Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings #WRALSmartShopper

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I have a food confession.  I'm not a fan of messy food.

You know, like those cheese puffs that leave your fingers orange for days.  Those powdered doughnuts that made you wish you didn't wear black.  And those sloppy joes that are... well, sloppy.  Heck, I've even been known to eat BBQ ribs with a knife and fork.

And the worst culprit of all?  Chicken wings...

To read more, and for the full recipe, head on over to , where I'll be contributing recipes that are fun, flavorful and frugal.  And at just $1.83/serving, you're going to want to check these out.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

{Video} 3 Healthy, Quick Dinners 5/26/14- Meatloaf, Turkey Asparagus Soup and Corn and Blueberry Chopped Salad #3DinnersAWeek

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This week was all about some fresh, healthy dishes... with a few retro favorites mixed in.

For more info about #3DinnersAWeek, click here.

And watch on to see how they all came together.


Friday, May 23, 2014

{Video} Chicken Fried Rice for One... and my dog O


It doesn't happen often, but when it does, the first things I think of are chick flicks, pink wine, and yes, I'd like extra cheese with that thick crust pizza, please.

I'm home alone tonight... well, except for my trusty sidekick.  Yes, this is Ocean, our white boxer.  And believe me, O doesn't mind, he just goes with the flow.  More attention.  More food.  And did someone say pizza?

But, as I picked up the phone, and reached to hit #5 on my speed dial, I started to talk myself out of it.  I'd been eyeing that new Chanel lipstick.  And there were 2 cookbooks I had in my Amazon cart that cost less than the price of that pizza.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

{Video} 3 Healthy, Quick Dinners 5/19/14- Balsamic Poached Chicken, Pork Picatta, Honey Thyme Salmon #3DinnersAWeek

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Not many people believe me when I tell them that grocery shopping is one of my passions.  

And that I cook dinners at least 6 days a week.  And that I'm up at 6:30am on the weekdays packing homemade lunches and whipping up smoothies to go.  And that we haven't been through a fast food line in over a year (well, my man did last week, and oh boy did he pay... but that story's for another day).

You see, I'm what they call an ultimate foodie.  I pretty much think, dream and live for planning, cooking... and photographing (lol!) our meals.  But for someone who doesn't have the passion, or the time, cooking at home can quickly become a daunting task.

So, I'm hoping to help get you back in the kitchen (at least) 3 days a week, cooking healthy, delicious, and frugal meals.  And I promise, they'll be quick on preparation... and clean up!  And who knows, you might even find some of the joys that I've found spending time in the kitchen.  Like more time with family.  A break from the computer (I think we all could use more of that).  And the thrill of seeing fresh, healthy ingredients come together to make a beautiful and nourishing dish.

Heck, you might even lose a few pounds.  Or feel more energized.

Each week at the beginning of the week, I'll upload a video and some recipes for you to get inspired by.  Some will be my recipes, and some will be new ones, that don't even have a "real" recipe... which goes to show that great food can be simple, and playful, even.

Watch on for some shopping, cooking and money-saving tips.

Day 1 Recipes:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Morning Glory Muffin and Fruit Jars (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut, Soy-free) #WRALSmartShopper


“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"  "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?  "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.  Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.  ~A.A. Milne

If you haven't noticed, I, like Pooh, get very excited about food... especially breakfast.  But just like any relationship, the way we look at our food and how we eat it, has to be nurtured and respected in order to make it work.  There were times where I'd be in such a rush, I'd make unhealthy choices, like grabbing a super-sized bagel, slathered with cream cheese.  Or end up making my way through the fast food drive-thru, answering, "well, sure, I'd like hash browns and a diet coke with that." And there were some days when I skipped it altogether.  And I ended up not only feeling less productive in the morning, but I then ate even more than I typically would throughout the rest of the day, because I was suddenly "starving."  

Low energy and feeling hungry are not a good recipe for success...

To read more, and for the full recipe, head on over to , where I'll be contributing weekly recipes that are fun, flavorful and frugal.  And at just .64 cents/serving, you're going to want to check these out.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

{Video} Earth Fare- Learn how I bought lobster, wine, orchids, specialty cheeses... and I still saved money

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While many grocery stores are taking perks away, like doubling coupons, some of the healthier grocery store chains are playing it smart and upping their savings... while increasing their target audience.

Good for our wallets. And even better for our health.

I've been going to Earth Fare for years, since I worked right down the street from their first location, in Asheville.  And I was impressed... but I fell under the same spell that most of you do, thinking they are just too expensive.  And maybe they were.  But times are changing.   And now, stores like Earth Fare, are offering discount cards, exclusive apps and e-mail specials, and awesome promotions like you'll see in the video. 

Watch on to see yesterday's luxury haul (I know, I even got lobster!)  And then read below for even more tips to help you save at Earth Fare.

5 Tips to Save you Money at Earth Fare:

1) Sign up for their e-mails  and their app to get exclusive promotions.  Also text EAT to 71700 to get mobile notices, which often include exclusive deals, like free products with purchase.

2) Check their and  pages regularly to catch any one-day specials and new promotions.

3) Take advantage of their , plus their .  And make sure and sign up for their , which earns you points each time you punch in your phone number before check-out, or buy certain products (click  for the weekly "get list").  100 points equals $1 in savings.

4) Use their store coupons found , plus any printed or cut out manufacturer coupons.  A few good couponing sites that do an Earth Fare match up are:

5) Let Earth Fare cook for you, and save money three nights a week.
-  is every Thursday, from 4-8pm, kids (yes, all your kids) eat free with the purchase of one $5 adult meal (WOW!!)
- Then on Sundays, from 1-3pm is . $3 burgers and $1.50 sides.
- And also, their Pot Roast Dinner for $9.99 on Tuesdays from 4:30-7:30pm.

*Note- I am not working with Earth Fare in any way.  All opinions are my own.  I simple love to shop there, and I am on a mission to help people learn that they can save money and still eat healthy, fresh foods.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

{Video} Chicken Grilled Cobb Salad with a Maple Dijon Dressing #healthyluxemeals


Sometimes, even I, don't feel like cooking... or washing what seems like never-ending piles of dishes that fill up my sink and line my counter, on a daily basis.

Which is why a hearty, healthy, salad for dinner is always a good option.  So quick to put together, thanks to a few pre-prepared ingredients like poached chicken, hard boiled eggs, and my new favorite salad dressing.  Items I now keep as staples in my fridge to make lunch and dinnertime much simpler.  And keep the temptations to drive through the take-out line, or call for delivery, at bay.

And with the addition of some creaminess from the avocado, crunchiness from the radish and green onion.  And don't forget that bit of salty bite from the bacon (just one slice is all you need!)... and you've got a quick and good-for-you salad that's on the table in less than 20.

Watch on... to learn how to put it all together, plus a few tips on saving money at Harris Teeter and Earth Fare.  Yes, you can eat organic produce on the cheap.

Chicken Grilled Cobb Salad with a Maple Dijon Dressing

For the salad:

1 chicken breast, poached and cut in cubes
1 green onion, chopped (white and green parts)
1/4 c. cilantro, rough chopped
1 radish, sliced
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1 head romaine, cut in half lengthwise
2 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (I microwave them on a plate)
1 avocado, sliced
Olive oil
Seasoning of Choice (I used Parisien Bonnes Herbes from ) to sprinkle over the chopped chicken
Salt and pepper to taste

To grill the lettuce, drizzle in a bit of olive oil into a grill pan.  Get hot over high heat, and turn down to med-high.  Add in each half of the lettuce, and grill until a bit charred and leaves start to soften.  Turn over and repeat on other side.

Remove to a plate and top with all other ingredients and dressing.

For the dressing:

1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. organic maple syrup
1/2 c. Dijon mustard (I like Grey Poupon)
1/4 c. red onion, diced
1-1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar.  Cover, and shake to combine.  Store in the refrigerator up to a week.

Serves 2