What Are You Eating at This Very Moment?

I’m eating Campbell’s Tomato Bisque, which is very lackluster, to say the least.  Our new practice of meal-planning in advance has left me much more disciplined about what I’m eating and about my impulse buys, so last week when I was having a craving for tomato soup for lunch, I filed it away and decided that I’d work it into the budget this week.  I clipped all of the coupons for soups from last Sunday’s paper and yesterday, we hit the Wally World and I began to scour the tomato soups.  You’d be surprised how many have chicken stock in them.  However, the Tomato Bisque didn’t, and I like creamy soups, so I got some.  I taste the following:  salt, sugar, and nasty congealed clumps of soup.  I added SIX packets of pepper to try to perk it up.  Campbells, what the hell?  This is NOT mmm mmm good.

Here’s the salad I made from the leftover veggie fajitas last week:

It was so good that I was regretting that I made actual tortilla-fajitas the night before!

Joey has requested a reappearance of the fajitas this week, so we’ll be doing them again.  He also wanted a repeat of the falafel, so I’ll be tweaking the recipe some and then re-doing that one too.  I’m really loving meal-planning; it give lots of opportunity for incorporating new recipes and we’ve come out under grocery budget for the last two weeks.  AND, we haven’t eaten out ONCE!

Friday night was a partial dinner win:

That, my friends, is a homemade veggie pizza!  However, we were in a rush, so I used a recipe I found for crust that didn’t involve yeast, and we ended up with a VERY dense, cardboard-y crust that I wouldn’t redo ever.  I may have screwed it up by making it 1/2 whole wheat flour, but I didn’t want to ingest that much white flour.  The mozzarella was also of import; it was a tiny ball (“perfect for two” it said on the wrapper) that we bought at Trader Joe’s.  It was unbelievable.  Part of what I’m learning about this frugality/healthy eating journey is that sometimes it’s worth it to splurge a little for just a tiny amount of “the good stuff.”  This was definitely worth it.

FITNESS UPDATE:  Joey and I are heading back to the gym today.  We went a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve both been under the weather since and we’re feeling much better now.  We’re going to try to get to the gym at least three times a week, and I really want to make a concerted effort to practice yoga twice a week right now.  My in-laws bought me a starter kit that has a yoga mat, block, strap, and a 90-minute DVD, so I want to get crackin’ on that:).


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP PB
  • 1 packet Splenda

Fan-freaking-tastic.  I let it sit for about four hours and just ate it cold and it was like a dessert, seriously!  I’m all about that now!


Falafel Success and Under the Weather

Sorry for the delay in posting; I’ve been under the weather for the last several days.  Monday and Tuesday nights, Joey gave me NyQuil at 8:30 and I was passed out at 9:30.  Last night was our first Choir rehearsal after ITC09, so I was pretty tired when I got home.  Thankfully, the wonderful Mr. PhD made our veggie “fried” rice for us, so dinner was already made when I got home and I had nothing else to do.  Unfortunately, Criminal Minds was preempted due to the stupid People’s Choice awards, so we ended up watching Glee which, while funny, didn’t really hit the spot like my beloved Dr. Spencer Reid would have.

Anyway, on to other things…

Falafel = yummy!  I made this recipe from About.com’s Middle Eastern Food site.  Here’s where you can find the recipe.  I opted for patties rather than deep-fried balls (hehehe), and then I baked them in a 400 degree oven for probably five or six minutes to firm up the insides.  I also added an egg for extra binding power.  They were pretty light and yummy, and I topped them with tahini and served them with a side salad (Italian lettuce mix) and a little Caeser Vinaigrette (from Kraft).  My guinea pigs food testers agreed that they were tasty.  However, the next time I make them, I’ll probably make the mix a little more coarse and use less oil to pan-fry them so that they’re not quite so greasy.

There’s been some good eats in Melanie-world…some not-so-good, too, but I didn’t picture those;)

There was 1/2 a multigrain bagle from Caribou and a small coffee with 2% milk, Splenda, and a little white cocoa powder.  Like my coffee clutch??  It’s not hand-knitted like the ones I gave Mom and Dad, but it’s pretty badass, eh?  You can buy it at your local Caribou:).

And, Monday’s dinner was ESPECIALLY awesome:

Mr. PhD participated in the blog by taking the photos!  He cooked for me since I wasn’t feeling well (but under my watchful eye and instruction) and made veggie fajitas!! It’s just a mixture of peppers (green, red, yellow) and onion sauteed until charred to a crisp fajita-styled and perfect.  We had them with whole-wheat tortillas, fresh tomatoes, fat free sour cream, and a little cheddar cheese.  I had two.  I also took some leftovers to work for lunch the next day and made a fajita-salad and it was pretty freaking awesome.

Planning meals for the week has worked really well; we bought exactly what we needed, stayed in our budget, and I’m trying two new recipes this week.  Joey’s excited about it and so am I.  Tonight, I’m making Japanese-style soup with tofu and rice noodles.  I think it’ll be just the ticket for a cold and potentially-snowy night:) (which, in NC, means that we may have up to 1/2 inch with little accumulation.  Which means that everyone will be flooding the grocery stores today for bread and milk like the apocalypse is coming).

This morning I made the most AWESOME breakfast….a buffalo-style omelet!!  I’ll post the recipe a little later today.  Enjoy your Thursday!