Sunday Night Dinner

So after returning from Philly and sleeping for almost 12 hours, I went to church and then to the grocery store to pick up a few things. Since I had spent $23 at Whole Foods on Tuesday, I had $27 left to spend for my $50 budget. I wanted to pick up some things for dinner last night as well as a few lunches, and ended up spending just under $29, or $2 over budget. I’m OK with that. 🙂


For $29, I got:

  • 3 bananas
  • Silk Light Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Wheat Sub Rolls (pack of 4)
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red onion
  • green bell pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • Fresh Express Salad Mix
  • 1 pound of fresh head-on shrimp (on sale for 5.99 a pound instead of 12.99!!)
  • Reduced Fat Provolone Cheese

Not too shabby! Any guesses on what was for dinner?

Grilled Veggie Hoagies with Parsnip and Carrot Fries!

First, I took the parnsips.


Peeled them.


Chopped them into fry shapes.


Then added a few carrots for good measure.


I tossed them in 1 tbsp olive oil and then a generous sprinkling of sea salt, and placed them in the 400º preheated oven on a greased baking sheet for 35 minutes, turning once until they were brown and crispy.


While those were baking, I grilled up the veggies on my grill pan, starting with the onions and peppers.


The peppers were finished so I swapped them out with the squash…


Until all the veggies were done grilling.


I took one of the sub rolls and put down a layer of sprouts and then loaded it up with the grilled veggies…


Then topped it with one slice of cheese and threw it back in the oven for a minute or two until the cheese got melty. Topped with a few banana peppers and paired with the fries… it made a perfect Sunday night dinner.


The sub was loaded with veggies, so it was pretty healthy even though you don’t typically think of a sub as being so…


And it tasted incredible. The fries were perfect, too. The leftovers for lunch today were just as good… I don’t know why I don’t grill veggies more on that thing – they get so sweet and flavorful when grilled!

So one “funny” thing is that I have to take steroids for 5 days (and benadryl and allergy meds) to make sure the allergic reaction that landed me in the hospital Saturday has totally subsided. The doctor told me I can expect to gain 5 pounds of water weight (joy), as well as experienced “an enhanced personality” while on the steroids. I asked what that meant, and he whispered I may get bitchy for the next 5 days. I’m a little bitchy as it is so bear with me… 🙂

What is your favorite kind of fry? I have a hard time descriminating because fries are one of my favorite things, but I loooooove sweet potato fries and curly fries pretty equally. 🙂

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  1. Barb
    November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm (10 years ago)

    Beth, that looks absolutely wonderful!! I so, so, so love sweet potato fries. They are my absolute favorite. We just went to a new restaurant here in Philly called The Burger Bar and they had garlic parmesean fries and they are a close second. They were delicious as well as the burgers.

    Sorry to hear about your allergic reaction. Any idea what it was from?

    I remember going to the hospital when I was a teenager because I was breaking out in hives. Here it is some type of reaction to severely cold weather. I get red itchy hives on my fingers, legs and elbows.

    • Beth
      November 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm (10 years ago)

      No clue what it was from! I have a call into my PCP and will probably schedule allergy testing to find out…

      And garlic parmesan fries? YUM!

  2. spabettie
    November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm (10 years ago)

    I had to take a couple different steroids for a bit, and yes… the weight gain is CRAZY weird (I puffed up!) and hee – I love the term “enhanced personality”. wee!!

    that sandwich looks AWESOME… love grilled veggies!

  3. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    November 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm (10 years ago)

    First, so sorry to hear about the ER ordeal…and holding onto water weight, even though not permanent, is really rough. The last time I was in the ER was summer 2009 with what turned out to be a kidney problem, so I know more than I ever wanted to about water weight fluctuation. Sipping on water all day long will help minimize that, and I’ve always found that stretching/yoga/self massage can also minimize swelling.

    I adore baked sweet potato “fries” dusted with cumin. I actually like them better baked!

    • Beth
      November 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm (10 years ago)

      I know I already look a little puffy, but hopefully itll go away before it gets TOO bad. I am on a taper of steroids so I took 5 yesterday, then 4 today, then 3, etc, so we’ll see!

  4. Robyn
    November 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm (10 years ago)

    That looks like a much better version of a Subway sandwich. I just made carrot fries last week, but have never done parsnip fries. Are they super carbie like potatoes?

  5. missmarymc
    November 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm (10 years ago)

    I LOVE roasted parsnips! but I’ve never thought of making them into fries. Awesome idea!

  6. Lisa
    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm (10 years ago)

    now THAT is my kinda dinner!! YUMMO!

  7. Maria
    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm (10 years ago)

    Holy yum that looks good. Like a homemade version of the subway veggie delight – bet it tasted a lot better though! xxx

  8. Lisa
    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm (10 years ago)

    I’ve yet to try roasting veggies. They look so good!

  9. Monica
    November 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm (10 years ago)

    There is all this hype over cupcakes – but I think the real great show/book/store is the one dedicated to all things sweet potato fries. Uhhhhh, they are just sooo good.

  10. Anna S.
    November 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm (10 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your allergic reaction! I hope they figure out what it is from!

    I’ve never had parsnips. They look so intimidating!

  11. Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous
    November 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm (10 years ago)

    I went shopping tonight and came in under budget at $48! Woo!

    I can’t believe I managed this because I went in with no list whatsoever.

  12. kristisn
    November 9, 2010 at 4:13 am (10 years ago)

    I think sweet potato fries are my favorite. Your sub looks delicious. I think I just drooled a little!

  13. Rachel @ EatMoreMeatLess
    November 9, 2010 at 8:26 am (10 years ago)

    I love my home-made oven fries!! Although…I bought a 5-lb bag a few weeks ago and made the whole bag and put them in the freezer. Ever since I finish those, I think I over dosed it on potatoes and I’m taking a hiatus!

  14. Shannon [Tropical Eats]
    November 9, 2010 at 11:40 am (10 years ago)

    mmmm loving all of the veggies! i <3 bnut squash or sweet tater fries.. but still really want to try the parsnip kind one day!

  15. Jen, a priorfatgirl
    November 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm (10 years ago)

    oohh – that veggie sandwich sounds like the perfect Sunday dinner!


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