Monday, September 29, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 9/29-10/5/14


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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This week is full of activities as well as many out of town family members coming to visit. My kids are so pumped to have guests this week. The energy level in our house is a bit crazy! I know we will be eating out more than we normally do this weekend. I'm trying to stay as on plan as possible.

My Mini-Goals for this week:
  • Drink more water! I've been doing better at this, but not as well as I would like. Now that the weather is cooling down I have been having Peppermint tea in the morning and/or evening so that helps break up my plain water. I also tried Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS) again this week. When I originally tried this drink many months ago I wasn't a fan. Way too gingery for my taste buds. Low and behold, when I made it this week I liked it. Proof that taste buds can change!
  • Exercise 4 times this week. I've been pretty consistent with my Ttapp exercise program.
  • Wake up at 6am each day this week. Not food related, but I find I get much more accomplished during the day if I get an early start. I'm NOT a morning person, so this one is quite a stretch for me!
Here's what we'll be eating this week:
Monday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - (2) Caveman BLTs with side of strawberries (S)
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Tuesday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S) ***I will be using strawberries because that's what I have on hand.
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Easy Mexican Casserole (S)

Wednesday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Grilled steak with Bacon, Garlic Green Beans and side salad (S)

Thursday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E) ***Use a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese instead of instant pudding.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Lite Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese and topped with a hard-boiled egg (S)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken served over quinoa and steamed broccoli (E) ***Use chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs

Friday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with bacon (S)
L - Easy Avocado Turkey Wrap with side of strawberries and fresh veggies (S) ***Use a low-carb tortilla for the wrap.
S - Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza (S)

Saturday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover pizza with fresh veggies (S)
S - Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie (S)
D - Out with extended family (aiming for an S)

Sunday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - Out with extended family (aiming for an S)
S - Apple with 1 tsp. peanut butter (E)
D - Lifegroup at church (CHEAT!)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!



Monday, September 22, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 9/22-9/28/14


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 feel like I'm finally getting into the groove of our fall schedule. It always takes me a few weeks to get my mind wrapped around all that's going on. I was thankful I had my meal plan and groceries purchased and prepped because we had quite a few hectic days last week. 

One other thing that's been helping me is doing the majority of our grocery shopping at the beginning of the month, and then just filling in the fresh produce, milk and a few items worth stocking up on throughout the rest of the month. I love having a stocked freezer and pantry all set with everything I need for my meals. If you've ever wondered if buying meat in bulk is worth it, I'm here to tell you it it! Getting quality meat and having it on hand in your freezer is so helpful on those chaotic nights. And have you noticed the price of meat (and really everything else) skyrocketing lately? We split a quarter of a cow with my brother this summer and now I'm doing a bulk order through Zaycon Foods (this is a referral link) for their boneless, skinless chicken breasts. If you've not heard of Zaycon, they sell high quality meat that is 100% natural, hormone, artificial flavor and additive free for a fantastic price! They have drop sites all over the country. Definitely worth checking out! 

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

Monday:
B - Lemon Cream Pie Protein Shake (FP)
L - (3) Lettuce Wraps (made with ham, mustard and mayo) with cucumbers and green peppers and strawberries (S) pg. 297
S - handful of almonds and 1/4 c. blueberries (S)
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Buffalo Chicken Chili (S)

Wednesday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with cheese and ham (S)
L - leftover Buffalo Chicken Chili (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP) pg. 379
D - Chicken Lo Mein (E)

Thursday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - (2) Caveman BLTs with cucumbers and celery on the side dipped in Ranch (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP) ***If you like spicy food try the Jalapeno variety. Its so good! :)
D - Balsamic Chicken over brown rice with steamed broccoli (E) pg. 324

Friday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - leftover Balsamic Chicken and broccoli (E)
S - 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (E) ***Instead of the honey I'm going to use an on-plan sweetener.
D - Pizza Casserole with side salad (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Almond Raspberry Swirl Yogurt (S) pg. 252
D - Boneless Wings on top of a salad with Ranch (S) pg. 324

Sunday:
B - Berritastic Smoothie (S) pg. 248
L - leftover Boneless Wings on top of a salad with Ranch (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Chicken Quinoa Soup (E) ***Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 9/15-9/21/14


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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This week kicks off a lot of our Fall activities and we are busy busy busy. However, just because I'm busy I will not use that as an excuse to eat out and off plan (one exception this week is dinner our with girlfriends). I have a couple of mini-goals this week to help me stay on track.

  1. Drink more water! I find I get so caught up in what I'm doing throughout the day that I forget to drink. I'm still not sure how this happens, but it does all the time.
  2. Prep most of our dinner items early in the week so I can easily throw together a dinner before we head out the door in the evening.
  3. Exercise 3x - seems simple enough but something always fills that time slot.
Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with fresh veggies on the side (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Colorado White Chili (E) ***Omit the corn

Tuesday:
L - leftover Colorado White Chili (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Crock Pot Balsamic Pot Roast with Mashed Cauliflower and green beans (S)

Wednesday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Swirl Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Pot Roast with Mashed Cauliflower (S)
D - Out with my Mom's Group for dinner (cheat!)

Thursday:
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Simply Candied Almonds (S)
D - Garlicky Spinach Parmesan Frittata with side salad with Ranch (S)

Friday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
L - BLT wrap on a low-carb tortilla with strawberries and cucumbers (S)
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)

Saturday:
B - THM pancakes topped with strawberry syrup (E) pg. 223 ***To make the strawberry syrup just mash some strawberries in a bowl with a potato masher and sweeten with THM sweet blend or Truvia to taste.
L - leftover Deep Dish Pizza (S)
D - Black Bean Quesadilla with fresh veggies (E) 

Sunday:
B - Egg White Bites (FP) ***I'm going to add deli turkey meat to these.
S - popcorn (E)
D - Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken with brown rice and pico de gallo (E)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 9/8-9/14/14


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 - (2) Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter (S)
D - grilled cheeseburger (no bun) with Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad and green beans (S)

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Smoothie (S)
L - leftover Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad with side of berries and (2) pieces of deli ham (S)
S - Cinnamon Apple Swirl Yogurt (E) pg. 250
D - Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken with green peppers and onions served over Spanish Rice (E) ***Substitute brown for white rice in the Spanish Rice dish. 

Wednesday:
B - Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake (E) ***Use the Lite Laughing Cow Cheese wedge instead of the instant pudding.
L - leftover Quick Lime Cilantro and Spanish Rice (E) 
S - 1/2 c. 1% cottage cheese and strawberries (FP)
D - Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers with a side salad (S)

Thursday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - Black Bean Chicken Quesadilla with fresh veggies (E)
S - Popcorn (E)
D - Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (E) 

Friday:
B - Caramel Apple Smoothie (E)
L - leftover Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (E)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza with fresh veggies (S)

Saturday:
B - Oven Baked Denver Omelet (S)
L - Salad with hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch (S)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Zucchini Noodle Lasagna (S) ***I add ground beef to this.

Sunday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Zucchini Noodle Lasagna (S)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers (S) ***Use THM Sweet Blend or Truvia in place of the Splenda.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 9/1-9/7/14


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" meals, my 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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It is back to school week.  We are a homeschooling family, so while we aren't having to rush out the door in the morning, our routine is still going to be changing from the summer pace we've been keeping. Since the first week can sometimes be a bit tiring while re-establishing the rhythm to our days, I've decided to keep my meal plan very simple this week.

Also, my wonderful sister-in-law, Krista, introduced me to the T-Tapp exercise program. I've done it 3 days in a row now and am loving it. If you've ever thought about checking it out, do it! These 15 minute exercises pack a real punch. My goal is to exercise 4 times this week.

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

Monday:
B - (2) scrambled eggs with strawberries (S)
L - Salad with crumbled bacon, cheese and Ranch dressing (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Cheeseburger (no bun) with fresh veggies (S)

Tuesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Wednesday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - leftover Chicken Stir-fry (E)
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)
D - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce served over Dreamfield's pasta with a side salad dressed with Ranch (S) ***I know there is much controversy over the Dreamfield's pasta. We eat it maybe once a month so I'm not overly concerned about it.

Thursday:
B - Cinnamon Apple Yogurt Swirl (E) pg. 250
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Hummus with vegetables (S Helper, because of the Garbanzo beans) pg. 405
D - Baked Herb Garlic Cream Chicken with steamed broccoli (S)

Friday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Baked Herb Garlic Cream Chicken (S)
S - leftover Big Boy Smoothie from breakfast (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - THM Pancakes with strawberry syrup on top (E) pg. 223  ***To make the strawberry syrup just mash some strawberries in a bowl with a potato masher and sweeten with THM sweet blend of Truvia to taste.
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Pumpkin Muffin (S)
D - Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers (S)

Sunday:
B - (2) Pumpkin Muffins (S)
L - Grilled chicken with roasted vegetables (S)
S - Thin Mint Shake (S)
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347 ***Use this recipe for your taco seasoning.

Have  a great week and happy eating!!!