Getting Healthy in 2017? Go Vegan! Food, Wine and Poopy Diapers

1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals by Kelli Brink
1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals by Kelli Brink
Have you ever wanted to try vegan living, but you were unsure of what you could eat besides salads and fruits? Then this ebook is for you. You’ll get an entire month-long vegan meal plan, along with recipes and grocery shopping lists! Your digital download includes Asian, Mexican, and Italian-inspired vegan meals, as well as good old comfort food!

 

My new year’s resolutions for 2017 revolve around getting healthier, in mind, body, and spirit. Number 2 on my list of 20 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions is to eat more vegan meals.

Going vegan, and eliminating animal products from your diet can help fight disease, reduce inflammation in the body, and even cut down on your grocery bill (meat is expensive!) A vegan diet can be good for both your wallet and your waistline.

If you’re wanting to go vegan in 2017, but not sure how to get started, my new Ebook, 1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals, is the perfect place to begin.

If you think vegan food means eating salad at every meal, think again. In this Ebook, you’ll find delicious and healthy, meat-free recipes, like Vegan Pot Pie, Vegan Veggie Sushi, Vegan Sweet Potato Curry, and so much more. It’s an entire month of meal plans, recipes, and grocery shopping lists, all laid out for you, week by week.

Ready for some Vegan deliciousness? CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY EBOOK STORE.

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1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals – Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers

1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals by Kelli Brink

1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals by Kelli Brink

Have you ever wanted to try vegan living, but you were unsure of what you could eat besides salads and fruits? Then my new ebook, 1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals ebook is for you. You’ll get an entire month-long vegan meal plan, along with recipes and grocery shopping lists! Your digital download includes Asian, Mexican, and Italian-inspired vegan meals, as well as good old comfort food!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY EBOOK STORE TO PURCHASE 1 MONTH OF FAST AND FRUGAL VEGAN MEALS.

 

 

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How to Save Big Money With Walmart Grocery Pickup + $10 off coupon inside!

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Have you heard about Walmart’s new online grocery shopping system and pickup service? Well, let me tell you about it!

As you know, I’m a DIE-HARD Aldi shopper. But, with 3 boys, 2 dogs, 1 husband, and a partridge in a pear tree all living under one roof, sometimes convenience wins out (in other words…it’s pretty much impossible to take my 3 & 4 year old grocery shopping anymore)! That’s why I’m pretty excited about all the new options out there for online grocery shopping, pickup, and delivery. My favorite of those services is WALMART!

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Taco Tuesday – Fish Tacos!

Fish Tacos - Food Wine & Poopy Diapers

Fish Tacos - Food Wine & Poopy Diapers

This is a delicious, light & fresh recipe that is super easy on your wallet!

We use fresh-caught fish that we score on our fishing outings, but when we don’t have that, I like to use Tilapia. I know Tilapia gets a bad rap, but I really do feel it’s a healthy option. It’s low in Mercury, high in protein, and very budget-friendly.


Frugal Recipe of the Day: Fish Tacos
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This is a super simple, delicious, and frugal recipe.
Ingredients
  • 4 Fish filets. I like Tilapia or any flakey white lake fish.
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Salsa
  • BATTER:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can beer
  • ¾ Cup Flour
  • Lots of spices, about ½ tsp of each: cumin, chili powder, garlic (lots of garlic!), salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, onion powder.
Instructions
  1. Mix well batter ingredients well.
  2. Thaw fish (if frozen) & dry on a papertowel.
  3. Dip in batter and fry in hot oil until fully cooked and golden brown.
  4. Set on papertowel to remove excess oil.
  5. Break fish up into bite sized pieces.
  6. Add to tortillas and top with desired fix ‘ins.

To view an entire week of frugal recipes, meal plan, and shopping list, CLICK HERE! 🙂

 

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Zesty Cole Slaw Recipe

Zesty Cole Slaw Recipe - Food Wine and Poopy Diapers
Zesty Cole Slaw Recipe - Food Wine and Poopy Diapers
Zesty Cole Slaw Recipe – Food Wine and Poopy Diapers – Photo Credit Paulding & Company

Nothing beats the flavor and crunch of homemade coleslaw! This side dish is an All American classic you can enjoy this Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, or anytime!

Zesty Cole Slaw
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Nothing beats the flavor and crunch of homemade coleslaw!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. sugar or to taste
  • 1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage, about ½ of a large cabbage
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a cheese grater
Instructions
  1. Combine vinegar, sugar, Dijon, salt & pepper.
  2. Stir in mayonnaise.
  3. Add cabbage and carrots, allow to marinate together 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator.
  4. May be kept for a week without loss of quality.

Recipe courtesy Paulding & Company.

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10 Healthy Foods I keep On Hand to Feed the Family In a Pinch

10 Healthy Foods I Keep On Hand To Feed The Family In A Pinch - Food Wine and Poopy Diapers

10 Healthy Foods I Keep On Hand To Feed The Family In A Pinch - Food Wine and Poopy Diapers

I have the best of intentions on the weekend, “I’m going to do a ton of meal prep and have our meals all ready for the WHOLE week!” But inevitably, 8 o’clock Sunday rolls around, and I barely even managed to get groceries put away, let alone made into things we could eat. That’s why there’s a list of about 10 foods I keep on hand for the weeks that I just know are going to be crazy. These items can be made into edible meals with almost no effort at all. Gourmet? Heck no. But it’s better than McDonald’s and it fills us up in a pinch. Sometimes, it’s all about convenience. 

10 Healthy Foods I keep On Hand to Feed the Family In a Pinch





10 Foods To Keep On Hand In A Pinch - Food Wine and Poopy Diapers

What Can I Make From All This Stuff?

A LOT! Quesdillas, black bean tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, French toast, cheese and veggie omelettes, eggs & toast, hard boiled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, spinach scrambles, spinach salad, chicken with steamed veggies, chicken & veggie stir fry, grilled chicken salads, and the list could go on and on. These are all things you can make in just minutes, in a pinch, yet you’re still feeding your family fairly healthy, real food.

Next time you’re in a pinch during a crazy week, grab these simple items and you’ll be feeding your family in minutes! 🙂

Looking for more meal plan ideas? Check out my eBook, 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners! It’s just $1.99 and will really make your life easier!


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5 Fun Facts About Ramen Noodles – Food Wine and Poopy Diapers

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Ramen Noodles - Food Wine and Poopy DiapersMy family and I have just been battling the worst spring flu bug I have ever experienced in my life. We are on the mend, but feeling so bad has left me with no appetite, just wanting comfort food when I eat. And one of my favorite comfort foods is Ramen noodles! 🙂

I will admit it, I LOVE Ramen! There’s a reason why people love it, and it’s not just because it’s cheap. It’s because it’s cheap AND good!

Here are 5 fun facts about Ramen noodles.

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5 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan

5 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan - Food Wine & Poopy Diapers

I have some friends that I look up to. Not because of their beauty (which they have lots of), or their accomplishments (which they have tons of)… but for their amazing organizational skills! Seriously, they have their meals planned out for a month, they never have dirty laundry, and they clean their houses every night AFTER the kids go to bed (while I crash in the recliner in my PJ’s with a glass of wine and some chocolate).

In all seriousness, though, these are the ladies I aspire to be like, because being organized definitely feels good. Here are just a few reasons why it’s GOOD to have a meal plan!

5 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan - Food Wine & Poopy Diapers
5 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan – Food Wine & Poopy Diapers

It makes grocery shopping easier – When your meals are planned out in advance, everything about shopping is easier. You can easily make your shopping list, and plan for the week’s meals ahead. There’s no scrambling to the store at the last minute for things you may have forgotten, because you’ve got it all planned out, and YOU ROCK. 🙂

It cuts down on waste – When your meals for the entire week are planned out, you aren’t wasting money on junky convenience meals that end up in the trash. You can plan portion sizes, just enough for each family member, so that you have just enough to go around and you don’t have leftovers getting funky in your fridge.




It reduces stress – I don’t know about you, but when I have NO CLUE what I’m going to make for dinner, I tend to get a little bit stressed. Even though it doesn’t always happen that way, I am at my best and happiest when I’m organized and I have a plan that I stick to.

It’s fun & whimsicalI MEAN… how cute is this menu board?? Being able to do this is reason enough to plan your meals, am I right?!

5 Reasons to Have a Meal Plan - Food Wine And Poopy Diapers

It’s easier to eat healthy – When meals aren’t planned out, we get hungry. And when we get hungry, we get desperate. And when we get desperate, we eat fast food. Don’t eat fast food. Plan out those meals, friends! 🙂

For the ULTIMATE in meal planning, check out my eBook, 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners! It’s full of recipes, photos, shopping lists & more, to make your life easier!

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Fit & Frugal Weekly Meal Plan to Get Bikini-Ready!

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Clean Eating On A Budget Food Wine And Poopy DiapersBetween New Year’s resolutions and Spring getting ready to show it’s lovely face, a lot of us are starting to think about eating lighter, healthier, and getting our Winter selves in shape for Summer! I know I certainly am! Well, I’m here to help you (for a week, anyway) with a meal plan and shopping list that is sure to lighten your load, in more ways than one!

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Perfect Pairings: Mardi Gras Recipes & Divining Rod Wines

Mardi Gras Food & Wine Pairings - Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers

Mardi Gras Food & Wine Pairings - Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers
When you think of Mardi Gras cocktails, you probably think of jumbo-sized Daiquiris and Hurricanes, found in the hands of Mardi Gras-goers up and down Bourbon Street. But what if you’re less of a sweet cocktail lover and more of a wine person? Here, I’m going to share with you some perfect pairings of mouth-watering, traditional, Southern Mardi Gras foods and the full-bodied wines that compliment them.

Mardi Gras Food & Wine Pairings - Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers
The Divining Rod Wines

The Divining Rod wines are the perfect accompaniment to the carnival celebration of magic, romance and festivity that encompasses Mardi Gras. The Divining Rod was started by Marc Mondavi as an ode to his intuitive water divining skills that honor an unknown ‘energy’ that allows him to find water underground. What better pairing than a celebration of magic and intuition with a wine created around such an extraordinary force?

And now, for two delicious Mardi Gras recipes…

Grilled Oyster Mardi Gras Recipes - Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers

Grilled Garlic Oysters on the Half Shell paired with 2014 Divining Rod Chardonnay

The subtle oakiness and fruity undertones of Divining Rod Chardonnay are the perfect compliment to this rich and cheesy oyster dish.

Grilled Garlic Oysters on the Half Shell
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A delicious recipe, perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration!
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 dozen oysters, on the half shell
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • French bread, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill to 400°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter on a stove over low heat. Stir in the garlic, pepper, thyme, salt and hot sauce. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.
  3. Spoon half of the garlic-butter mixture over the oysters and sprinkle with half of the grated cheese.
  4. Place the oysters on the prepared grill and cook for 2–4 minutes.
  5. When the oysters are cooked to your preferred doneness, top them with the remaining garlic butter and cheese. Serve immediately with French bread. Makes 12 oysters.

 

Beans & Rice Mardi Gras Recipes - Food, Wine & Poopy Diapers

Southern Style Beans & Rice served with 2013 Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon

Not only are Beans & Rice a Southern staple and perfect Mardi Gras meal, but this is one of my all time favorite meals for any time! It’s inexpensive, healthy, and it makes a gigantic pot that you can eat all week or freeze for later. The juicy smoked sausage in this dish goes great with this tall, dark, drink-me-now kind of wine.

Smoked Sausage, Beans & Rice
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This meal makes a ton, sticks to your ribs, is inexpensive and healthy!
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds smoked sausage, cut into one-inch pieces
  • Dried Beans (any kind)
  • 1 Carton Chicken or Veggie Broth
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • Spices: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Pepper, Salt, and anything else you like.
  • Rice
Instructions
  1. Rinse & sort beans.
  2. Add to large pot.
  3. Cover with broth.
  4. Add onion and spices.
  5. Bring to a boil; let boil for 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer on medium low for 90 minutes or until beans are tender and ready to eat.
  7. In a separate skillet, brown sausage and add to pot of beans.
  8. Cook rice according to package directions.
  9. Serve beans over rice and enjoy!

 

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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