These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Among the staples in my house are:

  • raw, local honey
  • hommus
  • salsa
  • Newman’s Own salad dressing (I like the caesar and sesame ginger)
  • neufchatel cheese (reduced fat cream cheese)
  • fresh ground peanut butter (The grocery store here offers it in the organic section— just flip the switch on the machine and it grinds plain roasted peanuts)
  • cinnamon
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt (Dollar Tree!)
  • Organic Girl salads (They come already washed 3 times and in a nifty box, easy to take along for lunch!)
  • mixed nuts (I love the Planters’ Heart Healthy mix— the organic bulk bins are awesome for low-sodium/low-sugar options)
  • tortillas
  • fresh fruit
  • fresh veggies 
  • Green Giant frozen veggie mixes (Sandwich bags or other containers are handy for storing half for later if you use the mix in a wrap or salad. Other brands are good too but these seem to be pretty reasonable usually and somewhat lower in sodium and the like.)
  • Village Harvest frozen ready-to-eat whole grains
  • potatoes (6 minutes in the microwave, doesn’t get much simpler!)
  • low-sodium canned beans, any sort
  • canned tuna; I like the “chunk” kind in water so it’s less mushy
  • rice cakes
  • greek yogurt 
  • granola (bulk bin)
  • dried fruits
  • trail mix (bulk bin again!)
  • canned soup (Usually the Light ones by Progresso have a more reasonable sodium content. Again tupperware type containers can be very handy.)
  • Silk Dark Chocolate Pure Almond milk

This is by no means a complete list of what enters my cupboards, fridge, and freezer, but it gives you an idea of some of the building blocks of my meals, snacks, and fixes for a sweet tooth!

Mission Statement of Sorts

I’m attending college, so both my time and money are on a pretty strict budget. I love good food, though, especially good healthy food. To top it off, I have to work with minimal equipment since I’m renting a tinderbox— I mean one of the earliest model trailers.

The stove is broken, there are very few outlets that even have the two different size prong receptors much less grounding outlets.

SO. This is all about eating right (or as close to it as possible) with minimal time, effort, and equipment, all while being as easy on the wallet as possible.