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Fit Meals Monday


It was a good week at the Davis house, though it started off a little shaky.  My husband said he would take over the kitchen for a week preparing both raw and vegan meals.  When my husband offers to cook for a week, I’m always ALL IN!  Well…Day 1 he had great intentions, but by 5pm he still had not gone shopping for his ingredients.  At 6pm our kids were starving and my little one was whining on my shoulder saying “Mommy why didn’t YOU cook dinner?!?!?”  By 6:45pm I was asking myself the same thing!  But, he finally got things together and dinner was delicious!  We had a Veggie Lasagna (made from all veggies, no pasta).  The “noodles” were made from zucchini and squash.  The sauce was raw made in the food processor and was delicious!!

This week started off with a  fabulous luau party for my daughters 5th birthday!  I can’t believe how fast time flies!  We had a great time, great food, and I had a blast making her hula girl cake!  We played coconut pineapple bowling, did the limbo, learned how to hula dance, played pin the tail on the monkey, and busted open a hula girl pinata.  My little hula girl said this was her best birthday ever!  (She says that every year, but she means it every year too. lol!)  Sweet Victoria is a party planner at heart, so I bet you starting Monday she’ll spend the next 364 days planning her next party!

This week will be one of the most exciting ever for our family.  Not only are we celebrating Victoria’s 5th Birthday, her actual birthday is Monday so we’ll have a special dessert to celebrate again as a family, but, this coming Sunday my husband will be competing in his first Ironman!!  We’ll drive to Arizona on Friday so our meal plan for the week will be short and sweet as I don’t know where and what we’ll be eating in Tempe.  We will possibly have access to a kitchen so we are hoping to find a Whole Foods or Trader Joes and cook our own food while there so he can stay on track eating healthy.  One change for my hubby will be that he has to add extra salt to his food a few days before the race so that his body can retain water during the Ironman.   He’ll do this so he won’t get dehydrated during the 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26 mile run!  I still can’t believe he’s doing this!  I’m so proud of him, and excited that he decided to take this on at 40!

Here’s my “Ironman” menu for the week.

My husband competing in the 100 fly

Monday Veggie Lasagna this week with pasta

Taco Tuesday- Taco Salad (lean ground beef, black beans, fresh corn, avocado, fresh salsa)

Wednesday-  Chili (white and black beans, fresh corn, garlic, onion, leftover taco meat or  a piece of the chicken that I’ll use for Thursday)

Thursday- Grilled Chicken, broccoli, mixed green salad with veggies

FRIDAY-SUNDAY- Driving to Arizona for the Ironman, hopefully eating at Whole Foods or making our own whole food…Sunday??? I have no idea when he’ll finish the race so the kids and I will be on our own.  We will meet up with our new friends from Kids Can Cook and hopefully find a healthy restaurant that gets the Kids Can Cook seal of approval!  I’ll let you know next week. (FYI my meal plan may change…if it does I’ll let you know.  I couldn’t find my hubby’s triathalon book that tells what he should eat this week.  So, this is my plan, subject to change once I find the book!

What’s Your Fit Meals Monday Plan?

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If you have a blog, to join in on the fun and share your menu just add your post by clicking on the blue frog that says add your link from your Fit Meals Monday post not to your home page at the end of this post.  If you don’t have a blog share your menu plan in the comment section below.  To get a ton of recipes for all of us to look at and enjoy, spread the word and tell your blogging and non-blogging mommy friends!

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Fit Meals Monday! What’s your plan? Check our ours!


Welcome to Fit Meals Monday!!!  I’m so excited for week 2!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to find out all you need to know about Fit Meals Monday.  I don’t know about you, but I get extremely busy, and when I don’t plan ahead I tend to feed my kids junk. Be it junk from a box, or junk from a fast food restaurant.  Or, we go to a nice restaurant and spend $40+ on an over-sized meal that we gobble up and our stomachs hurt afterward. When I do these things I feel just awful, so that is why I created Fit Meals Monday.

The idea is for our community of moms to share our meal plans with each other.  Why?  So that we can get some inspiration from each other, and some new ideas from one another. I know I get in a rut!  I’d LOVE to see what you gluten free moms are cooking, and what you vegan moms are making.  I’d love to see how fat loving, fried food liking, fast food going moms are changing their menus to provide “better” meals for their families!

Here’s my menu for the week.

With Halloween coming this week I had to make my meal plan SIMPLE!  I have 3 parties to make food or dessert for so I needed to make things that are fast and easy so I can have more energy this week.  A lot of these meals are crockpot simple or just thaw, heat and serve. Some of our meals are from my once a month cooking day.  This has really come in handy!  I am planning another OAMC day soon to get my freezer stocked for the busy holiday season!  More on that later!  If I share a recipe link with you know that I do modify most recipes to my family’s liking, and to be more healthy.

  • Meatless MondayRed Beans and Rice with cornbread and salad.  My family is from the south and we LOVE our Red Beans and Rice.  I have not found the “perfect” recipe so if you have a good one, please share!
  • Taco TuesdayLean Beef Tacos on lettuce “tortillas”.  The meat for this was extra meat from my Once A Month Cooking day last month.  Just thaw, heat and slap it on lettuce leaves.  Delicious!
  • Soup WednesdayMexican Chicken Tortilla Soup This is one of my favorite soups.  Its SOOOO fast and easy! Again, I had a bag of leftover meat from my once a month cooking day and I’m using that for the soup.
  • Raw ThursdayVeggie Burger on lettuce “bun”–  Last week my husband had to work late so he didn’t get to make our veggie burger. This Thursday he’s making them from scratch!  It’s a “raw recipe” from our “Daddy Does it Raw” series.
  • Fish FridayTilapia Corn Chowder.  I was supposed to make this last Friday, but our plans changed!  We had a birthday party to go to, so we all ate at the party instead!  I had free day!  Gotta love those!
  • Simple SaturdayFrench Dip Sandwiches and salad.  I made and froze this during my once a month cooking day.  All I will have to do is thaw and serve!
  • Halloween– Block Party potluck (I’m making my famous chili)

What’s Your Fit Meals Monday Plan?

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If you have a blog, to join in on the fun and share your menu just add your post by clicking on the blue frog that says add your link from your Fit Meals Monday post not to your home page at the end of this post.  If you don’t have a blog share your menu plan in the comment section below. (Check out last weeks if you don’t understand how this works.)  In order to get a ton of recipes for all of us to look at and enjoy, spread the word and tell your blogging and non-blogging mommy friends via facebook and twitter, and JOIN us every Monday!

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I have become my grandma


I love my Nana. She is loving and kind and generous and wonderful in so many ways.

She is also 44 years older than I, which is why this personal metamorphosis is a bit shocking.

But there really is a lot of wisdom to be learned from our elders, isn’t there? Not just life experiences, or world perspective, but also how our grandparents organize their days.

And, how our grandparents have a weekly menu.

You know what I am talking about — if it is Monday, it must be meatloaf for dinner, Tuesday chicken, Wednesday Italian, etc., etc. Bor-ing. Who wants to eat meatloaf every.single.Monday. for the rest of your life? How could that even be satisfying? Can’t you just insert endless jokes into this scenario?

Ha. Not so funny anymore. I have a weekly dinner menu. And lunch menu. And even breakfast menu.

And I l.o.v.e. our weekly menu. Seriously. It has changed my food world.

The kids complain less. We waste less. I spend less. We eat out less. I go to the market less. We are bored less. And, I don’t stress about what to cook.

I started the weekly menu because I was tired of the kids complaining about meals – “sandwiches again?” “This is gross!” “We never eat what I like!” and the ever nagging question of, “what’s for dinner?” Does that happen at your house?

I have never been a short order cook, but the kids were welcome to make a pb&j if the meal offerings were not to their liking. But, golly, sometimes I’d make a meal, and only my husband and I would be eating it! That is not cool.

So, I made a list of the kids’ favorite meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts — and then laid out a schedule. Plenty of variety, favorite foods featured, everyone knows what is coming, and, violá! No more complaining!

Okay, maybe just greatly reduced complaining.

I planned the meals with an eye towards using left-overs, too. For example, Wednesday is roasted meat night, and so Thursday is soup night — see how I did that? Thursday’s soup stock is made from Wednesday night’s carcass. And Friday night is Chinese food because I need to use up all the old veggie bits to make room for the fresh produce pick-up on Saturday morning (you can hide ANY vegetable in a fried rice!). Pretty nifty, huh? Less food waste.

I go marketing every 2 weeks, and, armed with a menu, I know exactly what to buy. Not so tempting to buy extras anymore, and we spend less.

The triple whammy of my desire to nourish my family with healthy victuals, plus the no-think menu, plus a kitchen full of food, practically eliminates any allure of eating out. Why eat fat-laden, sodium rich, mass produced food-like stuff when my fridge is bursting with deliciousness?

And, contrary to what one might think, we have no food ruts. The rotating variety of meals keeps everything fresh. Who’d a thunk grandma’s boring routine was anything but?

Now, I can just look at the menu in the AM, and know what to pull out of the freezer for dinner. Ah…it is almost a Calgon moment when I don’t have to expend any brain cells over what to cook for dinner.

Curious about our meal plans? I’ll share ours, but don’t just copy it — create your own weekly meal plan around your own favorites, and find inspiration on Fit Meals Mondays!

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Easy chicken soup


ingredients:
– chicken carcass, with attached meat, skin and congealed juices
– 2 onions
– 6-10 cloves of fresh garlic
– 5-6 stalks of celery
– 4-5 large, whole carrots
– any other veggies that you desire (bell pepper, zucchini, green beans, tomato, corn, kale, spinach, etc.)
– Celtic sea salt
– black pepper
– dried za’atar, or oregano
– 2-3 bay leaves
– additional seasonings, to taste
– pasta OR brown rice OR lentils OR potatoes, if desired

Place chicken carcass in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for more than 2 hours.

Strain out chicken carcass, set aside to cool. Add to the stock all hardy vegetables, chopped (ie, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, potatoes, etc.) Add seasonings to taste. Add pasta OR brown rice OR lentils, if desired. Simmer for at least an hour.

When carcass is cooled, pick off meat, and add to the soup. Throw away bones and skin.

After an hour, taste soup and adjust seasonings. Add delicate veggies (spinach, kale, any veggies you want to stay crisp and retain their colors).

Enjoy!

Lori Rivas, organic homeschooling mama to 4 great kids

photos credits:
Photo by Weslie and Chelsey Totten
Grandma’s kitchen tin from: http://www.grandmasuniquegiftshop.com/product_info.php?cPath=1331560&products_id=17042394
family meal image from: http://blog.americanfeast.com/2007/04/
weekly menu by L. Rivas
chicken soup image from: http://dreadfullysimple.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/chicken-soup-for-the-minnesota-snow/

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Fit Meals Monday!!! Add your meal plan today and check out ours!


Today is our first ever Fit Meals Monday! I’m so excited to visit your blogs and/or read in the comments section below what your family is having for dinner this week! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to find out all you need to know about Fit Meals Monday.  I don’t know about you, but I get extremely busy, and when I don’t plan ahead I tend to feed my kids junk. Be it junk from a box, or junk from a fast food restaurant.  Or, we go to a nice restaurant and spend $40+ on an over-sized meal that we gobble up and our stomachs hurt afterward. When I do these things I feel just awful, so that is why I’m creating Fit Meals Monday.

I want to put my menu out there to help someone else like me who gets in a menu rut, especially when it comes to making yummy healthy meals.  I also want to learn from you ladies what you cook for your family, and how you try to “keep it healthy”.  One other thing I wanted to mention is that if you have gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, vegan or raw meal plans, we’d LOVE to see what you are cooking too.  I’d LOVE to add some of your meals into our weekly plan at our home, and I’m sure thousands of other moms would love to as well.

Let’s Do This!

Here’s my menu for the week.

Meatless Monday– Salad  (I don’t know what kind or where we will get one.  We are heading back home from Blog World Expo in Las Vegas.  We’ll try to find a Whole Foods or a salad bar on the road. )

Taco TuesdayFish Taco’s these healthy fist tacos are a favorite in our house!

Crockpot WednesdayCrock Pot Roast with Veggies we love the crock pot!  (just use fresh seasonings instead of the soup mix it you are watching your sodium).  This is from my Once a Month cooking I did last month!

Raw ThursdayVeggie Burgers in Lettuce Bun from our Daddy Does It Raw series!  (my husband made us raw meals for an entire month!  I LOVE that man!  (NO cooking for me, it was AWESOME!)

Fish Friday–  Tilapia Corn Chowder

Simple Saturday–  Homemade roasted veggie pizza- I use Trader Joe’s pizza dough, Trader Joe’s sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese, and I roast whatever veggies we have left over for the week and sprinkle them on top.  Yum!

Sunday– This week we’ll be at my Mom’s for a big Family Sunday Supper.  So, whatever she cooks I’ll be eating.  I can’t wait!

What’s Your Fit Meals Monday Plan?

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If you have a blog, to join in on the fun and share your menu just add your post by clicking on the blue frog that says add your link from your Fit Meals Monday post not to your home page at the end of this post.  If you don’t have a blog share your menu plan in the comment section below.  To get a ton of recipes for all of us to look at and enjoy, spread the word and tell your blogging and non-blogging mommy friends!


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