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Weekly Meal Plan March 12, 2012

Monday:

  • Quiche
  • Fresh Fruit Salad-chop and mix, maybe even sprinkle in some cinnamon and nutmeg

Tuesday:

  • Taco Salad- Lettuce, Taco Meat, Avocado, Corn, Tomatoes, salsa and tortilla chips

Wednesday:

Thursday:

  • Burgers- Season meat with Worcestershire and seasoning salt
  • Fruit Smoothies- mix frozen fruit, yogurt, juice and some milk in blender until smooth

Friday:

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches- I cheat on this one–Use a crockpot seasoning packet and follow the recipe, serve with Kaiser rolls
  • Steamed peas
  • Fruit of some sort
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Healthy Snack Saturday

Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisps–mmmm sounds so good!  I found this recipe on Pinterest and had to share it as a healthy snack!

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Healthy Cookies???

So I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It actually looks really good (except maybe the coconut??) I need to pick up a few things (coconut, almond meal, dried fruit, bananas), and I’m planning on trying them!  I’ll let you know how they turn out.

 

No Sugar Oat Drops

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
1 cup dried fruit (I used 1/2 chopped dried dates, and 1/2 raisins)

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches.
In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

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Weekly Meal Plan February 20, 2012

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Homemade Pizza–Crust
  • Pepperoni, pineapple, peppers, spinach, garlic, tomatoes

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:
  • Burritos (brown meat, add beans, cheese, maybe even some corn and burrito seasoning–roll up in tortilla and brown on the skillet)
  • Peas
Sunday:
  • Stir Fry (Saute sliced meat–chicken or pork, remove from pan, saute frozen stir fry veggies, add sauce, add meat)
  • Rice
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Healthy Snack Saturday

Wanting something a little sweet?  Try these!

  • Wash and de-steam grapes
  • Place in freezer bag
  • Wait 1-2 days
  • Grab and handful of frozen grapes–Taste like candy!
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Quinoa–uh… what is that?

Heard of Quinoa (ˈkiːnwɑː) but don’t know what it is or how to say it or where to get it or how to cook it???  I was there once.  It is an amazingly high protein grain and should be available at most your grocery stores.  You can look up the history on Wikipedia and get all the details.  But all you really need to know is it has a great nutritional value for a cereal since the protein percent is 18% and contains a balanced set of amino acids, making it a complete protein source (unlike wheat or rice).  It is not too difficult to find and is SUPER easy (and fast) to cook!

 

On NatureMomsBlog, Tiffany shares 10 new ways to cook Quinoa, I would highly recommend checking out a couple.   She has suggestions from burritos to veggies and even with a salsa mixture. If you don’t want to try anything new, try substituting Quinoa for your rice in your favorite dish.

Quinoa can be a bit pricey,  I have found that the cheapest place to get it is to check out the health food store/co-op, there you can find Quinoa in bulk as opposed to the really expensive tiny box at Meijer.  So pick up a box or bag on your next shopping trip and make this small change to improve your family’s diet!!!

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The Menu…

So I struggle with actually taking time to write out my menu every week.  I don’t know about you, but I have a MILLION (literally) recipes to choose from— some I’ve tried, some I haven’t.  When I try to plan out my menu all I can think of are the basics- tacos, burgers, enchiladas etc.  My other option is to spend an hour or so sorting recipes and writing out my shopping list for the week, I’m sorry, but I don’t really want to do that.

I’ve been following menu board ideas on Pinterest, and there are some cute ones out there.  I ran across this one today and I think it is exactly what I need!  I will have all my recipes (well not all million of them) easily accessible and the ingredients listed on each card for my shopping list!!!  I love this board and will be making it (today or tomorrow or next week).  I’ll post a pic when I’m done.

Click the link below to go to the original blog for details and directions.

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