December 18th, 2012
Since last week’s Healthy on a Budget post focused primarily on what not to do, I want to end the series on a more positive note. I’ve thrown together a little roundup to wind down the series.
Before getting to the links, I want to share a couple of yesterday’s meals. Dinner was affordable, healthy, and super tasty. I was cooking for one, so I just threw together some things I had in the house.
Pasta (a pantry staple), frozen spinach (a freezer staple), pasta sauce (a fridge staple), and leftover sliced pepper and onion I had in the fridge. I added some 99% lean ground turkey, which was on sale at the grocery store for $4.99/lb this week. So easy!
It was a bit crazy at the office yesterday, so the company provided lunch from Panera - moderately healthy, incredibly good, and ridiculously cheap (at least for the employees).
My Healthy on a Budget Links:
Excellent Free Workout Links:
Helpful Budget Recipe Links:
Random Extras for Frugal Fitnessistas:
Got any good links to add?
November 26th, 2012
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Mine was fabulous! In case you missed it…
As promised, here are links to the recipes I used this year.
Black Friday Shopping 2011 and 2012
In addition, here are a few links to workouts, which I desperately need after this weekend!
Wow, so yeah… that was a lot of links. If you tried out any great recipes or workouts over the weekend, link up in the comments!
April 29th, 2012
Yaaawwwwwn. Anyone else enjoying a lazy Sunday? It’s nearly 9:30 a.m., and I’m still in my pajamas. Okay, I do have some laundry going, but aside from that, it’s pretty lazy here.
Breakfast of champions: homemade latte (crafted by Kevin) and carrot cake loaf
Now I’m sitting down at my computer to make my grocery list. I’m a stickler for the list. If I go into a grocery store without a list, I walk looking (and feeling) lost and confused. I need a game plan.
There’s a process to a good list. Here’s mine for today:
- Get out any coupons (I rarely have any) & pull up the local grocery store’s online weekly flyer for inspiration by what’s on sale and what’s in season
- Pull up the LiveFit meal plan to get a basic idea of what I’m going to need
- Visit a few of my favorite recipe sites for meals that fit my on-sale/in-season/LiveFit needs.
Since I’m about to pull up my favorite recipe sites anyway, let me go ahead and share them with you.
- Oh She Glows (duh… I mention this one frequently)
- Better Homes & Gardens (they’re not all wins, but they’re traditional and usually comforting)
- Whole Foods (some wins, some loses, but the wins are big wins)
- Eat Better America (you have to look harder for all-natural recipes, but these have easy-to-find ingredients)
- YumSugar (not always healthy, but it often appeals to my foodie side)
Of course, you can always find more recipes than you need on Pinterest.
- What’s your favorite go-to recipe site?
- Or do you prefer cookbooks?
September 9th, 2011
The comments from yesterday’s preppy post were really interesting. I’m surprised by the number of students who prep their meals. When I was a student, I usually had time to make a sandwich at my apartment or visit the dining hall between classes. I wish I still had access to an all-day, every-day salad bar with pre-cut, pre-washed veggies that wouldn’t spoil in my fridge. (Ahhhh, the things we take for granted…)
Today’s post is a hybrid of sorts. It’s about food, and it’s about beer. What’s not to love?
I want to shed light on spent grain. Spent grain is the leftover goo in the mash-kettle after being separated from the wort. Wort goes on to make the really good stuff (beer).
After separation, the spent grains are a “mixture of barley grain husk, pericarp and fragments of endosperm. The chemical composition of [spent grain] is dependent on the barley variety, harvest time and mashing conditions.” If you want to know more, check out Hydrolysis of Brewers’ Spent Grain by Carbohydrate Degrading Enzymes, which is the source of that info.
As you know, I’m the queen of leftovers, and there are plenty of ways to reuse these babies.
I usually prefer to talk about beer and food as it relates to cooking with beer or complimentary pairings, but I hope you enjoyed this unique blend of the two.
- Would you try cookies/bread/bars made with spent grains?
- If you plan on drinking a beer (or two) this weekend, which will you be enjoying?