Meal Planning Monday

Monday

Lunch: ham and cheese wraps, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots

Snack: fresh pineapple, vanilla yogurt

Supper: Italian sausage, potatoes, baby carrots, all done on the grill (yay for barbecuing baskets!)

Tuesday

Lunch: spaghetti and meat sauce, cucumbers, carrots

Snack: microwave popcorn, chocolate milk

Supper: Maple Salmon (recipe from Allrecipes.com), Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli (a Barefoot Contessa recipe), whole wheat rotini

Wednesday

Lunch: grilled cheese sandwiches, spinach salad with berries and feta

Snack: strawberry-banana smoothies

Supper: honey garlic chicken thighs on the grill, Zucchini and Carrot “Fries” (recipe from Voracious Vander), quinoa

Thursday

Lunch: hot dogs, cucumbers, steamed broccoli

Snack: apple slices, cherry yogurt

Supper: grilled pizza (recipe from Sunset, probably one margherita and one with leftover honey garlic chicken), spinach salad

Note: we tried the pizza crust from the Sunset recipe last week and it was SO GOOD.  Put half in the freezer for this week.  However, in the future, I will divide the full recipe into thirds and freeze two portions, as each third portion of the recipe will make two decent-sized pizzas.

Friday

Lunch: cheese and grilled chicken quesadillas, celery, baby carrots

Snack: mini bagels with cream cheese and fruit (green grapes, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries – note the Olympic colours in honour of the opening ceremonies Friday).  Idea from tipjunkie.com.

Supper: leftovers

I really tried to keep my meals simple this week, and I’ve been doing a lot on the grill.  That’s what summer’s all about, right?

Meal Planning Monday

Time to get back to meal planning!  Strange how even though you’d think it would be easier to prepare meals in the summer months, what with a more flexible schedule, more produce, and the ability to grill without freezing my butt off, but I actually sometimes find it more difficult to plan ahead because our schedule is so much less rigid.  I also don’t really have a good collection of grilling recipes, so that’s something I’m going to have to work on.

I have added a few new cookbooks to my library recently and have bought a few magazines with recipes I want to try, so I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to make this week.  You’ll also note that, since my kids are home with me, I’m planning lunches for the week, except for Wednesday and Thursday, when I’m planning a roadtrip with the kids to Calgary to watch my husband’s cousin qualify for the Canadian olympic team.  Without further ado, here’s this week’s lineup:

Monday lunch: Not Your Average Grilled Cheese (Parents Magazine July 2012), steamed broccoli and carrots

Monday supper: Farmhouse Chicken and Corn Chowder (pg 10 America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution), whole wheat baguette, spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and sunflower seeds

Tuesday lunch: Salmon with Hoisin Glaze (myrecipes.com), Garlicky-Spicy Snow Peas, quinoa, spinach salad with feta crumbles, sliced apples and celery

Tuesday supper: on the road

Wednesday: on the road/Calgary

Thursday: Calgary/on the road

Friday lunch: Shredded Barbecued Chicken (pg 154 America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution), corn on the cob, mixed green salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, and Greek dressing

Any favourite grilling or salad recipes you can share?

Snacking

My eating was less-than-healthy yesterday.  I munched my way through movie popcorn, peanut butter M&M’s, toffee, a mushroom-Monterey Jack burger, sweet potato fries, and a ginormous spoonful of peanut butter.  I have to say, though, that I enjoyed every mouthful.

Back to healthier eating today, though.  And I’ll be planning meals for the week.  My kids are now officially with me for the summer, so planning is more important because:

  1. If I don’t plan, I’ll be scrambling at supper time, and hungry kids + hungry mom = bad news.
  2. We’ve got a babysitter this week and I need to have a plan for her for the kids’ lunches.
  3. Meals are always healthier when I plan them out.
My meal plans have felt a little stale lately so I picked up a couple of new cookbooks, Simply Great Food (by the Dietitians of Canada) and Quinoa 365.  I’ll be trying out a few new recipes this week, including Cranberry Chicken Bake (from Simply Great Food) and Mango Chicken Quinoa (from Quinoa 365).
On Tuesday, I’ll be seeing my physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist for a running gait analysis.  Both the physio and exercise therapist are friends of mine.  Hopefully we can sort out what’s going on with my hip!  This past week, I’ve been using a tennis ball on my psoas (painful), but I got a couple of runs in this week, so I’m happy.  I also did upper body one day.  I’ll be doing more strength today, but I’ve definitely been slacking on the core work, which is not helpful for my hip.  Must do better this week.

 

 

 

Meal Planning Monday

Lots of leftovers planned for the week!  And some comforting favourites, too.  If you haven’t made friends with your slow cooker, you should consider becoming reacquainted.  It’s a pretty handy appliance in the winter, although I find that a lot of the recipes I’ve tried just aren’t that fantastic.  Pulled pork and pot roast, though, are slow cooker meals I’ve been preparing regularly.

Monday

  • Shepherd’s pie

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Leftover pulled pork sandwiches
  • Spinach salad with feta, Craisins, and raspberry vinaigrette

Thursday

Friday

  • Beef soft tacos/salad

Saturday

  • Go out

Sunday

Meal Planning Monday

My household is facing a bit of an upheaval in the near future – more on that later – and with an even-greater time-crunch on the horizon, I finally sat down today and did some major meal planning.  5 weeks worth, in fact.  Not gonna lie, I did quite a bit of repeating (especially this week, where I have 2 slow cooker roasts planned), but it will make grocery shopping easier, so I went with it.  Geez, we’re eating a lot of beef this week!  Pretty sure we won’t be consuming quite so much red meat in the near future.  The cold and dark of winter are getting to me, though, so there’s a lot of comfort food coming up.

Without further ado, I bring you this week’s plan.

Monday

Tuesday

  • Leftover pulled pork sandwiches
  • Spinach salad with feta, Craisins, and raspberry vinaigrette

Wednesday

  • Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I like to make it with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in place of the onion soup mix)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cooked carrots

Thursday

  • Shepherd’s pie (cube the leftover beef, put in a casserole, top with the gravy, a layer of frozen peas, the leftover carrots, a few handfuls of shredded cheese, and the mashed potatoes)

Friday

  • Beef soft tacos/salad

Saturday

  • Slow Cooker Lasagna II (a recipe I haven’t tried before)
  • Spinach salad with feta, Craisins, and raspberry vinaigrette

Sunday

  • Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cooked carrots

Meal Planning Monday

UPDATE: I put in links for the recipes I use.  Hope you enjoy!

Meal Planning Monday

It definitely feels like fall around here.  This week, forecasted highs are in the 8 to 13 degrees Celcius (46 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit) range.  Brrrr!  If I had the time, I’d be baking some cranberry or pumpkin muffins.  Maybe another week.

My schedule this week is a little different.  Instead of going to my dental classes, I’m doing a hospital roster, which involves watching some oral surgeries and shadowing other medical residents for most of the week.  Should be interesting, but two things make me nervous: 1) I’m afraid I won’t know the answers to any questions they ask, and 2) I’m missing a lot of classes this week, and I’ll need to catch up!  Plus, mornings will be earlier, and I’m already starting to feel a little run down due to my busy schedule.

What does that have to do with meals?  Well, I’m trying to keep meals quick, easy, and familiar.  Some of the main courses are in the freezer, waiting to be cooked or heated, and I plan to use the slow cooker a couple of times.