget of $150 a week does not include my monthly amazon subscribe and save items.
I am loving this self challenge. It will be fun to see how long I can keep up with it!
Hope you all had a wonderful Monday….can we all hope spring decides to come SOON!
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