Monday, February 1, 2010

A Back of the Box Meal

by Meghann on February 1, 2010

Looks like my secret jar of almond butter is running low.

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I see a ‘in a jar’ creation in my near future. 😉

Luckily, I was able to scrape just enough AB for my snack this afternoon.

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Oranges + AB = Amazing! Finger licking good!

Tonight I had no idea what to make for dinner. I stood in front of my pantry for a good 10-15 minutes just staring at all it had to offer. Inspiration finally struck in the form of a box.

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Or I should say the recipe I found on the back of the box.

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Oriental Garden Pilaf? Why not?

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I followed the simple directions on the back of the box, only I bulked it up with extra veggies and some tofu.

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Wildwood sent me some coupons a couple of weeks ago. LOVE their pre-baked tofu!

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Who says healthy, delicious meals need a big production? Dinner came together in less than 15 minutes!

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Just realized this recipe was suppose to produce 4 servings. I definitely was only about to get two out of it. One for tonight and one for lunch sometime this week. It was also meant to be a side dish. Personally, I thought with the extra veggies and tofu it was perfect as a complete meal. 🙂

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For dessert I had a tiny bowl of mini peanut butter cups, dark chocolate covered edamame, and dried kiwi.

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I enjoyed eating the dried kiwi with the chocolate mix. I still need to get around to making chocolate dipped kiwi. I can only imagine how great those would be. 🙂

More Answers…

Question: You eat so, so healthy. I know at one time you didn’t. So, do you ever miss fast food?

Sometimes, but not all fast food. I could easily go the rest of my life without ever eating at a Burger King, McDonalds, or any other burger place again, but fried chicken joints are a whole other story.

I love Zaxbys and used to eat there at least once a week when I lived in Tallahassee. Fortunately there isn’t one near me now otherwise I would probably talk myself into making the occasional trip there. I do still eat at Chick-Fil-A every once in a while. Though, I think the last time I ate there was the night I brought Maddie home back in August. Maybe I’m due for another trip?

Question: What is the average amount you spend on groceries per month? (Veggies and organic ingredients seem to be sooooo expensive)

Thanks to Mint.com I can tell you I spent exactly $293 on groceries in the month of January.

$293? Yikes!

That seems like a lot for one person for a month. I just can’t help myself when it comes to groceries. I love food and it’s the one thing I am willing to spend a little more on. I may not buy expensive make up, but I do buy fresh, healthy food each week.

And if you consider the $293 covers three meals and two snacks a day and that I rarely eat out during the week then it doesn’t seem to bad. 🙂

Question: Is it ever hard to know that your readers make certain assumptions about you and your lifestyle? (Not you in particular, but when you have a public blog, I’m sure it opens you up to a lot of scrutiny!)

Yes, it is hard. As much as I post about my life on the blog there are still parts that are private and people do intend to make a lot of assumptions. But, as you said it is a public blog and it really is to be expected. I just want to make sure people know that I am a real person and there are parts of my life that I would like to keep personal.

Question: How many minutes/hours a day do you spend reading health/fitness/food blogs? Or you could give a weekly average.

Hmmm… this is a toughie! I really have no idea. Maybe an hour a day? I’m a speed reader! 🙂 I wish I had time for more though!

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