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What’s in My Grocery Bags (#3) + Spaghetti Squash and Eggs with Cheese

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I think we have already established that I love grocery shopping- especially at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Hy-Vee.  There is nothing wrong with going to two to three grocery stores in a weekend, right?

I really enjoy taking a peak in other people’s grocery carts and shopping bags (in a totally non-creepy way, I swear) and I get the feeling that some of you find it fun too!  Today I am sharing my purchases from a recent shopping trip to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.  After checking out the goods, make sure you stick around for a seriously delicious recipe.  You’ll thank me later!

What’s in My Grocery Bags (#3)

treats 2On this specific trip, I fit all of my purchases into four grocery bags.  I was pretty impressed by this.  I am, by no means, good at being thrifty when it comes to grocery shopping.  I need to work on that. #foodbloggerproblems

grocery bagMy Trader Joe’s haul included 1 head of cauliflower, 1 yellow onion, 1 red onion, organic Roma tomatoes, green onions, bananas, organic spinach, and Gala apples.  I used to always buy individual apples because they are larger, but sometimes I just cannot say no to what a great deal the bagged apples are.

grocery bag 2I also purchased organic chickpeas (I refuse to call them garbanzo beans), extra virgin olive oil spray, and a gigantic bottle of water to help me up my water intake.

grocery bag 3I generally get the bulk of my food from Whole Foods.  On this shopping trip I picked up organic Romaine lettuce, organic spinach (yes more… hello smoothies!), organic spring mix, an organic tomato, a serrano pepper, organic potatoes, organic carrots, an organic green pepper, and an organic zucchini squash.

grocery bag 5Some more staples of mine: waffles for breakfasts, sauerkraut (this brand is expensive, but SO good!), organic tomatoes, and pineapple (for pizza and salads).

grocery bag 4And lastly, my grains: Ezekiel bread, the best vegan “cheese” popcorn, and blackeyed peas and farro from the bulk bins.

I do not have a tally of how much my purchases cost (maybe I am trying not to think about it), but next time I will try to add it all up so that you have an idea about how much I spend in a week.  One of these days I am going to do a grocery budgeting series too.  Would that be of interest to any of you?

And now about that delicious recipe…

squash eggsI mentioned my obsession with Kristina’s Popped Quinoa and Cheesy Eggs awhile back and have been hooked ever since.  On one of the recent occasions when I was eating it, I got to thinking how delicious it would be with spaghetti squash now that it is squash season!  This was not the first time I had combined squash and eggs, but the cheesy addition made the combination even better.

squash eggs 3Spaghetti Squash and Eggs with Cheese

Serves 1-2 (1 for me)


olive oil cooking spray
1 small-medium spaghetti squash (depending on how hungry you are)
2 large eggs (organic and cage-free, if possible)
1 slice vegan Daiya cheddar cheese (or regular cheddar if not vegan)
black pepper, to taste
fine sea salt, to taste
sriracha sauce or ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Carefully cut the top off of the spaghetti squash, cut it in half, and scoop out the seeds.  Place the squash cut side down onto the baking sheet and roast for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.  Let cool.

2. After the squash is cool enough to be handled, use a fork to “shred” the squash into long strips resembling pasta.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Add the squash to the pan.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

4. Move the squash around in the pan to make two “holes” for your eggs.  Spray these holes with cooking spray and crack an egg into each one.

5. Break the slice of cheese into small pieces and place throughout the squash.  Lower the heat to medium-low and cover with a lid.  You can also use shredded cheese for this part, but I find that the vegan slices melt better than the shreds.

6. Once the eggs are cooked to your liking, remove the pan from the heat.  Add pepper and salt to taste.  Top with sriracha sauce, ketchup, or both!

squash eggs 4I am telling you right now that this makes for the perfect Fall breakfast or dinner.  It is also a wonderfully easy, healthy, and delicious way to use up leftover spaghetti squash that you might have sitting in your fridge.  We can’t be letting that go to waste now can we?

squash egg 2I did not actually eat this out of the pan but it sure looks pretty this way.  Instead, I sloppily attempted to slide it onto a plate.  I am sure you can understand why I am showing you these pictures and not the aftermath.  It is about how it tastes and not how it looks, or at least that is what I am telling myself!

What staples do you have in your grocery bags each week?

Are you a spaghetti squash lover?  I am!  Check out more recipes here, here, and here.

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  • CARLA September 22, 2014, 7:30 am
    IM SUCH A PEEEEEKER. no judgement here :-) all about the WAIT WHAT?? WHACHU GOT? I NEED IDEAS!!! CARLA recently posted...Teaching GRIT.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 12:31 pm
      Yes!!! It is amazing how many food ideas I get from others. We have to help one another out, right?
  • GiGi Eats September 22, 2014, 7:47 am
    Spaghetti squash is ALWAYS in my grocery bag! In fact all of my friends think I am the weirdest person EVER because I always have about 6 spaghetti squash sitting in my kitchen, JUST IN CASE! LOL!!! In case of what??? Uhhh not sure! GiGi Eats recently posted...Recipe Redux: Get Chip-Faced with ChipkinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:16 pm
      HAHA!! I'd like to think you are just very smart and very prepared! ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien September 22, 2014, 7:57 am
    Our grocery bags are SO similar, obviously :) Dying over that sketti squash and egg combo! I could see myself putting loads of hot sauce alllll over dat.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:17 pm
      It is AWESOME with some sriracha on top!!
  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak September 22, 2014, 9:10 am
    omggggg that dish looks delicious! I love eggs so I definitely need to try making this. I haven't made spaghetti squash in ages. Our grocery hauls are pretty similar! I need to find that EVOO spray that would be perfect for cooking. Patty @ Reach Your Peak recently posted...Philly Half Marathon Training Week 8My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:21 pm
      I love it! If you have a TJ's near you then you should be able to find it. I know other grocery stores have their own version of it too!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine September 22, 2014, 9:43 am
    This recipe (and your grocery shopping) looks delish! The eggs are so pretty. I think our grocery shopping habits are quite similar - I cannot wait to stock up again when we get to FL! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Penultimate Chicago Weekend!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:22 pm
      I find restocking a whole kitchen with new food to be incredibly refreshing! Enjoy it!! :)
  • Melissa (I Crashed the Web) September 22, 2014, 10:04 am
    Yes - I LOVE spaghetti squash! Outside of with tomato sauce, I love it with pinto beans and hot sauce - as well as sweet, with honey and cinnamon. What a great idea- I'll definitely have to try it with eggs and cheese. Yum! Melissa (I Crashed the Web) recently posted...Sailing!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:23 pm
      I would never think to eat spaghetti squash with pinto beans and hot sauce, but now you have me REALLY intrigued!!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 22, 2014, 10:59 am
    Those maple cinnamon waffles look good! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend Snapshots 9.22My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:24 pm
      They are delish... especially with some pumpkin butter on them!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 22, 2014, 11:34 am
    I bought Bubbies relish recently and LOVED it! I need to try the sauerkraut too. Somethings are just worth the extra money. ;) Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Carrot Cake WafflesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:49 pm
      They really are especially when the ingredient list is AWESOME! I'll have to try the relish next.
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes September 22, 2014, 12:58 pm
    I always thought it would be fun to be a checkout person at the grocery store - especially TJs so you could see ALL the fun stuff that people buy!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 1:51 pm
      Well.. speaking from someone who worked at Hy-Vee in high school and college, it isn't as fun as it looks! ;) I did randomly find some new foods though, so that was good! Maybe Whole Foods or TJ's would be more entertaining though. TJ's definitely seems to have the most creative foods, especially snacks!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies September 22, 2014, 3:30 pm
    Every couple of months I'll actually track my grocery spending for the month (to make sure I'm below what I budget for it). As long as I'm sticking to a list and not impulse buying ALL of the apples (--> I'd LIKE to say that hasn't happened....), I tend to do alright. It doesn't feel right to tell myself not to buy food at the grocery store, so even when the bill is high, I just don't think about it ;-) Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Pumpkin Scones with Dried PlumMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 7:58 pm
      I'm glad you agree ;) I have the same mentality. It is FOOD (and normally healthy food) so it is so tough to say no!
  • Dana @ Dana's B.S. September 22, 2014, 6:50 pm
    I'm impressed at the amount of produce you get! I guess I'm afraid of having things go bad. I used to walk the grocery store with a calculator and never put anything in my cart without knowing the price (weighing things). Produce was first, so I always knew how much I was buying, so I generally cut back unless I knew for a fact I'd use every last bite. My budget isn't as tight now, but my produce aversion hasn't gone away! Dana @ Dana's B.S. recently posted...Sniffles SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
      There are definitely some weeks that I do not use everything, but I always freeze anything that I can use for other recipes/fruits. Very little goes to waste, thankfully!
  • Ashley September 22, 2014, 7:58 pm
    haha I loveeee seeing what other people buy at the grocery store!! We buy quite a bunch of the same stuff :) I need to buy a spaghetti squash - I haven't bought one yet this season ... this sounds sooo good with the eggs! Ashley recently posted...Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast BowlMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 8:05 pm
      Oh yes, you need to!!! And then you need to creative a vegetarian recipe with it. I LOVE your recipes :)
  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) September 22, 2014, 9:16 pm
    Oh you won me over with cheese! I'll take anything and everything with cheese! A big staple for me is Greek yogurt! Carrie (This Fit Chick) recently posted...The Start of Daily Blogging!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 22, 2014, 9:25 pm
      It totally took this dish from "good" to "awesome!" :)
  • Dana @ fresh simple five September 23, 2014, 8:26 am
    I absolutely love spaghetti squash!! Looks delicious toped with eggs. I do most of my shopping at TJs and Whole Foods too. I buy a lot of similar items plus usually almond milk and right now I can't get enough of the pre-cut butternut squash from TJs - so tasty!! Dana @ fresh simple five recently posted...Simple Pantry EssentialsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 24, 2014, 8:06 pm
      Pre-cut squash is the best! Squash is definitely one of those foods that I HATE cutting... is that lazy? Maybe ;)
  • Diana @sosmallsostrong September 24, 2014, 10:45 am
    This looks really good. I've never been a big spaghetti squash person even though I'm squash obsessed. Something about the consistency BUT eggs may change my mind. I seriously love Trader Joes though!! :) Diana @sosmallsostrong recently posted...Quick and Easy Homemade ApplesauceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 24, 2014, 8:07 pm
      Eggs, cheese, and sriracha make spaghetti squash taste SO good!!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog January 7, 2015, 12:02 pm
    I am going to have to try this recipe. I love eggs! I would probably still use a bit of real cheese. I love to add Cholula (especially the garlic flavor) to my eggs! YUM! =) Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...Current Favorites No. 3My Profile

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