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I am back into my rhythm of starting my days with the fruit smoothies again which is good. Today it was plum again (plum, banana, ice and blueberry/pomegranate juice)
Cookie Cutter Toasted Egg
When Niki (the one that finds all those great deals at the stores so you and I don't have to) heard about how much I enjoyed making the plastic bag omelet, she told me about the cookie cutter toasted egg shapes breakfasts that she makes for her kids. She explained how much her 3 year old loves them and since that is about my maturity level, I knew that I would love it too:
Heat a frying pan on med-low and lightly butter both sides of your bread slice. Use and small cookie cutter and press into the center of the bread. Then place the slice of bread in the frying pan with the shape beside it and crack the egg over the bread into the hole. When the bread is toasted and the egg whitens flip over and cook for about 5 min on the other side. That's it! Enjoy!
I lightly buttered both sides of a piece of bread and then spent half an hour looking for cookie cutters where I'm house sitting to no avail. I was hoping to do Santa Clause or a snowman, but ended up having to settle for a measuring cup to make a simple circle in the middle.
Once out, I placed the bread in the frying pan and cracked the egg in the middle.
I should have placed a little oil or butter in the center hole before the egg, because it ended up sticking and made it hard to flip (although I did eventually manage to do it)
Once done, I placed it on a plate with a side of the roasted veggies and three strawberries:
This was actually quite good, simple to make and was filling enough that it lasted me well into the afternoon without me getting hungry. When I did, I ended up eating my one allowed granola bar and some celery with peanut butter.
Peach Mango Green Tea Celsius
Since I got the Celsius peach mango green tea for free at CVS as part of a money making deal, I had to give it a try:
As I read the package, all I could think was “what a total scam!” In big letters:
BURNS CALORIES! Burn up to 100 Calories and more in each can!
Of course, the fine print basically says that the 100 calories came off of healthy aged college men and women over a three hour period when they exercised and didn't eat junk food. It also notes that none of the claims they make have been evaluated by the FDA.
The taste was OK, but a bit sweet for me (I ended up having to water it down). I'm sure glad I didn't pay anything for it.
Easy Chicken Cacciatore
I wanted to try a new recipe that had green beans in it so I could use some of the ones I had. I decided to give Easy Chicken Cacciatore a go. I started by cooking up the onion, garlic and bell pepper:
I took part of the chicken I had previously cooked and chopped it into small pieces:
Then threw in the tomatoes, green beans and oregano:
I realised afterwards I was supposed to put in whole peeled tomatoes (I chopped mine up and they were small so that it didn't give the tomato sauce effect at all). Still, I ended up with a plate of veggies and chicken, and although didn't look anything like Easy Chicken Cacciatore, still tasted pretty good:
Goal: 100 days eating on $1 a day
Current Money Spent: $48.85
Money Left to Spend: $51.05 ($6.17 must be spent at CVS, $1.50 must be spent at Safeway)
Retail Value of Everything Purchased: $1396.37