If you don’t already know, I recently moved into an apartment for my senior year of college with three of my girl friends. Last year, I lived in a house but somehow almost never bought food. But this year I decided that I wanted to eat healthier & therefore I should go grocery shopping and eat on campus as little as possible (other than when I’m at work and get to eat for free).
I go grocery shopping about every week and a half to two weeks. This is what my typical grocery list includes…
- 1/2 gallon of 1% Milk
- Dozen large brown eggs
- Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers
- there’s 8 so I don’t buy these every time
- Container of Fresh Spinach
- 1/2 pound of Deli Meat
- I prefer Roast beef, but sometimes I get Turkey Breast
- Loaf of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
- Two bags of steam-in-bag vegetables
- Green beans are my favorite, especially eating them with some red pepper flakes on top
- 90-second white rice
- This flavor has way less sodium than all the others and it’s nice to eat alone, with red pepper flakes, eating as a side, or with some veggies mixed in.
- Two tomatoes
- I use these in my sandwiches, I eat them with my eggs, too.
- Apples or plums
- Three granola bars
I still have a few things from when I moved on September 1st.
- Almond Honey Bunches of Oats
- Ramen Noodles
- these are my backup food. For when I don’t feel good or I’m just too lazy to cook.
- Peanut Butter
- I prefer the natural crunchy peanut butter
- I must be doing something wrong because I still haven’t opened my ketchup and I love ketchup
- Salad Dressing
Because I don’t cook anything other than eggs I buy a lot of the same things. I think this works for me because I do work at the Dining Common on campus so I get to eat there but also I think I save money by keeping it simple. I normally only spend under $40 each time I go.
As you may know, I recently moved into an apartment and have started “cooking”. I am trying to not eat on campus and eat healthier meals. I don’t love buying groceries which is why my meals don’t require any skills or effort. I really want to try and cook a nice meal for my boyfriend but I haven’t gotten around to cooking meat yet, I’m afraid someone will die.
But I have been making the same meal for breakfast or lunch a lot recently. It is extremely easy and keeps me full for quite a while.
♦Whole wheat toast, spinach, tomato, & over-easy eggs♦
- Put your stove on Low-Medium and spray your pan with non-stick spray
- Cut your tomatoes, I find that four slices do the job.
- Put your toast in the toaster.
- Put your first egg onto the pan, and sprinkle some pepper, once the egg is no longer translucent, flip it. I usually add a little more pepper to this side too…I use Large Brown eggs.
- By the time this egg is done, the toast should have popped up.
- I don’t want my egg to overcook, so I take my egg off the pan and put it on the plate while I place the spinach on the bread.
- (if you’re feeling crazy you can always put guacamole underneath the spinach, too)
- Then I put my other egg onto the stove (don’t forget the pepper) and put the spinach on the next piece of bread.
- I like my eggs over-easy, which is a runny yolk. If you don’t like a runny yolk you can just leave it on longer.
- Then I place the two tomato slices on top of the spinach, then I lay one egg per piece of toast.
- My roommate inspired me to put some Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce on my eggs because she hates when I eat eggs without a sauce.
- I recommend using a steak knife because toast doesn’t always cut well with a butter knife.
My dad makes an amazing chili, he’s been making it for years but recently he started making it “vegetarian”, I did some googling and realized that it might actually be vegan. This recipe makes a ton of servings so you can eat it for days, it is totally healthy and actually keeps you full. It is perfect for leftovers, the other day I ate it for lunch and dinner but I ate it over pasta for dinner to spice things up. I usually add red pepper flakes and saltines (I’m not sure if those are vegan though)
1 lg onion (diced small)
1 ½ green peppers (diced small)
2 cloves of garlic
1 yellow squash
1 container of baby mushrooms
2 28oz cans of diced tomatoes
2 16oz cans of red kidney beans
1 ½ tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp of butter, melted, in a pot
- Add mushrooms on medium-low, cook for a few minutes
- Add onion, cook for 3-4 minutes
- Add garlic & green pepper, cook for 3-4 minutes
- Add zucchini & squash, cook for 5 minutes
- Add diced tomatoes
- Bring to simmer, raise to medium
- Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder (to taste)
- Then add kidney beans
- Set oven to 250 F, put covered pot into the oven and let cook for a few hours. Stir every 30 minutes.
4 Servings Prep: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp brown sugar **next time I’ll use less
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
16 oz baby red potatoes, I just used the entire bag that I bought
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I should have used smaller ones because no one could finish the giant pieces I used
24 oz broccoli florets
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. **I should have used nonstick spray because I used too much oil but I don’t think it ruined anything
- In a bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp of olive oil, butter (melted), honey, brown sugar, Dijon, garlic, oregano, basil; season with salt & pepper to your liking.
- Place potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil onto the potatoes and season with salt & pepper. Add chicken in a single layer and brush chicken with the mixture with the bowl.
- Place into oven and roast until the chicken is at 165 F, internally (about 25-30 minutes). Stir in the broccoli in the last 10 minutes of cooking time (at 15-20 minutes).
- Broil for 2-3 minutes.
recipe from Damn Delicious