What do you make for lunches when you’re too tired and only have 15 minutes?

It’s 7:00pm and you know when you get comfortable on the couch. You sink in and get ready to watch a movie and then BAM! You realize you haven’t made the lunches. You look in the fridge only to see meats that will take more than 20 minutes. So, what do I do? I make TACO SALAD without the taco’s.

I always have a packet of the spices on hand. Now, not sure if it’s good for you, but I can easily make the seasoning as well, but again…didn’t want to think to much and wanted easy.

What I had on hand to make it:

  • Ground beef
  • Seasoning
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes

And BAM! Lunch for tomorrow with NO BAD CARBS. Talk about pretty good chef:)

taco salad without tacos

Lesson hear for me is always have something easy to make or else, it’s buying a very expensive sandwich from Subway and I’d rather eat my own food.

Continue Reading

Pho soup for 2 for under $9

I LOVE Pho Soup. It’s my happy food. So, if ever you want to show how much you love me, just bring me to a pho restaurant and we will become besties.

However, eating out can get very expensive, even for pho soup. My 2 favorite places are Pho Bac Oriental Cuisine (aka Pho bac a la as the owner says on the phone) 873 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R6, and New Mee Fung Restaurant at 350 Booth St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7K1.

I like these 2 because they have spicy soups and not like the ones that just add chilly sauce. There is something different in them. One has tomatoes, and the other one is a satay thick sauce…mmmmm. I’m drooling just thinking about it. The spring rolls at Pho Bac for me a way better than anywhere else because they stuff them with both pork and whol shrimp and they are HUGE.

pho soup

However, if you’re looking to save money but still enjoy pho soup, here’s what to do. Go to Produce Depot and look for a pho soup package $4. The one I go to off Bank and Hunt Club has them hanging beside the butcher station

Next you’ll need to buy beef or chicken fondu meat or what ever meat you have in the freezer, but it needs to be thin. It’s $6 for chicken at this store. I already had some from a thai beef dish that I made a month before, so $0.00 for the meat.

Basil $2

Bean sprouts $1 for big bag, but I always waste it

Vietnamese noodles $2, but instead I used spaghetti noodles I had at home and they taste just as good ($0.00)

Cilantro….mmmm, I love this stuff and I know I will be able to use it in salads and rice rolls. $2

All of this cost me $9.00 and….the man wanted seconds. So, it must have been good. I know I was happy with it, but now I need to figure out what to do with basil before it goes bad. I don’t want to use it for spaghetti, so if you have any ideas, I would love to read them in the comments below.

Continue Reading

Snack idea #1 – High Protein snacks to eat when you’re trying to be good

I got a new email along with my other 120 this week, but this one caught my attention because it was about what I was looking for i.e. snacks, actually healthy snacks. I have been trying to find satisfying snacks for lunch and after dinner that are not too time consuming and costly.However, I need something else instead of trying to get enough protein without having to eat meat or drink protein shakes

Buzzfeed sent me this newsletter talking about 21 High-Protein Snacks To Eat When You’re Trying To Be Healthy

The one that caught my attention is #8 Apple Sandwiches With Almond Butter and Granola sandwitches. I tried it with both peanut butter because I like it and no granola because…I also tried it with almond butter..not a big fan of that one.  I didn’t take a picture of it because I ate them already, but here’s a great one from  Jenny at http://www.creativelyblooming.com.

Photo credit goes to Creatively Blooming. It just looked so amazing. She calls them nachos..Hell, I would eat those nachos any day:)

I am going to try a few more from the article, but if you have any you want to share, please do so in the comments or email them to me at lafemmeottawa@gmail.com and I will gladly add them to my website.

Have a great evening. I’m off to bed now. It’s 10:00pm EST.


Continue Reading