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Luvo/Lyfe Kitchen Review

I’ve had my eye on this line of more “real” frozen meals at Target for awhile now, but can’t see paying $4.49 for one meal to eat all by myself at home (especially one without a really good cheese involved!). Yesterday the whole Luvo/Lyfe Kitchen line happened to be on “Clearance” (AKA 15% off… Not very clearance-y in my opinion Target!) plus I had a $2.25 rebate for the line from the Ibotta app and I decided to give it a whirl!

So what’s the verdict? In a word…. Delicious! I thought the sauce was phenomenal, very rich for a frozen meal (rather than the typical watered down sauces) and spicy! The black beans were the perfect soft but not too soft texture and the chicken really was chicken! Such a nice surprise, even though the label boasts the “All Natural” chicken! In addition to the major players in the dish, the side of polenta was a new food for me. I was a little nervous to try it because I didn’t know what to expect from the cornmeal concoction, but also because I had no way of knowing if it was a good representation of polenta. With my limited experience, I would have to say it is pretty close to the real thing. It had a subtle sweetness that paired well with the savory spicy sauce. The tomato on top gave the polenta that dash of acidity and freshness it needed to really balance out the flavors!

Nutritionally, the meal was pretty solid! A good source of lean protein and 440 mg sodium while containing a carbohydrate, a little vegetable,
meat, and beans made this a well rounded meal. I would definitely try another meal from this line… If I ever happen upon such a good deal again!

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So I’m feeling pretty settled down here in lil Valdosta but I’m feeling like I’m ready to add a little something to spice it up. I’m finally trained as a volunteer at the library, but seeing as how this dietitian salary is barely meeting my basic needs (well…. Plus student loans, plus best friend’s wedding in July, plus family vaca coming up) I am really needing something in the form of additional income rather than just free (helpful) labor.

I’ve been casually working on that goal over the past few months and thanks to my new coworker who is also on the hunt for extra money, I am a potential candidate to become a renal dietitian for ~12 hours per week (we would possibly be splitting the 24 hour/week position). Those of you that know my professional preferences know that it’s something I would love… But for some reason I just don’t feel the particular position is the right thing for me right now. I want something with more flexibility. I definitely would love the renal experience though, so until the interview arrives I’ll be putting that on the back burner.

Yesterday, I went over to my friend’s house for a little Mary Kay party, never expecting to walk out with more than an eye shadow or a face wash… But instead, a billion ideas started racing through my head. No, I’ll stop you right there. The girl over here who barely puts on blush in the morning? Not going to be Mary Kay consultant. No way Jose! I wouldn’t be able to sell a thing because I can hardly tell you which side of the mascara brush goes on your eyelashes. But the party sparked a memory in me. It took me back to about …. Too many years ago… To attending Pampered Chef parties with my Mom. I think those parties are one of the many reasons I fell in love with cooking and nutrition, although I also enjoyed them because it was free food and because Mom was footing the bill since my allowance at age 8 didn’t even meet the sale item cost.

Regardless, the reminiscing put aside, I’ve always considered the option to become a consultant. I believe it would be fun, wouldn’t really feel like work, and you get to share with others your passion for cooking and cooking with the perfect utensils.

Has anyone else set out on this adventure before? How has it turned out for you? Or if you’re a close friend - would you host a party if you could have me be your consultant?

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Alright fellow OCD organizers…. How can I organize this kitchen drawer??

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Reading material and a snack! I found Caracara oranges at the store this week!

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This morning I woke up wanting pancakes. I love weekends! So I get out of bed and start to set out my ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder, eggs, milk…. Milk…. Wait… No milk! Of course I don’t have milk! I don’t drink it and my oven is still (let me repeat STILL) not functioning so…. No need for milk. So what’s a girl to do? Pinterest of course! I found an easy recipe for sour cream pancakes and had breakfast in no time! And they are definitely yummy and fluffy! Next time I’ll add more sugar though!

For the recipe, visit: http://runningtobake.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sour-cream-pancakes.html?m=1

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I tried Indian food for the first time this weekend! Tyler and I tried out a little place around the corner and loved it! I tried the Tandoori chicken and absolutely loved it! We have added this place to our date night places when he comes to visit!

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So yesterday I decided to finally tackle the fan filter above my stove! It looked pretty gross when I moved in, but it’s been low on the list of things to do! I can definitely say I was right with how gross it was! Whoever has lived here in the past definitely made a lot of gross, greasy foods! Of course I learned how to clean this from Pinterest, but after doing a little searching I found a really easy way to clean the filter. The only problem: it’s disgusting! So first your take the filter out from above the oven and clean the space around it. At the same time, start boiling water in the biggest pot you’ve got. Once boiling, add baking soda one tablespoon at a time until you have about a half cup in there, then carefully put the filter in the water. It takes about 10 seconds before you start to notice just how disgusting that filter really is! Let it sit for a few minutes and then flip the filter so the other side gets clean too! After I soaked both sides I had a sink full of hot water ready in the sink and transferred the filter over to that. You would be amazed at how gross the water became even after all that nasty boiling water in the pot! Regardless, my filter is now clean (well… Cleaner at least!) and I have accomplished another cleaning task in my new apartment!

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Tonight for Mom’s birthday we went to Panera Bread for dinner! I had planned on getting the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup but at the last minute I changed my order to the special: Chilled Shrimp with Peanut Soba Noodles. I chose this because I had a similar dish at PF Changs about a month ago and I was hoping for that same flavor combination. I’m sad to announce it was not anything close to the dish I’ve had before and it definitely was sub-par. But overall it was a fun birthday dinner with my parents!!! And of course I got a Chocolate Duet cookie to go! That will make up for the lacking in flavor salad!

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Typical 20 minute car ride of course means I bring 2 types of notecards and my book with notebook!

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First food pics from NYC! We had lunch at a cafe and mom and I split a baby quiche and fruit an I happened to notice a little problem with the apple display! Does anyone else see it?

For dinner we went to a little French restaurant called Le Rivage where I had melon and prosciutto as an appetizer, veal scallopini for an entree and creme brûlée for dessert! And of course a nice glass of Chardonnay :-)

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The start to a fun filled weekend!

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Ready to go! My flight to NYC with my mom for the 100th anniversary celebration for Phi Sigma Sigma leaves at 10am tomorrow morning! The only thing left to pack are the essentials I need tonight or tomorrow morning and of course we still need to drink our morning coffee!

Even though I’ll be in the Big Apple I still have to study! And today we all got an email with our access code which is the first step to signing up for our exams. I hope to get the other email with the username and password soon! At least this first part came in, it’s motivated me a little more to keep studying! After this weekend I’m a little behind, so it came at a perfect time to keep me on track! (Or as much on track as possible in NYC!)

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This looks so yummy!

This looks so yummy!

(via my-rumbling-tummy)

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Study, study, study! Even on my day off I’m using up some free time and getting ahead of schedule! Maybe I can even take the test a day or two earlier than planned and get those beautiful letters after my name! This would be especially handy if I was offered the job in GA that I’m waiting to set up an interview with! For some reason I am oddly attached to this job! Then again I found an opening on a beach in FL that also looks appealing! So many opportunities in this field, I love it!

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Yum!!! My first cup of Biggby since moving back!!!