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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

Slow-cooked Vegetable Dal

I love Indian food – its one of my favorite food choices. This vegetable dal recipe worked great with my current life style challenge. It has lots of flavor and is loaded with vegetables.

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups red lentils
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1-2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Add all the ingredients to the slow-cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve either in a bowl by itself or over rice (I use brown rice). Nice and easy 🙂

Meal Plan – Week 6

I have to admit, I have not been doing a great job the last couple of weeks. So, I am re-assessing and to try and stay as much on track as possible, a couple of allowances have been added. This is to ensure I am keeping to the right food options, at least 80-90% of the time (that’s the goal anyway right :-), allowances are denoted with the ^).

I have also added my exercise commitment for the week.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Sunday Oatmeal with Grated Apple + Sultana’s Roast Chicken dinner with roast vegetables and steamed greens 3-4 Mile Walk
Monday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter Vegetable Baked Pasta
Tuesday Whole Grain Cereal with Soy ^Shepherd’s Pie (my husband’s favorite meal) 3-4 Mile Walk
Wednesday Fruit + Flax Seed Pizza* (Vegetarian restaurant meal)
Thursday Whole Grain Cereal with Soy Omelets
Friday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter ^Carbonara+Quinoa Spaghetti 3-4 Mile Walk

*The family is having Pizza, I am traveling so will be trying to eat a vegan/Vegetarian meal out.

What are you all eating?

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Meal Plan – Week 5

This week was a challenge that’s for sure. We started the week with my son having strep throat and then just when we thought we had that kicked; the pipes burst in our master upstairs bathroom leaving our kitchen ceiling with significant damage.

We made it through, waiting for the workers to come back Monday and put our house back to normal.  In the meantime, this is our meal plan for the week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Monday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter Vegetable Burritos
Tuesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Quinoa Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce
Wednesday Whole Grain Cereal with Soy Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Thursday Oatmeal with Grated Apple and Sultanas (Golden Raisins) Aloo Gobhi (Indian Cauliflower and Potato Curry)
Friday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter Grilled Fish and Vegetables

What are you all eating?

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Meal plan – week 4

I would love to know what others are doing to eat well, or what your family is trying out, what life style challenges have you undertaken. Do you have healthy recipes to share? To make it easier to share I am starting this weekly blog hop (see below).

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This week, I was much better at sticking with the meal plan. I made a couple of meals in the slow cooker which helped out a lot. The slow-cooker dal was very tasty….recipe to come soon. I am still struggling with the whole breakfast thing; so this week I am focussing on going to bed at 10:30pm and getting up 30 mins early to make breakfast.

This is our meal plan for the week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Brown Rice Spaghetti
Sunday Vegetable Omlete Stuffed Bell Pepper with Quinoa
Monday Oatmeal with Banana+Unsalted Peanut Butter Slow-cook Vegetable Chilli
Tuesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Vegetable Burritos (or Tacos)
Wednesday Bircher Muesli (with soy not diary) Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Thursday Whole grain cereal+Soy Fish Stew
Friday Bircher Muesli (with soy not diary) Bean Burgers + Salad

I am making one big splurge this week – I am making the best orange cake tomorrow.

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Dinner tonight: Vegetable Frittata

Our weekly plan is our guide to our meals – we mix up the dinners sometime and eat what we are in the mood for. Easy is what was on my menu for tonight – so I opted to have the vegetable frittata early.

Our Vegetable Frittata ingredients varies based on what I have in the fridge and what needs to be used. Below is tonights ingredients but you could add spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers – really anything goes.

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Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced (you could use leeks or spring onions)
1 garlic clove
1 small head of broccoli, chopped into small-ish pieces
1 medium-large zucchini, grated
1 tomato (I used a Roma tomato)
salt and pepper for seasoning
5 eggs, lightly beaten (You could use three eggs and 1/2 cup of egg whites)
2 tbsp italian cheese, grated (optional)

  1. Heat pan on medium heat. Place olive oil in the pan, then the onion and garlic. Cook onion until clear.
  2. Add Broccoli, Grated Zucchini and tomato to the pan – heat ingredients through. I add the broccoli first and then the other ingredients. Cool.
  3. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the vegetable mix to the eggs and lightly stir.
  4. Place the egg mixture back in the pan you were using to cook the vegetables.  Add cheese to the top (optional, My husband wanted cheese I did not so I only added it to one 1/2). Cook mixture for 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  5. Once almost set, place pan into oven and broil for 3-5 minutes (keep an eye on it) remove once top has become firm.
    NOTE: I put aluminum foil on the handle of my pan before putting in the oven as I do not think it is oven proof.
  6. Serve 1/4 of the frittata on a plate, it goes well with a spinach or garden salad.

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Meal Plan – Week 2

So, the first week on the plan was a little tough, especially Monday-Wednesday. I craved everything; sugar, cheese, meat and fresh bread. I managed to stay with the plan most of the time, and was happy when I found suitable options that I could eat at my favorite Friday lunch place.

I plan to pre-make some meals this week, especially for breakfast as I find it hard to make the time for it. I prefer to get the extra time in bed :-). Tonight, I am making a vegetable chill in the slow-cooker to have on hand for lunch or dinner, when I change my mind. For lunch, which I normally pick up at work, there were great options in our new cafe. It has a new global section that has a vegan/vegetarian option, it varies from stir fries to indian to mexican; there is also a great salad bar.

I plan on making dessert tonight – found several recipes for date balls which sound great. I am picking things out from several recipes and combining it into something I hope I like 😉

Here’s this weeks menu:

Day Breakfast Dinner
Saturday Vegetarian Omlete Lentil and Kale Soup
Sunday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Steamed Fish and Vegetable Pockets + Quinoa
Monday Oatmeal with Banana+Unsalted Peanut Butter Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Tuesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Curried Pumpkin Soup
Wednesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Thursday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Vegetable Omlete
Friday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Bean Burgers + Salad