Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This Week's Menu: 2/17 - 2/23

Lettuce Wraps from Healthfest Blog
Tuesday: Salmon Burgers + Kale Salad + Roasted Vegetables
Wednesday: "Chicken Parmesan" (Baked Chicken Tenders w/ Mariana) over Roasted Shredded Sweet Potatoes + Roasted Asparagus
Thursday: Jamie Oliver's Tomato Soup 
Friday: BFD - Veggie Frittata + Smoothies
Saturday: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Taco Salad w/ Crispy Sweet Potato Strings & Homemade Ranch
Sunday: Jenna's Hearty Chili w/ Avocado &  Crispy Sweet Potato Strings
Monday: Beef Lettuce Wraps (beef, onion, mushrooms, lettuce leaves -  Dressing: coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sesame oil, almond butter, honey, garlic, ginger, hot sauce)

Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whole 30 {Week 2} Menu Plan

Day 8 - Monday
Meal 1: Kale Salad w/ Roasted Sweet Potato & Sliced Salami + Grapefruit
Meal 2: Chile Lime Chicken Burgers (2) over Kale + Cucumber wedges + Bell Pepper Slices
Meal 3: Asian Cabbage Salad

Day 9 - Tuesday
Meal 1: Breakfast Skillet (Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic, 1 T. tomato paste, 12 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 lb ground beef, kale) topped with Fried Eggs
Meal 2: Chicken Salad over Romaine Lettuce (chicken, mayo, almonds, apples/grapes)
Meal 3: Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders + Mashed Cauliflower + Steamed Veggie or Salad

Day 10 - Wednesday 
Meal 1: Eggs + Veggie Hash + Chicken Sausage
Meal 2: Chicken Salad over Romaine
Meal 3: Not-so Shepherds Pie (note to self: use ginger in place of horseradish)

Day 11 - Thursday
Meal 1: Scrambled Eggs + Veggies
Meal 2: Easy Spaghetti Sauce (browned ground beef, clean marinara) over sautéed zucchini noodles or sautéed broccoli slaw mix.
Meal 3: Beef Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice + Dreamy Avocado Dressing (from "It Starts With Food" book)

Day 12 - Friday
Meal 1: Veggie Frittata
Meal 2: Big Salad
Meal 3: Chicken Lime Fiesta Soup

Day 13 - Saturday
Meal 1: Eggs + Hash  + Chicken Sausage
Meal 2: Completo-sytle hotdogs on Applegate Beef hot dogs + Sweet Potato "Chips"
Meal 3: Cafe Rio-syte Salad (Cauliflower rice, romaine, pico de gallo, chicken, Dreamy Avocado Dressing (from "It Starts With Food" book)

Day 14 - Sunday
Meal 1: Breakfast Skillet (Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic, 1 T. tomato paste, 12 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 lb ground beef, kale) topped with Fried Eggs
Meal 2: Burgers w/ tomatoes and pickles served on Romaine lettuce + Sweet Potato (shoestring-cut) Fries
Meal 3: Stir Fry (chicken breast, bell pepper, onion, pineapple, cashews, coconut oil, coconut aminos, pinch of ginger) + Cauliflower Rice

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Whole 30 Food Journal

Day 1
Breakfast: 3 slices turkey + 1 apple + handful almonds
Snack: Cherry Pie Larabar
Lunch: Spinach salad w/ grilled chicken, tomatoes, sauteed carrots, broccoli, onions dressed w/ lemon and salt + grapefruit
Snack: Banana w/ almond butter
Dinner: sliced beef + lime cilantro cauliflower rice + tomato-avocado-cucumber-onion salad + orange

Thoughts: Pretty easy day. I noticed how much I tend to just graze: eating kids’ pretzel scraps, asking my son for some of his bubblegum, popping some of my daughter’s snack in my mouth while prepping it for her, seeing a treat and eating it. After doing some grocery shopping and prepping and then a mediocre dinner, I was tired, feeling uncreative and not feeling very optimistic about the variety the next 30 days would bring me. 

Day 2
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs + 1 chicken apple sausage + veggie hash (diced zucchini, red onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, shredded sweet potato) 
Snack: Apple slices w/ almond butter
Lunch: spinach salad w/ cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, chicken, boiled egg, 1/2 avocado dressed with avocado oil & balsamic vinegar
Dinner: Turkey burger on spinach topped w/ sautéed mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, onions + 1/4 avocado + sweet potato fries + mustard

Thoughts: Lots of energy this morning. Around noon feeling a little headachy — not super painful, just a little groggy. Headache this afternoon. Drinking water seemed to help. Not a hard day, I’m just starting to wonder if I’m going to be able to get enough variety mentally. Already a little tired of spinach and eggs and sweet potatoes. 
Day 3 
Breakfast: Fried Eggs w/ veggie hash + bananas/almond butter + peppermint herbal tea
Lunch: sautéed kale (massaged with olive oil & salt), avocado, lemon + chicken sausage + tomatoes + boiled egg + banana
Snack: Almonds and pomegranate seeds
Dinner: Frittata (carmelized onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach w/ s&p and 10 eggs w/ a dash of cayenne. Baked at 350 for about 23 minutes + sliced sweet potatoes + sliced avocado + a few grape tomatoes + raspberry leaf tea. 
Snack: sliced bananas w/ almond butter

Thoughts: Today has been harder mentally. Not completely down-in-the-dumps hard, but I keep having slivers of doubt about my ability to stay strong, see positive results, push through the food boredom, etc. I’m craving more comfort foods, mouth is watering at some of my kids’ snacks, and I’m feeling like I want to snack. A positive from this is that I feel like I have a better idea what sorts of meals I want to have on my menu next week. I want marinara sauce! I want soup! I want variety!!!!! 

Day 4
Breakfast: Leftover Frittata w/ Trader Joe’s Homesyle Salsa + 1/2 avocado + Raspberry Leaf tea
Snack: Almonds
Lunch: 1.5 chicken & apple sausages + cilantro lime cauliflower rice + raw tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, carrots + pomegranate seeds & pineapple. 
Snack: Avocado slices w/ pomegranate seeds
Snack: Almonds
Dinner: 1.5 Grass-fed Angus Burger (Trader Joe’s) over bed of raw spinach w/ mustard + veggie hash + 1/2 an apple, sliced 
Peppermint Tea before bed.

Thoughts: Today was not too hard. I had a very clear cravings this afternoon. I wanted my son’s popcorn and almost went to the pantry to get a Larabar to satisfy the craving. I realized that might be defeating the purpose of trying to shake off cravings so I grabbed a handful of almonds instead. Had a couple of “digestive” pains this afternoon. Detoxing? I hope so.

Day 5
Breakfast: Omelet w/ Bell Peppers, onion, mushrooms + extra filling on side + sliced chicken apple sausage - all topped w/ Trader Joe’s Homestyle Salsa Especial + Peppermint Tea.
Snack: Coconut Cream Pie Larabar
Lunch: 3 applegate beef hot dogs w/ raw onions & annie’s mustard + roasted sweet potatoes + roasted broccoli 
Dinner: big bowl of Turkey Chili (ground turkey w/ sautéed onions and diced carrots and chopped spinach w/ trader joe’s marinara) + 1/2 apple

Thoughts: This morning I was bugged about food. I haven’t felt angry towards my kids or anything yet — just sort of angry that I’ve already spent more than my weekly budget on groceries and I feel like we are almost out of food for the week and need to get through the weekend without spending much more. We’ll make it…but I don’t want to have to go to the grocery store every other day and I mentally NEED some variety to what we’ve got left in the fridge for the next few days. I’m also really tired this morning and just want to get back in bed. On a positive note, I love doing this “experiment with DJ and knowing that we’re in this together. And we made it to Day 5. 1/6th of the way through. :) And maybe halfway through the “hardest” part? P.S. while ground turkey isn’t my favorite flavor I loved the bowl of chili tonight — variety from same the meat & veggies on a plate.

Day 6 (Saturday)

Breakfast: 2 Fried Eggs w/ dill + leftover steak slices (blugh!) + bowl of diced cucumber w/ rice vinegar, s&p, dill + Banana w/ Almond Butter + Peppermint tea
Lunch: on-the-go...Egg Salad (boiled eggs, mustard, dill, cucumbers, rice vinegar, s&p) + Almonds + Pellegrino water w/ lemon & lime
Snack: Cashew Cookie Larabar
Dinner: 2 Applegate Beef Hot Dogs "Completo" style -- topped with avocado, tomatoes, red onions + 1/2 a "Bubbie's" Pickle + Sweet Potato Chips + Handful Blueberries
Snack: Blueberries & Almonds

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Week's Menu: 12/15 - 12/21

Monday: Flatbread Pizzas
Tuesday: {Church Party} Bring 2 pans of Funeral Potatoes
Wednesday: Fried Eggs + Sweet Potatoes + Sliced Avocado + Green Smoothies
Thursday: Pasta Bake (shells or bowties + marinara + sauteed veggies + cheese  baked at 350 for about 20 min)
Friday: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes + Scrambled Eggs
Saturday: [Annie's White Cheddar] Mac & Cheese with diced deli ham + Peas + Fruit
Sunday: Leek & Potato Soup

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Heber's Magical Chocolate Chip Cookies

I tried the best chocolate chip cookie of my life tonight. And I got the recipe from my bro-in-law.

1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 c. flour (start with 2 1/2 cups then add another 1/4 cup at the end if it seems too thin)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
chocolate chips

Cream wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients. Add more flour as needed.

Bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes and 30 seconds (or adjust time based on your own oven -- take them out when they're slightly underdone and let them finish baking on the pan as they are cooling).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This Week's Menu: 12/1 - 12/7

Photo and recipe of Tomato Soup from Jamie Oliver
Monday: Pancakes
Tuesday: *Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (*Note: Soup recipe from Jamie Oliver. I didn't worry too much about exact measurements -- especially on the fresh tomatoes. Soup was thinner than I expected but tasted so "clean" and fresh. I loved it -- even more than the grilled cheese!) 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup + Fruit
Thursday: Spaghetti with Veggie Marinara Sauce + Spinach Salad
Friday: Fried Eggs + Veggie Hash + Green Smoothies
Saturday: Easy Flatbread Pizzas + Fruit
Sunday: Creamy Corn Chowder 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Week's Menu: 11/17 - 11/24

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes from Skinnytaste
Monday: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes (these were so yummy!)
Tuesday: Pizza
Wednesday: Lentil Soup + Fruit
Thursday: Leek & Potato Soup + Fruit
Friday: Eggs, Toast & Green Smoothies
Saturday: Crock Pot Baked Potatoes w/ toppings (chili, onions, sour cream, cheddar) + Spinach Salad + Fruit
Sunday: Slow Cooker White Bean Chili (leave out chicken -- add quinoa?) + Chips + Fruit
Monday: Quesadillas or Black Beans & Quinoa

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars