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Saturday Stuff + Trader Joe’s Haul

Some people in this house are having very productive Saturdays…early yoga, errands, grocery shopping, house cleaning and major reorganization.

And then there are others who prefer to spend Saturday lying down and watching others work. I’m slightly jealous. 😉 (Side note, I just had to re-educate myself on lay v. lie. :oops:)

Let’s back up a bit. A couple meals to share with you.

Friday lunch was a salad topped with a Trader Joe’s Masala Burger that I found in the depths of the freezer. I haven’t had one in months and forgot how good they are. I like that they’re kind of spicy.

I had dinner last night with some girlfriends. We are starting a new monthly themed dinner group. Our first dinner was all things Mexican and we feasted on chips, salsa, guacamole, margaritas and then chicken, black beans and salad. I topped my chicken and black beans with a heaping spoonful of salsa and guacamole. One of my friends brought Paleo pumpkin balls and sweet potato brownies for dessert. I didn’t take a picture but they were pretty amazing. I especially loved the sweet potato brownies.

This has been my go-to breakfast this week. 2% Greek yogurt (love that Whole Foods is carrying Atlanta Fresh) with pumpkin mixed in. Then I swirl some apple butter in with that and top it with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I finish the yogurt off with with bananas, apples, granola and sunflower seed or peanut butter.

I have been shopping at Whole Foods since it opened but I did a big Trader Joe’s trip today because they carry some staples that I like to keep on hand. From left to right…grape tomatoes, apricot jam, bananas, sour cream, baby portobellos, olive oil, pumpkin butter (what I really went for!), pumpkin puree, feta, red pepper, baby spinach, spring mix, broccoli, eggs, acorn squash, vegetable broth, soft baked gluten-free snickerdoodles (impulse buy and OMG they are so good!), gluten-free frozen waffles, black bean and corn enchiladas and chicken burgers.

I also got a pumpkin for the front steps and a fall bouquet for the kitchen table. Tomorrow I’m going to pick up some mums!

All that shopping made me hungry! I was in the mood for eggs so I made an omelet with sauteed mushrooms and peppers, sundried tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Topped it off with avocado.

After an afternoon of cleaning, organizing and moving things around, I am happy to be on the couch with the Georgia game on and dinner in the oven. I just painted my toes red so they better win!


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  • 1
    Colleen Keith September 29, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Those desserts sound amazing! I’d love the recipe for the paleo pumpkin balls if you can get them 🙂 were the brownies paleo too? I’m trying out that diet at the moment! Also, does Brandon eat breakfast or dinner with you? Just wondering how you tackle grocery shopping and making food for both you and him (if you do make him food hahaha) when men often like to eat so much UNhealthier. I struggle with this with my bf for meals I make us a few days a week (we don’t live together). I often make us separate things, which can get annoying 😛 Any tips?

  • 2
    Devon | the food bitch blog September 29, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Is that a sangria pitcher from The Columbia I spy in the background of your grocery haul photo? If so, I love that place!

  • 3
    LBM September 29, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Hi, Jen! I’ve been a reader for a while, and I’m curious about something. You’ve included some GF items in your shopping. Have you gone gluten-free? If so, why? I have a sensitivity to it and feel SO MUCH BETTER when I live a gluten free lifestyle. Just curious as to if you have found a need to eat gluten free or are simply trying new products. Love your blog!

  • 4
    Alexis September 29, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I came across your blog a few months ago and just wanted to say that I love it!
    Your breakfast looks delicious. I’ve been on a pumpkin kick all month and have been enjoying my pumpkin oatmeal every morning!

  • 5
    Lee September 29, 2012, 11:02 pm

    The Atlanta Fresh factory/store (whatever you want to call it, it’s actually much smaller than you might think) is in the same office complex that I work in. My boss and I actually went over there on Friday afternoon to sample their new pumpkin pie flavored yogurt and it started pouring rain when we were inside, so the owner drove us back to our office.

  • 6
    erin September 30, 2012, 11:08 am

    delish! going today to TJ’s to stock up on pumpkin butter and pumpkin puree….I might have to also try those snickerdoodles. love seeing what you bought at Trader Joes…I love that place, but sometimes I get overwhelmed so this helps.

  • 7
    Linda September 30, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Hmmm, not familiar with the Atlanta Fresh yogurt. Is it better/different than Fage? I love the marsala burgers and those enchiladas are the best.

  • 8
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit September 30, 2012, 5:45 pm

    I notice some gluten free buys in there! are you trying to experiment with being GF? I’ve been doing it for a month and don’t even miss it and feel great.

  • 9
    Corrie Anne September 30, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Ohhh that omelet looks incredible! YUM!

  • 10
    Katie October 1, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Jen – Be careful about the PB recall if you have bought any recently from Trader Joes!


  • 11
    Courtney April 24, 2013, 9:28 am

    Can’t wait to try this Fage combination! Love Trader Joes, such reasonable prices!!

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