Thank you for all of the holiday wishes. Yesterday we had a lovely dinner at our friends’ house. There was a beautiful spread, which included the following (and I’m probably forgetting some things):
- tofurkey with roasted veggies (carrots, onions, celery) – Bobby is carving!
- big ole turkey – I carved this one :) Leave it to the salad girl to do the meat!
- mashed potatoes
- sweet potato fries
- butternut squash fries
- roasted asparagus (wouldn’t fit on the table)
- cranberry sauce
We actually didn’t do dessert – I just had a whole bunch of fruit afterwards (apple & 2 bananas with oodles of almond butter). This was my first plate:
I loaded up on veggies but made sure to try a bit of everything. I did go back for many seconds of the butternut fries and other veggies. The turkey was so juicy and the tofurkey was great as well, just like it has been the last few years. I love roasting veggies with it and using a marinade/baste. They came out tender and flavourful.
- 1 part orange juice
- 1 part soy sauce
- splash of olive oil (I used about 1 T EVOO and a 1/4 cup each of the OJ and soy sauce)
- oregano or cilantro, to taste
I topped the tofurkey and veggies (3 carrots, 1/2 onion, and a few stalks of celery) with 3/4 of the baste, and roasted them (covered in foil) for an hour. Then I removed the foil and poured the rest of the baste on. I cooked it (uncovered) for about 20 minutes more.
To roast the asparagus I tossed 2 pounds of asparagus with 2 teaspoons EVOO and s&p. Then I baked them for 15 minutes at 450F. Very simple!
This morning I made a nice breakfast burrito with some leftovers – a flatout wrap, about a cup of sweet potato fries, and some applesauce. I also had a cup of the sweet potato fries on the side, dipped in more applesauce.
This afternoon Bobby and I went shopping. I picked up some great workout gear at a store called Lucy that I’d never been to before. I got two pairs of these yoga pants ($29.99 + another 30% off) as well as a pink tank top with lace. They’re having sales, so check it out! I am one of those girls that lives in yoga pants as much as possible, and I have to say these are the best I’ve had yet.
Thanksgiving Challenge Update
So we made it through Thanksgiving without going over $126 – we came in at $125.14.
Over the past month I’ve made some rather poor food choices in an effort to save money. I didn’t buy the healthy snacks that I usually like to eat and I ended up eating the unhealthy choices that we had in our cupboard (chips, candy, etc…). The challenge helped me to understand why people living on a restricted income sometimes resort to eating these unhealthy things.
The challenge made me incredibly grateful that I don’t need to scrimp on food. I am more mindful of the money I do spend and thankful that I can buy the things that I want to buy.
I am not going to continue with the challenge. Though I’m more aware now of how much I spend (and it’s a lot), I like having freedom and I enjoy indulging in my favorites. Today we went shopping and stocked up on the things we’ve been missing… and spent more than we did in the last 28 days (I think the total was about $140).
Habits I will continue are:
- shopping at Milk Pail as much as I can (this is the local outdoor grocery that is much cheaper than Safeway/Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods)
- trying not to eat out more than once a week
- being mindful of what I spend – whether this deters me from buying something or not, being more aware is always a good thing!
It was a great experience and I’m glad we did it.
Moving on to one of my favorite topics… Dessert! When I’m not trying to save money on groceries, one of my favorite things to splurge on are Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Trail Mix Cookies. These things are delicious. I get them at Whole Foods but I think Trader Joe’s has them too.
Though they’re not completely guilt free, they are a very healthy way to indulge. Hope you all had a great Friday!