On Fire

The food theme of the day was “Creativity”- or put another way, “DON’T SPEND ANY MONEY!!!!!!” Ugh. All of our bills are due at the beginning of the month, which means around this time we’re always trying to be frugal. Which can be a good thing because it definitely leads to some interesting meals. Like today, for instance…

Thought about cereal for breakfast but decided that something warm sounded better. We had some Ezekiel tortillas in the freezer, so I spread one with almond butter, apple butter and a thinly sliced apple:


Then folded it up, wrap-style, and grilled it for a few minutes.


Not too shabby. I wish I’d sprinkled a little cinnamon on the apples before grilling.

Spent the day tackling the nursery. Man, this little kid has a LOT of stuff!! I put together his little bouncy seat and hung up the latest batch of clothes… mainly just cleared some floorspace.

Lunch was kind of an improvised version of migas. We had a little leftover turkey taco meat in the fridge, so I added that to a couple of beaten eggs and scrambled the whole mess. I also tossed in some crushed tortilla chips, and once the eggs were almost cooked, sprinkled on a little shredded cheese. Topped this whole concoction with salsa and a dab of sour cream. Admittedly, this doesn’t LOOK that great- but it tasted pretty darn good and was super filling.


Okay, so I found the BEST snack!!! I bought an Honest Foods Choco Peanut Butter Baked Whole Food Bar at Newflower a couple weeks ago and then immediately forgot about it. Today a chocolate craving hit and I found this little guy hiding in the pantry:


DELICIOUS. It tastes like a dense peanut butter cookie sprinkled with dark chocolate chunks. The calorie/fat count is a little high for a snack (230 cals, 10g fat), but it’s vegan and does contain a decent amount of protein (6g) and fiber (4g). Brian tried the Apple Ginger flavor a while back and really liked it. Actually, I think the word he used to describe it was “juicy.” Interesting.

For dinner I baked a spaghetti squash- 375 degrees for 45 minutes- then Brian scraped out the “noodles” for me. I topped the squash with a little warmed marinara sauce and goat cheese. Brian topped his with the sauce and ricotta. We also had a partial box of pierogies in the freezer, so I guess that was our “side.” See? I told you it was a creative meal day.


Last week I received a shipment of Big Papi En Fuego Hot Sauce to sample and review. Brian was excited because this sauce was from David Ortiz (he has a lot of Red Sox fans in his family). They sent four flavors, in order from mildest to hottest:


  • Original En Fuego
  • Monster Double En Fuego
  • Off the Wall Triple En Fuego
  • Grand Slam En Fuego

I’m not going to hold myself out as a hot sauce pro, because honestly I’m kind of a wuss. That being said, I definitely enjoy a little spice. We sampled the sauces on our turkey tacos this weekend (and the migas today, actually) and here are my thoughts:

The Original and Double En Fuego are my top choices, with the Double as the sure favorite. It’s a verde sauce and though it did have a good amount of heat, it also had a lot of flavor… tangy (lime?), with a hint of garlic. It’s supposed to be more intense heat-wise than The Original, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The Triple and Grand Slam were both TOO SPICY for me, though I’m sure that the more adventurous of you would probably LOVE them. Brian gave them all a thumbs-up.

I’ll definitely be buying the Double En Fuego once this bottle runs out. Also, a portion of the Big Papi En Fuego Hot Sauce proceeds will be donated to The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, a foundation which raises money for children in need of critical care in New England and the Dominican Republic. So you chile-heads can set your mouth on fire AND donate to a good cause at the same time! Win-win.

Okay, off to bed. Good TV tonight! How funny was Modern Family???


What do you eat when you’re trying to spend less on food? Or do you just cut back in other ways?

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0 Responses to On Fire

  1. When I’m trying to save money it’s usually whatever is left in the pantry…lots of soup, beans, frozen vegetables…oh and egg whites…LOTS of egg whites!

  2. Rhett says:

    Modern Family is HILARIOUS! It’s gotta be the best new comedy I’ve seen in quite some time. The Middle is pretty funny too.

    “Don’t make fun of him or he might set your house on fire..”

  3. gammypie says:

    I always keep cans of Campbell’s condensed soup, boxes of rice and couscous and packets of salmon and tuna in the pantry.

    Last night was one of those stay in and save money night’s for us too. I made a salad with couscous, salmon, iceberg and tomatoes (cooked those in with the couscous) and heated a can of homestyle chicken noodle.

  4. Jess says:

    We try to use what’s in our freezer and also go to Costco when we’re trying to save money. We also use lots of canned tuna and lots of lettuce!

  5. Naomi says:

    when I am trying to cut back on spending money on food I scrounge the freezer usually some ezekial bread and frozen meat, boca burgers, veggies and fruit in there at all times….I also have lots of tuna fish, canned low sodium soup! Also my mom makes homemade soup and freezes it (she makes a TON at a time!) so I take out one of the containers and let it thaw for a cheap dinner with a side of ezekial toast! :)

    that wrap looks delicious!

    those hot saucess look great too! I am a bostonian myself and havent been to big papi’s restaurant yet! Cant wait to go!

  6. Matt says:

    I eat a lot of PBJ’s, but I eat those anyway because they are so delicious. Very cheap though which is a nice byproduct. Also, eggs are great. You can cook them in a million different ways, they are super cheap and you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They also aren’t terrible for you which is an added bonus. I like to make breakfast tacos or egg sandwiches.

  7. Evan Thomas says:

    Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and made myself not buy anything frivelous, so that I only spent 3 dollars all in all. This morning I realized I have virutally no bread and ate peanut butter on a granola bar. Now I might cave and go grab english muffins

  8. andrea says:

    I normally try and be creative with what
    i have on hand, like you have done…its always interesting to dig around in the pantry and freezer…..we live in china right now and food is SO expensive…I can’t say I am good at budgeting my purchases here…though I am trying to do better and use up some of my western stash i brought over with me! One can not live on rice alone….

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