So my partner and I did a huge grocery/pantry shopping 🛒 and I thought why not track my grocery/budget shopping to keep me accountable. For this new year we both want to start eating healthier as well as save money. We like shopping in bulk because it saves us from going to the local market each and every time we need something and anyways when you shop bulk its most always cheaper. So for now on I want to start posting every month my BJ’s haul as well as some weekly grocery hauls here and there. So for this BJ’s trip we spent much more than usual just because we don’t have access to our car ( its being repaired) and took this chance and borrowed my partners mom’s car and stocked up on some staples as you will see..we doubled up on each item. Im guessing this should last us at least until sometime in February. This whole haul cost us exactly $307.50 as you can see from the photo I I didnt include the Perrier nor the 2.5lb of coffee as well as eggs, quinoa and four pounds of cheese ( dont judge 😒😋 )
This is a super easy and simple recipe that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or hell even snack! Super easy to include whatever your heart may desire! Also burritos are a great addition to your meal plan as it’s very easy to include lots of greens in and take less than 15 minutes of your day to make! Check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH3adCumU18
Middle eastern cuisine is actually one of my favorite. I have been a pescatarian for about 2 years now. The only exception is I have cut out all other fish except salmon! From now and then, I will have myself a helping of a salmon dish. I love that the middle eastern cuisine is very friendly in incorporating lot’s of vegetarian ( and can easily be adjusted vegan with few swaps here and there ) friendly meals. I am all about herbs and fresh produce. I love falafels, tabouleh, vegetable kebabs, bread soaked in olive oil, spanakopita..the list could go and on.
Oh, yes, I didn’t forget about HUMMUS! Hummus dressings, warm pita drenched in hummus spread, celery and carrots dipped in hummus, hummus scooped by the spoon ( Yes, I do that when I am telling myself to lay off the carbs a bit ) Living in New York city kind of got me spoiled. All around New York City, is full of amazing middle eastern and mediterranean restaurants with some nice twists of hummus dishes. I recently came across a nice big can of Garbanzo beans in my cupboard and the first thing that came to my head was to attempt to make a simple hummus dish! I totally saw, came, and conquered! All I will ever need is this hummus recipe! It was super quick to make and I am going to share my simple recipe with you all. Go and get yourself some nice fat warm doughy pita bread. You won’t regret it.
- Cup of Garbanzo/chick peas ( I used can version )
- 1 whole slice lemon
- Cumin/Black pepper/Paprika/Sea salt
- 2 fresh garlic cloves ( not pictured )
- Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
- Cup tahini ( sesame seed paste )
- So, first thing you do is put the tahini inside the food processor ( or blender ) and squeeze your lemon and mix ( 30 seconds ) until you see the mixture has gotten creamy
- Add in some olive oil and mix again for 30 seconds
- Now, Add your garbanzo beans, your spices, and fresh garlic, some more olive oil and mix for about 1 minute or until the mixture becomes creamy.
- Now, I just transfer the hummus goodness to a bowl and finish garnishing it with lots of olive oil for my pita bread that’s getting toasted.
I don’t know about you but if I don’t eat breakfast in the morning shortly after waking up, I start feeling a headache coming and sort of nauseous. I try to always have a huge cup of water before I start eating anything. Remember, your body was fasting while you were asleep. It’s good you first hydrate yourself, wait a little, and then make yourself a hearty breakfast. Choosing a healthy breakfast will really help you stay on track and really motivate you to choose the right foods during the day. I know personally if I start my day with a not so healthy choice like a chocolate chip cookie, I will probably not eat healthier later on. I love looking forward to breakfast! I try to always change up what I eat for breakfast so that I am likely to not get bored.
Lately, I have been obsessed with bagels! I am trying to consume less dairy so I don’t use cream cheese, instead I have been using avocado to replace that fatty creamy goodness spread. I like getting bagels from Whole Foods, and scooping out the innards, toasting it just till the edges get a little crispy and the inside soft. I then scoop out avocado slices, spread it on the bagel and add some garlic powder and black pepper. I try to make it more heartier and filling by sautéing baby kale/spinach and 1 egg on a separate pan and add it to my bagel. I discovered that a squeeze of lime added on my bagel brings out so much flavor! If I am feeling a bit fancy, I will add sliced tomatoes as well. I hope this inspires you to have a delicious nutritious filled breakfast! What is your favorite go to breakfast food?
Eggplants! Some people hate it. Some people love it. Personally, they happen to be one of my favorite vegetables ever! I love experimenting with them because you can do so much with them! My favorite way is roasting them! On this particular day, I was craving something more hearty, cheesy, and warm! I roasted three eggplants for about 30 minutes. While they were roasting, I sautéed mushrooms, onions and garlic on a separate pan and when the eggplants were done roasting I stuffed them with the vegetable mixture and topped it with mild provolone cheese on top. Let me tell you, it was super delicious and preparing it was so simple I couldn’t believe it!