Gotta Have It!

I try to limit my grocery shopping to once a week (and under $100) but every now and then I have to make a mid-week stop for absolute necessities.

Today was one of those days:

There are some grocery items that we have to have in the house at all times, and today I realized we were out of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Deodorant
  • Coffee creamer
  • Ice cream (Shane needs it more than I do…but only slightly more Winking smile )
  • Bread

Plus I picked up some diced tomatoes and salsa for tonight’s dinner. Other grocery store items we must have in the house at all times include: milk, Greek yogurt, bananas, raw nuts, coffee beans, and peanut butter.


Gotta have it!!  


I picked up some salsa at the store, too, because on tonight’s meal plan is fish tacos!


When I got home from work, I thawed out a few tilapia fillets, and then rubbed them in a rub of Mrs. Dash + cumin, and fried them up in a skillet.


Then I topped them with the most amazing sauce ever – which is a sweet and sour yogurt-based sauce. The only changes I made was using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I also added aforementioned salsa and some lettuce. The entire recipe is loosely based on this one.

I’m always at a loss of what to serve for a side when we have tacos – of any variety – and such was the case tonight. An idea came to me when I saw a can of pinto beans in the lazy susan. I mashed up the drained and rinsed pintos, added cheese, and heated it up in the microwave.


Easy peasy! This dinner is SO good and takes literally 15 minutes to prepare and cook. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often.

Not sure what’s on tap for the rest of the night. We’ve run out of shows to watch now that we’re caught up with Dexter and The Walking Dead.

What food items do you have to have in the house at all times?

Oh! Before I go…happy birthday to my big brother, Mike!!!

Mike is 9 years older than me, and he’s the best big brother out there! nd He’s actually adopted. It never seemed odd to me (or to him I think) that he was adopted. In fact, I think it’s odd when people are surprised/act like it’s a big deal when I tell him he’s adopted.

He’s always been the best big brother to me. Well, except for that one Christmas when we were little and he put coal in my stocking (true story)…

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  1. Looks like a great dinner, but easy – the best kind 😉

  2. Those tacos look amazing – I’m having such a massive craving right now! Good sign after being sick, right? :-)

  3. I need to pick up some fish…it’s been so long – I never really think of it when I’m looking for meat for some reason.

  4. Happy Birthday to your brother!! I can’t believe he put coal in your stocking one year – thats too funny. Classic sibling move right there.

    Those tacos look delicious. I havent had tacos in forever, and now I’m pretty sure its all Im going to think about until I make them. :)

  5. Your fish tacos look great! I love tacos of all kinds. I usually serve some sort of rice or beans when I make tacos. It is kind of a tough meal to figure out sides for though, specifically vegetables!

    We always have to have milk, bread (wheat for me, white for my husband), coffee, bananas, and peanut butter on hand.

  6. We love fish tacos too, I always prefer the soft tacos but my husband likes the hard ones so we have to switch back and forth.
    Must have food items in our house – peanut butter, oatmeal, bananas, spinach, almond milk, cereal (hubby) and Greek yogurt.

  7. Happy Birthday to your brother!
    Your Mexi-dinner looks delicious. Fish tacos are something I always love at a restaurant, but have never ventured to make at home. And beans / cheese? Probably one of the best sides in the universe!

  8. Happy Bday to Mike…and Happy Holidays to you…where did this year go?!!!

  9. Happy birthday to your bro! I always have to have eggs in the house. It’s such a quick and easy snack! Oh yeah, and coffee!

  10. Bread and tortillas are always a necessity in my house. I feel like we run out of bread every two days, though! I think my bf eats too many grilled cheese sandwiches!

  11. My sister and I are adopted and people never believe us and always give us such a hard time about it and are surprised. My sister is the best!
    Happy bday, Mike!

  12. Oh gosh those look so good!! And it seems like I am always scurrying back tot he grocery store mid week for random stuff i forgot or ran out of… frequent things on the list is: eggs, milk. bread, and coffee creamer!

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