Menu Plan Monday ~ 4/21/13

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I am super excited about this week because we are doing mostly dishes out of our normal rotation. One (black bean soup) we have had once before; the others are new dishes, and I am looking forward to trying them!

Here’s what I have planned this week:

Monday: Homemade pizza rolls, veggies
Tuesday: Baked potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms
Wednesday: Black bean soup, bread
Thursday: Post-gymnastics Taco Bell feast
Friday: Tacos, spanish rice

I’ll be posting recipes for the pizza rolls, asparagus and mushroom side dish, and black bean soup over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to try them with you!

What’s on your menu this week??

I’m linking up with Org Junkie!

Weekly Totals ~ 4/19/13

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Boy – I spent A LOT more than I planned to this week. That is due to me not checking the ads and coupon matchups (which would have saved me the $2.50 I spent on Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner that was FREE at Kroger).

And, we had to get cat litter, cat food and Rid X. If I had kept up with the ads, I could have gotten coupons for the cat food. But, I didn’t. So, I’ve learned my lesson.

Although I had two not-so-good trips, I also had two great trips, so overall, I’m happy with what I got this week!

Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches = $0.50
Tyson Chicken Fries x 2 = $1.29
Pictsweet Family Size Frozen Veggies x 2 = $3.39
Greenwise Paper Towel (3-pack) = $0.01
Quaker Products x 5 = $4.62
Beech-Nut Fruities x 6 = $2.97
Earth’s Best Fruit Pouches x 6 = $3.79
Happy Tot Fruit Pouch = $0.74
Scrubbing Bubbles with Fantastik x 2 = $1.38
Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner x 5 = $2.50
Pine-Sol Cleaner x 2 = $1.58
Pampers Baby Wipes = $0
Crest Toothpaste = $0.69
Neutrogena Facial Bar = $0.09
Minute Rice = $0.29
Publix Cat Litter = $5.79
Friskies Cat Food x 2 = $4.59
Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies x 2 = $3.18
Edy’s Outshine Bars x 2 = $2.65
Publix Instant Rice = $2.79
Rid X = $7.19
International Delight Coffee Creamer = $1.12
Pillsbury Cake Mix = $1.89
Baking Cups = $0.89
Pillsbury Frosting = $1.69
Chocolate Pretzels = $1.99
Kroger Black Beans x 4 = $2.76
Kroger Chili Beans x 2 = $1.38
Kroger Sea Salt = $1.99

So, after coupons and my $5 Kroger e-coupon from submitting a Pillsbury recipe, I paid $63.74 for $139.83 worth of groceries, a savings of 54%!

Looking at that percentage kind of bums me out because I know I could have done SO much better, but I just have to chalk it up to what it is and move on. Now, I’ll buckle down to do better in the future!

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti is one of my favorite meals, but jarred spaghetti sauce always is so runny to me. I prefer my sauce to be thicker. So, the other night, we decided to make our own sauce. It turned out great!

We started by chopping up one clove and half a jumbo onion and then sauteing in canola oil.

Then, we added two cans of crushed tomatoes, one small can of tomato paste, and sprinkled in basil, thyme, crushed red pepper flakes and oregano.

Once we stirred everything together, we let it cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat. It turned out SO yummy and was MUCH thicker than jarred sauces.

Although I usually only pennies for premade sauce, I do prefer this kind. I honestly don’t know why I don’t just make this every time we have spaghetti now!

Trendy Tot Tuesday #9

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It’s Trendy Tot Tuesday! I haven’t done this in a while, so I’m excited to get back into it and share toddler styles that I love!

Today, though, I’m going to share some outfits that Lucy wore yesterday (yes, she wore two because I wasn’t dumb enough to let her go play outside in her leggings). I think she was ridiculously cute in them ~ OK, so it wasn’t the OUTFITS that made her ridiculously cute… 🙂

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Flip flops and headband: Old Navy

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And, one where you can see her outfit just a little bit better. I was trying to get her sassy pose, but she moves so quickly, I usually end up getting the tail end of it. 🙁

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I’m linking up here. Come join the fun!

 

Portion Control Plates

It’s no secret that I’ve always had issues with my weight. In fact, I still have weight to lose from when Lucy was born. Yeah. I know. I really need to step up my game. I don’t think I eat badly, but I really need to start keeping a food journal (and stop eating those addicting UTZ chips!).

I also found these portion control plates. I wouldn’t pay $79 for them, but I might consider getting some if I found a plastic version that was MUCH cheaper. The plate is divided out so you know how much of each food type (protein, starch, veggie), you should be eating! My only problem with that is that I’m vegetarian, and I don’t like vegetarian meat enough to eat THAT big of a serving. Maybe some beans instead? What do you think?

Tasty Tuesday: Vegetable Fried Rice

My husband and I love to order take-out Chinese food, and I have two meals I usually rotate ordering. One of those is vegetable fried rice.  I just love it because includes everything I love — rice and veggies.

When there was a great sale on frozen vegetable egg rolls a while back, I stocked up, and I’ve been wanting to make fried rice to go along with it. Last week, I finally got a chance to do it, and it was super easy. Next time, though, I plan to add mushrooms and onions. I would have this time, but I didn’t have any on hand when I made this. I also think next time I will use soy sauce rather than teriyaki sauce.

Ingredients:
1 serving of rice (amount will vary based on if you use Minute rice or slow cooking rice)
2 cups of frozen vegetables

Directions:
1. Make rice according to directions, let sit and cool.
2. Cook veggies in pan with oil until tender.
3. Add rice. Cook all together. Add more oil if necessary. Add teriyaki or soy sauce.
4. Serve and enjoy!