Ladies and gents, this gal is in full vacation mode. We survived the 20+ hours in the car from our home in Oregon all the way to ski country, Colorado and we somehow avoided stopping at every McDonald’s on the way. I talked earlier this week about tips for eating healthy on a road trip and how to make sure you stay happy and sane without just aiming for the lowest calorie menu option. Continue reading “Sunday Recap: Eating Healthy & Finding Balance on a Road Trip”
Tuesday’s post was all about how I planned another week of effortless healthy meals without breaking the bank using the same handy little meal formula. You can really draw your inspiration from anywhere to make these One Bowl Dinners come to life: a stray ingredient you’ve been wanting to use, your favorite ethnic cuisine, a deconstructed version of a sandwich or wrap, and a leftovers clean-out are some of my favorite. Check out that post to see the general outline of what I put into every bowl to make sure it’s healthy, balanced and filling each time.
If you ever have a hard time coming back from the weekend full force in the kitchen, this Mexican bowl is just the thing come Monday night. The chicken was just made with some Instant Pot magic (chicken breasts + salsa = the best damn thing since sliced bread). Add in quinoa, black beans, chopped tomatoes & bell peppers, guacamole, Greek yogurt, and salsa and you’re golden.
Pro tip: Pre-make a large batch of your quinoa alongside the chicken over the weekend or on Monday night.
It’s very nearly the end of summer and most people seem determined to make the most of it while they can up here in the Pacific Northwest. For some that means weekend trips to the coast, for others it’s spending time in the National Parks, and a few even head out of their home state entirely for a full vacation. Whether it’s family reunions, weddings, or just a get-up-and-go jaunt, you might find yourself in a bit of a bind when you get home and realize that the work week is about to start without any of your normal preparations.
I’ve written before on how to prepare for a healthy trip and how important it is to have a plan of attack for when you get home. Picking back up a regular fitness routine is important, but even harder to make time for is menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping for your first days back to the daily grind. Continue reading “How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible”
You know what’s glorious? Coming home from a vacation and NOT going grocery shopping, NOT meal prepping, and NOT starving because of the former two. Creatively re-purposing and remaking leftovers into new (and healthy) dinners might just become a regular adventure post-holidays. Continue reading “Sunday Recap: The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes”
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I have 15 tomatoes.
Which is about 13 more than I have on hand at any given time, and particularly ironic given just how much Mr Never Cooks dislikes this fruit-vegetable thing. Yes that’s right, I refuse to even pick a side in the phylogenetic tree debate. Continue reading “Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes”
Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you’ve been able to kick back and take it easy for a few days, Mr Never Cooks and I are relaxing on the Oregon Coast with his family and the correct number of dogs (3).
In true beach bum manner, I’m just popping in to offer up THE EASIEST DINNER RECIPE IN THE WORLD. Yes, tall order I know, but the pressure cooker really delivers on its promise. Continue reading “Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe”
I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.
If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.
I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.
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I had a feeling when I sat down with my menu planning spreadsheet on Thursday that I was in for a bit of an odd week. With the eclipse yesterday and the craziness from a million extra people moseying into and out of my cute little state this weekend, I decided to back away slowly from the grocery store. Continue reading “6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)”
Hello again! I’m extra pleased on this Sunday evening because I’ve managed to conquer my sudden but inevitable eclipse FOMO. Portland is almost in the path of totality (I’ve been learning new terminology left and right for this thing) so many of my friends are making plans to head south to see the event tomorrow.
Mr Never Cooks however has to go to work rain or shine, sun or no sun. And hey, there are plenty of things I’m happy to do solo, but finding a way to go 50 miles in the worst traffic in Oregon history while on my own seems like a surefire way to turn a cool event into a stressful mess. And I prefer to have my partner along for all stressful messes.
So, instead I’m settling for the 99.5% eclipse and putting stargazing at Machu Picchu on my bucket list. I had a friend show me pictures from his trip there and I’d say the starry night sky is enough to tide me over until the next total solar eclipse in 2024.
Speaking of bucket list trips, it would be nice to have money in the bank to actually check a few more big ticket items off. Food is a big expense in our household and it can be challenging to cut down too much on the grocery budget. How do I fix this?
Find recipe blogs that fill that need.
I mentioned in my Tuesday planning ahead post that I discovered an awesome food blog called Budget Bytes a few years ago. It’s been a while since I had checked out her recipes and I’m glad I found a reason to! Continue reading “Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes”
When I was just learning how to cook toward the end of college and my first years post-grad, I was on a decidedly tight budget and in need of cheap meals. It was a pretty sweet deal to just have dinners to arrive on my plate in the cafeteria with zero thought or input from yours truly, but sustaining that lifestyle on the daily requires a job a few pay grades above mine.
Also, I was an AWFUL cook. Like truly bad. Could not make boxed cake to save my life bad. I think it was even my defining feature in my dorm. Oh, Lindsey, the one who burnt milk in the common room kitchen? Continue reading “3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes”