Orange Pecan Salad

2 oranges or a can of mandarin oranges

Leaf lettuce

Pecan halves

Peach yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Peel and cube oranges or drain can of mandarin oranges
  3. Toast 1/4 cup of pecan halves on a greased baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash and chop up a few leaf lettuce leaves.
  5. Flip over the pecan halves and toast 5 more minutes.
  6. Combine 1/2 cup of peach yogurt and 3 Tbsp of mayonnaise.
  7. Toss together oranges, lettuce, and pecans. Drizzle with dressing immediately before eating.


  • Can also use almonds, pistachios, or sunflower kernels instead of pecans
  • Grapefruit, kiwi, apples, or grapes instead of oranges
  • Orange yogurt instead of peach yogurt
  • Plain yogurt with marmalade instead of peach yogurt
  • Add chicken salad or grilled chicken on top to make it a complete meal!

Green Eggs and Ham (Dinner for Two Week 22)

Breakfast: Green ‘n’ Gold Egg Bake, Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Almonds and Apricots

Lunch: Leftovers + banana, pear, orange, cherries

Dinner: Breaded Pork Chops, Spaghetti Carbonara, Easy and Elegant Ham, red potatoes, sauteed red peppers and red onion

Dessert: Yogurt Tartlet

Breaded Pork Chops

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine 1 cup of Italian-seasoned bread crumbs and 2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish (like a pie plate). Place 1/3 cup of ranch salad dressing in another shallow dish. Dip 6 pork chops in ranch dressing, then coat in the crumb mixture.

Place in an ungreased baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a jar of red sauce in a small pot. Pour over pork chops and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Green ‘n’ Gold Egg Bake

Thaw 2 packages of frozen spinach and squeeze dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs into a greased baking dish. Bake for 3-5 minutes. Combine spinach, 3 cups of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Romano cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 3 eggs, and 3/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl. Spread over the baked crumbs. Beat 2 more eggs. Pour over spinach mixture.

Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Yogurt Tartlets

I’ve featured this recipe before on Week 21 in my Year as a Single College Student Series. You can view the recipe here:

 I decorated mine with dates, nectarine, and peach slices this time.

Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Almonds, and Apricots

To toast the red quinoa, add 1 Tbsp to a medium saute pan and cook over medium/low heat about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 1 Tbsp of sliced almonds to the saute pan, and toast over low heat, moving around the pan constantly. Almonds will toast in 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 1 Tbsp of coconut chips to the saute pan, and toast over low heat, moving around the pan constantly. When coconut is toasted, transfer to a bowl to cool.

Add 6 oz of Greek yogurt to a small bowl. Top with toasted quinoa, almonds, 3 roughly chopped dried apricots and coconut chips. Drizzle with honey and a small sprinkle of sea salt. Flaky sea salt, like fleur de sel works best.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Cook a package of thin spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice 10 strips of bacon, and cook over medium heat in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Add 1/3 cup of butter to the drippings. Heat until melted.

Drain spaghetti. Toss with 2 lightly beaten eggs and 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Add to the skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon.

Easy and Elegant Ham

Drain 2 cans of sliced pineapple, reserving the juice and setting aside. Place half of the pineapple in an ungreased slow cooker. Top with a 6 lb fully cooked boneless ham. Drain a jar of maraschino cherries well. Add cherries, remaining pineapple, and reserved pineapple juice on top of the ham. Spoon a jar of orange marmalade on top as well. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve pineapple and cherries with sliced ham.


Parmesan cheese (at least 2.5 cups worth grated)

Romano cheese (1/4 cup worth)

Cottage cheese (24 oz)

Greek yogurt

Plain lowfat vanilla yogurt


Italian-seasoned dry bread crumbs

Red chili pepper

Red onion

Bag of red potatoes

3 red peppers


6 pears




6 oranges


6 lb fully cooked boneless ham

6 pork chops


2 pkgs of frozen chopped spinach

Jar of maraschino cherries (6 oz)

Jar of orange marmalade (12 oz)

Jar of red pasta sauce

Pkg of thin spaghetti (7 oz)

Red quinoa

Dried apricots

Coconut chips

Natural cane sugar

[Also needed: butter, sliced almonds, honey, sea salt, all-purpose flour, oats, salt, maple syrup, lemon juice, seasoned bread crumbs, ranch salad dressing]

Week 49

Shopping List:

Lemonade concentrate

Orange juice concentrate

Lasagna noodles

2 lbs ground beef

28 oz jar of spaghetti sauce

1 lb process cheese (like Velveeta)

Peanut butter

Orange marmalade

Sharp cheddar cheese


Black currants (If you can’t find fresh ones, buy dried and add them to salads. So good!)

Red potatoes

Package of doughnuts

Can of garbanzo beans (19 oz)

Icing sugar (aka confectioners sugar)

[Also needed: 6 tea bags, sugar, lemon juice]


Breakfast: Hashbrowns

Lunch: Sandwich, black currants, and Tiger Tea

Dinner: Lasagna

Dessert: Doughnut


Nutty Marmalade Sandwiches

Combine 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of orange marmalade, 1/4 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and 2 tsp of lemon juice in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread 1/3 of mixture over a slice of bread. Top with another slice.

[Note: This can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 4 months. Take out of freezer 4 hours before eating]


Lazy Poor Man’s Lasagna

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 16 lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook 2 lbs of ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce. Heat through. Rinse and drain the noodles. Cut 1 lb of process cheese into cubes.

In a greased baking dish, layer a third of the meat sauce and half of the noodles and cheese. Repeat the layers. Top with remaining meat sauce. Cover and bake for 35 minutes.


Tiger Tea

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a large kettle. Remove from the heat. Add 6 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags.

Stir in 3/4 cup of lemonade concentrate, 3/4 cup of orange juice concentrate, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 quarts of water. Serve over ice.