Weekend Update – Frugal Novice

Weekend Update

It’s almost 11pm here and I am feeling it. I really hope I’m just tired and not coming down with anything! We stayed up too late last night, but it was worth it for a fun evening at our friends’ house. This morning we thought it’d be fun to take another family trip to the park – at 8:15 it was only in the 80’s, so it was actually pleasant to be outside. J and Brian rode bikes, while C, me, and the dogs were going to walk around the park’s trail. Notice I said, “were going to”? That plan got dashed immediately. Josie wanted to run and was tugging incessantly at her leash. Sally had never been on a leash before, so she was completely confused. We ended up going over to the playground where both dogs were insanely restless as I let C play – kind of a stressful “Saturday morning at the park” experience. So much for good exercise! Why can’t stress burn calories?

My meals this weekend have been pretty good. I’ve run through the circuit of desserts, because I’m starting to get repeats with those. That’s fine with me, though – I like pretty much all of them!

Friday Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese, Chicken Apple Sausage & Fresh Fruit (280 calories)

Scrambled eggs have always been a favorite of mine, so having them for breakfast was nice. I have, of course, noticed that there’s a rotation of side proteins – Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, maple sausage, or chicken apple sausage. I like the bacon options a lot more, because even though the sausage is flavorful I’ve  just never been a huge fan of sausage links. Overall, nice breakfast – the cheddar in the eggs made them seem a little rich, which was a treat.

Lunch: Southwest Steak Lettuce Cups with Corn & Black Bean Salsa (450 calories)

I felt like the name of this was a little misleading – it was more of a steak taco. That being said, it was a good steak taco, and I even got some sour cream (light, I’m sure) to go with it! I tried to pick around the corn a little but didn’t really notice it with it mixed in with all of the other parts of the meal – peppers, onions, black beans and the meat.

Dinner: Chicken Fajitas with Roasted Peppers and Onions, Spanish Rice & Beans (380 calories)

Wahooooo – Mexican food! This was a great meal. The rice didn’t taste like Spanish rice to me, but it was good anyway and this is right up there with one of my favorite meals I’ve had on Freshology. It’s totally something I’d order out, and it was SO flavorful that I didn’t feel like I was missing out. The chicken was super tender, too. Loved it!

Dessert: Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake (190 calories)

I’ve written about this before, so I won’t rehash it over again for you – I’ll just say it was as good as I remembered it from last time!

Saturday Breakfast: Mixed Berry Scone with Canadian Bacon & Fresh Berries (280 calories)

The scone was great! It reminded me a little of the blueberry muffin, but with a more dense consistency. The sweetness of that, the saltiness of the Canadian bacon, and the tart sweetness of the fruit was a great combination. I had a busy morning with an event for work to attend, and this meal kept me full throughout all of that.

Lunch: Wild Mushroom & Pork Tamale with Southwest Salsa (240 calories)

If this hadn’t had mushrooms in it, I would have given it 5 stars – with the mushrooms, I’ll say 4.5, because I could pretty easily pick them out and still enjoy the meal. The pork and masa was slightly spicy and SOOOO good! I also liked the added touch of the crumbled cheese, and the salsa added more great heat to the meal.

Dinner: Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables (460 calories)

Yet again, the steak was absolutely delicious. The marinade really added great flavor to the meet and kept it tender even when I browned it a little on the stovetop. The veggies were tender and flavorful (C kept coming up to snag some!) and quinoa is… well, it’s growing on me. I may just learn to love it!

Dessert: Dairy-Free Raspberry Cheesecake (180 calories)

I’ve also had this dessert before, and in case you don’t remember, I wasn’t a fan. In fact, I think this is the only dessert from Freshology that I didn’t just love. Well, I tried it again and it is a lot better this time around, although it’ll never be a favorite.

When we were at our friends’ house Friday night, we were playing a board game and one of our friends got out some chips for us all to snack on while we played. I reallllllly wanted some tortilla chips, but instead of eating a whole bowl like I would’ve before, I got one single chip and just nibbled on it every once in a while to get the flavor of chips. It worked really well and I didn’t feel tempted at all!

Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!

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