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Deli Snack Bistro Boxes

Hey hey, it's Sunday and normally I'd be putting my best foot forward to get some meal prep stuff done ... BUT we just got back from a little 3 day get away and we are just exhausted!

I didn't get to the grocery store and don't plan on going today so I decided to make a few things up using what I had on hand.

Up first was these yummy little Deli Snack Bistro Boxes ....

By all means, feel free to say they look kind of like grown up Lunchables.

I'm fine with that.

I had the ham in the fridge (Costco) and the cheese as well (Costco and Trader Joe's). The hard boiled eggs are also from Costco. As I'm out of eggs at this very moment (I have TWO) I opted to go ahead and make these for a few morning breakfast options ... figured it might be a nice change of pace!

Here's what you need:

Ham (or lunch meat of choice) rolled up
1 hard boiled egg, sliced in half
4 to 6 small cheese slices (optional, I skipped out this time around)
Cucumber spears (I almost always b…

Meal Prep Sundays

A few weeks ago, since Hubby was out of town, I opted to meal prep all THREE meals for 4 days ... just to see how it would go.

I wanted to see how much more work was involved.

I wanted to see if it made my food choices a little simpler.

I wanted to see if it would make me stay on track, food wise.

I wanted to see if it was worth it, period.

It was.

So I did it again on Sunday ... started at 9am and was in the pool by 1:30pm. I was aiming for 1pm but my girlfriend showed up and kind of threw me off my game for a bit.

The kitchen was CLEAN before I lathered up with sunscreen and grabbed the first wine of the day.

So, just a few little notes and tips here:

1.  I only use one pan at a time, so therefore, I am NOT using my time efficiently in the kitchen. If I was cooking the bacon and the green beans AND the broccoli all in different skillets/pots, I would have shaved a bit of time off my all around time in the kitchen. Yes, I washed the skillet in between things.

2.  Having a PLAN is cru…

Un-Rolled Egg Rolls

For years, and Ido mean YEARS, I would turn my nose up at egg rolls ... I mean, seriously, it was a fried, greasy 'thing' filled with icky cabbage, carrots and protein. Oh, wait, are there eggs in there? I honestly don't know because I can count on one hand the number of egg rolls I have consciously consumed in my lifetime.

Just NOT A FAN of them ... I supposed because I've always had an overly fried, borderline cold egg roll that I've just not been drawn to them. #WHOLE30

However, THIS recipe appeals to me in so many ways:
1. It's loaded with veggies which is always a good thing 2. It's grain and dairy free 3. It's a knock off, make it yourself Chinese food 4. It's frugal to make 5. It's damn tasty 6. It's fast and easy AND 7. It fits in with MY Whole30 plan (when I'm on!)
Yup. Scored on 7 of 7 points ... I'm in!

Here's what you need:
1 bag of tri-color coleslaw (cabbage, carrots and red cabbage) mix ... NOT the angel hair mix! 1/4 onio…

Grain Free Biscuits

I remember the first time I made these biscuits ... I had them on my radar to make for a few weeks ... I priced almond flour. All I wanted was one measly cup of almond flour. And it was going to cost me like $10. Yikes. In case you forgot, the name of the blog is FRUGAL in Florida. $10 for one pound of flour is NOT frugal. But a little research, and checking the post over and over and drooling, I finally thought "heck, I've got almonds coming out my ears in this house!" ... and then I found that I could MAKE MY OWN ALMOND FLOUR! I was so excited so I hopped right to it and got baking!

1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup butter, cut in small cubes
4 egg whites
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium size bowl, mix the flour and butter and mix with fork until you have little pea size crumbles of butter and flour. Add egg, salt and baking powder, mix to combine. Divide in to 4 portions, try to keep them mounded as they will want to spread (thin mixture) and place on a baking sh…

Grocery Shops in Review

Hubby's out of town and I had to hit up the store on Friday night and Saturday morning ... needed a few things to finish up the Meal Prep with Friends event I had on Saturday. FYI - the word friends should be singular as it was just two of us but that just doesn't read right!

Trader Joe's - July 21, 2017
Total Spent - $128.38
*I actually have a video posted here!*

"8 gallon" insulated bag $6.99 (why are TJ's bags my downfall??)
Frozen veggie fried rice $2.29
1 pound jumbo shrimp $9.99
Bottle of rose wine $3.99
2 4 pks wine (in cans) $4.99 each (one white one rose)
2 boxes of angus beef burgers $6.99 each
2 40 oz bags of frozen b/s chicken thighs $6.99 each
2 mac & cheese boxes $2.99 each
3 pk frozen brown rice (cooked) $2.99
3 bags of riced cauliflower $1.99 each
Bag of almond flour $7.49
3 pkgs of pepperoni $3.29 each
2 dozen large eggs .99 cents per carton
2 large avocados $1.69 each
2 cans of Matcha Green Tea .99 cents each
Truffle cheddar cheese block $…

Debt IS An Emergency!

Let's face it, I am NOT the most ideal person to be telling YOU how to handle your money.

I only share what I do and what works for me ... it's obviously not the same for you, or you, or my neighbor, my sister, my best friend and so on. BUT what I do know is this:

And yes, I did make that the biggest font that blogger would let me use.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that what works for me or your best friend may NOT work for you ... but as long as you remember the big bold blue words above, you will find what does work for you.
I've been having a few issues lately that I've mentioned ... Hubby has been out of work for over 18 months. We call him semi-retired because we were banking on selling the house fast, paying off the mortgage and reducing our household expenses by 50% if not more. 
Ahem. That has not happened just yet. Like really not yet.  I came home today, on a MONDAY no less to a $600 quarterly homeowners insurance policy being due …

Chicken Crust Pizza - Grain/Flour Free!

Hey! Are you ready for a new to ME recipe?

One that would be gluten free, grain free, low carb, keto?

Not so much Paleo (cheese baby) OR Whole30 (just because!)

How about just good and different?? That works for me!

Me and a girlfriend planned a cooking session for Saturday afternoon since Hubby was out of town and I was on a mission to use up some protein from the freezer (we are looking to get new appliances in the main kitchen to up the house sale-ability and will get rid of guest kitchen fridge/freezer, move the main kitchen fridge over there) ... I have 4 pkgs still of ground chicken that I scored a while ago from Target so why not have this to just play around with? So many things changed and I ended up making this on Friday night (just me, the cats and that lonely can of sparkling wine from Trader Joe's) while I pre-cooked some bacon. I'm glad I did as it was so stinking good! Yes, I will share a piece with my girlfriend in the middle of our kitchen session!

Here's …