Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan - Week 2

I'm sorry this is late. I should have had this posted yesterday but really, Sunday afternoon would have been best. Unfortunately that didn't happen but here it is, nonetheless. I've taken out the breakfasts and lunches because I'm guessing they aren't as interesting as the dinners.

Monday: Leftover Italian Beef sandwiches (yummy Portillos!)

Tuesday: Chicken, spinach, tomato & mozzarella cheese
This is a recipe A invented and it's super simple yet very tasty. You can make your chicken anyway you like it. Tonight I sprinkled both sides of the tenderloins with Montreal Chicken Seasoning and then grilled it up on the Foreman Grill. While that is cooking, halve grape or cherry tomatoes, as many or as few as you want and then add them to a skillet over medium heat with about a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Let those soften up just a bit and then add half a bag of baby spinach. Cover the skillet and let that wilt. When your chicken is done, cut it into bite size pieces. Add the rest of the spinach and let that wilt as well. When all of the spinach is added and wilted down, add the chicken and a handful of mozzarella cheese. Stir that around until the cheese starts melting and then take it off the heat. The cheese will continue to melt a bit. Spoon it on your plates and enjoy!

Wednesday: Lipton Onion Soup Baked Chicken (I have an extra packet of the stuff) with mashed sweet potatoes (I never made them last week)

Thursday: Nachos made with Zesty Cheese & Bean Dip, black olives, salsa, sour cream and Tostitos Natural Yellow Corn Chips

Friday: Chicken Caprese - a Rachel Ray recipe recommended by my wonderful friend

Saturday: Chicken Pesto Pasta (I never made it from last week) & green beans

Sunday: Soft tacos made with Quorn and leftovers from the nachos and Chimichurri rice from Trader Joe's

There we go. Hopefully all goes to plan. The only day that might go awry is Sunday because we're (hopefully) going out with some friends we haven't seen in forever but I don't know what time of day and if it will involve eating so we shall see.

This is most likely what I'll be making on Monday of next week since I already have the stuff (can you tell I went to Trader Joe's this week?)

Monday: Asian Style Chicken Stir Fry and Chicken Fried Rice from Trader Joe's

I think I have one other rice side dish that I'll be making next week with some chicken dish since I have a bag of frozen chicken breasts and most are so huge that I cut them in half for us so they last pretty long.

Well I'll make another update next week. Hopefully I'll get it out a little earlier but if not, start with that Trader Joe's stir fry ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly meal planning - week 1

A and I are trying to be more organized in the new year. He's taken on our finances and I'm doing meal planning. I originally found the idea at this website (Living Locurto) and in large part at this site (This Week For Dinner). Supposedly meal planning helps save money since you have a definite plan and helps you lose weight since you are writing out everything you eat.

Part of the idea for this week is using up food from the last time I went shopping. I figure everyone can benefit from new meal ideas so here is our weekly meal plan for this week:

B: (A-grapefruit, strawberries), (J-pear), (K-strawberries, blueberries, banana)
L: (A-leftover Chinese, watermelon), (J-bagel w/ butter), (K-string cheese, hot dog bun, carrots; she ate lunch while in the shopping cart today.)
D: Slow cooker beef stroganoff & broccoli spears and yellow squash

B: (A-grapefruit, oatmeal), (J-orange, oatmeal), (K-blueberries, apple, cereal)
L: (A/J-split a Progresso soup and half grilled cheese), (K-half grilled cheese & tomato soup with corn)
D: Turkey in cream sauce & mashed sweet potatoes

B: (A-grapefruit, strawberries), (J-orange, strawberries), (K-strawberries, peach, waffle)
L: (A/J-leftover stroganoff & broccoli), (K-noodles, carrots, hot dog (she wasn't a big fan of the stroganoff))
D: Sundried tomato pasta salad with chicken & peas

B: (A-grapefruit, oatmeal), (J-orange, oatmeal), (K-blueberries, banana, cereal)
L: leftover turkey & sweet potatoes (Hopefully K likes this. If not, she'll have grilled cheese and carrots)
D: Uno's Pizza (deep dish pizza to commemorate the fourth anniversary of our first date) & veggie medley

B: (A-grapefruit, waffle), (J-orange, waffle), (K-peach, waffle, apple)
L: leftover tomato pasta salad & peas
D: Chicken pesto pasta & corn

B: Waffles, bananas, applesauce
L: leftover pizza & veggie medley
D: food on the road (after Toy Story 3 on Ice - Yay!)

B: (A/J-scrambled eggs, bacon & toast), (K-peach, blueberries, cereal)
L: leftover chicken pesto pasta & corn
D: (A/J-spinach salad with warm bacon dressing), (K-hot dog with bun, carrots, string cheese)

We always let K try our stuff and occasionally we're surprised by what she likes. However, we always have a back-up plan :)

All of pasta is whole wheat as are the hot dog buns ;) I'll post our plan next week, hopefully on Sunday instead of Monday in case you're looking for ideas. Feel free to post any recipes or meal plans you have going on!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Crafty Fun

I decided this year to try and do more crafts with K. I hadn't really done any with her before because I figured she was too young but after seeing her coloring with chalk and painting away on her new easel from Great Grammie and Grampie I decided she was plenty old enough!

Here are some pictures of her latest creations:
Drawing with Daddy

Using chalk on the easel (chalkboard side, obviously)

She loves having people draw things for her then she colors them in

K wasn't the only one enjoying the chalkboard.
An adorable self portrait of Daddy :)

Painting! She enjoyed dipping her brush in
every color before actually painting the paper.

This was her first picture. I just put an old shower
curtain down, took off her clothes and let her go.

I thought she'd enjoy finger painting but anytime it
got on her hands, she made me wipe it off immediately.

A smile like that doesn't lie =D She loves painting!

This is the craft we did today. A toilet paper roll, black and pink felt, cotton
balls, black pipe cleaners and googly eyes...

...make a cute lamb. She calls it Lilly (of course ;) We found the idea HERE.

She loved gluing on the cotton balls, eyes and nose

She slept with it during her nap and now at bed.
I don't know how long this lamb is going to last.