top ten food staples in our house

November 12, 2014 in Blog, Food, Lists, Pinterest by lindsaymwright

As I’m preparing to be away this weekend for Refresh Summit, I’ve had to think about what FOODS I need to get at the store.  Travis won’t go to the grocery store (he just won’t think to do that) and they’d be happy eating cereal or rolls all weekend long.  While cereal will suffice in a pinch, I would like to leave them with some actual meals to eat in my absence.

Here’s what I’ve pinned so far:

Friday:  Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

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Saturday:  Grilled Cheese Pull-Apart Rolls

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Sunday:  Sizzlefish Coho Salmon

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Now I just have to get to the store and actually buy all the ingredients…always easier said than done.  The salmon will be easy because it’s already in our freezer, just waiting to defrost. Winking smile

While I’m talking about the grocery store, I wanted to share some of our food staples around here.  The truth is:  The Wright family is pretty boring when it comes to elaborate meals and snacks.  We eat the same thing almost every day.  I don’t really see a reason to change that – most of what we eat is nutritious, budget-friendly and most importantly, it makes us happy.  I think food should be all three of those things!

Here are my TEN FOOD STAPLES – things that go on the grocery list every single week!

#1 – Eggs

We eat a lot of eggs!  Either in quiche or omelets or just scrambled with some shredded cheese on top.  I used to have the grand idea that we’d get chickens and have our own eggs…but I’d rather just just pay for them.  Pick and choose your battles, right?!

#2 – Liquid Egg Whites

I buy at least two cartons of liquid egg whites a week.  I use them in my morning pancakes, in smoothies and sometimes in a pinch I drink them straight up after a workout.  I know that sounds so gross to some of you but they don’t have a taste and they’re pasteurized so you can drink them liquid and not get sick.

#3 – Bananas

A pre-workout must!

#4 – Peanut butter (all-natural)

Travis eats the majority of the peanut butter around here (I’m partial to almond or sunflower butter myself).  He’ll put it on apples or ice cream (fun fact: Travis eats ice cream almost every night unless he’s trying to lose weight.  He adds at least 3 or 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to cut the glycemic index and make it “healthier.”)

#5 – Cereal

Our favorites:  Honeycomb, Bran Flakes, Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

#6 – Unsweetened almond milk & Whole Milk

To go with the cereal.

#7 – Spinach (and other greens)

For almost a year now, I’ve tried to eat a big salad for lunch every day.  We buy organic spinach or spring mix for this.  I also use spinach in smoothies or in eggs.

#8 – Trail mix

Walmart brand – I think it’s called “Mountain Man Mix.”  I usually pick out and eat all the M&M’s and then end up buying another bag of M&M’s to restock what I’ve taken out.  Not sorry.

#9 – Apples

Gala or Honeycrisp.  We have one of those apple slicer thingymajigs and it works pretty well.

#10 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

Last but certainly not least, I buy a bag of chocolate chips every week.  There’s only one store in town that still stocks the MILK CHOCOLATE ones so I make a special trip for those.  I usually eat them by the handful with some raw almonds.

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QUESTION:  What are some of YOUR grocery list staples??

splendid…lindsay

sizzlefish and cooking lindsay-ish style

October 14, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Dinner, Food, Review by lindsaymwright

I gotta tell you about this fish.

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And not only because I’ve met the owner, Rob and fell in love with him and his cedar-plank salmon at Blend 2014.  And not because one of my best friends works as the Social Media Coordinator for the company.  And also not because when you go to price this fish out, you’ll find that each filet comes out to about $5 – much less than if you ordered it at a restaurant – AND that’s including the shipping cost!

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I actually really just LOVE fish.

Good fish.

And having it once a year when we’re down in Destin, Florida just isn’t enough.

Sizzlefish offers perfectly portioned, frozen seafood right to your door!  If you’re like me and live at least 7 hours away from the nearest ocean, you’ll understand the hesitation that comes with ordering fish in the mountains.  My mind just doesn’t go there.  If I saw items like “Coho Salmon” or “Sablefish” on a local eatery’s menu, I’d probably make a “ehhhhh-face” and skip right to the cheeseburger (mmmm…cheeseburger….).

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Honestly, when I received a sampler pack of some of their filets, I panicked a little. I don’t cook fish (read the paragraph above).  My friend Katie told me to do something simple.  Something Lindsay-ish, she said.  Hmmm…Lindsay-ish.

So I plopped down on the couch and googled “Crockpot Salmon.”

Yes.  Yes, I seriously did.

To my great surprise, turns out there are like 600,000+ recipes out there for cooking salmon in a crockpot.  Go figure.  I almost went there but decided not to.  This fish is special and deserves better than a 2 hour soak in that little appliance.  Chili, yes.  Coho Salmon, no.

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All I did was pull out my Calphalon sauté pan, defrost two salmon filets (10 minutes in warm water) and then pan-sear them.  Just to get a little bit fancy (and because I’m 4 and like to dip my food into sauces and stuff), I whipped up a quick dijon topping (equal parts spicy dijon mustard and plain greek yogurt).  I served it all up with a side of my spaghetti squash/hummus/spinach creation and Travis and I sat down to a meal in less than 20 minutes.  We “mmmmm-ed” and “ahhhh-ed” through each flaky bite.

I was at the beach, you guys.  Except in my pjs and at my house.

Thanks, Sizzlefish!

**For the month of October, Sizzlefish is offering $10 off all orders. Use the code “OCTBONUS” at checkout.  Shipping is included in the price!**

QUESTION:  Do you like fish?  What’s your favorite kind?

splendid…lindsay

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for review but was not compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own!**

wiaw – a month of clean eats

September 24, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Diet, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” so I thought I’d share some of the food pictures on my phone.  I confess – some of these meals are pretty boring.  Travis and I just finished up the 24 Day Advocare Challenge so we had to focus on real, whole foods for the month.  We ate SO many salads (at least one every day), lots of healthy fats via avocados, nuts and coconut oil, and a lot of fresh fruit!  No junk food, no pizza, no brownies…no “fun” food.  BUT we feel WAY better and hope to continue this long streak of clean eating (with lots of treats mixed in :) )!  I’ll be sharing our before/after results on Friday so stay tuned!

A glimpse at our latest eats!

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^^Yep.  I eat McDonald’s.^^

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^^You must try these!!   I’ve seen something similar called Harvest Snaps around here.^^

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^^LOVE the portability of the Peanut Butter & Co. squeeze pack.^^

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^^In our BACKYARD!!!^^

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^^YUM!!^^

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^^Reduce, REUSE, recycle.^^

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^^Grape Spark & Catalyst!^^

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^^Simple Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies (with stevia-sweetened baking chips!).  Would you like this recipe?^^

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QUESTION:  What type of diet would you say you eat (80/20, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, etc)??

splendid…lindsay

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stove tops, boiled cookies, no-bakes….i won’t give up on you

September 17, 2014 in Blog, Dessert, Food, Recipe by lindsaymwright

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These cookies are my very favorite in all the world.  I think I like them for their simplicity and the fact that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I.e. “on a whim” cookies.  This can be a good and a bad thing, as there’s really nothing stopping you from making these bad boys every single week.  Except your thighs.  Your thighs might scream in protest.

I’ve had a problem lately though.

For the past 5 (ok maybe 10 years), I haven’t been able to make these cookies set up.

I’ve quadruple-checked the recipe.  I’ve measured once, twice, three times.  I’ve used less milk, more milk, less boiling time, more.  And before you tell me not to make them on rainy days, I already know that tip.  We wait until the sun is blazing at high noon before I even dare pull the pot out.  Sometimes I’ll get a fluke batch that sets up, but I believe my failure rate is 90 percent.

They just do not work for me.

But that doesn’t stop me from making them.  Because they taste even BETTER on a spoon.  Because Clara “yoves” them.

And because I’m not a quitter.

Stove Top Cookies

(my mama’s recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. dark cocoa
  • 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine first four ingredients in a pot.  Heat until boiling.  Allow to boil for 2 minutes.  Stir in last three ingredients.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Allow 15-30 minutes to set up.  (or just eat them with a spoon)

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QUESTION:  Do you have a recipe that just will NOT work for you??  I’m afraid to ask…but what are you tips on these cookies?

splendid…lindsay

the 24 day advocare challenge

August 20, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Body, Food by lindsaymwright

Happy hump day, friends!

Let’s skip all the chit chat and get right down to business.  Let’s talk about a new challenge that’s going down over here at the Wright house!

I have a confession.

I’ve been eating WAY too many sweets lately.

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We plummeled through this cake.

I need to reel it in a bit.  We went to the beach where we had nightly bowls of ice cream and treats and I kinda just never stopped having those treats when we got home.  Whoops.  Smile  I’m always game for dessert….I just probably shouldn’t be having something every.single.night.  It’s actually starting to effect the way I feel – sluggish and tired.  My digestion is a bit off.  I’m ready for a change.

Travis too.

As I’ve said, we’re training for an upcoming race and we want to feel GOOD while training.  We want to be at our best.  Eating junky sweets every night isn’t helping.

All this being said, we’re starting a 24 Day Advocare Challenge and I’m going to blog about the journey.

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Correction.  Travis will be doing the full challenge.  Since I’m nursing, I’ll be doing another 10 Day Challenge (read more about that here) and will continue to take those supplement for the 24 days with Travis.  Today I want to share a little bit about the actual products and program design for anyone who might want to do this challenge WITH US!  (it’s always nice to have a team together for support!)

What IS the 24 Day Advocare Challenge?

The 24 Day Advocare Challenge is a comprehensive supplementation and nutrition program that helps with weight management, liver detox and metabolism.  There are two phases within the 24 days: The CLEANSE phase (Days 1-10) and the MAX phase (Days 11-24).  Every Challenge kit comes with a handy dandy guide that tell you EXACTLY when to take each supplement so there’s no guesswork involved.

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The Supplements:

The Cleanse phase is 10 days long and is designed to remove waste, rid your body of toxins, and prepare it for maximum nutrient absorption.  This is a three-part supplement regimen.  The herbal cleanse is taken morning and night and it cleanses the digestive system and removes any accumulated toxins (get the Peaches & Cream!!!!).  The Omegaplex is a blend of fatty acids that help with heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone, and immune health.  The third part is the SPARK energy drink mix.  It promotes mental focus and increased energy.

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The second part of the challenge (days 11-24) helps to give your newly cleansed body the best tools to achieve your goals.  The Max phase has four supplements:  the MNS vitamin pack, a meal replacement shake, the Omegaplex capsules and SPARK.  012

We also ordered some “companion” products: Catalyst and ThermoPlus (for Travis only – I can’t take this while nursing), along with a few other SPARK flavors (because we couldn’t decide on just one – now that I’ve tasted Mango Strawberry, it’s my favorite!).

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Why are we doing this Challenge?

Like I said earlier, we both just want to feel better.  We have different goals that we hope the Challenge will help us meet.  For me, I want to get the max benefit from all these amazing workouts that I’ve been doing recently and a diet clean-up will help with that.  I want for my digestion to improve (and know that it will with the help of these products).  And lastly, I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds.   Travis’ goals are similar but he also has a very specific picture that he’d like to take with Porter on his back.  He’s got the muscles for the picture – he just needs to shed a few pounds to make it on point.

We’re doing it together because we know that it will be way easier this way.  No sweets in the house, full support from each other, accountability…I’m excited to have someone to do this with!

But, what about food??

When you order the 24 Day Challenge, you receive a helpful nutrition guide that describes which foods to eat and which to avoid. The nutrition approach is VERY balanced and includes dairy, healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. You get three meals and three snacks a day – you shouldn’t ever feel hungry, that’s not the goal! I’ll be honest and tell you right up front – aside from cutting out desserts and sweets (i.e. cereals, teddy grahams, processed junk), I’m not going to get overly restrictive with any of my food intake. Travis will be doing the Challenge by the book.

We’ll also be drinking around 84 ounces of water a day!

NO COFFEE – Spark will replace that!

When does it start?

We’ll be starting the Challenge on August 30th.  It’s a Saturday.  Travis picked this day because he thinks that psychologically Mondays are the worst days to start diets/cleanses and Saturdays are the easiest.  I don’t have any studies or proof to back that logic up…but it makes sense to me.  Saturday, August 30th it is!

The Challenge will end on September 22nd!

How can I join in?

If you’re interested in joining us during the Challenge, you can purchase your 24 Day Kit here!  I’ll be blogging about our journey together each week and sharing before, during and after shots of our progress.  I’d encourage you to join in with us and recruit friends and family too – it’s much easier to do this with a group of people!

Ready to do the Challenge with us??

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QUESTION:  Have you ever done the Advocare Challenge before?  Thoughts?  Tips??

splendid…lindsay

tips for saving time in the kitchen

August 14, 2014 in Blog, Breakfast, Dinner, Family, Favorites, Food, Lunch, Review by lindsaymwright

**I was sent free product by Flapjacked Protein Pancakes in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I have/will used my own money to purchase this product before!**

We’ve all been there.

You open the fridge and there’s absolutely nothing to eat.  Or rather, there’s a yogurt, two sticks of celery, deli meat and a hunk of cheese that you vaguely remember buying last week.  Or was it last month.  Just scrape the mold off.  Cheese is supposed to be moldy and stinky.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have some freezer meals tucked away from after Porter’s birth (thanks to our church family!!!) but for the most part I still have to prepare food, three times a day, seven days a week, for this family of five.

Meh.

I want to like being in the kitchen.  I want to like preparing meals.  But I just don’t.  I don’t have that part of homemaking in me.  Luckily my clan is easy to satisfy: cereal for dinner (and lunch…and breakfast), casseroles, crockpot dishes, mac n’ cheese and microwave quesadillas.  Those are our “go-to’s.”

(Yes.  I said microwave quesadillas.)

Since I’ve yet to find a personal chef that will cook in return for a smile and one of Clara’s crayon drawings, I have to get myself in the kitchen and feed this family.  Here are some of my “go-to” tips for saving time in the kitchen.  SUPER applicable coming from the laziest mama around.

Tips for Saving Time in the Kitchen

1.  Prepare lean proteins in advance!

In an effort to eat healthy, we always buy a large pack of chicken breasts and grill them at the start of the week.  Money saving tip: buy the largest pack you can find (on sale) and then cut off the skin and de-bone at home.  You’ll save quite a bit of money over time and it doesn’t take that long.  I even use kitchen shears to cut the chicken into long, tenderloin-type strips so that they grill faster!  Once cooked, we store the chicken in the fridge for up to 3-4 days and incorporate them into our meals!  Thirty minutes to prep your meats will save you a lot of time during the week.

Other lean proteins that pair easily with steamed veggies or on a big salad:  baked/grilled turkey breast, hard-boiled eggs, diced honey baked ham.

2.  Aluminum foil is your friend!

In order to save time scrubbing grease and cooked-on particles from your baking dishes, line everything with aluminum foil.  Once your dish is cooked, you simply throw out the aluminum foil – no elbow grease required.  I also buy crockpot liners that function in the same manor.  (Coupons.com almost always has a $.75 coupon for Reynold’s wrap foil!)  Who wants to be stuck scrubbing dishes?!   Not I.

3.  Pre-cut your fruits and vegetables.

Whenever I prepare our grilled chicken for the week, I also take the time to cut up broccoli, cauliflower and carrots (we go through SO many carrots!).  I also make a large bowl of fruit salad (cantaloupe, peaches, blueberries and cherries are in our fridge now).  When healthy items like these are prepped (and put at an easy level for the kids to grab), we gobble them up much faster.

4.  Make breakfasts EASY!!

My last tip:  prep your breakfasts!  If there’s one meal that I rarely have time to cook, it’s breakfast!  This often results in us having cereal, but I’m really trying to mix things up and provide a little more protein at this meal.  That’s where Flapjacked Protein Pancakes help out!  With this easy to make (seriously, all you need is water), high protein, high fiber option, I can create a large batch at the start of the week and FREEZE them in ziplock bags!  I just pop a few in the microwave and serve them up!

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We like to add blueberries or chopped bananas and strawberries to the mix and then top them with almond butter and maple syrup.  I think the one thing I like the best is that after I eat these protein pancakes, I don’t feel like there’s a big glob of dough in the bottom of my belly – they’re light!!  One serving has just 200 calories and 17 grams of protein!  Waaaaaay better than a bowl of cereal.

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QUESTION:  What are some of YOUR tips for saving time in the kitchen?  (seriously – I’ll take any advice you can throw my way!)

splendid…lindsay