Monday, May 2, 2016

Shredded Salsa Chicken - Instant Pot Style

We've kind of left the Instant Pot alone for a few weeks and I just felt like I needed to bring it out again ... so what the heck, let's make a super simple meal, shall we?

Just a little inside scoop: Hubby has used the thing MORE than me ... he's become the designated cook lately and well, he doesn't always follow the directions and we've had a few flops ...


Back to an EASY meal that only uses a few ingredients.  All you need is the following:

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
black pepper
generous dash of oregano
1 jar chunky salsa (about 2 cups worth)

Ready??


Mix the salt, cumin pepper and oregano in a small bowl and season the chicken on both sides.

Toss them bad boys in the pot and dump the salsa over the chicken.

Secure the lid, making sure your vent is CLOSED and press the poultry button, adding another 5 minutes so you have a total of 20 minutes cook time.

  
Rule #1 - always make sure the seal is tight  Rule #2 - always make sure your vent is closed!


Let the Instant Pot do it's thing and wait for the pressure to release when done cooking (seriously, this will take a total of  about 30 to 35 minutes. TOTAL time to come to pressure, cook and de-pressurize).

  
Start time                                    Dishing up

Pull chicken out of pot and either chop chop or shred with 2 forks (I like mine chunkier so I chopped) and add salsa from pot to the shredded chicken.


Serve up any which way you'd like:  over pasta (zucchini noodles!), as a taco filling (or lettuce!), over rice (or riced cauliflower!) ... or eat it as is (like Hubby!)

Another side note: did you know that there is actually jarred salsa out there thats Whole30 compliant? This jar of Chi-Chi's is ... as is Tostitos.  Who would have thought! IF you are doing a Whole30, just read your labels and be prepared to be surprised!

Enjoy!

**Yes, this can be cooked in a crockpot instead ... cook on low for about 4 hours**

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Salsa Fresca aka Pico de Gallo

Hey hey, Cinco de Mayo is coming up and it's time to pull out all your Mexican festivity recipes!  And you know me, I like to keep things simple and this recipe more than fits the bill!

It's considered a "condiment" but I can stand at the kitchen counter and eat this stuff by the spoonful!

Salsa Fresca aka Pico de Gallo
Now. It's really easy for me to chop chop chop as I've got that handy dandy Vidalia Chop Wizard! What? You don't have one?? What are you waiting for? Go get one pronto!  This saves sooooo much time chopping AND everything is a nice uniform dice. Go, go go! Go get one right now! $14.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond if you use your little handy 20% off coupon.  Or else you can click that link above for Amazon and if you have Prime, you'll get it in 2 days. Have I stressed how *important* this is (and yes, I am a frugal gal and I highly recommend this little gadget!* (ahem, I didn't realize they've gotten as expensive as that on Amazon! I bought mine probably 10 years ago and it's still going strong, so even at those prices, might be a good deal as you can use it A LOT!)


Ok. Now that we have THAT out of the way, lets move on, shall we?

What you need will vary depending on how much Pico you want floating around. Trust me, you'll want more than you think! But you can start off small with this:

2 tomatoes.  This time around I used regular tomatoes. I prefer roma as they are meatier
1/2 large onion, red, white, sweet, whatever. Again, this time I used sweet because it's what I had
1 jalapeno. Up to you with removing seeds/membranes. These japs were really hot so seeds came out
1 lime, juiced
a dash of salt
dash of pepper
cilantro *optional, Hubby hates. I use sometimes, this time YES*

Quarter your tomatoes, gently squeezing to remove the excess seeds/juice.

Quarter you onion.

Cut jalapeno in half.

Cut lime in half.

Wash your knife, dry and put away. Safety first, Folks!

Grab your chopper and place the large grate on top.


Place ONE piece of tomato on grate and close the lid quickly. Like, slap it down! If you don't do it quick, you'll just smash the tomato and we all know, smashed tomatoes make sad tomatoes.

  

Repeat with the rest of tomatoes. When done, dump them bad boys in to a glass bowl.

Repeat with the onion.


Look at how nice those little squares are!

Remove the large grate and insert the small grate.  Add your jalapeno to the top and really slap the lid down. Open lid and stand back from that fresh green, potent smell of jalapenos. Whew! Mine are really hot this time, not sure what the heck it is!

  


Dump the japs in to the tomato/onion mixture. Add your salt and pepper. Squeeze your lime juice over the top.


Grab a large spoon and gently mix all together.  If using cilantro, go ahead and add and gently mix that in.  

Taste and enjoy!


*I used this stuff for the cilantro. Interesting concept and I just noticed they also sell ginger. I think the shelf life is 8 weeks (based on when I bought it) and once opened, 4 weeks.  It's a little pricey at $4.99 a container BUT that's about what I pay for a plant that last only a month and so I think it's a fair trade for ME!


**Oh, and by the way, it's sort of obvious, but this is clearly Whole30 Approved, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Grain Free**

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Preserving Avocados

*With Cinco De Mayo coming up (and my birthday!), avocados will be in abundance in the stores ... so this little tip will come in handy if your household is anything like mine! Besides, I need to do a re-post of something since I'm still down with bronchitis ... *

I wasn't a fan of avocados until, oh, a year or so ago ... I mean, like really a fan ... as in, every time I go to the store, I check out the avocado selection and price to see if it's worthy!

By far, Aldis has been the BEST place and price to pick them up ... and they were 59 cents each a few weeks ago , so I picked up 4 ... not knowing that I still had FIVE at home in the fridge!! YIKES! THIS is how food waste happens in real life.

See, we have upwards of 6 adults eating in this house, and friends ... so sometimes, usually most times, if I don't eat the avocado within a day or so, one of the other mini-adults will eat it and then I have none when I go back to eat it ... boo..


Cell phone picture

So, here I was, I had NINE avocados at one time, and 4 of them were pretty darn ripe ... so I made guacamole, for ME and the girlfriend ... but of course, that's still alot of guac for 2 people, so I set aside 3/4 of the mix before adding the onions, jalapenos and cilantro and stuck it in some ice cube trays.


Camera picture

Yup ... I tested out freezing the mashed avocado with a little lemon and lime juice. What, you don't add lemon and lime juice? I heard that Chipotle uses both and that's what makes theirs so yummy ... try it and let me know!

I didn't add onions, tomatoes or jalapenos, none of the stuff that makes it guac ... just the avocado and juice.

After a few hours, try to remember to transfer the cubes from the tray to a freezer bag or container.

So ... the verdict?

I took out a single cube on Monday (a week after I froze them) and put in a container to take to work in the morning, thinking by lunchtime it would be defrosted. I was looking forward to it adding some creamy goodness to my chicken and apple sausage with the sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers.

Hello! I was so stinkin' excited to see it was still bright green, not watery AT ALL and still had a delicious taste to it ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Absolutely, freeze your excess mashed avocados!! I don't know if I would freeze guac but definitely encourage you to freeze plain avocados with a little lime or lemon juice (make sure you incorporate it really well so that it doesn't turn brown).

So go ahead, buy up some avocados when you see them really cheap ... there's always an upcoming event to use some of this creamy yummy fruit/veggie!

Which leads me to the question: is it a fruit or a vegetable? Go ahead, google it and then tell me YOUR opinion!


Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Smelly Shoe Fix!

*I"ve been down with bronchitis for the past 10 days and well, figured I'd repost this little gem as it's fast approaching summer time and stinky shoe time!*

Honestly, we have real good hygiene habits in my house, I can assure you of that!

But, lets face it, living in paradise with 125% humidity can be a little trying sometimes ... my running shoes (which have NOT seen much running action for quite a while) get a little ripe smelling ... and oh man, you should smell the shoes that Hubby wears outside in the yard, patio, garage and boat that constantly get wet ... enough to suck the oxygen right out of your body ... whew!

Then you have the Boy ... who works out pretty darn hard and doesn't always wear socks, nor does the Princess ...

I mean, seriously, I've had to throw shoes away because you could smell them just sitting there. No one wants to be the person that people are wrinkling their nose at when they are walking by you!

So when I saw the featured post for the Smelly Shoe Solution (and dang, I'm still trying to find the original post because I had no need to bookmark it, such a simple fix!)



Yes. That's IT!

Ready to give this a try? I was!!

Go to the dollar store and go down the "beauty" aisle. Grab yourself a small squirt bottle ... currently they have these pretty blues, pinks, greens that are clear ... I grabbed a blue because blue makes me feel calm ... I buy ALL my squirt bottles at the dollar store ... they have a ton of different sizes and styles and I LOVE SQUIRT BOTTLES!

Then go to end of that aisle, and look for the hydrogen peroxide and the rubbing alcohol. Grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

Go check out, fork over your $2.12 (if you live in Florida with a 6% tax rate), and go home.

Once home, remove the label from the bottom of the spray bottle. Grab a Sharpe and write ALCOHOL on the bottle, nice and big. We don't want this to be mistaken for something else, say, like water!

Take sprayer top off, dump in the alcohol.

Put sprayer back on and give a few squirts to make sure its working as a SPRAY not a stream.

Step back from the fumes and remember how freakin potent alcohol is!

Grab shoes to be treated and step out on front steps or back door, whichever, just outside.

Hold shoes up, insole towards you and spritz each shoe 2 times (one up in toe area, other in heel area). Set shoes down (OUTSIDE) and come back in for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minute timer has sounded, go retrieve shoes. Apprehensively, give them a sniff test. Think to yourself, I need a better sniff than that and really give them a good smell.

SURPRISE! It works!!!!  Princess has these really pretty blue canvas shoes that she loves but peeeeeweeeyyy, the smell! She was gone over the weekend so I spritzed them a few times ... when she got home, she wanted to know why her shoes were sitting outside? She picked them up, holding them away from her and stopped, sniffed them cautiously and said "HEY! They smell just like when they were new!" No joke, folks. This works!!

NOTE: Seriously, I thought I was going to pass out when I test sprayed the stuff in the kitchen sink ... whew, it was strong! That's why I suggest doing it outside!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Mandarin Chicken Salad

I used to love to get the Mandarin Chicken Salad from Wendy's back in the day ... I thought I was being super healthy, you know?

Of course, that was before I learned about reading labels and such ... amazing how something so "healthy" could be so very bad for you.




So ... when I came across THIS salad at My Natural Family not too long ago, I knew I had to give it a try ... and, man, I'm so very glad I did! Talk about an awesome, flavorful salad ... and even better, when I opted to make it at the last minute, I had EVERYTHING on hand so it fit the bill!

*With summertime fast approaching which in my world means Bikini Time, even at the soon to be ripe ole age of 52, I am pulling out my favorite, healthy salad options!

Here's what you need:

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
head of lettuce (romaine) chopped in bite size pieces (I used one artesian baby romaine head)
1 red pepper, sliced and chopped in bite size pieces
1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
1/4 of a small red cabbage head, sliced thin
15 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained
4 green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
and then ... the dressing:
1/3 c honey
3 tbs vinegar
2 tbs mayo (bonus points if you make your own! Go ahead and try, it's easy!)
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt

Ready? Season your chicken with salt and pepper (and oh, what the heck, garlic POWDER if you have). Bake in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or so, til cooked through. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool, go ahead and cut into bite size pieces. Alternatively, if you want to be "pretty" you can slice thinly but then you will still need to cut when you are eating, so I say, just cut in to bite size pieces ;-)

Add all the veggies, oranges and almonds to a large bowl. Top with the chicken.

Whisk the honey, vinegar, mayo, oil and salt in small bowl and drizzle over the salad. 

Better yet, toss all in a canning jar, cap it tightly, and shake it like you mean it. THEN drizzle over the salad, toss to coat and serve up.




Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Menu Plan Week 173 - Paleo / Whole30 Style Using What We Have

Hey, hey, here we are again! Time to get that menu plan and meal prep down and out of the way!

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

I can totally attest the above statement is TRUE. Oh, yes, sadly it's very very true.

See, the past few weeks have just been crazy hectic, work, then after hours work (my side gig), then the house for sale and looking for a new house, and of course, family stuff, being my dad, Hubby and the grown kids and independent cats.  Oh. And throw in the taxes being due. Yes. Life has just been a barrel of monkeys and more!  Not really.  

So. I plan the meals. And I do some prep work because I know how easy it is to fall down that hole.  STILL ... Hubby and I ate out (and ordered Pizza) no less than ... ::gulp:: 5 times. FIVE TIMES. Started with Sunday (pizza delivery, houseful of people, etc.) then Tuesday Hubby made an Instant Pot failure meal so we ran out ... then Wednesday I got home late so we ran to a little Italian joint down the street ... then Friday we met some friends at a bar and ended up eating at the BBQ joint next door before hand ...AND FINALLY ... after cruising our hopefully new neighborhood we thought we would stop in one of the many local places and check it out ... just in time for Happy Hour ... $2 drafts, we got wings and conch fritters. Granted that was the cheapest place all week, but still ... holy crap, Batman!  Can I just tell you how NOT frugal this past week was??  Oh, and yeah, we had to pay taxes too ... my poor bank account!

So this week I need a way better plan and willpower. Wheee! Out comes the whiteboard!  And also specific instructions for Hubby on what to do and how for certain things. 

OH! Did I mention I had a doctor's appointment this past week ... I wasn't going to look at the scale when she weighed me but let's be honest, who can resist, even when you know it's not gonna make you happy? I was very very unhappy. I topped the weight that I swore I would never see, 162.8 pounds. Before anyone says or thinks anything, let me just tell you that is 8 pounds more than I was on New Years Day. And I know exactly why: lack of exercise, lack of focus on eating consistently healthy AND lack of self control on the booze front.  And for those of you who are curious: if you eat healthy fats AND crappy processed stuff, you WILL gain weight, not lose or maintain. You can't have the best of both worlds!  So I need to focus, really really focus, on what I am eating and realize when I'm stressed, why I"m eating or drinking the things I do ... ugh. That's my little pep talk for the day!

Sorry. This suppose to be about Menu Planning and Meal Prep, not personal weight issues!  I do know that I need to get moving again and there is really no reason not to do more than 50 squats a week ;-) Part of the reason I went to the doctor was due to an issue I've been having with pain in my arm so now I get to go to a Orthopedic Surgeon to have it looked at more.  Hopefully nothing serious and I'll get something to help offset the pain and strengthen the muscle (bicep, inside elbow and upper forearm all feel like a pulled muscle that freezes up on me when I move or pick something up a certain way) and THEN I can say NO EXCUSES!

Ok. Meal prep work was the following: made mayo, cooked a dozen eggs, cut some celery stalks, sliced the cucumbers and peppers AND washed and dried 2 heads of ice berg lettuce. I know, I know, but the romaine looked like crap. I will have hubby cook up some extra chicken on the grill ... oh and at the last minute, I decided to make some Dump Ranch Dressing to have for dipping purposes! OH ... and then I decided to make some Thai Style Shrimp Salad to have for lunches the next few days (and breakfast too, maybe!)
Here's what we are looking at for the week ahead!

Sunday
Italian Night for the majority in the house this evening ... will make the Olive Garden Salad, pasta, garlic bread and use a jar of sauce from the pantry.  I also dug out the meatballs I had in the freezer from that Walmart stop a few weeks ago. Obviously I'll say no thanks to all but the meatballs and salad stuff!


Monday 
Mandarin Chicken Salad ... it's been a while since I've made this and I'm pretty stoked to have it again!  Glad to have everything on hand again to make it as well! (not Whole30 approved due to the honey in the dressing but definitely Paleo Approved!



Tuesday 
Surprise! Taco Tuesday! Was hoping to get the meat cooked on Sunday but that didn't work out very well! As I'm a little low on ground beef, I made two batches, one with ground chicken and one with beef.  Served with all the fixins on the side and I made a batch of the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Lime - Cilantro Riced Cauliflower - yup, Whole30 approved

Wednesday
Going to suggest grilled cheese sandwiches and salad for all (or tomato soup for those who want) and I will just have a nice big salad with Dump Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing - yup, Whole30 approved

Thursday 
Chicken Stir Fry with Riced Cauliflower ... I've got a bag of veggies in the freezer that I need to finish up!  I'm down to I think 2 bags of the cauliflower ...


Friday 
BBQ Chicken Thighs on the grill ... will offer up green beans and salad to go alongside


Saturday 
Hubby's choice ... probably beef/steak related and an early night for both of us as Sunday is that Boca Bash day ... whee, or not so much ... we always have TOO much fun but this year I am going to try and stay dry (no alcohol) so I may be the designated driver/babysitter/lifeguard!

What are YOU making this week?  Go check out some other menus over at Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday party ... lots of ideas to be found there!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Menu Plan Week 172 - Paleo / Whole30 Style Using What We Have

Hey, hey, here we are again ... time to plan out that menu and get your meal prep going!

Can you believe it, the 2nd week of April ... the Tax Man is knocking on the back door very soon here (did anyone else have a disappointing return to file???) AND we are on the home stretch to Cinco De Mayo!!! That's also my birthday which generally, I'm not a big "birthday girl" but I am a BIG Cinco De Mayo girl!!  I'm going to try and stay very very focused on my food and drinking habits for the next few weeks ... saw a picture of myself in a swimsuit and was like WHOA who is THAT?? Uhm, yeah, that was ME.Whoops! And then I stepped on the scale and said, Oh Hell NO we are not going there!  So. With that .... it's time to get my act together since we all know life does not get any easier as we get older (uhm, hello 52!)

So! How about you? Anything new going on in your life? Moving? Children in and out? Planning out your summer plans? Budgeting? All that good stuff? Me too! The house sale stuff is moving forward ... we had 4 viewings over the past week since Hubby's been home ... and TWO of the Realtors were floored when they heard it was my house and promptly re-walked the whole house with notes and came up with quite a few buyers that it might be suitable for. This is a strange story, but the short part is that the one realtor was going through some personal stuff during a rather difficult closing with our office and I, once I heard what was going on with her personally, offered what I thought was just a bit of kindness and understanding. I had no idea that it made such a big impact on her that she remembers it 4 years later. I do believe in Karma and I guess this is just proof that random acts of kindness are good for your soul.  Anyway ... she almost had Hubby in tears telling him the story, and it certainly brought tears to my eyes when I remembered the situation. So, whatever else you do today, remember, what you do TODAY will have consequences TOMORROW!

I made up 2 pounds of green beans, roasted some broccoli (on the grill, Hubby didn't want me to stink up the house!), made a batch of cilantro lime rice, a batch of mayo and cooked a dozen eggs for my meal prep on the week ahead. Doesn't seem like a whole lot, does it? Certainly LOOKS like a lot!  Hubby wanted to take it upon himself to grind up my roast and the NY strip steaks from last week Walmart trip to make fresh ground beef for burgers, I battled with him on that and won ... thankfully! I realize I need to learn to share ;-)

We had beautiful weather here and we enjoyed some pool time both Saturday and Sunday because who knows how many weekends we have at this place which really IS Paradise!

Ok, here's what we are looking at for the week ahead:

Sunday
Pizza ... yes, really, Pizza ... had a houseful of hungry people ;-)  $33 plus tip later and well, we were stuffed ... thankfully no one had beer or soda, just LaCroix and regular water!

Monday
Chicken Night ... looks like the Chicken and Asparagus that wasn't made last week is making an appearance THIS week ;-) Again, will offer up a side salad with some yummy Lemon Balsamic Vinegar to lightly dress it (fyi ... last week's menu plan was hit and miss ... not sure why!)



Tuesday
Taco Tuesday, Surprise!  Will serve mine with all the fixins over some Lime Cilantro Riced Cauliflower and have a lime LaCroix on the rocks in a margarita glass just because ;-)



Wednesday
Pizza (not really) night!  The Boy and Hubby can grab a frozen pizza out of the freezer if they'd like, but I want to try this Grain Free Pizza Bowl recipe I have here that I've still not tried!

Thursday
Asian Night!  Looking forward to trying a new Cashew Chicken Recipe that is Paleo friendly without spreading the word to Hubby ;-)  I'm also thinking of making a fried "rice" with some of the riced cauliflower, green beans, shredded carrots and maybe egg?

Friday
Thinking of friends and family this evening so most likely burgers and dogs ... will need to pick up both and hopefully someone somewhere will have this stuff on sale!  Will suggest chips and dips and for those who want to be like me, veggies and ranch dip will be offered ... and of course, LaCroix in my coozie ... just because ;-)


Saturday
*God Bless Saturday!* Hubby's choice ... I'd like to think chicken or something but it's truly up to him!

What are YOU making this week?

Looking forward to sharing with Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday party ... go check it out!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Olive Garden Salad Knockoff

It's been a LONG time since I've been inside an Olive Garden restaurant ... the unlimited salad and bread sticks used to always get me ... I am a sucker for warm, soft bread, you know? Oh, and I just love that salad too ... the dressing, luckily, is easy to replicate, as is the salad itself.


The salad is simple:

1 head of iceberg lettuce, rinsed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
half of a red onion, sliced thin and rings separated out
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
handful of sliced black olives
handful of banana pepper rings (or pepperoncini)
handful of shredded carrot

Layer all in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate.

The most important part of this salad is the dressing ... here's my ORIGINAL recipe, but I've since modified it as follows and personally, prefer THIS now! The main difference is NO corn syrup or garlic AND I used avocado oil instead of the previously called for vegetable oil!


In large wide mouth jar, add the following ingredients:

1 cup mayo
2/3 cup distilled vinegar
2 tsp avocado oil
4 tbs of simple syrup (I made mine with Splenda)
8 tbs of Parmesan cheese, Romano/Parmesan blend works well too, shredded or grated
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
juice of one lemon (smallish in size)

You can either put a tight fitting lid on the jar and shake it like crazy or use an immersion blender, OR dirty up a blender and use that. Whatever you do, you really need to mix it well.

Toss the jar in the fridge for a few hours. When ready to serve the salad, you can dress the salad if you prefer, or serve the dressing on the side.  Just make sure you shake well to redistribute the cheese that will sink to the bottom ;-)

Enjoy!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 171 Menu Plan - Using What We Have - Paleo/Whole30 Inspired

Hey hey ... it's that time of the week again AND look at that, we are in April! How did that happen?

So. Did you miss last week's plan? I did too ;-)  I had a menu typed up and ready to go and then life just interefered.  It didn't help that I had a headache for 4 days straight which finally cleared up on Wednesday. I had to stop taking Advil, Aleve amd  Sudafed as I started to think maybe, just maybe, I was taking too much and that was why it wasn't going away. Nope, I still suffered for 2 more days after I quit, but thankfully, all gone now. Whew. It was tough.

I did a few trips to the grocery store this past week ... the last one, at Walmart, pretty much knocked the budget out of the ballpark. It's ok though, we have more protein and I feel a little better about the state of our freezers ;-) Hubby, on the other hand, may flip out when he gets home Monday night as our goal has been to eat down what we have for the upcoming, hopefully sooner than later move ...

I did a little meal prep work on Saturday AND Sunday ;-) Made the Shallot Chicken on Saturday night (for Monday dinner). Cooked up 2 pounds of ground beef for Taco Tuesday ... it was a perfect day to do the prep work because it was overcast and gloomy, but still humid as all get out so pretty much in the house all day long.

Tax season is upon us and I started, finally. It's been on my list to do for the past MONTH but with the side gig at night, packing and just life in general, I tackled it on Sunday morning. Uhm, came to a screeching standstill as Hubby must have changed the EdwardJones log in and I can't import that stuff. Oh well. I'll wait til he gets my frantic text and finish. Not very happy with what I'm seeing so far. So far, I'm not overly happy with the end results, yet again!

Ok, here's what we got planned for the week ahead:

Sunday - Steak Bites with Roasted Potatoes. The Steak Bites are being made with the strip steaks I picked up dirt cheap at Walmart (check out THIS post!) and the taters are just wedges that I toss with olive oil and seasoning and baked. New pics, hopefully, of the Steak Bites as the post has crappy pics!


Monday - Shallot Chicken with steamed veggies in the rice cooker.  Hubby flies in around 6pm and I will just work a little later til he's ready since the airport is 10 minutes from my office.


Tuesday - Taco Tuesday, what else? :-)  Glad I picked up my lime LaCroix so I don't fall for the Tequila Tuesday mode as well!


Wednesday - Asian Inspired Night with General Tso Chicken, veggie fried rice (Trader Joe's) and Riced Cauliflower (me). Wheee .... I'm excited to finally make this!

Thursday - Chicken and Asparagus ... new recipe that I'm excited to give a try. Asparagus is in the freezer (Trader Joes) as is the chicken (Walmart)

Friday - Most likely chicken inspired which means we've eaten a LOT of chicken this week! I think I'll let Hubby do BBQ Chicken Thighs, his favorite!

Saturday - Hubby's choice but I'm fairly certain we will have friends over this evening ... totally on Hubby tonight!

What are YOU making this week? Go check out Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday party for lots more ideas!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Grocery Cart Sundays

It's been a while since I've shared a Grocery Cart Sunday breakdown ... partly because I haven't been shopping that much and partly because I've been BUSY ... but since this last week was a spectacular (NOT) week, I figured, I had time so why not type it all up ...

Pictures? Uhm, sure there are a few here!

So. It all started on Sunday. EASTER Sunday, I might add.  I was home. Alone. And just felt like crap. Migraine headache (as in, toss my cookies when I got up out of bed first thing that morning and there was NO booze for 36 hours prior to this!) and weak and just ick.  I cancelled my plan to go over to some friends for dinner as Hubby was out of town, Princess was working and the Boy was with his girlfriend.

All I wanted was some food to have for that night and the week ahead. I just had a bad feeling, that's all ...

So off I went ...

Trader Joe's





They were open on Easter!

2 pkgs of frozen waffles (one GF and one blueberry) $1.99 each
4 pk box of frozen Chicken Chili Lime burgers $3.49 (uhm, I've heard good reviews, have not tried yet)
2 bags of veggie stir fried rice $2.29
bag of frozen mango chunks $2.99
bag of roasted plantain chips $1.69 (oh so much better than the sweet chips, now I know!)
large bottle of olive oil $7.9
bag of frozen chicken breast $6.99
32 oz bottle of pure cranberry juice $2.99
clarified butter $3.99
red thai curry sauce $2.99
pkg of black forest ham $3.49
frozen asparagus spears $3.99
2 red peppers $69 cents each
pkg of pepperoni $3.29
bag of coleslaw mix $1.59
bag of shredded carrots $1.59
pkg of green beans $2.69
2 bags of salad mix $1,99 (and I just noticed she only charged me for one)
2 pkgs of sliced mushrooms $1.99 each

Grand total $72.05 ahem. I ate the plaintain chips, green beans, 1 pkg of mushrooms, the ham, salad and some of the juice :-(

Then Thursday night, I swung by:

Aldis 




2 pkgs of blackberries 89 cents each
pkg of green beans $2.29
bag of mini sweet peppers $2.89
3 pk zucchini $1.99
2 pks of boston lettuce $1.69 each
celery $1.39
6 pk AAA batteries $1.99

Grand total $15.83. Have not eaten a single thing.

Then along came Saturday, *God Bless Saturday*  (bonus point if you can name who sings that BEFORE you click on the link!) I was going to see my dad ...

Walmart




How could I resist?  It's not a new store, but they just did a major addition to the store and made it a SUPER WALMART .... I always get sucked in there AND I need to remember to scan the receipt for the Savings Catcher ... there was a TON of marked down meat and well, I'm low but again, I probably over did it yet again. Ready?

3 8pks of LaCroix $3.18 each
24 pk of spring water $3.98
23 count Tide pods $8.97
2 pkgs of Nutella to Go which now I can't find? $1.00 each
12 pk toilet paper $11.97
Tenderloin, marked down to $6.47
Tenderloin, marked down to $7.64
6 small bottles of OJ $1.38 each
Apple Cider Vinegar $5.98
Strip Steak, marked down to $10.76
Boneless Chicken Thighs, marked down to $6.20
Boneless Chicken Thighs, marked down to $5.50
B/S chicken breast, marked down to $6.93
Bottom Round Roast, marked down to $10.78
Tenderloin, marked down to $5.53
Tenderloin, marked down to $6.59
2 Almond Coffee Cream $1.98 each (dairy free)
Boneless Chicken Thighs, marked down to $6.16
2.25 93/7 ground beef, marked down to $4.98
3 pkgs of meatballs, each marked down to $3.49
2 pkgs of fresh italian bread, marked down to 50 cents each
bag of coleslaw $1.86
2 avocados 98 cents each
3 cucumbers 68 cents each
2 bags of cutie oranges $4.67 each
pkg of pineapple chunks $2.48
bag of potatoes $2.97
2 pkgs of cookies $4.48 each
pkg of Austin Grilled Cheese crackers $1.98

Grand total $175.95. Really.

Obviously, I have a LOT of food prep to do Sunday so I don't let any of this stuff go to waste.

How about you ... how's your grocery shopping going for the year so far??

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