Where & What to Eat in Portland, Oregon

Where What to Eat Portland

Let me tell you something about my husband and I. One of our favorite things to do on vacation is eat. We went to Portland, Oregon on vacation, and I just have to share with you all of the food we ate and where we got it.

Portland is a total food town. There are so many places to check out, and what I loved the most is how each restaurant whether big or small had its own style, creativity and soul.

Consider this your personal guide to what to eat in Portland, Oregon and where to get it! Continue reading “Where & What to Eat in Portland, Oregon”

Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul- July 2016

It’s that time again. Time for a Trader Joe’s grocery haul where I show you what I bought at Trader Joe’s. Personally, I love grocery shopping as well as seeing what other people buy. Yes, grocery hauls are a thing! Just Google search it, and you will see.

Trader Joe’s is one of my all-time favorite stores for several reasons:

  • Great quality food
  • Low prices (I shop smart and save money here)
  • No artificial preservatives, colors, GMO’s, ect.
  • Exciting new items each month
  • Quality protein, fresh and frozen
  • Healthier snack options
  • Lots of vegetarian and vegan items

Seriously, I should be a spokesperson for Trader Joe’s. If you are reading this Trader Joe’s, email me! Make my nerdy dreams come true.

These are some of the items I bought. I have tried and loved most of them before, but there are a couple of new items as well.

Snacks: We love chips. That’s all I have to say about those. The baked ones are really good. Tommy likes granola bars, so those make an easy snack at work for him.

Protein: The eggs are a great price at Trader Joe’s sometimes I get the more expensive ones, but these are only $1.29.

Tommy loves these frozen turkey meatballs, and the ground turkey is great quality so I get that for him as well.

Dip: THIS DIP IS AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. Green Tajini Dip & Sauce. You need it! Dip veggies in it, dip chips, dip crackers, put it on salad, fish, chicken, whatever. It is so good. It’s $2.99, and I wish I had gotten three of them.

Vegetarian Protein: Since I eat mostly vegetarian I always buy a few meat replacement items. I love Quinoa Cowboy veggie burgers. I eat them with just a side of veggies or veggies and rice for a healthy and easy meal.

I’ve never tried baked tofu, but this looked good to me so we will see how I like it.

Frozen Items: The frozen hash browns are $1.69, and I love them. A lot.

I’ve purchased the frozen brown rice before, and it’s a good way to have an easy side and save time cooking it.

Extras: Almond butter is expensive. This was the most expensive item I bought, but I find it to be cheaper that at most stores. It’s $7.99, but it lasts us a long time. I use it for almond butter and jelly sandwiches, or I put it on top of my oatmeal .

Fresh Fruits & Veggies: I didn’t need much, because we are already stocked up on produce. I only got carrots and bananas.

I LOVE fresh fruit and vegetables. What are your summer favorites? I am currently loving watermelon and cucumber.

Smoothies: I like buying frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s for making smoothies. The pineapple tidbits are a must.

 Pantry: Spices are also a great deal here. I use the taco seasoning mix on the ground turkey for Tommy.

That is everything I got this trip. If you want to see more good items to buy at Trader Joe’s be sure to check out my older Trader Joe’s Grocery Hauls.

Let me know what your favorite Trader Joe’s goodies are. 

Jalapeño Lemon Chicken

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Sometimes you need a little something different for lunch or dinner. Try this recipe for my Jalapeño Lemon Chicken, and give your chicken breast a tangy little makeover. Pair it with a fresh salad for a light and satisfying meal or with beans and rice to make it hearty!

 This week I came back from a vacation in Portland, Oregon with Tommy. I had an amazing time. The places we saw were beyond gorgeous. I loved every minute, and can’t wait to share the trip here on my blog. The food scene in Portland is just awesome, but it’s always nice to come home and have home cooked meals. That is my focus this week, and this Jalapeño Lemon Chicken got us off to a great start.

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Micheladas Locas

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Have I mentioned that I love spicy foods? Oh, only a hundred times? Okay, good. Let’s move on! I made a michelada loca, a Mexican beer cocktail that includes all of my favorite Mexican goodies. Hot sauce, lime, chamoy, chili powder, spicy Mexican candies. The list goes on.

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Chicken and Vegetable Coconut Curry 

 I grew up eating Mexican food and pizza. I did not grow up eating curry!

In fact, before making this recipe I’d only had curry maybe once in my adult life. Over the last several months I’ve made this recipe many times, and Tommy and I just can’t get enough.  Continue reading “Chicken and Vegetable Coconut Curry “

Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Pizza

IMG_1843Make this special Valentine’s Day pizza with your honey, your kids, your friends, family or just for yourself too! It is an easy, inexpensive and fun dish to make together. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Pizza”

Pork and Potatoes with Salsa Verde

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 This dish is cooked in one skillet in less than thirty minutes, it only requires four main ingredients and it is inexpensive to make!

The pork and potatoes are hearty and full of tangy salsa verde flavor.  Continue reading “Pork and Potatoes with Salsa Verde”