Monthly Archives: May 2013

Family Breakfast

Guess which one is for Murphy . . .

Family Breakfast

Mom, Can I please have my cakes now, I might die if I have to wait any longer for the cakes.

Mom, Can I please have my cakes now, I might die if I have to wait any longer for the cakes.


You got any more cakes?

You got any more cakes?


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Mondays with Murphy – Summer Living

Summer is all about looking good and impressing the ladies . . .

Murphy Shades

Murphy says, “When you look this good, you don’t even have to try, the ladies are automatically impressed.”

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Defining Healthy

Is this dinner healthy?

Chicken Stroganoff with Egg Noodles and Green Beans

       Chicken Stroganoff with Egg Noodles and Green Beans

This dinner is clearly not gluten free or dairy free.  I also used full fat products (sour cream and cream of chicken soup), including real butter on the green beans.  Does any of that make it unhealthy? I also used regular chicken (as opposed to free-range) and nothing is organic.  Does any of that make it unhealthy as well? You tell me!

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Hope everyone had a wonderful day!


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Burrito Bowls

For my first “healthy” recipe, I bring you burrito bowls.

I love this recipe for weekday lunches.  I make a little extra on the weekend, and then I do not have to make lunch in the mornings – a win win for this girl who loves to get every extra minute of sleep in the morning 🙂



  • Quinoa – start with 1 cup uncooked – makes 3 cups cooked Quinoa (I usually use rice, but decided to try Quinoa for the first time – I liked it, Ryan is on the fence)
  • 1.25 pounds Ground Turkey (this is size that was on sale, ordinarily I would only use a pound)
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes and Chilies
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 bag Frozen Corn, cooked (I use the steam in the bag variety)
  • Spices (cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper flake, etc.) to your liking


  1. Brown ground turkey.
  2. Add spices (I usually add a combination of chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes) and diced tomatoes and chilies to the
  3. Heat black beans, adding whatever seasoning you like 
  4. Now for assembly:
    1. 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
    2. 1/4 of the cooked ground turkey
    3. 1/4 of the black beans
    4. 1/4 of the corn
    5. Add cheese, sour cream, and salsa depending on your preference – for weekday lunches I do not add any toppings

Nutritional Information (per serving- these servings were on the large size)

  • Calories – 564
  • Carbohydrates – 66
  • Fat – 14
  • Protein – 42

Cost Information

Item Price Quantity Total
Quinoa 3.39 0.50 1.70
Ground Turkey 3.99 1.00 3.99
Roundy’s Diced Tomatoes and Chiles 0.69 2.00 1.38
Roundy’s Black Beans 0.79 1.00 0.79
Corn 1.00 1.00 1.00
Total     8.86
Servings 4.00    
Total Per Serving     2.21

And now for a Comparison of sorts:

A Qdoba Burrito bowl with ground beef, rice, black beans, and pico de gallo costs at least $6.00 and has the following nutritional information:

  • Calories – 580
  • Carbohydrates – 65
  • Fat – 20
  • Protein – 34
So, I ask you, is what I made “healthy,” what would you do to make it healthier, would you eat it or would you got to Qdoba?
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