Monday, January 26, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 1/26-2/1/15


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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Can anyone believe that it's almost February? What happened to January? This new year is just flying by. We have a fairly busy week with some activities and projects going on, so I'm trying to keep the menu fairly simple. My goals for this week are:

  • Drink more! I'm trying to drink half my body weight in water/GGMS/hot tea each day.
  • Exercise 3x
  • Continue to wake up early, so I can fit in my exercise and shower before starting the day with the kids schooling.
  • Double at least one meal to put it in the freezer for a night when we need a really quick meal.
Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - Salad with cheddar, bacon and Ranch (S)
S - celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Chicken Stir-fry over brown rice (E)

Tuesday:
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP) ***Making a double batch of this and putting the other half in the freezer. Just remove it about a half hour before you want to eat it, so it's not completely solid.
D - Spicy Slow Cooker Beef and Bell Peppers (S, with 1/3-1/2 c. of quinoa, or 1/4 brown rice it becomes a S Helper)

Wednesday:
L - Quesadilla with fresh veggies (S) pg. 307
S - leftover Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Colorado White Chili (E) ***Omit the corn and use a bell pepper instead. I'm double this recipe and freezing half for another time.

Thursday:
B - Eggs and bacon (S)
L - (2) Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with strawberries (S)
S - Snickers Hot Cocoa (S)
D - No Tortilla Chicken Enchilada Bake served with lettuce and sour cream (S) *** Use this recipe for the enchilada sauce

Friday:
B - Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake (FP)
L - leftover No Tortilla Chicken Enchilada Bake (S)
S - handful of almonds and 1 oz. cheddar cheese (S)
D - Pizza Casserole with fresh veggies (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - Spinach and Cheddar Egg Casserole (S)
L - (2) leftover Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (S)
S - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
D - Italian Chicken Casserole with side salad (S)

Sunday:
B - Fruity Blend Yogurt (E) pg. 251
L - Taco Salad (S) *** Use this taco seasoning mix if you're looking for a healthier and cheaper alternative to store bought.
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili (E)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 1/19-1/25/14


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 - Quesadilla with fresh veggies (S) pg. 307
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with steamed broccoli (S)

Tuesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Buffalo Chicken Muffins with side salad (S)

Wednesday:
B - Eggs and bacon (S)
L - leftover Buffalo Chicken Muffins with salad (S)
S - Key Lime Pie Shake (FP)
D - Slow-Cooker Vegan Brown Rice Bowls (E) ***Omit the avocado salsa and use an E friendly salsa such as a tomatillo or regular tomato based salsa

Thursday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S) 
L - leftover Vegan Brown Rice Bowls (E)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Chicken Bacon Crock-Pot Chowder (Deep S)

Friday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - leftover Chicken Bacon Crock-Pot Chowder (Deep S)
S - Celery with peanut butter (S)
D - Deep Dish Pizza (S)

Saturday:
B - Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - Easy Spicy White Chicken Chili (E) ***I'm using all boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
S - popcorn and 1/2 c. of 1% cottage cheese (E)
D - Cheddar and Pepper Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken with roasted veggies (S)

Sunday:
B - leftover Mom's Breakfast Casserole (S)
L - leftover Easy Spicy White Chicken Chili (E)
S - Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake (FP)
D - Small Group at church (not sure on the food portion yet)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 1/12-1/18/15



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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So I TOTALLY blew through our grocery money this month way earlier than I had planned to. Oops! So this week with the little bit money I had left, I ran to the store for fresh produce and almond milk only. This week's menu consists of items that I already had on hand in my pantry, freezer or fridge. This is why I can't stress enough the importance of having a pantry/ freezer stockpile. If you want to read a bit on how I have built mine up here is part 1 and part 2.

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

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Milkshake (S)
L - Salad with bacon, cheddar and Ranch (S)
S - peanuts and 1/2 green apple (S)
D - Colorado White Chili (E) ***I omitted the corn and added green peppers instead.

Tuesday:
B - Bacon and scrambled eggs (S)
L - leftover Colorado White Chili (E)
S - 1 oz. cheddar cheese and small handful of almonds (S)
D - Barbacoa Beef with fajita veggies over lettuce with sour cream, cheese and salsa (S)

Wednesday:
B -  Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S)
L - leftover Barbacoa Beef salad (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Cabbage Soup (E) ***Omit the meat or use lean chicken sausage.

Thursday:
B - Bacon and eggs (S)
L - leftover Cabbage Soup (E)
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Chicken and "Rice" Casserole with steamed broccoli (S)

Friday:
B - Green Smoothie (E) ***Omit the banana
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - (2) Ham Cups (S) ***Omit the hashbrowns :(
L - Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing (S) ***Use an on-plan sweetener instead of the brown sugar.
S - Berritastic Smoothie (S) pg. 248
D - Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole (E) ***Instead of using the amount of cheese called for in the recipe, I just put a tiny pinch on each portion at serving.

Sunday:
B - Snickers Hot Cocoa (S)
L - Savory Bean and Spinach Soup (E)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
D - Hodgepodge of leftovers from the week, I'm hoping to eat the Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole (E)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: 1/5-1/11-15


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.

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

Monday:
B - Peanut Butter Shake (S) ***Omit the gluccomman.
L - Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup (S) pg. 292
S - (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
D - Low-Carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken with side of broccoli (S)

Tuesday:
B - Reese Peanut Butter Cup Shake (S) ***I finally found a link for the recipe!! So excited to finally find another one. Also, she talks about using MCT oil or coconut oil. I always use coconut oil.
L - leftover Jalapeno Popper Chicken (S)
S - popcorn (E)
D - Harvest Minestrone with Quinoa and Kale (E)

Wednesday:
B - Scrambled Eggs and Bacon (S)
L - leftover Harvest Minestrone with Quinoa and Kale (E)
S - Spicy Nuts (S) pg. 396
D - Philly Cheese-steak Casserole (S)

Thursday:
B - Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt (E) pg. 250
L - Big Mac Salad (S)
S - Cottage Berry Whip (FP) pg. 379
D - Grilled Chicken with Fried Cabbage with Bacon (S)

Friday:
B - Snickers Hot Cocoa (S)
L - Creamy Broccoli Soup (S)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Pizza Casserole (S) pg. 327

Saturday:
B - (3) Cheesy Crustless Quiche (S) ***Substitute unsweetened almond milk for the whole milk.
L - 15 Minute Lentil Soup (E)
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Taco Salad (S)

Sunday:
B - Broccoli, Bacon and Egg Casserole (S)
L - Out
S - Peanut Butter Cups (S)
D - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken on top of a salad with Ranch (S)

Have a great week and happy eating!!!