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How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible

How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible | This Miss Cooks

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

Sunday Recap: The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes

The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes | This Miss Cooks

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

Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes

Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes | This Miss CooksPhoto by Davies Designs on Unsplash

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

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe | This Miss Cooks

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

3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks

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.

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks Continue reading

6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)

6-tips-for-planning-a-week-of-meals-from-CostcoPhoto by Jakub Kapusnak on Unsplash

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

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes

Sunday Recap of 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks

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

3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes

3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes | This Miss CooksPhoto by Neha Deshmukh on Unsplash

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

Sunday Recap: 9 healthy recipes from Tone It Up

It’s finally no longer scorchingly hot in Portland and I’m so happy about that, even if I don’t want Summer to teeeechnically end. I also appreciate that although it rained last night, it didn’t specifically rain on me. I really want more of this temperate weather at a time when I’m NOT joined at the eyepiece to a microscope for 10 hours on a Saturday (oh, science, you tricksy brat).

I’m extra glad that I got in my smoothie madness this past week though, those breakfasts are perfectly paired with the 90 degree days when all you want to do is make it to work without sweatily adhering yourself to your train seat (TMI? Yes, almost certainly).

If you’d like to see my planning post on this week’s meals, you can check it out here. I have a few others as well if you’re interested! Continue reading

9 Of The Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (And Love) From Tone It Up

9 of the Best Healthy Recipes You Can Make (and Love) from Tone It Up | This Miss Cooks

If I dig back through my Instagram pictures (lord, I don’t suggest it before the advent of the iPhone 6) I get to see all my progress since precisely April 19th, 2015 following Tone It Up’s nutrition guidelines and recipes. That would be well over 2 years and 25 extra pounds ago by my reckoning. Before that date, I had been stuck in a rut from years of failed calorie counting, bad fad diets (cabbage soup anyone?) or stressful work-sponsored weight loss programs and I needed to figure out how to stop yo-yo dieting. Continue reading

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