Meal Plan Monday – Feb 23 2015

How is it possible? The last week of February already. I know it is a short month, but come on! It has just flown by! Spring will be here before we know it…right? We got dumped on again over the weekend with another foot of snow, and the temps today around -30 with the windchill. I’m sure we are all pretty much over it, so I’m trying not to complain, even though I heard on the news that this was the coldest February in Ontario in over 100 years! The sun is out today, I’m putting an extra layer on everyone, and we are just trying to make the best of it…while still grumbling just a little.

Trying to balance comfort food with loads and loads of veggies, to keep everyone healthy this week! Here is what we are eating:

Monday – kolbasa and veggie stir fry with peppers, carrots, and green beans, and homemade mac and cheese

Tuesday – ham with mashed potatoes and carrots

Wednesday –  homemade pizza (I finally have a good homemade pizza dough recipe that my sister-law gave me!)

Thursday – whole grain chicken strips with easy potato skins and roasted parmesan cauliflower

Friday – fish sticks with homemade baked sweet potato fries and green beans

I’m hoping to finally get my DIY face wipes/makeup remover post up this week. I’ve been using them for a while now, and I LOVE them! And maybe even finally share my favourite muffin recipe too. I know I have talked about them, I make them just about every week, sometimes twice! But I don’t think I have ever shared the recipe with you, so watch for that too. Happy menu planning!

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Meal Plan Tuesday – Feb 17 2015

Happy Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras…..so many names for one day! Regardless, hope you enjoyed it! For us Catholics, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, so today is special, no matter what name you choose! So, as you can imagine we did enjoy pancakes today!

As for the menu not being up yesterday, well we had a Holiday in Ontario: Family Day. So we hung out around the house as a family, grocery stores were closed so I didn’t do my weekly shopping, so here I am on Tuesday sharing our weeks’ meals!

Monday – we enjoyed a Sheppards pie, made by my husband and 5 year old son

Tuesday – pancakes with veggie and potato hash.

Ash Wednesday – we fast and abstain from meat (I don’t have to fast since I am still breastfeeding) so we will be eating a veggie stir fry

Thursday – Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus

Friday – Fridays during lent you also abstain from meat, but we do this all year anyways: salmon with basmati rice and broccoli.

As always I am linking up with Org Junkie.

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Meal Plan Monday – Feb 9th 2015

Another week, another meal plan! I really hope you all give meal planning a try, it helps out so much with that crazy dinner time rush! A little planning on the weekend can save you time during the week, and money at the grocery store if you stick to your list! Shop your house first to see what needs to be used up, or what you have in your pantry. Check the sales and plan your meals around what proteins are on sale. You can even ask for input from the rest of the family! My hubby usually suggests one dinner, and the kids always make sure we are having homemade pizza or spaghetti each week. And, like most things, the more you do it, the easier it gets. It usually only takes me 20 minutes to plan our dinner for the entire week! If you need more inspiration than what I am planning this week, check out my past plans, or stop by the link up at Org Junkie for 1000s of recipes and menus! This week she has 5 tips to help you be successful at meal planning!

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – pork cutlets, sweet potatoes, and salad

Tuesday – homemade pizza with broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, chicken…really whatever we can find :)

Wednesday – chicken enchilada casserole

Thursday – kielbasa stir fry

Friday – salmon with basmati rice and broccoli

Another thing you can do to help your week run smoother is prep your food for the week ahead. I baked muffins yesterday, and as soon as we were home with the groceries I washed the grapes, chopped peppers and cucumbers for easy snacking, and will hard boil some eggs too. Spending time now, so I don’t have to later :). Happy menu planning!

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Easy Almond Vanilla Granola

As you know by now, we love yogurt in my house. When we aren’t making it ourselves, we are buying it in large quantities. Breakfast, mid day snacks, post workout, and often before bed; it is eaten by us all, all day long! I bake with it, and add it to smoothies too! But probably my favourite way to eat it, is topped with fresh fruit and granola.

Store bought granola is expensive, and filled with preservatives and tons of sugar! It is supposed to be a healthy snack, but often it isn’t. Making it yourself is super easy, and inexpensive too. Plus, you can control all the ingredients! The favourite flavour in our house right now is Almond Vanilla, and today I’m sharing my recipe with you!

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Easy Almond Vanilla Granola

2 cups oats

1 heaping cup roughly chopped raw almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds and coconut flakes. In a small sauce pan, heat the honey, coconut oil and vanilla over low heat just until melted. Pour the mixture over the oats, and mix until combined. Spread the mixture out onto a cookie sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it, so that you can get it as toasted as you like. Let cool on the cookie sheet; as it cools it will start to clump and stick together. Once cool, scrape off the cookie sheet, breaking it up as much or as little as you like, and store in an air tight container.granola1

Almonds on their own are such a great snack, full of protein, fiber, calcium, zinc, and antioxidants, but they are even better roasted with honey and coconut in this delicious granola!

 

Meal Plan Monday – Feb 2 1015

And just like that it is February! Time to just flying by this year! Last year seemed like the longest year EVER. Probably because I was pregnant and throwing up every single day, it seemed to drag on and on! But this year? Didn’t we just celebrate New Years? So fast!

Today is a snow day for most of Southern Ontario. My son’s school is open, and we did try to get there. But after pulling the two bigger kids in the sled, through 3 foot snow drifts, I gave up after only a few minutes. We didn’t get anywhere close to the school…so back home we came, and have been colouring, and dancing, and watching a little tv too. Dinner is already in the slow cooker, and I might make some brownies later too. Happy Monday everyone!

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – slow cooker beef stroganoff  with peas

Tuesday – my famous spaghetti

Wednesday – chicken fried rice with roasted veggies

Thursday – chicken burgers and salad

Friday – fish with sweet potato fries and salad

I’m sure I will also whip up a batch of muffins this week, maybe some granola too. Happy menu planning everyone.

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Head over to Org Junkie for more meal ideas!

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