Friday, July 21, 2017

Trader Joe's and Yeast-Free Living

This summer I have expanded my shopping to Trader Joe's. I've been frequenting the store in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando, Florida.  The parking lot is large, and I usually go early on Saturday mornings.  This blog entry will focus on many of the food options I have found.

One of my favorite finds is Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers.  A box contains 4 frozen burgers and the cost is $3.49.  You can cook them several ways, but I take them out of the freezer and put them in a pan coated with olive oil spray. I cook them on medium heat for five minutes on each side. That evening I served the chicken burger with avocado, strawberries, and blueberries.  They are very tasty, and they are on many lists of people's favorite items at Trader Joe's.  The burgers are 3 points on the Weight Watchers SmartPoints system.  The listed ingredients of the burgers are ground chicken, onions, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, salt, lime juice concentrate, and red pepper flakes.  It also says "Natural Flavors", so I want you to be aware of that.  I usually stay away from as much processed food as possible, but if you want something delicious and fast, this could be a go-to item that is about as good as it gets as far as additives.

Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers

Easy Dinner!

Turning to the produce section, I found Trader Joe's Broccoli and Kale Slaw.  You could easily make this into a traditional slaw by adding Vegenaise, Truvia, possibly some onion, salt, and pepper.  This comes in a kit, but I did not use the dried blueberries or cherries, because of the sugar content of those items.  The slaw sells for $3.49.

Trader Joe's Broccoli and Kale Slaw


Trader Joe's also had Mini Heirloom Tomatoes when I shopped.  They were $3.99 a pound.  I bought them, even though they were a bit pricey, because they are seasonal and they looked wonderful.

Trader Joe's Mini Heirloom Tomatoes

Below is the salad that I made with the Broccoli and Kale Slaw Mix and Mini Heirloom Tomatoes. I also added avocados that I bought at Trader Joe's (4 count bag for $3.49) and almond slivers from the Broccoli and Kale Slaw Mix.  I added one teaspoon of olive oil as dressing, along with salt and pepper.

My finished salad!

Here are the strawberries I bought at Trader Joe's that I had with the Chile Lime Chicken Burgers. The strawberries were $3.29 a pound.  They were not organic, but Trader Joe's does sell organic strawberries.  


These are just a few of the items I found at Trader Joe's that would go along with a yeast-free diet. Stay tuned for more finds!  Let me know if you have found any great items at Trader Joe's, too!  Also, thank you to the many readers who have "Liked" and follow my page on Facebook.  I really appreciate it!  Happy Summer!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yeast-Free Egg Muffins

Happy New Year!  I'm excited about 2017!  I am starting this year with a commitment to eating yeast-free as much as possible.  I got a bit off from my good health habits over the last year and a half.  I think that planning in advance what I am going to eat is crucial to success.  I try to think about my week in advance before I shop.  That way I will buy just what I need, and I won't be throwing away food.  I sometimes get too overzealous in my buying of produce, only to have plans change. Then when I am ready to cook, it is no longer fresh.  I have also tried to make some meals in advance.  It is great to come home from work and just have to heat things up for the evening meal.

A few Sundays ago, I made these eggs in a muffin tin.  I saw several of these recipes come across my Facebook page and Pinterest.  I modified the recipes I found to fit a yeast-free diet.

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, find your muffin tin that you may not have used in awhile!  I sprayed each cup with cooking spray so they would not stick.  I placed fresh spinach leaves in the bottom of the cup.  I cut grape tomatoes into slices and placed them on top of the spinach. Then I poured liquid egg whites into each cup.  I poured the egg whites until I saw them come right up to the top, being careful not to overflow.  Season with sea salt and pepper.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

This is a great grab-and-go breakfast for those hectic mornings.  I ate two as soon as they came out of the oven on Sunday.  Then I stored the rest of the egg muffins in the refrigerator in the muffin tin covered with plastic wrap for the rest of the week.  I had two each morning that week.  They reheat great in the microwave in a matter of seconds.  I would not keep them any longer than 5 days in the refrigerator.  The recipe I modified said you can also freeze the egg muffins and reheat them later.  I haven't tried that yet.  You could also put 2-3 egg muffins in storage containers to make it more of a grab-and-go breakfast.  Just grab a storage container and go!  If desired, you could heat the egg muffins in the workplace microwave.

You can be as creative as your want with the egg muffins.  Add peppers, asparagus, onion, etc. to the cups. Whisk together 12 eggs or use a liquid egg substitute.  Have some precooked spinach (maybe from the previous night's dinner) or avocado on the side.  I hope you enjoy this recipe!

After dealing with the loss of my beloved nephew and sweet collie over the last year and a half, I wanted to leave readers with a quote I found that really helped me.  When it says "move on and leave it behind me", I interpret that as I will never lose the love I feel for them, just that I have to move forward with life.  Michael, my nephew, would want me to be happy.  He would have been the first to "like" this post today because he was all about healthy eating.  Happy 2017 everyone!