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New Year's Eating & Cooking Goals 
Jan. 13, 2014 10:33 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2014 9:53 am
Kelly and I decided that we will try to eat better in the New Year.  We recently bought a NutriBullet at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and we tried it a couple nights ago.  Tomorrow will be the second day.  It is actually really good; it tastes a lot more like fruit than anything else. 

To make a juice drink with the NutriBullet, you fill half of the container with veggies or greens, and the other half with fruit, then you can add some extra stuff like nuts or flax seeds, or something else similar, and water.  I have used it for breakfast because I don't really like to eat right away in the morning.  You should eat breakfast though because it gets your metabolism going. 

So far, I would recommend this product.  Since it only contains actual fruit, vegetables, and water, this helps you get a couple servings in easily during your day if you find it harder to eat these more often.  I think in a way, this can be better than smoothies since sometimes smoothies also have yogurt, which means even more sugar beyond the fruit. However, with a smoothie, you will have protein if you add milk or yogurt, so that can be good.  I guess it just depends on what you are using it for or what you want to get out of it.  It seems like moderation of everything is a good way to go so you don't get tired of eating the same thing.  I also think the NurtiBullet is a great breakfast or mid-day snack.  Overall, I would recommend this product so far; we will see how it goes as we keep using it.  Give it a try!

We are also trying to stay on more of a budget with the groceries and eating out.  I feel like I have a lot of food in the house, but am not always sure of what to do with it, so I end up buying too much each week.  I'd just think about what I want to eat that week and buy the ingredients instead of looking at what I have and finding recipes for those foods.  Plus it's hard to think of things to make for 5 days a week. 

This week, I am going to try making a frittata; the eggs and all your leftovers in a pan, then baked for a few minutes so it sets.  This seems like a great idea and I am excited to try it.  We are also going to have pancakes for dinner (I have a lot of eggs!)  I also have a lot of left over tortilla chips, so I am going to try a recipe where you break the chicken with the tortilla chips.  I will attach these recipes this week and share the results.

I also realized I had about 30 flour tortillas, so tonight I made tacos.  However, this time I made my own seasoning, which brings me to another healthier habit.  I am going to try not to buy so much processed food.  The recipe I tried was through Allrecipes:<

This is an awesome homemade taco seasoning recipe, and I plan to use it every time from now on.  It tastes great, very similar to the packet, but much more spice.  I also had a lot of plain yogurt in the fridge, which I am not sure why I even bought now, so I looked for recipes that would use yogurt.  I made a coffee cake that turned out pretty good.  I used chopped almonds for the chopped nuts, and the cinnamon filling/topping didn't seem to look like the picture for some reason.  However, the cake tasted good, so it worked out.  I was able to freeze the rest of the yogurt too.  Very happy to not be throwing out perfectly good food!  Below is the coffee cake recipe:<

I hope the rest of my food turns out this week!  I will update soon.

Jan. 14, 2014 7:27 am
Congrats on trying to eat healthier/use what you have! I run into that problem too. I buy things because they're "on sale" but then my house is stock-piled with food but I keep buying new stuff each week! Not very wallet-friendly. One of my New Year's resolutions is to be more frugal about food, and I was happy that by using ingredients I already had, I planned a week's worth of full meals and only spent $16 at the grocery store! Keep up the good work, and let us know how the other recipes turn out :)
Jan. 16, 2014 9:42 am
Great job! This happened to me too! I only spent about $30 at the store when I usually budget around $100. I think I only had to buy around 5 ingredients last week, plus a couple more lunch items. This is good because we actually have dinner plans with another couple Friday, so we needed the room in our food/entertainment budget. :) You will have to share what you made!
Jan. 17, 2014 9:53 am
I, too,buy the sale items-1 store just had a case lots sale-LOL! I also watch the meat sales & buy in bulk when the prices are really good-such as grd sirloin, BSCB or chicken legs, pork roast, etc. Just recently got a decent sized fridge, & looking forward to getting a separate freezer this year-that will help so much. We're twenty miles from town so do need to think ahead, but storage has been limited. It has been hard to adjust from the "big city" where it was only a couple of miles to a store & I had 2 big fridges & 2 freezers. (1 a gigantic chest type).
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My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
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My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
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I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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