3 Things That Work – in the kitchen and other stuff

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1. Lunch – From PB&J to Quinoa

Lately I’ve been reaching for the peanut butter and jelly at lunch time at least four times a week and probably more often than that.  It’s easy to fix and I love it.  Maybe it’s partly all the recipe testing I’ve been doing too.  Maybe my taste buds are tired?  More likely I just don’t want to spend time considering the options, so I grab my comfort food stand-by.

After quite a few days of this though, I decided I needed something a bit healthier.  I found a bag of quinoa and brown rice in the pantry that only needed to be microwaved for 90 seconds.

I’ve had this in the pantry for quite a while now.  There’s only two servings in the bag, so it’s not great for a family (I don’t remember how much it cost).  For lunch it was perfect!  The taste is great. Ninety seconds in the microwave is pretty easy to do.

I topped it with cheddar cheese, a fried egg and a little spinach I threw in the skillet while the egg cooked.  I had the spinach in the freezer for smoothies and it was easy to grab a handful and toss into the skillet.  I wasn’t sure how this combo would taste, but it was actually very good.  If you like this type of thing, it would also make a good breakfast.

I’m pretty sure I won’t be giving up PB&J any time soon though.  After all, it’s the secret weapon of many NBA players and teams.

2.  Lower grocery bill and losing weight! An email from a member.

I got an email the other day from Brooke B., one of our Eat at Home Meal Plan members.  I asked if I could share her email with you and she graciously said yes.

I am loving the plans! They have significantly reduced my grocery bill & my husband and I are continuing to lose weight while using the Whole Foods plan and we’re not eating the same stuff all the time! So happy I signed up for the menu plans! We were spending between $120-$150 per week on our grocery bill and now we spend between $60-$80 per week. One meal from the meal plans make 4 servings for us so we always have lunch for the following day. It’s great! ~~ Brooke B.

3.  Winning cookbook recipe tests

I’ve been doing a lot of cookbook work, testing many recipes each week.  We’ve had quite a few winners, including:

  • A salmon sheet pan dinner
  • Skillet chicken pot pie that everyone raved over
  • A to-die-for soup that gives an amazing spin to traditional corn chowder

We’re still a long way from a finished cookbook, but I’m already so excited to share these recipes with you!  I think that your family will love them!  Over the next couple of months I may be asking for your help to test some recipes, so if you’re interested in that, be sure to get on my email list. (You can enter your email on the form that’s below this blog post or the one on the homepage.)

Watching and Reading:


  • The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon – this young adult novel was a quick read that kept the pages turning.  I loved the ending!
  • 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith – I read this short book a few years ago and thought it was good. Recently I bought the audio version and it is great! Get a copy of this one for yourself. You won’t be sorry! (Side note: I’ve lived 18,093 days and counting as of this writing.)


  • Midnight in Paris – This movie with Owen Wilson and directed by Woody Allen was so fun since we’d just been to Paris last summer!  It’s on Netflix streaming right now.  It’s a little quirky, but not as much as most Woody Allen movies.  It’s more whimsical, with plenty of scenes from Paris, some fun time travel and lots of references to artists and writers.
  • Beauty and the Beast – We went to see this last weekend and it’s gorgeous.  Wonderful scenery and music and just so much fun.

What’s working in your kitchen this week and what have you been reading and watching?  Share in the comments!

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