Menu for Week of Feb. 9th

Hello Everyone!

I have been super busy the past two days! I just started a job as a nanny for a very energetic one year old! Boy, does this little man keep me on my toes. I was plumb tuckered out last night- which was just fine for meal prep because I had thought a head and had a slow cooker going all day. I LOVE that appliance for when I am out and about all day. I am hoping to expand my repertoire of gluten free/low carb choices though.

Remember, I am working on a carb cleanse the next two weeks… so you won’t be seeing some of the usual suspects such as rice or quinoa on here.

For Breakfasts this week we have:

  1. Eggs- poached or scrambled or over medium. I always try to add some sort of veggie to it… for example, today I put in mushrooms and tomato. Also, being from the great dairy state of Wisconsin, I had to put sharp cheese in. Can’t help it.. it is in my blood!
  2. Grain free super cinnamon ‘oatmeal’ that I made this past weekend. I found the recipe on one of my new favorite blogs Low Carb One Day.  This ‘oatmeal’ is actually made out of chia and flax seeds. The cinnamon and coconut flakes add a delicious sweetness to it! I can’t wait to try it in the morning. I found a vast number of egg free breakfast options on Karen’s Low Carb One Day blog and am excited to be able to mix it up!
  3. Finally, I am making up this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Granola- At first I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the chocolatey hazelnut goodness and the name. There is no way that this can be ok for you! Guess what, the ‘sugar’ in it doesn’t raise your blood sugars and cause the icky highs and lows! I haven’t tried it yet but I imagine that it is going to be hard to put down once I start.
  4. Apple Chicken Sausages with eggs are planned for brunch this weekend. We had tried a form of these a few months ago and Nathan fell in love. The only thing was that they were $5 a pack! We are cheap… we normally don’t pay a ton for extras. We had a coupon for the new Johnsonville ones, and I couldn’t find anything that contained wheat on the package. I guess we will have to eat them and see what happens.

For Lunches this week we have:

  1. Lots and lots of left overs from dinners
  2. chicken cobb salad

For snacks:

  1. celery and peanut butter- not going to lie… I ate a ton of peanut butter yesterday. I don’t know if it was because I was babysitting and on the go more than usual or just not starting the day with carbs, but I was starving! I brought only my lunch and two snacks for work, yet I was famished by 2pm. It took all I had to not just eat the whole mini container of pb that I brought with while the little one was down for his nap. It was a triumphant yet sad moment when I said no and packed it away.
  2. Broccoli
  3. Sugar Free yogurt- I am not sure why it says to limit dairy products but cheese and sugar free yogurts are ok.. I took it anyway since I knew I would want something sweet at some point
  4. Sugar free jello- usually I am not a jello person.. something about the texture and the fact that it is basically food coloring. I decided to give this old nemesis a go again.. still haven’t touched the stuff I bought though.
  5. almonds and pistachios
  6. string cheese

For Dinners (this is the part you have all been waiting for!):

  1. Sunday night we had stir fry, brown rice (this was my last day with it.. I wasn’t going to go out without a bang) and I made up some filling for Asian chicken lettuce wraps.  The recipe was pretty good so I will have to see about getting it on here. I thenk took the chicken as lunch for Monday.
  2. Monday- was slow cooked beef tip chili- awe-some!!
  3. Tuesday – Roasted Chicken and eggplant and zucchini with mozzarella
  4. Wednesday- chicken and lentils in the slow cooker with roasted asparagus
  5. Thursday- Baked Spiced Tilapia with Green Beans
  6. Friday-Happy Valentine’s Day!! We are celebrating with Shrimp Scampi with zucchini noodles and stuffed mushrooms. We are having a mocha ricotta creme for dessert. I plan on posting the recipes for this by Wednesday night!
  7. Saturday- Slow cooked Beef Roast with ‘mashed potatoes’ (read cauliflower)
  8. Sunday- Mediterranean Chicken and Spinach Bake

Hope you all are having a fantastic week!

Tinkyada Gluten Free Pasta

When I decided to go gluten free I knew I couldn’t successfully start until after the holidays so I spent them enjoying every last morsel of the breads and sweets I would no longer be allowed. I did start switching over some things such as pasta back in December because I did not wish to set myself up to fail. In that process, I discovered an amazing brand of pasta whose flavor and texture was similar to the whole grain version I had become so accustom to.

Image taken from Luckyvitamin.com

Tinkyada Pasta Joy seriously has kept me a float. ( I promise this is not a sponsored post) It is a bit thicker and richer than the white pasta products but those who are desiring a gluten free alternative- I promise this is a good one. It is made out of brown rice and has a hearty texture. We tried several others that were a quarter or two less in price but were always disappointed. I will be sticking with this brand I feel for much of my journey! Their pasta products come in all shapes and sizes. I was lucky enough to find that they carry this pasta many places in my rural surroundings. The local Piggly Wiggly has it in its gluten free aisles but it is a bit pricier there than its counter parts at Walmart. I am hopeful that as we relocate to a town closer to a city I shall be able to find it for cheaper than 3 buck a pop.

There and Back Again

Whew!! What a long month it has been! I have spent that past month up in Northern Wisconsin working on a number of projects! First, there was a family reunion, then time with my little cousin, working at my old job to help them end their summer session, and finally planning a dear one’s wedding (in 4 days I might add). I must say it felt amazing to finally come home from this extended trip!

I will confess that my exercise routines went right out of the door the minute I got up North. I did a ton of activities that were active.. I just never took the time for a planned work out routine. My eating patterns were changed slightly though I did my best to keep up with my strict diet. There were compromises of course (ie- coffee with cream about every day, alcohol about 5 times, and some of the ‘healthy’ options from fast food restaurants. Overall, I only put on 3.5 pounds. In light of how long I was there I am quite happy with this number.

Now that I am home, I am jumping back on my wagon of strict diet and exercise.  I knew that my body needed to be cleansed of some of the crap that I put in it. Normally, we eat about 90% clean. I wanted to ensure that I would eat clean food 100% this week. Instead of simply meal planning for dinners I planned out every day. I put special emphasis on the fruits and veggies too. Yesterday alone I consumed 1 and a half bunches of kale. This, in addition to a ton of water, has made me feel amazing and not the sluggish hangover that people tend to get from a ton of travelling.

For my breakfasts this week I decided to go with smoothies and if needed some fresh rye toast. I am pleased to give you this recipe I made yesterday.  It was soo good and thick that I intend on using it as a refreshing dessert sometimes too! I realized about 2 gulps in that I just had to share this!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 banana chobani or other greek yogurt (I know I should use plain… I am working my way down to it)
  • 1/4 cup of plain oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp of carob chips or baby semi sweet chips
  • 1 tsp of dark cocoa powder
  • almond milk- I put in a little and then added as it blended until it hit a consistency that I liked
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Blend this all together and Enjoy! This made one full 8 oz cup.

No joke the best smoothie I have ever had. I even got full after eating only half of it so I popped it in the fridge and finished it off 4 hours later!! That is a seriously filling beverage!

Before I go here are some pics from my trip:

Imageseriously beautiful sunsets on the lake

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Imagefamily gatherings on pirate ships… you know normal things 🙂

Hope your staying cool (humid/heat wave here)! Looks like I will be doing some zumba and Pilates indoors the next few days!