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February Grocery Haul. February 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica @ 10:32 am
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As you may have noticed I have been slacking the past couple of weeks, so I am doing some catch up. We only made it to Aldi for groceries this month. I planned to go to Wegmans later but honestly, we have been eating out/ordering in so much that we aren’t even using up the things I already bought fast enough. Next month will be more of a “stock up” month since I did not do much of that this time. Our freezer stock of meat is lower than I like.












~Red and Yellow Onions

~Red Potatoes


~Sweet Mini Peppers


~Green Peppers



~Baby Carrots


~Greek Yogurt Cups

~Whole Milk

~Half &  Half

~Cottage Cheese

~Plain Greek Yogurt


~Parmesan Cheese

~Blue Cheese Crumbles

~Fresh Mozzarella


~Italian Sausage

~Center Cut Pork Chops


~Eggs (2 dozen)

~Breakfast Sausage (2 boxes)

~Bacon (2 packages)

~Ground Turkey

~Whole Chicken

DSC02092Freezer Goods~

~Broccoli (2)

~OJ (4)

~Green Beans


~Canned Salmon

~Corned Beef Hash

~Butternut Squash Soup (2)

~Tomato Soup (2)

~Chicken Broth (2)

~Vegetable Broth (2)

~Peaches (2)


~Mandarin Oranges

~Olive Oil

~Truffle Oil


~Brown Sugar

~Onion Soup Mix


~BBQ Sauce

~Dijon Mustard


~Blackberry Jam


~Steel Cut Oats

~Maple SyrupDSC02106Bread/Carbs~

~Blue Corn Tortillas Chips

~Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread

~Italian Bread (2)

Our total was around $189.00 for the month. Significantly under out $400 a month budget but we have used most of that surplus up ordering food. I am really hoping Spring comes soon and brings its’ usual motivation and energy. I am struggling with both with the sub zero temperatures and days trapped in the house.


Creamy Dijon Salmon with Fresh Dill. February 19, 2015

Filed under: Dinner,Seafood — Jessica @ 9:45 am
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I don’t have a lot of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to salmon. I used to work for a caterer and they would always serve poached salmon with a cold mayo/garlic/dill sauce and I always loved that. Besides that, I usually just use a honey/soy sauce based marinade and call it good. Those two things worked for quite awhile but I was ready for something a little different last time salmon was on the menu. I did some recipe research and saw mustard paired with salmon over and over again. Taking that into consideration, I combined an old favorite and added a new twist. Creamy mayonaise, good dijon mustard, minced garlic and fresh dill make the perfect easy topping for baked salmon. Try this soon!


Creamy Dijon Salmon with Fresh Dill

Serves 2

2 salmon filets

2 Tbls of mayonaise

1 Tbls good dijon mustard

1 Tbls chopped fresh dill

1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic

salt & pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375º.

2. Lay salmon in baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper

3. Mix mayonaise, dijon, dill and garlic in small bowl.

4. Divide evenly between filets and spread over top of each.

5. Bake at 375º for about 20 minutes.

6. Enjoy!


Weekly Meal Plan 2/16/15 February 17, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica @ 11:57 am

Despite getting a really good start last week, stress got the best of us and we ate a lot of takeout and leftover pizza. I suppose it happens sometimes but it’s still pretty frustrating for me. You may see some repeats of the meals we had planned last week throughout the rest of the month because we seriously only had one thing off of last week’s plan. Luckily some of things causing stress in our life have been resolved and I am hoping for a better week.

It has been super cold here, around -20º the last couple of days and even colder with the windchill. We are at 0º today. I haven’t actually even left the house the last 4 days because it was too cold to leave if you didn’t need to! I have spent a lot of time curled up on the couch watching Netflix. How has the weather been where you are?


Monday~ Homemade Black Bean Burgers, Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

Tuesday~ BBQ Chicken Pizza with Mushrooms, Sweet Peppers and Red Onion on Gluten Free Crust, Fruit

Wednesday~ Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes, Salt & Pepper Brussels Sprouts

Thursday~ Leftovers

Friday~ Panko Parmesan Tilapia, Broccoli & Cheddar Rice

Saturday~ BBQ Pulled Pork, Homemade Cole Slaw

Sunday~ Chicken Parmesan, Salad, Garlic Toast

Hope you all have a great (& healthy) week!


Weekly Meal Plan 2/9/15 February 9, 2015

Filed under: Meal Plan — Jessica @ 10:24 am
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Last week was a very “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of week. I do not like those kind of weeks. Luckily, I am on track for a good week ahead after a very productive weekend. I made it to the grocery store, got the house sparkling clean, did 3 kick ass workouts in 2 days, filled in all of my planning sheets, laid out my outfits for the week, did some prep cooking and even found some time to relax. I love starting a new week off feeling rested and ready.

I am working a lot and have several other fun plans this week, so there is nothing too complicated on the menu plan. I wanted to keep it healthy while still being sure they were all things we are actually likely to make after a long day away from home.


Monday~ Loaded Nachos (organic blue corn tortilla chips, black beans, cheddar,  lettuce, tomatoe, avacado, onion, salsa and plain greek yogurt)

Tuesday~ Garlic Lime Tilapia, Garlic Butter Brown Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday~ Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Thursday~ Italian Sausage with Onions, Peppers and Mushrooms, Apple Sauce

Friday~ Leftovers

Saturday~ Eggplant Parmesan, Salad, Bread (not healthy, but a special treat for Valentine’s Day)

Sunday~ BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Homemade Cole Slaw

Hope you are all of to a good start this week!