Since I have this peeve about food going bad, this works for us. I call it... buy a variety of fresh produce on sale and use it. Sounds simple enough right? I have found problems arise with grocery ads and couponing. A large amount of the food on sale is either all sugar or chalked full of sodium. Neither of which are anywhere near good for you. Don't get me wrong, I love coupons and saving money, but I always end up buying things that we don't need. 

Soooo....why not spend most of your time shopping the produce sales? 
My favorite place for great and fairly cheap produce is sunflower market.  They have great sales each week and they always have a variety of things on sale.We also get the bulk produce at Costco.

I find it a fun challenge to find ways to use the different produce and it really has helped, me lose a bit of weight.Some weeks we have done better than others, but I have found that when I plan dinner for the week, along with produce shopping we feel great! Plus we need to keep Sterling's mind sharp for all the chemistry he has to tackle. So this is why I am going to do this each week now. 

Here is the simplest meal of the week: (Not much of a challenge but delicious)

Steamed Broccoli
Dill Salmon
Baked Purple Potato
      Side Note: these purple potatoes have great health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants that other potatoes don't contain. 
The purple color is from anthocyanin which is found in berries and pomegranates to name a few. It is rich in flavonoids and has  been shown that they possess anti-cancer and heart-protective effects, as well as benefits such as boosting the immune system.   

Sterling's sister came to a family get together with this salad and I have been hooked ever since. It's healthy, it's colorful, it's spicy and it's delicious. The dressing is low fat and amazing. Thanks Melissa! 
Med Salad
  • 3 cups dried fusilii or cavatappi pasta, cooked, drained, and cooled
  • chopped green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 bag of pre-washed spinach
  • 1 halved and sliced cucumber
  • 1 orange bell pepper sliced and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4-1/2 of a red onion thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jar of kalamata olives, drained
  • sprinkle of feta cheese, crumbled
  • Toss all the salad ingredients & add desired amount of spicy yogurt salad dressing to your portion.
Spicy Yogurt Salad Dressing 
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
2-5 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce (depends on how spicy you want the dressing)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Melissa always has great recipes: