If you missed out on STEP 1 and all the details of my Fridge Makeover Challenge, Click HERE and read all about it 🙂
To help make STEP 2 happen, the ever amazing people at I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter provided me a a $100 Grocery Gift Card!! Thanks again ~ you all rock!!!
I got down to business and created this HEALTHY MEAL PLAN plus my SHOPPING LIST before I headed out the door.
* Egg Foo Young
* The usual round up of whatever sounds good 🙂 Egg white fluffies, oatmeal, protein pancakes, wafflewiches, yogurt, fruit, etc.
* Sesame Chicken Noodles
* Sandwiches with Muenster, Turkey, Ham, Spicy Hummus and maybe Cranberry Orange relish
These are just things I like to have on hand and in SIGHT so I grab them ~ I typically pair a protein with a healthy carb and/or grain.
* Yogurt, Fat Free Cottage Cheese, LF Cheeses, Fruit, Nuts, Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Hummus, Crackers, Nut Butters
* I might make up some Deviled Eggs too
* Caramelized Apple Salad with Grilled Onions
* Shrimp Scampi with Asparagus over Whole Wheat Pasta
* Island Soyaki Chicken Shish Kabobs over Brown Rice
* Chef Salad with Homemade Tomato Basil Soup
* Grilled Flank Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Greens
* Optional ideas: Mini Turkey/Veggie Meatloaves, Homemade Pizza
* Healthy Bananas Foster over ICE CREAM!
* For Easter ~ Healthy Holiday Butter Sugar Cookies or Lemon Cookies
More recipes to come and my menu is always totally subject to change of course 😀 LOL
I did 99% of my shopping at my FAVORITE STORE ~ Trader Joe’s and picked up a few things at my local Raley’s that TJ’s didn’t have.
THE PRODUCE HALL! TIP I try to buy organic whenever possible, but, 100% for anything that had skin on that you will eat. Anything you peel, I do not worry about since you can peel away any residual pesticides.
TIP Whenever I buy fresh herbs, I like to put them in my HERB KEEPER because it will keep my herbs fresh for about 2 weeks versus 2-3 days. This is AWESOME because fresh herbs can be expensive.
I start off by cutting the bottom stems off.
Then, I add 1/2 cup of water – to the fill line.
Then, place my herbs in my container. I LOVE the top part (green) because it is a separate small attachment you can keep already chopped/prepped herbs in. I got mine at Pampered Chef, however, I did put an awesome looking Mini and Full Sized Herb Keeper in My Open Sky Shop in case you are not going to a Pampered Chef Party and want one (the one is my shop is cheaper I think LOL).
The REST of my groceries, plus some Shrimp I picked up at Sam’s that you don’t see.
Here are all ‘”THE REPLACEMENTS”
Healthy PURE Maple Syrup and Organic Grape Jelly for The Husband.
They both do NOT contain any bad ingredients – woohoo!
I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Baking Margarine for my cookies!
I LOVE that they add Omega’s to there buttah! You will notice that their 0 transfat is true if you add up ALL the fat grams ~ 11 Total = all the mono. poly, sat, etc.
Trans Fat Free White Chocolate Chips ~ I may have to make cranberry bars with these!
This wasn’t a true replacement, but a great TIP for all you out there whole LOVE Coffee Mate. CM has transfats, but this flavored Vanilla Half and Half does not!
Pretty decent stats too which is important to me since The Husband using like 1/4 cup each day in his coffee LOL.
I fully restocked our fruit drawers. I always keep lemons and limes on hand for cooking with ~ they are awesome replacements for salt in recipes and they add great flavor to homemade dressings or water.
Not much else changed on Door #2!
No changed to door #1 either other than my GREEN move for the batteries 🙂
Most of the “changes” happened in the middle of the fridge.
I added lean lunch meats that were cut at the deli (less sodium and preservatives), low fat cheese and new baking goodies!
Totally restocked both our veggie drawers.
Plus a little produce over flow….You are more likely to use it if it’s at eye level, right 🙂
The fun new things for The Husband…Plus my herb keeper and I am giving the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray another go now that it’s Transfat Free too ~ can’t be 0 calories!
Not much changed on the Freezer side other than the addition of some slow churned 1/2 the fat French Vanilla Ice Cream.
I feel like our Fridge is all brand new again and we only just got it this past June when our old fridge broke. I do LOVE our Fridge ~ you all are right – this is my DREAM fridge and now it’s stocked up and healthy the way it deserves to be! I think our next mission will be to work on eating our “supply” down 🙂
Are you all ready to do your own Refrigerator Makeover???? Check back tomorrow because I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY for ONE LUCKY READER to do their very own Makeover!
It’s movie time ~ NIGHT ALL!!!