Menu Plan Monday: 6/13/16

 

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6/13/16  – 6/26/16

 

MONDAY – CHICKEN BEAN SOUP (Fresh 20 GF, May 20, 2016)

Tuesday,14th – Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
2lb bags tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
(One of Daddy’s Favorites!) Makes 1- 9”X13” pans

Add Mixed Veggies to meat before doing rest of recipe

Wednesday, 15th – Soup and Grilled Pesto Ham and Provolone Sandwiches (Taste of Home Simple/D – April/May 2015- Pg 19)

Thursday, 16th – Pancakes and Sausage

Friday, 17th- Hamburgers – Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad

Saturday, 18th  – Pesto Caprese Chicken, Salad

Sunday, 19th – Fried Chicken , Red Potato Salad Dijon (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 35), Corn on the Cob

 

Monday, 20th – Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Tuesday, 21st – Spaghetti and meatballs

Wednesday, 22nd – 20-Minute Ground Beef Tacos and Corn

Thursday, 23rd – SAUSAGE RICE CASSEROLE

2 packages (7.2 ounces each) rice pilaf mix
2 pounds bulk pork sausage
6 celery ribs, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 teaspoons onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon pepper

Prepared rice mixes according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage, celery and carrots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  In a large bowl, combine the sausage mixture, rice mixture and the remaining ingredients.  Transfer to two greased 11-in x 7-in, x 2-in. baking dishes. 

Cover and bake one casserole at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Cover and freeze remaining casserole for up to 3 months.   YIELD:  2 casserole (6-8 servings each)

Friday, 24th – PECAN CHICKEN TENDERS with HONEY MUSTARD Corn & Kale Sauté and Strawberries   (Fresh 20 GF, May 20, 2016)

Saturday, 25th – Balsamic Pork Chops with Roasted Vegetables

Sunday,26th – GONE CAMPING

 

Baked Herb and Garlic Drumsticks – baked potatoes and carrots

Chicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable

 

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Menu Plan Monday: May 30th, 2016

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5/28/16 – 6/6/16

 

SATURDAY – Quick Chicken Caesar Salad  (Rotisserie Chicken)

SUNDAY  – Chicken Fajitas and Spanish Rice

MONDAYFried Chicken , Red Potato Salad Dijon (S&D – April/May 2014 – pg 35), Corn on the Cob

TUESDAY TACOS FOR A CROWD (crockpot)
2-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (10 oz) stewed tomatoes
2-3 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 pkgs. taco mix
Salt and pepper to taste
3 dozen taco shells
Brown meat, drain and add onion. Combine stewed tomatoes, tomato
sauce, taco mix and salt and pepper in a crockpot. Add meat
mixture. Cook on high for 1-1/2 hours continue cooking for 2 hours
on medium or the low setting. Serve with shredded lettuce, diced
tomatoes, onions, olives, cheese and sour cream on browned shells

WEDNESDAY –  Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
2lb bags tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
(One of Daddy’s Favorites!) Makes 1- 9”X13” pans

Add Mixed Veggies to meat before doing rest of recipe

THURSDAY – Creamy Angel Hair with Sausage and Spinach

FRIDAY – PECAN CHICKEN TENDERS with HONEY MUSTARD Corn & Kale Sauté and Strawberries   (Fresh 20 GF, May 20, 2016)

SATURDAY – Amy’s Graduation Ceremony – French Dip Sandwiches, Corn on the Cob and Potato Salad

FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES

  • 3-4 lb. roast
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • French rolls

Place meat in slow cooker, cover with mustard and sprinkle with onion soup mix. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours (depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks). When fully cooked, carve into thick slices or shred. Strain broth and skim fat if desired. Serve meat on French rolls with juice in small bowls or saucers for dipping

SUNDAY – Grad Party – Shaved Brussels with Apple and Walnuts

CHINESE CABBAGE SALAD

1 bunch Nappa (chinese) cabbage
1 Bunch Green Onions
1/2 C Margarine
1/2 C Sesame Seeds
1/2 C Slivered almonds
2 pk Ramon noodles, oriental
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Oil
1/4 C White Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Chop the nappa cabbage and green onions.  Saute the sesame seeds, slivered almonds and 2 pkgs of Ramon noodles in 1/2 cup of butter.  DO NOT USE THE FLAVOR PACKETS.  Stir constantly.  Let the mixture cool before storing in the refrigerator.  Add to the cabbage when ready to serve.  Mix the remaining ingredients for the dressing.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Shake well and pour over salad. 

Baked Beans

 

MONDAY – CHICKEN BEAN SOUP (Fresh 20 GF, May 20, 2016)

 

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Menu Plan Monday: 5/16/16

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5/16/16 – 5/26/16

WEEK#1

Sunday:   Almond Crusted Tilapia – Asparagus Quinoa   (Fresh HP 4/29/16)

Monday:   Cheesy Goulash

Tuesday:    Noodle Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wednesday: Salad – Chicken Salad /Strawberry and Blueberry

ThursdayAmish Breakfast Casserole and Sausage

Friday:   Hamburgers and Tots

Saturday:  Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup/ Salad

Sunday:  CHICKEN RISOTTO

2 cups uncooked white rice

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream

of mushroom soup

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 chicken thighs

3 tablespoons Italian-style dry bread

crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine the rice, mushroom soup, chicken broth, mushrooms, green bell pepper, basil, onion, oregano, garlic, ground black pepper and 1/4 cup cheese. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.

Pour this mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the mixture and cover with foil. In a separate small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and remaining cheese and set aside.

Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour, remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle with the reserved bread crumb mixture. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 more minutes, or until golden brown.

WEEK#2

Monday: Meatloaf –Mashed Potatoes – Carrots

Tuesday: Tacos (crockpot)

TACOS FOR A CROWD (crockpot)
2-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (10 oz) stewed tomatoes
2-3 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 pkgs. taco mix
Salt and pepper to taste
3 dozen taco shells
Brown meat, drain and add onion. Combine stewed tomatoes, tomato
sauce, taco mix and salt and pepper in a crockpot. Add meat
mixture. Cook on high for 1-1/2 hours continue cooking for 2 hours
on medium or the low setting. Serve with shredded lettuce, diced
tomatoes, onions, olives, cheese and sour cream on browned shells

Wednesday:  Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
2lb bags tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
(One of Daddy’s Favorites!) Makes 1- 9”X13” pans

Add Mixed Veggies to meat before doing rest of recipe

Thursday:  EASY BEEF ENCHILADAS (What’s For Dinner Site)

Ingredients
2 cups cooked, ground beef
2 10 oz cans Enchilada Sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I use Kraft 2% milk cheddar)
1 12 ct. pkg. flour tortillas
Directions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat chicken, 3/4 cup enchilada sauce, and 1 cup cheese in skillet until warmed through and cheese is melted.
2. Spoon enchilada filling onto tortillas; roll up and place seam-side down in lightly greased 13x9x2 baking dish.
3. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

 

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Discover White Bear Lake: Little Free Libraries of White Bear Lake

Hello Friends  –

A new little addition over at my other blog,  Reading in White Bear Lake, is making it’s debut today.  I  love the Little Free  Libraries popping up all over White Bear Lake.  I hope to someday have my very own Little Free Library.   Until, I do hubby and I will be biking to various Little Libraries and leaving one of the books or audiobooks, I have reviewed on Reading in White Bear Lake for others to enjoy. 

As I continue on my path to own less, I don’t keep books after I read them.   So what better way to share the books or audio books with the community of White Bear Lake!!

On Saturday, May 7th, I placed an audio book, The Art of Arranging Flowers in the Little Free Library locate by Indulge Salon at 2183 3rd Street in Downtown White Bear Lake. 

If you read my review of The Art Arranging Flowers  by Lynne Barnard and would like to listen to this audio book, head over to the Little Free Library by Indulge Salon.

I hope to place more of the books and audio books I have reviewed at various free libraries around White Bear Lake.   Not many of the Free Libraries are actually on the Little Free Library website map.  If you know of a location of a free library around White Bear Lake, please let me know.

MY REQUEST TO YOU:   If you take this audiobook from this free library,  please leave a comment on this post so others know it has been picked up.   Once you have enjoyed the audiobook, please leave another message of the Free Little Library location you have place it in after listening to it, so the next person can locate it.    Please leave the sticker on audiobook with the URL, readinginwbl.org.   

I look forward to seeing who enjoys the books and gets to visit White Bear Lake, our beautiful community.

 

Paul and I rode our bikes by White Bear Lake, it was great to see the boats returning to the lake.

We heading back home after a stop at Ramsey County Beach.   What a beautiful day we enjoyed!!

 

Happy Reading,

Menu Plan Monday: May 1, 2016

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4/30/16  – 5/15/16

It has been while since we have menu planned.  April was our challenge month – we tried to use up as much food in our home as possible.  We also had a large party for my father-in-law’s 90th birthday, so needed a lot of fridge room.   I also went out of town for 4 days and hubby was on his own for feeding the family.

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This might be the picture hubby sent me of the nutritious meal he made while I was out of town.   So needless to say, I  am back to meal planning.  Lots of veggies on the menu plan for the next two weeks!

 

WEEK #1

Saturday – Rotisserie Chicken

Sunday, 1 – (Lakeshore Players) – Turkey Focaccia Club,  Bean Salad, Fruit Salad and Dessert

Monday , 2nd – Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini (Fresh HP 4/22/16)

Tuesday, 3rd  –Broccoli Quinoa Bake  (Fresh HP 4/22/16)

Wednesday,  4th  – (MacPhail Center) –  Mom’s Mac and Cheese – Chicken Sausage

MOM’S MACARONI AND CHEESE

1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

5 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

2 ounces process American cheese, cubed

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.  Place in greased

1-1/2 qt. baking dish; set aside.  In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of

butter over medium heat.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Gradually add

milk; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes; reduce heat.  Stir

in cheese, salt and pepper until cheese is melted.  Pour over macaroni;

mix well.  Melt the remaining butter; add the breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle

over casserole.  Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Yield : 6 Servings

Thursday, 5th –(Working Late) –

RAVIOLI CASSEROLE

-Double package of ravioli from Costco, any kind.  We love the spinach and cheese. 

For those of you without a Costco, a double package contains 2 lbs of ravioli.

-One jar of your favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce.  I use a box of Pomi marinara with a splash of red wine and fresh herbs or garlic I might have one hand.

-Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, enough to cover the top of a 9 x 13 pan.

Boil the ravioli until al dente.  Spread it all out in a 9 x 13 pan, cover with sauce, and sprinkle with cheeses.  Heat through at about 350 degrees until cheese is thoroughly melted.

Friday, 6th –  BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw and Chips

BARBECUED PORK

Makes 8 servings

2 lbs. boneless pork top loin
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup diet soda
3/4 cups barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot.  Cook covered on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is very tender.  Drain and slice or shred pork.  Serve it on wheat buns. 

Saturday, 7th-  Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday, 8th –  Rotisserie Chicken X 2 – Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes (Fresh HP 3/25/16)

WEEK #2

Monday, 9th – (Paul’s Surgery) –

CHICKEN RISOTTO

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked white rice

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream

of mushroom soup

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 chicken thighs

3 tablespoons Italian-style dry bread

crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, mushroom soup, chicken broth, mushrooms, green bell pepper, basil, onion, oregano, garlic, ground black pepper and 1/4 cup cheese. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.

3.

Pour this mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the mixture and cover with foil. In a separate small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and remaining cheese and set aside.

4.

Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour, remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle with the reserved bread crumb mixture. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Tuesday, 10th –(Soccer Practice 6:00) Chicken Pot Stew (Fresh HP 3/25/16) – Rhubarb Pudding Cake

Wednesday, 11th – Spring Time Salad (Fresh HP 3/25/16)

Thursday, 12th  – (Soccer Game Chippewa Falls, WI 7:30) Almond Crusted Tilapia – Asparagus Quinoa   (Fresh HP 4/29/16)

Friday,13th –Tournament – Minestrone (Fresh HP 4/29/16)

Saturday, 14th  – Tournament /MN United Game – Beef Stroganoff – Roasted Potatoes  (Fresh HP 4/29/16)

Sunday, 15th – Tournament – Chopped Asian Salad  (Fresh HP 4/29/16)

The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch

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For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday. 

Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Menu Plan Monday: March 14th – 2016

Saturday, 12th – Ravioli’s with Green Beans with Butter and Cream Sauce

Sunday, 13th – Rotisserie Chicken – Stuffing and Carrots

Monday,14th – –Beef and Broccoli over Rice (Crockpot)

Tuesday, 15th – Pasta and Cream Sauce – Broccoli

Wednesday, 16th  – Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday, 17th – PORK MARSALA garlic green beans & potatoes (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

Friday, 18th – Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Saturday, 19th – ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA Butternut Squash & Kale (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Sunday, 20th  – Corned Beef and Cabbage

 

Monday, 21st- Chicken Quinoa Soup (Fresh20- March4th)

Tuesday, 22nd – BEEF STIR-FRY brown rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Wednesday,23rd – Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

Thursday, 24th – French Toast and Eggs

Friday, 25th  -Fish and Chips

Saturday, 26th – ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN butternut apple quinoa – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Sunday,  27th – Ham  – Honey Glazed Carrots – New PotatoesHot Fudge Pudding Cake and Ice Cream

 

 

The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch

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For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday. 

Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

 

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Menu Plan Monday: February 29th, 2016

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February 27th –  March 6th, 2016

Hello Friends –  Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.   The sun is shining, which makes this girl smile!    Hoping for a quick shop today as my cute boy and I are heading to Lakeshore Players tonight!   DATE NIGHT!!   Hope you all have a wonderful, productive and warm week!

 

Saturday, 27th – (DATE NIGHT) Rotisserie Chicken – Roasted Winter Veggies (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

Sunday, 28th –   Cheese Wild Rice Soup (Simple Delicious–Cookbook Brown pg 40)

Monday, 29th – (Soccer) – Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps – Chips – Winter Fruit Salad

Tuesday, 1 – (Mom working late/Soccer/FPU) – Sub Sandwiches and Chips

Wednesday, 2nd – (confirmation) ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA Butternut Squash & Kale (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Thursday, 3rd – (soccer) TURKEY BLACK BEAN CHILI (Fresh February 26th, 2016)

Friday,  4th – Ravioli’s with Green Beans with Butter and Cream Sauce

Saturday, 5th – APPLE PORK CHOPS butternut green bean sauté (Fresh February 26th, 2016)

Sunday, 6th – PORK MARSALA garlic green beans & potatoes (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

 

Monday, 29th – (Soccer) ROAST ROSEMARY CHICKEN Spinach & Potatoes  (Fresh February 19th, 2016) (bakes 45 minutes)

Tuesday, 1 – (Soccer/FPU)  –  Crab Salad Croissants

Wednesday, 2nd – (confirmation) Bean and Quinoa Soup – (Fresh February 19th, 2016) (chop veggies ahead of time)

Thursday, 3rd – (soccer) – BEEF STIR-FRY brown rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Friday,  4th –  Stovetop mac and Cheese and Peas

Saturday, 5th – Beef and Broccoli over Rice (Crockpot)

Sunday, 6th – ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN butternut apple quinoa – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

 

Future Meatless Meals:

Fish with Lemon Dill Quinoa – (Fresh, January 29, 2016)
Egg Fried Rice
Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells
Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese
Pancakes and Egg

The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch

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For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday. 

Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Menu Plan Monday: February 15th, 2016

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February 15th – 28th, 2016

Hello Friends –  Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.   We are a little late on our menu plan this week.  Since we have Monday off, we decided to save our shopping for Monday.   As you can see we have a lot of carry over from our last menu.  This sure made for easy planning this week.  Hope you all have a wonderful, productive and warm week!

Some Favorites from our last menu:

Oven Roasted Green Beans
Slow Cooked French Onion Soup (8 Hours) – (Eating Well – Jan/Feb 2016 – pg 48)
Rutabaga Fries (Fresh December 25th, 2015)
Quinoa Pilaf – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)
Apricot Pork Chops
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

 

Monday, 15th – (Soccer) Sausage Stuffed Squash, and Kale Salad (Fresh, January 29, 2016) with Rutabaga Fries (Fresh December 25th, 2015) 

Tuesday, 16th – BEEF STIR-FRY brown rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Wednesday, 17th – Biscuits and Gravy

BISCUITS  AND GRAVY (Family Fav) – Double Recipe for our Family –

25 min | 5 min prep

SERVES 6 -8

· 1 lb bulk pork sausage

· 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

· 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 teaspoon pepper

· 3 1/2 cups milk

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the butter until its melted.
  3. Sprinkle the mixture with the flour.
  4. Gradually stir in the milk, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring the gravy to a boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened.
  6. Serve over biscuits.

Thursday, 18th – (Soccer) – Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps – Chips – Grapes

Friday, 19th – (Meatless) – Fish and  Chips

Saturday, 20th – BROCCOLI HAM CHEDDAR RICE (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Sunday, 21st –  DIJON MUSHROOM PORK – Salad (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

 

Monday, 22nd  -(Soccer) – SHRIMP SCAMPI,  spinach rice and Pears (Fresh January 15th, 2016) – Double for our family

Tuesday, 23rd – (Soccer & FPU) – Chicken Salad and Veggies

Wednesday, 24th – ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN butternut apple quinoa – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Thursday, 25th – (Soccer) – ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA Butternut Squash & Kale (Fresh February 5th, 2016)

Friday, 26th – (Meatless) Alfredo Gluten Free Pasta with Shrimp and Salad

Saturday, 27th – Rotisserie Chicken – Roasted Winter Veggies (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

Sunday, 28th –  PORK MARSALA garlic green beans & potatoes (Fresh February 12th, 2016)

 

 

 

 

Future Meatless Meals:

Fish with Lemon Dill Quinoa – (Fresh, January 29, 2016)

Egg Fried Rice

Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese

Stovetop mac and Cheese and Peas

Pancakes and Egg

 

The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch

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For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday. 

Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Week #10: Take Time to Stretch– Journey to a Healthier and Happier You

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Welcome!!     I am spending the next year working my way through 52 Small Changes:One year to a Happier,  Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal.   Life happens, it happens to all of us.  Our tendency is to say, “I missed two weeks, I might as well give up”.  I don’t believe that, I just keep moving forward at my own pace.  As you can see again, it is a struggle for me to post each week.  I could just sit down and write a number of posts at once, but that would not be the truth.  The truth is I struggle to find time to take care of myself.  I spend most of my time caring for others and neglecting myself.    That is why you see such breaks in my posting.   I have to be honest so you can see the struggle is real and it is real for many people!

So know you are not alone.  No matter what façade we present we all struggle to keep with long term goals.  I wonder how many people had a goal to go to the gym in 2016….are they still going??   I am still focusing on my health though life interrupts me frequently.   You just pick up right back where you were.  Every step forward is progress.  We don’t need to be on any set journey, but a forward moving journey to find health.   Each week I truly think about a change and implement it, the better my health will be.  

So just jump in….where you are!

 

This Week’s Change:   Take Time to Stretch – Stretch a minimum of 20 minutes three times weekly to maintain flexibility. 

“Blessed are those who are flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape”  Unknown

Many people don’t know that stretching can actually help them achieve a higher level of fitness throughout their life.  As we become older our muscles naturally become tighter, and our range of motion decreases.   I certainly feel this when I don’t stretch regularly.  This decrease in range of motion leave  us more prone to injuries.  Stretching counters this and helps to release and manage stress.

The great thing about stretching, it can be done anywhere without equipment.  Bret Blumenthal recommends the following stretches to get you started.

Upper Back Stretch
Chest Stretch
Quadriceps stretch
Hamstring Stretch
Lower Back Stretch
Calf Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Back of Neck Stretch
Side of Neck Stretch
Biceps Stretch
Triceps Stretch

My Current Habit: I tend to hold a lot of my tension in my upper back which leads to migraine headaches.   But regularly stretching, I have been able to decrease my headaches.   I suffer from chronic back pain due to a roll over car accident 11 years ago. Pain is a daily occurrence for me.  By stretching I find my pain is decrease and have less migraines.  A while back I discovered a You Tuber named Jill Hillman.   She has many yoga videos that are specifically for pain management regarding the back.   I found such relief doing these videos.  

After realizing how beneficial yoga was to me, I started participating in a weekly Yoga class at work.  So once weekly over lunch I have a yoga class at my office. 

Changes I would like to make: I would like add a stretching time twice weekly in addition to my weekly yoga class.  

Last Week’s Change: Carve out Time for yourself each day.  

How did you do last week??    I had a difficult week of staying up too late so didn’t wake up at 5:00am, but am back on schedule now and feeling good!!  Accomplishing more, planning my day, utilizing my time better and reading each day.

Stop by next Wednesday for the next change and to share your progress. 

Previous Changes:

1.   Hydrate with water.
2.   Get 7 – 8 Hours of Sleep
3.   Get Routine Activity Every Day
4.   Keep a Food Journal
5.   Develop an Optimistic Outlook
6.   Multivitamin Daily
7.   Keep Allergens Out of Your Home
8.   4 to 6 Servings of Vegetables a Day
9.   Carve Out Time for Yourself
10. Take Time To Stretch

   

Menu Plan Monday: February 1st, 2016

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January  30th – February 14th, 2016

 

It is Grocery Weekend Again!   Our menu is done and starting on our shopping list.  It is a nice weekend to be out getting groceries.   That makes the task a bit more enjoyable.  We shop for 2 weeks at a  time. We find that the less we are in the store, the less money we spend. 

Some Favorites from Last Week:

No Peek Beef Tips over Mashed Potatoes (oven 2-1/2  to 3 hours) and carrots

SHRIMP SCAMPI and spinach rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

HAM AND BROCCOLI SOUP spinach salad (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Chicken Enchilada Pasta – made with gluten free pasta and no could tell the difference!  WIN!!

 

Saturday, 30th – Slow Cooked French Onion Soup (8 Hours) – (Eating Well – Jan/Feb 2016 – pg 48)

Sunday, 31st – ( FAMILY MEAL) Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken , Stuffing, Rutabaga Fries, Broccoli (Fresh December 25th, 2015)

 

Monday, February 1st – (SOCCER) Chicken Soup (Fresh, January 29, 2016)

Tuesday,2nd – (FPU) – Chicken Sausage – quinoa pilaf – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Wednesday, 3rd – ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN butternut apple quinoa – (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Thursday, 4th –(SOCCER) DIJON MUSHROOM PORK – Salad (Fresh, January 22, 2016)

Friday, 5th –   Cheese Burgers,  Fries

Saturday, 6th – BEEF STIR-FRY brown rice (Fresh January 15th, 2016)

Sunday, 7th – (FAMILY MEAL) Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Corn

 

Monday, 8th – (SOCCER) Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup 

Tuesday, 9th – (FPU) – Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps – Chips – Grapes

Wednesday, 10th – Fish with Lemon Dill Quinoa – (Fresh, January 29, 2016)

Thursday, 11th – (SOCCER) Chicken Enchilada Pasta – Made with Beef Instead

Friday, 12th – Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Saturday, 13th – Sausage Stuffed Squash and Kale Salad (Fresh, January 29, 2016)

Sunday, 14th – (FAMILY  MEAL)   Apricot Pork Chops,  Roasted Vegetables

 

Future Meatless Meals:

Egg Fried Rice

Spinach 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese

Stovetop mac and Cheese and Peas

Pancakes and Egg

Fish Sandwiches and Fries

 

The Fresh 20 is a 5 day meal plan. They offer the following menus: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Classic, Vegetarian, For One, Kosher and Lunch

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For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie and participate in Menu Plan Monday. 

Need help getting started menu planning – Emeals is also great solution.  Many meal plans to chose from at a very affordable price.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!