My favorite grocery store is closed! (and PR!)

If anyone lives in the Chicagoland area, you know that Dominick’s and Jewel are the most expensive grocery stores.  I typically only stop by Dominick’s on my way home from work to pick up a couple things I might need for that nights dinner, like hamburger buns.

I am a sale flyer menu planner.  Last week I had my whole meal plan worked out, Tony and I drive to my favorite grocery store, only to see that the whole parking lot was roped off.  We learned a couple days later that they suffered roof damage and were closed until they could make repairs.

According to their website, they’ll be closed for 2 – 3 months!  It’s the perfect store, awesome meat prices, best produce and stunning deli.  My only saving grace is that a Fresh Market is opening up “soon” in Crystal Lake.

Are you loyal to one grocery store or do you use several?

As I was getting out of the shower yesterday morning, I suddenly realized that I forgot to defrost my chicken for my Asian broccoli slaw chicken salad.  I was running out of time and ideas, so I made a quick stop at Walgreen’s on my way to work.  You’ll never guess what I had for breakfast!

Yep, a bowl of cereal.  I love milk, but it doesn’t like me back, so I have it only once in a while.  This was Special K’s almond vanilla – it’s very good – very crunchy.  I didn’t think this would keep me full for very long, but it did – probably the protein in the milk helped. 😀  1.5 cups cereal and 1/2 cup skim milk = 7 WW points.

I checked the weather before I headed out for my run at lunch.  It said 77 degrees, 65% chance of rain during the hour I was going out.  I thought, “who cares if I get wet!”  I started at my “start” line at 12:10.  I concentrated on the music I was listening to, told myself I could stop if I really had to, but convinced myself I was doing fine. 

It was the perfect weather – overcast, sprinkles at times, and at my half way point to turn around, I told myself “walking is not an option.”  Guess what??  That worked!  I ended my 5k in . . .34:10!

That’s the fastest I’ve run outside. . . ever!  My last 5k outdoor race was in 2008 – I can’t believe almost 3 years ago!

Yup – 40:54 was my time back then!  Why didn’t anyone tell me my belly was so big?  I am on the left, Hannah in the middle and my friend Kim – I think that was Kim’s and Hannah’s last race too!

I still need to sign up for two races before Labor Day – and Shelley, to answer your question about the dualthon I was going to do – I realized I’ll be in Virigina that weekend. 😦

Because of my horrible food planning today, I give you a glimpse into “prepared food Biz food!”  Truth be told, I love Hormel chili – always have.  Next to spaghettios, Hormel chili was my go to.  I also found a new chip that I absolutely love – Tostitos new artisan black bean tortilla chips.  They are thinner than their regular chips and super flavorful.  This bag comes in at 6 points, so with a cup of chili, lunch comes in at 11 points.

Dinner was another simple go to – stuffed peppers for two.  I made these for my SIL for one of her lunches this week – she texted me “outstanding stuffed green peppers!”

Stuffed Peppers for Two (each pepper is 10 PointsPlus)

  • 2 large green peppers
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce, divided
  • 4 ounces ground sirloin
  • 2 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 ounce chopped pepperoni
  • 1 ounce cooked brown rice
  • 1.5 ounces mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper

For an easy weeknight dinner, I just put the green peppers whole in the microwave, poked with a knife, and hit “fresh vegetable.”  Meanwhile, I cook the ground sirloin and Italian sausage until cooked and no longer pink.  Drain the fat.  Add in 6 ounces of the tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, rice, oregano and salt and pepper, cook a couple more minutes.

Once the green peppers have cooled enough to handle, cut off the top. Stuff with meat mixture, top with 3/4 ounce of mozzarella cheese on top of each pepper and broil until the cheese is bubbly.  I added the last 2 ounces of the can of tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.

I’ve tried to have Friday features, like fashion Friday or Friday flashbacks, but turns out I am lazy.  I think what I will do is spread a little link love to new to me food blogs I’ve been enjoying lately.

Broke Foodie.  I just discovered her blog yesterday and already love her writing style and recipes (um, and she may be a cookbook whore like me!) 😀  I may have to give her Thai Carrot Pizza a go – but add cheese!

Crave.  She recently made a chipotle cole slaw that I’ve been drooling about since I saw her post it.  I love that it mixes greek yogurt with a smaller amount of mayo – all mayo cole slaws make me want to throw up in my mouth a little.

The Cooking Bride.  Um, she just made the best looking homemade mini corn dogs.  Must.Make.Soon!

Stats for Thursday:

  • 45 minute workout (included 34:10 5k PR!)
  • 34 points (including 5 points of crackers while watching t.v.)
  • average blood sugar 101 – nice! 😀

PRODUCT ALERT!  Nicole, I hope you are reading this!  I need to find this – soon!  Sadly, when I went to the store locater on Tabasco’s website, this is what it said:

No stores within 145 miles carry TABASCO® brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce 5-oz.

Tony, I may be using some of our paypal $$ to order some!

Happy Friday!  Hoping I have a loss on the scale tomorrow at WW – either way, I know I am a running superstar! 😀

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30 thoughts on “My favorite grocery store is closed! (and PR!)

  1. First….Way to go with the 5k time! Awesome!!!

    Second…I hate it when grocery stores have something wrong and you can’t shop! SO sad! I’m not loyal to a specific store since we moved to Illinois. When I lived in Iowa, I was a loyal Hy-Vee and Fareway shopper!

    Third…I need to make your version of stuffed peppers! I love the addition of pepperoni!

    And last….buffalo tabasco?!!? OMG!! I had no idea! I need to try this! I can’t believe no stores around carry it….thank goodness for online ordering!!!

  2. I’m pretty loyal to my Whole Foods. I’ll even stop at the one in Annapolis on my way to/from the beach for my shopping! With having a food allergy, the labeling just makes it worth it!

  3. Fantastic running PR! I hate running but have to do it sometimes at the gym and almost cry every time. I love stuffed peppers too, such a great meal. I am taking a spontaneous trip to SML today to get my two little kids and bring the big one down there for his week with my folks. Too bad I will miss you down there! some day for sure! Have a great weekend too Biz!

  4. WAY TO GO BIZZY! SUPER AWESOME! Even if you don’t lose a single ounce I would think that run would keep you on a high for weeks. I am so proud of you. 🙂

    Your peppers are purty – I need to make some but peppers here are so expensive. And you know me – I am cheap. heehee

  5. Hi Biz! Keep up the good work 🙂 I am sorry your favorite store has closed 😦 That’s awful. The food looks amazing like always!

  6. oh no! I would cry a little if my Publix closed! I shop mainly there and now at TJs!!! Ours opened today and I could not be happier. mmm chili. Awesome. I want to try those chips too. GREAT job on the run. Happy Friday

  7. Yay on the 5k!! You are on a roll lately! The more you run the easier it will get. 🙂
    I think stuffed peppers could be my most favorite dinner of all time. Yours look fantastic (as always!).

  8. GET OUT OF TOWN! Tabasco buffalo?!?!?! I”m in love already and I haven’t even tried it! 🙂 PS – those peppers look amazing – my stomach is growling right now because of that delicious looking melty cheese.

  9. The Cooking Bride

    When you make those mini corn dogs, stop over and let me know how they turn out!

  10. That is awesome about your run! You are totally a running superstar!!!

    Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!!

  11. I am drooling over the stuffing in those peppers!

  12. I LOVE stuffed peppers….so good! You are rocking this whole running thing!

  13. Woooooot woooooot on that 5k time – you are a rockstar, lady!

    Here in Asheville, no I’m definitely not. I shop at Walmart, SavMor (which is like discount), Whole Foods and Earthfare. At home, I tend to only shop at Hannaford (in my town), Market Basket (20 min away) and Trader Joe’s (1.5hrs away)

  14. Good luck on the scale!

    I don’t have that grocery store near me. But I don’t really have a favorite right now. I hope around depending on which one looks like it has better sales that week. I rarely shop at Jewel and NEVER at dominicks! lol

    Those peppers look great! 10 pts+ seems kinda high for one but splurging a little never hurts! I’ve never had them with cheese before! Yum!

  15. Can I tell you one of my party dishes? I would take a can of Hormel chili without beans and a box of velveeta and heat them up. Put that in a crockpot for parties and it was loved by all! I actually want that now after writing about it LOL.

  16. bummer about the store. i tend to big shop at one place…but pick up things at a few others near by during the week.

    Crave…yes, Mel has some great ideas! Love her blog too. We have been internet “friends” for several years! speaking of spicy….

    Have you tried the chipotle flavor of your fav hot sauce…Cholula? So freaking good. Just spicy enough with that smokey flavor throughout. I have been putting it on everything!

    have a great weekend Biz!

  17. I haven’t even seen those chips before! They look awesome.

    Love the peppers, I have to make them sometime soon

    Can’t wait for our get together Sunday!

  18. You go girl with your run yesterday. I am trying to muster some energy now to take a quick jog when the baby gets up from her nap.

    Buffalo Hot Sauce…Holy Yum! My husband is an addict of hot sauce so he will be very interested in your find.

  19. I shop at multiple grocery stores. It’s pretty nuts! But I like to save as much as I can.

    34:10! Holy shit Biz! Way to go!!!!!! Speedy!

  20. So sorry about your favorite store closing. I shop at Wegmans almost exclusively and I don’t know what I would do if it ever closed. Your stuffed peppers look very tasty!

  21. Hey Biz, I have a question for you. Has anyone ever told you to give yourself your insulin in the bathroom? I got an email from an organizer of a foodie group( from meetup) that I go out with to restaurants. I was told that a member was “freaked out” about me giving myself my shot. I try to be discreet and do it under the table. I was take aback and immediately withdrew myself from a future event. Just wondering what you think.

    • I’ve never gone to the bathroom to give myself a shot, unless I am at a small dinner party and its pretty obvious. That’s so crazy! I wouldn’t worry about it!

  22. Well done on your speed! You are a running super star. 🙂

  23. Roz@weightingfor50

    The 5K result may mean I’m changing your name from Vat to Speedy. Nah…you’re always Vat in my heart Biz!! 🙂 And joking aside…yay you!!!! And if you could box up some of those peppers and send it up to me, that would be great. I’ll be eating dinner in about 5 hours…. Have a great Friday, good luck at WI tomorrow!!!!

  24. Dang Biz, your running is really improving! Find some races and sign up – a half marathon could be in your future!

  25. Congrats on the run! YEA!

    As for grocery stores, the DOM (gas discount oh yea) and Trader Joe’s are our main stops but sometimes Fresh Market and Whole Foods. Oh and they are building a Whole Foods up closer to us (Deer Park area). Much easier access than the Palatine one.

    Ever since I tried Cholula hot sauce, I have never gone back to Tabasco but the Buffalo one is tempting.

  26. Those stuffed peppers look divine!
    Yum!
    Those chips sound delicious! The perfect combo with chili.

  27. Kalli and Bill

    great job on the run and you are right….who cares what the scale says when you are getting faster and stronger as a whole 🙂 enjoy your weekend!

  28. Congrats on your running PR! You are seriously kicking some running ass! So proud of you!! 🙂

  29. […] I talked to Tony earlier in the day I knew I still had ground beef and thought that stuffed peppers sounded good.  It wasn’t until I got home that I forgot I had defrosted two pork chops – […]

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