Quick and Easy Meals for Spring | Thriftanista in the City

3.31.2013

Quick and Easy Meals for Spring

Since the sun has been shining bright in Chicago, I've been relying on fresh easy, quick meals. It's a true sign that spring weather is approaching when we can go outside and bask in Mother Earth's sun! Of course, that leaves less time to cook but we do have to eat.

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Our outdoor everyday Earth Day celebration has prompted me to bring home several freshly prepared meals and opt for easy, organic snacks that we can have on the go.

Mariano's Chicago Earth Day

One of my favorite snacks is a smoothie made from organic bananas (more ripe, more sweet), peanut butter, and vanilla almond milk. It's a filling, sweet treat that V and I have been sharing lately. We sometimes have it for breakfast with oatmeal thrown in the mix or as an afternoon snack with chocolate chips! It's also easy to transport when we're on the go.

Mariano's Chicago Earth Day

Another meal I've discovered is calzone pie. It's already cooked and it can be popped in the oven for 10 -15 minutes. Saute some broccoli at the same time and voila! Dinner is done.

Mariano's Chicago Earth Day

I purchased everything at Mariano's -- my new favorite grocery store. They really live up to their shop well, eat well, live well philosophy. I can buy quality food from around the world and food grown locally. I love the huge selection of organic, gluten free, and veggie options too. With it being so close and having so many options, I can do all of our grocery shopping in one place.

Mariano's Chicago Earth Day

Not to mention, the prices are extremely reasonable which means I won't spend my entire check paypal buying fresh, organic food and produce. Of course, I use my reward card for extra savings.

Mariano's Earth Day Chicago

To see more pictures from my shopping adventure and Violet driving a car, visit my Mariano's G+ album.  Visit Mariano's on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on Mariano's sales and store events.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Mariano’s #cbias #SocialFabric

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