Weekly Eats

I literally cannot WAIT to get home tonight so I can organize my fridge and do all my food prep for the week.  I can’t even tell you the number of people who say to me every week, “I don’t know how you do that every Sunday.”  Well, to you I say, it’s SO worth it.  It helps me feel in control of my week, more organized, more apt to make healthy decisions, and leaves me more time in my day-to-day for other things that are more important.  It’s just so satisfying having everything ready to roll!  Monique and I were discussing this over g-chat today because she felt the same way a few weekends ago after being away for the weekend, and she put it best:  “Trying to NOT be that way causes more stress than just accepting that’s who I am.”  I am so glad to have a fellow Type A fitness freak to relate to… no offense, Monique!

Anyways, let me back up a bit and talk about last week’s eats.  There were some good ones!

I prepped two main lunches for the week.  First up was a strawberry chicken salad topped with walnuts, grape tomatoes, and goat cheese.  I drizzled a homemade honey white balsamic vinaigrette dressing on top.

Strawberry chicken salad

And the second was Tim’s favorite quinoa dish that I make, my “very colorful quinoa salad.”  I guess you could call it a Southwestern quinoa if you wanted.

Very Colorful Quinoa Salad

Dinners went as follows:

Sunday:  English muffin pizzas

English Muffin Pizzas

Monday:  Zucchini Squash boats (the grocery store was out of green zucchini) with side salad

Zucchini Boats

Tuesday:  Chickpea burgers

Chickpea Burgers

Wednesday:  Dinner out at Cobblestone’s before Jillian Michaels!  I ordered a Cobb salad, and broke my 1 out of 3 rule… splurged on a piece of bread AND a glass of sangria.

cobblestones

Thursday:  Wine and cheese night with the girls!  Slesh made two homemade pizza crusts out of almond flour, and we topped with veggies and meatballs.  We also had lots of snacks.  They mainly involved cheese.

Pizza

Friday:  Roasted pepper corn pasta salad

Roasted peppercorn pasta salad

Saturday:  A little bit of everything for leftovers!

I don’t track or photograph everything I eat, but a noteworthy snack was my first smoothie of the season!

Chocolate strawberry smoothie

Chocolate strawberry… yum.  🙂

Here’s this week’s plan:

For dinners…

  • Sunday:  Greek Easter dinner
  • Monday:  Grilled cod with strawberry salsa
  • Tuesday:  Pulled chicken quesadillas
  • Wednesday:  Pulled chicken leftovers in some form
  • Thursday:  Quinoa for me (on the go), pulled chicken or tacos for Tim
  • Friday:  TBD, depending on weekend plans
  • Saturday:  TBD, depending on weekend plans

For lunches…  more strawberry salads, avocado egg salad, (what else to do with all the leftover Easter eggs?) and another batch of quinoa!

What’s on your meal plan this week?  Any favorite meals that you like to make with pulled chicken?

I’m off to the gym!

Picnic Perfect Recipes

Guess what today is?!

International Picnic Day!

If you read my post on my Memorial Day Picnic at Walden Pond, you know already that I love picnics!  So does my friend Erica.  Erica, thinking of you and our love for picnics today on International Picnic Day!

In honor of this fabulous day, I wanted to share some of the recipes I’ve posted in the past that I think would be just fab to bring along on a fun picnic.

Enjoy!

Healthy Picnic Perfect Recipes

Honeydew Lime Coolers
This drink is perfect for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage with lots of flavor!

Tasty Grilled Corn Salsa
This flavorful and addicting salsa is perfect for munching chips with, eating by itself, or for a topping on a sandwich or burger.  YUM!

Cucumber and Black Eyed Pea Salad
When on a picnic, you don’t want to be fussing with salad dressing.  Make this salad and chill ahead of time, then pack along in a Tupperware.  The ingredients of this lettuce-less salad will soak up enough extra virgin olive oil that you don’t need to worry about dressing!  Plus, it has feta.  Enough said.

Ground Turkey and Bean Burger Wraps
This healthy version of a regular ole burger will help satisfy any “more traditional” picnic food cravings you might have.  Putting the burgers in a whole wheat or whole grain wrap makes them easily portable, and the combination of ground turkey, cilantro, and black beans is delish! 

Healthier Chicken Salad Wraps
If you are craving more of a sandwich than a burger, these chicken salad wraps are a great choice!  Also easily portable and yummy.

Tijuana Pasta Salad
For you pasta lovers, skip out on the store-bought container.  This Mexican inspired, low-calorie dish takes 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook.  Easy!

Roasted Peppercorn Pasta Salad
This pasta salad
is also delicious, nutritious, and flavorful.  The lime juice and cilantro adds a ton of flavor, so you don’t feel you need a heavier tomato or cream sauce.  Perfect for the summer!

Citrus Infused Strawberries
For some fruit, try out my friend Ashley‘s recipe for citrus infused strawberries.  Note — not for the kiddos since they are infused with orange liquor!  These are delish served with cool whip though.  🙂

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
Finally, no picnic is complete without dessert!  Try bringing these whole wheat sugar cookies.  Without frosting is the healthier version, but it’s ok to have a treat too!

Any other fellow picnic lovers out there?  Anyone getting to celebrate International Picnic Day?  What are your favorite picnic perfect foods to bring along for a fun summer day?!

P.S.  Check out the grilled corn salsa recipe featured on Around the Plate today!! Tim made up the recipe, I just ate it and wrote the article.  <grin>   Just click over to this link to see!

Yesterday I…

…woke up at 5:30 am to do this workout:

After a 5 minute warmup & some stretching, I did this circuit 3 times through, starting with 15 reps of each move, then 12, then 8.  I started with moderate weight and increased the weight as the reps decreased.  After I completed the strength moves, I hopped on the treadmill for 20 minutes of HIIT cardio intervals.  It’s the same HIIT cardio interval workout I posted here, only I ran on the treadmill instead of using the elliptical.

…post workout, felt satisfied that I worked off too many of these from the weekend:

By these I mean both the Harpoon Celtic Ale and the delicious cupcakes you see in the background.  Shannon seriously makes the best cupcakes and both her St. Patrick’s Day inspired Green Velvet and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes definitely lived up to their standards.  Yes, I had one of each.  What of it?  For a full recap of the St. Patty’s fun on Saturday, you can click over to Shan’s post here.

…worked out of the Framingham office for the day.  

Not much else to report.  Breakfast was cottage cheese with cinnamon and blueberries, morning snack was a banana.  I won’t bore all of you with details from the cube.

…enjoyed these delicious leftovers for lunch:

The roasted peppercorn pasta salad was even tastier this time around than the last time I made it.  You can click over to this post for the recipe.  I also enjoyed an Oikos black cherry yogurt on the side, since I ate up all that feta garlic spinach you see in last night’s plate.  And carrots and hummus as a mid-afternoon snack.  And an apple.

…went to Target.

And with the help of coupons, saved $5.  That’s a total of $30 saved this week with the coupons + weekly specials used at Stop & Shop for groceries.  Score!

…made another batch of the quinoa I’ve been loving so much lately for dinner.

With kale, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.  Recipe here!  Pumped for leftovers for lunch today.  I munched on some TLC crackers while making the meal though.  Anyone else have trouble with snacking while cooking?!

…started my homework for class on Thursday.

And that’s about it.  Thrilling?

What did you do yesterday?  Someone tell me their day was more exciting than mine?!  Back tonight after Two A Day Tuesday with this week’s Move of the Week post.

Have a great day.