glad you all enjoyed the random post earlier today. i feel pretty good now that all my camera cards are clean. what’s even better is that my toilets and kitchen are clean now, too.
after tidying up the house, i decided to escape the shouting of the football fans and hightailed it to costco and target. two of my very favorites. i really needed to get some grocery shopping done. last night there wasn’t an ounce of protein in the house and we ate a mishmash of vegetables over pasta and some balsamic mashed sweet potatoes. yes, it was a good dinner, but not a lick of protein.
i had a list and was on a mission. i hit costco first and then target. i LOVE doing my shopping on sunday because, with utah being super populated with mormons who don’t shop on sunday, all the stores are empty. i didn’t even have to wait in line at either store!
two hours later i came home a whole lot poorer.. but with a TON of stuff.
yowza. and that is just the food part of what i purchased.
because i know i like seeing what people buy at the store, i decided to show you guys what i stocked up on.
i typically go to costco twice or three times a month and then to the regular grocery store a couple or few times a week. if i am diligent, i will meal plan and then only have to go to the regular store once a week. i have been a BAD meal planner lately and have gone to the store almost every single day. i got fed up with that today and so i made a meal plan for the week along with a list of other groceries we needed.
let’s break it down!
- enchilada sauce
- diced green chiles
- lots of diced tomatoes & tomato sauce
- whole wheat english muffins
- whole wheat bread
- low carb high fiber tortillas
- whole grain spaghetti
- fiber wasa crackers
- two kinds of cereal
- two boxes of annie’s mac
- brown rice (me) and white rice (marshall)
- white bread (marshall)
- chobani greek yogurt
- cooked chicken strips
- low sodium herbed turkey breast lunch meat
- albacore tuna pouches
- pink salmon pouches
- raw chicken breasts
- raw chicken tenders
- lean ground beef
- lean beef chunks (for stew)
- cottage cheese
- two cartons of eggs
- muscle milk ligh (chocolate—on sale now at costco!)
- string cheese
- morning star crumbles (faux meat)
- 3 colors of bell peppers
- red onions
- gala apples
- spring greens mix
- baby carrots
- butternut squash
- freeze dried oregano
- taco seasoning
- stew seasoning
- feta cheese
- laughing cow cheese
- peanut butter (crunchy and smooth)
WHEW. i also bought a bunch of other random stuff like vitamin water (for marshall), toilet paper, a mirror, wall hooks, light bulbs, a few different household cleaners, socks, cotton balls and a jackie warner workout DVD.
for the most part, marshall and i eat the same things. there are only a few things i buy for JUST him and JUST me.. like the white and wheat bread, the white and brown rice, etc. (kinda like his and hers, right katie?)
i usually don’t go so crazy at the stores, but now i have everything i need for all meals for the next couple weeks. i will probably have to pick up some fresh protein, but other than that, i am pretty set!
here is the dinner plan for this week:
- sunday: stuffed chicken & roasted squash & salad
- monday: chicken enchiladas
- tuesday: out for kristen’s birthday!
- wednesday: crock pot vegetable beef stew
- thursday: taco soup
- friday: pasta with tofu
- saturday: paninis & soup & salad
of course, that may change a bit, but at least i have options! lunches will be a breeze, too. i have been eating out for lunch a lot lately just because i haven’t been prepared. now that i am stocked up with things like tuna, turkey, chicken, string cheese and fruit, putting together lunch will be a snap.
after putting all the groceries away i immediately got to work on dinner—stuffed chicken, roasted butternut squash & sweet potatoes and green salad.
first, the chicken!
i love this brand of chicken, it is at target. i do eat chicken but i like it to be happy, non hormonal chicken.
first, butterfly the breasts.
next, smear a layer of hummus and a spoonful of feta on the inside of each breast. top with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper.
secure the chicken breasts closed with toothpicks.
season the outside of each breast with salt and black pepper. next, coat the chicken first in an egg wash and then in a layer of whole wheat panko bread crumbs.
place the breasts in an oven safe dish.
bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
stuffed chicken is one of my favorite dinners! there are so many different ways you can stuff the breasts. (TWHS?)
hummus and feta is an all time favorite filler.
for the roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes, i seasoned them with salt, pepper and TJ’s 21 seasoning salute. they roasted at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes. i purchased the pre-chopped butternut squash from costco because i thought it would be convenient.. well, sure, it was. but it was gross. the squash was really mushy and flavorless.. i will not be buying the pre-chopped squash again. i guess the extra effort of peeling and chopping the squash is worth it in the end.
while the squash was bland, there is nothing a little ketchup can’t help!
the salad is pretty self explanatory.. it had spring greens, cucumber, red bell pepper, carrots and celery.
oh, i never mentioned this, but i really failed on the 20 salads in december challenge! i made it to 14 salads. not bad, but not good. i am working on my salad consumption all the time.
this dinner was great! stuffed chicken never lets me down.
hope you are all ready for another work week! i know i am, after such a lazy weekend.
oh, and since you all loved the photos of the pups from my last post.. i leave you with penny’s latest.
1. how often do you grocery shop?
2. who do you shop for? if it is for more than just yourself, do you each eat differently or all the same?
xo. janetha g.