Posts Tagged ‘Sides’

This morning I went to Harris Teeter for triple coupons.  I spent $44 and saved $42! Woo hoo!  I love saving almost as much as I spend.  I have been clipping coupons forever for the anticipation of triples.  I was so excited that I forgot to eat breakfast.  Who does that?

Okay so I admit, I have been eating a bunch of garbage lately.  Milkshakes (not pictured and things like chicken tenders and bbq).  Time to whip my butt back in shape! 

For lunch today I made myself (it took a while) a healthy meal.

I made kale chips

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This AWESOME sandwich with a piece of turkey, fresh spinach, and a piece of muenster cheese melted on a 100 calorie Arnold flat bread in my toaster oven.

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Then I added some TJ’s white bean and basil hummus.

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Ate with a sweet potato, light butter and brown sugar.

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I ate about half of the sweet potato and saved the other for lunch tomorrow.

Total Weight Watchers Points (just to check in):

Food Description WW Points
Kale 0
1/2 sweet potato 2
100 calorie Arnold FB 1
Spinach 0
Hummus 1
Cheese 2
Turkey 1
Total: 7

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The awesome people at Food Should Taste Good sent me a gift of samples to review. Here is the swag:

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I received these flavors: yellow corn, lime, cinnamon, and potato and chive.

I tried the lime today and OH MY WORD!  They are so good (and I don’t get paid to say that).  You know the lime tortilla chips the stores carry (I love these), take those subtract the lime powdery stuff left on your fingers afterwards add a wonderful lime aftertaste and overall natural/better quality of chip and you have these wonderful chips.  The lime is not too bold, it is the perfect amount.  I am so in love 🙂

I paired them today with TJ’s fat free black bean dip.

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I ate the serving size which was 12.  I could have eaten the whole bag, but I was good.

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I love the natural benefit of these chips.  They are not greasy and do not leave any residue on your fingers.  Each bag comes in a fun shape and they are packed full of flavor and limey goodness.  Thanks so much FSTG for sending me these and I can’t wait to try the rest!

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Eatin’ Local

Today I went to Trader Joe’s and the farmer’s market.  I rarely go to the farmer’s market because it is a little bit of a drive out there.  Since I had a really crappy week this week at work, I decided I needed a good drive. 

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I love how country people are there.  The fact that they farm as their job and come out to the farmer’s market to sell their stuff, sometimes at 5am, is awesome!  They are such hard workers and I love supporting what they do.

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There are so many farms close to where we live.  That’s one of the reasons I love living in North Carolina.  We still have rural places around us and down home country people.  

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I looked around and got items from Willow Spring, NC (where we live), Meadow (pronounced Medda) and other farms in Johnston Country.

This is what I picked up:

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Eggplant, kale, spinach, two zucchinis, two pieces of yeller squash four sweet potatoes, and an eggplant.  I am trying to explore different vegetables and greens and incorporate more veggies in our lives.

I read Kath’s blog every day.  KERF I decided to make her kale chips.

I took one of the pieces of kale and broke the leaves off of the big stem into bite size pieces.  I put some aluminum foil on my pan (for easier clean up) and rinsed my kale pieces (always rinse your veggies and fruit no matter where it comes from!).  I laid them flat on the pan and then drizzled a little EVOO on them.  I them sprinkled sea salt and a little parmesan cheese on them.  The oven was preheated to 375 per Kath and baked for about 10minutes?  I didn’t set the timer and just waited until they looked crispy.  I served them with ketchup (my love) and tried them out. 

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They were awesome.  Just like thin potato chips!  I loved them and the taste of the greens was very mild.  The salt sprinkles are parmesan were a great addition and I can see myself adding other seasonings in addition to them in the future.

Thanks Kath for the awesome idea!

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National Chocolate Day

For dinner we had Salmon Belle Mer cakes/patties. Listen to the description of this:
“Alaskan Salmon stuffed with a savory blend of long grain rice, surimi crab meat, monterey jack cheese, bay shrimp and seasonings.” It was so good!

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I also made a pasta salad side with TJ’s vegetable medley and Tuscan dressing. I cooked the medley in a wok and then lelet it cool a bit. I then mixed the dressing (maybe 1/2 cup? eyeballed) with the pasta and set it in the fridge until cold.

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I also made a pumpkin bread with a mix from Trader Joes. Can you see the trend here? What is one of my favorite stores? Anyone? Bueller?
The husband and I dusted all of our baseboards in the house. Teamwork! And now I am watching DVRed episodes of The Office and getting ready to eat a piece of pumpkin bread.

And here it is:

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Also, today is National Chocolate Day!  So go get yourself a piece of dark chocolate (it is the best one for you) and enjoy this holiday!

I might be getting into this later to celebrate!

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Green and Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate.  MMMM!

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