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!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 10/20-10/26/14


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 - Raspberry Smoothie (FP)
L - Colorado White Chili (E) ***Omit the corn
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables and green beans (S)

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - leftover pot roast and roasted vegetables (S)
S - (2) Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Chicken Paprikash served over cauli rice (S)

Wednesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Greek Yogurt Egg Salad with vegetables and strawberries on the side (S) ***You could eat the Egg Salad on a low-carb tortilla, I'm choosing to eat it just plain.
S - (2) Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Mom's Night Out!!! I'm bringing hummus and vegetables (S Helper)

Thursday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and Bacon (S)
L - Salad with ham, cheese and Ranch (S)
S - (2) Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

Friday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)
S - Celery with Peanut Butter (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza with veggies (S)

Saturday:
B - Berritastic Smoothie (S) pg. 248
L - Out for lunch
S - 1/2 green apple with peanut butter (S)
D - Baked Herb Garlic Cream Chicken with broccoli (S)

Sunday:
B - Raspberry Cheesecake Shake (S)
L - leftover Baked Herb Garlic Cream Chicken (S)
S - Lemon Cream Pie Protein Shake (FP)
D - Mexican Night at our Life Group, I'm bringing taco ground beef and I'm planning on making a taco salad (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 10/13-10/19/14


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.

Don't have time to read it all now? Pin it for later.

I took last week off from blogging to spend some time with my husband's family who was in town. It was a great week filled with fun, laughter and a lot of food. Unfortunately, most of that food was not on plan. So I'm back at it this week again. 

As I was reflecting on why I made such poor food choices last week, two things really stuck out. 

  1. I didn't make a meal plan. People were in and out and we made plans as we went, which is great, except for when it came to meal times. I realized again the importance of having a solid meal plan and sticking to it. I am much less tempted to stray off plan if I have something in place.
  2. We ate out, A LOT! Now don't get me wrong, I love to eat out as much as the next girl and this was a great treat for our family of 6 to get to eat out as many times as we did last week. However, a lot of restaurants don't have many great "on-plan" choices so things kind of just went out the window.
By the end of the week I felt so gross, tired and sick to my stomach. It definitely was the motivation I needed to get back on track this week.

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

Monday:
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Hard-boiled egg and celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Burrito Bowl made with beef taco meat, lettuce, fajita veggies, sour cream, cheese and 1/4 c. Spanish Rice (S Helper) ***Substitute brown rice for white in the Spanish Rice. Also increase the cooking time to about 45 minutes.

Tuesday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole with side salad (S)

Wednesday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Loaded Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole (S)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)

Thursday:
B - (2) Scrambled eggs and bacon (S)
L - leftover Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)
S (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)

Friday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242
L - leftover Colorado White Chili (E)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Stuffed Peppers with green beans (S) pg. 363 ***Adding ground beef to these to make them a full meal.

Saturday:
B - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use almond milk instead of the coconut milk.
L - (2) Caveman BLTs with a side of strawberries (S)
S - Apple with 1 tsp. peanut butter (E)
D - Slow Cooker Herb Chicken over brown rice with steamed broccoli (E) ***I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of the chicken thighs.

Sunday:
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!