Food Highlights, Hasselback Potatoes, Weekend & Budget Update!

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!

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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:

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Breakfast for dinner (eggs, bacon, roasted zucchini, 1/2 avocado)

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sauteed ground turkey with onions and a big salad (greens, roasted corn, avocado w/ dijon dressing)

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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

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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!

Green Farro Salad!

Morning! I have a delicious recipe to share with you today. I’ve made this recipe 2 times now, both for barbeque’s when I get sick of the usual suspects. It’s very easy to throw together and it’s very fussy. I have a big yield down below because I love leftovers of it, but feel free to half it.

I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday!

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Two more things…I’ve been on a dairy OVERLOAD lately. I used to eat minimal amounts of it because I figured out after a blood test and paying close attention to my symptoms, that when I eat too much dairy I get very itchy ski, eczema and when it’s really too much stomach troubles. I LOVE dairy…but pre-pregnancy I only had it maybe 3-4 times a week. When i got pregnant I was craving cheese, so I went with it and my eczema actually was fine. Well I’ve continued with this trend of having cheese at least once a day, whole milk in my iced coffee and a yogurt a day. My eczema and itchy skin are OUT of CONTROL. It’s really bad, so I’ve convinced myself to take a break. Even though I’m dreading it. I love dairy. [My itchy skin gets basically immediately worse after I eat it.]

I’ve done this before and I know once I clear my system out I can have it in small amounts and be okay. So that’s what I need to do. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Second thing…best body bootcamp round 6 starts today! Super psyched!

Eating anything good this weekend?

Lunch Idea: Tri Color Goddess Quinoa Salad

Morning! We just finished night 6 of sleep training and besides a few hiccups, we’re doing very well over here. I plan on writing about it at the end of the week after we’ve had a couple of more nights of it.

I’ve been doing some meal planning work, which is always fun for me. I love helping people eat healthy, delicious meals. So often people think that they need to eat boring, bland meals in order to be healthy or lose weight…and that’s so not the case.

I came across one of my favorite quinoa recipes. I haven’t made this in a long time. It’s so delicious, I need to make this a lunch staple again.

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By the way….where is the spring weather? 

Also: want to try Blissful Eats granola? We’re so excited for May to come we made a coupon for it! Enter code “MAYFLOWERS” at checkout for 15% off!

We’re still looking for someone to work the Islip Farmers market on Saturdays this summer. It’s a really FUN (paid!) job! Contact us if you’re interested!

Have a great day!

Food Lately: From (Italian Wedding) Soup to (Granola Crusted) Nuts

Up before Olivia today…I can’t decide if that means I’m rested…or just delirious. A little sleep update: She’s been sleeping MUCH better, however, she’s boycotting her crib. She would much rather sleep in her rock n’play. We’ve been starting her out in her crib and then by 12:30-1, she’s totally had enough of it and will NOT stay asleep. I’m NOT giving up on her crib..obviously and soon I’m taking the rock n’play out of her room so it’s not an option. She slept through the night for the first time Sunday night from about 11-5:30.

This weekend I spent time doing some cooking and baking. My sister and cousin came over and hung out with Liv, while Danny and I made a bunch of food and snacks. I will ALWAYS find something to eat because I’m at home…but if Danny doesn’t have snacks then he’ll just go all day without eating (besides lunch).

I made a twist on these granola crusted nuts from Smitten Kitchen. Maybe I’ll share my recipe one day. :) Thanks to Kristan for sharing that recipe with me!

Then there was these doughnuts…(OMG SO GOOD). My aunt made these for Thanksgiving and they were amazing. I didn’t put any glaze on top though.  They are GF and grain free, but I really just made them for the delicious factor.

I made the following adjustments:

  • I doubled the recipe. (Yielded 8 mini muffin loaves)
  • Substituted 1/3 cup turbinado sugar for stevia.
  • Added 1/3 cup almond meal.
  • Used a mini muffin loaf pan because I didn’t have a doughnut pan.
  • Added mini chocolate chips (just sprinkled some on top before they went in the oven)
  • Baked for 22 minutes.

Next on the agenda was whole wheat naan.  I haven’t made this in FOREVER. It was worth the work. We kneaded it by hand (well Danny did). They came out perfect and paired so well with our soup and salad for dinner….and lots of butter.

I also made (again) Jessica’s warm winter chickpeas salad. (It’s the top of the plate!) I adjusted the recipe mainly because I made it from memory because I was too lazy to look it up.

I made the following changes:

  • Used shaved brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 cans chickpeas (15 oz.)
  • Used turkey bacon
  • omitted the mushrooms
  • omitted the pecans
  • 1 tbsp butter instead of 2 tbsp

I WISH I didn’t forget the mushrooms, but it was still delicious.

Also on the menu was this Italian Wedding Soup. I used a little less than 2 cups (frozen) kale instead of spinach this time. I made a lot of this and it fed 5 people with leftovers enough for 3 dinners. LOVE leftovers even more these days.

So that’s a wrap for what I made on Sunday. I used to be a big food prepper on the weekends and I’ve fell off the bus a bit because I eat lunch and snacks at home. It felt good to get back in the kitchen and make food I can just grab during the week AND so Danny could have snacks too. I hope at least one of these recipes inspires you to do a little weekend prep to make the week healthier AND easier!

What’s your favorite meal or snack to prep on the weekends?