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Meal Plan {18.05.2013}

Wow, this week was a crazy busy at work. I did not get to work on much at home and I definitely missed some blogging. I really missed doing the finish it Friday this week….isn’t funny how breaking a routine can be so disorientating ūüôā

I am hoping, leading up to Memorial day weekend though, things will calm down. I am looking forward to the long weekend and spending time at the beach in North Carolina. Until then, here is our meal plan for the week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Egg+Ham+ Hashbrown Salad; Hot dogs (my son has his first friend over for a sleepover)
Sunday Bircher Muesli Roast Chicken + Potatoes + Vegetables
Monday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Meatball + Spinach Pasta Bake
Tuesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Grill + Vegetable Stack
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Omelet or Frittata
Thursday English Muffin + Marmite Vegetable Stew
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Sandwiches (while traveling to the beach for Memorial Day)

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Banana (TJ)
  • Strawberries (TT)
  • Grapes (TJ)
  • Bell Pepper (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Zucchini (TJ)
  • Cucumber (TJ)
  • Hot dog Franks (TJ)
  • Ground Beef (TJ)
  • Milk (TJ)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ/TT)
  • Hot dog buns (TT)
  • Whole Chicken (TT)
  • Sliced Cheese (TT)
  • Bread (TT)
  • Yoghurt (TT)
  • Can of Beans (TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Cereal (BJ)

NOTE:¬†We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

Mother’s day gift + Meal Plan {12.05.2013}

When living in Germany, my too favorite dishes were broth fondue and raclette, both were introduced to me by my husbands Grandmother.

Now in the US, I found a replacement for the Fondue….a restaurant called “The Melting Pot”. This is my favorite restaurant, which is my choice whenever I get to pick the spot for those special occasions.

Look what I got for Mother’s day…it is a Raclette set!!! For those who don’t know what a Raclette set is, it¬†involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as¬†coupelles, to heat slices of cheese with miscellaneous vegetables.

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Ingredients

  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Onion
  • Cheese
  • Ham or Chicken

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Optional: Grill the onions and the bell pepperIMG_7282

In the coupelles layer the potato, ham (or chicken), and cheese. Place the tray under the grill tray so the elements add as a grill. Leave for ~ 5 mins.IMG_7283

Top with grilled onion, bell peppers and fresh cracked pepper. Use the scraper and scrap the ingredients onto a plate and serve.

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This was dinner last night and boy it was great!! I love both fondue and raclette for the same reasons…both a very social activities as you have to cook your own food and secondly, you eat slower.

Onto our meal plan this week….

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Egg+Ham Sandwich Raclette 20 mins HIT
Sunday Strawberry + Banana Crepes Grill + Spinach Salad 20 mins HIT
Monday Bircher Muesli BBQ Chicken + Stuffed mushrooms + Broccoli
Tuesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Omlette  Walk
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Z-Pizza 20 mins. HIT
Thursday English Muffin + Marmite Spaghetti + Asparagus + Mushrooms
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Toasted Sandwiches 20 mins. HIT

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Asparagus (TJ)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Bananas (LF)
  • Potato (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Bell Pepers (TJ)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ))
  • Sultanas (TT)

NOTE:¬†We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

Drama + Meal Plan {20.04.2013}

Our week ended with a little drama. I got a call on Friday around 2pm from my husband’s doctor. He informed me my husband, who played soccer in a recreational league at work over lunch, was in so much pain he could not be examined….I must come at once to pick him up and take him to the emergency room. After x-rays, he has broken his right humorous bone right at the top under the shoulder socket.

So the question I have to ask (yes probably rhetorical)…why do 40 year old males continue playing contact sports even though they know it takes at least twice as long to heal when they get hurt??¬†I ask this only since, it has been less than a month since my husband had recovered from a shoulder injury.

So Sean (my son) and I, are more or less left to our own devices this week, with the hubby incapacitated. I plan to keep our meal plan simple this week, here’s the plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Split pea and ham soup
Sunday Canadian bacon + poached egg Vegetable pasta bake (GF) 20 mins HIT
Monday Bircher Muesli Fish + chips (homemade)
Tuesday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Stir fry + Brown rice
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Zpizza (Pizza with whole wheat crust and organic ingredients) 20 mins. HIT
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Meatball pasta bake (GF)
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Spinach salad 20 mins. HIT

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Corn tortilla (TT)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Pasta sauce (TT)
  • Baked beans (TT)
  • Dates (TT)
  • Prunes (TT)
  • Bananas (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Vegetable Stock (TT)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Bell Peppers(TJ)
  • Garlic (TT)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Flour/ WW and GF (TT)
  • Granola (TT or BJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Frozen Peas + Corn (TJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Stir Fry Sauce (TT)

NOTE:¬†We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

My Winter – Spring Garden and Meal Plan – Week 8

The winter has been a little longer and colder which means my vegetable garden has been producing very slowly. This is my first winter garden and it seems to be going ok. Lessons I have learned:

  1. My swiss chard did not survive as something ate that – not sure what. So, next time I may have to place little wire cages around them
  2. Next year, I will invest in some recycled windows to create a cover so I have a mini hot house

Two surprising things happened with this crop:

  1. ¬†My plants survived the snow and ice. I will definitely get a crop of ¬†broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage (respectively in photo’s below)….and a little bit of spinach.
  2. And my parsley which had died out came back to life and is flourishing.

Broccoli Cauliflower Carrots
Cabbages Parsley

In the meantime, waiting for this crop to grow, we are buying our veggies (still within the $70 budget). Here is our meal plan for this week – it will be similar to last week (its better not to even talk about it :-)). I have decided to cook most of the meals in the weekend to see if that it is easier to stick with the plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday ^Breakfast Sandwich Creamy Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie¬†(thanks to¬†Kristel’s list¬†and links)
Sunday Bircher Muesli (with soy) Chicken and Vegetable Cacciatore + Quinoa or Wheat berries 3-4 Mile Walk
Monday Bircher Muesli (with soy) Vegetable Frittata
Tuesday Whole Grain Cereal+Soy Vegetable Soup (Slow Cooked) 3-4 Mile Walk
Wednesday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter ^Pizza @ zPizza (love the options at this place)
Thursday Whole Grain Cereal + Soy Slow-Cooked Indian Dal
Friday Smoothie Vegetable Pasta Bake + Quinoa Pasta 3-4 Mile Walk

^ indicates my splurge for the week

A few of my favorite things: A Sweet Breakfast

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. Over the last year I have actually been making time for it – normally I am just a weekend brunch person.

I have a few favorite places we go in the weekend, Guglhupf (a german bakery – an amazing cafe with a great outdoor atmosphere), La Farm¬†Bakery (a French Bakery), then of course an easy, hassle-free family option – iHop¬†(I know, I know, started off well ūüôā but I do like the breakfast sampler).

I also have a few favorite recipes – ¬†a couple of savory¬†ones which I will post next, you are in luck though if you have a sweet tooth. Let’s start with the sweet – you’ll see the european influence.

Strawberry and Banana Crepes
My husband and 5-year-old love these crepes. They take very little time and we actually have enough left over to have them again a couple of days later.

Ingredients (makes 4 crepes; with mixture leftovers – 4 more crepes):
1/2 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup White whole wheat
3/4 cup egg whites (5 egg whites)
Pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup non-fat milk (skim milk; if your mixture is too thick add more milk)
1 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 Punnet Strawberries, sliced (1/2 pound)
1 banana, sliced (optional)
3 Tbsp Nutella (optional)
3 Tbsp Whipped Cream (optional)
Icing sugar

Add the first 6  ingredients in a bowl and whisk it until mixed, set aside. Heat a non-stick fry pan on medium heat. Make sure you have the strawberries, banana and Nutella close to the element, you will need to move fast.

  

My pan does not need any butter, but if yours does, add some before adding the mixture to ensure an easy flip. Use a 1/4  cup soup ladle and spoon the crepe mixture into the fry pan, move the fry pan in circular motion to spread and thin the crepe mixture. Once it starts to bubble all over, flip the crepe (I use another crate and barrel tool Рspatula). Quickly spread a tablespoon of Nutella on 1/2 the crepe, add 1/4 of the strawberries, 1/4 of the banana) РI leave the crepe ~1-2 minutes just to turn a slight golden color on the bottom.

  

Platter the crepe and fold over the top, using a sift sprinkle icing sugar over top and a dollop of whip cream. Serve immediately. Repeat for other crepes.

NOTE: For me, I prefer a lighter version and I omit the Nutella and cream – you won’t believe the strawberry taste you get :-).
NOTE: We have also tried these with caramelized apples (apples cooked in butter and brown sugar) – very good as well.

Bircher Muesli
This recipe works great for the working week. It stores well in the fridge for 5 days – due to the apple juice.

Ingredients (serving size 1/2 cup):
2 cups rolled oats (not the instant kind)
3 cups apple juice
1 grated granny smith apple
1 container plain greek yoghurt (~6oz)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of dried fruit (e.g.. sultana’s, apricots, dates)

The night before, add the rolled oats and apple juice together in a medium-sized bowl. Place in the fridge until morning.

In the morning, added freshly grated granny smith apple, greek yoghurt – stir. Add other ingredients, mix again. I tend to use sultana’s (golden raisins) as my dried fruit.

NOTE: You will find that the mixture will thicken slightly by day 2. If you want it thinner add milk; if you want it thicker add less apple juice.