Category Archives: Healthy Eating

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!

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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Can You Eat Healthy** on a Budget**?

So you probably noticed a few things about the title of this blog that are a little out of the ordinary.  The first being that it isn’t all about Murphy.  He is currently otherwise engaged tearing apart the remnants of his baby dino toy, so he is too busy to blog.  Stay tuned, and I promise he will return to the regularly scheduled programming.

The second thing is probably the asterisks in the title and the overall theme.  Let me explain.

The asterisks:

  • Healthy  – I generally mean avoiding processed foods.    We are not gluten/lactose free, and I don’t have the ability to make  recipes that require a thousand healthy substitutions.  Besides Ryan is a meat and potatoes boy at heart.  Hence why all attempts at introducing Meatless Monday have so stunningly failed.
  • Budget – We have a grocery/household expense budget (about $60-70/week), but it is not strictly enforced. Ryan and I both work full time, and he has limited patience for shopping, so we do not play the “drugstore game,” and I only go to one grocery store, and I only go once a week.  I also do not use online coupons because I can never get the printer to work.

I know that this is different than my usual topics, but I thought I would give it a try to see if others think it is possible and whether others have suggestions for healthy eating on a budget.

A little over a year ago, I started couponing. After some misadventures, I think I finally have a couponing plan that works for us.  (No we are not extreme couponers, and I do not have a stockpile).  About the same time, Ryan and I started on a health-kick.   These two new initiatives didn’t really go hand-in-hand, but over time we have worked out a strategy that works for us.  I thought I talk about some of my couponing habits, the healthy and “cheapish” recipes we like, and see if any of you had  additional suggestions.


***More asterisks ***

I know you are worried about the asterisks, no need to be.  Just a heads up, that the regular programming will be returning in the near future as well.  Now that the Packer schedule is released, Ryan and I will be working on a menu for the season.  We will be looking for menu suggestions in the next few weeks, so please leave suggestions with “Football City” foods and recipes.

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