From Cart To Table

December 12, 2011


Thanks so much for all of your comments on the granola post!! I have read each and every 900+ one of them and they made my day so happy : ) Welcome to all the newbies + delurkers! Wish I could send a bag to each and every one of you.

I went to Whole Foods this afternoon to pick up a cart full of groceries. Last week I was able to get by on $15 of produce from Cville Market. No idea how! So this week I overcompensated and filled my cart with lots of goodies.

Because I know you guys are foodies…


  • 3 Pink Lady apples
  • 2 grapefruits
  • A box of clems (!)
  • Bananas


  • Kale
  • Rainbow chard
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mixed greens [the big tub]
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Mung beans
  • Frozen corn

Bulk Bins

  • Split peas
  • Currants
  • Curry powder
  • Cardamom


  • A half pound of cod
  • Ham for a soup
  • A bag of frozen wild caught shrimp (I spoke to the fish dept to try to find one that wasn’t from Asia and didn’t know there was a wild caught option – score! Love having shrimp for a quick dinner)
  • 3 cans of beans for a quick chili


  • Lemon hummus
  • Tortillas for tonight’s dinner
  • Stacey’s Pita Chips (had a FREE bag coupon!)
  • Siggi’s (had a $1 off coupon)
  • Giant tub of Oikos (no coupon – it’s delicious! I was on a Whole Foods Organic kick for a while which is much less expensive until Matt accidentally brought home an $8 tub of Oikos. Heaven help me I’m addicted to greek yogurt again!)
  • 2 Kombuchas
  • Box of Whole Foods brand Chex cereal (I’ve been craving cereal!)

I think that’s all? In case you’re wondering = $102

Upon arriving back home I had a quick snack of cereal and hot milk, my latest cold-weather favorite, while I caught up on comments.


Dinner was scheduled for Matt’s arrival at 7pm, so I put it together. I’m really no fancy cook, but I am very good at 10 minute meals!! This was one.


I seasoned our cod with a fish seasoning the Copper River folks sent me – it’s a combo of sugar, cayenne, salt, pepper, and more. Good!


In a pan on medium-high for 7 minutes per side (don’t try to flip too soon!). I added about 2 tsp of olive oil to begin.


In another pan, I sautéed some mung sprouts, carrots, frozen corn, green pepper and tomato in some olive oil – plus a bit more seasoning.


All assembled over a warmed tortilla


Notice that brown goo? That’s the brown bits on the bottom of the pan that Matt swooped in and de-glazed with Bourbon!!


The room smelled incredible!

Toppings included avocado, greek yogurt, sriracha and mixed greens on the side


Drizzled in a little honey + salt



Dessert was a clementine! Now that they are my dining room centerpiece, they are just too convenient to eat! Delicious.

Let the Hunger Games begin!*

*Don’t mean to sound excited about them given their nature, but love the book!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

WOWZERS!! What a fantastic dinner!! Totally jealous!


2 Heather December 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I really appreciate you breaking down your shopping trip…I would love to see more of that in the future. I feel like I’m in a shopping rut, so it’s always interesting to see what other people are buyin’ and makin’.


3 Kaitlyn December 13, 2011 at 6:23 am

I agree! I liked seeing this too.


4 Mrs. W December 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

That is a FANTASTIC idea for a quick dinner. Love the idea of making it a bit heartier with the addition of a whole wheat tortilla. My problem with tortillas is that we never seem to eat them fast enough before they go bad, and they don’t seem to freeze well.


5 laurie December 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I LOVE Whole Foods WW tortillas but I’ve had the same problem with them going bad before we eat them up. Has anyone has success with freezing them???


6 linda December 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

I freeze them immediately when I bring them home. Then I just use as I need them. They freeze very well.


7 Jacqueline December 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Dinner looks AMAZING!!!! The spice on that fish looks phenomenal!


8 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Your dinner looks more like a work of art than food. I bet it tasted every bit as gorgeous as it looks.


9 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I also liked seeing what you bought. I shop @ WF’s every week and spend betwen $70-$100 so it was interesting to see what you get for that amount of money.


10 Shannon @ My Place In The Race December 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Dinner looks amazing!! Fish tacos are one of my faves 😛


11 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

What a great idea for a quick dinner!


12 Jen December 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

How long will those groceries last you Kath? I need to watch my budget more carefully but it’s hard :(


13 Laura December 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Was thinking the same thing! I am trying to eat non-processed foods and am trying to stick to a budget. I find the best way is to shop once a week with a strict list – but I’d love to know how long this particular list is “meant to” last! Thanks!


14 Haley December 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

I know. I’m spending $400 on groceries a month and am really appalled.


15 Jen December 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

Yah, although Kath doesn’t have to spend money on bread or nut butters! (perks of the bakery). I assume she didn’t include the cost of her teas in with this bill either but just referring to this purchase.


16 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

Teas go in fun budget – often nut butters to do because they are wants not needs


17 Jen December 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

Oh okay – that’s interesting. So when you estimate your monthly grocery bill – I think you said before less than $300 (!) – you’re not including the “wants” like nut butters and teas? I thought it was all-inclusive.


18 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

I don’t really consider those food – lol. I also don’t want to skew my grocery budget so if I’m spending $25 on a set of nut butters or fancy teas, those to me are luxuries. Grocery budget is all real food stuff – veggies, meats, dairy. If I bought a special sauce while on vacation, that would be entertainment. If I bought produce from a farm stand while on vacation, that would be groceries. Toilet paper is entertainment.


19 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

You really shouldn’t compare with me though because like you said, my bread is free and there are two of us and one of us eats breakfast and lunch away from home everyday. It’s NEVER apples to apples.


20 Jen December 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

“Toilet paper is entertainment” – lol :)

I know nut butters and teas aren’t “real” foods but since they are something you/I/most consume on a regular basis, I just assumed you would include it in your bill. But everyone does things differently obviously.

Personally, I include it all in because in the end – it’s still money spent. Although…your way would make me feel less worried about my high bills I guess! :)


21 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

If I picked up a jar of simple peanut butter at the grocery store it would just fall under groceries. It’s more the specialty products that go into entertainment.

The reason I separate them is because of the way our entertainment budget works. If I fill it up with peanut butters, I don’t get to buy much else that month. It makes me stop and consider what I’m spending on. Our whole budget system is based on need vs. want.

22 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

They’ll last me at least 7 days – although I might need to get a few more veg over the weekend


23 Kimberly December 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

NOT trying to cause a problem or anything…but why do you put toilet paper in the “entertainment” category? Just curious!

Those fish tacos look great! Best looking food I’ve seen on here!


24 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

I talk about that in the KERF Budget video :)


25 Kimberly December 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

Oops so sorry! The videos don’t work for me so I guess it will remain a mystery!


26 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oh sorry, is it coming up blank?

It’s just the way my budget works. It’s a lot to explain! But I have budgets set for food, bills, auto, etc. and then one called Entertainment is a flex – everything else goes in this. Unexpected things like home repairs or toilet paper/toothpaste as well as dinners out. So a month with lots of unexpected things happening we’d want to cut back on dinners out and a month when we don’t have a lot of household expenses we can “play” more


27 Kimberly December 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

Oh no, it’s not your video…the only time I check blogs is if I have some downtime at work and I can’t watch them here. That’s interesting though. Thanks for taking the time to explain. I guess I thought of entertainment as fun extra things and I see toilet paper as a necessary! But your budget seems very well thought out. That’s great!


28 Angel7 December 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

As I expressed before… As of recently, your love of veggies has rubbed off on me :) Instead of veggies sitting in the fridge–good intent to eat them–they do not go bad anymore, because I eat them almost every day! I actually crave veggies now! Eat More Veggies would be my shirt logo :)


29 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:18 am
30 Sara December 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

Heh. And then YOU’D get sued by Chick-fil-A, too. (can you believe this?!)


31 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

No kidding!


32 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Man, fish tacos were on our meal plan this week and then I forgot fish and was too lazy to go back for it so it got postponed… but this makes me really miss them! Thanks 😉 LOL!


33 lynn @ the actor's diet December 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

i don’t drink but i love boozy cooking! just discovered this blog, the lush chef –

all recipes with alcohol!


34 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:18 am



35 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

this looks delicious!! i love love love tacos… quick easy to prepare at home.

haven’t read the hunger games… but it’s on my list!


36 Jessica December 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Warm, cold, crunchy, creamy…everything a girl could ever want in a bite of food. Oh yeah, and wrap it up in an easy-to-inhale tortilla and life is good.


37 Leslie December 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

1. Fish tacos are my ALL TIME favorite food. These look amazing. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make them for a long time, so thanks!

2. I just read the first Hunger Games book in 24 hours. You’re going to want to read the second and third books immediately so get on that library wait list!


38 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

I have them in my possession!


39 Lorin December 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Ironically one of my favorite things is an empty fridge because that means I have an excuse to buy lots of goodies! I love having a full fridge though as well because then I have so many delicious foods to choose from. People say it’s hard to eat healthy but a fridge full of healthy food, it really isn’t.


40 Jamie December 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

what kind of hummus do you get? i’ve been looking for a lemon one at the whole foods near me and can’t find any… i did find a sweet potato hummus that is on the next grocery list for sho! :)


41 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

whole foods brand lemon


42 Cathy December 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Must try that one. Enjoying Roasted Red Pepper w/Pita chips from HEB.


43 Jamie December 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

what kind of hummus do you get? i’ve been looking for a lemon one at the whole foods near me and can’t find any… i did find a sweet potato hummus that is on the next grocery list fo sho! :)


44 Jamie December 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

oops… 2 comments, my bad ; ) now 3…


45 Laura December 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I’ve never made fish tacos – they look delicious! Am a brand new follower and absolutely love reading your blog. I look forward to seeing your posts in my inbox every night – admittedly I sometimes sneak in during the day and spoil my evening reading. Keep up the great work!


46 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

Welcome! I know what you mean about spoiling reading :)


47 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

My boys have been begging for fish tacos lately and it’s been so long since I last made them. I need to get to whole foods to get some fish and get on that. It’s not often that kids ask for things like that, but mine seem to love them. Dinner looks delicious Kath!


48 katie @KatieDid December 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I love dinners right after a big grocery shop. Sometimes I’m end up wondering what I even just spent all that money on, but other times I can’t put down all the fun ingredients and toppings. This looks like one of those times!


49 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Ahhh that dinner looks so delicious! I miss tortilla shells! I need to find some corn ones that are wheat free! Weirdly not as easy as you’d think…


50 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

man oh man, does your dinner look delicious!!! i bought some cod this week too… maybe i should try to replicate your meal? :)


51 Megan S December 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hahaha! The end of that post was hilarious:)


52 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

oh a bourbon deglazing would be heavenly…I can almost hear that SA-sa-Sizzzzle from here. I love that sound. And the smell. Yum!

I love this “I’m really no fancy cook, but I am very good at 10 minute meals!! This was one.”

And “until Matt accidentally brought home an $8 tub of Oikos.” — only a man accidentally brings home a tub of 8 dollar anything. Women just don’t accidentally do that I don’t think. My hubs is banned from grocery stores for that very type of thing. lol


53 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Ooh I just ate dinner, and I got hungry again looking at those incredible fish tacos. Jealous!


54 Lu @ A Mix of it All December 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I’m totally guilty of being a foodie. Thanks for the list.


55 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Haha, I love your Hunger Games disclaimer. dinner looks delicious, especially with a bourbon deglazed finish!


56 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Wow, dinner looks fantastic! And I do love the sneak peak into your grocery cart. :) Seems to me a $100 trip to Whole Foods is the norm. We have a joke that if we don’t hit the big 1-0-0 we have to go back and keep shopping…


57 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm

That dinner looks absolutely amazing!! I’ve been craving tacos for several days now and that just looks so good! Mmmm


58 krystal December 13, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hey Kath, im Krystal from southern California, and I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now and i feel like i’ve known you for so long! Wierd how the blog world does that to ya. Anyway, thought I’d finally introduce myself! I’ve been trying to find wild caught shrimp for a while now, definitely going to try Whole Foods.
PS. Dinner looks mouthwatering delicious!


59 Pat December 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

I can find wild caught frozen shrimp in my local grocery – a Kroger affiliate.


60 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

Nice to meet you!


61 Khushboo December 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

This dinner looks amazing! Way to jazz up a Monday evening :)


62 Izzy December 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

Cooking with bourbon = yessss. So good.


63 Mirna Chavez December 13, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi Kathy!

I look forward to reading your blog and viewing each mouth watering food pic and pic’s of your friends and family, house update etc etc. I’m doing my best to eat better on the healthier side and I always try out and like very much what you make. Thank you so much for sharing!


64 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Mirna! Welcome


65 Mirna Chavez December 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

Thank you! One thing i noticed I find myself logging in everyday to read your Blogs! They motivate my days to keep on striving in this chaotic world we live in! Thank you!


66 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal December 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

Grocery shopping works so well for you. Whole Foods is 2hrs away for us, so we are stuck with Walmart and Kroger. I am so jealous :(


67 Hillary December 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

Good golly, I forgot how much I love fish tacos until I read this. I rarely cook fish at home, which is stupid because it’s so easy/delicious/healthy—I think this needs to be on my “to-make” list, like, now.


68 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 13, 2011 at 7:30 am

Fish tacos are a staple in our house! Quick and delicious!


69 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

I am insanely jealous that you were able to throw that dinner together in ten minutes. It seriously would have taken me a good 45 to an hour to accomplish that. I need to work on my speed-cooking!


70 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

Fish Tacos…great dinner idea! It’s on the menu for tonight!


71 Mattie December 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

Wow! That dinner looks amazingly delicious. I am surprised it was so simple and quick. I will have to try this one out. I am not much of a chef so quick easy recipes are my cup of tea!
Clementines are definitely an added bonus to this time of year! :)


72 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

Yum! Seriously great looking dinner 😀


73 Hannah @ eat, drink and save money December 13, 2011 at 8:20 am

Thanks for shopping list! Not too bad for fresh and organic food. I also have a Clem centerpiece, but I find that it makes me eat them faster because I am always looking at them!


74 Molly @ RDexposed December 13, 2011 at 8:23 am

Dinner looks so good! Times like this I wish we’ve discovered how to teleport so I could pop in for dinner.


75 Katie December 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

Sometimes the brown goo is the best part! Love deglazing the pan especially with alcohol. Looks like it’s almost time for a new bottle. I really need to read the Hunger Games.


76 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

Thanks for deciding dinner for tomorrow night! We love fish tacos.


77 Cait's Plate December 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hahah – “how much was it?” was the exact question I was going to ask (is that too nosy?!). All of that for $102 at Whole Foods ain’t bad at all! You are one thrifty shopper!


78 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

I like that you posted what you bought at Whole Foods. I’m always interested in what other people are buying. Your dinner looks tasty :)


79 Kori December 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

Your quick dinner looks mah-valeous! 😉 Your mug is so cute, and I wanted to thank you for sharing your grocery purchases. I always buy staples such as bananas, carrots, greens, dairy, etc., but sometimes I do want, as others have stated, a bit of inspiration from others as to what they are buying and preparing. :) Fish tacos will be made soon in our house now!


80 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

Looks SOOO delicious! I love tacos!


81 Kristabel December 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

Whole Foods Chex Mix cereal? I want to know how you like it! I love 365 Honey & Nut Morning Os and Peanut Butter Pows, but I haven’t had a chance to try a lot of the new varieties.


82 Holly @ thefrozenpineapple December 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

i LOVE grocery shopping… seriously, it’s like a guilty pleasure :)


83 [email protected] Flying ONION December 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

Mmm…your produce list is fantastic. So many colors, textures and flavors in there. 😀


84 Lori December 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’m moving in with you guys… Your meals are always so colorful & look incredibly delicious – not to mention you have your own bakery….and brew your own beer. (swoon!)


85 val/lotsofdishes December 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I went crazy @ Whole Foods this weekend using up a Living Social deal I bought a few months back. I have so much produce I’m not sure what to even do with it!


86 [email protected] Grains of Paradise December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Wow I’m impressed with how little your Whole Foods trip cost. That is so awesome you can get all that food for only $102! That would have been an easy $200 here :( Food cost is OUTRAGIOUS on Maui!!


87 Meagan December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

That lunch looks really good! A little different than you normally do. Also, I love the food list – I got a bunch of things at the Farmers market 2 weeks ago too, and it always maxes out the fridge for a while until eaten down!! Bulging of a good kind, lol.

Have you ever had FAGE total yogurt??? That’s my favorite greek yogurt. It has absolutely no additives.


88 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have had FAGE – that was the first I liked. But it’s not organic, so that means it’s a step down for me


89 kate December 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

toilet paper is entertainment! too funny:) BTW~ what are mung sprouts? Is is just another name for bean sprouts….I love them and sometimes put them in my spagetti for extra bulk.


90 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Bean sprouts! I’m not sure why I keep calling them mung? Unless they are “mung bean spouts”


91 Katherine December 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Have you had Oikos Caramel greek yogurt? Amazingly delicious! Great for those of us with a sweet tooth! :)
My schedule for this week is looking pretty full: the next three days I am scheduled to be at work until 4:30 or 5, so probably no gym for me unless I get off early. I made it to the gym for some quick stair climbing this afternoon, but am missing my routine/ classes!! I will probably go to Pump on Saturday if you for some reason miss Friday and want to join me!


92 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I have had the caramel – delish!!

I missed you so much on Monday, and I will tomorrow!! I’ll think about Friday…might go to yoga on Sat instead if you’d want to do that after? (11:30 class?)


93 Katherine December 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

11:30 is probably too late for me. I have to get the boys home for lunch and nap. If you aren’t at the gym next week, maybe I’ll see you at the bakery. :)


94 Ilane December 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I want some of that food :)


95 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

Dinner looks Good! Love those clementines!!


96 Megan December 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

The fish tacos look amazing!


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