food shopping to beat the crowds & dinner plan


I thought who I was heading to Trader Joe’s yesterday morning at 8:00 am in my attempt to beat the blizzard crazy crowds only to find out that my Trader Joe’s opens at 9:00 am NOT 8:00 am.

No problem though, I drove across the street to ShopRite where I had some shopping to do anyway.

shoprite food shopping

  • Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread < – because my child has decided Ezekiel Bread is for losers
  • Tropicana Orange Juice and Fruit Punch
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Plantains
  • Red Sweet Potatoes
  • Bagels
  • FRESH Blueberries < – Highlight of my week!
  • Ellio’s Pizza

If you didn’t grow up on Ellio’s pizza then you totally missed out on a yummy (and processed) childhood. I decided to be a cool mom by getting something fun to eat during the blizzard so Ellio’s, the frozen pizza of my youth, was my choice. Turns out, it isn’t as bad as I thought when I read the ingredients.

I also stocked up on the red sweet potatoes (aside from color, the red, white and Japanese sweet potatoes all seem the same to me) and some plantains!

I made sure to text Michele immediately since she is the queen of cooking plantains figuring she would tell me what I should do with them first.


After chatting, Trader Joe’s was finally open for business.

Trader Joe's

  • Apples
  • Almond Milk
  • Salsa
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Queso Dip < – I would never eat this because I do not like cheese dips but I think my son would like it, hashtag blizzardeats
  • Organic Mini Pancakes
  • Turkey
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • Cinnamon
  • Cauliflower
  • Organic Eggs
  • Organic Chick Peas
  • Organic Spinach
  • Onion
  • Bananas
  • Coffee

I was so excited to see giant cauliflowers in stock! They haven’t had cauliflower in forever.

So, since we are expecting a blizzard (which obviously means I am not running the half marathon on Sunday), I plan to be snowed in and busy in the kitchen. I love to bake during a storm but will probably cook some stuff too!

I am considering the follow recipes for dinner over the weekend and Monday:

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Beef Taco Bowls < – my son loved this when I made it and asked that I make it again

Chickpea Pasta Soup

Crispy Soft Sweet Plaintains

Healthy Broccoli Tots

What will I do with the cauliflower?!

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers

Carmelized Cauliflower Salad With Quinoa

Beyond Monday, the rest of the week may look like this:

Tuesday – Pizza Night

Wednesday – out for dinner

Thursday – From the Freezer (veggie burgers, meatless meatballs or chicken nuggets for my son)

Friday – out for dinner

What I may bake:

Doughy Peanut Butter Cookies  – A no bake recipe actually!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – I have a lot of bananas at the moment and always think about this cookie recipe I developed a few months ago.

Clean & Fudgy Dark Frosted Chocolate Brownies 

Healthier Granola Cookie Wedges

Have a great weekend!

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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 22, 2016, 7:37 am

    It used to be hilarious to watch people in Atlanta prepare for “Blizzards” (we are talking 1-2? inches of snow?). But then again, there was that time when we actually did have a blizzard, and then we were all very sorry indeed.
    Here, you more just have to be prepared for delayed deliveries, but in the city it is rare for the power to go out, so you have more freedom.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:10 pm

      Yeah I love being in the city for the blizzards because it doesn’t shut down as much as the island.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma January 22, 2016, 7:42 am

    Totally grew up on Ellio’s! Such a staple in the freezer along with frozen waffles and hot pockets 🙂 Love the text and the fact that you bought plantains! I also did my shopping yesterday, but last night my daughter came down with a stomach virus so I’m not sure any of us will be eating over the next few days. Nope this race was not meant to happen! Crossing fingers we don’t all catch it.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:09 pm

      Ugh I hope you guys are feeling better. This race was just not meant to happen.

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns January 22, 2016, 8:10 am

    I’ve never heard of Ellios before! I’m not a big pizza person (too much frozen pizza growing up). Dan loves his DiGiorno’s though. I love how you just told Michele that you bought plantains and she immediately gives you a recipe. That’s so funny, and sounds delicious too!
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  • Ellie January 22, 2016, 8:22 am

    I don’t know how bad we’ll get hit in Upstate NY but I’ll be praying for those racers for sure! Three things I am doing this weekend include working, updating my blog header and eating a lot of bananas $0.29 a pound at Aldi’s meant I went crazy hahaha
    I hope you don’t get too much snow, but thank God for treadmills!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 22, 2016, 8:41 am

    Haha! I was going to ask you if you told Michele that you got plantains – she’s the first person that comes to my mind as well. And no blizzard for us up here in Canadaland this weekend, but I’ll probably be spending a lot of it in the kitchen as well since I kind of have a boatload of stuff to catch up/get ahead on. Hopefully you guys don’t get dumped on too bad!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:08 pm

      So long as I am still getting my long run in on the treadmill and can bake some cookies, I am totally ok with being snowed in. First storm of the season!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 22, 2016, 8:56 am

    Stay safe and warm in that blizzard! Thank goodness for treadmills and baking, right? It snowed a lot in the mountains and the passes are closed, so we’re staying in Seattle this weekend and maybe trying trail running if Ryan’s cold goes away.
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  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com January 22, 2016, 9:47 am

    I’m in D.C. so we’re expecting 20-30 inches of snow–crazy! Everyone here is going nuts. I had a scheduled 7 miler Saturday, but I switched it up and did it today on the treadmill and will rest tomorrow. I loved Ellio’s and Celeste frozen pizzas when I was a kid, I totally should’ve picked some up at the store for this weekend! Fail.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:06 pm

      Ellio’s was my favorite! Good luck with the storm down there, they keep upping the amounts here.

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy January 22, 2016, 9:57 am

    I’ve only cooked plantains once, but I need to do it more often. Soup in this weather sounds ideal!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:06 pm

      PLantains are so good and easy to make, I hope to make them more often.

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl January 22, 2016, 10:15 am

    Somehow I still half think I am running that half marathon…yet spent last night making sure I had enough sweet potatoes, apples, peanut butter, hummus, and Enjoy Life dark chocolate bars to feed an army for the winter!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:06 pm

      I guess you saw it was canceled? I don’t love the race choices we can choose from. Maybe the 10k.

  • Shannon January 22, 2016, 12:12 pm

    I haven’t ever heard of that pizza! Good luck with the blizzard. We are going through a mini heat spell right now. The weather is so weird!
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  • Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat January 22, 2016, 12:45 pm

    So much yes to Ellios!

    I plan on waking up early tomorrow, doing a long run on the treadmill and then hunkering down for the rest of the weekend. With wine, and the slow cooker and oven on.
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  • Arthi January 22, 2016, 4:15 pm

    Stay safe!!

    I’m supposed to fly to D.C. Sunday night for a week of training at my new job … Already got notifications that flights will likely be cancelled. I lived in D.C. for 5 years and the entire city shuts down with a little flurry … This is gonna be nuts!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 22, 2016, 5:04 pm

      I saw the one inch they got the other night crippled the city. Hopefully this storm goes ok for them…and for me too here in NY!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 23, 2016, 1:23 pm

    Despite not having the same weather forecast as you, I stocked up some produce yesterday myself. $20 plus dollars worth of fruit later….which will only last a week or so the way I’m consuming it….it just feels good to have delicious fruits and veggies in the fridge again.

    I was shocked to realize Lay’s potato chips have a decent ingredient list too: potatoes, oil, salt. Color me happy.

    Stay warm and safe!!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 26, 2016, 8:47 am

      I could use some watermelon and a fresh pint of blueberries if you were wondering. Love having fresh fruit in the house

  • Fiona January 23, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Scary weather! Hope you guys are surviving ok there 🙂 Baking and cooking delicious things like brownies and sticky sesame cauliflower is a pretty good consolation prize it has to be said. Have fun!
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  • Emily January 24, 2016, 11:13 pm

    Plantain chips are AMAZING. I hope you stayed cozy in the snow.
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  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 24, 2016, 11:29 pm

    All your meals look great! I went to the grocery store on Thursday before the storm, and there was such a big crowd. My boyfriend loves TJ’s and half of the time we get our groceries there, they’ve got great stuff!
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine January 25, 2016, 10:09 am

    I also learned how to cook plantains from Michele! I always forget to buy them though- not even sure if my TJs sells them because I don’t remember seeing them there!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 25, 2016, 5:00 pm

      Yeah, TJ doesn’t sell them, which is surprising. I got them at ShopRite.