Grocery List for the Week

grocery list 2-14-2013

I wanted to share with you guys my grocery list! Yay! I am so proud of myself because I actually planned out meals and made a list of what I wanted to buy. I still bought other things that were not on the list but for the most part I did stick to the plan. The images I got from myrecipes and health and they are images of some of the food I want to make this week. The images include panzanella, caprese bites, chai tea, and mint tea! I also watched these videos from Leaf TV. For the panzanella video click here, the caprese bites click here, the chai tea click here, and the mint tea click here. I found that channel on accident on youtube and now I am obsessed with their videos!

Doesn’t the list look cute? And the food looks delicious too!

A few items that are not in the list that I ended up getting:

  • beer (for the fiance and for valentine’s day)
  • a sweet red wine (for me, you must think we are alcoholics!!)
  • a cucumber
  • avocados (they were on sale!)
  • a squash (the calabaza one from Mexico?!)
  • kiwis
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • turkey ham

A few items that I did not get from the list:

  • chocolate bar (opted not to get it)
  • cardamom pods (couldn’t find them, does anyone know where I can find them?! please let me know)
  • mangoes (they didn’t look very good this time)
  • lemons (I forgot them but luckily I still have a few)

So that is my grocery list for this week. We ended up not drinking since 10 o’clock seemed really late. (We are so not in college anymore.) So we plan to drink Saturday evening, lol yes we penciled that in for Saturday but we will see.

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Food Diary Entry #3 (for Wed, 11/07/2012)

In the morning:
Cup of coffee with 2 packets of sugar in the raw and some water. I also had a small pear because it looked good in the fruit basket.

For a midmorning snack:
A small apple and banana. I was actually starving but since Cas was sleeping upstairs (on my bed :/ ), I really couldn’t make something to eat so instead I grabbed some fruit to help with the roaring stomach I had.

For lunch:
Spinach, whole grain pasta, garlic, parsley, and butter (I ran out of olive oil, so I used butter instead. I don’t really mind since we almost never run out of our small tub of butter. We just don’t use it that often since we prefer olive oil.) This is probably one of my favorite meals and it always keeps me really full.

For dinner:
So I had about 2 tbsp of wild rice, sweet potato, and apple with honey and cinnamon. Which I hated! So I stopped eating it and made a tuna salad instead. The tuna salad consisted of; half of chunk light tuna, 1 1/2 tbsp of light mayonnaise (too much for my taste), 1/2 tsp of pepper, 3 tbsp of chopped spinach, and 1 hard boiled egg including the yolk. I’m sure I could have done without the mayonnaise since I don’t really care for it but for some reason I can only have tuna salad if it has mayo. It must remind me of the way my mom makes tuna salad, which includes lots of mayonnaise.

Not the prettiest picture but when does tuna ever look pretty?

Later I sipped on..
Some Hibiscus tea with a tsp of honey and a dash of cinnamon. This has to be my favorite tea at the moment. (The Tea I used today was Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings) I also had another small apple after my late workout.

I am okay with what I ate today. If I had all the ingredients to make a sweet potato and wild rice soup I would be a lot happier but the tuna salad came out good and very filling.

Grocery Haul from HEB Market

4 jugs of water, granola, baby mum-mums, baby puffs in the apple flavor, baby oatmeal cereal, stonyfield 32 oz vanilla yogurt, yobaby yogurt in the vanilla flavor, sweet potato, green beans, sweet peas, baby spinach, kale, cantaloupe, bananas, pears, apples, strawberries, and chicken.

So here is another post about my grocery shopping trip. This time I went to H-E-B Market; which I believe are only in Texas but I could be wrong. This H-E-B in particular carries organic items and non organic items. Which I absolutely love! I’m hoping I will use up all these groceries and i would like to post all the meals I make. This way I can keep track of what I actually use and what I should quit buying.

On a side note: I will also be including groceries I already have.

Today’s post will be a short one for now.

Making baby food is easy, fun and cheaper

yellow squash puree (top), apple and banana puree (bottom left), raspberry and pear puree (bottom right)

I have been having way too much fun making Cas’s food. I love coming up with different combinations for him. His favorite fruit is definitely pears! He eats small pieces of pears that I put into a mesh fresh food feeder, he also likes pears mixed with bananas, pears with apples, and pears with raspberries (his favorite puree of all). He pretty much likes pears with anything or by itself.

A few things I have discovered making baby food are:

  1. Making baby food is extremely easy. – The only equipment you really need is a blender or a food processor to make baby food. You can prepare the food in advance and refrigerate it for later. I usually make his baby food when I am making myself or for the fiance breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Making baby food is lots of fun! – I never thought that I would have fun creating baby food. I used to think it would be extremely hard and that I would get frustrated every time. I actually enjoy it and can’t wait to make his baby food. ¬†Since I am starting to learn his favorite fruits and veggies, it has been fun creating combinations like pears and raspberries for him. (I’ve also found new combinations to add to my morning smoothies because of this.)
  3. Making baby food is cheaper. – My fiance and I have found that by buying fresh fruits and vegetables for Cas means more cash in our wallets. For example, the other day I made Cas a sweet potato puree, but the sweet potato was so large I only needed about half to make enough for 3 days. So with the rest of the sweet potato I made baked sweet potato fries. Yumm! I didn’t throw away the sweet potato instead I used it to make fries for me and the fiance. Money well spent!

I would definitely recommend to moms or dads who have time to consider making their baby homemade baby food. Or to at least give it a try to just see how it goes. I was afraid that Cas wouldn’t like it but he actually loves it! The pear and raspberry puree below is by far his favorite, he is always wanting more of it. He also used to hate apples and bananas from the jars but when I made him the homemade version he loved it! I guess kids really do like homemade food from their mommies!

raspberry and pear puree

yellow squash

peach and banana

apple and pear sauce, super yummy!

Are their any parents who made or are making their babies homemade purees? How is it going and what is your baby’s favorite?!