A New Week

Our trips to the grocery store look a lot different than they did a month ago!


Today we did our usual Sunday errands: Chattanooga Market and Greenlife. This week we picked up tomatoes, Bibb lettuce, zucchini, squash, purple peppers and apples at the market – all for $19! I’m excited to try the lettuce, this was the first time we had seen their booth. I wish I would have taken photos today, the produce was gorgeous. And Alton Brown was there 🙂

On the menu this week: stir fry, salad, spaghetti and tortilla soup. Lots of duplicates from last week, but we had some leftover ingredients we wanted to use up before they went bad. It’s going to be another busy week!


Vegan Tortilla Soup | Recipe

Dinner. Was. Amazing!

We made tortilla soup using this recipe and it is now on our top 3 recipe list. SO good! We tweaked it a bit based on our likes and things we had/didn’t have on hand:

  • 1 tbsp EVOO (Didn’t actually measure)
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small purple bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 ear fresh corn
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 15oz can black beans
  • salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic salt, to taste
  • chopped avocado, for garnish

We followed the directions on the original recipe and it was perfect! We didn’t make the tortilla strips this time, so I guess this isn’t technically ‘tortilla’ soup 🙂 I think I will try it next time. I’m excited to try and make my own tortillas to use!

Catching up

I haven’t blogged in a while, and found lots of photos on my phone that I need to share!


Thursday (9/15 – the night we had bean burgers) After dinner we made smoothies! We just put a bag of frozen strawberries in the blender with a little water and raw sugar. They weren’t amazing, but were great for our after dinner sweet tooth! I had mine in a bowl, more like sorbet than a smoothie.

After I got my portion out, Blake added a banana to the blender and his was more of a smoothie consistency.


Saturday (9/17) Our ‘cheat day!’ After all our talk about how horribly we were planning to eat, we didn’t do too bad! For lunch we had salads from Chick-fil-A. We got two entree salads, one with chicken and one without. We split the chicken and ended up with 1.5 chicken strips each. There was also a small amount of shredded cheese on the salad. I knew the salad dressing was AWFUL and I didn’t even want to look at the ingredients list. (I got the Berry Balsamic and Blake got Ranch.) It was very good, but we both felt guilty the whole time we were eating.

I don’t have a photo of our dinner from ‘cheat day.’ After church on Saturday nights we always go out to dinner with my family. They chose Marco’s which is a fairly new Italian restaurant downtown. We both planned to continue cheating through dinner, but Blake ended up with a soup & salad and I had eggplant parmesan. My eggplant did have some cheese on it, but it was a much better choice than the chicken parmesan I was planning on! And oh my goodness, it was SO good! We will definitely be going back to Marco’s!


Tuesday (9/20) – I took photos of my breakfast, snack and dinner but for some reason never posted. Surprise, surprise – for breakfast I had oatmeal and fruit!

I’ve been eating breakfast so late that I usually don’t have lunch. Just breakfast, snack and dinner. I know I need to be eating more often, but I have to wait a while after I wake up to eat breakfast and by then it’s almost lunch time! That day I had an apple and some Justin’s honey almond butter for a snack. I am LOVING the almond butter! To me it tastes like the candy Mary Jane’s.

For dinner that night we had boring spaghetti and a spinach/romaine salad.

We found a great brand of dressing, Drew’s, that meets most of our requirements! We have three flavors in the fridge. This was our first night trying out the Rosemary Balsamic flavor – I’d give it a 7 out of 10. We don’t really have many other salad dressing options so I am going to learn to love it 🙂


Wednesday (9/21) – I had my usual oatmeal for breakfast, apple for snack and went out to dinner with my Dad. There are no photos from breakfast/snack because I’m lazy and there are no photos from dinner because I didn’t do very well 🙂

And that brings us to today! There were no clean pans for oatmeal this morning so I broke tradition and just had lots of fruit. Now it’s time to clean this house – I’ve got company coming this weekend! Eek!


I’m a creature of habit, especially when it comes to the way I eat. I typically order the same thing whenever I go to a restaurant, and make the same handful of recipes when I cook. I think its because I am such a picky eater that once I find something I like, I stick with it. Which explains why I have had oatmeal for breakfast everyday for the last eight days! Haha. I did switch things up a bit today after getting some new ingredients over the weekend. Rather than my usual 1 cup water & 1/2 cup oats, I used 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk & 1/2 cup oats. This bowl was much creamier than the others I’ve been eating! I also added some shredded, organic, unsweetened coconut on top. Yum!

The photographer in me feels like I shouldn’t blog without a photo, but bowls of oatmeal all pretty much look the same. Especially since I’ve been lazy and have only used my iPhone to take blog photos!

Link | Pesticide chips?

Here is a great blog post about non-organic, GM (genetically modified) foods, as well as some info about how much corn we consume. Lots of good links in the article! Thought this was interesting:

“The South Dakota Corn folks give some estimates of how much corn we eat:

According to the Corn Refiners Association, nearly 4,000 food items in a typical grocery store contain corn ingredients. And that number doesn’t include all the products—milk, eggs, meat, poultry—that come from corn-fed animals. Or the sweet, whole-kernel corn that comes in cans and freezer bags, and on the cob.”