I've decided to start blogging my eating adventures. Mostly because cooking has become increasingly boring lately and this will add some excitement to my life. I'm not that girl who shares what she eats because I have an eating disorder. I don't believe in dieting. I think diets, like budgets, are lame and evil. On that financial note, some may consider me cheap and wonder why I can't afford regular food, this has nothing to do with that. Really I am just trying to be more resourceful so my money can be used for more important things. I decided to put cost next to my meals. If it is something I have in the pantry it's free which I realize isn't super accurate but going forward, if I grocery shop, I'll consider those costs.
On my sister's recommendation I stole the title from Carrie Sun's blog on hospital eating .

Monday, April 30, 2012


Since I'd been eating out constantly I decided I should detox and I totally failed.
Breakfast: Autumn Wheat and yogurt. ($0)
Snack: Ice Cream. ($0)
Lunch: Salad with fake crab and nachos. ($0)
Dinner: Deborah let me know that instead of a real Chick-fil-a dinner I could opt for a milkshake instead.  Guess what I chose?  ($0)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jenn's Visit

My friend Jenn came to visit from Friday-Monday morning. We had tons of fun and ate out a lot. Since she paid to come to the land of enchantment I decided I could crush my budget.
Friday Brunch: Flautas, empanadas and lattes at my favorite  - Golden Crown ($14)
Friday Linner: Route 66 Malt Shop, milk shakes and burgers. ($23.53)
Friday Late Night: Watermelon ($0)
Saturday Breakfast: Cereal ($0)
Saturday Hiking Snack: Dark chocolate, pretzels and carrot sticks--all donations. ($0)
Saturday Lunch: Santa Fe's Tune-Up Cafe, delicious New Mexican food. ($18.39)
Saturday Dinner: Little Caesars Pizza Pizza. ($8.54)
Sunday Breakfast: Cereal. ($0)
Sunday Lunch: Left over pizza. ($0)
Sunday Snack: FroYo. ($9.47)
Sunday Dinner: Bailey's on the "beach". ($32.64)

Weekend Total: $107.11 but Jenn was worth it.
Week Total: $111.10

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Curdled Milk...again

Breakfast: Yogurt and Autumn Wheat ($0)
Lunch: Raquel gave me some imitation crab recently. So I made a little salad with some mixed greens I bought last week, fake crab (it is some other fish painted pink), the rest of my avocado and some blue cheese dressing. ($0)
Dinner: At school I found some peanut butter crackers in my purse.  When I got home I was thinking cereal to finish off some milk with a best by date of 4/25, it was completely curdled so I had ice cream instead.  ($0)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

bye bye bacon

Breakfast: The last of my bacon with eggs, avocado and watermelon. I will miss this meal. ($0)
Lunch:  April brought home some CPK pizza last night and said I could have the rest. Even cold it was quite a bit better than a Hot Pocket.  ($0)
Dinner: Ice cream cake...I think I intended on having a real meal but this deliciousness happened instead. ($0)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday April!

Breakfast: Yogurt and Autumn Wheat. ($0)
Lunch: Quesadilla, grilled veggies and watermelon. ($0)
Dinner: Hot Pocket and edamame. ($0)
Dessert: Yesterday was my roommate April's birthday and I had all the ingredients for a version of Joy the Baker's Peanut Butter, Pretzel Brownies, I bought some ice cream to cut the richness. Since it was just the two of us, I didn't sing. ($3.99)

Basically my meals went downhill health-wise.

Monday, April 23, 2012

3 entire meals in one day

Breakfast: Egg, bacon and avocado burrito and watermelon.  So good I didn't want to stop eating. ($0)
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich with avocado and grilled veggies from Saturday. ($0)
Snack: lime-sicle. ($0)
Dinner: Chick-fil-a from Deborah at 9pm, I was starving by this point. ($0)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

Breakfast: Yogurt and Autumn Wheat.  I got the yogurt at TJ's and then Heather gave me more Autumn Wheat than I could eat in 12 years. ($0)
Lunch: I had an invite for an amazing lunch but had to pass and have yogurt in my car on the way to sell plants at Earth Day. I am a fairly good saleswoman but not when people ask me ridiculous questions about plants after standing in the sun for 4 hours. Morgan did buy me a fruit-pop for $1 as payment for my 12 hours of work this weekend ($0)
Dinner: We just started youth group at church (not singles group, but the good old-fashioned kind where you play awkward games).  Dinner was provided but I brought amazing watermelon.  I'll be eating watermelon for a while. ($7)

Weekly total: $16

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Breakfast:  Frosted Flakes ($0)
Lunch: The rest of my Far East Feast and another lime-sicle. ($0)
Dinner: Heather's house deliciousness, salmon and grilled veggies, and I decided to be a Californian and bring avocado. ($1)

Friday, April 20, 2012

shopping for nothing

Breakfast: Another delicious egg, bacon and bean burrito with some scurvy fighting oranges on the side. ($0)
Lunch: I went to Trader Joe's and spent some of a gift card (thanks Gonsalves fam) and remembered why I don't shop without a list/plan.  I did get a Far East Feast for lunch and a lime-sicle. ($0)
Dinner: Fro-yo and popcorn with my roommates. ($8) 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

shopping soon?

Breakfast: This was actually good by any standard.  Bacon, egg, cheese and bean burrito. ($0)
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich. ($0)
Dinner: Pretzels and a Starbucks zucchini muffin. ($0)

Tomorrow I'm hoping to glean some food from my friend Morgan's food bank. If not I might need to actually go buy some fruits and veggies. My stomach has not been very appreciative of my recent eating habits.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

not one of my finer days

The odd thing is, I totally had today's meals planned out and then somehow this happened...
Breakfast: Eggs (straight from a chicken) and a quesadilla. ($0)
Lunch: Ham and cheese Hot Pocket. ($0)
Dinner: Pretzels and cookies. ($0)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

i really was going to pay...

Breakfast: Oatmeal. Am I the only one who is still starving even after eating oats? ($0)
Lunch: Grace and I met at Frontier, I was ready to eat my hand but stuck with a breakfast burrito instead.  I paid last time we went out (with a Groupon) but she did today. ($0)
Dinner: Tuesday nights I go to a woman's Bible Study and the snacks are usually hit or miss, fortunately today was a hit!  Carrots, snap peas, string cheese, havarti cheese and cookies.  And I got eggs and these cookie things to take home. ($0)

Monday, April 16, 2012

no longer vacationing

Breakfast: My last egg with turkey bacon and stale roll sandwich. ($0)
Lunch: The rest of my polenta mash from Thursday. ($0)
Dinner:  Bean and cheese quesadillas. ($0)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tucson Day 3

Breakfast: Oranges and steak, bacon and egg burritos - really amazing ($0)
Lunch: This little coffee shop Crave is in their neighborhood so Sara and I walked there to get drinks. Although their desserts looked amazing my drink had enough sugar to constitute as a whole meal. ($0)
Dinner:  Back in New Mexico.  Heather picked me up from the airport and wanted to go to Indigo Crow for dinner. Um, she'd only been there for brunch and didn't know how fancy they were for dinner.  I got the roasted duck breast with cherry zinfandel glaze, parmesan risotto and grilled asparagus, because really, why not?  I'm underemployed so paid the tip ($7)

Weekly total $7.  Weekly weight gain, I don't want to know.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tucson day 2

Breakfast: Sara gave me the option of grits or oatmeal.  Well you know what they say, "When in the Southwest, eat southern food." I went with the grits. ($0)
Lunch:  BLT's at home. ($0)
Dinner: We were going to make food at home but Michael decided since I was there it was a great excuse for sushi. ($0)
Dessert:  Gelato.  I think I went with hazelnut, salted caramel and mint chocolate. I did try pineapple basil but I really think people are trying too hard sometime. ($0)

Side note:  We bought some dark chocolate, salted caramel sauce and a bag of sweet pretzels and ate lots throughout the day. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tucson day 1

I came to Tucson to visit Michael and Sara Easton and to get a weekend's worth of free food.
Breakfast: Egg sandwich - how did she know that is my favorite breakfast food? ($0)
Lunch: Old Pueblo Grill, I got pulled pork with a side of Hatch green chili mac and cheese.  Hatch green chili is from Hatch, New Mexico - I guess I just can't get away from this enchantedness. ($0)
Dinner:  Jax Kitchen.  I was not feeling great so got the spring beet salad instead of an actual meal and then supplemented off of the plates of others. Fortunately I was feeling fine by dessert time, and got some amazing cheesecake with Oreo crust and a layer of peanut butter deliciousness on top. ($0)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

following recipes

Breakfast: Frosted Flakes ($0)
Lunch: I went with Heather to Le Quiche, I have to admit it was pretty ghetto and I was fairly skeptical but it was delicious. ($0)
Dinner: Morgan came over, I wanted to make this polenta bean thing because I had all the ingredients.  The recipe was on-line but our internet is terrible so we just put the ingredients together in a logical order and it turned out great.  We shared with April but it isn't the easiest meal to categorize when someone asks what it is. ($0)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

back to beans

Breakfast: This was genuinely free and delicious.  Breakfast sandwich-raisin bun from church, eggs from church, bacon from Raquel. ($0)
Lunch: Bean and cheese on a spinach tortilla quesadilla. ($0)
Dinner: I had a study group at Grace's house, she fed us chips,cream puffs and pellegrino. ($0)
When I got home I had Frosted Flakes while trying to be understanding with Comcast. ($0)

thanks for the Subway Jenn

Breakfast: Frosted Flakes ($0)
Lunch: Jenn sent me a Subway gift card a few weeks ago and I was starving so tried it out.  ($0)
Dinner: Like anyone could eat a foot-long in one sitting. ($0)

Monday, April 9, 2012

another frijol free day

Breakfast: Frosted Flakes. ($0)
Lunch: Yogurt, granola and strawberries. ($0)
Dinner: Grilled cheese and turkey bacon sandwich with with baby carrots. ($0)
Dessert: April bought some fundraiser cookie dough and baked some up. ($0)

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Breakfast: Frosted Flakes and the rest of my zucchini bread. ($0)
Lunch: Family picnic. Not my family but they still let me crash.  I did feel like being responsible and brought carrot sticks and candy. ($3.50)
Dinner: I went to my friend Grace's parents house for dinner.  We made these awesome pizzas, and by "we" I mean Grace and I chopped things and her mom turned it into something magical.  Then she brought out bowls of ice cream with this amazing homemade chocolate sauce, I restrained myself from licking the bowl but it was tough. ($0)

Weekly Total: $9.60, much more reasonable than last week.

Off topic I should do a little more of a shout out to Easter.  I'm happy Jesus is alive. And loves me.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Breakfast: Granola with strawberries.  This required me to buy milk.  ($1.35)
Study Group: hot chocolate ($2.76)
Snack: Yogurt ($.99)
Lunch: Pre-Easter lunch with my roommate April and family. ($0)
Dinner: It is Passover so we had a Seder dinner at church, symbolism is great and so was the food. I didn't want to stop eating. ($0)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Gourmand is right

Breakfast: Turkey bacon, eggs and oranges ($0). I love that oranges in the fridge last a really long time.
Lunch: Egg drop soup, cabbage salad, bean and cheese quesadilla. ($0)
Dinner: Ice cream. ($1)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

friends with benefits

Breakfast: Every once in a while my roommate changes her diet and I reap the benefits. This week she gave me a pack of turkey bacon.  I had that with eggs and zucchini bread. ($0)
Lunch: I have a new bff/life coach named Joaquin. He's Spanish, and arrogant, and uses the F-word way too much but he has free parking on campus and feeds me paella. ($0)
Dinner: Bean quesadilla and cabbage salad. ($0)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Breakfast #1: Rice cake and peanut butter. ($0)
Breakfast #2: Breakfast quesadilla Joy's ghetto style: spinach tortilla, beans, cheese and egg whites.  You may wonder why just egg whites, it has nothing to do cholesterol but with the fact that the cookie in a mug recipe just calls for yolks.   ($0)
Lunch: Zucchini bread batter (thanks Aimme for the Zucchini!)   
Dinner: Tuna melt deluxe: hotdog bun, can of tuna, some blue cheese dressing and broiler. ($0)
Snack: Cooked zucchini bread batter. ($0)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Breakfast: Scrambled egg whites and quesadilla. ($0)
Lunch: Egg drop soup, Hot Pocket, cabbage salad and cookie in a mug. ($0)
Dinner: Really with that lunch who needs dinner. ($0)

Monday, April 2, 2012

getting back on track with spending

Breakfast: French toast using hotdog buns for bread.  ($0)
Lunch: Cabbage salad and Thin Mints. ($0)
Dinner: Chick-fil-a nuggets from Deborah. ($0)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stir Crazy

Breakfast: Frosted Flakes ($0)
Lunch: Potluck Sunday! I had cabbage left over from the fish taco night so made a cabbage salad.  ($4.24)
Dinner: Tonight was the kick-off for the C.A.S.H. (college and senior high) group at church. We played this game, "Stir Crazy," with an Asian theme.  We broke up into 2 teams and got assigned ingredients and had to create an appetizer, entree and dessert all Asian-ish.  They were surprisingly good but I feel unsurprisingly not great right now. ($0)

Weekly Total: $42.89 (ouch)