Monday, November 17, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 11/17-11/23/14


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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We are going to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday so my meal plan this week is made up of dishes that consist of food items that are in my pantry, freezer or that I already had on hand in the fridge. I wanted to avoid the grocery store this week so that I wouldn't have extra produce, milk, etc... sitting around in my fridge and going bad while we're away. This week required some creativity, but it was fun to come up with this meal plan. I love a good challenge!

Thankfully my pantry and freezer were well stocked with some great basics. If you're wondering how I keep a pantry stock pile, be sure and read Part 1 and Part 2 of what I keep stocked and how I do it, and on the cheap too. A few items I no longer purchase since starting THM, but the premise is the same. This time of year has some of the best deals all year on things like butter, eggs, baking staples, canned and frozen veggies, etc... Keep an eye on your sales fliers. 

In the midst of a busy week and getting my family of 6 ready for a trip, my Zaycon Foods chicken order pick up is this week! I'm so excited!!! Buying in bulk saves a lot of time and money.

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

Monday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S) *** I don't have the chocolate but I still love the shake even without the little bits of chocolate.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Chicken Stir-fry (E) ***I made a double batch to ensure leftovers for lunch and used a bunch of frozen vegetables instead of fresh

Tuesday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and half of a green apple (S)
L - leftover Chicken Stir-fry (E)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Meat Veggie and Rice Soup (E) 

Wednesday:
B - Big Boy Smoothie (FP) pg. 242 ***Splitting in half and using half for snack
L - leftover Meat Veggie and Rice Soup (E)
S - Big Boy Smoothie (FP)
D - Orange Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole with side of broccoli (E)

Thursday:
B - Snickers Hot Cocoa with half an apple (S)
L - Black Bean Quesadilla with carrots and cucumbers on the side (E)
S - Baked Grapefruit (pg. 379) with half cup of 1% cottage cheese (E)
D - Mustard Marinated Pork Chops with green beans and broccoli (S)

Friday:
B - Scrambled Eggs (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup with carrots on the side (E) pg. 294
S - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
D - Grilled Chicken Breast with brown rice and peas (E)

I'm not going to be putting out a meal plan next week so I can spend quality and quantity time with my family. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 11/10-11/16/14


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 - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and Ranch (S)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Chicken Lo-Mein (E) ***I substituted Dreamfield's for the whole wheat noodles.

Tuesday:
B - Almond Raspberry Swirl (S) pg. 252
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with a side of lettuce and sour cream (S) ***Use this recipe for the enchilada sauce.

Wednesday:
B - Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with strawberries on the side (E)
L - Leftover No Tortilla Enchilada Bake with side of lettuce and sour cream (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Bacon Cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce with zucchini fries (S)

Thursday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Warm Chicken Sprouted Sandwich with veggies and strawberries on the side (E) pg. 298
S - Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
D - Our Favorite Soup with side salad with Ranch (S)

Friday:
B - Lucious Lemon Yogurt over a Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
L - Cheese Quesadilla on a low-carb tortilla with side of lettuce, salsa and sour cream (S)
S - (2) Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - leftover Our Favorite Soup (S)
S - (2) Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies (S)
D - Steak with Roasted Vegetables (S)

Sunday:
B - leftover Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - Easy Avocado Provolone Turkey Wrap on a low-carb tortilla with fresh veggies and strawberries on the side (S)
S - Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (S)
D - Texas Chicken Tortilla Soup (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Meal Plan Menu: 11/3-11/9/14


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 can hardly believe that it's November and that the holidays will be upon us shortly. A few girlfriends and I have made a commitment to not have a single cheat until Thanksgiving, and a couple of us are hoping not to cheat on Thanksgiving, but we'll see how that goes.

This week I'm hoping to drink more water, GGMS and herbal teas. My other goal for the week is to exercise 4 times.

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

Monday:
B - Thin Mint Shake (S)
L - Loaded Fotato Soup (S) pg. 294
S - Peanut Butter Whip (S)
D - Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (E)

Tuesday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S)
L - Better Than Chef Salad (S) pg. 305
S - Baked Grapefruit (pg. 379) and 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese (E)
D - Taco Salad (S) pg. 347

Wednesday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and Bacon (S)
L - leftover Taco Salad (S)
S - celery and peanut butter (S)
D - Creamy Dreamy Baked "Spaghetti" with a side salad with Ranch (S) ***This is a recipe that I'm creating so if it's good I'll post it later in the week.

Thursday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - (2) Caveman BLT's with strawberries (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (S) pg. 379
D - Easy Mexican Casserole with tomato salsa (S)

Friday:
B - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (FP) ***I use unsweetened almond milk in place of the coconut milk.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup with side salad with Ranch (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Broccoli Frittata (S)
L - Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)
S - (2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Chicken and "Rice" Casserole with side salad (S)

Sunday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Chicken Bacon Chowder (S)
S -(2) Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Hamburger topped with Buffalo Chicken Dip with fresh veggies (S) ***I realize this sounds like an odd combination but it's SO good. Also, the dip makes a great snack with celery and green peppers and dippers.

Have a great week and happy eating!!!