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Budget week begins!

You may have remembered from this post that I mentioned doing a week of budget-friendly meals for all those readers out there who are perhaps college/ university students/ on a tight budget/ can't justify spending $15 on chia seeds (I hear ya!)

Well today marks the first day of this weeks theme- cheaper... but still ridiculously healthy and yummy!... meals!

Before we dive in I thought I might just share today's brekky because it wasn't exactly cheap, but I figured it wouldn't exactly be featuring this week!
It involved some banana yoghurt:
 1/2 banana+ 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt whazzed together in a small food processor until smooth.

Chocolate cashew granola:
 3/4 cup muesli + a small bowl with 1/2 cup of almond milk+ 1 spoonful of cashew butter heated in microwave for 30 seconds then rubbed into muesli + a scoop of raw cacao- baked in oven (180 degrees celsius) for 15 mins.
And also some nice sun placement:
 And some fresh green grapes and leftover banana slices thrown in:

 Deeeelicious!
 How it looked after about 2 minutes :)
So onto the cheap meals!
Here's how it's gonna work. Everyday (well, Monday, Tuesday, possibly Wednesday and Friday) I will either post a breakfast/ lunch/ dinner that involves ingredients you can find in any grocery store that doesn't break the bank! Along with a rough total cost. The meals will be single serving, but doubling/ tripling/ quadrupling the amounts would be no problem whatsoever :)

Budget tip of the day:
Now, it's a common misconception that buying fresh veggies is extremely expensive. The only reason this could become expensive is if you buy the veggies, store them away and then forget about them, only to find them a week later sporting a funky goopy look and acrid smell.  Fresh veggies are relatively cheap (especially if they're in season) so make sure you stock up and then remember you've stocked up and throw them into anything! When in doubt- freeze them... seriously you can pretty much freeze anything!
I also found this while searching freezer memes:


Interesting!

Make sure you're ready for tomorrow's budget meal, I have a feeling it's going to be yum-tacular! (Yes. I just said that.)

What's your favourite super cheap meal?

Catch ya later! :D


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Pink-tastic!

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! Do you know what makes my Saturday even happier? A little touch of pink. Well.. when I say little:

I mean quite a lot :)
Now what are these mysterious balls of crazy pink? Well they're quite similar to these truffles, just with a few added ingredients.
If you guessed oats, give yourself a pat on the back. If you guessed dried raisins- another pat on the back. If you managed to guess coconut butter.. well it's kind of fundamental for this recipe to work, but still you deserve a pat on the back!
So how's it pink? If you guessed beetroot- no pat. If you guessed food colouring- no pat. For all of you who guessed berries.. well done!

Oh and don't forget your pat on the back!

Now is everyone's back sore? Good, let's get started! ;)

Berry Coconut Breakfast Truffles:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
A small handful of chopped raisins (or any dried fruit)
A sprinkle of chia seeds
1/2 cup mixed berries (fresh/frozen)
1 tablespoon coconut butter
Optional- chopped mixed raw nuts (added some nice crunch)

Method:
1.Combine oats, raisins and chia seeds in a bowl
2. Place berries in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, give a stir and heat again if needed (especially if you used frozen).
3. Once thoroughly heated, mash with a fork until as smooth as possible, add coconut butter and stir until melted and combined. Add to oat mixture.
4. Form into balls and place on a plate lined with baking paper. Place in fridge for 30 mins- 1 hour until firm.
5. Take out for a few minutes to soften and then enjoy :)
I had mine with some banana ice cream!
Matches the table pretty well, huh?
 Creamy dreamy + tart berries= perfection!
Cross-section view:

I think I liked these so much because they reminded me of these muesli bars that I used to love as a kid:
Although mine probably didn't have any of the same ingredients... except for berries... maybe.
See-  'Yoghurt topped berry muesli bar!'
Steph style ;)

Feeling something delicious for brekky. You just found it!

Have a great day guys! :D




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Thinking Out Loud- The sun is playing tricks on me!

Hello.
How's that for an intro ;)
Seriously though, it's that time of the week where I can allow my brain to go where it will, display my thoughts and funny/ weird musings from the week and simply think out loud. Thanks Spoons for this awesome link-up every week!
Shall we begin?

1. This week started off with me laughing my head off at this:

This is seriously one of the best things I saw all week. I had to look twice to see what everything was! It's simply genius! I'll probably end up being one of those mums who does crazy stuff like this in order to get my kids to eat healthier. They will love me so much.

2. On the topic of funny pics from around the inter web- how about this one?
I'm so tempted to do this to someone- I mean how realistic does that look! Whoever came up with that is pretty evil :)

3. With school starting back up I've had to have breakfast about half an hour earlier than normal and unfortunately my perfect sun placement isn't as perfect at 7:00am, shifting about 2 meters back:

Then the world decided that wasn't annoying enough, so decided to create a band of sun:
 At least there's still sun though, right? I'm loving the sun waking with me at 5:30am (some call me crazy:)

4. I'm blaming the moving sun for this picture. I'm sure it decided to shine super bright for the nano second in which my camera took the shot:
 Seriously though- how did that happen? Did I miss an eclipse?

5. Even though the sun is a bit far back for my liking at 7 in the morning, it doesn't affect my creative juices from flowing and creative amazing sculptures with my surroundings:
Inspiring. I call it the idiosyncratic smoothie jar.

6. On the topic of idiosyncratic things... some of my friends think I'm kinda weird when I take a container of peas to school for recess:
I don't know what they're problem is... peas are yummy!
I guess I stand out a little bit amongst the muesli bars/ cookies/ muffins/ chips munching on my little pot of peas but life's too short to care!

7. Today I went on my first long run for about 10 weeks! It was glorious! I think my injury was a bit of a blessing in disguise because even though it was a long run, I also knew when to stop. I feel like I'm more in tune with my body:D

 8. For my last point I want to show you this:
What!?! I mean... what!?! Did everyone else have to go back like 7 times to find the second 'the'?

So that was one of the most mind bending things that happened to me this week!

Do you ever get annoyed at the moving sun?
Do you like to run?
Did you read the second 'the'?

I'm just thinking out loud here!
See you later! :D

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WIAW #28

Hello folks and happy Wednesday!

It's that time of the week again where I get to bombard you with photos of a full day of eats- WIAW style!-and you willingly look at them! (Why are we always so interested in what other people nom? ;)

As always, thanks to Peas and Crayons for this brilliant link-up, I can't begin to tell you how many amazing blogs I have come across because of it!

Let's jump to it!

Breakfast:
 Breakfast was filling, healthy, yummy and nope.. ran out of words! Good in every way!
 Featuring some home made spelt bread with crunchy peanut butter on one slice and cashew butter on the other and a watermelon/ banana green smoothie:



1/2 chopped frozen banana + 5 big hunks of frozen water melon + a BIG handful of spinach+ chia seeds + 3 scoops of greek yoghurt + a dash of oat milk

 Served in my favourite smoothie jar:

Snack:

A nice hunk of capsicum :)

Lunch:
 A yummy salad of brown rice, red quinoa, raw carrot, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, lentils and kale :)
Love a good hearty salad!

Snack:
Came home from school huuuuungry! So I had some fruit and soy milk:
 Small fuji apple with a kiwi fruit and a glass of So Good Essential soy milk

Dinner:
It may not look like much but this was one of the best wraps I've had in a long time!
Inside was spread with hommus, topped with some spinach then topped with a mixture of mashed steamed veggies (sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, swede and parsnip) and garlic tofu, folded up and toasted in a sandwich press until golden on top :) Sooo yummy! You should try it!
Just a little too big to pick up and eat all-in-one, so make sure you cut it in half ;)

Aaaand... that's it!
You might be wondering if I ever snack more during the day or after dinner and don't show it but the answer is simply no. I eat a lot at meal times, so I'm generally not too snack-y during the periods in between. I know this doesn't work for some people and that's fine! We're all different!

Don't forget to head on over to peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is nom-ing!

Bye for now! :D

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Combating orange-itis

Hello friendly friends of the inter web variety!
You may/may not have remembered my post revealing just how orange my hands have become. It's taken a lot of will power on my part, but I have started trying to combat my fatal disease ;)

Just have a look at my dinner:
Hmm, they look like some interesting veggies! Potato, parsnip, swede... where's the pumpkin/ sweet potato/ carrot?
Exactly!
I cooked these bad boys up with some olive oil and fresh rosemary (guys- how good does roasted rosemary taste? Am I right!)
Served alongside the best veggie sausages in the world, topped with salsa on top of some beautiful tomato slices and spinach... and no orange!
Super delicious :)
I was happy/ satisfied and didn't need my yummy orange friends.


This lasted about a day...

 
See, my dinner started off very green and very orange-less:
 Some broccoli, corn, asparagus and brussels sprouts blanching in some boiling water
 Then I made it into a salad with some semi-dired tomatoes and lentils and an apple cider vinegar and wholegrain mustard dressing.
With a side of rosemary potatoes.
Yes, just potatoes. Those long orange things aren't carrots... they're potatoes ;)
 So my dinner was almost orange-less but then I had some aging baby carrots in the fridge that I just had to use, so I chucked them in the oven to roast with the taters.
 Today, I knew the only way to combat my weakness was to take out the big guns:
That's right- PESTO!
I made a pesto wholegrain couscous and beans, peas and lentils salad with cherry tomatoes:

 I'm excited for this lunch!

So I'm not really succeeding in my detox of orange veggies but who cares? I mean look at all the benefits of a sweet potato:
 And they didn't even mention the natural fake tan! On your hands! A little bit more orange than a normal tan... ok it's more of a small side effect than a benefit.

In all seriousness I was embarrassed/ stressed about my tangerine phalanges (saying orange hands over and over again was getting boring) but that was only for about a day. I soon realised that I liked those veggies too much and come on! They're vegetables! One should never deprive themselves of veggies! And seriously, why do you think pockets were invented? ;)
The message of this story?
Pumpkin, carrot and sweet potatoes will turn your hands orange if you eat them every single day.
But also..
Pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato will make you very happy if you eat them every single day :)

SWEET POTATO FRIES FOR EVERYONE!

That's it from me today guys, what are your thoughts on this?

Do you suffer from Orange-itis?
Have you tried to go without these veggies to combat this disease? ;)
Normal fries or sweet potato fries? Do I really need to ask this question?

Bye for now friends! :D

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