Week 3 Meal Planning – How It Really Went!

Week #3 of my meal planning was by far the best week yet. I’ve learned that I need to start planning on Wednesday or Thursday for the following week. I start my planning for Sunday’s and end on Saturdays. When I don’t get around to planning our meals on the weekend it seems that I really suffer those first few days.  Lesson Learned I guess!

What I managed to do last week:

Sunday: Russian Chicken ~ No problem as all I had to do was take it out of the freezer, make rice and warm the chicken up on the stove. Win-Win for me!

Monday: Salmon, Baked Potatoes, Carrots, Pea’s. This by far is my favourite meal…I love salmon.

Tuesday: Mexican Baked Penne. Accomplished this task. It takes a while to make and makes SO MUCH that I’m able to freeze more than 1/2 the recipe. Sometimes, if I am organized I can split the recipe and make 1/2 vegan and 1/2 meat. Sounds like a lot of work but it’s really not that hard.

mexican bake penne

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Basmati Brown Rice. Made this from scratch in-between nap time for Hilary and playing with her all day.

Thursday: All Things Red Soup. Easy to make and so good…even our toddler ate it!!! I have some frozen for work next week (lunches) and taking some out today!

Friday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie. Didn’t happen. I was way to tired and didn’t want to make anything. Sai wasn’t home so I decided to have left overs. BEST. DECISION.EVER!

Saturday: Curried Cauliflower with Chic Peas  {vegan}. Made it while Sai played with the girls and it was devoured by three of us. Hilary just wasn’t into it 😉

A pretty successful week. Whoop Whoop!

On the fitness front – yoga has been creeping into my life one day at time….and another, and another! My legs are sure hoping for a run this week…even in this COLD weather we are having in Nova Scotia.  It’s supposed to be -7 but feels like -16 celsius is this morning!!!!! Yikes!

Week #4 meal planning is still a work in progress but I’ll share that with you later today.

Any good eats this weekend?

What’s your favourite – Eat Out or Eat In ?

All Things Red Soup {vegan}

A yummy and easy soup for cold fall or winter days. This recipe was given to me by my mother who follow’s the recipe ounce for ounce……. Me, I tend to add a little more of this and a little more of that. I’ve written the original recipe and then included my {little extras}.

All Things Red Soup {it’s vegan}

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Ingredients:

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped {I add 1 yellow and 1 orange pepper too)

1 onion, chopped {I omitted this}

1 garlic clove {I add 2-3 garlic cloves}

2 tbsp olive oil

1 can of chopped/diced tomatoes (14/400g can)

1 litre veggie stock {I add in 2 cups of water}

2 tbsp long grain rice {I add 1/2 cup of basmati brown rice}

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce {if you want this to be vegan…make sure you buy vegan Worcestershire Sauce}

1 can of red kidney beans (200g/7oz) {I add 1 can of chic peas}

1 tsp dried oregano {ha ha, I never measure this and always put more in}

1 tsp sugar

salt and ground pepper

fresh parsley, chopped.

Directions:

  1. Put the pepper, onion and garlic in a large saucepan. Heat until sizzling then turn down to low. Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except parsley and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir well and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add parsley just before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Side note: Soup freezes really well.

What’s your favourite soup to make? 

What’s your favourite soup to eat? {I LOVE mushroom soup…crazy,eh!}

Do you eat soup all year round or only when it’s cold outside? Brrrrrrrrr

WIAW: A Little of This, A Little of That

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a What I Ate Wednesday post…so volia! Some eats over the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to meal plan for the last three weeks as part of the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge and it’s been pretty good. I’ve managed to mostly stay on track.

Thanks Jen from Peas and Crayons for WIAW!

Main meals:

Top left – salad, baked salmon with dill.

Top right – Chicken with lemon seasoning, broccoli and Maple Nut Sweet Potatoes (Yum).

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Bottom left – Turkey breast sandwich with hummus and spinach. Balderson Cheddar cheese (aged 2 years) and some flax crackers.

Bottom right – Spring rolls from the market …it’s been weeks since I’ve had these.

I ate out once for lunch:

French Onion Soup & a Club House sandwich (double yum).

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Snacks & Breakfast:

Snacks: Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Crackers & Cheese.

Breakfast: Boiled eggs, Peanut butter on Whole Wheat Grain bread and a little OJ.

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And a little of this: 

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What have been your favourite eats lately?

Do you eat 3 main meals or smaller meals throughout the day?

What’s your favourite go-to snack?

Meal Planning Week #2

Let’s just say that week #2 of Meal Planning wasn’t as successful as week #1. You win some you lose some.

What our week looked like … a.k.a. What really happened:

Sunday: Grilled Cheese – I didn’t have our meals planned out and it was a rushed day so I decided on an easy and quick meal for Lilly and I.  And, I couldn’t tell you what Hilary had for dinner but she did eat something healthy. Sai slept through dinner as he worked the night before, drove home (5 hours) and was out cold for 6 hours!

Monday: Butternut Squash Soup (frozen) – took it out of the freezer in the morning and had Olive bread from our Farmer’s Market. All four of us ate the soup – win win for Mommy 🙂

Tuesday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie – Did not happen. What did happen? Well, Sai and I went grocery shopping…bad, BAD idea to shop together. You both have different plans, EVEN when you go in with a list*, it always changes. Being the person Sai is, he saw the store-made pizza’s were on sale and said “let’s get a pizza”. For a split second I thought, oh good lord tonight’s dinner will be easy…one pizza…already made. Then I remembered he was a vegan, dang! I got a pizza for Lilly and I, then we found a vegan pizza for Sai. Two pizza’s not on my meal plan, not on our grocery list!

*Always have a list when grocery shopping; it can keep you on track and ensure that you don’t buy “too much” stuff you don’t need.

Wednesday: Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Brocoli and Cauliflower. This did not happen. Lilly had pasta/sauce, Sai made himself something and I didn’t eat anything because I was SO full from our lunch.

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hilary mid bite

We went out for lunch with Hilary to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. I know, I know, usually you go out kid-less but it wasn’t in our cards this year so we took Hilary to lunch with us. She always makes friends when we go anywhere and she was loving all the lights to look at. I hope Lilly never has a chance to read this blog – sorry love.

This is what I ate for lunch:

The most amazing Club House you’ve ever had and French Onion Soup.

Plus we had “wicked fries” as an app …. totally not healthy.

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Thursday: Stir-fry (steak and veggies) – Nope. We had Pork Chops, sweet potatoes, brocoli and cauliflower.  And it was delicious. Sai left for PEI (work) so he ate when landed there.

Friday: Chicken Parmesan (frozen, made by my Aunt) – Yes. Again, delicious. Friday morning, I took Lilly to Halifax as she spent the weekend with her Grandparents and Aunt. Easy dinner for me and Hilary had left overs from Thursday.

Saturday: Nothing planned. I took out frozen pizza from the other day….meh…nothing special.

Week #3 meals are already planned, I just have to choose which day we are having what meal. I’ll save the vegan meals for when Sai comes home; unknown at this point which makes it hard to really plan what day we will eat vegan. Plus, I still need to pick up a few groceries….I’ll share the plan in a few days.

Week # 2 – slight fail.

Have you ever messed up your “meal planning”?

Do you grocery shop with your significant other?

Are you a list girl/list guy or do you just buy food on the fly?

Meal Planning {Fall into Fitness Challenge}

I’ve never really meal planned before. I’ve talked about it here when I was 9-10 weeks pregnant with Hilary. Word to the wise…..never talk about meal planning when you are pregnant. Why? Because you just want to eat everything or something VERY specific. I’ve never gone back to the idea of meal planning until now.

Since I am returning to work in a month I wanted to get a head start on some easy meals; slow cooker, family favourites and to try some new recipes. I also want to eat what’s in our freezer and get it 50% cleaned out before I try to fill it up again.

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{What’s in my freezer: lots of veggies, fruit, MANY ice packs, various types of bread, ice cream (not mine), baby food, burgers, chicken, frozen pizza (well, we ate that last night), soup, chicken parmesan and a few other random things.}

I started the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge yesterday and “meal planning” is one of my reasons for doing the challenge. Reason #2: I want to plan better meals for the whole week for my family, prepping for my return back to work from maternity leave.

Now that I have put that on the blog I kinda have to follow through with it…at least, that’s how I feel. This is what we are planning to eat this week:

Week 1 of Meal Planning Nov 4th to 10th (our 6th anniversary):

Monday: Russian Chicken with Basmati Rice (Chicken is out of the freezer and ingredients on the counter top ready to go)

Tuesday: Jalapeno Burgers and Spinach salad / Grilled Cheese for Lilly, as I know she will NOT go near the “hot” burgers. 

Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan (already made by a family member) with pasta.

Thursday: Fish, sweet potatoes and some other veggies.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner! Either cinnamon french toast (from scratch) or eggs/toast and fruit.

Saturday: Left overs OR if my Sai is home – out for dinner since it’s our anniversary on Sunday.

Sunday: Chicken a-la-King (Chicken with cream of mushroom/chicken soup, poultry spices on a pastry bun, basmati rice).

Sunday – Vegan option – Curry in a Hurry. If my husband is home that’s what he is having….just a head’s up for ya hunny 😉

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Making meals for my family isn’t always easy or fun. My husband is vegan; we have a toddler that is just starting to branch out and baby that’s dipping (literally) her hands into almost everything we put in front of her. Recently I wrote about what a meal can look like in our house, you can read more about it here.

I am thinking half the battle of meal planning is just choosing what your actually going to have … ahead of time.

If I can pull this off even for one week I’m thinking that’s pretty successful.

Wish me luck.

Do you meal plan?

Do you make extra and freeze it for one of those days when you don’t want to cook?

What’s your favourite meal to make?

 

 

WIAW: A Vegan, Omnivore and a Toddler Eat Together.

What? Really, you say? Yes, we do! I thought this week’s WIAW would take on how we eat together (most days).

My husband is a vegan and I am not. I will never be a vegan because I love cheese, fish and some meats….and that’s okay. We are not raising our daughters to be vegans but will expose them to all foods as they grow up. When they are old enough and can decided what they want to eat or not eat and it will be their choice.The great thing about having a vegan, omnivore, toddler AND baby in the house is that we can make a variety of meals to suit everyone’s needs and eat healthy. I’ve written about my food philosophy before and am happy with the way we eat.

By now, you must be thinking “okay, so how do you make a meal for everyone to eat” ? Good question.

Some days I go all out making a vegan only meal. Some days I make a vegan meal and add meat. And other days I make a meat meal for Lilly and I, then let my husband figure out his own meal.  That’s life! I’ve shared one way I make everyone happy over at Thinking Outside The Sandbox – Family.

Introducing a baby to new foods is always fun. Hilary is now starting to eat more of the same meals we are which is awesome! She’s open to trying new foods and usually has a funny face that goes along with the new food.

Introducing a toddler to new foods is way more challenging than I ever thought. We try hard to provide healthy food but sometimes you just have to go with what is quick and what they will eat. Lilly has really surprised us with some foods:  she loves spicy pakora’s from the farmers market, hummus, pesto, and good cheese. She’ll never be vegan because she loves cheese way too much. She is slowly eating more veggie’s (spinach, red/green/yellow and orange peppers) beans and nuts.

This is what a meal can look like in our house:

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This was an obvious non-vegan / Sai make your own dinner night 🙂

Salmon, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn, peas and toasted rosemary bread.

And, this is another way a meal can look like in our house:

pizza

Home made pizza; chicken on the left and vegan tofurky sausage on the right.

Lilly’s bite size pizza not shown: small slider burger bun with sauce and cheese.

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 So, how to you meet the needs of your family’s food requirements?

What’s your favourite meal to make?

WIAW: Simple and Basic

It’s been pretty boring over here when it comes to eating. Lots of basics and a few of our favourites:

Grilled Cheese & Apples:

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Olive Garden Soup – recipe from Favorite Family Recipes

Olive Garden soup

Image from Our Favorite Family Recipes

This is what happens when you make two batches – one vegan and one not…..

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Curried Cauliflower with Chic peas – recipe here

Curried Cauliflower with Chickpeas {vegan}

That’s about it….besides Take Out Pizza, Pancakes, Chicken, Pork chops – no photo’s taken of any of those meals.

I really need to get out my camera at meal time… lol

What are you eating these days?

Any Fall favourites? 

I’m loving warm soup these days.

Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY – ending Sunday!