Week 3 Eats!

Eating this week was pretty good. I don’t think there was a day that I didn’t really eat well or skipped a meal! Yay!!

My shopping list was good:

yellow onion, green beans, eggplant, sliced mushrooms, celery, water, yogurt, waffles, grated parmesan, eggs, chunky pasta sauce, butter, spinach, macaroni, pasta, lime, tomato and cheese.

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Overall, I spent $32.25! I used $14 of a visa gift card and the rest in cash. This leaves me with $32 in my envelope for next week. I didn’t actually shop until Tuesday of the week.

From the run-over from last week’s haul, I saved the bananas and made a 3 ingredient banana shake (You can find it HERE!) I also made a Tomato and Lentil soup

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I ate well this week and I have PICTURES!

I made a fantastic Baked Eggplant Parmesan! IMAG0492

I hate green beans. I grew up on canned green beans (which are disgusting) and just gag at the thought of them! I took a chance on some fresh green beans on sale at Sprouts and found a recipe online for Green Bean Fries IMAG0495

Chickpeas, I like more than green beans but I am still hesitant to use them in anything other than a fresh salad. So I wasn’t sure when I tried this Roasted Garlic Parmesan Chickpeas recipe. (sans garlic) IMAG0496 Meh, the jury is still out on that one. They taste like corn nuts. (I hate corn nuts more than green beans.)

Then, I made this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Ah-maz-ing! I altered a bit and used a different cheese and non of the wine or vinegar but it was really so good! IMAG0503

I continued having big breakfasts and have done well when it comes to lunch and dinner. IMAG0493Leftovers are much better than they have been in the past and when I ate a fast-food meal this week I was left feeling gross and bloaty. I followed my rules about being quick to use my produce. That’s why I made the eggplant at the beginning of the week.

The new thought that came to me this week as I was making that grilled cheese… every time I tasted one of the veggies (spinach and mushrooms) I nearly danced because it tasted SO good! It was never my goal to “eat clean” but I’m eating cleaner the last three weeks than I have in a really long time! Don’t get me wrong, you can still find me at church with a cookie bigger than my face, but not as much!

Because I officially started the week 4 days into it, I still have a meal to make (that will last a couple of days), a gift card to a restaurant and a free coupon to a local sandwich shop. Yay!

Week 3, you’ve been crushed. Look out Week 4!

Week Two Eats!

Week 2 went SO much better than week 1. I learned from Week 1 that breakfast had to be a relatively big meal, so this week I made sure that ate two fried egg sandwiches or equally filling breakfast.

For Week 2 my grocery list consisted of:

Frozen Waffles
1 Dozen Eggs
Sliced Mushrooms
Broccolli
Apples
Cauliflower
Tortillas
2 loaves of bread
Carrots
Lentils
Canned diced tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Kashi cereal
Bananas
Syrup
Jug of water

I spent $35.37 total for the week and felt incredibly triumphant.1974129_10152778020262985_1512651363233763448_o

My menu this week was pretty simple and I learned a lot more lessons.

Frozen Waffles & Eggs
Kashi Cereal & Yogurt
Tortilla shell pizza

I had a lot more on the menu but didn’t make a lot of it because I had leftovers from my Bible study group (yay!), I was taken to lunch or I had leftovers from the previous week that I had eaten.

More lessons learned this week: 1) If I have recipes that have fresh produce, make those first. (I lost a cauliflower head and a bunch of bananas) 2) If I find recipes online, I need to save them! (I can’t find three of them!)

Week #3 should be really great! Looking forward to it and am glad you’re on the journey with me! Thanks for your support!

Week One’s eats!

This first week was difficult. I was hungry a LOT, which made me a bit cranky some days. I struggled the most with breakfast. It IS the most important meal of the day and really set the tone.

I don’t have fancy photos of my food. Here is, though, the list of my eats this week and their links if I grabbed in online:

Fried egg sandwiches
Instant Oatmeal
Frozen Breaded Fish Filets and Rice (and Couscous w/ Spinach)
White Bean Tuna Salad
Leftover Sandwiches from small group (yay for free food!)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Fettuccine & Butter
Knorr Pasta Sides w/ Spinach & Tomatoes
I really wanted to make Mushroom/Spinach Lasagne but because I didn’t buy parmesan cheese, I couldn’t. I’ll still make something using the spinach and the mushrooms and some other pasta.
Del-Taco (There was one afternoon where I used a coupon to and got a .99 burrito. (using ashtray money!))

Then there were other afternoons that I either skipped lunch or skipped dinner. (NOT a recommendation I would ever make!)

Overall, I learned a lot and have better plans for week #2. I need more hearty breakfasts and I need to position it so that I don’t skip meals!

Next up, Week Two’s Haul… My menu is made for the week.. perusing ads right now for the best deals. I’m not a big fan of driving all over creation to save when i’m spending gas. So, you’ll see in the next few days what I come up with!