Meal Plan Monday

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve really meal planned.  So, here I am, back at it.  Warning: my actual eats may change based on what I’m craving at the moment.  Lately the cravings have been ALL THE NETARINES, and so many salads.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week…sorry, no pictures:

Breakfasts or Lunch (depending on when i fit my workouts in): Shakeology shake.  My current favorite combo: vegan chocolate shake mixed with 1/2 a banana, spinach, and frozen cherries.  Tastes like dessert.  But it’s so much better for you.

Breakfasts or Lunches: oatmeal (I’m on a kick lately), sandwiches on sprouted bread

Snacks: fruit (I’ve been a fan of watermelon, nectarines, and blackberries lately), carrots and hummus, trail mix.

Dinners:

Monday: Chicken Picatta and hubby’s favorite arugula salad.  I don’t bread my chicken, and I don’t use butter in anything either.  The salad is arugula, fresh mozarella, avocado with a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing.  So simple and delicious.  

Tuesday: Crock Pot Asian Chicken lettuce wraps.  I’ve made these before, and they are so delicious.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Taco Scramble–ground beef, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell, spinach and seasonings.

Friday: Grilled chicken, grilled veggies and arugula salad.  

Saturday we leave for a week on vacation.  We are surprising our 4 year old with a trip to Disney World.  I’m hoping to stay on track with my workouts and eating there–should be easier for breakfasts dinners since we are using our time share and have a full kitchen available to us.  

30 Minute Chili

I haven’t posted a Meal Plan Monday in two weeks.  Mainly because I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants in the kitchen lately.  There have been a few planned meals, but last week I let Hello Fresh plan 3 of my dinners, and had the leftovers for lunch.  I still had my shakes every day, and my snacks were ALL THE FRUIT (seriously, nectarines are so good right now).  But really, this mommy, with her hubby being out of town on a business trip for 3.5 weeks, was reaching the height of being tired.  But I did manage a recipe here and there.  We had a weird “heat wave” for Spring last week.  One day it was a high of 87.  The following day it was raining and like 52.  Whatever.  Either way I made this super easy and CLEAN chili.  It was so delicious…and provided leftovers for days.  I love leftovers.  Makes my life super easy.  

1 lb ground beef (browned)

15 oz. can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

15 oz. can chili beans (I actually used pinto beans because that’s what they have at Trader Joes).

15 oz. can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

14.5 oz. can of tomato sauce

14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

Homemade chili seasoning (2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and 1/8 tsp garlic salt).

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.  Stir together.  Heat on medium high until the chili starts to simmer.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or longer.  

Add your toppings of choice!  

Meal Plan Monday

It’s been a crazy Monday.  I think this is the first time we’ve been home for more than 30 minutes since we left for school this morning at 8:45.  Mondays are like that for us though.  But, it’s now 4:15 and I’m so ready for bed.  Only 3 hours and 45 minutes until my mini’s bedtime…but who’s counting.

Okay, let’s get to it.  This week’s meals aren’t very creative…but when it’s just me and my mini eating I don’t have the energy to be creative in the kitchen or make elaborate meals.  It’s all about what’s fast and easy.  So, here you go.

Breakfasts: Shakeology Shake, of course.  

Snacks: Fruit (I’ve been combining kiwi, mango and blackberries and then topping it with unsweetened shredded coconut–it’s so good!), veggies and hummus

Lunches: Random salads that I make up with whatever is int he fridge, or leftovers.  It’s that kind of uninspired week.

Dinners:

Monday: Leftovers from last night’s family dinner.  I made the Creamy Pasta from last week’s menu.  My mom is diabetic and is all about finding healthy ways to eat.  She has lost over 25 pounds since moving here a year ago (ISN’T THAT AMAZING?!).  So I wanted to make something that seemed like it was extravagant and a “cheat” meal, but it was whole wheat pasta, tons of veggies, and a sauce that was greek yogurt based.  She LOVED it and so did my dad.  That’s a win!

Tuesday: Bruschetta Chicken zoodle bowls.  I love this because it takes about 30 minutes to throw together.  And its so yummy!


Wednesday: Thai Basil chicken over Cauliflower Rice.  Tuesday and Wednesday’s dinner brought to you by the giant bunch of basil I bought last week that I don’t want to go to waste!

Thursday: Leftovers 

Friday: Honey Garlic Pork chops and salad

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Family dinner at my parent’s house.  

I’ve got a new challenge group starting today so my eating has to be on point.  We are having a little competition where clean eats and exercise gets us points for our team.  As the team coach I should probably lead by example…right?  Meals may not be that exciting and inventive this week, but they are clean!