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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

   

Our Healthy Meal Plan

 

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  • 12th Thurs Dinner: leftovers
  • 13th Fri Dinner:  chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 14th Saturday– shrimp, asparagus, rice
  • 15th Sunday – polenta with veggies and beans  
  • 16th Monday – slow cooked pea soup with carrots, potatoes, and 
  • 17th Tuesday sports skills – take out night
  • 18th Wednesday leftovers 

 HERE are some polenta recipes and ideas 

12th Thurs Dinner leftovers Love adding avocados to my food…it goes with anything. I sliced some avocados and mixed it with the leftover chicken and potatoes. Then sprinkled on some olive oil and balsamic vinegar…SO GOOD. Dino came home sick, so he hardly ate, poor thing. 

leftovers for thurs

 

13th Fri Dinner Chicken, Couscous, veggies  Dino was home sick all day, so by the time I got home Hubby decided to just order sandwiches from our favorite pizza place, Dino got a slice with pepperoni. It took him a while to eat it, but he did.

14th Saturday Dinner– shrimp, asparagus, rice It was exciting to try something new. I seasoned the shrimp with a orange ginger premade seasoning by whole foods. I put them in a cast iron skillet and baked them at 350 for thirty minutes…PERFECTION

Then I cut the ends off the asparagus, coated with olive oil, seasoning, and some fresh herbs. I put them in another cast iron skillet and baked them for about twenty minutes…PERFECTION

I made jasmine rice with the same orange ginger seasoning…the meal was a big hit with Hubby and I, but Dino did not like it at all…NOPE… At least he tried it. Funny, he LOVES eating sushi with me, but did not like the shrimp or asparagus. He was happy with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

shrimp collage

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15th Sunday Dinner – polenta with veggies I always wanted to try polenta, but was scared. Then I realized how flipping cheap it was…talk about saving money. 2/3 cup only cost me .40c. YES FORTY CENTS! You can either use water or chicken broth, season and boil the polenta.  You can leave it in “oatmeal” type form or cut and place in a pan to bake or fry. I decided to bake, it had a crispy outer edge and soft in the middle. PERFECTION. Next time I’m going to try keeping in in a bowl, adding sausage, cheese, and sauce. 

YES, I am asking Dino to give me a thumbs up or down for dinners…this way he can let you know if he really likes it or not. He loved the polenta and veggies.

polenta collage

16th Monday Dinner – slow cooked pea soup with ham and carrots Another thumbs up by Dino, but after more than halfway through he said he didn’t want anymore grass. LOLOL. I threw dried peas, ham bone, and carrots all in the slow cooker with water, herbs, and seasoning. 

I’ll had either couscous or polenta to the soup to thicken it up.  

peasoup collage

17th Tuesday Dinner  sports skills – take out night We didn’t have sports skills this week, so we had leftover pea soup with palenta. Dino didn’t like it. Sometimes he gets into moods and doesn’t like dinners that I know he likes. Maybe it was too hot for soup, oh well. Then I scooped some palenta into a bowl and put cheese on top. That he liked. Next time I will have to try palenta with sauce and mozzarella cheese. 

polenta with soup and cheese collage

18th Wednesday Dinner leftovers I wanted to make a bean dish, but forgot to soak the beans overnight. Instead I made a chicken dish. I seasoned two chicken breasts with white wine, shredded coconut, water, and orange ginger seasoning. I added tater tots to the mix. What a great dinner. 

chicken tater tots collage

I introduced some other snacks to Dino…edamame, chocolate covered almonds, cashews, cacao nibs, vanilla almond granola, banana and fruit granola, and yogurt… he can put a few of those in his yogurt.

Dino HATES the cashews…but loves the chocolate covered almonds. He loved the cheddar puffs, yogurt with cacoa nips, which can NOT be eaten on their own. My dad tried this and was horrified by the taste. It is raw cacao…on it’s own it’s nasty, but adds beautiful flavor to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or ice cream, or anything you like.

Dino did NOT like the edamame…sighs…I will keep trying though.

snack collage

What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

 

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

 

 

 

Dinosaur POOP for Dinner???

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My prompt is: Create a recipe that describes your blog (I so stole this from Circle of Moms and I’ve done it before).

It was submitted by: http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com     

What a great prompt!!!

Since I have been writing about healthy eating, this is perfect. You can check out my previous posts on my organic and NON-GMO meal plans HERE.

Then I have to think about my WILD 5yr old dinosaur at home and a hubby that is VERY picky and often chooses to eat the unhealthy foods.

Taking all this into consideration, my meal would be…EVERY PART OF THE MEAL WOULD BE MADE FROM ORGANIC AND NON-GMO FOODS

 

Homemade dinosaur chicken nuggets – I would ground raw chicken, some veggies, fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, and onion), and other spices. I would section the ground chicken mixture into balls then shape into various dinosaurs (of course my ability to create tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor, spinosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, pterodactyl, and ankylosaurus would be spot on). Then I would amazingly and beautifully coat the shapes with panko and cococut shreds, bake at 350 for about thirty minutes and they would be PERFECT for any carnivorous dinosaur. 

Couscous with carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli using the dry couscous from the bulk section I would boil the couscous then leave on the side. Then I would coat the veggies in seasoning and fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, rosemary, and onion). After the veggies are cooked, I would mix them with the couscous and serve for any hungry herbivores.

coucous veggie collage

Fruit Salad- Depending on what they have already cut at Whole Foods, or I would cut them myself. I would have Dino’s favorite fruits right now…pineapple, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Though they should be eaten carefully…as they are dinosaur waste. 

hummus collage

Lemon and lime flavored water  we all need to drink, why not some stinky dinosaur pee? 

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I think Dino would get a huge kick out of eating like a carnivore and herbivore. Even better as he gets to eat dinosaur poop and pee…what boy wouldn’t get a HUGE kick out of having a dinner like that!

Perhaps one day I will do this…and post about it. Perhaps this summer would be the perfect time to experiment with making homemade chicken nuggets?

What do you think? Would you like to eat at our house?

 

Our Healthy Meal Plan

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29th Thurs Dinner: couscous, veggies, chickpeas

30th Fri Dinner:   homemade hummus, tortilla chips, cheese sticks, and fruit  

31st Saturday– leftovers  

1st Sunday – pasta, sauce, leftover turkey balls

2nd Monday – coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots, squash, 

3rd Tuesday Dino’s BDAY…his choice for dinner 

4th Wednesday leftovers 

 

29th Thurs Dinner couscous, veggies, chickpeas I didn’t soak the chickpeas long enough, so I decided to use all the chickpeas for hummus

coucous veggie collage

30th Fri Dinner homemade hummus, tortilla chips, cheese sticks, and fruit 

homemade hummus is pretty easy and healthy. I loved making it. Here’s some great hummus recipes I made our hummus with dried chickpeas, I soaked them overnight in TONS of water, cooked them the next day with lots of seasoning then added our ingredients. I added some pesto, cilantro, and dill. Wonder what I will try next time? 

hummus collage


31st Sat Dinner leftovers This was the day of Dino’s birthday party, I was happy to whip up leftovers and eat whatever, but hubby kindly got burgers and chicken fingers form our favorite place. The cake was from Stop and Shop, sadly it was NOT GMO free… IT would have cost too much. The snacks and juice I got for the party were all NON-GMO though. 

bday cake


1st Sun Dinner  pasta, sauce, leftover turkey meatballs – Love when I have leftovers I can incorporate into another meal. 

pasta collage

2nd Mon Dinner coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots, squash – DID I get a picture of this? NOPE. 
3rd Tues Dinner sports skills night AND DINO’s BDAY Dino LOVED going out on his b-day. He chose our favorite pizza place (we had the leftovers for lunch) and had gelato for his bday dessert. He always orders the pepperoni pizza, I got the pesto pizza. 

bday dinner collage
4th Wed Dinner leftovers  Sometimes, leftovers just don’t cut it…and all you want is an apple with peanut butter. pasta dinner collage

Leslie from Pampers, Play dates, and Parties asked that I show some healthy snacks I have for Dino… Thanks for the idea Leslie

While I want Dino to eat organic and NON-GMO, I know that we still need chocolate and sweets occasionally. If they are made from safe foods then I will buy them.

I always have fruit that Dino can get anytime he wants…bananas, raisins, apples, pears… I love to put peanut butter on anything…

Some of our favorite snacks are

fruit, raisins, mango collage

jerrky, cheese, carrot collage

veggie stick, bunnies, and pretzel collageapplesauce Collage

tea, jolly beans, chocolate collage

 

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

 

 

 

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.
15th Thurs Dinner grilled chicken, corn, peppers and onions with leftover barley
16th Fri Dinner leftover chicken and barley
17th Sat Dinner chicken sausage, veggies, and couscous
18th Sun Dinner  pasta, sauce, leftover meat and porkballs,
19th Mon Dinner leftovers
20th Tues Dinner  Take Out Night/Sports Skills  
21st Wed Dinner  Rice, Beans, Veggies

 

8th Thurs Dinner: Corn on the cob, grilled chicken, and barley with veggies. We had parent orientation for kindergarten that night. So I made sure to marinate the chicken and season the corn ahead of time. Hubby just grilled the chicken and corn, and I heated up leftover barley. I was the only one who ate the barley…but the corn and chicken was a big hit. 

Seasoning Corn: I melted some butter with seasoning. I rubbed each corn with the butter mixtured then placed it in the freezer bag then put it in the fridge. Before we were going to grill the corn, I ran the bag under warm water to make sure the butter seasongn was all over the corn…so easy and tasty.

corn, chicken, barley 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! 

 

10th Saturday– chicken sausage, veggies, and couscous: totally forgot I was hanging out with my friend and we were having dinner. Dino had leftover chicken tender and couscous. Sorry no pics

 

18th Sunday – Pasta, Sauce, and leftover Meatballs: Dino was so hungry he gobbled it all down. 

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12th Monday leftovers. I made chicken sausage, jasmine rice, and string beans the night before so we could have it ready for dinner. It was beyond delicious and Dino scarfed it up. 

chicken sausage Collage

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

14th Wednesday rice, beans, veggies – trying to save money and use the food in the freezer. Dino and I had leftover pea soup with the rice, chicken sausage, and string beans. It was amazing and perfect. 

 

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?  

 

    

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

 

 

 

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?  

 

    

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

    Mini Van Dreams

 

 

 

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

 

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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…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 12th – 18th

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total of 18 POUNDS! 

What a difference in a taste between non-GMO and organic food and the “food” I used to buy. I know I keep saying my eyes are open, but they truly are. It is horrible and sickening that in order to save money you are forced to buy overly processed foods for your family. I remember being so happy that I could feel my family a dinner on less then $2.00, but everything I bought was overly processed and full of sugar. I rather spend the time cooking natural grains, beans, and rice and mixing them with organic veggies and protein.

LOVE the bulk section at Whole foods…just buying the grains, rice, dried fruits I need for the week (minus the packaging and brand names) is a wonderful idea and saves money. Giving Dino real fruit and vegetable snacks instead of imitation ones makes me feel better. I have noticed that I feel better by eating real food. I love that I am getting healthier with weight watchers, but they encourage low-fat and fat-free products to lose weight. All those products are full of chemicals…if I eat NON-GMO products they are full of points…I am thinking about ditching Weight Watchers and just doing it on my own. 

Sat Dinner roasted whole chicken, fingerling potatoes, and broccoli
Sun Dinner friend’s birthday party – dinner out
Mon Dinner leftover chicken, broccoli, and potatoes with barley, mushrooms and chicken broth
Tues Dinner  porkballs with quinoa, pasta, mushrooms, tomatoes
Wed Dinner Tilapia, fries, california veggie mix
Wed Dinner rice, beans, black eyed peas, mediterranean veggie mix 
Fri Dinner  leftovers

Sat Dinner:  I don’t think I ever roasted a whole chicken, but thanks to my mom’s help it came out great. With the fresh herbs and apple I placed inside it was beyond delicious. I LOVE the fingerling potatoes and so did Dino..they were the only potatoes he seems to really like. 

roasted chicken collage

Sun Dinner:    we had a great time at my friend’s 30th birthday party. It was a 1920’s murder mystery…we went as Al Capone and a suffragette. It was a blast and my “cheat day”.  Yes I went as a suffragette, if you know me then you know I HAD to make a statement about women’s rights! What better way then to go as a suffragette?  Yes, a women’s right to vote was added as the 19th amendment to the constitution in August 1920.

It was wonderful to get out and just be Tony and Karen, enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about feeding a little dinosaur. 

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Tuesday– I boiled organic barley that I got from Whole Foods Bulk section (which I LOVE). I saved some to mix with veggies and breakfast chicken sausage-get tired of eggs and veggies sometimes. Now I have FIVE wholesome breakfasts all set to go.

Anyway, I sauteed sliced portobello mushrooms and added chicken broth I made and froze. Then I tossed in the barley and stirred it all up. I added the the leftover chicken once the soup was already in individual bowls. What a HEALTHY big hit. I love learning about new grains and how they can benefit from them. I don’t think hubby was too fond of this, he still prefers the old way I cooked with all the processed foods. Dino ate almost all his soup, at least he loved the dinner. 

barley and mushroom soup Collage

Wednesday – 

I made my new favorite porkballs (prefer pork over ground beef because it’s less greasy)…only this time I used cooked quinoa and. I LOVE how they came out, Dino and Hubby weren’t thrilled. I think by not adding veggies they were a little dryer. When I reheat them I am going to chop and mix them with sauteed tomatoes. Annie’s cheesy noodles were a big hit though. 

cheesy noodles and porkballs Collage

Thursday – What a great meal, boneless tilapia paired with the remaining mac and cheese, and California mix of veggies. IT was a BIG hit and so healthy.

fish and veggie collage

Friday –  From the bulk section at Whole Foods that I love so much, I bought dry black eyed peas and made rice and beans form scratch and used a Mediterranean veggie mix. Sure it took extra time to soak..but it was so worth it. I used a combo of spices to make my own seasoning. Hubby didn’t like it, said it was tasty enough. Sadly he’s still enjoying the pre-seasoned foods that I refuse to buy. Dino LOVED it. rice and bean collage

Saturday –  We went out to eat. Hubby suggested it since I’ve been cooking all week. We went to Prime Burger in town and it was awesome. Basically it’s a healthier version of 5 Guys and Fries. Dino ate five of the six chicken fingers…he loved it that much. 

 

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MONDAY: I’m off this week, so just going to post Dino’s snack and lunch…. Snack: chocolate chip pancakes with a carrot. Lunch: ham and cheese sandwich, raisins, strawberries, and tomatoes. 

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TUESDAY
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Dino’s Lunch: leftover chicken salad (made with mustard, spices, and tomatoes), grapes, cucumbers, and oranges.
Dino’s Snacks: chocolate chip pancake, raisins, applesauce, annie’s graham bunnies, fruit chew, and juice,

lunch tues

WEDNESDAY: forgot the pic again…Dino wanted pizza for lunch and I added strawberries and grapes. For snacks he has a chocolate chip pancake, a big carrot, popcorn, and breakfast bar. 

THURSDAY: Lunch: Swiss cheese, turkey and ham slices, tortilla chips, avocado, and tomatoes. Snack: hard boiled egg, mandarin orange slices, pretzels. 

lunch thurs

FRIDAY: Totally forgot to take a pic and forgot what I made him…ooops…this Easter weekend was just too busy. I am sure it was healthy though, LOL

 

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Our Meal Plan April 6-11

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 3.2 pounds for a total of 16.4  POUNDS!

After much debating I decided to stop using Peapod. They have been giving me fruit that was not always fresh and I think all their food wasn’t always the best or had the best selections. The fruit and veggies I bought would go bad in a few days each and every time.I will still use stop and shop for seltzer and bottled water, but not on a weekly basis. I decided to use Whole Foods Market (since they were pretty close) and was impressed. I like knowing the foods I choose are not only non-GMOs but also organic fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s amazing to watch the fruits and veggies actually stay fresh and taste better. 

Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but it is sad that the healthier and cleaner foods are the most expensive. My eyes have been opened and I can’t believe how sugar and chemicals are in food. It seems the food companies want us sick and overweight. It is beyond scary. Anyway, after lots of research, I found a bunch of ways I can save money with Whole Foods. By creating a set shopping list for each week.

  • shop the bulk section and pick out the amount of grains, rice, granola, and fresh ground peanut butter I need for the week (what a great idea to only buy the amount you need)
  • pick the produce (2-3 veggie meals), poultry, meat, and fish (3-4 meat meals) that is on sale and plan meals around that. 
  • stock up on snacks, meats, and cereals that are on sale 
  • use the coupons that I can either print on line or get at the store
  • buy their brand “365” when possible. 

I think I might even be able to take Dino with me next time I go. I’ll feed him in their restaurant area and then let him walk around with me while he’s still snacking. I heard that also offer healthy snacks at customer service for kids. It will be a great teaching opportunity on how to choose foods that are real as opposed to fake foods AND how to stay within a budget but still eat healthy.

***I still have some foods that were not super healthy as I am slowly making the change. I used them for the meals this week. When I post next week, I’ll have even bigger and healthier changes.***

Sun  pork meatballs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese on Italian bread
Mon Dinner rice and beans with veggies

Tues Dinner gluten free pasta, tomato chunks, spinach, and cheese
Wed Dinner  chicken thighs, mushrooms, broccoli, and couscous
Thurs Dinner leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken taco pizza http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chicken-taco-pizza

Dinners:

Sunday – LOVE the fresh herbs I got at Whole Foods. Mixed bread crumbs, cilantro, dill, and onions into the breadcrumbs, one egg, and the locally grown ground pork. Then I quickly cooked some peas, carrots, and broccoli in a small cast iron skillet and purred it in the blender and added that to the meatball mix. OH BOY DID IT TASTE BEYOND YUMMY

Then I cut some fresh tomatoes with lots of seasoning and cooked for a bit. I placed cut porkballs, tomatoes and cheese on Italian bread slices and ate. Dino was too tired to eat them, but hoping to use them as leftovers tomorrow. 

pork ball Collage

Monday – Dino and I had leftover pork and veggie balls. I seasoned and roasted fresh tomatoes and mixed it all with gluten free pasta. What a tasty meal. meatballs and pasta Collage

Tuesday–  Dino has “sports skills” at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, so either I have to cook on Monday nights for Tuesday or just continue to order pizza for us. We had our usual favorites. He chose a plain personal pizza and I chose my jazz personal pizza. We ate half and saved half for lunch the next day. Sorry no pics

Wednesday – I love using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned and cooked the chicken in the skillet and had a small bag of chicken broth left over. I swear nothing better then using fresh/frozen herbs in our meals. I seasoned and cooked portobello mushrooms and broccoli then added it to the couscous. Sorry no pic of Dino eating…he was in a picky mood that night. 

chicken thigh Collage

Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – using leftover chicken and broccoli from Wednesday’s dinner, I used it in the quesadilla. 

quesdilla Collage

 

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LUNCHES

MONDAY: 

lunch mon

Mommy-white bread with wo turkey slices, and one colby cheese slice, apples, strawberries and popcorn. bananas and mesa sunrise cereal with almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-ham and cheese on white bread, strawberries, apples, popcorn, and one carrot. (He LOVED eating the big carrot)
Dino Morning Snack-french toast with apples

lunch tue

TUESDAY:

Mommy-cheese and turkey quesadilla on gluten free tortilla, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino-ham, cheese, and turkey sandwich, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack– hard boiled egg, cheese snack, pears

SORRY NO PIC

WEDNESDAY:
Mommy– leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino Morning -toaster strudel (once they are gone I am not buying anymore) and apples

lunch thurs

THURSDAY:
Mommy-turkey slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino-turkey slices, ham slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino Morning Snack-french toast and grape tomatoes

 

lunch thurs

FRIDAY:
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.  
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries

 fri lunch collage

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