Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Toilet Paper Casserole*
A pretty severe cold snap is headed this way, so I headed to the grocery store to prepare. I needed to get ingredients for a Toilet Paper Casserole - milk, eggs, bread, TP and Diet Coke. Actually, those items weren't on my list, but as it turns out, I didn't get much from my list anyway. Much like Crazy Aunt Purl, I ran into The Manager's Specials, complete with Big Orange Stickers and I was loathe to pass up a bargain, even if it meant the weirdest assortment of groceries since Phish was in town.
I got 4 bags of baby greens for .50 each. One bag went into today's Big Ass Lunch Salad. I'm thinking some sort of vegetarian or chicken wraps for the rest of it. I got a container of those all-ready peeled avocados - says it contains 6 halves for .99. An avocado portion went into the lunch salad, as well. I got an organic papaya the size of a football for .79. I had a chunk of it with dinner last night and cut up the rest and put it in the fridge. I wasn't sure how I liked papaya, but this was so ripe (hence the quick sale) that it was just wonderful.
I got a carton of organic egg whites that will make up today's breakfast omelet. $2.49 for the eggs and it will make four omelets. I also got two one pound containers of fresh pre-soaked black eyed peas for .50 each. I've already got one container made into a very, very spicy soup/side dish. Oh, and chicken thighs were on sale -not The Manager's Special - but good enough. I drug out The George and grilled up some thighs and used one on the lunch salad. The rest I chopped up and put in the fridge. The remaining thighs I bagged up and put in the freezer.
To round out the list, the non-sale items included FlatOut flatbread and prepared pico de gallo (which I used instead of a sofrito when making the spicy blackeyed pea soup). Pre-made pico de gallo isn't the best thing, but it sure is easy. I go through a lot of it. A couple of tablespoons go into my eggs every morning, along with some spices. They are easy to use and add a lot of flavor. I try to always keep it on hand. I also bought some Mexican white cheese. It's a crumbly, flavorful cheese and it's much cheaper than feta. I sprinkled about .5 ounce on the salad. While I wasn't bargain hunting, it's just hard for me to walk away, so I'll have some interesting food combos over the next few meals.
On the exercise front, I loved the TNT class yesterday. Loved it. And the best news is that she is teaching this class twice a week! I've added group exercise classes to my intentions for this year. I miss the group dynamic. I'm feeling all-over sore, but in that good way, not the I-can't-move-it-hurts-so-bad way. Aleve is my BFF.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Be prepared.
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*not created by me. I read the term on a board I frequent. Cracked me right up.