“Fat” Everyday…

Tomorrow is “Fat Tuesday.” The day before the Catholic holiday of Lent. That means it’s 40 days until Easter. This so-called fat day is supposed to be a last-ditch effort of many (who claim to be religious, but only go to church once, maybe twice a year) who will then repent and give up many of their indulgences for the following 40 days. I guess this makes them feel better. As though 40 days of fasting from whatever (i.e. smoking, drinking, chocolate, fried foods, etc.) will magically allow them to understand how Christ felt in the last days of his life. But, I digress.

My “perimeter” meals made me feel as though today was a sort of “fat” Monday. I did well during the day: aforementioned Kashi cereal and shared yogurt with the baby for breakfast; grilled cheese with grapes for lunch; and, spaghetti squash with a bowl of the baked potato soup for dinner. The soup was delish, although after thawing and reheating, it was more like a chowder.

Anyway, in the moment of a brain fart, I decided to go get an iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Not too bad, however I remembered that I had some survey coupons for a free donut. They seemed to be saying, “Come on, get a donut…it’s free.” I wouldn’t have minded, except for the fact that DD is running a promotion where you get TWO free donuts with the redemption of the coupons, not just the normal one. So, you guessed it, I got two. And not just any two, but a manager’s special and a glazed stick. For those of you who do not know what’s what. I’ll tell you a bit about DD. Forever ago, they made their donuts in-house. Then a while back they ditched that and became more of a coffee shop and had fresh donuts delivered every morning. If you get to the stores early, ALL the donuts are great. However, as the day progresses, some of those once-great pastries are moderately stale and lacking in their former luster…except for the cake donuts and most of the filled ones. Therefore, the best choices for my evening sugar high included a vanilla creme filled chocolate glazed coma inducer, and a donut that was reminiscent of the 2-packs of coffee sticks you got at 7-11 when you were growing up…the ONLY cake donuts I like.

So, I ate the filled one with the intention of eating the stick for breakfast with some coffee. IT didn’t happen. Now, they are both swimming in my stomach in a sea of caramel and coffee…FAT Monday.

Tomorrow, I’ll leave the Fat Tuesday happenings to others.

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Cheater, cheater, pumpkin, eater!

We got in town this afternoon, from a weekend in Orlando.  All bets were off as to what was eaten or purchased to eat…I didn’t want to have to think about anything when shopping on vacation.  I guess the longer we shop close to the perimeter, the easier it will be to keep with it.

With that said, we stopped by Winn-Dixie for a few staples (hubby is out-of-town for a conference) like milk, yogurt and some fruit.  Upon getting the milk, I realised I didn’t really have much need for it.  So, instead of putting it back onto the shelf, I proceeded down aisle 3…or was it 4…and I picked up a box of Kashi cereal.  I think I even experienced mild palpitations as I told myself, “I’m cheating!”  Nonetheless, I still got the cereal and will most likely enjoy it over the next week or so.  And about the cereal: I would usually enjoy a box of Malt-o-Meal “Marshmallow Mateys,” but decided on the more expensive (although it was on sale with the Reward card) “healthy” cereal.  Now, I’m sure I’ll be hooked to that, and not be able to eat it for a few weeks. 🙂

Anyway, with hubby out-of-town, it should be easier to follow my plan.  I made baked potato soup before we left Friday and stuck it in the freezer.  While some of the ingredients were not perimeter ones, I did just use what I had, in addition to those ingredients.  I still have some pork and chicken in the freezer.  I also have a few veggies to work with.  We’ll see what happens…

…maybe I should just eat some pumpkin.

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…That’s close enough for me!

Wednesday Night:

Orange Honey Ginger Pork…

Ok, so I already had the honey & ginger in the cupboard, so technically I didn’t “not” shop in the perimeter.  The pork was BOGO and the oranges came from the original grocery trip.  Anyway, I made a reduction of the zest, juice and fruit from one orange along with a teaspoon of ground ginger (I don’t like fresh ginger) and about a 1/4 cup of honey.  That reduced by about half and I just topped broiled chops with it.  The chops were fairly small, so I had two and hubby ate the rest.  Along with the pork, I had fresh sugar snap peas and he had a salad.

Thursday night we rebelled and ate out for dinner: Cuban food.  Although when all was said and done, most of the ingredients for the food we ate could be found in the perimeter: ground beef, pork, cuban bread, cheese, & plantains.  The rice and beans not so much.

After dinner, hubby rebelled and bought sodas.  “But they are near the end of an aisle, so that’s close enough to the perimeter for me.”  Yeah, yeah…This weekend we have a trip to Orlando planned.   I have a feeling the perimeter may be less-than-secured. 

This plan is not too hard, in the grand scheme of things.  But I see how easy it is to just pop a frozen meal in the oven, or make a box of mac-n-cheese!  I hope we can mostly keep it up for the next 3 weeks or so.

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Roy G. Biv

For most 20 and 30-somethings, the title to this day’s entry should be all too familiar.  It’s how most of us learned the colors of the rainbow. ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, & violet).  Although I never was really able to distinguish between indigo and blue or violet and purple…oh well. 

Nevertheless, I gave myself a goal for shopping: Buy every color of the rainbow.  So, I did.

Let me first start by saying how much I like grocery shopping.  I didn’t used to.  But, as I’ve gotten older, I have begun to appreciate ethnic foods, “odd” cheeses, and pesto (mmmmm).  These aren’t all I enjoy, but you get the picture.  So, when you limit yourself to only the perimeter of the grocery store, you then become more aware of the cool stuff.  You can’t help but find the unusual!  With that said, I didn’t really find anything unusual, but I did find some good deals on stuff you would not usuallyt find deals on (i.e BOGO free olive oil, pesto, and sundried tomatoes).  These were even in the perimeter, for the time being.

Walking in to Publix was a huge assault on my willpower today, though.  Many of you are aware of their great BOGO deals, today was no different.  Boxed macaroni kits, sugary cereal, juices, soda B2GO…the list goes on. So, I had to keep telling myself how these things are not on the perimeter everyday…so, I proceeded to the deli and wasn’t too tempted.

Ok, so back to ROYGBIV.  I thought I would get my shopping done sooner by not going up and down every aisle.  HA!  I was there almost 2 hours.  Holy Macaroni!  I guess when you really start looking at the quality of your foods, and what their ingredients are, you spend more time REALLY seeing what you put into the cart. 

By the time I was finished, I had acquired (in ROYGBIV order):

  • Strawberries, apples, and tomatoes
  • Oranges, Orange Juice, carrots
  • Spaghetti squash, summer squash, Buitoni fettuccine
  • Romaine, sugar snap peas
  • Cream cheese (the package is blue)
  • Grape juice and Cherry Juice (ok, so I wouldn’t normally get Juicy juice, but it was BOGO, and I can use it to sweeten other recipes)
  • Meatballs from the butcher block, Makotos ginger dressing
  • Eggs, Jalapeno Havarti, Havarti, Fresh Parmesan, & Redi Whip (don’t be hating)

I think I got most of the colors...

When I had finished shopping, I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch and I really didn’t want to make anything once I got home and unloaded the car.  So, I also purchased a sub combo from the deli.  Ironically, the Diet Coke ran out of syrup while I was dispensing it from the fountain.  This should have been a sign that I was making the right choice in not purchasing sodas for a while!

So dinner tonight was Meatballs over fettucine with summer squash and a salad of Romaine and parmesan.

Tomorrow…orange porkchops

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It’s a good thing you already have a lot of coffee!

Those were some of the first words my husband said when glancing in the pantry this evening. 

I guess I should explain…As of today, we have agreed to only shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  In doing so, that means no coffee if we shop at Wal-Mart or Publix.  Although shopping at Winn-Dixie or Fresh Market could yield some new java. 

Anyway, as of tomorrow, our grocery lists will consist of items with around 5 ingredients or less.  Basically throwing out chips, sodas, cereals, and canned/processed junk.  However, this also includes no flour, dried herbs and spices, and *yikes* even sugar! 

Herein lies the challenge:  cooking with all fresh ingredients or eating items that were prepared “in-house,” (like the hot deli or bakery section).  Then again, I’ve seen some of the grocery store brand food ingredients…maybe I’ll just stick to making things myself.

Maybe you are wondering why do this?  Well, a couple of reasons I can think of at the moment:

  • Less time in the grocery store, even though fresh ingredients may yield more trips
  • Limited processed and junk foods (bye-bye HFCS!!!)

Luckily I was given a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas, along with a big box of refills.  Although the husband likes iced tea and I know his stash is getting low…maybe we will just stick with water.

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