Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday and Some Coupons

Since we knew we would be heading on vacation this week, we've tried to be really conscientious as to what we ate in the days prior ( meaning we tried to limited the junk food and sweets). We figured we would be splurging a little at Disney so we might as well eat "good" on the days leading up to our departure.

 
Scott was feeling under the weather this week so I tried my hand at making home made chicken noodle soup. This is the first time I've ever made home made chicken noodle soup. My mom told me the ingredients over the phone but I did the rest myself and I have to say it was quite easy and I really impressed myself. Scott said it was really good but now I need to make it again when he is not ill so he can actually taste it!  ( that picture above is my bowl of soup an I put a LOT of pepper on it, that's why it looks like that)
 
After having chicken noodle soup for two days (I made a LOT), I decided I wanted something different so I made a healthy choice meal (while Scott continued to eat the soup). I've had the healthy choice pumpkin ravioli and really enjoy it so I thought I might like this one too. The verdict, it was alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
On Monday I made this Chili Mac Skillet  topped with shredded cheese and salsa. I got the recipe from Kathryn from the blog From Dancing to Running. I thought it was pretty good. I plan to make it again with a few variations. I'd like to try shredded chicken next time instead of ground beef. Thanks Kathryn!
 
 
I received a  free coupon from Smiley 360 to review this Seeds of Change line of products.  They have several flavors of rice and quinoa but I picked the Spanish Rice.  I can honestly say this was the BEST rice I've ever had. I've never been a huge fan of rice and quite frankly I can never make it quite right. Yup, even minute rice never turns out right ( neither microwave nor stove top). The nice thing about this is that you throw the whole pouch right in the microwave. It came out and every piece of rice was cooked correctly (When I make regular rice I usually have a few pieces that are still hard).  I may have even eaten a few bites right from the pouch before I stuffed the peppers.
 
I had a difficult time finding the Seeds of Change products at my regular grocery stores but I finally found this one at Wal-Mart. Seeds of Change also has a line of sauces out that I really want to try but have not been able to find yet. If you would like to try any of the Seeds of Change products, you can get a coupon HERE.
 
 
It was really hard to stay "good" this week because there were SO many sweets at the grocery store (because of valentines day). I almost gave in to the chocolate cherry cookies and the lemon drop cookies but instead I bought 3 boxes of cereal and called it even!  I did have a small bowl of ice cream on Valentines day though.
 
My go to snack lately has been the Quaker rice cakes. I've had rice cakes in the past and have forgotten how much I like them. I recently discovered the buttered popcorn flavored ones and have been hooked!  Warning: You can't eat just one!
 
I think I did okay this week. Alright now, we're on our way to Disney so bring on the cupcakes and the mickey bars!
 
What great thing did you eat this week?

25 comments:

  1. I love Rice cakes and my family thinks I am crazy because of it! I haven't had any for a while actually, I'll have to get some.
    My go to snack lately has been granola with yogurt and chia seeds.

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    1. Rice cakes have come along way! They have so many flavors now.

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  2. First of all, that chicken noodle soup looks amazing! Nothing better than the homemade stuff.

    You will appreciate this: my coworker was at Disney this weekend and brought me back their white chocolate caramel apple. It is my absolute favorite treat at Disney!

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  3. That chicken noodle soup looks so good! I love having a homemade batch but it can be alot of work to make. I also like to try to eat really well before I go away, knowing that I will want to be more flexible when I'm away.

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    1. This was a pretty simple soup recipe. I thought it would be more work than it actually was. Good thing too or I probably wouldn't make it again...lol

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  4. I made a crockpot soup yesterday during our "snow day." I found the recipe on Pinterest - it was a chicken parm soup and it turned out to be really good! I'm in the same boat as you - trying to eat healthy and not spend a lot this week in anticipation of Disney! :)

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    1. Funny to think that you had a "snow day" down there when we hadn't been getting anything for a few days! hopefully it will wait till we are in FL!

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  5. So glad you you enjoyed the Chili Skillet. I love how easily chili can be varied and made to please our own taste buds. And that Chicken Noodle soups looks delicious. Definitely healthier than the condensed stuff in the can.

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    1. I haven't had can chicken noodle soup in forever! Every once in a while we'll get the hearty chicken corn chowder in the can and that not too bad.

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  6. I've been cooking (OK, microwaving) the Seeds of Change quinoa/brown rice mix and I really like it. Good to know they make other flavors - I got mine at Sam's Club, so I wonder if they're just in Sam's/Walmart? Nice going with the healthy meals! You are a good example of how a thin person handles an upcoming food extravaganza - it's nice to hear that even you guys think about stuff like that.

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    1. Thanks Shelley. Even though I am "thin", I admit I have a problem with sugar that I really need to work on. Going to Disney really doesn't help that much! That Seeds of Change rice mix was SO easy to make. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I didn't have a coupon but I will definitely be buying it again now!

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  7. I never heard of the Seeds of Change. I get the Uncle Ben's microwave rice but feel it could be better. I'll check out SoC for something new.

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    1. I never heard of it before I received the coupon. I will definitely be buying it again!

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  8. I love this idea!! I'm going to start doing it too!
    I've had Seeds of Change - wild rice and Quinoa I think ... we like it!

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    1. I love how simple the seeds of change is to make. It comes out perfect every time!

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  9. ooh Spanish rice reminds me of the good old days of rice a roni. There has to be a healthy way to make it thanks for the idea.

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  10. All of these dishes look super yummy and thanks for sharing the links to the coupons! Saving money is always a plus!

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    1. No problem! If you buy it, I look forward to seeing what recipe you use it in. You are always so creative with your meals!

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  11. Mmmm that Spanish rice looks delicious!

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  12. Great strategy to be "good" right before vacation. I do that too! I have never heard of Seeds of Change but will have to look for it. Thanks for the coupon. And the Reeses Puff cereal is the best!

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    1. OMG, Yes, the Reeses Puffs is like a treat for me!

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  13. That Chili Mac Skillet you made would seriously hit the spot with me right now:)
    I actually got ambitious this week and I baked fresh bread and changed the recipe a little and oddly it turned out really good, which doesn't usually happen when I add an switch out ingredients:)

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  14. Chili mac looks amazing in this cold weather.

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  15. I always put a lot of pepper in my soup too. That chicken noodle looks amazing!! Where did you get the recipe? (I'm on a major soup kick right now. It's so cold out.)

    Great thing I ate this week? My husband made this baked Asian chicken. I ate it for two days. SO good.

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