Monday, June 29, 2009

Back from the Shore!

I'm back from a much needed mini-vacation. I can't believe those 4 days passed by so quickly, but I guess that's what happens when you're away from home.
On the eating front, my mom made a lasagna and chicken parm to have for dinner. The rest of the meals were up to us. I opted for half a bagel and oatmeal for breakfast, and for lunch, I brought down some couscous and bulgar.
I was happy to be prepared for the meals, but the snacking that went on over the last few days was ridiculous! There's something about going away that makes me feel like I can snack as much as I want. I haven't figured out why I do this, but hey, it's a vacation, and I realize that I do not eat that way all the time.
Being away made me remember the times when I had my summers off. I wish I could go back in time and cherish those times more. Sometimes I think it stinks growing up and having responsibilities.
I'll leave you with two of my favorite pictures from the vacation.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
The husband, me and the brother on our first morning at the condo
Driving to Ocean City's boardwalk.
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lotsa Pasta

The husband requested that we have pasta last week. If it were up to him, I think we'd have pasta every day. (Not that it's a bad thing, but I'm terrible with the serving size!)

Since I didn't get around to making a post about it before, I wanted to share with you the pound of pasta the husband requested. He finished this up in about 3 days or so.

While I absolutely love pasta, I'm even more in love with homemade pasta. Even though it takes awhile to make, it's so worth it in the end.

The blog will be on a little hiatus.....I'm going down the shore for a few days. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week/weekend!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Oven Fried Sesame Chicken

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day. It seems as if it's been a rainy mess this entire week! I'm ready for some sunshine already!

I came across this recipe a few months into starting Weight Watchers. It was a different way to use chicken, and I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Oven Fried Sesame Chicken
2 tabl. low sodium Soy Sauce
4 boneless skinless chicken breast (4 oz each)
3 tabl. sesame seeds
2 tabl. flour
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 tabl. reduced calorie margarine, melted

Place soy sauce in a shallow dish, add chicken, turning to coat. Combine; sesame seeds, flour, pepper in a large zip lock bag and shake to combine ingredients. Add chicken to the bag and shake to coat the chicken. Place chicken on a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Drizzle melted margarine over chicken. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is done.

I didn't have any sesame seeds on hand and wasn't about to pay the $4.69 that the grocery store wanted for them.

Out of the oven

They were delicious and moist. I could see this serving as a sort of chinese chicken substitute when served with whole wheat noodles or brown rice.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Until next time!

~Anne Marie

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuna Helper

Can you believe we are almost in the middle of the work week already? No complaints over on this end!
I keep forgetting to bring my camera into work so that I can upload my food pictures, so I apologize for the lateness of this blog.

When planning the meals for this week, I checked out my cabinets high and low for possible things to use for dinners. I came across a box of Tuna Helper and remembered just how long we've had it in the house. My mom gave my husband and I this box (along with a whole lot of food) when we first moved into the house together.

For the life of me, I can't ever remember having Tuna or Hamburger Helper before. It just wasn't something that my mom typically had in the house. So, with a new meal in mind and a can of tuna in hand, I made the Tuna Helper.

The result?


It actually tasted pretty good. I think I'd be more of a Hamburger Helper kind of girl, but all in all, I was happy with the result. Seriously, this meal couldn't get any easier.

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, June 12, 2009

BBQ Chicken Time!

We have finally arrived at Friday! I thought it would never get here!
As part of my realization (and some of Gina's urging), I have been trying to rotate what I've been eating for lunch and dinner. As many of you know, I am a creature of habit. I eat the same lunch almost every day until I get bored, and I plan my dinners on a two week rotation of meals. Crazy? Yes. Time saving? Absolutely.
This week I decided to mix up my lunches and dinners. I have to say that it has been very interesting. It's nice knowing that I'm not coming home to the same thing each night, and it definitely makes for more interesting meals.
Last night the hubby and I chowed down some BBQ chicken. Nothing could have been easier than pouring some Hunt's BBQ sauce over some chicken and putting it in the oven for a half hour.
It was amazing! Just the right amount of sweetness and spiciness.
Any interesting plans for the weekend?
I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of my nephew. I can't wait!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Create a Meal, Create Some Yummy Dinner

As part of the cooking out our freezer week, the husband and I found Create A Meal, Teriyaki flavor. You can find out more about it by scrolling all the way down this page. All you have to do is cook up some diced chicken and add in the veggies and sauce from the Create a Meal bag. It was absolutely delicious, only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook, and takes away cravings for Chinese food!

We have also tried the Sweet and Sour Create a Meal, and it's just as tasty as this one was.

Until next time!

~Anne Marie

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cooking out the Freezer

Happy (rainy) Tuesday!

From the view of my office, it looks like it's about 8:30 at night instead of 8:30 in the morning. It's crazy! Thank goodness I was able to get into work before the downpour started.

This past weekend, the husband and I decided to cook what we have in the freezer. We thought it would be a good idea to clean the freezer out, and surprisingly enough, we found enough meals for five days.

We have a theory in our house that we cook once so we can eat all (work) week. It makes it so much easier to throw a meal in the microwave when we both come home from work starving.

Even though it's easier to cook once, this is what's left over on Sundays after meal making.

NOT fun!

The husband making his lunches. He's just too cute sometimes!

Last night we had frozen fish patty's. They weren't the most filling (2 of them were 7 points!), but at least they will be out of our fridge after the week is over!

Enjoy your day, and stay dry!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, June 5, 2009

Supermarket Savers

Happy Friday!

We have finally reached the end of the week! Is it just me, or did this week go by extremely slowly?

The husband and I have decided to put ourselves on a budget. We've been meaning to create one since we were engaged, but it never happened. Over the last few months, we've really buckled down to figure out how much we were spending. After looking at the budget, we decided the one place we could cut costs was in our food budget.

Along the way, I found some ways to cut some costs.

1. Don't buy preportioned items (such as 100 calories packs, etc.). It's much cheaper to buy a bigger bag and portion out the items yourself.

2. Make a list and stick to it. The husband and I made an entire list of things we normally buy and made copies of the list. Each week we circle the items we need and add anything extra that might be missing. Sticking to a list ensures that you won't make impulse choices.

3. Cook what you have in your refrigerator/freezer. The husband and I realized that in our freezer are 5 meals for the week. This week, I'm only buying vegetables, fruit and some household items.

4. Buy what's in season. Do a search on Google to find what fruits and vegetables are in season.

5. Clip coupons. I have literally save $15.00 some weeks just from using coupons.

6. Buy in bulk when it makes sense. I have a membership to BJ's Wholesale Club, and it pays for itself in just one trip. I don't do a lot of shopping there, but I buy chicken and granola bars about every two months. Simply eliminating the cost of chicken and granola bars every week has saved about $20.00 on my grocery bill.

I'm just starting to really get the hang of saving at the store, so I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Until next time!

~Anne Marie

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bubble Up Pizza Revisited

Hello everyone!

After having bubble up pizza casserole a few weeks back, I decided I wanted to include it again in this week's menu plan. The first time I posted this recipe on the blog, I hadn't quite mastered the biscuits. When I ate the casserole, some of the biscuits clumped to one side, resulting in little vegetables and ground beef. This time, I made sure that the biscuits were evenly distributed to ensure that no one's slice was just biscuit dough. I also forgot to add the cheese at the end, and instead added it at the beginning. This resulted in more of a baked in cheese instead of a melted topping. I'm eating this for dinner tonight, so I'm excited to see how it turned out!

Close up of the casserole.

Until next time!
~Anne Marie