Saturday, July 21, 2012

Soup Weather

by Meghann on July 21, 2012

What goes great with a rainy day?




Vegetable soup, actually.


Last night I took my first stab at homemade chicken broth. I simmered the leftover chicken breast bones with salt for a couple of hours on medium low. It was incredibly easy to do, not sure why I’ve never done it before.


The soup also featured a frozen vegetable soup mix.


I think the key to a good budget-friendly meal plan of healthy eats is having a good mix of fresh veggies and frozen. The frozen vegetable soup mix was $1.59 and included a medley of 6 different vegetables. It added a great variety of vegetables, without adding a hefty price tag.

The broth, vegetable mix, onion, beans, oats, and can of tomato went in the pot, then up to boil and back to a medium simmer for an hour.


We now have soup for days. Pretty good soup, too. Oats are always a great addition because they add a bit of chew and thicken the soup up a bit. If you’re looking for a good grain to add to your soup, oats are a cheap, easy alternative.


vegetable soup:

  • pinto beans: $0.91
  • frozen vegetable mix: $1.59
  • canned tomatoes: $0.80
  • oats: $0.28
  • broth: (chicken price was included in last night’s meal)
  • 1/3 onion: $0.41
  • Total: $4.07

I would say I had about 1/4 of the overall meal, so roughly $1.02 for my portion.

Derek helped with the cornbread.


  • Cornbread mix: $0.53
  • 1 egg: $0.14
  • 1/3 cup milk: $0.08
  • Total: $0.75


I ate a good 1/4 of the cornbread (more than what’s pictured below) for a total of $0.19.


After dinner (and the rain stopped) we headed to the bowling ally for date night.


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The first game started out AWESOME.


But went south from there.


Eh. It didn’t get much better than that. I think instead of feeling “warmed up” my arm just gets tired.However, Derek was on a roll. 4 strikes in a row?! He was on fire!

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Almost forgot lunch!


Derek and I made random leftover salads.

  • cheese: $0.33
  • romaine lettuce: $0.25
  • cucumber: $0.38
  • lentils: $0.10
  • green beans: $0.35
  • tomatoes: $0.20
  • hummus: $0.30
  • Total: $1.91

Man, this post feels rushed – sorry about that! I think that just means I’m in need of some sleep.

Good nIght!

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Food, Run, Yoga, More Food

July 21, 2012

Happy Saturday! Don’t let the beautiful views fool you. I didn’t start my run this morning until after 8:00, which meant the heat and humidity were already in full force. Beautiful? Absolutely. Practical? Not so much. What you’re missing is a photo of my red face covered in sweat. I only ran 3 miles, but more »

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