Monday, December 29, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 12/29/14-1/4/15


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas celebration with their family and friends. We had a great time with family from near and far. Unfortunately, I ate terribly for about the last week, but I'm back on track now. I'm planning a cheat for New Year's Eve as we'll be making pizza with my brother and his family.

This week's menu is filled with recipes that do not use any specialty items (i.e. gluccomannan, protein powder, etc...). All the foods in these recipes you should be able to find at any regular grocery store.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S) ***Omit the gluccomannan. I find the shake is thick enough without it. Also, I used 4 t. of Truvia in place of the stevia extract.
L - Just Like Campbell's Soup topped with cheddar cheese (S) pg. 292
S - popcorn (E)
D - Grilled Chicken, green beans (with butter) and roasted broccoli and cauliflower (S)

Tuesday:
B - Eggs and bacon (S)
L - Salad with leftover grilled chicken, cheddar and Ranch (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP) 
D - No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with lettuce and sour cream (S) *** Use this recipe for the enchilada sauce

Wednesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover No Tortilla Enchilada back with lettuce and sour cream (S)
S - handful of almonds (S)
D - Pizza with fresh veggies (CHEAT)

Thursday:
B - Eggs and bacon (S)
L - Waldorf Salad (E)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S) ***Omit the gluccomannan
D - Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)

Friday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana 
L - leftover Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)
S - Almond Raspberry Swirl Yogurt (S) pg. 252
D - Egg Roll in a bowl (S)

Saturday:
B - Broccoli Frittata (S)
L - (2) Caveman BLTs (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Chicken and White Bean Spinach Soup (E)

Sunday:
B - Berritastic Smoothie (S) pg. 248 ***Omit the gluccomannan
L - Out
S - Spicy Nuts (S) pg. 396
D - Taco Salad (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 12/15-12/21/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S) ***The link for this shake no longer is working. :(  If you'd like the recipe leave a comment with your e-mail address and I'll send it to you.
L - (2) Caveman BLT Wraps (S)
S - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
D - Out to eat

Tuesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Black Bean and Lentil Chili (E) ***Substitute on plan sweetener for the honey

Wednesday:
B - Brunch with my Mom's Group
L - leftover Black Bean and Lentil Chili (E)
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter (S)
D - Spicy Slow Cooker Beef served over 1/3 c. quinoa (S Helper) ***If you are not to the point in the plan that you can have S Helpers than just omit the quinoa and eat it on a low-carb tortilla.

Thursday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - leftover Spicy Slow Cooker Beef on a low-carb tortilla with 1/2 c. strawberries (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Grilled Chicken with Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins and green beans (S)

Friday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - leftover Big Boy Smoothie (FP) 
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Crust less Veggie Quiche (S) ***Substitute unsweetened almond milk for the regular milk and I'll be using full fat cheese.
L - Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip with celery and (a few) carrots (S)
S - leftover Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip (S) ***I seriously can't get enough of this stuff. :)
D - Taco Salad

Sunday:
B - Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake (FP)
L - Family Party ***I'm bringing a spinach artichoke dip that is to die for. Recipe coming later this week.
S - Family Party
D - Family Party

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 12/1-12/7/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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We are back from traveling and I'm ready to get back on board with my meal plan. We had a great time with family and friends. However, I ate terrible all week long and can definitely feel a difference in my energy level and how my clothes are fitting. S meals will be predominate on my meal plan this week as I'm trying to detox all the bad carbs out of my body that I ingested last week. I'm so excited to eat well again this week!

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Salad with chicken, avocado and Ranch (S)
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter (S)
D - Jalapeno Popper Chicken with broccoli (S)

Tuesday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - (2) Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (S)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole with green beans (S)

Wednesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon (E) pg. 250
L - (2) leftover Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (S)
S - (2) leftover Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Rosemary Garlic Butter Steaks with roasted vegetables (S)

Thursday:
B - Berritastic Smoothie (E) pg. 248
L - leftover Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak on top of a salad with Ranch (S)
S - (2) leftover Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Speedy Chinese Broccoli and Beef (S) pg. 343

Friday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and bacon (S)
L - leftover Speedy Chinese Broccoli and Beef (S)
S - apple with (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (E)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Saturday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - 1-Pot Paleo Chicken Soup (S) *** I'm substituting chicken thighs for chicken breast.
S - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347

Sunday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)
S - leftover Big Boy Smoothie (FP)
D - Creamy Broccoli Soup (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 11/17-11/23/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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We are going to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday so my meal plan this week is made up of dishes that consist of food items that are in my pantry, freezer or that I already had on hand in the fridge. I wanted to avoid the grocery store this week so that I wouldn't have extra produce, milk, etc... sitting around in my fridge and going bad while we're away. This week required some creativity, but it was fun to come up with this meal plan. I love a good challenge!

Thankfully my pantry and freezer were well stocked with some great basics. If you're wondering how I keep a pantry stock pile, be sure and read Part 1 and Part 2 of what I keep stocked and how I do it, and on the cheap too. A few items I no longer purchase since starting THM, but the premise is the same. This time of year has some of the best deals all year on things like butter, eggs, baking staples, canned and frozen veggies, etc... Keep an eye on your sales fliers. 

In the midst of a busy week and getting my family of 6 ready for a trip, my Zaycon Foods chicken order pick up is this week! I'm so excited!!! Buying in bulk saves a lot of time and money.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S) *** I don't have the chocolate but I still love the shake even without the little bits of chocolate.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Chicken Stir-fry (E) ***I made a double batch to ensure leftovers for lunch and used a bunch of frozen vegetables instead of fresh

Tuesday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and half of a green apple (S)
L - leftover Chicken Stir-fry (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Meat Veggie and Rice Soup (E) 

Wednesday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242 ***Splitting in half and using half for snack
L - leftover Meat Veggie and Rice Soup (E)
S - Big Boy Smoothie (FP)
D - Orange Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole with side of broccoli (E)

Thursday:
B - Snickers Hot Cocoa with half an apple (S)
L - Black Bean Quesadilla with carrots and cucumbers on the side (E)
S - Baked Grapefruit (pg. 379) with half cup of 1% cottage cheese (E)
D - Mustard Marinated Pork Chops with green beans and broccoli (S)

Friday:
B - Scrambled Eggs (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with carrots on the side (E) pg. 294
S - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
D - Grilled Chicken Breast with brown rice and peas (E)

I'm not going to be putting out a meal plan next week so I can spend quality and quantity time with my family. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 11/10-11/16/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Chicken Lo-Mein (E) ***I substituted Dreamfield's for the whole wheat noodles.

Tuesday:
B - Almond Raspberry Swirl (S) pg. 252
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with a side of lettuce and sour cream (S) ***Use this recipe for the enchilada sauce.

Wednesday:
B - Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with strawberries on the side (E)
L - Leftover No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with side of lettuce and sour cream (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Bacon Cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce with zucchini fries (S)

Thursday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Warm Chicken Sprouted Sandwich with veggies and strawberries on the side (E) pg. 298
S - Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
D - Our Favorite Soup with side salad with Ranch (S)

Friday:
B - Lucious Lemon Yogurt over a Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
L - Cheese Quesadilla on a low-carb tortilla with side of lettuce, salsa and sour cream (S)
S - (2) Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - leftover Our Favorite Soup (S)
S - (2) Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Steak with Roasted Vegetables (S)

Sunday:
B - leftover Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - Easy Avocado Provolone Turkey Wrap on a low-carb tortilla with fresh veggies and strawberries on the side (S)
S - Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
D - Texas Chicken Tortilla Soup (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Meal Plan Menu: 11/3-11/9/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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I can hardly believe that it's November and that the holidays will be upon us shortly. A few girlfriends and I have made a commitment to not have a single cheat until Thanksgiving, and a couple of us are hoping not to cheat on Thanksgiving, but we'll see how that goes.

This week I'm hoping to drink more water, GGMS and herbal teas. My other goal for the week is to exercise 4 times.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Better Than Chef Salad (S) pg. 305
S - Baked Grapefruit (pg. 379) and 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese (E)
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347

Wednesday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and Bacon (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - celery and peanut butter (S)
D - Creamy Dreamy Baked "Spaghetti" with a side salad with Ranch (S) ***This is a recipe that I'm creating so if it's good I'll post it later in the week.

Thursday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - (2) Caveman BLT's with strawberries (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (S) pg. 379
D - Easy Mexican Casserole with tomato salsa (S)

Friday:
B - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use unsweetened almond milk in place of the coconut milk.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with side salad with Ranch (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Broccoli Frittata (S)
L - Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Chicken and "Rice" Casserole with side salad (S)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)
S -(2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Hamburger topped with Buffalo Chicken Dip with fresh veggies (S) ***I realize this sounds like an odd combination but it's SO good. Also, the dip makes a great snack with celery and green peppers and dippers.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 10/27-11/2/14


Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first. Wondering what all the letters (S, E, FP) mean after each meal? Check this out. I've also added page numbers if the recipe comes from the Trim Healthy Mama book. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" mealsmy 20 favorite THM soups and my 20 favorite shakes, smoothies and cold drinks. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest so you never miss a meal plan, tip or recipe.

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Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Berritastic Smoothie (S) pg. 248
L - BLT on a low-carb tortilla with cucumbers and green peppers (S)
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)

Tuesday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - Burrito Bowl - Fajita Chicken and vegetables, Black Beans, Spanish Rice, lettuce and salsa (E) ***Substitute brown rice for white in the Spanish Rice and substitute on plan sweetener for the sugar in the salsa

Wednesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Burrito Bowl (E)
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - Garlicky Spinach Parmesan Frittata with a side salad (S)

Thursday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Shake (E) ***Use the Lite Laughing Cow cheese instead of the instant pudding
L - (2) Lettuce Wraps with strawberries, carrots and green peppers on the side (E) pg. 297
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)

Friday:
B - (2) Eggs scrambled and bacon (S)
L - Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (E) pg. 300
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with side salad (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - (3) Egg White Bites (E)
L - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Buffalo Chicken Chili with side salad with Ranch (S)

Sunday:
B - Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake (FP) ***It's #9 on the list
L - leftover Buffalo Chicken Chili (S)
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - (3) Deli Meat Roll Ups with veggies on the side (S) pg. 299

Have a great week and happy eating!!!