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Hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July!
We celebrated Canada Day on Sunday with my family ♥
I wanted to talk to you guys about meal planning. I know what you’re probably thinking, but bear with me
I wanted to show you what has been working for us for the last couple weeks. We have tried meal planning a million times. And because I read so many blogs/cookbooks/magazines you would think that I would always have it figured out what I want every night for supper. So not the case. I’m pretty good for breakfasts and lunches [smoothies and salads right now] but supper is always an “I’m huuuungry but I don’t know what I want” whine to Andrew. But I finally found a system that works for us
Andrew and I each pick foods/cuisines that we like and then pick the days of the week that will work best with our schedules/weather. If that makes any sense at all haha.
Example: We loove tacos so we picked Tuesdays to have them. [Taco Tuesday!!] Now every Tuesday I know we are having some kind of tacos. Last week it was fish tacos, this week it was enchiladas. I also love Italian food so this week we chose Wednesday for pasta. We use the same pasta and veggies and then make our own sauces. Super easy.
Okay so here’s this week’s schedule:
Monday – Grill [veggie burgers + salad]
Tuesday – Tacos [vegan enchiladas]
Wednesday – Pasta [goat cheese, fennel + mushroom fusilli]
Thursday – Pizza [homemade on the BBQ]
Friday – Tofu + Veggies [hemp seed crusted]
Saturday – Clean out the fridge/leftovers [take out for Andrew]
Sunday – Free night [supper with Andrew's parents]
These meal plans have been so easy to follow and make grocery shopping a total breeze. I almost look forward to making them each week. <—geek
burger, huge mixed green salad with dried cranberries, feta and balsamic and steamed broccolini
The burgers were delicious [I love lentils and mushrooms] but I could probably just eat that spread with a spoon. We used fresh basil from our garden and it was just insane. So simple and so delicious.
Tuesday we made these vegan enchiladas with cilantro avocado cream sauce. My brother came for supper so he and Andrew had mexi fries with theirs and I had a big salad with mine.
The filling is so good I saved some to have for lunch today.
[terrible photo] enchilada with sauce and mixed greens with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and balsamic dressing
Tonight was pasta night. I used the rest of the basil goat cheese spread mixed with a bit of goat milk to make a sauce and tossed it with sautéed leek, fennel, mushrooms and fusilli.
pasta with an unpictured bowl of steamed swiss chard
That’s it so far this week. I can’t wait for tomorrow! Pizza is one of my favourite foods
Are you a meal planner? Or do you just wing it? Meal planning has made my life a million times easier so yeah, totally love.
Favorite pizza topping? I HAVE to have pineapple on my pizza but I also love broccoli!
This is going to be a super short one with not much talkie talkie.
I am exhausted and the temp inside my house is 85F.
For reals. Its a sweatmess x2.
Beasley is eating ice chips he is so hot!
Breakfast was just a simple 2 egg white omelette with a light laughing cow, some organic raspberry jam and 1/2 a mango.
Smooooshy egg cheesy jammy goodness.
Lunch was pretty boring. Kale salad with steamed broccoli, brown rice and left over nacho sauce.
I also had a cheese string, some triscuits, a millet puff I found in the back of the work freezer and some cherries.
Supper was a pita pizza with organic pizza sauce, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, onions and pineapple. A side salad with grape tomatoes, feta and ranch, pepperoncini, pineapple, too.
Baked in the oven for 20 minutes with a teeny bit of goat cheese.
I love the combo of feta, pineapple, peppeoncini and ranch. Bowwowowow.
After supper I baked mini muffins (mmmmaybe the reason our house is so hot??) again because I ate 5 of them last night and took the rest to work today. I seriously am a MONSTER.
They are lemon rosemary mini muffins though! I would have NEVER EVER thought that this would be good but they are RIDICULOUS. Like I said, I ate 5!!!!
I am drooling again just thinking about them! And I just ate one hehe
So teeeny, sooo gooood! I’ll post the link tomorrow when I’m not so laazy!
Dessert was a Stoneyfield Apple Loves Blackberry yogurt, chopped cherries, hazelnut almond butter and hemp hearts.
I added half a muffin at the end cause I rollllll just like that.
And that’s all from me tonight!
Hope you guys had a great day and have a shaweeet day tomorrow!
See u in the pm!
Ques: What are your favorite flavor combos???
Did u have a good day?
It was hhhhhooootttt here today! Like 28C/82F.
Beasley and I spent the whole day outside being bums.
We had breakfast outside, too.
Strawberry Vanilla Rhubarb Smoothie
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen rhubarb
1/2 scraped out vanilla bean
1 cup of almond milk
1 juiced orange
xanthan gum (optional)
Mix everything together in the blender. Drrrrink up!
Beasley had to examine the empty glass
I read a bunch of cookbooks and the new Loulou magazine.
They did a piece on my little city! I was so excited to see this. Because Loulou is a Canadian magazine they are always doing feature pieces for shopping in a different city. I have looonged to see little old Saskatoon in the mag and I finally got to! YAY!
Please ignore my creepy shadow.
Lunch was eaten outside as well – I don’t usually like eating outside because of all the bugs but I just couldn’t bring myself to sit inside today.
Goat chedda slices, half a red pepper, red pepper hummus and about 1/3 cup leftover baked beans.
We had almost no food in our fridge (obvious by my leftovers lunch) so we made a big grocery shopping trip.
I was sooo hungry when we got home so supper was kind of made on the fly.
Homemade Annie’s macaroni made with Happy Herbivore’s low fat vegan nacho sauce and broccoli. A HUUUGE salad with roasted onions, asparagus, mushrooms, baked goat cheese discs and a tiny piece of cranberry walnut purple wheat bread.
That sauce is sooo goood! I’m planning on eating it tomorrow it for lunch too
The cheese was sliced into thin discs, dipped in an egg and then some panko bread crumbs with italian seasoning. They are baked in the oven on parchment paper for 15 minutes at 400F, flipped half way through.
We took Beasley for a walk after supper and then came home and had dessert.
I bought cherries today at the grocery store and I couldn’t be more excited!! I look every time we go to the store and have been going through a super withdrawal all winter! Soooo I had some on top of my carrot cake ice cream and the last of the millet puff bars.
Okay it’s back to work tomorrow so I should get to bed. It’s a sweatmess in here so hopefully I’ll be able to get some sleep!
See you tomorrow!!
PS. Thanks for all your sweet comments! They totally make my day ♥
How’s Thursday going for all of you??
Mine was juuuust right.
Minus the rain of course
Breakfast was lazy and simple.
A piece of toasted Big 16 bread with the honey, costers raspberry jam, hemp hearts and the last of the almond butter
I’m not really sure how I feel about going back to store bought almond butter.
Hmmm…. project for tomorrow??
I have been working on a present for my friend Sheena’s baby shower for the past two days now, and am still no where near being finished.
Wanna see a sneak peek??
Here you go.
It takes so long to cut out all those little squares!
I’m not really good with measurements though
Andrew saw that I was working so hard [har har] so he went to Dad’s and picked up a pizza for lunch.
He bought Vicolo mushroom pizza for me and a chicken pizza for him.
It was tasted okay ish….just tons of calories.
I don’t count calories but 420 cals and 22 grams of fat per 1/3 of the SMALL pizza was just a little bit too much for my lunch.
No biggie. I had one slice and a side salad with cucumbers, chives and rice parmesan.
The rain stopped after lunch so I got to take Beasley for a walk.
He was ecstatic.
So was I.
I hate being cooped up when it’s crappular outside.
We only went for about 40 minutes and when we got back I got back to measuring and cutting and gluing.
I have had a crazy craving for beets and goat cheese lately so I gave in tonight.
Andrew BBQed two sliced beets with extra virgin olive oil and dill for moi while I
burnt baked some parsnip and carrot fries.
When the beets were done I made a HUGE salad with sliced red onions, cod, cucumbers, chives, red peppers, beets and goat cheese. Dressed it with lots of pepper, lemon juice, vinegar and more dill.
While I was waiting for the fries to finish cooking, I had a small bowl of Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar.
I can only have a small bowl of Annie’s otherwise I will eat the whole box.
Literally. I ♥ Annie’s pasta.
After supper we watched The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The movie is based on the book by Roald Dahl that I read in elementary school.
Andrew fell asleep, naturally.
I munched on this while
we I watched the movie.
Chopped kiwi, Good Karma mudd pie ice cream, and a carroat cake bar.
And now it’s time for bed!!
I have a lunch date tomorrow that I’m uber excited about and it’s also daaaate night.
Hope everyone had a great day!
I sure did
Beasley and I went for a walk this morning with my friend Kristi and her parent’s puppy Heidi. So cute.
Beasley wouldn’t leave her bunny Jersey alone though!
Pretty cute but I felt bad for the little thumper being tormented by the little monster!
Before I left this morning I made some homemade Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter
You heard me right.
The bomb diggity recipe is riiiiiight here.
Store bought nut butters are dead to me.
This is aaamaaaazing.
maple roasted frickin awesomeness
I snuck a few of these yummers before they went in the processor
It took about 30 minutes with my food processor and with all the stopping to scrape down the sides and taste test.
The finished product pics are actually from batch x2 (I gave the whole first batch to Kristi!) and next time I will be quadrupling the recipe
I had to try out a teeny bit before we went for our walk.
With half a mango and a piece of The Big 16.
Breakfast looks quite similar to last nights snack…
half a mango, piece of Mack’s Flax, a laughing cow and Crofter’s Superfruit Spread. North America style.
After our walk I came home for some lunch.
Leftover salad from last night with 1/4 avocado and more of Heather’s Hummy Mustard Dressing
Does anyone else eat the skin of mangos??
I make sure to wash them really well and then chow down!!
After lunch I had plans to start making a baby gift from my friend Sheena (baby Tensley) but I fell asleep!
Loved nap time.
I only had about a 40 minute nap but felt way better after.
Time for more almond butter!!
Half of a granny smith apple with LOTS of butta.
When Andrew got home from work we piddled around the house and played with Biz outside.
COULD NOT decide on what to have for supper.
I had too many cravings like usual so decided to have them all!
Steamed artichoke with lemons. Dipped in the hummy dressing.
I baked up some goat cheddar covered in italian breadcrumbs.
romaine lettuce topped with said grilled veggies, baked yam slices, baked goat cheddar and arty the artichoke.
Tomorrow is RECYCLING day!!
And EARTH DAY!!
All my recycling for 2 weeks.
45 minutes later…
Could you imagine all of this going in the garbage???
I could never go back to a life of not recycling
Just ooonne more little tid bit of my day.
Macadamia walnut hemp heart milk.
All nuts blended with some water and a pinch of stevia and then strained with a fine mesh strainer.
I mash the nut pulp with a spoon to get all the liquid out and then put it in the fridge to save for later.
And ready for drinkage.
Well not really.
I can’t milk. Even nut milks.
Call me crazy.
I just like to have it in my oatmeal and cereal and such.
I reeeeally need to get to bed finish watching What Happens in Vegas!! Hehe
How are you showing the Earth some love tomorrow??
Happy Easter weekend! Hope everyone has lots of fun plans! Anyone doing an Easter egg hunt?? That was always my favorite Sorry that I haven’t posted in a couple days. After my second day shift I was EXHAUSTED! Like crazy for reals. I think I was in bed at 9pm. And I get home at like 730pm. And yesterday I was just too busy trying to get my appies ready for appetizer night.
Sooo how to break this down. I’ll just start with some breakfast on
Friday Thursday. (I can’t believe it’s been that long. booooo)
Trois egg whites, laughing cow wedge and organic ketchup.
I tried my hand at making the protein muffin vegan by using the flax seed meal + water mixture and a little bit more applesauce, but it didn’t turn out as good as I would of hoped. Obvi I still ate it though I mixed it with some granola, millet puffs and almond milk for breakfast #2 at work.
I packed some leftover lasagna
and leftover soup, some triscuit crackers, and an orange and some pineapple.
Supper that night was some pasta with steamed green beans and broccoli, italian dressing and goat cheese chunks. With TONS of pepper.
Yesterday was cooked oatmeal. Which I walked away from for 2 seconds and burnt it. Gives it some flava haha. I covered it completely with almond butta extreme, a huge blob of honey and some hemp hearts.
Lunch lunch lunch was a salad with sprouts, cucumbers and ranch with lentil couscous on the side. I literally licked my plate clean. Typical.
Appetizers. I decided to make low-cal stuff mushrooms, wonton chips, pineapple salsa and a fruit tray. I’ll post recipes soon. Maybe I should add a recipe section? What do you think??
There was so much good food last night. I DIDN’T TAKE ANY PICTURES!! RRRRRR I know. Uber crappy. Picture these treats: homemade jalapeno poppers, spinach dip, cheese dip, a frozen dessert (with my favorite chocolate bar ever Skor), boursin cheese and crackers, a surprise spread with black beans, veggies and rhubarb crisp! I overloaded and had a food baby when I got home.
Today is going to be kinda up in the air. I think I took in too much food last night to even THINK about food today
This is the reason my heart smiles:
My dad sent me these pics of their supper the other night. He is not missing an eyebrow, you just can’t see it Cutest. ever.
So there you have it. B-O-R-I-N-G I know. So sorry. Hopefully the creative juices will be flowing after this last crazy night. I won’t be going home for Easter anymore because they are offering mad overtime so I will be staying to do that. But my mom is going to come in one of those days and I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully I’ll get home next days off
Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend!! See ya soon monstas.
Sup monsters! Can you believe that it is Sunday already??? The weekend went by so fast! Hope everyone had fun! I still have two more days off though Booya.
I totally skipped breakfast this morning. I went to bed pretty late last night so I might have stayed in bed until 11:30 am!! Super sleeeper. It was awesome. I bummed around with Beasley while Andrew went to a movie and after about an hour I made this salad
accompanied with more soup
My brother dropped off some sprouts he sprouted with the soup yesterday. I don’t know how he does it. I FAIL at making sprouts.
Anderr and I made a meal plan and a grocery list and went grocery shopping! My favorite thing to do haha. Our list was looong and when we got home I was starving. We bought some new gluten free brown rice that takes 50 minutes to make so while that was cooking I munched on some black pepper and olive oil Triscuits with goat cheese and mashed blackberries. Try it because you’ll love it
The rice turned out soo good! Cooked it a little too long (rice times are always effed up) but it was still really really good. I was lurking a lot of blogs last night and I found myself drooling over stir fried rice dishes. So obvi I had to make some today. I made stir fried rice and veggies with homemade red thai curry paste. AMAZING. I have never cooked with lemongrass before and it was surprisingly easy. Oh and I got to use the chopsticks I got from my friend Kristi for Xmas!
Stir Fried Rice with Red Thai Curry Paste
1/4 red onion
1 stalk of lemongrass, minced (directions found here)
2 red chili peppers
3 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size piece of ginger
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
4 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce or Tamari)
1 tsp cane sugar
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp water
Cook brown rice according to package directions. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend blend blend until smooth ish. Heat a 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add about 1/4 cup of curry paste. Add vegetables and stir fry until tender crisp. Add rice and more curry paste to taste. Mix everything together, top with bean sprouts and serve.
I am craving that coconut icecream like crazy right now so I’m off to snack my face off! Let me now if you try this recipe! Sweet dreams and happy back to work day tomorrow!!
Hi! How is everyone?? Hopefully you’re having a really good weekend. Mine has been going just fine. Did you celebrate Earth Hour tonight?? We sure did! We shut all of our lights off, took Beasley for a walk (his 2nd one today ) and then came home, lit some candles and shared the So Delicious coconut milk vanilla bean icecream I bought the other day.
This is my third year participating and it just warms my lame little heart how many people do this. The Sydney Opera House and the Great Pyramids of Giza even shut off their lights!
Our living room all lit up, missing the two boys
What kind of things do you do to help the earth? We do small things everyday like use cold water to wash our clothes, use reusable grocery bags and sandwich bags, unplugging appliances when we aren’t using them, and recycling as much as possible! And in the summer we compost
Backtracking to yesterday.
Three egg whites, goat cheese, 1/4 of an avocado, chopped tomato, dill and an apple.
We had a popcorn night at work (cuz my new supervisor is so cool) and she brought her air popper, I brought some popcorn and another girl brought a bunch of popcorn seasonings. I OVERLOADED myself with delicious popcorn. It was crazy.
I only took one picture of what I took for lunch last night. I didn’t think you needed to see another bowl of potato salad or another wrap so I left them out. Andrew made a quesadilla and left me half to take to work. It was curry ish and awesome.
Work was busy busy busy last night!! Ugh. Sometimes I wish crime would take a vacay LOL. But then I guess I wouldn’t have a job, right?
B-fast today was oatmeal with chia, raisons, blackberries, honey, quinoa maple cereal and almond milk. Weird, I know. I had a craving for all of those things and they tasted decee together.
and a smoothie
made with this
I knew we were having pizza at Andrew’s brother’s house tonight so I had a small meal so I wouldn’t go overboard once I got there. My brother dropped off some soup he made – butternut squash, pumpkin, carrots, cloves and curry – and DAMN! Sooo yummy!! I had it with a smear of goat cheese and whole wheat wrap.
I still managed to have 2 1/2 pieces of veggie pizza
Time for bed! Or time to have another snack?? Hahaha probably a little bit of both. See you guys tomorrow!!! BYYYYYYE!!
PS. The dreamy Michael Buble is on SNL tonight!!! ♥
Holla! IT’S FRIIIDAY!!! Awesome possum. I am up waaay too early and tonight is gonna be pretty painful! Haha but that’s nothing new. I had LOTS of eats yesterday aaaaaand…..drumroll please…..
I RAN FOR 10 MINUTES STRAIGHT!!!!
One whole mile! No stops! I know that might not be a big deal to most people, but I don’t think I’ve ever ran that long before. So proud I felt so great after!! And I’m so looking forward to doing it again!
Now onto the foooods.
B-fast was a smoothie because I had a nail appointment and I had to mooooove.
I was lurking on the Living Harvest website and found this great smoothie recipe. I halved it.
Vanilla Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp Vanilla Spice protein powder
Blend it and drink it.
When I got home I decided to make some Quinoa Protein Muffins found here. All I did was change the flava of protein. (No idea why I’m so into protein powder right now. Anything to help me stay fuller longer!)
My muffins did not turn out as well as I was hoping. Mine crumbled so I stuck them together with cashew butter to have as a snack at work.
While these were cooking I went and did my run Oh and because I had made a tons of quinoa, I made some of Angela’s maple quinoa cereal. Check it out riiiiight here!. I have actually made this three times now and burnt it everytime!! This was my best attempt yet though, ha.
I haven’t actually had any of this yet, but Andrew had it for breakfast (with almond milk I think) and he said it was gooood. Win.
I took Bizzle for a long walk and it went by so quickly now that I have new songs on my ipod. I hadn’t changed the songs in 2 years!! Shameful, absolutely. But I rock out now
I had eggs for lunch! I am so addicted I have been licking my plate clean for the last three days. I mashed some blackberries instead of using jam this time and IT IS DA BOMB. I also finished up the rest of the stuffed focaccia inards (spinach, red pepper, pine nuts, feta, onion) and a piece of Squirrley bread.
I totally didn’t do Raw Food Long Change. Deferred success. So I made orange and white potato salad. Another win.
Sweet Potato Salad
3 tbsp plain organic yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp low fat mayo
squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp stoneground mustard
tiny bit of fresh grated ginger
salt and pepper
Use as much of everything to taste.You can’t really mess this up
I made a wrap using the leftover veggies from supper the night before. I just added goat cheese and sprouts.
Blue Lagoon smoothie is next. Or purple lagoon. Whateves. Sooo good. Same recipe as before, just subbed in a cup of Saskatoon berries that we picked and froze in the summer. Now, please don’t judge the fact that it’s in a jar. I had no to-go cup. I tried to pretty the pic up
Here is my lunchi all ready for my lunch kit
Oranges and the protein muffin with cashew butter make up the excess.
Look at what is in store for tomorrow!!! Caaan’t wait.
Hope you guys have a GREAT weekend! Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow. I am on days off in T-14 hrs!!!
Qs for you: I love love love potato and macaroni salad. Do you have a go to recipe that you love?? Any songs that you suggest I download? I was so used to having over 700 songs on my ipod and now i only have 30!! PLEASE HELP!!!
Hey guys! Happy hump day! I was home from work sick today and am just starting to feel better. I started to feel icky last night after supper and when I got to work this morning it just seemed to be getting worse. I didn’t feel like I had the flu, I just felt off. Not me. So I came home, took some Super Orange Emergen-C and had a loooong sleep. I woke up, had a little bite of lunch and fell back asleep. Obviously my body needed it. I’ve been drinking lots of tea today and Andrew made supper with lots of ginger to help with my nausea. Feeling A LOT better now
I promised a different breakfast today and I didn’t lie…
Gobbled this mess up. Was 2 egg whites and 1 egg. Goat cheese and raspberry jam. So great. I had packed this for lunch
Lunch was supposed to be a sundried tomato with more goat cheese, roasted veggies and radish sprouts, oranges, leftover salad, granola bar, protein muffin with cashew butter and cottage cheese. Lunch ended up being just the wrap, honey lemon tea and another nap.
We had an early dinner tonight and it was excellent. Brown rice and veggie stirfry.
Recipes pour vous
Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Dill
(Pretty sure this recipe came from Cooking Light)
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup feta
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves of garlic minced
lemon juice to taste ( approx 1 lemon)
Cook pasta, rinse with cold water and set aside.
Combine pasta with onions, cheese, dill and chickpeas in a large bowl.
Combine lemon juice and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Drizzle over pasta and toss to coat.
Feta, Spinach and Pine Nut Stuffed Focaccia
1 recipe focaccia bread
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 a red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Lots of spinach (6 cups?)
1/2 cup feta
handful of pine nuts
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
2 tbps almond milk
1 tbsp parm cheese
Preheat over to 375F.
Heat oil in a pan and add onion and garlic and cook until onion is clear, about 3 min. Add as much spinach as you can into the pan and stir until it wilts. Add the rest of the spinach and repeat. Take off burner and stir in feta, pine nuts, salt and pepper and lemon juice.
Place focaccia dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it into a rectangle ish shape and then put spinach mixture lengthwise over half of dough, leaving a little border. Fold other half of dough over filling; press edges around to close the bread up.
Mix milk and parm and brush over focaccia. Cut a few diagonal slits across.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until brown on top.
Well there you have it. Starting to feel crappy pants again so I’m going to join my puppy and hit the hay. Take care out there!
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