Edibles

Blackberry Pecan Salad

  Meal planning has kinda gone out the window so far this month. Like many things, it was easy to do for awhile, and then busyness got in the way. So one day with the "what's for dinner?" question on my mind, I put this salad together from what I had on hand and it… Continue reading Blackberry Pecan Salad

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Edibles

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

Edibles

Sweet Corn Enchiladas

    The secret to these is the Corn and Chile salsa from Trader Joe's. It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and very addictive. If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, subsitute a can of drained sweet corn, but consider taking a road trip to stock up on the Trader Joe's version :).  … Continue reading Sweet Corn Enchiladas

Edibles

One Pot Veggie Chili

  I've had this recipe for ages so I'm not sure where it's from, but it's very easy to make and quite tasty so I wanted to share with you.  It is "medium spicy" with the amount of spices called for in the recipe. It tastes great the second day, too. The ingredients are pretty basic/inexpensive… Continue reading One Pot Veggie Chili

Edibles

Vegan Quinoa Salad

  Quinoa is high in iron and protein without having a lot of carbs. This is one of my easy "using up what I have recipes" that turned out pretty tasty! You can eat it hot or cold, and add chicken and/or cheese for the non-veg. friends/family in your life.     If you enjoyed… Continue reading Vegan Quinoa Salad

Edibles

10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

There's a plethora of lunch ideas on Pinterest (and the pictures! They're so pretty!) but here's the dilemma: I pack my husband's lunches, and he likes sandwiches for lunch. As in, only sandwiches, with some snack items. Which means that things could get boring very quickly. So I'm on a quest to find simple but interesting… Continue reading 10 Quick & Tasty Sandwich Ideas

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous

I've always known that it's cheaper to eat at home than eat out, but I'd never figured out just how much cheaper it is. I did the math for this meal and was surprised: $5.14 total, or $1.72 per serving. When a dinner out for two (without appetizers, drinks, or dessert) can easily be $30… Continue reading Dinner For $1.72: Mixed Veggies With Pine Nut Couscous

Edibles

Vegetable Curry #2

This curry variation is vegetarian tested, omnivore approved! It doesn't involve much chopping and dicing, and only two saucepans, which I like. It's a good way to use up frozen vegetables, too! The raisins add a nice touch of sweetness to balance out the medium spices of the curry sauce.     If you enjoyed… Continue reading Vegetable Curry #2

Edibles

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Sautéed Tofu or Chicken

  Using pre-cooked chicken cuts the prep time for this to about 15 minutes, making it a good weeknight dinner choice. This was inspired by a salad in a restaurant that was $14.50 a plate- it definitely didn't cost $29.00 to make this version! Click the photo for the full recipe.        

Edibles

PB & Pecan Cream Cheese Sandwich

Peanut butter sandwiches were a lunch bag staple growing up, but I had to go on a 5-year hiatus from them after eating them almost every day for 4-5 years in grade school, and way more than I wanted to in college. Even though I'd loved them, I couldn't stand the thought of eating another single… Continue reading PB & Pecan Cream Cheese Sandwich

Edibles

Pesto Portabello Capellini

Both capellini and spinach cook very quickly, making this a great weeknight dinner idea. Serves 3 (entree size) or 5 (side dish) Ingredients: 1/2 a box of capellini pasta 1 container Buitoni pesto sauce (or your favorite type) Portabello mushrooms (2 large caps, or a package of baby portabello mushrooms) 2-3 T. pine nuts Baby spinach Handful of sun-dried… Continue reading Pesto Portabello Capellini

Edibles

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

  Easy to make, and has much less ingredients/no preservatives like the store-bought kind! Adjust the amount of mix-ins to suite your tastebuds. Ingredients: Cooked chicken cubed into bite size pieces (~ 2 cups) Mayo 1/4 c. dried cranberries 1/4 c. chopped walnuts or sliced almonds Salt, pepper, curry powder, and garlic to taste Optional:… Continue reading Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Dollars and Sense

5 Ways to Save $ on Lunch

Is it actually cheaper to bring your own lunch to work? Yes! By how much exactly? I always wondered, but the folks at How Stuff Works says you could save $1,500 a year (they did the math here). Here's 5 tips on how to save while bringing your own lunch to work: Invest once in: reusable… Continue reading 5 Ways to Save $ on Lunch

Edibles

Two Tomato Pasta

Serves 4 Ingredients: Penne or bow tie pasta (enough for 4 servings) Small package of cherry tomatoes 1 small jar tomato paste 1/4c. olive oil Frozen broccoli Salt, pepper, chili powder, and oregano to taste 1 tsp. minced garlic Goat cheese Boil water for pasta. While pasta water is boiling, cook frozen broccoli separately in… Continue reading Two Tomato Pasta