To-Go Breakfast and lunch ideas (Paleo and Whole 30 Approved!)

Prepping on a Sunday is key to having meals ready for the week to grab and go. This week I made a few new delicious recipes and even learned a new trick too!!

 

The most exciting new item I made came from my new cookbook! I recently purchased this cook book from Amazon! It’s a great book, with lots of recipes, ideas, and even a little section about Paleo! I like that it’s an “on the go” recipe book as well since I’m usually “on the go”! IMG_0001

Here’s the recipe: Bacon and Egg Salad with fresh herbs!

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings. I cut mine in half so it was just for me!)

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 1/3 cup of mayo (they had a recipe, I used my Tessemae’s instead!
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 strips bacon, crumbled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions: (The first part is my new trick!! So excited!)

  1. To hard boil the eggs, fill a medium-sized pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce and summer. Add baking soda and salt. Gently add eggs with a slotted spoon* and simmer lightly for 14 minutes.
  2. When done, drain the pot of water and crack the eggs by shaking the pot and allowing them to hit the side of it. Add cold water and allow to sit while you chop the herb and onion.
  3. Peel the eggs and place in a bowl. Break the eggs up with your warns into small chunks
  4. Add the herbs, mayo, mustard, lemon juice, onion, and bacon. Season with Salt and Pepper

Yum Yum. I put mine over a small side salad with balsamic dressing…Also Tessemae’s. Plus an apple for dessert!

I also found in the recipe book Sweet potato apple-cinnamon pancakes!! Wowza’s! Super east and delicious. I put that together with 3 sausages for my protein and a side of grapes! Yum!

Another breakfast I made was 2 eggs over medium. (People always look at me funny when I say that. They look at me funny too when I tell them I like my coffee black.) Over Medium….that just means I like the yolk cooked through a little more. No runny yolk here.

So I cooked 2 eggs OVER MEDIUM with 2 slices of bacon, a side of sautéed veggies, and a banana.

I recently purchased this small egg frying pan. It’s the perfect size to fry eggs and not waste a whole big pan. Plus I make the hubby Egg McMuffin’s, so I whip 2 eggs with a little milk and put it in here. It fits perfectly on his english muffin with bacon and cheese! Yum for him too!

Plus I used to make the Sweet potato apple cinnamon pancakes so that would be a nice perfect size! It’s a multipurpose pan now!

Small Egg Frying Pan

Small Egg Frying Pan

*Slotted spoon just means that it has holes in, so when you put the egg in the water, it goes in a little more gently than one without.

Check back soon to see if I make any more delicious recipes from my new book! Plus I’ll have some budgeting posts coming up and more menu’s for next month!

Whole 30 Menu Prep and how to do it

We all know from previous posts how much I love making menu’s. I almost wish sometimes I owned a restaurant so I could make up amazing menu’s for everyone!! Here are some tips for making your menu’s and especially if you are doing a Whole 30. This is a good way to budget your spending and getting the most out of you groceries!

What should each meal have?

Each meal should contain certain credential. These are important so that you have a well-rounded meal and more importantly stay full in-between meals. The importance is in this order!

  1. Protein Source
  2. Veggies
  3. Fat
  4. Fruit

Drafting your menu Start with breakfast

When I draft my menu, I start with breakfast. I go through the whole month and fill in every breakfast. Breakfast is a meal that I love, but if I eat the same thing over and over, I get sick of it pretty quick. I make sure to rotate all of my options and sometimes add in new ones. Any time you add a new recipe into your menu, it gives you something to get excited about! I keep my breakfasts well-rounded with the above credentials. Here are some different breakfast options:

  • Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes with Grapefruit (mixes with Egg for protein and cooked in oil for fat)
  • Soft Boiled Eggs, Tomatoes, and Avocado with salt and pepper
  • Butternut Squash Porridge (I know how it sounds, but don’t believe it)
  • Egg and Prosciutto Roll-up with asparagus
  • Scotch Eggs with tomato and cucumber salad
  • Egg and veggie scramble with homemade sausage patties

Lunch and Dinner

The most important strategy I use for lunches and dinners is to share veggies in each meal. Produce tends to go bad quickly or not get used at all. When I make my menu, I make sure to choose 2-3 veggies for that week and split it up between all the meals. I may make the butternut squash porridge and have roasted squash with dinner a different night. Or I may make roasted beets with dinner and used the leftovers to toss with a salad.

If I make something that I know will have leftovers or I can make more of, I make sure to note that I will take that for lunch the next day.

I’ll share some of these recipes on my January Journey and let you know how I like everything and any tips or tricks I can share.

So here’s my January 5-11th menu: January 5th-11th Menu (downloadable menu for you!)

 

jan 5th-11th menu

2015 is going to be MY year

Back in June I did a little thing called Whole 30 (Whole 30 Program Rules). Since then I have gone back to eating….crap…which in turn, has made me feel like crap. This year was a little crazy, I think I’m still recovering mentally, emotionally, and organizationally. The holidays are coming up and I want to enjoy them. But I want to get my life back on the right path too. So I’m preparing a few things to get myself back in order come the new year!

Whole 30 Good Food Word!

First, I’m going back to Whole 30…except instead of 30 days, I’m doing 90! A few co-workers are joining in and we decide January will be our start date. So to prepare, I started making my menu’s and planning out some new recipes to try. This round I decided to nix fruit for the first 30 days. I have a wicked sweet tooth and my last round I relied on fruit to get through the cravings. So I snacked on lots of pineapple, oranges, and bananas. I want to cut out that habit! Let’s see how that works.

Second, I created a budget planner. This way I can track my money for a whole year. I can see where I’m spending the most, hopefully save some money, and learn to budget myself. I created some templates and put together a binder. I made a monthly planner of what bills I am paying and when. I checked my income and made sure I had a sufficient amount of left over money to save and give myself a cash allowance. When I use my debit card I tend to spend it a little easier. With cash, I give it a little bit of second thought depending on what I have in my pocket.

I’m also going to take some classes! I want to educate myself a little more. I’ve been taking Spanish classes and in addition to that, I signed up for an Effective Business Writing class online. I’m also looking into the possibility of a Human Services Management certificate program. I think by being proactive and showing initiative will help me in receiving a promotion within my office this upcoming year.

This is a decent amount of weekly work. Between tracking my spending and income, cooking and food shopping, and taking classes, I need a weekly schedule to keep me on track. So I’m creating a plan to stay organized. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’ll be updating!

I have a feeling if I plan right 2015 could be MY year!!!! But only I can do it, so I’m making sure to be prepared and ready to go.

Upcoming: Whole 90 Journey, Menu prep and How to do it, Budget Binder Templates, maybe some effective business writing tips while I’m learning, and How I’m keeping it all together.

Thanks for sticking with me through my blogging journey. It’s been a kind of all over the place, but I’m going to be ready in the New Year to keep myself together and keep my blog going.

I’m back….kind of…

A few life moments were celebrated these last few weeks:

I celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary and this year has sure put us to the test…But we stay strong, like always and most of the time become stronger. Its been one heck of a roller coaster ride

We celebrated the life of my Father in Law, Anthony…who unfortunately passed away the beginning of October. I say celebrated life because I don’t believe you should continue to mourn. I understand people need different amounts of time to mourn, but I try to stay positive and look at things in a different light. He was an incredible man, who touched the lives of so many people. I was able to read his eulogy in front of hundreds of people and tell his life story. This man did not have the life of a 5 minute Eulogy either. I was able to stand up there and read a 10 minute life story of a very loved man. And I was able to support my husband throughout. Which is a big accomplishment because that’s what marriage is all about and our first year was definitely put to the test!

And I celebrated my 29th birthday…every other year our city holds a Columbus Day parade and this year fell right on my birthday! It’s a fun time of food, drinks, friends and family. The love being with kids and taking pictures of everyone. And this year was definitely special because the parade also celebrated my father in law! Sings, banners, and everyone cheering…what’s better than that?!?

So, Let me get my life back on track this week and I’ll be making sure to get my menu ready with some new recipes, and some cool Halloween decorations, and maybe a fall inspired fashion post. Let’s see what I can come up with!!

Isn’t it Quaint?!?!

Once a month my girlfriends and I get together for a “venting-food session”. This entails us eating , complaining about things we can’t change, and offering advice in things we can. It’s just a time to relax, feel no pressure, and share dessert (because then we don’t feel bad that we ate the whole thing). This all started with one friend however…and this is where this blog post starts!

Last August, my friend Annette and I made a dinner date to a captivating little restaurant in Gloucester, Ma. I had Googled patio eating on the water North Shore, Ma and it popped up. It had this eclectic feel to it and the food look delish! Annette and I are alike in the sense we will both pretty much eat anything. Seafood, steak, never heard of it, we’ll try it! I sent her the website and said “let’s try this place, it’s a beautiful drive up route 128, we can get out of the city for a few, and enjoy a nice evening of food!”  The Rudder

We hopped in my Jeep and drove 45 minutes to Gloucester, going down these charming, little back roads and seeing all these little stores! We kept commenting on how “cute” everything was. “Doesn’t this look so quaint?!?” “I would love to live in this little house by the water.” “Look at these antique shops”. “We have to come back here in the day time to visit the stores” (We never went back…even a year later we still say we have to go back!) By the time we arrived at the restaurant I think we had used just about every adjective to describe how  adorable everything was. (See what I did there?? captivating, cute, quaint, charming, little, adorable…I love adjectives!) It was about a 40 minute wait for a table and we specifically asked that we could be seated on the deck. We walked around the quaint area, down these little pathways that had Adirondack chairs and Christmas lights strewn about. There were a few different restaurants in the area, but all seemed to have no customers besides “The Rudder”. We could see the deck from the pathway and watched as people laughed and enjoyed good food. We were starving! We returned about 35 minutes later to be seated. The deck was actually a boat dock; you could pull your boat right up and have them serve you food on it! How awesome it that?!? Inside the restaurant was pretty neat as well! It had twinkle lights in the ceiling, and throughout the restaurant intertwined with artificial greenery. It had nautical themed decor and seemed as though the customers were not customers at all, but friends of the bartender and waitresses.

We ended up sharing an artichoke dip appetizer, which I still remember being the best artichoke dip I ever had. During our entrée’s, we all of sudden realized the whole deck was clapping and cheering. We both looked at each other like “what is going on?” and then we realized there was a boat parade. That’s right….a boat parade! A Line of boats with lights and people, cheering, yelling, and waving at us. How many of you have actually seen a boat parade?!?

Of course we shared dessert and then decided to drive around the charismatic town. As we were driving down the main street, fireworks started bursting in the air! I know, I know…this sounds like a made-up story…but I assure you, it is not! We stopped for a few and watched the fireworks, and chatted about how we should do this once a month. And that’s how the whole dinner dates started! We each have a month that we pick a restaurant and we always make sure to try someplace new! It’s a fun experience to go out once a month and try new food with good company. I really have some of the greatest girlfriends!

Coming up next: Sangria for One!!!

Buying new work clothes

So back in June I did a little thing called “Whole 30” which is a strict Paleo diet plan. I ended up losing almost 30 pounds!! Which is great…except now I don’t have any clothes that fit me, especially for work. So today I went over to H&M on my lunch break and tried on some pants to see what size I was and I thought “what a great idea for a blog post…Work Essentials”! I know it has been done several times before, but I figured since I’m doing it now, why not post about it!

So here is what I’m purchasing for my “work” essentials.  I work in an office as a receptionist, however I am looking for a promotion soon and these would also be great interview outfits and are easily transferable if I did receive a promotion! (Fingers crossed)

black dress black slacks blazer blue button down blue slacks grey t khaki pencil white t

First off, a LBD (Little Black Dress) is always essential. This is great for meetings or if you know you are going out right after work and don’t want to go home and change!

Two pairs of pants 1 Black and 1 blue. I prefer a tapered leg, but you can wear boot-cut as well. I usually prefer to wear flats since I walk to and from the train and the tapered leg is better since it doesn’t drag on the ground.  I do leave an extra pair of heels in my desk, just in case of a last-minute  mishap with shoes or if I know my boss has important people coming in for meeting. They are plain black patent leather pumps that I bought at Target for less than $30.

I also got a beige pencil skirt. I already have 2 black pencil skirts at home and I saw this one on the rack and thought I didn’t need another pencil skirt. But then I tried it on and it fit so good I had to buy it! I also like that the color is very versatile. They had a really cute, bright pink pencil skirt…but it doesn’t really go with everything. This one I could still wear with the 3 tops I bought.

So….I’m excited….I bought a blazer. I have a blazer now, but its cheap and more like sweatshirt material. This one is a real blazer; fitted, pockets, and structured! I did get it in a bigger size, but that’s okay. I need a little wiggle room for “the girls” and I have pretty broad shoulders. I try not to let sizes get to me. It’s just a number, right?!?

Then I have 3 tops: a grey t-shirt, a white t-shirt, and a dressy blue button down. I chose these shirts because each shirt could be worn alone with a bottom item or with the blazer for a more dressy look. Plus I can still rock the t-shirts with jeans or at home outfits too! I also can use the button-down underneath the dress in the winter time and make it long sleeves. Genius!!!

And a whole new wardrobe is born for about $200. These essential items, if well taken care of, can last for a decent amount of time and I can get at least 3 seasons out of them (summer usually entails more, flowy dresses). I’m excited to wear all my new pieces to work!! (And maybe a promotion?!?)

A Chance meeting

On to Blog number two!!! (You will learn about me in short story blog posts that I’ll share once a week.) So, since I told you about some of my embarrassing beginner cooking stories, I probably should tell you a little bit about who I am! I grew up in 7 different houses, in 7 different cities, all within Massachusetts. My most recent move was to East Boston, to live with my husband, Anthony.

I believe in the phrase: “Everything happens for a reason”.  For example: On February 28th 2005, my friends dragged me out of house to go to a rock festival at the Middle East in Cambridge. And that’s when my chance meeting happened. I had no intentions of meeting someone, I didn’t even want to go to the concert, and I gave him my number expecting to never hear from him again. The only reason he even got my number…he had a really cool truck!!  Anthony and I have now been together for almost 10 years. (May 2015 will be officially a decade) I know it sounds cliché when people say they are married to their best friend/soul mate/one and only….but we actually are just that. Best friends. It’s a very rare occasion that we fight, we laugh more than we actual converse, and for two people who are pretty opposite of each other, we compromise really well. I have to say, in the cheesiest of cheesy ways, that I really found my soul-mate.

Before Anthony…well… Let’s leave the past in the past. We can use the quote:

“I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was different person then” -Lewis Carroll

Let’s talk about who I am now…besides my awesome husband. I am a 28 year old receptionist at the City of Boston Elderly Commission. I am truly a people person; I enjoy a good conversation (sometimes too much)! We know about my love for cooking and entertaining. One of my most favorite things is to know that I did something that made people have a good time; Hosting a memorable party, making people laugh, and just being all around silly. I’m bubbly and fun. I try not to take things too seriously (but can be very serious at times) and I enjoy life. I guess as this blog continues you will learn more and more about me…but for now, just know that I am a light-hearted person. I can’t wait for life’s upcoming adventures and to be able to share it with you guys in the process!! Let’s see what tomorrow brings…

 

Me and Anthony

Me and Anthony