Kudzu Bakery and The Fresh Market

I've had pretty good luck with my first week of E-Mealz dinners. We've made a low fat sweet chicken salad (using greek yogurt), homemade meatballs with penne pasta, French Toast with baked Granny Smith apples and Spicy Tilapia so far this week. Though I chose the low fat meal plan option, not all of the meals are exactly as healthy as I'd prefer. I also opted for the 7 meals a week plan so I could pick and choose our meals. I went to the site and downloaded this week's meal plan and grocery list and wasn't as interested in about half of the meals this week. However, they were ok. And, I figure for the $12.50 I spent for 3 months, I will get my money out of it. If you're interested, check it out: (The coupon code: DAVE makes the total price $12.50 instead of $15 for 3 months)


Here are a few pictures of some of the meals I've made this week including our breakfast for dinner French Toast and homemade meatballs (which I ended up freezing about half of them) with Penne Pasta and Homemade Marinara Sauce.

There are a variety of meal plans to choose from and I think for what it costs its worth it even if you don't use it every week. As I said, I wasn't as interested in the meal plan for this week so I started thinking about what we were going to do for next week's meals. My chiropractor at Atlantic Spine (who I highly recommend) told me about The Kudzu Bakery in Litchfield. He raved about the fresh made, prepared, frozen food options. I decided we need to check it out! It is located in the "Shops at Mingo" behind the Piggly Wiggly in Litchfield. I ended up choosing:

Mediterranean Salmon (2 filets) for $9.95

Coconut Crusted Tilapia (2 filets) $7.95

Brie and Apple Stuffed Chicken (2 pieces) $9.95

Chicken Gumbo Soup $9.95

Crab Cakes $8.50 for two

Side dish Redskins and Peppers $3.25

In addition to their marvelous prepared frozen food selection, they have countless wines, baking goods and bakery items. We ended up picking up a homemade loaf of Blueberry Banana Bread and a jar of apple butter. Overall, I felt their frozen foods were priced pretty fairly and their bakery items were a little more expensive. The loaf of bread was $5.95 and the apple butter was also $5.95.

Altogether, we spent just over $70 at the bakery and have 5 complete meals and bread for breakfast for a week. For the main dishes that we were able to get, I'm very satisfied with what we spent.

And..let's be honest...we didn't leave without trying their chocolate chip cookies. They are worth the drive there. :) I highly suggest them.

Next, we went to The Fresh Market in Pawley's Island. Our intentions were to buy the necessary ingredients for a recipe we are making for our Supper club tomorrow night, Salsa-Style Fusilli, a recipe from Clean Eating magazine. However, we got a little carried away in the Bulk Food section and enjoyed the rows of barrels with amazing, semi-healthy, snacks in them! Finally, we took Sushi for carry out and went to Huntington State Park for a picnic lunch.

A Great Picnic Lunch

Then, we ended our perfect morning on the beach playing in the waves and digging holes in the sand (as the little one loves to do) for a few hours. It was a wonderful day! Just think, my meals are finished for next week no planning, searching the internet or fingering through cookbooks! I highly suggest checking out the Kudzu Bakery and The Fresh Market! You can find out more about both of them on Facebook or on the web.