I’ve been trying to eat a bit more healthy lately. Maybe it’s because it’s a new year and I want to start it off right? In any event, this past week I made oatmeal cookies with chopped, dried cranberries and walnuts instead of my usual chocolate chip cookies. I also made a big batch of turkey chili served over brown rice, topped with grated cheddar cheese and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. I roasted a small rack of baby-back ribs seasoned with a pre-made, low-salt dry chili rub. I made my usual weekly quiche utilizing a can of fat-free evaporated milk, a half cup of skim milk, two eggs, one cup of grated cheddar cheese, some spices (paprika) and a supper large hand-full of fresh spinach. It’s a great way to start my morning each day of the week while only using two eggs!

Speaking of eggs, they made a great dinner when scrambled and combined with sautéed potatoes and onions. I tried my hand at making a grilled cheese sandwich in my air-fryer. Not bad. Very crispy. I think I’m going to make all my future grilled cheese sandwiches this way. Just make sure you butter each side of the exposed bread before air-frying.

One recommendation are these odd and ends bits of biscotti that Ocean State Job Lots sells very frequently. For only $3.99 you get 14 ounces (it used to be 16 oz, a full pound) of the most delicious, tasty biscotti ever. They go fantastically with your afternoon coffee or tea. If you’ve looked at the price of ‘normal’ biscotti lately ($10 for 4 oz! Ouch!), you’d know this was a super bargain. Granted yes, it’s the end pieces and the broken pieces of the biscotti cookie but who cares? Try an almond vanilla, pistachio cranberry or chocolate walnut flavor (loaded with nuts and fruits) and you won’t be feeling much pain or discomfort. Those little suckers are mmm mmm good!

The only meat bargain I picked up this week was pork loin. ShopRite was selling them at $1.49 a pound. However, when I got to the store you had to buy a whole pork loin and the smallest one I could find was $22. Too expensive for my bottom line right now, so I bought the next best thing: pre cut pork loin chops for only $1.99 a pound. (PS: yes, I bought the green peppers too for only .99 cents a pound!)

Other items I bought, that were also on sale (Note: I am only buying sale items now) were onions and potatoes. Two perfect ingredients for wintertime cooking:

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