Salmon Avocado Rolls Recipe

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Sometimes, the mundane breakfast items just don’t cut it and I want to switch it up a bit. That’s when I whip up a quick batch of these salmon avocado rolls. They are ridiculously easy to make and only require 3 ingredients.

What You’ll Need:

Smoked Salmon
Chavrie Goat Cheese (or Cream Cheese)
Avocado

Notes: You’ll find the salmon over in the meat department hanging up by the seafood. You can usually catch them for around $6 a pack. Just make sure they say they are “ready to eat.” If you don’t like goat cheese, you can try cream cheese, as well. It’s just a bit harder to spread on the salmon.

And Here’s How To Make Them:

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1) Cut your avocado into halves. Then use your knife to cut one of halves into wedges. If you are careful, you can do it right in the skin and you won’t need to dirty a cutting board. Just don’t slice through the avocado skin and yourself!!

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2) Lay pieces of the salmon on a plate or flat surface. They are usually already cut in small strips but if not, you may want to trim them to a smaller size.

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3) Dollop on some goat/cream cheese and spread it across the pieces with the back of a spoon or a knife. Lay one wedge of avocado at the top of each salmon piece.

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4) Roll up the salmon slices and you are done.

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I can usually get 2-3 sets of around 4 salmon avocado slices per pack of salmon. I’ll save the other half of avocado in an Avocado Keeper and the salmon slices in a Ziploc Small Rectangle Container. The avocado shown a few pics above that I sliced into wedges was actually cut in half the day before and kept in the keeper. As you can see, it does a great job of keeping them fresh! It’s best to keep the half with the pit in it in the keeper as it helps keep it fresher.

I hope that you end up liking these if you try them. But it goes without saying that if you aren’t a fan of salmon, you probably won’t be a fan of these. LOL! I like to treat myself to them every so often. It’s a great way to get some healthy Omega-3s into your body!!

Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses: Reducing Food Waste

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In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.

There are several ways to save on your grocery budget (of course the first being to actually have a grocery budget!) but aside from using coupons and meal planning another one of the bigger ways to save it to reduce/eliminate food waste. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. You just grabbed a great deal on strawberries and two days later, they are a big moldy mush because you forgot about them. Or you go to grab a can of something and find out it expired months ago.

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Here are some of the ways I have compiled to help reduce/eliminate food waste:

1) Rotate your food stock – Make sure that you always have your oldest canned goods up front and try to use them first. I’ve even set aside an area in my pantry where I grab all food that will expire within a few weeks and put it there so I can be sure to work it into my weekly meal plan.

2) Hang a dry-erase board on your fridge and jot down food items that you should use first, your “don’t forgets” such as those strawberries that you bought.

3) Instead of buying all your produce at once, make bi-weekly produce trips to the store. Since the produce is sold towards the front, you can easily run in and grab the few items you need without risking too many chances at food impulse buys. When you go to make your grocery list from your weekly meal plan, jot down the produce that could wait a few days before purchasing and keep that list separate so you won’t have to remember later.

4) Keep a designated area in your fridge for the “use first” food. This could include leftovers, dairy/produce items that are soon expiring, etc. Try to work those into a meal during the week.

5) Try to have one night a week where you use leftovers. If your family isn’t one to like a meal a second time, try to make meals where you can easily freeze the leftovers for a quick lunch later or even another meal later on.

6) Go through your pantry quarterly (or even monthly!) to be sure that you don’t have food go past its expiration date.

7) Set limits to open snacks/cereals. Instead of having 5-6 boxes open at once, set a limit of 3 cereal boxes open at a time. Make it a rule that a new box can’t be opened until those are gone. Do something similar with snacks. An easy tip: Only keep a few bag clips and set a rule that a bag of chips (etc) can’t be opened if there’s no available bag clip.

8) Make sure you work all “soon expireds” from your pantry and fridge into your weekly meal plan. Check your “don’t forget” list on the fridge, too!

9) Invest in Produce Savers to extend the life of your produce. And make sure you are using a high enough quality freezer bag/container to avoid freezer burn. If you only use a partial bag of a frozen item, make sure it’s sealed properly or store it in a freezer safe container with a label.

10) Set a “food waste charge” for family members to encourage that they reduce the amount of food waste at meal/snack times. This will help them learn portion control, as well. Keep the money you collect in a separate little bank and use that same money to reward kids when they’ve gone longer periods of time without wasting food.

I’m hoping that these tips will help you reduce the amount of food waste and help you make the most of your grocery budget! In what way do you try to reduce/eliminate food waste.

Stay tuned for another day of brainstorming on another stresser! The series is almost done!! In case you missed them, you can check the recap to see what I’ve posted already.

Re-Cap for Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses Series

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In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.

I wanted to take a minute and re-cap the Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses Series so you can easily access any that you may have missed. There are a total of 20.

I’m hoping that you are enjoying the series and finding some tips to help you reduce some stresses in your life, too!

1) Laundry
2) Email & Mail
3) Spending Less
4) Exercise
5) Fridge/Freezer
6) School Lunches & Schedules
7) Meal Planning
8) Work/Parent Time
9) Dishes
10) Clutter Spots
11) Healthier Meals & Snacks
12) Finding Friend Time
13) Finding Family Time
14) Keeping the Bathroom Clean
15) Morning/Evening Routine
16) Saving and Smarter Shopping
17) Keeping a Clean Car
18) Having Necessities on Hand
19) Reducing Food Waste
20) Time to Myself to Recharge

Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses: Healthier Meals and Snacks

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In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.

I have to say that I am happy to see that more families are trying to find healthier solutions for their meals and snacks. The downside to this though, is that advertisers have also noticed this and have started to put a spin to products to make them appear healthier to boost sales. Some of the blurbs they put on packaging can make things appear to be “good for you” when truly, they are not. So how does one truly know if something is healthy or not?!

I’ve taken a big leap over the last few years in putting more focus on reading ingredient labels. I’ve gotten in the habit of avoiding foods with ingredients that I don’t understand and/or foods with very long lists of ingredients. I’ve been trying to “Google” ingredients in products to see if those things may be harmful or perhaps just some natural preservative that I haven’t heard about. In the process, I’ve been basically building up my own education of what to eat and what to avoid. While I am by no means any food expert, I am happy at how far I’ve come on my own.

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Here are a few ways I’ve brainstormed to help continue on the path of healthier meals and snacks for my family:

1) Make the core of all our meals “real food” with items that come as much from nature as possible with extra focus on in-season produce.

2) Continue to buy the majority of our meats and produce through farmers, either directly or at the farmer’s markets. When the markets close, I’ll shop at healthier stores like Whole Foods Market or Fruitful Yield for some of our necessities.

3) When grocery shopping, stick to the outer edges of the stores as they tend to have the healthiest foods. As soon as you step into those middle aisles, it increasing the chances to find impulse buys on unhealthy foods.

4) Continue to read the ingredient list on new foods that I want to try. Stick to short ingredient lists and ingredients that I understand. Continue to research anything that I don’t understand on products that could be potentially unhealthy.

5) Keep a food journal for at least for a month, to see how healthy (or unhealthy!) we are currently eating now. Make sure to pay attention to any vitamins/nutrients/minerals that we are lacking and search for more foods high in those items.

6) Look for more resources that emphasize healthy meals. (Resources such as websites, books, cookbooks, magazines, etc.) A few I currently recommend are:
a) Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times and Weight Watchers magazines. Good resources for recipes!
b) Organic Gardening website. Great way to incorporate items into the garden.
c) Whole Foods Market website. I’ve found several great new recipes there and the latest on healthy/unhealthy foods
d) Nutrition Action Healthletter – No ads and just pages full of great tips! One of my faves!

7) Set limits on our snacks. It’s amazing how fast just a little snack here or there can add up to an unhealthy amount of food throughout the day. Also watch how many new snacks are open at once. This can lead to waste and over-snacking.

8) Make healthier snacks more readily accessible and visible. We often tend to eat unhealthy just because it seems faster than stopping for two minutes to cut up some fresh veggies.

9) Set up a meatless day each week in our menu to get more variety into our diet and save money. This will help to incorporate things like tofu, beans, etc. into our diets.

10) Work more crockpot meals into the monthly meal plan. There are so many healthy recipes out there that rely on the longer cooking times rather than unhealthy oils, breadings etc to add more taste to the meal. I can also use it as a tool for making more homemade things, such as crockpot applesauce or homemade yogurt.

11) Continue to look for coupons and savings on Organic and healthy items and stockpile any that I can.

12) Continue to do freezer cooking sessions with items that are in-season throughout the year. This will be a great way to keep healthy veggies that are full of taste ready in our freezer (and at the lower price) so they can be added to soups, casseroles, etc.

13) Continue to educate my kids on the benefits of eating healthy and about the importance of moderation with all foods, including “treats.” (I’m hoping to add another part to the “How to Get Kids to Eat Healthier” series soon!)

These are just a few ways that I’ve brainstormed on how to continue to get healthier meals and snacks into our week. In what ways have you found that have helped you eat healthier?

Stay tuned for more posts next week! And as always, thank you for bearing with me when life doesn’t allow me to post things on time. Remember, always put your family first!

Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses: Meal Planning

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In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.

Meal planning is one of the simpler things that we can do to help save both time and money. And yet, for some reason, it also seems to be something that can be hard to get into the habit of doing. I’m slowly working on making this a habit because I’ve found that when I have a meal plan in place, my week goes by so much smoother. This applies to even those weeks where I don’t stick exactly to the meal plan but rotate the days I use the meals I have picked for that week. Meal planning is a great way to help eliminate the, “What should I make for dinner tonight?” stress that seems to occur about 15 minutes before dinner should be ready!

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Here are a few ways I’ve brainstormed to help make the meal planning process a little bit easier:

1) Set a grocery budget so I know the limits I need to stay within for each week.

2) Print out a monthly calendar and fill in the important dates to plan meals around. Make little notes of the days that I need to plan a quick meal such as parent/teacher conferences, sporting events, nights with school activities, etc.

3) Set-up a weekly theme for days such as: Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Seafood Thursday and Family Fridays. This will help trigger ideas for meals for those days.

4) Have the family pick one meal per week. This could be the “Family Fridays.” It will be fun to see what meal each person picks each month. It could even go so far as the person who picks the meal also has to help shop for the ingredients and cook it!

5) Keep a master meal plan updated.

6) Always check the pantry, freezer and fridge to see what meals I can make with food I already have on hand. Try to pair these with what’s on sale for the week. This will leave me with extra grocery money to stock up on food that’s at the hottest sale price that week.

7) Try to work more foods that are in-season into our meals. This will help save money and we’ll get to enjoy even fresher foods.

8) Work on getting more freezer cooking meals made so I can have a homemade meal ready for a back-up on the busy days or when the originally planned meal fails!

9) Plan a day to work in leftovers each week so nothing goes to waste. Try to use some leftover food from dinner as part of school lunches, if possible.

10) Create a meal planning folder. This will be something that I can bring with me when I get to school early to pick-up the kids so I can utilize that time for meal-planning, if need be. (I’ll share this when I finish making it!)

These are just a few ways that I’ve come up with to help the meal planning process. What things do you find help you to stay in the habit of meal planning each week?

Stay tuned for another day of brainstorming tomorrow on another “stresser.”