Sunday, March 30, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 3/31-4/6/14

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.

You'll notice that all the dinners that my family and I are eating this week are some sort of ethnic food. We are talking about different cultures this week in my girls' homeschooling curriculum so I thought it would be fun to add in some different food as well. They helped to plan the menu and will help prepare the food as well.

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

Monday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (S)
L - Light Tomato Soup pg. 293 and salad dressed with balsamic vinegar and 1 t. extra-virgin olive oil (FP)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Burrito Bowls ~ black beans, fajita chicken with peppers and onions, Spanish rice (sub brown rice and remember to increase cooking time by about 15-20 minutes), salsa (E)

Tuesday:
B - Cinnamon Apple yogurt swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Buffalo chicken wrap on a low-carb tortilla with celery and ranch dressing and a side of strawberries (S) pg. 324
S - Easy Peasy Cinnamon Muffins (S) pg. 262
D - Healthy Schezuan chicken served over brown rice (E)

Wednesday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with bacon and cheddar cheese and salad with Ranch dressing (S) pg. 294
S - cheese stick and handful of almonds (S)
D - Spicy Cabbage Slaw with chicken and cilantro (S)

Thursday:
B - 2 scrambled eggs with green peppers and onions cooked in coconut oil (S)
L - leftovers from Tuesday night (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Thai Peanut Soup (S)

Friday:
B - 0 % Greek yogurt with sweetner of choice and berries mixed in (FP)
L - Buffalo Chicken Salad with Ranch dressing (S)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza with raw veggies (S)

Saturday:
B - Cinnamon Apple yogurt swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - 2 Wasa Light Rye crackers with 1 wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese
D - leftover Deep Dish pizza (S)

Sunday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (FP)
L - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
D - Small group at church, dish to be determined

Have a great week and happy eating!!!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

You know how some days you just want something warm and comforting? I had one of those days the other day, but didn't want to throw myself off plan. It had been a particularly stressful day with the kids and I just wanted something that would comfort me but also give me some energy as well. I love soup, and had chicken already defrosted. So then it hit me, I'll just make chicken noodle soup, but make it THM friendly. The result was super satisfying, despite it being an E meal and I didn't feel the least bit guilty about going in for seconds. :)

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Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E) Serves 4-6
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces and cooked in 1 t. oil and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 large stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 c. fat free chicken stock or broth
  • 2 c. water
  • 1-2 t. salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • bay leaf
  • 3 oz. noodles (I used Dreamfields) OR 1 c. cooked brown rice
  • 2 T. dried parsley or 1 T. fresh parsley
  1. In a Dutch oven or large stockpot sauté celery, carrots and onion in 1 t. oil until the onions become translucent.
  2. Add the cooked chicken, stock and water to the pot. Add the seasonings and noodles and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until the noodles are cooked or brown rice is warmed up, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 3/24-3/30/14


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.

I was doing so well following my meal plan last week and then I totally fell off the wagon this weekend. We celebrated my son's birthday, had some friends over and then there were left over cupcakes in my house. BAD NEWS!!! I've had enough cupcakes to last me a year. But I'm not going to beat myself up, tomorrow is a new day and I will just start again.

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

Monday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek yogurt swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Loaded Fotato soup with cheddar cheese and bacon (S) pg. 294
D - Chicken stir-fry served over brown rice (E)
S - Celery with 2 T. peanut butter (S)

Tuesday:
B - 2 Scrambled eggs with 2 pieces of bacon (S)
L - Buffalo chicken on a low-carb tortilla (I like La Banderita brand) with lettuce, celery and Ranch dressing and side of strawberries (S) pg. 324
D - Southwestern black bean casserole I'm going to use a little less cheese (E)
S - Popcorn (E)

Wednesday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt sweetened with Truvia to taste and 2 T. peanut butter (S)
L - Loaded Fotato soup with a side of strawberries (FP)
D - No Tortilla Chiken Enchilada bake  (S) In the enchilada sauce you'll have to substitute the Splenda with a stevia based alternative. Add the stevia in 1 t. increments and check the taste as you go.
S - Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies (S)

Thursday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - BLAT wraps (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato on a low-carb tortilla) with side of mixed fresh berries (S)
D - Chicken Lo Mein (E) Use Dreamfields pasta in place of the whole wheat pasta.
S - 2 Wasa Light Rye crackers with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (FP)

Friday:
B - Cheesecake shake (FP) I have not tried this with blueberries, but the strawberry version I made was great!
L - BLAT wraps with a side of fresh veggies (S)
D - Pizza casserole (S) pg. 327
S - Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies (S)

Saturday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek yogurt swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Leftover pizza casserole (S)
D - Kai Si Ming (S) pg. 331
S - 1/2 apple with handful of almonds (S)

Sunday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Leftover Kai Si Ming (S)
D - Small Group at church ~ dish to be determined
S - Leftover smoothie from breakfast, it's too big for me all in one sitting (FP)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 3/17-3/23/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first.

Spring is in the air (sort of) and there is hope on the horizon that we may actually experience consistent temperatures above 30! The snow is starting to melt and patches of brown grass are starting to appear. I have never in all my life been so excited to see brown grass!

This week is my son's 3rd birthday. He is very excited about his birthday. Every morning when he wakes up he asks if today is his birthday. I love this age!

You'll notice an addition to the meal plan this week. The letters S, E, or FP appear after each meal. So what do these letters mean? In August 2013 I started an eating plan called Trim Healthy Mama (THM). This is a lifestyle, NOT a diet. And let me tell you, it has totally changed my life (cliche I know) and the way I look at food. After having four babies and gaining 40 pounds each pregnancy but only losing 30 of those pounds each time, it left me feeling super discouraged about the way I looked and felt. I knew enough was enough and needed to get healthier for myself and my family. To date I've lost 27 pounds and have about 13 pounds more to go until my goal weight. I haven't felt or looked this good in almost 10 years. The best part is, you are eating real food that is nourishing your body and there is no deprivation. There are desserts galore that are actually good for you. Sounds to good to be true, right? I'm so glad that THM is my reality now.

If you're wondering what it's all about, read this review of the book and this quick start guide. So back to the letters. S stands for satisfying meals - meals that are higher in fat and low in carbs. E stands for energizing meals - higher in carbs and lower in fat. FP stands for fuel pull meals - low in fat and carbs. Whether you are eating the THM way or not, I hope my meal plans offer some healthy meal ideas for you and your family.



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

Monday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with an apple and cinnamon (E) pg. 250
L - leftover taco salad with cheese and sour cream (S)
D - fried cabbage with bacon (S)
S - peanut butter cups (S)

Tuesday:
B - scrambled eggs with green peppers and onions (S)
L - buffalo chicken wraps on low-carb wraps (S) pg. 324
D - Crock Pot Santa Fe chicken served over brown rice (E)
S - peanut butter cups (S)

Wednesday:
B - 0 % Greek yogurt with strawberries (FP) pg. 251
L - leftover Santa Fe chicken (E)
D - chicken and cauliflower casserole (S)
S - almonds and strawberries (S)

Thursday:
B - scrambled eggs with green peppers and onion (S)
L - leftover chicken and cauliflower casserole (S)
D - BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) wraps on low-carb wraps with strawberries (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa crackers with wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (FP)

Friday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with an apple and cinnamon (E) pg. 250
L - salad with hard boiled egg and Ranch dressing (S)
D - burrito bowls - fajita chicken with green peppers and onions, black beans, salsa and Spanish rice (E)
S - celery and peanut butter (S)

Saturday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
L - leftover burrito bowls (E)
D - homemade pizza with fresh veggies (CHEAT)
S - popcorn (E)

Sunday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with strawberries (FP) pg. 251
L - out for my son's birthday
D - I'm bringing salad for our small group at church (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 3/10-3/16/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first.

Well it's not Monday. But I figured getting up the meal plan on Tuesday is better than not getting it up at all. Yesterday was kind of a crazy day for a few reasons and the blog just didn't make the cut. Spring is seemingly in the air (although we've got snow in the forecast) and it's putting me in the mood for all things outdoors. I can't wait for grilled food (our grill is completely surrounded by about 2 feet of snow still) and dinners on the patio.

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

Monday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with apples and cinnamon
L - buffalo chicken wrap with fruit
D - leftover minestrone soup
S - Wasa light rye crackers with Laughing Cow cheese

Tuesday:
B - scrambled eggs and bacon
L - salad with hard boiled egg
D - egg roll in a bowl
S - thin mint shake

Wednesday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with peanut butter
L - salad with hard boiled egg
D - taco salad with fajita vegetables
S - peanut butter cups (don't worry I'm not just feeding my kids candy for a snack, these are actually healthy)

Thursday:
B - scrambled eggs and bacon
L - cheese quesadilla with fresh vegetables
D - Date night!!!
S - peanut butter cups

Friday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt with berries
L - loaded "fotato" soup (changing some of the spices to fit my family's preferences)
D - pizza with fresh vegetables
S - 1/2 apple with almonds

Saturday:
B - pancakes with fruit
L - leftover pizza
D - cabbage rolls
S - popcorn

Sunday:
B - Fried egg and fruit
L - leftover cabbage rolls
D - potluck at small group
S - Wasa light rye crackers with Laughing Cow cheese 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 3/3-3/9/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first.


Well there seems to be no end to this winter. In my neck of the woods the temperature this morning was -5 when I woke up, but thankfully by midday it made its way to a balmy 11. I don't remember longing for Spring more than I have this year. Just to see some greenery, rather than white will do my heart and sanity some good. I know that eventually Spring will come, but until then I'll just keep eating comforting food to get me by. You'll notice we're eating a lot of soup this week. Soup keeps me warm, therefore it's keeping me happy.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday - Bean burritos with cilantro lime rice, fajita vegetables and salsa

Tuesday - Bacon, egg and cheese fritata

Wednesday - Cabbage and white bean soup

Thursday - Skinny orange chicken with broccoli and brown rice

Friday - Homemade pizza with fresh veggies

Saturday - Chicken quinoa soup

Sunday - Olive Garden copy cat minestrone soup


Have a great week and happy eating!