My First Attempt at Meal Planning

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re all as lucky as Nathan to have off for the holiday. I know I’m happy to have him around for an extra day!

Saturday we planned on loading up on groceries and really stocking up our fridge and pantry with some of the basics. I’d say between Sam’s Club and Berkeley Bowl, we did a pretty darn good job. I also made my very first meal plan for the week [Saturday-Friday] so we had a pretty definitive list to go by which was so helpful! In between all of the shopping, we stopped for lunch at Pyramid Alehouse.

Pyramid Brewing Co

It isn’t a brew pub trip if there isn’t a flight of beer!

After lunch, we walked around a bit to explore the area and just so happened to have walked by San Francisco Creamery Co. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I had to convince Nathan to split their smallest size of Apple Pie ice cream with me. Their sizes were described as “the size of a baseball or the size of a softball.” Holy moly that was the tastiest baseball I’ve ever had!

San Francisco Creamery Co Apple Pie

Chock full of pie crust and chunks of apple!

We finished stocking up on groceries for the day and made our way home for a relaxing rest of the day and a night in. I was excited to get started on dinner since it was the first night of my weekly menu! I had so much fun putting the menu together from all of my pins and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

SaturdayBaked Turkey Meatballs with leftover pesto gouda smashed potatoes & zucchini noodles

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Pesto Gouda Smashed PotatoesThe other day I found a spicy smokey chipotle bbq sauce from Marshall’s for $1. I figured if it was terrible, it was only $1, but we both loved it! I adjusted the meatball recipe to make bbq meatballs instead of tomato sauce and this dinner was a big hit!

Sunday – Roast chicken, roasted potatoes & broccoli, & pea shoots.

Roasted Chicken Potatoes Broccoli Pea Shoots

We originally planned on doing a whole roasted chicken at home but since we were going to Sam’s Club anyway, we couldn’t pass up the $5 roast chicken. All the deliciousness and none of the work 😉 And we were so happy to find pea shoots at the store and they were stupidly easy to make and so light and tasty. We will definitely be loading up on these again!

Monday – Roasted portabello tacos with spicy mango slaw & chunky guacamole.
TuesdaySlow cooker ginger and orange glazed pot roast with roasted asparagus & potatoes.
WednesdayPretzel crusted chicken and brussels sprouts with wheat berries & dried cranberries. – Nathan isn’t a big quinoa fan and I love the extra bite that wheat berries have. I’m excited for this one!
ThursdayJamaican jerk chicken, fried plantain, & coconut fried quinoa with macadamia nuts. – He is definitely excited for this one and has been asking when I’m going to make it since I first showed him the recipe!
FridayCauliflower crust pizza. – I’ve seen so many recipes for this but have yet to try it. Friday is pizza night, right?

That’s a lot of food! I’m well aware that we might have to take a look mid-week and decide if we’re going to swap one or two recipes out for a night of leftovers, but hey, it’s only the first week of this and it’s been successful so far. I also want to make sure there are plenty of leftovers for Nathan to take to work with him for lunches and it definitely looks like he will. I’m pretty darn excited to get cooking this week!

I also have to mention how excited I am about my special delivery on Friday!

A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut ButterNot only is this peanut butter incredible, but so are the story and the girl behind the company. I’m so excited to have won a sample of it and I can’t wait to try other flavors. Thanks, Sarah!

This is going to be a good week, I can feel it 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your dessert weakness?
Are you a weekly meal-planner?

Five Things Friday

Whoa, late post here but I just wanted to drop in, say hi, and give you all a quick update 🙂

  1. Yesterday I made yet another variation on the pancakes! Say hello to Apple Pie. It was a good call.
    Apple Pie Coconut Almond Flour Pancakes

    Apple Pie Pancakes

    Ingredients
    – 3 tbsp coconut flour
    – 2 tbsp almond flour
    – 1/4 tsp baking powder
    – 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    – 1 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice
    – 16 drops of liquid stevia
    – Pinch of salt
    – 7 egg whites
    – 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

    For my layers/topping, I mixed 1 tbsp peanut flour with 2 tbsp applesauce, 4 drops stevia, and water. I also used 1/2 shredded apple in between and on top. And the ultimate was topping it with the best apple quinoa granola from Michele’s.

  2. This morning, my company had a little retreat and provided brunch. I wasn’t sure what to expect so, as always, I came prepared with some bars in my bag but I was more than pleasantly surprised to see the catering food truck from The Food Market. Nathan and I had been there once for dinner but I’ve been wanting to go for brunch since I saw their killer menu. It did not disappoint!

    The Food Market Brunch Baltimore Maryland MD

    I had to try a little bit of everything!

  3. Yesterday Alysia shared a metabolism experiment that she tested. This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while now but reading her thoughts on this convinced me! Tomorrow is the big day and I’ll be sure to report back.
  4. Speaking of which, that means tomorrow is my rest day and to say I’m pysched would be an understatement! My workouts definitely got the best of me this week and I’m looking forward to resting up and feeling refreshed for next week!

    Best Body Bootcamp Tina Reale

    I can’t move my arms today.. thanks Tina 😉

  5. I can’t believe it’s already October 25th! Where has the time gone?! Halloween is next week and I’m wrapping up my costume for work. It isn’t anything crazy but it’s a fun day at work every year!

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried a metabolism experiment like this?

Do you ever have weeks that your workouts seem extra tough?

Do you have a Halloween costume picked out yet?

Link Love #10

It’s that time again! 🙂

Health

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps - ElectraFi

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps – ElectraFi

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps – ElectraFi
Low Calorie Diets Can Be Dangerous – Slim Sanity
What I Need: The Problem With “Balance” – Fighting for Wellness
Feel Good Friday & Why is so hard to compliment Women? – Cotter Crunch
Tips for taking criticism without falling apart. – MizFit

Fitness

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Circuit - Fitnessista

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Circuit – Fitnessista

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Workout – Fitnessista
Legs Like Jello Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
Workout Finishers: Kettlebell Complex – Trainer Paige
The 5-Minute Workout Even the Busiest of Girls Can Make Time For – FitSugar
Super Sweaty 60 Minute Complete Body Circuit – Treble in the Kitchen

Food

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - Peachy Palate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – Peachy Palate

The Pie I Want to Be Buried With… – Peachy Palate
Epic Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries, Beer Caramelized Onions + Gruyere – Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Butternut Squash Zucchini Pasta with Kale, Apricots and Wheatberries – Inspiralized
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice – COOKIE + Kate
15-Minute Mini Apple Pies – Dashing Dish

Food for Thought

What is your favorite post from the past week?

Have you made any new recipes that you’ve recently found?

Link Love #7

Another week, another set of fabulous posts!

Health

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Exercise As Your #1 Weight Loss Tool  - JillFit

You can’t out-train a bad diet.

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Exercise As Your #1 Weight Loss Tool – JillFit
How to Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle – Muscle Evo
Keeping Fit After It’s Off: Create Your WHY – MizFit
Why Sugar Isn’t the Entire Story – Shape
How Bad Are Your Fitness Habits? – Prevention

Fitness

The Dream Shuffle Workout - Lifting Revolution

The Dream Shuffle Workout – Lifting Revolution

Dream BIG: The Dream Shuffle Workout – Lifting Revolution
5 Tips for Morning Workouts [+ Training Update] – Better with Veggies
Bootcamp Workout – Fitness Perks
10-Minute Booty Burning Workout – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
TRX Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers

Food

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding - Purely Twins

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding – Purely Twins

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding – Purely Twins
Easy Creamy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake – Half Baked Harvest
Black-Bottom Coconut Cream Tart [Vegan, GF] – Cafe Johnsonia
Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts – Peanut Butter & Peppers
Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Love & Zest

And if you missed the post on Surviving Whole Foods, definitely check it out! 😉

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts of the week?

What I Ate Wednesday #53: A Couple New Faves

Happy Wednesday, friends! Nathan sent me this video yesterday and I had to share it. This guy is incredibly inspirational and it’s so nice to see someone with such a positive attitude. It’s definitely worth the watch.. I hope you enjoy!

Now onto the food..

I have to admit, my eats have not been the most exciting lately. I’ve been loving big salads and roasted veggies and there are really only so many times I can show the same old stuff. So today I wanted to share another new twist on my protein oats and a couple other favorites that I’ve enjoyed recently.

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats

I decided to explore a few breakfast options [only a little] and tried Zoats. I really enjoyed them but wanted to give them my own little twist and I’ve been devouring ever since! And obviously zucchini is not in short supply right now, so this is the perfect recipe to use some up!

Zucchini Bread Protein TVP Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1/2 banana; mashed
– 4 egg whites
– 1 small zucchini; shredded and squeezed dry
– 1/8 cup rolled oats
– 1/8 cup TVP* [If you don’t have TVP, just substitute another 1/8 cup of oats]
– Cinnamon
– Nutmeg
– Your fave nut and/or seed butters [Optional.. but why wouldn’t you?!]
– Your fave granola [Optional.. see note above]

Directions
In a small pot, bring almond milk to a boil with mashed banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Turn the heat down to medium high, add in your egg whites and mix continuously so the egg whites don’t poach. After the egg whites are partially cooked, add in the zucchini [make sure you squeezed as much of the moisture out as possible!] and mix to combine.

Let the zucchini and egg mixture cook for a few minutes, then add in the oats and TVP. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until the oats reach your desired consistency. Once cooked, top with 1 tbsp nut or seed butter, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and your favorite granola for crunch!

*You can purchase TVP from iHerb.com. Use discount code ZAF482 at checkout for up to $10 off your purchase!

Nutritional Information

Per serving, without optional toppings

235 Calories  /  2g Fat  /  32g Carbs  /  7g Fiber  /  12g Sugar  /  24g Protein

Pretty close to the original protein TVP oats, but with a little spin 🙂 This is also a perfect #PowerbowlChallenge breakfast. If you’re not participating, get with the program!

Snacks

I’m sure you’ve heard Chobani’s recent news and after having to toss a few of my beloved flips*, I’ve decided to take a little break and branch out to other brands of Greek yogurt. I’ve discovered some new flavors from Oikos that are off the chains! Yep. I went there. And I highly recommend you check them out.

Oikos Apple Pie Greek Yogurt

Oikos Caramel Macchiato Greek Yogurt

I love that the lids say “with room for toppings” 😉

*Chobani’s customer service is incredible. If you’ve had any issues with your yogurt, be sure to contact them and they will send you coupons for free cups!

Salad Topper

I finally found a store in my area that carries miso and was super psyched to start cooking with it. I’m in love with Kathy’s miso dressing and have made miso-dipped tofu multiple times!

Lunchbox Bunch Miso Dipped Tofu

The tofu is perfect to throw on top of salads or into a wrap. I can’t wait to try it with tempeh and other proteins!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite flavor of yogurt?

Have you ever cooked with miso? Are you a fan?

Never Forget. 9/11/01