Journey to a Healthier Me

Living life and getting healthy one step at a time.

A Little Patience August 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cyndi @ 10:14 pm
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Hey Guys!

I hope your evening is going swimmingly. Mines been a little rough, but I’m trying to stay positive.

I can’t share the exciting news with you yet. The husband said he needs at least one more day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will be good to go tomorrow night.

I worked, and stayed late, again today, and by the time I got out I was exhausted. So exhausted in fact that I fell asleep around 6 and didn’t wake up until 8:30. To be honest, I probably could have slept through the night.

That means that I didn’t make dinner for the husband tonight. He’ll live I think.

I figured I’d start sharing with you guys our meal plan for the week. Considering that we just bought our first home, and I’m about to start grad school we are on a pretty tight budget these days. Because of that we plan out what our dinners are going to be in advance and then we shop for everything, except fresh produce, on one day. We’re only allowed to spend 100 bucks a week.

I know $100 sounds like a lot of money, but fresh, healthy food is quite expensive these days. And since I’d rather shell out the extra dough to keep the fridge stocked with fruits and veggies rather than chips and soda, we make it work.

I usually just make a list of about 7 meals, and buy the ingredients for all of those. I don’t like to choose a specific day for each meal, just because that way it doesn’t feel like every moment of our lives is regimented.

1. baked falafel pitas: I’ll be blogging this recipe.

2. whole wheat pasta, sauce, and homemade garlic bread

3. grilled sweet potato quesadillas with black bean salsa: also going to blog. I’m craving sweet potatoes like crazy.

4. black bean and veggie enchiladas from here

5. bulgur burgers and parsnip fries

6. tofu and veggie stir-fry with quinoa

7. homemade pizza with veggies on my half, and maybe meat on the husbands half? We’ve never made our own pizza before. So I’m sure this will be an adventure.

So there you have it. Now you know what we’ll be eating this week, but you don’t know on what day! See, there’s an element of surprise. You’ll just have to keep checking the blog to find out.

Check back tomorrow to see if we manage to stay on budget, and maybe I’ll be able to share my exciting news.

Goodnight, Blogland!

Questions for you:

Do you make a meal plan? How far out do you plan?

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Fruits of Our Labor August 2, 2010

Filed under: Garden,produce — Cyndi @ 6:51 pm
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Greetings Friends!

The husband and I have been working on something pretty awesome for the past couple of months, and we’re finally ready to share it with the world.

Looks delicious doesn’t it? When we first bought our house we knew that we wanted to plant a garden, but there were so many options about what to plant, and then of course we had to decide quantity.

In the end we planted 2 tomato plants, 2 cucumbers, 2 bell peppers, a zucchini, and a jalapeño plant. Luckily for  us every single plant has had fruit, as you can see in the picture above. I’m so happy with how our vegetables are doing, especially since we managed to kill our herb garden twice. Oh well, better luck next time, right?

But at least we have all of these tasty morsels to eat our way through:

And there is plenty more where that came from. Any recipe ideas to help us make good use of our produce?

Let me tell you, the stuff we pick from our own backyard is a thousand times more delicious than the produce we used to get from the store. Even if we do have to work a lot harder to get it. And we’ve been battling a hoard of beetles that seem to be eating the leaves at lightning speed. We have to pick any ripened veggies as soon as we see them, so the little buggers don’t get them first. We’ve been successful so far.

We’re saving a lot of money as well, which is always a plus in my book, since we’re in strict grocery budget. There’s more on our grocery budget coming up in another post, so stay tuned for that one.

We’re already re-arranging the yard so that we can make an even bigger garden next year. Any plants you would recommend?

We’re always looking to try out new vegetables, and maybe even some fruits too. We have a strawberry plant that was particularly amazing this year, and we wouldn’t mind trying similar things. I’m actually hoping to convince the husband to plant okra, and maybe some watermelon. But we have plenty of time to plan.

I’ve had such a blast watching the plants grow, and we’ve been waiting patiently for the tomatoes to turn red. I’m salivating thinking about all of the delicious tomato sandwiches we can make now that they’re finally ready, and I definitely see a Caprese salad in our future.

I’m off to take the husband to dinner since he had a rough day at work, and then we’re going to take the Bear for a walk.

Have a good night, Blogland!

Question for you:

Do you have a garden? What are your must have plants?

Any recommendations on what to do with a plethora of rosemary? It’s the only herb we planted that survived, and I am stumped about what to with it.