Grocery Shopping for the Good Stuff

Hi! Happy middle-of-the-week!

I don’t normally participate in WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) because I am FAR from being a healthy living blogger and you probably could care less what I eat anyway.

Today I’m throwing my hat into the WIAW ring though, sort of.

Over the weekend I posted on FB and Twitter that I had a meal prep FAIL.

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I really wanted to prep some veggies this week, specifically sweet potatoes and butternut squash. I bought the squash pre-cut and hacked the sweet potato to death. It was hard. Sweet potatoes do not like being cut when they are not yet cooked.

Despite my very poor attempt at cubing the potato, it actually turned out tasting REALLY good thus proving that it’s not what someone looks like on the outside that matters!

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All I did was add a spritz of canola oil, a pinch of garlic pepper, a dash of onion powder and a drizzle of honey and then bake for 25 minutes at 350. I don’t do measurements, I go by feel, sorry!!!

I seriously should have made way more of the baked veggies because the little bits were so good and I basically ate them all in one sitting as soon as they came out of the oven. That’s what happens when I taste test something that I end up really liking!

If you’re interested, I also put together a quick video of the stuff that Adam and I got at the grocery store last weekend.

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^ Normally we take canvas re-usable bags to the store, but this was an impromptu trip to Publix on our way home from someplace else.

It’s my goal to put together at least one video per week. Most weeks it’ll be a Day in the Life vlog, but today it’s my grocery shopping stuff since I’m on a bit of a hectic schedule this week.

(Yep that’s Cecil on the counter again in the vid. The only time he’s not allowed up there is when I am prepping food and cooking. To get him to stay off at those times I give him something better to do… like eat treats or play with a fun toy.)

I hope that you’re having a great week so far.

Just three days to go until the Miami Half for me!

Do you measure your ingredients precisely when cooking or go by feel?
Best veggie to bake? I’m going to start baking veggies more often because they seem to come out tastier than when simply steamed.

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23 Comments

  1. January 21, 2015 / 7:18 am

    I love roasted broccoli!! It is by far my favorite. Sweet potatoes, cauliflower and squash are at the top of the list too!!
    I only use measurements when baking….that’s when I think it actually counts! Other than that, I just “know”! haha!
    I taste a lot of things when I am cooking and end up not wanting to eat my meal due to being full before its done. Bad habit but one I don’t try to break! 🙂

  2. January 21, 2015 / 7:34 am

    I always forget to bake or roast veggies – habit to just dump them in a pan!
    I used to follow recipes exactly when I first started cooking (like I would ditch the entire thing if I got part way in and didn’t have an ingredient) – now I just use the recipe as a guide and add or subtract as I want to. Measuring is never precise which is why I don’t like to bake!!

  3. January 21, 2015 / 7:46 am

    For things like spices I don’t usually measure. I only worry about measuring when Im baking because I feel like that type of thing can really get screwed up with the wrong amounts! But stuff that is more just for flavor I just wing it. Great job with the prep this week!

  4. January 21, 2015 / 8:07 am

    Haha I did a grocery shopping post today, too! I love roasted sweet potato. Is the other veggie butternut squash? It looks so good!

  5. January 21, 2015 / 8:11 am

    I roast vegetables errrry single morning. I may turn into a sweet potato if I eat any more of them.

  6. January 21, 2015 / 9:04 am

    That sounds delicious! I may have to steal this “recipe” from you, hehe!

    I don’t do measurements either, especially not with spices. Like Lisa said above, I do stick to measurements when baking though because in that case it can be critical for the food to turn out right!

  7. January 21, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I rarely follow a recipe when cooking–I just add as I go; as with the others, I follow more closely when baking.
    I love roasting veggies–roasting them on the grill makes it even better! (Yes, we grill year round…).
    I make a soup where I roast the veggies (eggplant, carrots, onion, garlic, parsnips…whatever else I have around, then purée it with some veggie broth for a wonderful soup…

  8. January 21, 2015 / 11:07 am

    LOL! OK, so I make roasted sweet potato cubes all the time. I batch roast them, so I’ll do two trays and keep the leftovers to heat back up throughout the week in a dry (not greased) nonstick pan for breakfast or with dinner. Here’s what I would recommend:

    – It looks like you’re using a serrated bread knife in the photo above. If you have a large chef’s knife, I would use that instead. I slice the ends off, then cut into slices before cubing.
    – I usually toss in olive oil, but I’ve been known to do ghee, coconut oil, or bacon grease. If I plan to use them in different ways throughout the work, just a little salt and pepper (that’s Zach’s preference so he can add other seasonings/spices throughout the week). If not, then I do cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    – I roast at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

    Your grocery haul looks pretty similar to mine! I’m on a big zucchini kick right now since I bought a spiralizer.

    I never measure things when I cook, which is why I’m not a very good baker but a decent enough cook 🙂

    • January 22, 2015 / 7:56 am

      THANKS Jess!!

      I tried a chefs knife at first but it wasn’t sharp enough and I don’t have a knife sharpener. I need to get one ASAP!

      I love making zoodles, it’s the easiest thing to make during the work week. Just throw in a protein and you can be ready in 15 minutes!

  9. January 21, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    Yah we buy a lot of the same food!

    I love butternut squash cut up and roasted. They are even HARDER to cut than sweet potatoes! Good that you bought the pre cut kind. 🙂

  10. January 21, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I love roasted veggies & will often do the same thing and just eat them right up. And then I’m like, “Um, I just ate an entire eggplant in one sitting.” Oh well, it’s veggies, so it’s all good!

    • January 22, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Yes! That’s me too except it’s followed by, “but it *was* supposed to be for Wednesday night so now what else can I make?”

  11. January 21, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    I cannot follow recipes and exact measurements to save my life! And I am proud of it.
    I love how you felt the need to justify the plastic bags! Ha-no one is judging you (I hope!). I usually try to keep my canvas bags in the trunk of the car so I always have them when I need them, but if I have to get plastic ones, they are always good for picking up dog poop.

    • January 22, 2015 / 7:59 am

      I feel so guilty when I use the plastic bags (especially for a big shopping trip), but I can think of a couple of ways to use them!

  12. January 21, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Benny is the same way about the counter. When I bring something home and cut it on the counter, he always has to see if there is anything for him. We use a little squirt gun to keep him off when we are cooking. I should say, when Justin is cooking. My favorite veggie to bake is a mix of broccoli and cauliflower, drizzled with olive oil. Justin is actually making butternut squash this evening, tossed with bacon and shallots. Mmmmm!!!

    • January 22, 2015 / 8:01 am

      Haha! In the past I have used a squirt of water to keep Cecil away during meal times, but now I just need to place the squirt bottle in the vicinity of where he shouldn’t be and as soon as he sees it he knows!

  13. January 21, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    I’m TERRIBLE at meal prep. I have no idea how people do it and how they have room to store it all!

  14. January 21, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    I always cook by how I feel. I’m not a recipe kinda girl (it’s the rebel in me), so sometimes dishes come out tasting amazing and at other times the same dish will be left in the fridge for days on end (but I like to think that’s more because my family hates leftovers and less because the dish was an epic fail… it’s how I stay sane).

    • January 22, 2015 / 8:02 am

      SAME!!!! I’ve left things in containers in the fridge for way longer than I’m willing to admit to the Internet! hah!

  15. January 21, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Yum! I love roasted veggies, especially butternut squash. I’m pretty lousy at meal prep though. I always seem to either make way too much or way too little for the week if I try to cook ahead.