Meal Plan

December 13, 2008

I’m still working on whitting down my pantry, so I didn’t have much to buy at the store this week.  I spend 31 pounds and about 5 of that was on shampoo/conditioner, hand soap, and toothbrushes.  All of my household items were buy one get one free!  I have to buy household items like that on sale.

This week for lunch I’m having homemade black bean burgers and Jed’s having pasta and tomato sauce.  I’m experimenting with a couple of blackbean burger recipies.  If I find a winner, I’ll post it at the end of next week!

Saturday:

Salad with blackbean burger (try number one, they didn’t hold up for freezing/refridgerating)

Sunday:

Roasted potaoes, hearty salad with chickpeas

Monday:

Mexican!  Beans and rice in tortillas

Tuesday:

Baked tofu and steamed veggies

Wednesday:

Stirfry with veggies, ginger, and soba noodles

Thurday:

Falafel and salad

Friday:

Pizza party!


Weekly Meal Plan

December 6, 2008

I plan our meals a week at a time. This helps me to avoid the stress of coming home from a day of work and not knowing what to make. While meal planing does take a bit of time to do, in the end it saves me time, money, and helps us to eat well. Right now our pantry is full of rice, lentils, pasta, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, dried beans, oatmeal, tea, coffee. We don’t need any more pantry goods.

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So, I’m planning our menu based on the food that we already have. In the freezer we have frozen veggies, veggie burgers, and some leftovers. Our meals are normally very simple because I work full time and would rather spend my free time doing things other than cook. With that in mind, here’s my menu plan for the week. This usually changes a bit during the week, but even if I don’t stick exactly to it, it’s really helpful to have.

Saturday

  • L-leftover pizza
  • D- Leftover frozen beef stew for Jeddie, veggie burger and spinach salad for Claire

Sunday

  • L- Brown rice with soya beans
  • D- Leek, potato, and bean stew

Monday

  • L- in London
  • D- Leek, potato, and bean stew

Tuesday

  • L- Brown rice and soya beans
  • D- Baked tofu and steamed veggies

Wednesday

  • L- Barley and corn
  • D- Rice and refried beans

Thursday

  • L- Salad with kidney beans
  • D- Corn and tomato soup

Friday

  • L- Rice and beans
  • D- Pizza!

The only things that I really need to shop for are apples, grapes, carrots, soy milk, potatoes, and more greens later in the week. I’m also making sugar cookies and pumpkin pie for Jeddie’s end of term holiday PARTY. I need to buy confectioners sugar, butter, cream of tartar, and sprinkles.


Blogger Holiday Marathon Challenge

December 3, 2008

I just signed up for the Blogger Holiday Marathon Challenge organized by NYC Fitness.  I’m going for the Ultra-marathon distance.  I run more than 26.2 miles a month right now, but I thought that it would be fun to track my runs with other runners. 

I eat hummus all the time, but I just started buying flavored hummus to spice up my lunches.  Today I had caramelized red onion hummus with a big cucumber and soya beans.  It was just so yummy.  The grocery store also has pesto hummus, olive hummus, jalapeno hummus, and many others.  I might try the olive hummus, but I’ll probably not try the jalapeno version.


Coffee for One

December 3, 2008

There is just one daily coffee drinker in our house. It’s me. I love the smell and taste of coffee and how it gives me a little boast to wake up in the morning. I try to have one cup in the morning and one cup in the afternoon. If I have more than that I have a hard time sleeping at night. I used to use a french press for making coffee, but honestly it was a pain to clean because we don’t have a garbage disposal. So, I found this:

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Which combined with this:

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Makes this:

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And finally this to enjoy:

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A few notes:

Use about 1.5 T of coffee grounds for one cup of coffee

If you don’t want your soy milk to curdle, wait for the coffee to cool slightly. I gave up milk about a month ago and for a week thought that I wouldn’t be able to have soy milk in my coffee. But, I figured it out. Just let the coffee rest for about 4 minutes. Then it’s ready for the soy milk.

This is a simple and frugal way to make coffee. I save both the $$ and counter space that fancy coffee makers take up. The black filter cost around $5.

Jeddie will take his coffee weaker than me, so if he wants coffee I just make his with the leftover grounds.



Red lentils and tomato

November 24, 2008

Growing up my mom used to make stews with lentils. I never appreciated the humble lentil, until now. It’s a great source of protein, very filling, inexpensive, and a little goes a long way in dishes. Twice a month or so I make this easy dish for us. This dish is easy because it requires very little hands on time and normally I have all of the ingredients for the dish in my pantry without having to do a recipe specific grocery shop. This is good because I generally only grocery shop once a week.

The ingredients

Red lentils and tomato
Red lentils and tomato

– Chop two onions and brown them in a pan with coconut oil.

– Add 1 cup of rinsed red lentils and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil for about 3 minutes.

– Reduce heat and add 1 T. of garam malsala.

– Add two 400 g cans of chopped tomatoes.

– Let the dish come to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Make sure that the lentils are tender before you finish cooking.

– Serve over brown rice with a simple mixed green salad.

Garam masala is a mixture of coriander seed, cumin, tumeric, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, ginger, dill seed, and cardamon. If you don’t have garam masala in your pantry, just use a combination of the spices in GM that you do have on hand. The seasoning can be as simple as cinnamon and cumin.


Lifestyle Run

November 15, 2008

My workout today was in two parts. First I went to the gym and did about 10 minutes on the elliptical to warm up before Body Pump. Body Pump was excellent. I love how sore my muscles feel after that class. It’s actually only the third time that I’ve been to this Body Pump at my new gym so I’m still figuring out how much weight I need to use for each exercise. I really loaded up on the weight for squats last Tuesday and I as so sore that I couldn’t run for the next 3 days! I also didn’t have enough weight on for my upper body. Today was much better, although I still think that I can increase the weight for chest and triceps.

After Body Pump I walked home and it was lunch time. I had a pita with a veggie burger and hummus. I also had a simple lettuce salad, grapes, and a soy yougurt. I was hungry after Body Pump and my lunch filled me.

My run of the day was a “Lifestyle run” which means walking/jogging to return library books, then running to the train station to pick up my husband’s bike, and then cycling home. As I walked/jogged to the library, I noticed that it is really hard to run with books. Then I thought, you know, carrying books is just like trying to run while carrying extra weight. It’s so much more work to run with additional weight. I’d like to lose about 25 pounds and carrying the books reminded me of why that’s a good idea! After I dropped off the books I ran more freely to the train station and cycled home just as it was getting dark–at 4:30!!!

Plans for a relaxing Saturday night sans husband include a warm shower, a pizza (Amy’s No Cheese) and salad for dinner, and my new book, Run, which so far has nothing to do with running.