Friday, February 13, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Weekly Menu

I'm super excited because I finally worked out an eating schedule that works for me!  I'm making it through the day without getting hungry and over-eating.

8:30 - eat breakfast
11:30 - eat lunch
2:30 - snack
5:30 - dinner
9:00 - hot tea w/dark chocolate on a stressful day (ha! I mean everyday).

Seems simple enough, but it took me awhile to figure it out and I am still on a time crunch in the morning so I'm looking to making more pre-made morning meals.

Here's what I'm planning to eat this week.

Breakfasts:  Steel-cut oats (E), Healthy pancakes (never made them last week), fried eggs (S), cheesy omelet (S), Cottage Toast (E), Savory Protein Muffins (S or E), Breakfast Quinoa (E)

Lunches:  Bean Burgers (E) from the freezer (yay!), Tuna on "S" Bread (S), Waldorf Salad (FP), Nicey Ricey Salad w/leftover Quinoa (E), Pea Salad (S) - this is a maybe, Savory Protein Muffins(S or E), leftovers

Dinners:  Roasted chicken (S), Chicken Pot Pie- S (Satisfying Eats), Egg roll in a Bowl (S), Skillet Pizza (S), Quiche (S), Bean Burgers (E), Better than Chef Salad - S (hopefully I will have some leftover roasted chicken for this).

Snacks:  Savory Crackers - S (Satisfying Eats), Boiled or Deviled Eggs (S), Yogurt w/Berries (S), Popcorn (E), Baked Oatmeal Muffins (from the freezer and my life before THM but amazingly still on plan if I only eat one) - E

Drinks:  Kefir shakes, GGMS, The Shrinker and Pumpkin Pie Sip

I have all the groceries I need in the house for this week and a good day in the kitchen will knock most of this list off.  If it doesn't work out I have a back up plan...

Last week, I was on plan at least 90% of the time but I didn't always eat what was on the menu.  I ate more taco salads than I planned and the only pizza I managed to make and eat was skillet pizza.  I didn't make the Quiche or pancakes so they are on the list again.

For the rest of the family I am planning on making Cornbread Casserole, Tuna Casserole, Bread and  a cake with sprinkles to cheer Stormy up.  She has not been feeling well the past week.  So far I have already made the bread, cake and Cornbread Casserole.

I took a peek on the scales this morning and lost another pound, but my official weigh-in will be on Sunday.

Lovin' Life minus one pound at a time!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama - Weekly Menu

This is my second week following the Trim Healthy Mama WOE.  I'm still figuring it out and I'm sure I have made some mistakes with separating my foods but I do feel that they just may be onto something here.  I thought it would be fun to journal my progression here and just see if I can be successful or not.  

I will be cooking this weekend for the week's menu.  That is my normal, I never cook during the week.  During the work week we just fend for ourselves with the leftovers or what I put up in the freezer.  I know, I know, a family should sit down and eat together and we usually manage that during the big holidays and a blue moon.  The main problem seems to be our individual eating schedules.  The teenager eats constantly, Stormy never eats and the mechanic eats one huge meal a day.  I am the only traditional 3 meals a day person in the family.  I endeavor to eat breakfast before work but often eat it on the way to work or worse yet, at work.  I'm sure it is not good for your digestion to eat while your boss shoots looks at you for not being at your desk.  At work, we don't have a set lunch time and eat on the run  in between patients, which I am sure is not good for your digestion either.  Good thing I like the Good Girl Moonshine sipper, which is good for your digestion.  By the time I get home I am starving and just want to pull something out of the fridge and heat it up.  

Here's my menu for this week and I better stay up late and get cooking!

Breakfast:  Steel cut oatmeal, plain and with the berry whip - E, Healthy Pancakes (new recipe to me) - E, Cheesy Omelet - S, Fried eggs over Canadian bacon w/nutritional yeast - S, Quiche - S (leftover from a dinner & a new recipe).

Lunches:  Sandwiches w/Ezekiel Bread, low in fat - E, Waldorf Salad - FP, Cottage Toast - E, Taco Salad - S, Pizza (leftovers) - S, and Easy Pizza Bites - S (recipe from Satisfying Eats)

Dinners:  Quiche (new recipe)-S, Pizza w/the speedy pizza crust - S, Taco Salad -S, Bean Burgers - E, Soft Boiled eggs - S, Cheesy Hamburger Helper (Satisfying Eats) - S, Deep Dish Pizza Pie (Satisfying Eats) - S

Snack and Deserts:  Yogurt w/Berries or Granola - S, Pumpkin Cheesecake (Satisfying Eats) - S, Fridge Fudge - S, Hard Boiled Eggs w/salt and pepper or deviled - S, Roasted Garbanzo Beans - E, Raw Veggies and Cottage Cheese- FP.

Drinks:  The Shrinker (I'm in love with this sipper), Good Girl Moonshine and I want to try a Pumpkin Pie sipper.

I'm planning to make for the family a big pot of Goulash, homemade bread and cookies, all of which will be off limits to me.

So far this weekend, I have went shopping and have all the ingredients I will need.  I have boiled eggs and pulled out cooked beans from the freezer to make the roasted garbanzos and bean burgers.  I also pulled out some frozen pumpkin to make the cheesecake.  I made the taco meat in my crockpot and just have to hide enough of it to make myself two meals.  Once the mechanic and teenager find it, it will be long gone.  I baked bread today as well.  

Tomorrow I will get up and try the Healthy Pancakes and freeze the leftovers for next week.  I have several different pizza ideas planned and I will cook all of them together.  I should be able to freeze some leftovers for next week as well.  That leaves the bean burgers, roasted garbanzos and cheesecake to make.  The Quiche sounds easy enough that I should  be able to tackle that during the week.  I'm staring at the Cheesy Hamburger Helper on the menu and wondering if that will actually happen, it kind of seems like I have a full day in the kitchen tomorrow.   I will throw the goulash into the crockpot for the family.

There it is, hopefully I will be able to freeze lots of it and make next week so much easier.  I'm sticking pretty close to the recipes in the THM book, and just grabbing a few favorites from Satisfying Eats and Wheat Belly books that I own and love.

Lovin' life in the kitchen and I mean all day in the kitchen!

PS - I lost 3 pounds last week!