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Simple, Affordable, Organic Meals with Walmart and Stonyfield

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

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I remember back in my early days of blogging here in the HLB community, the idea of eating organic seemed incredibly out of reach.  Organic products seemed especially hard to find in the grocery markets nearest to THS HQ, and when I did see organic items on store shelves, they always seemed way out of price range for me. And while it’s always seemed fairly easy to find Stonyfield products like the Smooth & Creamy cups, recipe-friendly Greek quarts, or the fun kid-focused Squeezers and Pouches at the local grocers for a good price, for a long time it was difficult to even imagine being able to manage organic meals regularly.

Now a days it’s waaaaaaaaaaay easier to find a wide variety of affordable, organic grocery selections at markets nearby. Our local Walmart is where I often find the Stonyfield yogurts I’m using in my recipes at THS HQ. Recently I also learned that Walmart offers a wide variety of other organic products, too. Seriously – I’m talking SO MANY Organic products.

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I was really impressed with the variety offered of not only popular name brand organic products like Stonyfield, but also in the many different items Walmart’s own brands, Marketside and Great Value, stocked on the shelves.  Pairing the wide variety of grocery items with the popular “roll-back” Walmart prices, eating organic has never seemed more manageable.

I challenge myself to make create an affordable lunch and dinner, both serving a table of three, and here’s what I came up with:

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Lunch: Sweet Potato Carrot Soup & Easy Garlic Butter Croutons

Sweet Potato Carrot Soup
Makes 3 servings
$5.47/recipe
$1.82/serving

Ingredients

  • 10 oz frozen organic sweet potato cubes, defrosted
  • 5 oz organic carrots, shredded and chopped into pieces similar in size to the sweet potato cubes
  • 3-4 T organic coconut oil, 2 T melted
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, diced
  • 1 T organic minced garlic
  • 16 oz organic low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield Plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Boil carrots for 3-4 minutes to soften very slightly. Drain and dry carrots.
  • Toss sweet potato and carrot pieces in 2 T melted coconut oil.
  • Spread vegetables over parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Roast on lower half of oven for 15 minutes. Flip veggie pieces and roast 10-12 minutes more.
  • Heat 1 T coconut oil in large stock pot over medium heat.  Add diced onion and sauté 4 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  • Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring once throughout.
  • Turn to medium-low, add remaining coconut oil.  Let melt 15 seconds, then add roasted vegetables. Cook 3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Pour in approximately half of the broth, scrapping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add the remaining broth and simmer the veggies for 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly, for at least 5 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender or working in two batches with your blender, blend until smooth.
  • Stir in Greek yogurt and warm over low until serving. Dish and top with Garlic Butter Croutons.

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Easy Homemade Garlic Butter Croutons
Makes 3 servings
$1.29/recipe
$0.43/serving

Ingredients

  • 3 slices Organic Whole Wheat Bread
  • 3 T organic unsalted butter
  • 1 T organic minced garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cube bread into bite-size pieces.
  • Heat butter in small pan over medium until melted. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant and golden, about 90 seconds.
  • Toss cubes into garlic butter mixture and stir together.
  • Pour cubes onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 4 minutes, flip, and bake 3 minutes more.

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Dinner: Taco Salad with Salsa Greek Yogurt Dressing

Makes 3 servings
$9.87/recipe
$3.32/serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb organic ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced organic yellow onion
  • 1 T organic minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup organic salsa of choice
  • 5.5 ounce package organic Half & Half Mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup cooked organic rice mix of choice [I used Spanish Style Rice mix with Quinoa, Red Bell Peppers and Corn by Seeds of Change]
  • 1/2 small organic carrot, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 1/2 cup no salt added organic whole kernel corn

Instructions

  • Heat cast iron skillet on the stovetop over medium heat until warm.
  • Break ground beef into pieces as you add it to the skillet. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Move beef towards outside ring of pan, continuing to cook through.  Add diced onion and cook 2 minutes, stirring onion and beef separately.
  • Add minced garlic to onion and carefully stir to combine, cooking for 1 minute more.
  • Stir onion-garlic mixture into beef and continue to heat until cooked through completely.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Build salads by layering greens, corn, carrot slices, rice, and ground beef.
  • Whisk yogurt and salsa together to create dressing, adjusting flavor by adding more salsa to your liking. Enjoy!

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Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

This month the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with Justin’s Peanut Butter, a small batch nut butter company dedicated to community involvement and sustainable practices while creating delicious, high quality products.

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Justin’s products are available online and in grocery stores nationwide. Since first bite several years ago, I’ve been a fan of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  It’s a jar in my normal rotation for eating with carrot sticks and apple slices, or making adult “ants on a log” smearing a spoonful onto a piece of celery and adding dried cranberries or blueberries.  And I can officially report that Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups make a great treat after a long shopping trip. [Thanks, Target check out aisle.]

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When it came time to combine the super powers of Stonyfield and Justin’s, I decided to pair Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.  PROTEIN POWER!!!

This recipe is ridiculously simple and can easily be customized depending on your needs. [Next time I want to add coconut flakes and chai seeds!] It is a colorful, FREGGIE-FILLED side dish that makes a great table addition at your end of summer picnic.  The leftovers keep really well in the fridge, making this one of my favorite recent bring-to-work lunches, too. Toss in some diced grilled chicken and serve with mixed greens: office lunch upgrade!!

PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT CRUNCH PICNIC SALAD

Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups diced apples [I prefer a small dice for this salad]
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • ½ cup golden raisins [we love Trader Joe’s California Gold Raisins!]

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, peanut butter and honey until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, toss together diced apples [I used a mix of granny smith, gala and red delicious!], shredded carrots, and raisins.
  • Poor yogurt mixture over salad ingredients and fold until well coated. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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#SummerCravings To Do List [and a prAna Giveaway!]

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

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This month Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with sustainable clothing brand prAna to ask what we are craving this summer! You know I love a seasonal goal list, so I spent some time this thinking about what has the potential to bring me JOY this summer and created a  2016 #SummerCravingsTo Do List for myself.

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Here are the things I’m craving this summer and will myself to make time for before autumn arrives…

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Sway my way at outdoor concerts.  Is there anything better than being outdoors warm evening listening to live tunes as the sun sets into sweet summer nights?  I think not! Thankfully, there is a park very near by that has a variety of amphitheater performances all season long. I’ve also seen a handful of local bars hosting outdoor shows, too. I could get down for jams with cider and pub food! Who’s in?

Find a go-to easy up-do. I’m 100% in favor of the gather hair on-top of head in the messiest, uneven bun possible and finish with BAMR band look, but I’m also really digging this quarter-up top knot found at The Beauty Mark [Though I did also find a few BAMR band patterns I’m digging from the new release, too…]

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Get away from my Weekend Leggings routine.  I’m uber thankful for this month’s partnership with prAna giving me the chance to take a pair of the Kara Jean our for a spin.  These pants come in a variety of solid colors and prints, too; my pair is indigo. I love how soft and stretchy these low-rise slim-fit jeans are, but my favorite two features are the length [perfect for my fellow tall ladies!] and the beautiful design detail on the button.  The Kara retail for $89 regular price, which is a bit outside of my normal clothing price-point for a pair of jeans, but I’ve seen them on sale for $59.50 which is much more my style. For a chance to win a pair of Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!

Go Garage Sale Hunting! I’d love to stumble upon some treasures to help me complete one of my DIY Dream List Projects; I am hoping to find a clip board collection in need of some decorating.  And I’ve got a handful of buttons ready to create my own wall art inspired by this Brigitte Herrod piece, I’d love to uncover more on the lawns across town.

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Pack a breakfast picnic. Who says picnics can’t happen in the morning? We’ve got a great location a couple blocks from THS HQ; just close enough that even a pre-work day breakfast picnic would be do-able!

Sip on Shugarmom’s Summer Slush is a summertime staple.  We recently picked up new rainbow colored lidded containers that will be perfect for storing batches in the freezer!

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Create some more s’mores! Can we talk about these 9 fancy-them-up s’more recipes? [Side note: I really dig the stuff that is shared on the Shari’s Berries blog, and this is yet another example of that.]

Venture to outdoor Happy Hour with my co-workers. There are a handful of locations in Schenectady with great patios and there is one specific location I’m really looking forward to visiting – Centre Street Pub. I’ve visited inside for trivia a handful of Tuesday evenings, but I’ve yet to take advantage of the outdoor space which I’ve heard has a great vibe and includes yard games like corn hole. I also know of some rooftops in need of a visit soon; I’m looking at you Nico’s.

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Build a time capsuleShameless reminder of these “Let’s Make a Time Capsule” instructions from #THS30Days.

Enjoy COLD foods. Fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, stacked sandwiches for lunch, crunchy crisp salads when it comes time for dinner and endless frozen treats for dessert.  I’ve been collecting some refreshing meal ideas here: Summer Yums

Add more tarty citrus drinks.  Fresh squeezed lemonade is one of the BEST nostalgic summertime treats, and lately I’ve been all about lime beverages after trying [and falling for] this Stewart’s Fountain Classics Key Lime soda on a whim. I’m all about tart, sweet, citrusy drinks right now.  As a matter of fact, lemon and lime tarty goodness totally inspired my smoothie creating in the kitchen this month.

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Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!

Wild Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!

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Both of these smoothies are fabulous, but the Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie blasted to the top of my favorite smoothies list so much so that it has replaced my previous go-to morning blend [Pineapple Coconut Cherry] which I haven’t made since first sipping this new fav!

_PRANA2Hey, you!! Don’t forget: For a chance to win a pair of super soft, hella-flattering prAna Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!  I’ll choose a winner at random after Wednesday, June 15th so be sure to enter by then!