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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

Healthy Summertime Dinners I Actually Made This Week

I hope you’re all enjoying digging into these weekly menu plan recaps because I’m loving cooking them up as a fun Sunday ritual. Plus, it allows me to share my favorite kitchen or meal prep tips as well as keeping me honest with making healthy recipes. I won’t lie to you, Pizza Hut almost happened this week except they don’t deliver to my new apartment, which is both the best and the worst thing all at once.

I will also admit that I very nearly drove to pick one of those bad boys up. The ONLY thing that stopped me from dealing that death blow to my mildly lactose intolerant stomach was the knowledge that I’d be wasting the food in my fridge.

Well, that and the fact that it was a million degrees outside.

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How to Feel Healthy with Grapefruit & Egg Avocado Toast

I feel like it’s been a minute since I posted my first two quick and healthy avocado toast recipes but I’m finally here with the third and final one! I’ve been loving the orange & fig and mango & ginger versions on repeat for a while now, they’ve been the perfect breakfast for before a long run for marathon training or to help build muscle after a strength training workout.

For this last recipe I’ll admit that grapefruit is a tough nut to crack. Or I guess I should say fruit to peel? And peel. And then peel some more for good measure because we’re determined and foolish creatures with opposable thumbs and we want to win, damn it.

I might be new at the grapefruit game but I’ve been ridiculous and dramatic for decades.

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Hot Weather Menu Plan

Hot Weather Menu Plan

This post could be subtitled “How to Eat for the Long Awaited Fiery End of Days,” although I think we all know in a real apocalypse I’m just eating buttered biscuits nonstop until the moment the zombies get me.

This week Portland is about to outdo itself in the weather department with temps climbing to 109 degrees. I grew up in Phoenix, so I know just how awful it’s about to feel as we step out into that dry sauna heat.  Continue reading

Another Week of Easy & Healthy Dinners

Another week of easy & healthy dinners with little planning | This Miss Cooks

On Tuesday I shared how I menu plan for those off-kilter weeks where I’m woefully unprepared by the time I hit the grocery store. By keeping items in my fridge and pantry that are versatile, like a jar of salsa and some extra zucchini, I can pull together a few healthy meal ideas quickly for the week. It takes a bit of time to figure out what might work for you, but I’ve found that habit can be your best friend if you know you always love taco night and burrito bowls the next day. Continue reading

Mango & Ginger Avocado Toast

Mango and Ginger Avocado Toast

The first time I tried to eat a mango at home I was convinced this fruit was just put on Earth as a cosmic joke to anyone who thought they could win in a man v. mango showdown. To clarify I was a grown adult at this point, so failing hard at the can-prepare-basic-ingredients test of life was a bummer.

Thankfully, 3 mangoes and 2 YouTube videos later, I was ready to make the messiest fruit salad you’ve ever seen. Continue reading

The Best Way to Save Money on Groceries & How to Menu Plan for it

Most weeks I have all my menu planning and shopping lists ready to go for an easy grocery store trip by the time Saturday rolls around. Some weeks *cough* this one *cough* I’m sitting at the Starbucks inside Safeway scrolling through Pinterest for healthy dinner ideas while my venti Americano rapidly disappears and the clock ticks down. Although I spent most of the evening before going between the fridge and the pantry looking for a nonexistent dessert, I have somehow forgotten what my kitchen even looks like. Continue reading

Sunday Recap from a Week of Easy Healthy Dinners

Moving, it turns out, is one of the most awful experiences that I’ve happily run headlong into. I now understand how my parents have lived in the same house for 35 years and I get why we couldn’t move to someplace nice like Minnesota or Maine (I was a boring child I think).

Throughout this month from hell, though, I realized that sticking to my healthy habits is key for avoiding some serious emotional breakdowns (mostly). I get hangry, I have sugar crashes, my acid reflux flares up at 2am if I eat too late, and don’t even think about asking me to move furniture if I haven’t eaten in the last 3 hours. Continue reading

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