Sunday Recap: Cheap & Healthy Eats with Easy Bowl Dinners

Cheap & Healthy Eats with Easy Bowl Dinners | This Miss Cooks

Tuesday’s post was all about how I planned another week of effortless healthy meals without breaking the bank using the same handy little meal formula. You can really draw your inspiration from anywhere to make these One Bowl Dinners come to life: a stray ingredient you’ve been wanting to use, your favorite ethnic cuisine, a deconstructed version of a sandwich or wrap, and a leftovers clean-out are some of my favorite. Check out that post to see the general outline of what I put into every bowl to make sure it’s healthy, balanced and filling each time.

If you ever have a hard time coming back from the weekend full force in the kitchen, this Mexican bowl is just the thing come Monday night. The chicken was just made with some Instant Pot magic (chicken breasts + salsa = the best damn thing since sliced bread). Add in quinoa, black beans, chopped tomatoes & bell peppers, guacamole, Greek yogurt, and salsa and you’re golden.

Pro tip: Pre-make a large batch of your quinoa alongside the chicken over the weekend or on Monday night.

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How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible

How to Eat Healthy with As Little Effort (and Money) As Possible | This Miss Cooks

It’s very nearly the end of summer and most people seem determined to make the most of it while they can up here in the Pacific Northwest. For some that means weekend trips to the coast, for others it’s spending time in the National Parks, and a few even head out of their home state entirely for a full vacation. Whether it’s family reunions, weddings, or just a get-up-and-go jaunt, you might find yourself in a bit of a bind when you get home and realize that the work week is about to start without any of your normal preparations.

I’ve written before on how to prepare for a healthy trip and how important it is to have a plan of attack for when you get home. Picking back up a regular fitness routine is important, but even harder to make time for is menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping for your first days back to the daily grind. Continue reading

Sunday Recap: The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes

The Best Way to Use Up Those End-of-Summer Tomatoes | This Miss Cooks

You know what’s glorious? Coming home from a vacation and NOT going grocery shopping, NOT meal prepping, and NOT starving because of the former two. Creatively re-purposing and remaking leftovers into new (and healthy) dinners might just become a regular adventure post-holidays. Continue reading

Dinner Ideas For Leftover Tomatoes

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I have 15 tomatoes.

Which is about 13 more than I have on hand at any given time, and particularly ironic given just how much Mr Never Cooks dislikes this fruit-vegetable thing. Yes that’s right, I refuse to even pick a side in the phylogenetic tree debate. Continue reading

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe

Easiest Instant Pot Pork Recipe | This Miss Cooks

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you’ve been able to kick back and take it easy for a few days, Mr Never Cooks and I are relaxing on the Oregon Coast with his family and the correct number of dogs (3).

In true beach bum manner, I’m just popping in to offer up THE EASIEST DINNER RECIPE IN THE WORLD. Yes, tall order I know, but the pressure cooker really delivers on its promise. Continue reading

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks

I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.

If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.

I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.

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6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)

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I had a feeling when I sat down with my menu planning spreadsheet on Thursday that I was in for a bit of an odd week. With the eclipse yesterday and the craziness from a million extra people moseying into and out of my cute little state this weekend, I decided to back away slowly from the grocery store. Continue reading