Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 31 weekly menu

This week is nice. I have to week nights off from cooking and weekend night off! Hooray!  I'm really going to make an attempt to clean my pantry too. 

So let's see what's to eat?

Shakes (one thing I have learned this year is I have zero time to sit and eat, good thing I plan ahead and make stuff.)
Protein bars

Chicken Greek salad
Tuna salad sandwich
Chickpea patties

Monday:sick so whatever someone makes 
Tuesday:pulled pork roasted sweet potatoes and homemade coleslaw 
Wednesday: chicken soup
Thursday: dinner with friends
Friday: dinner playmate (pizza and salad)
Saturday: friend's birthday party (yummy tacos!!!!)
Sunday: hot dogs and baked sweet potatoes  

What meal are you most excited about this week?

Just keep truckin along...

What a week! It was filled with new meals, dad's night, colds, dirt under my nails from gardening and overall fun. Let's see what the highlights were:

- lost another 2.6 lbs and happy to see it go! 
- started week four again of T25 and then got sick, maybe three times a charm, week 4 here I come... Again!
- my garden is getting HUGE! I just need to cut a shrub tonight so the tomatoes have full sun as well as the sunflowers.
- I ran this week to go pick up the car. Felt great to just let it go and run.
- I snagged a slot for the Disney Avenger half marathon! So so excited! I am already thinking of what cape to make! 
- started planning K1's fourth birthday! Where did the time go? Wasn't she just a baby?
- happy hour with my friends! Could have eaten the entire bowl of ceveche but I was good and I shared. 😜

That pretty much sums up my super exciting life here. How was your week? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

A hodge-podge week

I'm so excited for this week. So many things to note I just had to share with you all:

- week 2 of WW. Week 1 was great and really made me see what I was eating or not eating.
- redoing week 4 for of T25. I just didn't have the energy for it.
- finally back at my boxing club. Only took fitness classes but this week will finally lace up my gloves. Well that is after I scrape the dust off them.
- happy hour with my gal pals! It really should be called happiest hour! Two glorious hours away from kids.
- I'm really going to book a room for our little mini holiday. Really this time! Nootr dreaming!
- planting more stuff. Must blog about how the garden is looking. I finally have an asparagus shoot coming up. Only took 5 flipping years!!!!!
- brunch on Sunday! No more soccer games for k1. It will be bittersweet not to lace up her cleats but man oh man, coaching can suck sometimes. If it wasn't for a few kids on that team that made it worthwhile I'd say it was a pretty gnarly experience. 
- signing up for Disney's Avenger half!!! My excitement can barely be contained!!!!!

Any fun things planned for this week?

March 24 weekly menu

I know I'm late posting but I figure if it's on here by midnight it counts right?  This week is all about making new recipes inspired by Pinterest photos. I'm quite excited about it. We used one tonight and wow was it easy and so tasty. 

Protein shakes 
Special K cereal

Turkey dogs
Chicken salad
Chickpea patties

Ham and cheese pinwheels * with cinnamon & paprika sweet potatoes
Mustard chicken * broiled garlic green beans
Creamy tortellini soup *
 Turkey Parmesan meatballs* with grilled asparagus 
Homemade fish sticks * with stuffed button mushroom bites

*notes never made meals before.

Double yum!!!! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Maple glazed pork loin and roasted Brussel sprout salad

I don't think words can describe how good this dinner was! Easier than I thought too!

Maple glazed Pork Loin 
Created by Little Miss Planner

1 pork loin sliced 1 inch thick 
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp paprika 
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper for taste

1. Toss all ingredients together and let marinade for an hour.
2. In a medium-high pan spray oil and place slices. Flip mid cook to get a good sear on each side. Cook until done (takes 20 or so minutes). 

Roasted Brussel sprouts
Created by Little Miss Planner

Sliced Brussel sprouts
Garlic (3 cloves minced)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning

1. Preheat oven 400*
2. Toss all ingredients in a bowl and place on sheet. 
3. Cook for 25 minutes.

For my salad I cut up the pork loin and laid them on a bed of spinach along with the Brussel sprouts and grape tomatoes. For my dressing, I just drizzled olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. 

So filling and so good! Enjoy!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 17 Weekly menu

Protein shakes

Chicken salad
Salmon salad
Shrimp skewers
Play date lunch

Taco pizza
Grilled maple salmon and salad
Homemade tostadas (new meal)
Spaghetti and salad
Breaded cod and cauliflower bites

Hard broiled eggs
Grapes and other fruit
Baked Prosciutto and date bites (new recipe)


Winding down

What a crazy week! After expo west, I literally didn't have energy to do much other than survive the week. Let's see what we were up to:

 - colds and growth spurts
 - finally went to my boxing gym and worked out. Highlight of the week!!!!
 - apparently you cannot find halibut this time if year... Or at least this time of the month
 - garden is officially planted. This year we hope to have artichokes, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, onions , eggplant, and more.  
 - multiple ikea trips. This has resulted in impromptu backyard dining area makeover and multiple craigslist listings of old stuff to pay for it.
 - back on weight watchers as of Sunday night. I need something to keep me in check so I can get past this block I'm. Summer is coming and I have 3 pairs of shorts I can wear as of now. All my other ones are sitting there waiting. 
 - starting week 4 of T25 workouts. It's pretty good but need to start running and walking again. 

  That's about it. Nothing earth shattering. How was your week?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Banana Oatmeal Protein muffins

I'm been so lazy lately getting a healthy breakfast in. I either have been skipping it all together or drinking coffee and a piece of toast and calling it a day. I finally broke down and realized if I wanted to eat better throughout the day I probably should start with breakfast.  This is for every person on the go who needed that extra 5 minutes of shut eye (especially post day light savings) in the morning.

Banana Oatmeal Protein Muffins 
Makes 12

2 medium bananas (extra ripe)
2/3 of a container of ff Greek yogurt
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 container of applesauce (or 2/3 cup)
1 2/3 cup oats 
1/3 cup almond or cashew meal
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda



1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Mix wet ingredients then add dry ingredients
3. Let sit for 3 minutes 
4. Pour batter into muffin tins (if needed, don't forget to spray so muffins don't stick)
5. Bake for 13-16 minutes (or until brown, use toothpick to test )
6. Take out and let sit then take muffins out and let cook on a rack


Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 10 weekly menu

~ smoothies

~ chickpea patties
~ chicken salad
~ quesadillas
~ grilled avocado with hard boil egg 

~ taco salad
~ pasta casserole (make ahead meal) with sautéed squash
~ macadamia crusted halibut with green beans
~ roast chicken with fennel, carrots, and potatoes
~ pork tenderloin with maple roasted Brussel sprouts (new meal)

What's on your plate this week?

Weekly roundup

What a week this has been. After all the rain we got in our neck of the woods the sun decided to come out again and it's been quite lovely. Life's been filled with play dates, house cleaning, and half written recipe posts. We topped off the weekend with our annual trip to the Natural Products Expo West. It's the biggest expo of natural living products and showcases fabulous new products. We went with the intention to pick up a few new products for our store but we always keep an eye out for new and fabulous things. We found so many new brands I can't wait to show you some of our new favorites.

Now off to menu plan for the week!

K2 feeding the ducks after dance class

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 3 weekly menu

Another week another menu list. I love spending the week pulling out recipes to test out and drool over. This week's test run is seared scallops with lemon risotto. It's one our favorite tapas at Blue Stove, our Nordstrom restaurant. The hubby and I always fight out the last bite. This will also be my first time to cooking scallops. If all goes well I will be sharing the meal with you. 

Now onto what is going to get in my belly this week:


Banana berry oatmeal
Breakfast sandwiches 

Greek chicken salad
Chickpea patties
Cheese quesadillas 
Tuna sandwiches 


Jambalaya  (will post recipe)
Homemade tortillas and beans
Girls happy hour (tapas!!)
Seared scallops with lemon Risotto
Taco salad 

Protein bites
Nuts in shells (pistachios and peanuts)

Recovery food:
Banana Vanilla Protein shakes