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My Weekly Menu

4 Nov

On Saturdays, I spend time thinking about what we will eat for the week and then plan out the menu and create a grocery list. This way, on Sunday, I am ready to go out and get everything I need for the entire week. For me, this saves time, money and energy.

As I’m planning my menu for the week, I make sure to think about what’s going on each night so that I can plan accordingly (i.e. if I won’t be home until later, I will plan to make something with leftovers or ask my husband to make dinner that night).

Anyway, I thought it may be helpful to post my menu’s on the blog, not only for you to get ideas, but also for me to remember what I’ve made in the past when I’m struggling to think of something to add to a new menu.

  • Sunday, 10/30: Vegetable & Chickpea Curry – I made this in the slow cooker and it was delish over a little rice with a few homemade pita chips on the side
  • Monday, 10/31: Vegetable wrap panini w/ a side of sautéed asparagus – usually I prep and my husband makes them when he gets home, but on Monday, he did it all 🙂 – we use onions, red pepper, yellow pepper, portabello mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and a little hummus…we use the Cuisinart 3-in-1 panini press, which has become a staple in our kitchen
  • Tuesday, 11/1: Leftover curry dish – this was a late night for us so I needed something quick and easy
  • Wednesday, 11/2: Steak tips (from the butcher – YUM!), basmati rice w/ peas and carrots (I’ll be posting this recipe later…love it!)
  • Thursday, 11/3: Pizza night…this is another meal that my husband always makes and it’s SO good. I do the prep work and he creates it. We use a beer pizza crust dough from a local restaurant and top it with chopped tomatoes, broccoli, baby bellas, artichoke and mozzarella cheese. BTW…another one of our kitchen staples = pizza stone
  • Friday, 11/4: Shrimp Caesar salad – I will actually roast the shrimp and make the Caesar from scratch using an Alton Brown recipe…much healthier and tastier this way. Also, instead of making croutons and consuming all of that bread, I make a few pita chips and crumble them on top of the salad
  • Saturday, 11/5: White bean and kale (you can sub with spinach) soup – another slow cooker meal

I hope this helps. Let me know your favorite weeknight meals by leaving comments below.

Getting [Back] on the Healthy Living Bandwagon

11 Mar

Listen, I’m human…sometimes I slip up and fall off the healthy living bandwagon. Then I think about how great life is when I’m eating right and exercising regularly: I feel stronger; mentally, I’m happier; I have more energy and the bod looks pretty good to boot. I don’t understand how I ever fall off, but it happens and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Whenever I’ve had a lapse and need to get re-motivated, there are a few things I have to remind myself…

1. (and this is probably the most important for me) PUT YOUR SNEAKERS ON…I once heard that the most important step in getting to the gym, going for a run or even working out in your home is to put your sneakers on. Obviously, we should put them on to do any of these things, but it’s said that this is actually the most difficult part of the process. Nevertheless, once the shoes are on, we are committed and therefore less likely to cancel. So, when I’m trying to get motivated, I don’t focus on the long-term goal of getting the workout complete; I focus on getting my sneakers on instead.

2. You will not “transform” in a week! It takes time to get back in shape if it’s done in a healthy way. I like to create several small goals so that, as I accomplish them, I create more momentum for myself.

3. Reward yourself! As I reach smaller goals, I like to reward myself with little things, like a new pair of shoes and when I reach my overall goal, I reward myself with a big thing, like a new pair of designer jeans or something fun like that. Note: I never reward myself with a huge pasta dinner! The reason I pick the jeans is because they are expensive and if I grow out of them, I might as well have just lit the money on fire – not only is this a reward, but it is a way to keep myself motivated to FIT into them!

4. Restaurants and fast food joints have ZERO “healthy options” – ‘nuff said.

5. You CAN do it…you can exercise regularly, you can eat right, you can make your own food. It’s not that hard, but you need to commit. I like to think of a reason that I’m trying to get back in shape and then I use it as my mantra…if it’s because I’m going to a bridal shower and haven’t seen my girlfriends in a while, I’ll think – even say – “bridal shower, bridal shower…” over and over again to get myself motivated.

I have to say that in the past, the hardest part of getting back on the wagon was the eating. This is now the easiest part for me and probably what stays the most consistent in my life, but I do recognize that this is probably the most difficult step (even though it’s the MOST important) for most people. It takes motivation and pre-planning, but in the end, you will feel so much better and you may even save some money. Another blog to come with some tips on how to eat right in a way that’s cost-effective, time-saving and tasty!