Meal Plan Monday

HELLLLOOO!!!  Yes, I have been MIA for a looong time.  I have good reasons.  First, I’ve been mommin’ it hard with my two girls and soaking in this baby stage!  Second, I have been doing a exercise program for the past 74 days and using the accompanying meal plan that goes with it.  I want to maximize my results in this program, so my meals have not been anything exciting or to write home about.  But I have 6 more days left, and this week my nutrition is going to be on point.  I can’t wait to see and share my results.

But, because my oldest gets picked up from school and spends the afternoon with her grandparents, and my youngest is down for a nap, let’s talk about what I have on our menu for dinner this week.  It’s nothing spectacular, but I had a friend tell me she missed my Meal Plan Mondays, so, here you go…

I won’t bore you with my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks because they are boring and predictable as I navigate through this ‘timed nutrition’ that I am doing.  And this last week of my workout program is called “Peak Week” and the nutrition is seriously tightened up and dialed in.  I mean, there are days called ‘deplete days’.  So, yeah.  But, my family can’t eat my way for dinners so I’ll plan for them and adjust for me.

Monday: Fixate Meatloaf, sweet potatoes and salad.  What’s fixate?  It’s the cooking show that comes with my membership for my workouts.  I seriously have not had a bad recipe from there.  Even my 5 year old approves.

Tuesday: Our favorite flank steak with garlic bread and grilled artichokes.  My daughter will seriously eat 3 servings of this steak.  I’ll also have the chimichurri sauce on the side.  If you haven’t made this stuff, do it now. It’s so delicious.

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Wednesday: Grilled Pizzas

Thursday: Szechuan ground turkey with green beans

Friday: Mushroom Chicken, brown rice and salad

Saturday: Hubby cooks–it’s his new thing.  He has been cooking on Saturdays for a few weeks now.  He wants to get better at grilling and making us HEALTHY and CLEAN meals.  So far, each one has been delicious.

Sunday: Family dinner.  It’s my parents week to host and I am looking forward to it.  I will finish up my exercise program that morning, so I will be ready for some yummy food!

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Meal Plan Monday

I was a planning and prepping madwoman yesterday and today! The serious OCD/AR tendencies I have are totally paying off for meal planning…both in the scale department and the wallet. When I have a plan to stick to, or a list to stick to, I have something to check off. I rarely have that “I don’t know what to make” moment in the kitchen. I don’t have time for that. So I plan…and prep. And you know what…I’m totally going to win that $ in that DietBet I’m doing. I’ve got 3 weeks left in it to lose about 2 pounds more and maintain! I like earning money for something that I was already doing! Anyway, back to what I’m stuffing my face with this week!

It’s all about eating the rainbow this week—with my veggies and fruit and using my colored containers! So, what am I making and prepping?

Today, I prepped: quinoa, my breakfasts, roasted veggies, easy proteins. My veggies were red beets, orange butternut squash, yellow squash, green zucchini, purple Brussels sprouts, and brown cremini mushrooms. I bought purple brussels sprouts in an effort to get my kid to eat them since her favorite color is purple. It DID NOT WORK.

What’s on the menu this week:
Breakfasts: veggie scrambles and spinach and tomato quinoa cassserole

Lunch: quinoa veggie bowls with chicken (basically just throw quinoa or whole wheat couscous in a bowl with a serving of veggies and top with chicken. Dressing is usually just lemon and olive oil.

Snacks: a shakeology every day with spinach blended in for that veggie bump, and apple cinnamon quesadillas.

Dinners: Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Turkey Chili, Oven Fried Chicken with Spinach Salad, Chicken Vesuvio (again because the chicken is so flavorful). Sunday is our family dinner with my parents. Let’s see if we make it this week. The past two weeks we have canceled because of the plague going around!

Soup’s On

It’s Winter, which means comforting food in the form of soups and stews. Bonus, if the recipes are easy and you can throw them in the crock pot or InstantPot. We all have our go to’s for soups but sometime you have a craving for a secific soup. That was us, this week. I got it into my head that I wanted Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. But I didn’t want to have a soup with heavy cream, or cream of anything soup added to it to make it thick. I’m trying to be healthy over here and make good choices (and win my DietBet). A quick look on Pinterest and I found a great recipe. What I loved even more is the use of ingredients from Trader Joe’s (meaning I wouldn’t have to go to another store for ingredients that Trader Joe’s doesn’t have, since it’s really the only place I shop). Note that I used my Instant Pot and it was super easy. But it’s also written for the crockpot! So here it is, doesn’t it look yummy (please excuse my iPhone picture quality…I have a 2 month old and can’t be bothered to use my nice camera with my backdrops):

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Here’s a few links to other soup favorites around here:

Beefy Tomato Soup (or as my daughter calls it…elephant ear soup—we use orichetti pasta)

Slow Cooker Nacho SoupItalian Sausage SoupWhat are you favorite soup recipes?

Meal Plan Monday

Well, heeey there!  It’s meal plan monday around here.  I have been killing the meal planning game lately, if I do say so myself.  Why, you may ask?  Well, I was finally cleared to exercise again (shh…I started about 10 days before my official appointment) but only because my appointment was at 7.5 weeks postpartum due to the holidays.  So, back to exercising and a good clean meal plan (NOT DIET).  I’ve got some good goals and a plan for how to get there.  Well, really, just 1 goal…fit in to my pre-pregnancy pants.  So, how am I going to do this?

First, I’m back on the workout train.  I use Beachbody, and I love that there are so many different options for different levels.  If you are interested or curious about it let me know.  It

Second, I’m eating and fueling my body right.  I’ve never really followed the “meal plans” that come along with the workout programs.  I eat a pretty clean diet, but I decided to jump in full force to help me reach my goal  So, I used the little formula to figure out where I needed to be calorie wise, and then added 500 more calories to that since I am breastfeeding.  Now, the meal plan isn’t a diet at all, more like a guideline for proper portions,  I’ve been at it for 2 weeks and I feel great.

Last, I’ve got some big motivation!  I’ve got my challenge group that I am a part of, but I also signed up for DietBet.  I’m not dieting, by any means.  Just eating right and exercising.  This is just extra motivation, and I’m going to be running one of my own in about a month with my challengers in my challenge group.  You guys, I have 4 weeks to lose 4% of my body weight, and if I meet that goal I get $$$.  I like that motivation.

Now that I’ve bored you with my plan, let’s get to what I’m eating this week:

Breakfasts: Overnight oats.  Easy to prepare, and oatmeal is good for my milk supply.  So is dark beer, by the way, but I hear it’s frowned upon to have beer on your breath first thing in the morning.  Especially if you’re a mom of littles.  These can be prepped in advance for the week, and that’s what I’ll be doing today.

Lunches: Lentil and Feta Salad.  This recipe is from the recipe guide that goes along with one of the workout programs that I have access to, being a coach and Beachbody on Demand member.  It’s so good.  One recipe of this makes 5 days of lunches for me.  Easy to prep ahead and the flavors get better as it sits.

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Snacks: Shakeology made with spinach (a great way to sneak in a serving a veggies and doesn’t affect the flavor at all), fruit, yogurt and multi-grain crackers.  I use plain yogurt and stir in a teaspoon or so of a nut butter.  If I’m feeling like I need a little something sweet, I throw some cocoa nibs in there.  It’s so good!

Dinners: Sloppy Joes with salad and fruit (I’m pulling this from my freezer prepped meals I did when I was pregnant), Roasted Vegetables with Chicken Sausage (a perfect one pan meal), shrimp tacos, Chicken Schwarma Bowls, and Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup.  How amazing does this soup look?

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(picture and recipe via peasandcrayons.com)

What’s on your menu for the week? 

 

 

Catching Up

Sooo….I’ve totally been MIA for a LONG time.  Must have been that whole end of pregnancy, birth of my daughter, and general non-motivation to come up with inventive meal plans.  Plus, we had company for two weeks after my daughter was born.  But, I’m baack!  I thought I’d share some recipes that I have made that we have loved over here.

Here’s a few we made in the past week:

  • We made these last night and they were so satisfying.  Bonus points if you make your own enchilada sauce (psst…it’s so easy and it’s nice knowing exactly what is going into the sauce).  Clean Eating Slow Cooker Enchiladas
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photo via cleanfoodcrush.com
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  • Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad was the perfect make ahead for lunches for the week.  Can add chicken for extra protein, but I just ate it as is.  I may have added feta to it too.  So delicious, and holds up for a few days thanks to the hearty brussels sprouts.
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  • Slow Cooker Fajitas were also made because nothing is easier than minimal prep and letting the crock pot do all the work.  Do yourself a favor and make these.  So easy and so tasty.  Also make your own fajita seasoning to control that sodium intake.  We used chicken, and can’t wait to try them with steak later.

Other than these, we’ve been living on our go to easy recipes (roasted veggies with sausage, easy soups made in the Instant Pot, etc) as well as the freezer meals that I prepped knowing that I would have no motivation/energy to cook with a newborn.

Let me know what you’ve been making lately!

Meal Plan Monday

I have a secret…I planned on Sunday. Shhh….don't tell.

We got back from a week long vacation in San Diego late Saturday night. That meant that there was no food in the fridge. Well, there was food, but nothing to really make meals with. My daughter wanted pancakes in bed on Sunday morning, so I sent hubby to the store at 10:45 at night to get milk so I could make said pancakes the next day. Sunday consisted of planning meals and grocery shopping. These are things I usually do on Monday, so I'm a little off. And, *gasp* I went to a regular grocery store instead of my beloved Trader Joe's this week. I'll be back there next week, but I wanted to go get groceries quickly, and Trader Joe's on a weekend is not quick. It felt good to load the cart up with lots and lots of produce in preparation for the week. And, bonus, it was actually a pretty quick trip…aka I didn't wander around lost like I usually do since I rarely go to the regular 'big' grocery store. Anyway, let's get to it…here's what's happening in my kitchen this week.

Sunday: We skipped our usual family dinner with my parents in favor of a mellow night at home. We just picked up our dog from where he was while we were gone and I felt bad about leaving him just for dinner. Plus, my daughter made a request for dinner. She wanted "lasagna soup with elephant ear noodles and garlic bread". I couldn't turn her down after she was so specific. So, our last "splurge" meal of the week was made. I follow THIS RECIPE and it's so yummy. I made a huge arugula salad for me and the hubs to eat prior to the soup so we weren't carb eating that much.

Monday: Sheet Pan Tuscan Chicken Gotta love a one pan meal. Haven't tried this before, but I've got high hopes. It's some of our favorite flavors. I saw it on one of the blogs I read, and was immediately all in. I mean, look at it (picture via cleanfoodcrush.com). I'll keep you posted on how it comes out.


Tuesday: Roasted Veggie Couscous Salad. I am essentially just going to roast up our favorite veggies (or grill up, I haven't decided) and toss them with couscous and some arugula and call it a meal. Dressing will probably be simple lemon juice and olive oil–my go to for any salad or dressing for salads. I will probably toss in a bit of feta cheese too, because feta makes everything better.

Wednesday: This Light Thai Chicken Peanut Flatbread (picture via thecreativebite.com) I made the chicken in the crockpot yesterday and it smelled heavenly in my kitchen. I am also using the chicken in lunches this week–aka quick salad bowls. Nothing goes to waste around here.

Thursday: I'm making that quick 30 minute clean eating chili that I made before. It's tasty and comforting…and easy.

Friday: Leftovers day. Let's face it…I can't cook every single day. And with these meals there are bound to be leftovers.

Saturday: To be determined…we've been wanting to try this Gyro place by us. It's all about the 80/20 balance, right. That being said, I will have stuff on hand to make a giant tasty salad in case we don't feel like take out.

I may be testing out another recipe this week too, so stay tuned!