Dinner, Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List // Halloween Detox

Happy Saturday Sunday!  Yesterday we had a day full of Halloween shenanigans and a little girl who didn’t nap, so the shopping list was put on the back burner.  Sorry about that.

This week I picked a slew of crazy healthy recipes to help you detox from your Halloween weekend.  Yesterday, after eating 4-5 pieces of candy (which I normally never eat) I started feeling grouchy and depressed.  It was convincing to me that all the negative hubbub about sugar lately is legit.  I hope this menu helps you to come down from your sugar buzz. And then on Friday, to celebrate a healthy week, some hearty, creamy pasta (with some earthy, roasted beets in there to continue the healthy vibe).

There’s a creamy squash soup, hearty autumn salad, and eggplant meatballs. So in other words, a healthy menu with no compromise of deliciousness and comfort.

Keep me updated on how your week is going or what recipes you enjoy by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow. Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Many of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought for the week, including other food): $110

Shopping List (download)

M E N U //

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This is a dreamy, green-less salad by Pinch of Yum is screaming everything autumn.  Add a can of chickpeas to add some heartiness.  (GF + V) RECIPE

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Roasted brussel sprouts are one of my favorites.  This recipe by Naturally Ella is going to fulfill my brussel sprout dreams.  If you’re looking for a creamier polenta, add 4 oz of goat cheese. (GF + sub vegan butter alternative) RECIPE

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It’s all the decadence of risotto and yet it’s not.  This creative recipe from Sanisbury Magazine is loaded with tender greens and mushrooms galore.  (GF + sub butter for coconut oil + vegan parm or nutritional yeast for parmesan, if vegan) RECIPE

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By spicy, it means full of spices not necessary “hot” per se.  Cookie + Kate makes this “Chorizo” inspired soup from the cookbook “The Year of Cozy” by Adrianna Adarme. Super simple and squash has so much nutritional value.  (GF + V) RECIPE

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I literally cannot wait until Wednesday so that I can eat these amazing “meat”balls by The First Mess.  Satiable and hearty but seriously healthy. Can you say kale pesto? (sub GF bread if GF + V) RECIPE

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I am obsessed with tahini dressings.  They make salad so creamy and earthy.  I can’t wait to try Minimalist Baker’s version with Kale and some butter beans. (Use GF croutons if GF + already V) RECIPE

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The thing about Half Baked Harvest recipes, is that they are extremely creative and interesting.  Yes, this is a pasta dish on a detox menu.  Cut yourself some slack.  And come on, there are beets in here. (if you’re GF use GF pasta or maybe stir the ingredients into a risotto. If vegan, skip the manchengo or substitute with vegan parm.  Use 1/2 cup cashew cream mixed with salt, pepper, and 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast to substitute the brie) RECIPE

 

Happy Saturday…er…Sunday!!

xoxo

 

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Saturday Shopping List

Hey friends.  Guess what?!! The keyboard is up and running again.  Got to love Apple products.  Anyways, I’m sorry it’s not Saturday morning, but I have a slew of delicious recipes for your week.  These are some of my favorites (that veggie sushi bowl is to die for!).

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

 You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $101

Shopping List (download)

M E N U //

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This is such a creative twist on traditional sushi (and way less work intensive) by Cookie + Kate.  It’s super delicious and fills every sushi craving. RECIPE

Saturday Shopping List // Keeping Willow

This recipe from Sweedish blog Made by Mary looks divine (don’t worry, there’s a translation into English).  I did find one translation typo.  It says to use 10.5 cups of red wine.  It should be just 1/2 a cup, although you may need that much to share a glass with friends. RECIPE

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Another simple and delicious recipe by Cookie + Kate.  You can’t go wrong with good old tortilla soup.  If you don’t want to make tortilla strips, you can always just buy tortilla chips.  Also, if you can’t tolerate heat, you can substitute a green bell pepper for chile or poblano. RECIPE

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I love Naturally Ella.  This recipe is easy and fast.  You can use regular broccoli if you can’t find broccolini.  Eat with a simple arugula salad tossed with a little oil and vinegar (I included the arugula in the shopping list so if you don’t want it, just omit). RECIPE

 

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The name of this blog is Connoisseurus  Veg.  I kind of love that.  These are easy, simple and vegan served with a maple tahini sauce.  Make them gluten free by using GF breadcrumbs and tamari for soy sauce.  If you’re vegetarian, I recommend adding some feta. RECIPE

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I am picky about my polenta.  I like it creamy, not stiff and gummy.  This recipe by Pinch of Yum is my favorite.  Serve with a poached egg! RECIPE

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This is my number 1, all time favorite stir fry recipe.  The sauce is delcious but Post Punk Kitchen takes it over the edge by adding avocado, basil and some roasted salted peanuts. Also, this method of stir frying I have adapted to all kinds of recipes. RECIPE

 

HAPPY SATURDAY and can you believe it’s already October!!

xoxo

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Frugal Food Series | Tip 1: Beans

Living in Canada is expensive.  What’s more expensive than living in Canada?  Living in Toronto.  With little wiggle room in our monthly budget, we have been using whatever maneuvers possible to save money.  And for us, it all starts in the kitchen.  In light of our tightened belt, I am writing a 10 part series to share the tips and secrets we’ve learned that get more bang for your buck with every grocery shop.  Mind you, if you know me well, these steps are only fruitful if they go hand in hand with eating delicious and nutritious food.  Who couldn’t use a couple extra dollars in their pocket, am I right?

So to start out the series I am going to share our crowning achievement in our money saving arsenal, how to easily cook and store dry beans.  We eat a lot of beans, from black bean tacos, heuvos rancheros, bean burgers, hearty bean soups, to hummus, beans make it into our diet every day.  They add substance, fiber, protein and a bunch of other stuff that I would know about if I was a nutritionist [I just know they’re good for you, ok!].   So beans are super cheap right?  You can buy a can of beans from any where from $0.80 to $1.50.  But the real money saver?

DRY BEANS

A bag of dry beans cost a little over a dollar, but they yield almost as much as 5 cans of beans.  And the way I make them is so easy and taste even better.  I’ve always felt frustrated when buying dry beans because when I followed the directions on the bag they never turned out well.  They were always too hard or too mushy.  They were more hassle than they were worth.  So here’s the trick, use your crock pot.  You can forget about them and they turn out perfectly.  Follow the recipe below, portion out your beans and freeze them.  I buy one bag of a different kind of beans each week to keep a variety of beans rotating in our freezer.

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Yep, beans are the magical fruit…in more ways than one.

How to Cook Dry Beans

Equipment:
One crock pot
Ingredients:

1 bag of beans (let’s just use black beans for reference)
2 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground cumin or 1/2 tsp whole cumin seed (I only use this for black beans)
2 T kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

Method:
1. In the morning, before you leave for work or whatever you are doing that day, pour your black beans in your crock pot and fill it with water up to the top.  Don’t turn it on or anything.  Just let the beans soak all day.
2. Before you go to bed, drain and rinse the beans.  Add all of the above ingredients to the crock pot.  Fill with water until just below the brim.  Turn it on low. Go to sleep.
3. Wake up to a gorgeous aroma of perfectly cooked beans. Strain the beans, taking out the bay leaves and garlic cloves.  Put in a large tupperware container and place in the fridge to cool.  Go to work.
4.  When you get home, and the beans have cooled, portion out your beans into sandwich bags.  Put them in the freezer.  Use as needed, washing and reusing your bags each time– another money saving tip– you’re welcome 😉

XOXO

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