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The bad, the ugly, now the good – Japanese on a Portion Plate

Last week, I got a heart clogging lunch from Five Guys Burgers and Fries to put on a Portion Plate. The nutritional devastation from that one lunch was pretty impressive.

This week I went to a Japanese restaurant (You You Japanese Bistro, Nashua) and brought home the Bento Box Teriyaki Chicken to put on the plate.

The meal contains a salad, steamed vegetables, some yellow/orange thing that tastes good but I’ve always been afraid to ask what it is, rice, two crispy pork pieces, chicken, and a container of miso soup.

This is how it looks on a Portion Plate.

Teriyaki Chicken on a Portion Plate

Note: I put the yellow/orange thing with the rice because I think it is made of tofu making it a carbohydrate.

Although it looks like there is a lot of meat, it’s actually only one chicken breast that has been cut into small pieces. The pork is piled on top of the chicken.

The soup didn’t fit anywhere on the plate so I just left it off to the side.

It’s a full plate, but not an over flowing plate. Take a look at the rice. It’s a scoop of rice not the plate of rice that is sometimes served with Asian meals. A scoop is what we should be eating. A scoop is a portion. Rice like potatoes is cheap which is why we are served a lot of it.

Cheap, though, as we’ve all learned, can be very fattening.

Also, notice that the vegetables take over a good half of the plate. That’s the way we should be eating for each meal. Vegetables provide nutrition, water, and bulk. They make us feel more full and make our bodies function better. And guess what? Vegetables cost less than protein and the prepared stuff that we tend to eat. I’ll bet that many of us don’t include enough fruits and vegetables in our daily diets.

Every time I eat at You You Japanese Bistro I always leave saying that I feel full but not stuffed. It’s a lovely feeling and one I should be aiming for with all my meals. This is quite unlike the experience I had eating at Five Guys for the first time where I left feeling stuffed and bloated and quite frankly ill.

Easter is coming up, a big food holiday, and I’ll be planning our meal based on the Portion Plate guidelines. A holiday food celebration where you won’t have to loosen your belt afterward…

Imagine that.


I received samples of these products from the manufacturer for review.  I received no other compensation for this post.  My words and my opinions are my own.


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Project Chickens Before the Eggs: Lesson 42 – How to get a rooster to not crow at 5:45 in the morning

Okay, so you know we have a rooster. Actually that should be Rooster with a capital “R’ because since Betty has “come out of the hen-coop”, as it were, she has been crowing up a storm.

For those of you who think I’m confused by naming a rooster Betty and calling her (him) a her, well, let’s just say it’s a long story in which newbie chicken owners are still trying to figure things out.

Yup, and if you ever wondered about all those cartoons you’ve seen, roosters really do cock-a-doodle-doo at the crack of dawn, and also when they are hungry, tired, bored, or just want attention. Continue reading


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Tuna fish coupons from Bumblebee – nice deal

I recently got the following information from the good folks at Bumblebee Tuna. Their site is filled with lots of great information like recipes, coupons, and nutritional analysis. There is even a place where you can create your own cookbook.

We use tuna at least once a week as a way to keep our food budget down and any coupon on something that we actually use is always a good thing.  There are coupons on this site found under the coupon tab that you can use immediately and if you sign up for the My Cookbook, you get mailed a new $1 coupon each week.

Not a bad offer at all.


We hope you will give in to the temptations to get easy, delicious and healthy (and short) Meal Plans packed with savings, recipes, nutrition tips and much more!

This is a unique offer when you login into Bumble Bee’s MyCookbook through this special link.  You’ll get:

  • Get $4.00 in savings on different Bumble Bee products!
  • Receive a $1.00 coupon each week with a weekly meal plan for the next 4 weeks!  Eating healthy nutritious meals never tasted so good!
  • Receive 4 weekly meal plans complete with delightfully simple recipes!
  • Each week you will receive an email with a link to your weekly meal plan developed by our nutritionists Willow and Stephanie.  All recipes are easy to prepare and delicious to enjoy!
  • Let your friends and family know about Bumble Bee’s MyCookbook and share with them this special link so they can take advantage of this special offer – they will receive the savings and the meal plans each week for four weeks!

We look forward to sharing all these wonderful recipes, meal plans, tips and savings!



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Guest Post: How to get 3 meals out of a 6 dollar chicken by Rungster

Gosh, I’m so excited to be guest blogging on Simple Thrift that my fingers are shaking! Thank goodness for spell check!

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The Results – So how much did I save at Shaws?

Along with chips and ice cream this weekend, I ate a little crow. ShawsLogoHalo

As the result of an experiment I did last year comparing food prices in different stores, I stopped going to Shaws. With a budget of 140 dollars a week for 8 people, I figured that I couldn’t afford to shop there.

Based on a media summit I went to last week, I decided to take another look at Shaws. I carefully combed the weekly flyer, matched up what coupons I did with what was on sale, and noted what was on sale for 10 for 10 and 2 for 1. 

This is what I ended up getting:

2 large bags of pretzels

3 packages of English muffins

2 boxes of wheat thins

2 boxes of Triscuits

9 bags of Lays potato chips

2 pounds of ground beef (you’ll be seeing this in The Great Hamburger Experiment)

2 packages ball park franks

4 pounds of sirloin tips

1.5 pounds of chicken breasts

1 green pepper

2 boxes of ice cream

1 bottle salad dressing

1 bag of Chips ahoy cookies

2 boxes pasta salad mix

Box of 10 juices boxes

2 tubes of toothpaste

2 bottles of laundry detergent

1 box of dryer sheets


Total cost – 145.23

By using manufacturers’ coupons, store coupons, and preferred savings I ended up paying: $61.55 resulting in a savings $83.68. That’s pretty significant.

That is a boatload of food and there is an awful lot of meat in that grocery list. Meat is the one thing that can kill my budget faster than you can say Summer Bar-b-ques, so I was surprised to be able to get that much meat for such a reasonable price.

Here’s the thing though, I got a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t normally buy during a weekly shopping trip (no one needs 9 bags of chips in one week) but if you are willing to invest a little time looking into the specials, matching coupons, and are willing and able to store some food items (those 9 bags of chips will take us well through the summer) then putting Shaws on your shopping list just might be a profitable move.

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Free (Really) Package of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs

Who doesn’t like hot dogs? And when they are free, all the better.

Photo credit: TheBusyBrain

Photo credit: TheBusyBrain

Click on here to get a coupon for a free package of Oscar Mayer hot dogs. A coupon will be sent to you in the mail in a few weeks. Hurry, supplies are limited.

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It’s Time To Take Another Look At Shaws

ShawsLogoHaloLast year, I did an experiment where I priced the exact same items for about 50 dollars worth of food in two grocery stores. Shaws, being one of the stores, priced at a lot higher and based on that experiment, I stopped going there. But it might be time to take another look at Shaws.

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