Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Meal Plan Monday 1-26-09

Me, Little T., Zoe (far left) and Evelyn go ice skating.

When life gives you lemons - make lemonade! Or perhaps this would be more fitting...when life give you temperatures that don't exceed 30 degrees for weeks on end - go ice skating!

Here is our menu for this week:

B - Smoothies with milk, coconut oil, ground flax seed and strawberries
L - Chicken Soup
D -

B - Smoothies and Toast with Peanut Butter
L - Tuna Melts
D - Spicy Turkey Stuffed Zucchini* (recipe below)

B - Sunnyside Up Eggs and Ezekial Toast
L - T.B.D. (to be determined)
D - Pasta with Sauce &
Spaghetti Squash, Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

B -
Sourdough Pancakes
L - Turkey Sandwiches on Sourdough Bread
D - Spinach & Cheese Casserole

B - Eggs on Toast
L - Leftover
Spinach & Cheese Casserole
D - Sticky Chicken

B - Leftover Sourdough Pancakes
L - Tuna Sandwiches
D - Crockpot Pizza Beans w/ Sausage

B -
French Toast
L - T.B.D.
D - Crockpot Beef & Beans

Baked Goods: Coconut Loaf, Cream Cheese Muffins and Sourdough Bread.

*Spicy Turkey Recipe - Picture the warm days of summer and late fall....this is when I am like a squirrel. Harvesting and storing. You know those jumbo sized zucchini that stay on the vine too long that you can only find at farmers markets? I buy them up, cut them in half and freeze them. These are great for stuffing. Here is one of our favorite stuffings that I'm sure you could use for a casserole or tacos:

1 pound ground turkey
1 T butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1 chopped onion
1 T chopped basil
1 T paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp salt

Saute the onion and garlic with the butter in a large skillet. Remove and set aside. Brown the ground turkey in the same skillet. Add spices and the onion/garlic mixture to the skillet and heat thoroughly. Now, this is when I usually put this mixture in the
zucchini shells, but you could use it for tacos (it's spicy) or a casserole with sliced zucchini and top the mixture with shredded cheese and bake.

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Have a great week -Wonderwoman

Monday, January 19, 2009

Meal Plan Monday 1-19-09

The icy view from the top floor.

You've heard the expression 'when it rains, it pours'? We had some really cold weather the end of last week into the weekend - the coldest was Friday night. When we woke up Saturday morning, we had no heat! The fuel line froze because water got into the tank from a broken gauge. To make matters worse, the battery in Superman's car died. He spent all day running around fixing things and making them work again. Then came the moment (cue scary music) when he had to break the news of how much he spent fixing things....of course that means the grocery budget will have to be adjusted. Luckily, I've stocked up on a few things and only spent $15 at the grocery store this week.

Unfortunately, we won't be trying any new dishes this week. But we'll still eat good. Breakfasts are going to be mostly smoothies, toast and eggs. Lunches will be sandwiches.

Below is our menu for the week. For more great menu ideas check out www.orgjunkie.com.

Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage

Leftover Unstuffed Cabbage

Roast Chicken
Brussel Sprouts
Brown Rice

Spaghetti Squash

Chicken & Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Zucchini
Brown Rice and Salad

Pizza Night

Have a wonderful week -Wonderwoman

Monday, January 12, 2009

Meal Plan Monday 1-12-09

For rent: one slightly used set of in-laws. Both work just fine.

Happy Monday!

The weekend past brought more snow here to us here in New England. That's fine with me! I'd much rather have snow covering the lifeless looking ground this time of year than not. The last few winters have been awful. Mud. A muddy, soft ground that makes you want to stay inside. If it's going to be winter - let it snow!

It's good to count your blessings on a regular basis. Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of life that we overlook the blessings we've been given. Yesterday, I didn't shovel the driveway....I planned on doing it - but later. About 2:00 yesterday afternoon our little Boston Zoe was yip-yipping out the window because she saw someone she knew (otherwise she barks like a German Shepherd). My in-laws were outside shoveling our driveway! Now you may be thinking 'shame on you for not going out and doing it'. Yes. For a moment I did feel shamed. But they really looked like they were having a good time! Being a gracious gift receiver is just as important as being a giver. We are blessed that they take such good care of us. I made them cream cheese apple muffins to have when they were finished.

Sunday night we had a quick dinner of Beans and Kale Pasta with Bacon. The original recipe called for white beans but I didn't have any. I did, however, have pinto beans. Absolutely yummy! Some might be a little cautious to try kale. Don't be! It's a very underused green, rather on the mild side, but full of nutrition! We will double the amount of kale next time, it was so good.

Below is our menu for this week. For more great menu ideas visit www.orgjunkie.com

B - French Toast
L - Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Apple Cider Dressing
D - Beans and Kale Pasta with Bacon

B - Eggs and Toast
L - Leftover Pasta
D - Chicken Parmesan, Brown Rice and Asparagus

B - Baked Oatmeal
L - T.B.D. (to be determined, usually leftovers)
D - Pork Roast, Sweet Potato Fries

B- Leftover Oatmeal
L - T.B.D.
D - Salad Night

B - Chicken-in-a-basket
L - T.B.D.
D - Pasta and Meatballs

B - Omelets
L - T.B.D.
D - Cabbage Roll Casserole (Crockpot)

B - Sourdough Pancakes
L - Crockpot Turkey Soup
D - Pizza Night

Have a wonderful week, and remember to count your blessings, whoever they may be -Wonderwoman

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A French Toast Kind Of Day!

Here in our part of New England it's a french toast kind of morning. Chilly and snowy. Snowy with a layer of freezing rain on the top.

We've started the day with one of my favorite breakfasts - French Toast.

Now you may be thinking there's nothing really special about French Toast - everyone knows how to make their own version....true. As someone who loves to cook, I've learned to leave myself open to the techniques of other cook and I always seem to learn something.

Here's our recipe for a hearty and healthy breakfast. I'll list the ingredients I use, but substitutions can be made:

(1) loaf of homemade sourdough bread
Raw milk from Baldwin Brook Farm
(read here for an update on the CT raw milk issue)
(3) organic eggs from chickens named
Barbie, Sweetheart and Bad Hair Betty
Cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut oil

After slicing the bread and whisking the eggs and milk (about 1 cup of milk), I like to really soak the bread before I place them on a buttered griddle.

I'm pretty generous with the cinnamon. Cinnamon is a super star at helping control blood sugar, and the effects can last for quite a while after eating it. Read here to learn more about cinnamon.

Just a quick sprinkle of nutmeg goes on each side. I like nutmeg, but in small doses.

I've been trying to incorporate more coconut oil into our diet. The health benefits of coconut oil are fantastic! I've been reading Sally Fallon's book Eat Fat Lose Fat, it really backs up all I've learned about fats and especially coconut oil.

I just got a really great deal on this gallon of coconut oil at our local health food store. It's produced from Nutiva. When buying coconut oil, there are many things to take into consideration. Most importantly to me; I like to make sure it's organic, cold pressed and unrefined. Here is another interesting article about coconut oil.

Coconut oil is wonderful in place of butter on French Toast! A little dollop between each slice of hot French Toast and a drizzle of agave nectar is all you need to finish off this yummy and nutritious breakfast.

How do you make your French Toast?

Enjoy the day - Wonderwoman

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Resolution?

When talking to people this time of year, I always ask them if they made a New Year's Resolution. Usually the answer I get is "I don't believe resolutions work". Well, no, they don't. That is they don't work by themselves! A person has to RESOLVE to make a resolution work.

I googled New Year's Resolutions and Wikipedia said: A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. Perhaps it's the 'commitment' part that is the trouble for most people.

I love to make New Year's Resolutions. Much thought gets put into what it will be this year. It's the perfect time of the year with no distractions. The beginning of a new year is like a clean slate. It's a time that you can RESOLVE to improve an aspect of your life.

For me resolutions have been about healthy living for the last few years or so. Some of them have been big things like losing the weight and keeping it off, others not so big like taking my supplements everyday (not just when I was feeling run down).

Making a resolution (notice how I say A resolution - not 10) is like taking baby steps. Baby steps is how I got to good health. And that's what I tell our Health/Nutrition and Weight Loss class on Wednesday nights - baby steps. Don't try to change every habit you have overnight! It will be too overwhelming and then you set yourself up for failure!

What do you think the number one New Year's Resolution is every year?

Mine is a little different (oh, yes) this year, but nonetheless it has to do with good health. I'll share later in the week.

Happy New Year -Wonderwoman