Market Monday @ Trader Joe’s

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a new post with you! The sun has been shining in Pittsburgh and I have been happy and more motivated to take care of myself! I also just got over the dreaded flu. I also have seasonal depression and it isn’t pretty. The sun makes me crave good for you food. It makes me want to take walks. It also makes me want to redecorate! More about that later….

For now, let’s check out what I bought today at Trader Joe’s. I love it there. I had several things on my list that I stuck to but also just got inspired and added more to the cart as I wandered around. I saw this bag of riced broccoli for example and thought about making some kind of tot, patty or nugget out of them one night for a Max dinner. I would like to say that I cook the same way regardless of who else is home but the fact is I cook three different ways. Myself, Max & I or the three of us. Tim travels, Max is at his dad’s house 50% of the time and then well there is always me. I am the only constant. So, when it’s just me I get more experimental. When it is the three of us I play it a little more safe. As in no quinoa-learned my lesson on that one recently! And when it is just Max and I we have a little more fun like waffles and smoothies or since I know he likes broccoli I can try things like I want to here. I will keep you all posted if anything good comes out of the riced broccoli experiment.

I also got the flatbread for me as something new to try for wraps with the lettuce, feta cheese & chicken. The top picture shows the chicken and dairy that I bought which includes some different Greek yogurts and something new I am going to try in my smoothies: kefir milk with 9 grams of protein per cup and it is packed with probiotics. I would say that beats almond milk. I am also going to add hemp seed as a protein source with 10 grams per 3 tablespoons. So from time to time, I will mix things up and hopefully start to slim back down to my recognizable self. Some other goodies include hummus and mini zucchinis, mushrooms for the chicken and quinoa bake I want to make tonight for myself.

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Recipe for the Baked Mushroom Chicken & Quinoa for One:

Pre-heat oven to 350 and place 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup liquid into a baking dish-I am using vegetable broth since I happen to have some

Add  1 cup sliced mushrooms and a tsp of butter and give it a stir

Place one chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture and top with some sliced onions, salt and pepper.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 min

Remove from oven and keep covered for 5 to 10 more min so the quinoa can do its thing (absorb the liquid)

Update after making it>>>I added a sprinkle of parsley & goat cheese for more flavor and color. I also used a printed plate as it makes it look more appealing! This made enough for me for dinner and a leftover lunch portion. Ok, you caught me, I also had a frozen garlic knot with it too-shhh! It’s fine. It is really easy to make and in a one pan dish so easy clean up as well. I hope you will try it soon.

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I will share a new smoothie recipe soon with the new ingredients that I purchased today for it including the kefir milk, hemp seeds and almond butter. I am thinking banana, frozen peaches, kefir, hemp, flax, almond butter, ice for one. For another, I will try spinach, banana, berries, hemp seeds, kefir, ice and almond butter.

Now about that decorating urge that I had now that the sun is actually shining through my windows…I already had the plant on the far right and have decorative rocks in that one that say “breathe” and “gratitude”. I purchased this one succulent and these tulips today at Trader Joe’s and yesterday I took out an old cubby shelf and replaced it with this amazingness that a friend gave me over the weekend. I also purchased a few new items yesterday to spruce things up like the Bless our Home and Welcome sign. A good reminder that we must surround ourselves with things that we love & inspire us. I know there are Legos on the bottom but my son loves Legos and I love him so I make it work. 😉

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That’s it from me today! I hope this post gave you some good ideas to go out and buy some fresh groceries. Take the time to cook for yourself or whoever you have at your house. If you are like me, depending on the day…a table for 1, 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter. You are enough and you are worth the effort. Enjoy! xo, Adrienne

 

 

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NUT SPREAD & FRUIT CUTOUTS

nut spread and fruit cut out shapes for kids

This was FUN!! …..and chaotic!! 2 adults and 4 little ones in our small kitchen today to help Max with his Snax!!! His cousins came over to play and have lunch and we made nutella and pnb banana, strawberry tortillas then cut shapes out of them!

The kids all helped cut out their shapes and ate most of them before we even got them on the plates!! I needed a reason to buy nutella-I never have-and this was it!! Yes, I had some on my Ezekiel toast this am….no, I don’t feel bad about it.

To make:

Take 2 tortillas-whatever kind you like

Spread nut butter on one side-about 2 tbsp. (use any kind-peanut, almond, cashew, nutella…etc)

Top with thin sliced strawberries and bananas

Top with other tortilla

Use fun shaped cutters to make shapes or use a pizza cutter and make triangles if you don’t have cutouts!

Devour

Enjoy!!

xo,

A and Max

Ultimate Oatmeal

Ultimate Oatmeal w/ greek yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, protein powder, strawberries and cinnamon!
Ultimate Oatmeal w/ greek yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, protein powder, strawberries and cinnamon!

Mix together:

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Microwave for 1 min

Add and stir in:

1/2 scoop vanilla creme protein powder

1 tsp plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp almond butter

As much cinnamon as you want-about 1/4 tsp or so

Microwave for another 1 and 1/2 min (oatmeal is tricky so you have to keep an eye on it when it is in the microwave or it will explode-not fun to clean up but not the worst thing that can happen in your day!)

Slice your favorite berries or apples and top off (about 1/2 cup chopped)

Essential to a balanced breakfast, you have your clean oats (complex carbs) and protein (Greek yogurt, almond butter and powder) with a kiss of natural sugar from the berries!!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!!

xoxoxo-A

 

Chocolate, almond, coffee & cranberry smoothie

Chocolate, cranberry, almond, banana, coffee smoothie!
Chocolate, almond, cranberry & coffee smoothie!

You will need:

1 pack instant coffee-I used Starbucks VIA Blonde Roast in this one

1 scoop chocolate protein powder-I used GNC Wheyabolic Extreme 60

1 tsp Glutamine (optional-I use it to help with muscle soreness from tough workouts)

2 tsp old-fashioned oats (dry)

1 small banana

1 tsp flax or chia seeds

1/4 c frozen cranberries (can use any “berry”)

1/4 c almonds (that’s about 8 almonds)

1 tsp honey, almond butter or natural peanut butter (pick one)

3/4 c milk (almond or skim)

4 ice cubes

 

Blend until smooth and Enjoy!!!

xoxoxo-A

Apples with Greek yogurt dip

Greek yogurt dip

 

Greek yogurt dip with honey, cinnamon and peanut butter

1 and a half cups of plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

Mix well and serve with red and green apples-like I did for a holiday party or with any fruit on any day as a healthy snack. I think this would also be good to spread on toast in the a.m or eat by the spoonful like I could do because I love it so much!

***Can substitute pumpkin instead of peanut butter, or use almond, apple butter or pumpkin butter instead.

 

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A