Monday, April 28, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 4/28-5/4/14


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.

This is a special week for our family as our oldest is turning nine years old. She is growing into such a sweet, caring and sensitive young lady. We are very thankful for her and the joy she brings to our family. She helped me pick out some of the meals this week. She used to be my pickiest eater, but thankfully is now much more open to trying new foods.

Am I the only one freaking out that this week is the start of May? This year is flying by. May is the month where trees and plants start to blossom in bloom in my neck of the woods. I love the beauty and new life that Spring brings. Also, Spring is the start of grilling season. :)

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

Monday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Low-carb tortilla with deli ham, lettuce, green peppers and onion with Ranch dressing and a side of strawberries (S)
S - (2) Wasa Rye Crackers with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese
D - Jalapeno Popper Chicken with steamed broccoli (S)

Tuesday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Jalapeno Popper Chicken (S)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Chicken Florentine served with steamed cauliflower (S)

Wednesday:
B - Almond Raspberry Swirl (S) pg. 252
L - Salad with cheese, hard boiled egg and Ranch (S)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S)
D - Slow Cooker Herb Chicken with Spinach served over brown rice and steamed broccoli (E) *** Reduce butter to 1 T. and use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs.

Thursday:
B - Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Lettuce Wrap with deli turkey and fresh veggies (FP) pg. 297
S - Celery with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
D - Burrito Bowls - chicken, fajita veggies, black beans, Spanish rice, salsa, lettuce (E)  *** Substitue brown rice for white in the Spanish rice.

Friday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Burrito Bowl (E)
S - Cheese stick and handful of almonds (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Ham Cups (S) *** Omit the hash brown portion of the recipe.
L - Fotato Soup (FP) pg. 294
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers (S)

Sunday:
B - Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie (E)
L - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Spicy Sriracha Chicken and Quinoa (E) ***Reduce coconut oil to 1 T. and sweeten with your choice of on-plan sweetener to taste in place of the honey.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 4/21-4/27/14


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.

Everyone has finally recovered from the virus that went through our house. Praise the Lord! This one was a doozy. I half way stuck to my meal plan last week. Honestly, I was more concerned about survival than having the healthiest of meals. This week I'm back in the saddle and raring to go!

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

Monday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt mixed with 2 T. peanut butter and Truvia to taste (S)
L - Fotato Soup (FP) pg. 294
S - 1/2 apple with almonds (S)
D - Cobb Salad (lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon, eggs, cheddar cheese and Ranch) (S)

Tuesday:
B - Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Wasa Light Rye Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - One Pot Mexican Quinoa (E) ***Omit the corn to keep it a true THM dish

Wednesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (S)
L - leftover Mexican Quinoa (E)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Cheeseburger Cabbage Skillet (S)

Thursday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 257
L - Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with side salad (S) ***The recipe calls for white flour, I'm going to try it using almond flour.
S - 1/2 apple with peanut butter (S)
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347

Friday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Chicken Lo Mein (E)

Saturday:
B - Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Lettuce wraps with turkey (FP) pg. 297
S - celery with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (E)

Sunday:
B - Almond Raspberry Swirl Yogurt (S) pg. 252
L - leftover Minestrone soup (E)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Steak, green beans with butter, cauli rice (pg. 358) (S)

If you've come across a great recipe that you feel is a must try, please leave the link in the comments. I love to try new dishes!

Have a great week and happy eating!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 4/14-4/20/14


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.

Last week was an interesting one at my house. One by one, my four kids got sick with double ear infections and coughs. I was so thankful to have my meal plan as well as some veggies, fruit and meat already prepped so that I could mostly stay on track. This has been one of my biggest helps on THM. By doing most of the prep work at the beginning of the week I am more likely to stay on plan for the rest of the week. I did stray off plan for most of Saturday, but righted the ship on Sunday. The thing I love about THM is that even when you have an off-plan meal or day, you can start again with that next meal. Thankful that I no longer have to berate myself when I "mess up". 

This week I've included a grocery list. I thought this would be helpful to see what these meals actually entail to make. The list seems SUPER long, but just remember that you're going to have some of these items in your pantry, fridge or freezer already. Plus this is for 21 meals and 7 snacks.
Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - (2) hard boiled eggs diced and mixed with mayo and mustard with fresh veggies (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

Tuesday:
B - Scrambled eggs with green peppers and onion cooked in butter and 2 pieces of  bacon (S)
L - leftover Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
S - 0% Greek Yogurt sweetened with Truvia and mixed with 2 T. peanut butter
D - Italian Chicken Casserole with side salad (S) ***I'm using Dreamfields pasta

Wednesday - 
B - Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie (FP) *Can use blueberries or raspberries as well
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies (S) pg. 292
S - handful of almonds and 1/2 an apple (S)
D - Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake with sour cream and side of lettuce (S) ***Use a plan approved enchilada sauce. The recipe for the sauce in this recipe is NOT plan approved. To make it approved omit Splenda and sweeten to taste.

Thursday - 
B - Trim Healthy Pancakes with strawberries (E) pg. 223
L - salad with hard boiled egg, cheese and Ranch (S)
S - (2) Wasa Rye Crackers with wedge of lite Laughing Cow cheese (FP)
D - Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken served over brown rice (E) ***Omit the frozen corn to keep on plan

Friday -
B - Scrambled eggs with green pepper and onions cooked in butter with 2 pieces of bacon (S)
L - leftover Santa Fe Chicken and rice (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday - 
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - BLT wrap (on low-carb tortilla) with Ranch and fresh veggies (S)
S - Key Lime Frappe (S)
D - Cauliflower Chowder (S) ***Using only 1 carrot to keep it in S territory. Also it has flour in it, divided by the amount of servings it's 1 T per serving., however if you're a purist use gluccie or arrowroot to thicken the soup.

Sunday - 
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Easter dinner - ham (no glaze), roasted veggies (using broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes and onions), green beans with butter and mashed cauliflower (S)
S - Baked Grapefruit (E) pg. 379
D - leftovers from Easter dinner (S)

Grocery List:

  • dozen eggs
  • 1# bacon
  • frozen strawberries
  • vanilla whey protein powder (I use Jay Robb)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1/2 gallon unsweetened Almond Milk (I use Silk or Meijer brand)
  • Truvia (or your choice of sweetener)
  • strawberries
  • Lite Laughing Cow cheese (plain)
  • FF or LF cottage cheese
  • Old Fashioned oats
  • baking powder
  • egg whites
  • 3 apples
  • 0% Greek Yogurt
  • cinnamon
  • plan approved peanut butter
  • plan approved cocoa powder
  • liquid stevia drops
  • mayo
  • mustard
  • assorted raw veggies (cucumbers, radishes, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • heavy cream
  • quart of chicken stock or broth
  • low-carb tortillas (I like La Banderita brand)
  • Ken's Ranch
  • tomato
  • 3 pack Romaine hearts
  • ham roast
  • roasting veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, onions, radishes, carrots)
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • lime
  • Half & Half
  • almonds
  • Wasa Rye Crackers
  • pkg of pascal celery
  • 2# carrots
  • 3# cooking onions
  • 7 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 24 oz. diced tomatoes
  • basil
  • oregano
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz. Dreamfields pasta
  • plan approved enchilada sauce
  • 4 green peppers
  • 12 oz. cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 c. brown rice, uncooked
  • 15 oz. black beans
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cumin
  • 1# ground beef
  • pepperoni
  • plan approved pizza sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • dried parsley
Have a great week and happy eating!!!




Monday, April 7, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 4/7-4/13/14


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 am so excited! The snow piles have finally melted enough for us to find our grill again. We are going to grill out twice this week to celebrate. My husband is a great on the grill and has missed doing it over the winter months. I can almost smell it now!

Here is what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - 0% Greek yogurt mixed with 1 t. Truvia and strawberries (FP)
L - leftover Bacon Cheeseburger soup (S)
S - handful of almonds and a cheese stick (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)

Tuesday:
B - scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil with green peppers and onions and 2 pieces of bacon (S)
L - salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing (S)
S - 2% cottage cheese with strawberries (FP)
D - Crock Pot Chicken and Quinoa with steamed broccoli (E)

Wednesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup shake (S)
L - Asian Lettuce wraps (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - grilled chicken seasoned with Montreal Chicken seasoning with roasted vegetables (S)

Thursday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover lettuce wraps (E)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S)
D - Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)

Friday:
B - Apple Cinnamon yogurt swirl (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Chicken Bacon chowder (S)
S - (2) Wasa Light Rye crackers with 1 wedge of Lite Laughing Cow cheese (FP)
D - pizza casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Omelet with onions, green peppers and ham chunks (S)
L - Fotato soup (FP) pg. 294
S - popcorn (E)
D - taco salad with sour cream, cheddar cheese and salsa (S) pg. 347

Sunday:
B - Berritastic smoothie (S) pg. 248
L - grilled hamburger (no bun) with a side salad dressed with Ranch dressing (S)
S - baked grapefruit (E) pg. 379
D - Crock Pot TexMex lettuce wraps (E)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!