Monday, Monday – Frugal Novice

Monday, Monday

I know, I know – it’s Tuesday. But Monday was so busy that by the time I was able to work on my Freshology post, I was exhausted and crashed in bed. It was a good day, but really busy from start to finish. We took Sally to PetSmart and picked up a few essentials, including a collar that she apparently finds quite itchy. Speaking of Sally, here’s a gratuitous cute puppy pic:

This post will be longer anyway since I’m grouping two days worth of food into it, so let’s get on to talking about meals:

Monday Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin with Canadian Bacon & Fresh Fruit Salad (350 calories)

Great meal! This is seriously going to become my staple breakfast post-Freshology: muffin, Canadian or turkey bacon and fresh fruit. It’s the perfect balance of flavors and it truly left me feeling full all the way until lunch.

Lunch: Roast Beef Wrap with Watermelon Radish and Garlic Aioli (390 calories)

This was pretty good, although (well-done beef orderer that I am) the meat was a little pink for my liking. It was tender and flavorful, though and I ended up really liking it. The tortilla (hidden under the meat in a plastic bag to keep it fresh) was whole wheat and a little dry compared to the flour tortillas I’m used to, but all in all it was a great combination. I’m seriously in love with squeezing a lemon on meals prior to eating them. It brings out such great flavor and really gives everything a fresh feel!

Dinner: Orange Glazed Grilled Turkey with Cranberry Quinoa and Brussel Sprouts (370 calories)

This was my favorite version of the turkey so far, although I didn’t get any orange flavor coming through. It was perfectly cooked! The quinoa was pretty good – the cranberry really made it with bright bursts of flavor, but I’m still getting used to the texture of this grain. I was most surprised by brussel sprouts… I actually kind of like them! I had never had them before, so I was a little uncertain, but these are good!

Dessert: Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (150 calories)

GOOD stuff! This reminded me a lot of the Zucchini Bundt Cake with Mascarpone Cream, but I’m not complaining because I really liked that one too! This is a small dessert that feels like a big one, and I thought the cream cheese filling was spot on.


Tuesday Breakfast: Goat Cheese & Oven-Dried Tomato Frittata with Chicken Apple Sausage and Fresh Fruit (350 calories)

I had goat cheese for the first time a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The saltiness of it really made this frittata a stand-out to me, and the sweet sausage was a great combination.

Lunch: Pulled BBQ Pork and Pineapple Pizza with a Side Salad (440 calories)


I’m so excited to have a new pizza combination that I love! The BBQ pork and pineapple played off of each other perfectly, and the crust was amazingly soft, especially after being microwaved. The salad was a nice finish to the meal, and I totally felt just as satisfied as if I’d had a couple of full-sized slices of pepperoni.

Dinner: Chicken Cacciatore & Roasted Vegetables (300 calories)

The chicken was amazing. I could totally taste the pepper flavors coming through in the marinade and of course as one of the sides of the dish. I even tried cauliflower and liked it! It helps that it was cooked until tender and had tons of flavor, I’m sure.

Dessert: Peach Cobbler (140 calories)

I loved that this had so much breading and felt like a traditional cobbler, but the bread was a little softer than I would have expected. The flavors were great but I wished the bread was a little crisper to provide some crunch. Great meal!

So, there you have it – two days of meals in one. I’ll be back again tomorrow to tell you what I think about Chicken Tortilla Soup (and chocolate caramel cookies – yum)!

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