What I Ate Wednesday – Week 4

This week’s eating has been full of more “cheating” than normal. I honestly don’t like to consider any of my eating to be cheating because then it’s potentially associated with guilt or shame. And what we eat shouldn’t make us feel guilty. Or shameful. But looking back at my week of food, I have no problem being aware of what I’m eating and I’m highly aware of the choices I made and that many of them were less than normal.

Some of these choices included donuts from our favorite local donut shop (seriously one of my favorite foods), a couple of beers and glasses of wine, a super creamy seafood bisque, a slice of pepperoni pizza, and french fries (x2), and a Carvel ice cream cone (ice cream = my all time favorite food). I’ll only justify these choices by reminding myself I don’t normally eat like this, I can actually remember the treats I had because they were delicious and I enjoyed them because they are treats, and most of my meals have still been very healthy so I’m not totally off the tracks!

Making most of our own meals at home helps ensure that health factor. Earlier this week I was reminded of why I make so many meals vs. going out to eat or ordering take out.

Chris and I enjoyed an amazing and rare date day on Monday (thanks Grammy and Grandpa). We slipped and slid our way through an awesome hike in the snow where we saw four deer and took in a gorgeous view.

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Then, post hike we scarfed down a kid free meal at a local pub. We opted to sit at the bar since we can’t do that with kids in tow. We shared that bisque, some delicious seasoned french fries, some roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, and a turducken sandwich. Holy yum!

While I don’t have any photos of our food because we were too excited to dig into everything and we were actually just trying to enjoy our time together, I did take a quick, blurry selfie of the two of us enjoying some tasty craft beers.

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We both stuffed ourselves silly. Like to the point where we both had stomachaches as we walked out of the bar. Honestly, I don’t think we even ate so much on Thanksgiving! Probably because we were with our kids that day and Isla kept us busy chasing her around the house. But seriously, the next day it’s like I had a food hangover. While I think we definitely made the most of our outing, I won’t be eating so much in one sitting again for a long time.

Eating out wasn’t the only place I went buckwild recently. Does anyone else sometimes buy way too much at the grocery store? While I normally make a list and stick to it, last week I bought way more than we could eat in one week. I needed to restock our cabinet with things like coconut and olive oil, pastas, beans, and tomatoes, but I also bought a surplus of veggies and meat. I may have gone grocery shopping before eating lunch…

So this week I’m scraping together meals with whatever is left over in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. Here’s a quick peek at what’s coming out of our kitchen this week.

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Who can resist an Elmo donut? Not our 19 month old! Or her mom. 
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Turkey burgers in the grass with some krinkle cut fries and vino
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Quinoa “rice” and beans

Breakfasts: 

  • Egg and Cheese Quesadillas
  • Protein Waffles
  • Scrambled Eggs with Veggies and Toast
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal

Lunches/Dinners: 

  • Quinoa “Rice” and Beans
  • Turkey Burgers (in the grass)
  • Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage
  • Pan Fried Pork Chops
  • Veggie Lasagna (from the freezer)
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Chicken Soup

Sides: 

  • Blistered Peppers and Onions
  • French Fries
  • Peas
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrot and Celery Sticks

What are you eating this week? Share in the comments below. 

What I Ate Wednesday – Week 3

Happy Valentine’s Day all! As I summed up yesterday, we enjoyed a day full of love-themed festivities in our home today. While we enjoyed some outdoor time (it was finally warm enough to take the littlest peanut outside), we also finished some Valentine’s for Isla’s classmates at daycare and enjoyed dipping strawberries. Then we finished our day with a “red” dinner of red lentil pasta with red sauce, plus salad.

The last few weeks have brought full on teething back for Isla and feeding her has been a struggle. While thankfully her spirits have been great, these two year old molars are no joke and food she normally loves have been met with total disdain. I’m operating by the “fed is best,” motto and when worst comes to worst I’m packing her with high calorie foods and smoothies. This includes foods like beans, bananas, nut butters, avocado, oats, chia, whole milk yogurt, etc.

Meal planning has been more simple with the hope that she will eat something (really, anything!) at all. I’m barely using any recipes this week, opting instead for things like rotisserie chicken and bagged salad, and other go-to’s like eggs and chicken sausage.

Here are some photos of what we’ve been eating this week, followed by a comprehensive list of the meals gone by and to come.

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A high calorie snack option this week includes these Aussie Bites from Costco. One cookie = 130 calories and lots of good for you ingredients.
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Bagged salad for the win!
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Isla loved making (and eating) these Black Bean Brownies
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In a pinch for time one evening, I threw together some pasta with tons of veggies and sauteed chicken sausage
rotisserie-chicken-salad
One of the easiest meals around here is bagged salad with rotisserie chicken or beans. This is especially great on a night when I threw together a mash up of “toddler” foods or a smoothie for Isla’s dinner.
salmon-leftovers
Here’s some leftover salmon from last week, with green beans and mashed potatoes. This ginger kombucha on the side is $4.50 off at Costco through this weekend!
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One of my naptime treats has been these almonds from Trader Joe’s. These have been and probably will always be one of my favorite TJ’s items.

Breakfasts: 

 

 

Lunches/Dinners: 

  • Pasta with Veggies and Mild Italian Chicken Sausage
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Red Lentil Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Quinoa Fried “Rice”
  • Roasted Turkey and Mozzarella Open Face Sandwiches with Kale, Tomato, and Black Fig Balsamic Vinegar
  • Eggs with Chicken Sausage

Sides: 

  • Taylor Farms Mediterranean Crunch Chop Salad
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans with Garlic
  • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
  • Roasted Beets and Carrots
  • Homefries
  • Fruit Salad

What are you eating this week? Share in the comments below.

What I Ate Wednesday – Week 2

It’s another busy week, but that’s not keeping us from eating healthy around here. Is it just me, or does everyone else find themselves restocking the pantry this time of year? I find I need to refill things like sugar, oils, cereals, oats, and a whole lot more this time of year. Why is that?

Perhaps it’s because I’m not bolstering our menu with quite as many veggies. We’re of course still eating a lot of vegetables, but we seriously eat a ton more in the warmer weather months. We work more into what we bake, snack on, etc.

Restocking the pantry often leads t a trip to Trader Joe’s. Thankfully (according to my husband and our bank account) we don’t live super close to one. But that means I load up when I make it there! This week’s menu features one of our favorite family treats: their ravioli. Here’s everything else I’ve been or will be whipping up in our kitchen this week!

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Butternut Squash and Arugula Ravioli (thanks Trader Joe’s)
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Black Bean, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Stuffed Bell Peppers
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I don’t go to Trader Joe’s often, but I love these beets!
breakfast-quesadilla
I find I need to cram in some serious calories when before starting a day on the road to see clients. This carb and protein loaded breakfast is perfect. 

Breakfasts:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Breakfast Quesadilla (tortilla, scrambled egg, leftover potatoes, and cheddar cheese)
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal (with raisins, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and maple syrup)
  • Yogurt with Granola

Lunches/Dinners:

Sides: 

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash
  • Sliced Fruit
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Sauteed Green Beans
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes

Side note: I’m working on a fun Valentine’s Day inspired muffin recipe. I can’t wait to share it with all of you next week! Stay tuned!

What are you cooking or baking this week? Or what are you restocking in your kitchen? Share in the comments below. 

 

What I Ate Wednesday – Week 1

Happy Wednesday all! While many fondly look forward to this “hump day,” or halfway point in their work week, I have to admit: my new work schedule has me looking forward to it for different reasons than I used to. While I’m working outside the home on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a trainer and on my blog, I don’t really look at Wednesday as the halfway point through my work week. I actually love the work I do and am looking forward to getting into a new “regular” work routine.

I spend my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with our girls, doing my #1 job: MOM! As anyone who stays home with their kids (either full or part-time) knows, any day I spend with them is equally awesome and exhausting (okay, some days are more of one or the other…). So, by Wednesday, I’m always most excited thinking about spending family time with the four of us. Ie. with dad home! Our girls love their daddy, and I do too.

However I’m spending my time during the week, finding time to prepare meals can be tough. Yet, maintaining healthy habits in our home is essential so I thankfully have some great healthy and easy recipes that I pull from. My husband regularly teases me for not repeating recipes. The truth is, I use a lot of recipes as a base and then make them my own by altering to fit what’s in our pantry or using our favorite ingredients, so they may not always taste the same.  I also love to find new recipes to try because I like to cook. But when meal planning, I typically make a the following “big picture” staples here:

  1. poultry with sides
  2. egg and veggies (casseroles, omelettes, etc)
  3. beans (either burgers or salads)
  4. vegetarian (casseroles, salads, sandwiches)
  5. fish with sides

Quite a few bloggers like to share what they’re eating on a regular basis and I’m deciding to share too. I’m putting in the time to plan these meals anyways and being transparent with my readers help hold me accountable. Plus, I know I’ve loved gathering recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.

I’ve shared my love for Kodiak Cake pancake mix before, and I’m sure I will a ton more. This stuff has a cult following and I can’t keep away. This week I whipped up some delicious blueberry muffins and chocolate peanut butter pancakes. I can almost guarantee I’ll make another dozen muffins before the week is up. But, here’s a more comprehensive look at what I’ve been (or will be) cooking around here this week.

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Breakfasts:

Lunches/Dinners:

Sides: 

  • Garlicky Roasted Potatoes
  • Sauteed Green Beans
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets
  • Sauteed Broccoli, Asparagus, and Spinach
  • Fruit Salad

What are you eating this week? Share in the comments below.