This last week has been a slow one for me when it comes to posting, although it seems like the week went by really fast! Spring Forward really messed up my sleep schedule on Sunday night giving me complete insomnia, so I wound up sleeping for 3 hours Monday afternoon. Then I was still catching up on sleep on Tuesday with another 3 hour nap, so finally yesterday I was all caught up. In the meantime, Jeff has been sick with a bad cold, and I have 2 new job opportunities that I’m really excited about. I have a meeting on Monday for one of them, and an interview where I’ll be giving a huge 20 minute presentation for the other one. Since both are early in the works, I won’t go into too much detail yet, but I’m excited about them both!
I am so happy that there are only 9 more days left of winter, and it’s already warming up in Kansas City. In fact, it’s been in the upper 60s this whole week, and today it’s made it to 73 degrees, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. I’m even sitting outside while I’m writing this post. I’m going to take advantage of this as long as I can, because even though it’s beautiful now, Kansas City weather is so erratic and it could still snow in the beginning of April. One thing I would not wish for for is spring 2 years ago when it snowed on May 2nd. That was a total fluke, but it can happen, so I’ll enjoy today’s 73 degree weather for as long as I can! Continue reading Winter Steak Salad
Chicken drumsticks are a comfort food to me. It reminds me of my childhood because I ate them all the time. My mom usually seasoned and baked a bunch for the week, and it would be warm for dinner and cold for lunch. I was probably one of the few kids that would be sent to elementary school with a big ol’ drumstick in her lunch box. But then again I always had something different to bring with me to lunch. Continue reading Chicken Drumsticks In An Orange Ginger Balsamic Sauce
For those food photographers out there, have you ever noticed how hard it is to photograph meatballs? Like seriously… here are these tiny little balls (that’s what she said!) and you first have to try to get them to not roll around on the plate. Then, they’re this drab brown that desperately needs color to make the food look appetizing through a picture. So, as I’m learning more and more about the art of taking photos, I’m really hoping that I was able to add enough color to the pictures to make the meatballs look tasty, because OMG these were delicious! Continue reading Honey Mustard Bison Meatballs
Breakfast and brunch have always been my two favorite meals of the day. I don’t know why. I’ve always been a protein for breakfast kind of person too. And a savory protein. The idea of having only something sweet for breakfast or brunch does not appeal to me one bit. Maybe it’s because my mom wouldn’t allow me to have the sugary cereals as a kid? I don’t know. Now don’t get me wrong, I love pancakes, waffles, donuts, danishes, cereal, etc. but I usually want those items in the evening for some reason. Probably because in college my friends and I would always do the late night Denny’s run after a night of partying, because pancakes drenched at 2am is soooooooooooo good 😉 Although now that I think about it, a lot of times the after party would be at my place and I’d wind up making omelettes with hash browns and bacon for everyone. Or I would wind up taking over someone else’s kitchen and cook everyone breakfast at 2am. Oh, those were the days!
This is the shake I talked about overflowing in my last Food Prep Sunday post. It wasn’t an epic fail to say the least, but it kind of shocked me at first. I semi-screamed when it spilled all over, and Jeff came running in from the living room thinking something happened to me. I think he was a little disappointed when he realized it wasn’t a big catastrophe and he wasn’t able to save the day. At least he offered to help clean it up!
Continue reading Coconut Berry Protein Smoothie
Before I met my boyfriend two years ago, I was a single gal always on the move and definitely did not have time for Food Prep Sundays. I still cooked for myself, but maybe only 3 or 4 times per week. The rest of the time was eating a bowl of cereal or going out with friends for dinner. Oy to think of all the money I spent on those dinners and drinks! Breakfasts were either from Starbucks or a frozen Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich, and lunches were almost ALWAYS from the frozen food aisle and had the words, “Healthy Choice” or “Lean Cuisine” on the box it came from. I thought I was eating healthy because these items would say “healthy” or “Light” or “Fat-Free” or “Low Calorie”… you get the picture. Plus I was skinny at the time, so I had to be eating well, right?! Continue reading My version of Lean Cuisine’s Chicken & Cranberry Salad
Before I began eating clean I loved to go to this one Mexican restaurant and get their enchiladas (with a margarita of course!). It was more of a Mexican fusion place that always added something extra to the traditional dish, and they added black beans and corn to their enchiladas. It was brilliant! Unfortunately, that restaurant is out of business now, but it never hurts to try to recreate something you remember! Continue reading Quinoa Beef Enchilada Casserole
When shopping at Aldi’s for the week, I was super excited to see frozen peaches, so I had to pick up a bag to try them in one of our shakes. Peaches are probably my favorite fruit of all time, and of course are impossible to find fresh in February. But since I think that frozen fruit works better in shakes, these were perfect!! Jeff’s eyes lit up when I told him this morning that we would be having shakes for breakfast and that there were peaches in them. I think he even drank his before I was done making a shake for myself! Continue reading Peaches and Cream Protein Shake
We’ve really put ourselves on a food budget lately. A MAJOR food budget. I realized I had been paying close to $200/week for 2 adults. That’s ridiculously high, don’t you think? Especially since I’m in the midst of looking for a new full time job, I still have student loans, and Jeff and I are wanting to not only do some upgrades to the house, but also pay off the house, we realized that we needed to cut out some things. So, I’m on a new quest…. how can I make yummy clean meals, stick to as much organic as I can, and try not to spend more than $100 each week on food? It’s going to be tough, but I accept this challenge! Continue reading Bacon, Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup