Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

~ organic pasta (I only had this version of pasta…though smaller pasta works better)
~ organic corn
~ organic colby cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic cucumbers diced
~ organic tomatoes diced
~ red onions diced
~
organic Vivaldi onion dressing 

Directions

~ follow directions for making pasta and put on the side
~ cut all the ingredients and mix with dressing
~ then mix with the pasta
~ cover and place in fridge to cool then shake and serve 

AJ loved it but I had to cut the pasta smaller, so it would be easier to grab and eat. Other than that it was an AWESOME meal. 
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What do you like to add to your pasta salad? 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 3rd Thurs Dinner: takeout
  • 4th Fri Dinner:  hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad
  • 5th Saturday– family bbq
  • 6th Sunday – girls night with friend
  • 7th Monday –  grilled chicken, coucous, and spinach
  • 8th Tuesday – rice and beans with veggies
  • 9th Wednesday – leftovers

3rd     4th dinner 4th fireworks

To me there is nothing better than homemade potato salad… I had chicken pesto burgers, Dino had organic hot dogs, Hubby had his hot dogs and burgers. We were all happy. Before that Hubby and Dino let off some fireworks in the driveway. I hid on the porch but captured all the pics.

5th bbq

We enjoyed a family bbq, my sister’s mother-in-law invited us and had a pool out for Dino. He loved her dog, Rocky. He was so excited that he looked like a wolf. I think he also understood that he was older and needed more kindness…Dino wanted to hug him goodbye and take a pic with him.

6th

Dino spent to days with my parents, giving me time to hang out with my friend. I was able to buy better fitting bras, since I lost tons of inches, and more workout clothes.

7th

Hubby and I were alone for our dinner, Balboa enjoyed the peace and quiet. We grilled chicken and made couscous with spinach. I used a lemon dill seasoning, but I think there was pepper in the mix…it was TOO HOT… Of course Hubby thought it was fine, I needed extra water with my dinner.

8th

There is nothing better than rice and beans… This time instead of soaking the beans over night…put them in the slow cooker. I put three times the amount of water that I had in pinto beans. I added tons of seasoning and fresh basil and cilantro. Once the beans were soft, I added the jasmine rice and veggies…the water had turned into a delicious sauce, which added tons of flavor to the rice and veggies.

9th

 

It was a hectic day, poor Balboa had a seizure. We don’t know if it’s from his shots, the heat, or his liver. We are going to keep a close eye on him. I am praying it was just a one time incident.

I cut up the grilled chicken from two nights ago, added some mayo, fresh basil, walnuts, and sliced avocado. Dino now has karate on Wednesdays too! He is doing so well, we wanted him to have two days of it. Therefore we had a quick meal before we went to karate. He also had a container of strawberry almond yogurt. After karate and after Daddy got home from the vet, he quickly grilled his and our hot dogs.

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So Dino has been better about eating more almonds and cashews, I am trying to get him to eat some walnuts too. I have been mixing a small amount of the protein mix into his milk.

He loves coconut and almond yogurt, but doesn’t like granola. I am trying to change that.

I’ve also been making trail mixes…using a variety of…annie’s bunny crackers, raisins, chocolate chips, cashews, and chocolate almonds. There are now NON-GMO marshmallows, once they are at Whole foods, I will buy them.

Any other suggestions for trail mix ingredients?

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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I am always so scared of grilling, I am truly afraid I am going to cause the grill to explode or cause a fire. I know, very silly of me. Anyway I was super proud of myself. You can check out my other meals for that week here. I post about our meal plans from the previous week each Thursday.

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I am so excited to be a guest host on Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday…Each week I post about our healthy meal plans. Last week we were busy, but got in some healthy meals that even Hubby liked (well at least he liked most of the them) Here is the link for last weeks’s meal plan. Here is the link for all our healthy meal plans.

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tickle my tastebuds welcome

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

Now, let’s meet our lovely hostesses!

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Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Alecia @ Detours In Life – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Laura @ I’m Not A Trophy Wife – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Lori @ Lori’s Culinary Creations – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

 

…and our guest hostesses for July!

Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Karen @ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Ashley @ Leaving the Rut – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

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The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

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  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

 

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts.

 

We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

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Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

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Now, “tickle our tastebuds!”


Our Healthy Meal Plan

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90% of the time, I cook the dinner/meal the night before. It’s easier that way and saves me time. I also started shopping on Wednesdays before I get Dino from daycare. My meal plans will be from Thursdays to Wednesdays to reflect my shopping schedule. When my schedule changes so will the meal plan days.
8th Thurs Dinner homemade pizza
9th Fri Dinner leftover chicken, veggies, and couscous 
10th Sat Dinner boneless tilapia, veggies, fries
11th Sun Dinner  Whole roasted chicken, potatoes,carrots, squash
12th Mon Dinner  Barley, leftover chicken and veggies
13th Tues Dinner  Take Out Night/Sports Skills  
14th Wed Dinner  Rice, Beans, Veggies

 

8th Thurs Dinner: Using organic pizza crusts, cheese, pepperoni, sauce and herbs I made two pizzas with Dino. I should have gotten pics of Dino helping..OOOPS. He loved his pepporini pizza and I loved my herb pizza.

Dino’s Pizza:

  • crust
  • olive oil
  • leftover sauce 
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend 
  • pepporoni

Mommy’s Pizza

  • crust
  • olive oil 
  • leftover sauce 
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend 
  • herbs: cilantro, dill, & parsley 

 

homemade pizza collage

9th Fri Dinner:    Man, that chicken, veggie, and couscous dish was amazing. We loved it so much that we finished it off on Friday. Well, I have a bit saved for a small chicken salad sandwich! 

leftover chicken, veggies, couscous collage

10th Saturday– Fish, french fries, squash, I decided to make corn on the cob instead. Using pancake mix, I lightly coated the marinated tilapia and and baked it at 350 for about twenty minutes. I coated the corn with a bit of butter and some seasoning…that was all it needed. I baked the corn at the same temp for about 30 minutes. Everything was cooked in cast iron skillets…which cooks it perfect each and every time. 

fish, corn, and fries collage

11th Sunday – Roasted chicken, potatoes, veggies … Hubby’s games were cancelled so he didn’t have to umpire. Instead he grilled for us on Mother’s Day. We had burgers, hot dogs, (Dino and I had my gmo free dogs while Hubby had the unsafe ones), and fries. It was a lovely treat. Sorry, I forgot to take pics. 

12th Monday leftover chicken, barley, mushrooms, and veggies. We had the roasted chicken and potatoes for Monday. It was yummy as always. Dino loves eating the chicken from the bone. Maybe it’s the mess or just the fact that he feels like a big boy. He was going to town on the potatoes too. He ate them as is, wow a healthy boy I have.  

roast chicken collage

13th Tuesday sports skills…so takeout once again It’s our little tradition and I LOVE it. 

14th Wednesday – rice, beans, veggies – After making barley (originally for soup, but keeping it as rice substitute), I added the leftover chicken, potatoes, and some rice. What a filling and tasty meal. I was about to take pics, but forgot. So now I have some rice, chicken, and potatoes left for two small meals.  I am saving the leftover barley for Thursday’s dinner. 

 

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I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore. Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies
  • baked artichoke with melted butter

 

All foods I cook with and eat are NON-GMO verified or organic. It is expensive, but worth the piece of mind. I hope change is coming and REAL FOOD will no longer be expensive. I hope the food industries will all be required to list all their chemicals in food and therefore change their products.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

UPDATE:

Vermont is going to be sued by the food industry…because they don’t want to label all the GMOS. This HAS to prove that they are hiding something…if all the ingredients were safe, why would this be a problem?  

 

    

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Our Meal Plan April 26th – May 7th

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YES, I am now posting about food on Thursdays. It makes sense now that I go to Whole Foods on Wednesdays… This way my meal plan will be from Thursdays to Wednesdays. Though this week’s is a bit longer being the transition week. 

90% of the time, I have cooked the dinner/meal the night before. It’s easier that way and saves me time. I also started shopping on Wednesdays before I get Dino from daycare. I will readjusted the days of my meal plan, so that is why this week’s post is a bit longer. From now my meal plan will most likely be from Thursdays to Wednesdays.
26th Sat Dinner chicken and barley soup
27th Sun Dinner Pasta, Porkballs, and Sauce
28th Mon Dinner leftovers
29th Tues Dinner  pizza/takeout
30th Wed Dinner Stuffed chicken breast with veggies http://cavegirlcuisine.net/2012/04/14/stuffed-chicken-breast/
1st Thurs Dinner  chicken sausage, veggies, and Annie’s mac and cheese 
2nd Fri Dinner  leftover
3rd Saturday meatballs (for hubby), pasta and sauce
4th Sunday homemade pizza 
5th Monday 
chicken sausage, brown rice, spinach
6th Tuesday takeout (sports skills)
7th Wednesday leftover pasta with chicken parm

26th Sat Dinner: I made the barley and mushroom soup, but my parents came up. So we went out to the burger place again. My mom liked it, but dad didn’t…but he doesn’t like eating anywhere. At least I had leftovers for another night. 

soup collage

 

27th Sun Dinner:    I made porkballs again…but this time I stuck with my original recipe. I used breadcrumbs and veggies. Dino ate them up, excluding half his pasta. I rather him eat the porkballs instead of the pasta anyway.

  • ground pork
  • fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, scallions, dill)
  • other seasoning based on your preferences
  • veggies (sometimes whole and sometimes I puree them)
  • one egg
  • bread crumbs or quinoa (but my family prefers bread crumbs)

I mix it all up in a bowl, roll into small balls bake at 350 for about 30-45 min depending on size of the pork balls I prefer pork, because it’s not greasy like beef. I tend to break up one porkball and mix it in with the sauce as I simmer it…adds a nice flavor

pasta collage

28th Monday– We had some of the soup tonight. I now have two other soup dinners frozen for a last minute dinner. I LOVE stockpiling meals.  I use a cast iron skillet to make my barley soup.

  • leftover roasted chicken
  • leftover veggies
  • fresh mushrooms
  • herbs (rosemary, cilantro, dill, parsley) and other seasonings
  • In a cast iron skillet add some olive oil and herbs, saute mushrooms until cooked
  • Next add barley (usually 1 3/4 cup water for every cup of barley) but I add a bit more to make it into a soup
  • First boil, then switch to mid-heat and cover…after about an hour the barley should be ready
  • When done add shredded chicken and veggies

soup collage

29th Tuesday– It’s sports skills once again, so we had pizza for dinner. 

 

30th Wednesday – 

  • thin sliced chicken breasts
  • seasonings and herbs of choice
  • olive oil and water
  • pancake mix
  • Annie’s mac & cheese
  • frozen veggies

I marinated chicken all day coated chicken in pancake mix and placed on cast iron skillet baked at 350 for about 30-40 min (turning chicken over when halfway done)

breaded chicken collage

 

1st Thursday – We had chicken and mac & cheese leftovers

2nd Friday–  leftovers – we had more leftovers…I actually forgot what we did this day, but know I didn’t cook. I don’t know what happened? Maybe I worked out too much, LOL. 

3rd Saturday –  lMy parents came up again and we went out to eat once again. I swear this doesn’t always happen.

4th Sunday  we had the meatballs, pasta, and sauce this night. Whole Foods was out of ground pork, so I had to get ground beef. It wasn’t as greasy as it normally is…so I was happy. 

  • ground beef
  • frozen mixed veggies
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 egg

mix all the ingredients, roll into balls and bake @ 350 for thirty minutes. I LOVE Whole Foods’ brand of organic pasta sauce. Still have not gotten sick…more proof that it was the GMOs and not the sauce.

meatball Collage

5th Monday I made brown rice with seasoning, chicken and sundried tomato sausage, and spinach. Boy it was SO good. YES, he’s wearing the SAME shirt two days in a row. Try reasoning with a soon-to-be five year old. 

chicken sausage  Collage

6th Tuesday sports skills night…so it’s take out. 

7th Wednesday Decided to make seasoned chicken and a California veggie mix. It was so delicious and Dino LOVED it.

Marinate chicken with olive oil and seasoning of choice. I baked the chicken in my cast iron skillet…which kept it moist and flavorful. Then I seasoned the veggies…pretty much the same way. Made buttery couscous, but didn’t include it with the meal…I forgot…but at least it was healthier this way. LOL I’ll just use the couscous in my egg omelets.

chicken veggies couscous Collage

 

~~~~~~~~~~LUNCH~~~~~~~~~~

I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore. Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies
  • baked artichoke with melted butter…SO GOOD

 

All foods I cook with and eat are NON-GMO verified or organic. It is expensive, but worth the piece of mind. I hope change is coming and REAL FOOD will no longer be expensive. I hope the food industries will all be required to list all their chemicals in food and therefore change their products.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

HOPEFULLY with Vermont now requiring GMO labels on all “Food” products, other states will follow. New York is now starting the process!

CHANGE IS COMING! Food industries can complain and sue states (which shows they are hiding chemicals in food), but they will have to own up it and tell the truth.  

Perhaps if all states DO follow, the big food industries will STOP putting unsafe additives in food, provide healthier choices, and organic will become more affordable and the mainstream food in all kitchens. While I can control what we eat in our home, I can’t control what happens at restaurants or parties. I can bring my own food if I go to relative’s house. I can make sure Dino and I choose the healthier versions of dishes when we eat out. I can’t stop him from eating cake, desserts, and treats at parties. Again, perhaps if there is a change, real food will be the common place instead of processed foods. Hubby will mostly eat what I make, but still buys his processed snacks, frozen dinners, processed soups, and eats fast food fill with I don’t know what. Perhaps…he will make the change too…one day. 

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Our Meal Plan April 19th – 25th

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I posted my weight/inches on Saturday. I’ll post every Saturday Getting Healthier and Stronger for my son 

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From now on all the foods that I eat, use for lunches, and cook with are either NON-GMO or organic. Sometimes a food can be organic, but unless it has the seal of NON-GMO then you know for certain it is 100% clean.

I know organic/NON-GMO foods are SUPER EXPENSIVE. It’s sad and ridiculous that we have to pay more for clean food. I work hard to keep my foods within budgets and can find good sales on some items at Whole Foods. Though I save the most by buying from the bulk section.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

HOPEFULLY with Vermont now requiring GMO labels on all “Food” products, other states will follow. Perhaps if all states DO follow, the big food industries will STOP putting unsafe additives in food, provide healthier choices, and organic will become more affordable and the mainstream food in all kitchens. 

 

 

I have been getting into the habit of cooking dinners the night before. It saves me time after coming home from work. I can let it cook in the oven or slow cooker while I eat, play with Dino, get ready for the next day, and do our nighttime routine.

Sat Dinner Pasta, sauce, and leftover porkballs
Sun Dinner Easter
Mon Dinner take out (Karate presentation)
Tues Dinner  homemade split pea soup, ham, carrots, and couscous
Wed Dinner roasted chicken, potatoes, veggies
Thurs Dinner  chicken and barley soup with veggies
Fri Dinner  leftovers

Sat Dinner:  I never thought I could have pasta sauce again. Then I started going to Whole Foods and buying their non-GMO products. I was amazed that the next morning I was NOT sick, but feeling great. That just further proves to me that eating clean foods is the way to go. 

pasta and spaghetti collage

 

Sun Dinner:   

We had a wonderful Easter at my mom’s house. We had brunch and Dino LOVED being able to run around in a bigger house and yard.

easter page

 

Monday– Since Dino had a karate presentation in daycare, I picked up two slices of pizza and we ate in the car after I picked him up. Then we went back in for his karate show. He of course was the loudest and craziest one, but that is my Dino. 

karate collage

 

Tuesday– Using dry split peas from the bulk section of Whole Foods and the ham bone my mother gave me from Easter, I made split pea and ham soup. It was DELICIOUS. I added fresh rosemary, cilantro, dill, and parsley, with some other seasonings, as well as carrots and couscous after the soup was done. 

pea spoup Collage

Wednesday – We had lefter over soup and pasta. Dino eagerly awaited the pea soup, he scarfed it down again. I tried to get him to dip some bread in it…but he’s not a dipping kind of guy (unless it’s chicken or fries).

leftover pea soup collage

 

Thursday – We had my new favorite…roasted chicken with veggies. I get so much chicken out of this meal…we can make soup, and chicken salads with the leftover. 

roasted chicken collage

 

Friday–  leftovers 

Instead we went out to our favorite place to eat…Prime Burger…as always it was delicious and hits the spot.

~~~~~~~~~~LUNCH~~~~~~~~~~

I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore.

Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

 

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

 

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Our Meal Plan March 2nd-8th

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Mar 2nd – 8th

Sun   Italian Bread Pizza
Mon  slow cooked chicken quessadillas in a pita
Tues   ravioli, tomato, spinach & beans sauce
Wed    grilled cheese and soup
Thurs leftovers                           
Fri   frozen leftovers                           
Sat  chicken, Asian stir fry, white rice, soy sauce 

I have decided to rejoin weight watchers after about ten years, thanks to Carlin. She truly inspired me. I love myself and my body, but want to be healthy and in shape for Dino. I want to be in control of my food and stop feeling so sick every time I eat.

After only two weeks, I noticed a big change in my habits and the way I feel. All my digestive issues seem to have vanished. By changing what I eat I have changed my life. Plus I have lost 7.8 pounds so far!!!!! In addition to eating healthier and exercising I (and Dino) have…

  • stopped eating any canned or bottled sauce, opting for fresh tomatoes
  • stopped consuming anything with artificial sweeteners
  • stopped eating low fat, fat free, or sugar free products…only natural foods. If I must buy processed it’s pastas, soups, rice mixes, or pasta mixes.

Dinners:

Italian Bread Pizza – Sunday

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Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas – Monday

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Raviolis, Beans, Spinach, and Tomatoes – Tuesday

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Leftovers – Wednesday

Grilled Cheese and Soup –  Thursday

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 Pizza Night From Picolo’s Pizza – Friday 

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Homemade Chinese Food – Saturday

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Quick and Easy Quesadillas:

  • shredded cheese,
  • slow cooked marinated chicken
  • spinach

Place shredded cheese, shredded chicken, and spinach in wrap on the heated cast iron skillet. Fold wrap, heat on one side, flip, and heat on other side.

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Mommy’s Tuna Plates:

  • one can of tuna
  • sliced apple
  • few slices of colby cheese
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced grape tomatoes
  • spicy mustard
  • crackers

Place sliced apples on plate. Mix tuna with spicy mustard, tomatoes, and cucumbers and lay over apples. Add a few crackers and you’re good to go. 

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LUNCHES

I also started planning lunches and making them healthier as well. I went back to using EasyLunchBoxes since you can pack a great lunch with snacks all in one container. I know Dino loves his new lunch containers and enjoys helping me make lunch for the next day. He has actually asked for homemade lunches instead of ordering pizza or chicken tenders. That makes me smile…what a healthy boy.

In my lunch bag I can only have one container, so I pack a sliced, fresh fruit and a granola bar. I don’t eat all the items in my lunch container, I save some for morning or afternoon snacks depending on how early or late my lunch is.   

lunch Sun

SUNDAY:
Mommy-turkey, cheese, and roasted veggies in a pita, rice and beans with veggies, pickles, strawberries
Dino-ham and cheese on bread, rice and beans with veggies, pickles, strawberries

lunch mon

MONDAY:
Mommy-leftover pizza, pretzel thins, grapes, 1/3 of a blueberry muffin
Dino-leftover pizza, pretzel thins, grapes, and carrots
Dino Morning Snack-half blueberry muffin and applesauce

lunch tue

TUESDAY:
Mommy-balsamic vinegar, veggies, turkey, and cheese in a pita, granola bar, cooked string beans with melted cheese, cucumbers, and strawberries 
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich, pretzel thins, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack– chocolate chip pancakes, jelly, cheerios 

lunch wed

WEDNESDAY:
Mommy-chicken and cheese quesadilla on whole wheat pita, applesauce, pickle, cheez-its, peanut butter on celery 
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich, pretzel thins, grapes, pickles, pears 
Dino Morning Snack-chocolate chip pancake, applesauce

lunch thur

THURSDAY:
Mommy-guacamole, chips, strawberries, cheese stick, and celery with peanut butter.
Dino-guacamole, chips, strawberries, cheese stick, and teddy bears.
Dino Morning Snack-one french toast, one chocolate chip pancake, grapes, jelly

lunch fri

FRIDAY:
Mommy-tuna, tomato, and celery in a mini whole wheat pita, pickle, pretzels, grapes, and a few slices of colby cheese
Dino-tuna with tomato and celery on bread, grapes, pretzels, and apple slices.
Dino Morning Snack-colby cheese slices, tomatoes, crackers

lunch sat

Saturday:
Mommy-(eating on my own) tuna mixed with spicy mustard, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Over sliced apples with crackers.

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Our Meal Plan Feb 23rd – March 1st

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  • Sun  Italian Bread Pizza      
  • Mon  Penne, tomatoes, and peas with parmesan sauce – original recipe here
  • Tues   Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry                                                   
  • Wed   French onion soup, cannellini beans, shells, cheese         
  • Thurs  leftovers
  • Fri       Rice and Beans with cheese                                             
  • Sat    Potato Casserole: ground pork, green beans, mushrooms, potato gnochi

 

On Sunday, we had our favorite most versatile meal, Italian Bread Pizza…I swear I could eat this every night and it would be so different based on the toppings. 

Italian pizza CollageOn Monday night, we had Pasta shells with sauteed peas and tomatoes. Tomato sauce makes me sick, but fresh tomatoes seasoned and sauteed I can handle. Even better when mixed with frozen peas and a bit of diced onion…the taste is amazing. After the veggies were done and the pasta was cooked, I tossed the veggies over the pasta and mixed it all up. Then I sprinkled a bit of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top. I didn’t over do it on the cheese, just a bit..enough for some stickiness and flavor.

Dino ate every last bite of his dinner…it was easy and a BIG hit.

pasta pea CollageOn Tuesday we had homemade Chinese Food and it rocked. We recently bought Chinese food and it was too expensive and the amount in each container shrunk. Janine suggested making our own, so I did. Thanks for the idea babe. I used white rice, frozen Asian stir fry veggies, and chicken breasts which I marinated. I baked the chicken and veggies in our cast iron skillet. The meal was PERFECT and a new family favorite. We are going to make it again next week.

chinese food CollageOn Wednesday, I decided to just throw the leftover pasta, tomatoes and peas in the French Onion Soup with with Cannellini Beans.

On Thursday we had leftover pizza…mmmmm…still so good.

On Friday, I made another favorite, rice and beans.

rice bean CollageOn Saturday I experimented with potato gnochi and ground pork casserole. I LOVED it, Dino thought it was okay, Hubby ate bowl full, but didn’t ask for more. Well at least the leftovers are all mine.

I cooked the ground pork, broccoli, and cauliflower in the cast iron skillet. Then added it to the tray. Then I sprinkled the onion, mushroom seasoning on top of the pork mixture. Next I scooped the half cooked gnochi on top. After fully cooked in oven, sprinkle with cheese and let melt.

In retrospect, I could have mixed it all together in the cast iron skillet…oh well.

gnochi Collage

What meals did you plan? How did they work out? Did you change plans?

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Lunch, Dinner, Leftovers, or ALL of the above?

 

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I had a few food related things to post about…so why not just do it all at once? Right?

To start off with I need to start capturing more of our lunches. This will help me record what ideas I have and keep me from overloading my own lunch bag.

One of my lunches: sandwich, veggie sticks, peanut butter and jelly crackers, NutriGrain bar, pretzels, and apples. mommy lunchTwo of Dino’s lunches

sandwich, carrots with ranch dressing, raisins veggie sticks, cheese sticks, fishies, and flavored water. He gets a lunch, morning snack and afternoon snack. They also provide snacks there on occasion and get gets a bottle of water in which they refill as often as needed.

dino lunch1 Another lunch…carrots with ranch dressing, flavored water, apples, pretzels, fishies, and going to add oatmeal in the am.

dino lunchNow you are probably wondering about the sandwiches…well I am glad you asked. Now I try to eat healthier bread, sometimes I do and other times I give in have the white bread that Daddy and Dino love. Instead of mayo though, Dino and I LOVE hummus on our bread. That’s right…HUMMUS instead of mayo. It’s tastier and healthier.

sandwich collageThis post is also about dinner…now while in the middle of the fridge disaster (that will be a future post as soon as it is settled). I made a BIG dinner. I had to get rid of some things and not have to worry about cooking as much for the next day.

We had meatballs and pasta I made the night before

meatballsChicken parm tenderloins I made that night

chicken cutletsMommy knows it’s a good meal when everyone is too busy eating to talk or play. Dino had to be like his daddy and sit on the couch and eat. (If you don’t already know we have a super small apt and the other chairs for our table is the couch).

 

boys eating2 boys eatingNow we have TONS of leftovers for the next day…heck we can even made them into meatball or chicken sandwiches.

 

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