Our budget has gotten tighter with school ending for the semester, so I have been working on ways to save. One way that I have been saving, and eating better is by shopping at Trans Asian Market in Biddeford for great deals on produce! I love it because not only do I get the best deals, but I also find new foods to try.
Yesterday, I got a yellow cantaloupe to try. I didn’t know they even existed, so I got one. When I got it home, I decided to peel and cut it up for snacks. I was really surprised how easy it was to cut through the peel. It was a little challenging to distinguish how much I needed to trim off to remove the rind though because there was little color difference on the inside. The fruit itself was sweet and very juicy. If you were to arrange melons on a spectrum of sweetness, I would place yellow cantaloupe between regular (orange) cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. It almost had a hint of pear flavor.
I also scored some great deals on veggies! Some of the produce is pre-bagged for you, and some you can select yourself in different amounts. There is usually a slightly better price for pre-bagged items. I got a couple of bags of mixed peppers and when I got home, I noticed that one of my red peppers was nearly as big as the melon that I picked up!
I sliced up all of the peppers that I bought and paired them with some boneless chicken breasts that I bought on sale at Hannaford this week to make Chicken Fajitas. (Ironically, the Asian Market also has awesome burrito wraps too).
I searched Pinterest and came across a Grilled Chicken Fajita Marinade that claimed to be The Best Fajita Recipe . Luckily, we had all of the ingredients so I gave it a shot. It had good flavor without being overpowering and I think it was better than sizzling restaurant chicken fajitas! My family loved it so I will definitely be making it again!
Tonight, I’ll be making ribeye (I saved on it by buying a whole one at Emery’s Meat Market when I made a trip to visit my dad). This time, I won’t be making my own marinade, but instead I will use a new one of Sweet Baby Ray’s. I love their BBQ sauce! My mother-in-law picked up the marinade because Hannaford was out of our usual go-to, and it turned out the new one became my hubby’s new fav (it does pay off to be Semper Gumby… even if it is only Saepe… LOL). I think I will also roast some asparagus and skewer some big, beautiful baby (ironic) bella mushrooms.
I’m not sure what else I will make since Steve is not big on asparagus or ‘shrooms and he won’t eat baked potato. (For someone who claims not to be picky… he is a bit picky… I try most to please him though. As the saying goes “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”.)
Another way that I’ve been saving is on my gas mileage. I still can’t believe, that we were able to turn a negative into such a huge positive! Got rid of my beat up Sonata and got a brand new Nissan Altima on a lease without changing my payment!
And my seats are so comfortable!!! I love it! And I’m loving the beautiful weather we’ve been getting, it has been so nice to enjoy some sun! There is little better than the sound of the waves! It gives me such a feeling of inner peace like nothing else. One of my ultimate goals in life would be to live near the ocean.