Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Weekend Trip to Chicago = No Time to Grocery Shop

Baby S and I had a jampacked weekend of fun in Chicago!  We swam in Lake Michigan for the first time, ate sand for the first time, and started saying "Thank You!"  Well, sort of.  But it was a blast and I wished we could have stayed longer.  Alas, it's back to the real world of neverending work, a constantly sweltering house to clean, and an empty fridge.  But not to worry!  My well-stocked GFG pantry can definitely get us through the week.  What's for dinner you ask? 

No Mayo Mediterranean Inspired Tuna Salad
1 can of tuna, canned in oil preferably and drained
1 can rinsed and drained cannellini beans
2 tbsp capers
1/4 cup chopped black olives
half a red onion, chopped
veggies- whatever you got- I'll throw in some celery, grape tomatoes and shredded carrots.  If you have some arugula or lettuce, even better!  May also try adding in some red peppers and artichoke in brine.
2 tbsp EVOO

Do I really need to write out instructions?  This is a great, refreshing, and light alternative to your usual drenched-in-mayo tuna salad.  Ick. 

I brought home a ton of GFG snacks for the weekend.  They must not have been too terrible because everything was devoured in about 12 hours.  The vegan garbage cookies, apricot balls, and bitter chocolate cookies were all hits with the 'rents.  Apricot balls especially.  Gosh I am in love with pecans.  I never noticed what a sweet, vanilla-y taste they have.  I also have been giving more thought to S's first birthday cake.  I think I'll try making them cupcakes instead of a big cake, and whipping up some Raspberry Coconut Frosting to go with them.  That would be just a cup of raspberries, 4 tbsp coconut butter, and a tsp of vanilla, in the blender. 

I would love some suggestions on a high-powered blender.  I'm sorry, but this GFG cannot spend $400 on a vitamix.  Sounds like people really do like their Ninjas.  My sad little bargain basement Oster is not quite cutting it these days, please excuse the pun.  I love my cuisinart, it's amazing, but sometimes you need a blender not a chopper. 

And it's bottle time!  Can't believe in just a month I can quit buying icky formula and put these ridiculous bottles away, with their 800 parts to clean.  That is just nutty. 


  1. My favorite is the Blendtec. Killer expensive, like the Vitamix, but well worth it in the end.

  2. aarghhhhh i am so jealous! do you use it constantly??