Monday, July 28, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 7/28-8/3/14


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" meals 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 - 0% Plain Greek yogurt swirled with 2 T. peanut butter and Truvia (S)
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - (2) Wasa Lite Rye Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Colorado White Chili (E) ***Omit the corn

Tuesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - leftover Colorado White Chili (E)
S - Pay Day Candies (S)
D - Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (E) ***Use 1 T. olive oil instead of 3

Wednesday:
B - (2) eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese on top and (2) pieces of bacon (S)
L - leftover Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (E)
S - Pay Day Candies (S)
D - Taco salads made with seasoned ground beef, romaine lettuce, salsa, sour cream and cheese (S)

Thursday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Grilled Steak with green beans and Cheesy Zucchini (S)

Friday:
B - Creamy Coconut Strawberry Smoothie (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Celery with Peanut Butter (S)
D - Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole with salad dressed with Ranch dressing (S)

Saturday:
B - Oven Baked Denver Omelet (S)
L - Ham Wrap made with low-carb tortilla shell with deli ham, mustard, mayo, lettuce and tomato with a side of strawberries and a handful of almonds (S)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Grilled chicken served over Lentils with Spinach (E)

Sunday:
B - Trim Healthy Pancakes with 1/2 c. blueberries (E) pg. 223
L - Very Berry Salad topped with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (S)
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)
D - Wet burrito made with Crock Pot Green Chile Chicken on a low-carb tortilla topped with enchilada sauce, cheese and sour cream and lettuce on the side (S)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 7/21-7/27/14


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. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals 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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It's supposed to be a warm week here in West Michigan, (for those of you that live in the south you'd think it's a cooler week for you, ha!) so I once again am trying to use our grill and slow cooker as much as possible. I've also decided that I'm going to institute a soup night once a week. I know, I know it's summer and it's hot so the last thing most people want is soup. Soups are a great way to stretch your grocery budget, help your family to consume more vegetables and typically have enough for lunch the next day. 

We've been enjoying the meat from the quarter of the cow we purchased last week. Again you will continue to see quite a bit of beef in our S meals. I was a little concerned that the grass-fed beef would taste a little odd seeing as we have only been consuming conventional beef our whole lives. We were so pleasantly surprised and honestly feel like it's the best beef we've ever had. If you've been hemming and hawing about whether or not to buy grass-fed, do it!

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

Monday:
B - Snickers Protein Shake (FP) ***Must use peanut flour or it will become a S by using more than 1 tsp of peanut butter
L - BLT on a low-carb wrap with a side of strawberries (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad with Ranch and Bleu Cheese on top (S) pg. 324 ***Use the recipe from the book, but grill the chicken instead of broiling it in your oven.

Tuesday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - leftover Buffalo Chicken Salad (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Crock Pot Chicken & Quinoa (E) ***Reduce butter to 1 T.


Wednesday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - leftover Crock Pot Chicken & Quinoa (E)
S - Hummus with vegetables to dip (celery, cucumbers, snap peas, few carrots) (S Helper)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Roast with green beans and broccoli (S)

Thursday:
B - Fudgey Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (S)
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Wet Chicken Burritos filled with grilled fajita chicken, green peppers and onions and black beans on a low-carb tortilla, sprinkled with very little cheese (E) ***Use this recipe for enchilada sauce

Friday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Chicken Burrito (E)
S - handful of almonds and 1/4 c. blueberries (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg.  327

Saturday:
B - Trim Healthy Pancakes with 1/2 c. blueberries (E) pg. 223
L - Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad (S)
S - (2) Lite Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

Sunday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E) ***Use the Laughing Cow Cheese instead of the pudding mix
L - hot dog (without the bun) and side salad with Ranch (S)
S - peanuts and strawberry lemonade (S)
D - Cheeseburgers (without the bun) with Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad and strawberries (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 7/14-7/20/14


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. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals 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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Last week was a crazy week. I had my meals all planned out, groceries purchased and organized and thought I was set for the week. Then my daughter got a horrible stomach bug that landed us in the Emergency Room twice and eventual admittance to the hospital due to dehydration. So all my great plans went out the window, which is fine because the health of my child is more important than my well laid out plans. I made as good of food choices as possible, but still did not do great. It's a new day, and a new week and I'm back at it in full force today.

Also, last week I split a quarter of a cow with my brother and his family. I'm really excited to have a freezer full of grass-fed beef! You will definitely be noticing more beef dishes on the menu in the coming weeks.

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

Monday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Salad with ham and Ranch dressing (S)
S - peanuts and 1/2 apple (S)
D - Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)

Tuesday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (S)
S - Zucchini Walnut Spice Muffin (S) 
D - Marinated Steak with broccoli, green beans and mixed berries (S) ***Substitute Bragg's Liquid Aminos or tamari for the soy sauce in the marinade 

Wednesday:
B - Zucchini Walnut Spice Muffin with strawberries (S)
L - Very Berry Salad with Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette (S)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Black Bean Soup (E) ***Use 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, cilantro leaves or lime wedges as toppings

Thursday:
B - Oven Baked Denver Omelet (S)
L - leftover Black Bean Soup (E)
S - Zucchini Walnut Spice Muffin (S)
D - Taco Salad (S)

Friday:
B - Chocolate Cake Batter Protein Shake (FP)
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - Crust-less Key Lime Pie (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Paleo Lemon Pudding with Strawberries (S)
D - No Tortilla Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake (S) ***Use this recipe for the enchilada sauce

Sunday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with 2 T. peanut butter and Truvia to taste (S)
L - Grilled chicken with Just Like Loaded Baked Potatoes (S)
S - leftover Paleo Lemon Pudding with Strawberries (S)
D - leftover No Tortilla Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!



Monday, July 7, 2014

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


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. If you're still in search of even more meals or drinks take a look at my top 30 "E" mealsmy top 30 "S" meals 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 4th of July holiday. We had a great time with my in-laws celebrating. I did have some off plan items. Hopefully the really long bike ride we took off-set some of that. :)

This week is a busy one for my family so I'm trying to keep meals fairly simple. Also, Friday is my birthday so we'll be eating out as a family for lunch and then my husband and I will go out on a date Friday night to celebrate! 

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

Monday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Taco Salad (S)
S - (S) Wasa Light Rye Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Tuesday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
L - leftover Stir-fry (E)
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Roast with green beans and mashed cauliflower (S)

Wednesday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - BLAT wrap (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato and mayo on a low-carb tortilla) with strawberries (S)
S - Celery with cream cheese (S)
D - Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers (S)

Thursday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt sweetened with Truvia and swirled with 2 T. peanut butter (S)
L - Spicy Quinoa Cucumber and Tomato Salad (E) ***Use only 1 T. of olive oil instead of 2
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Jalapeno Popper Chicken (S)

Friday:
B - Eggs & Bacon (S)
L - Out for my birthday
S - Celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Out again for my birthday :)

Saturday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Spicy Quinoa Salad (E)
S - Zucchini Bread (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Sunday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Zucchini Bread (S)
D - Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Chicken with steamed broccoli and cauliflower (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!