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
I typically grocery shop twice a week. I like shopping for fresh produce every two days and so during the week if I have time. We have a small refrigerator and you could only pack in so much. My grocery list every week consists of bananas, garlic, onions, spinach, kale, avocados, and whatever type of vegetables/fruit that happens to be on sale. I got lucky this week and got a bunch of reasonably priced fresh zucchini ( squash ). In this post, I am going to be sharing with you one of my favorite ways that I like cooking my zucchini. It honestly took me about fifteen minutes or so to have a delicious and a healthy snack as well as a quick appetizer.
- Two medium peeled zucchini
- Olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, salt to season
- 1/2 Avocado to top ( highly recommended )
- Slice up your zucchini into thin slices and dress them up with your preferred seasonings
- Place your zucchini slices into a heated pan.
- Once they start getting soft, add in your chopped cilantro.
- Once they start getting browned, place it in a dish and serve atop with avocado
- Bon Apetit!
Hope you all are having an amazing day! The weather here in New York is super cloudy and rainy. You know what a rainy day calls for? Yes, you guessed it right! Comfort food! When I think of comfort food, I think pasta, cheese, bread, basically anything that is carb overload! I had lots of mini potatoes thats been sitting and I thought why not roast them up. That’s exactly what I did. Here is a simple , yummy and easy roasted potato recipe you definetely should try! Let me know what are some of your favorite food you enjoy eating on rainy gloomy days!
- 15 mini potatoes ( I cut them up in halves after boiled )
- Olive oil, garlic powder, rosemary, Sea salt, Black pepper to Season
- Go ahead now and boil your potatoes ( mine took a really long time..like 45 mins )
- Once your potatoes are done cooking, cut them in halves and season them with olive oil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
- Preheat your oven to 375. Lay your potatoes on a rack or/ aluminum and let it roast for 30 mins.
- You’ll know when your potatoes are ready when they get a beautiful brown colored edges.
It’s been a busy month for me but I am officially back! It’s the summer time and I have been definitely enjoying it! My partner and I have been taking advantage of this nice sunny weather and hitting the beach as well as biking around parks. There is something about this weather that has me craving refreshing meals that don’t need a lot of meal prepping nor high heat cooking but I have an exception. Literally these past few days, I have been making ” quesadilla/wrap ” that involves just spinach and extra sharp cheddar cheese! Yes, you read that right. Only two ingredients! Well actually three ingredients because you need your flour tortilla! It’s honestly super simple to make, healthy serving of spinach and super Yummy! Comment below what are the things you like eating during summer!
- Cup of baby spinach
- Serving of extra sharp cheddar cheese
- Flour tortilla
- Heat up your pan with a little bit of oil/ or butter and place your tortilla
- Add a bit of cheese and spinach and add some more cheese 😛
- Now just take one side of the tortilla and fold it in half.
I love to snack! I don’t know how people can just eat three meals and not snack. I love looking forward to snack time. I eat my three meals but also fit in my 3 snacks. My routine is usually like this. I’ll have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack. It will all really depend on what’s going on that particular day and how busy I am. My recent snack obsession has been homemade guacamole with blue corn chips. I prefer homemade guacamole than any other store bought brand . The store bought Guacamole just doesn’t taste nowhere as good as when I make it.
Guacamole is super healthy. I can eat a whole bowl of it without realizing it. But hey, it beats any junky snack that’s available. I’ll keep telling myself its the good fat so no worries ;). This recipe is super simple and super delicious as an appetizer, snack, and hell, even as a sandwich spread!
- 2 Fresh ripe avocado
- 1 Lime
- Bunch of Cilantro
- 1 Red onion
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 Tomato
- Black pepper, Cayenne pepper, salt to taste
- Go ahead and chop your ingredients up, I’ll admit, it makes it easier to use a food processor and let it chop finely.
- If you are using a Food processor to chop your ingredients, make sure to add some squeezed lemon juice so it can get even more flavorful.
- Place your finely chopped mixture and add it to the avocado in a separate big bowl.
- Once you have all the mixture in with the avocado, put a tablespoon of black pepper, cayenne, salt, and a tad squeeze of lime juice and mash it until you get a desired creamy texture.
I am back yet again with a delicious healthy smoothie recipe! After all, I did promise that every Friday I will be showcasing a smoothie that I’ve been loving this week. The weather this week has me drinking smoothies daily. Smoothie’s are perfect for days when it’s scorching hot and you don’t know what you want to eat. This recipe definitely refreshes you and keeps you feeling satisfied and your hunger at bay!
- Frozen Banana
- 1 cup Baby Spinach
- 1 cup Frozen/fresh Raspberries & Strawberries
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Chia seed & Hemp seed blend
- Gather all your ingredients and blend them all up & enjoy!
What smoothie recipe’s or refreshing drinks have you been enjoying this week? I’d love to know. Also stay tuned for more healthy smoothie inspirations every Friday!
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 try to personally not eat eggs all the time. At the moment, I am cutting down my intake of animal/ dairy products. I will have eggs when I have a craving for them which is usually once every other week. I try to not eat them often due to ethical reasons and when I do eat them, I always get cage free eggs. I don’t have access to a local farm as I live in the city but I do try my best to purchase humane ones as possible.
This morning I woke up and was conflicted on what I should eat for breakfast. I didn’t particularly have a taste for anything. I looked inside my fridge and I saw that my mushrooms had to be eaten as soon as possible or else they’d go bad. I had spinach. I also had eggs. So I whipped up a really quick and simple yet nutritious breakfast.
- Baby spinach
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cumin/Salt/Pepper/Yellow mustard/Avocado ( to top )
- Heat some olive oil in a pan, place the mushrooms and let it cook until all the water content from the mushrooms have disappeared.
- Add the chopped garlic, black pepper, cumin, salt, cherry tomatoes and the baby spinach and let it sautee for about 6 minutes.
- Now go ahead and boil the eggs and once done, set it on a plate. I love eating hard boiled eggs with yellow mustard and top it off with an avocado ( I had about half an avocado that was about to go bad so I used the rest of it )
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?