Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July Meal Plan

The first part of July was really busy for us. I never finished getting the meal plan done and we would not have been here much to follow it anyway.
I finally did sit down and get the rest of the month planned out!

July 10th - 16th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit
Dinner - Chili

Monday -
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches and veggies/dip
Dinner - Gone

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Taquitos and apple sauce
Dinner - Gone

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches and watermelon
Dinner- Biscuits and gravy, fruit and scrambled eggs

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Picnic with Dad
Dinner - Gnocchi mac and cheese and broccoli


Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Pancakes and fruit
Dinner - Ham and beans with corn bread

Saturday -
Breakfast - Pumpkin muffins
Lunch - Nachos
Dinner - Shredded roast beef tacos

17th - 23rd
Sunday
Breakfast - Blueberry zucchini bread
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Hamburgers, veggies and dip and fries

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Alfredo broccoli tortellini
Dinner -  Cheesy scrambled eggs with ham, toast and fruit      

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit  
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Spaghetti and meat sauce

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches and veggies with dip
Dinner - Crock pot ravoli casserole 

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit
Dinner - Cheeseburgers, fries and salad

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches and veggies/dip
Dinner - Crock pot lasagna

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Chicken tacos, rice and beans

July 24  - 31st
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Shredded beef sandwiches and salad

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Beef and noodles and green beans

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches, veggies and dip
Dinner - Turkey, veggies and potatoes

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Mac and cheese with broccoli
Dinner - Turkey pot pie

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Turkey alfredo and broccoli

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Chicken, veggies and potatoes

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn

Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt, oatmeal or PBJ with fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Spaghetti and meat sauce

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cottage Cheese Veggie Salad

Nothing says summer like cold veggie salads! I have gotten tired of the same veggie salads over and over so I decided it was time to try something new! Cottage cheese is a favorite and I have seen similar recipes, this is just my take on it.

Recipe -
1 tub of cottage cheese
2 tomatoes
2 bunches of green onion
2 large cucumbers
Dill
Pepper

Empty the container of cottage cheese into a bowl. Cut and add all veggies ( cubed my cucumber, sliced green onions thinly, and wedged tomatoes ), stir. Top with a good amount of dried dill. Pepper to taste, give one final stir and enjoy!

Enjoy!

Serves 4 - 6 people as a side.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Veggie kale soup recipe

As many know, I am on a weight loss and getting healthier journey. I love soup and I love kale so I am always looking for new ways to eat both of those things. I made this soup for myself, it makes a very large pot, which I will eat over the course of several days.

The soup itself is super healthy, very low calorie and filling. It is sure to please!


Recipe -
Water
V8 juice
Beef base ( or veggie to make this fully vegetarian )
Bay leaves
Garlic
Pepper
Salt
Basil
Carrots
Lentils
Couscous
Red Quinoa
Kale

Using a large stock pot, add one full bottle of v8 juice, two cups water, three bay leaves,  3 tbs of beef base, and garlic, pepper, salt and basil to taste.
Let simmer for 10 mins before adding carrots ( I used organic baby carrots ), lentils, couscous and red quinoa.

Continue cooking until carrots are at desired softness ( be sure to check your lentils as well if you are leaving your carrots very crisp ). Reduce heat, add kale, cover and continue to simmer for 5 - 10 minutes. Turn off, let sit for ten minutes and enjoy!

The great thing about this soup is that it is really versatile. You can switch it up by leaving out the grains and adding a cheese ravoli. If you want more veggies, parsnips, spinach and rutabaga would be great additions!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meal Plan - June Part 2

June 12th - 18th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Gone
Dinner - Chicken and veggies

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Mini tacos and salad
Dinner - Chipped beef on toast and green beans

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Grilled chicken and salad

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Salsa chicken tacos
Dinner - Turkey sandwiches, fruit and cheese

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Ham sandwiches, watermelon and cottage cheese
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch -  Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Biscuit and gravy and fruit

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Gone
Dinner - Omelettes and fruit


June 19th - 25th
Sunday
GONE

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Broccoli tortellini alfredo
Dinner - Spaggetti and meat sauce and salad

Tuesday
Breakfast -  Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches, string cheese and fruit
Dinner - Hot dogs, baked beans and carrots/dip

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Hard boiled eggs, veggies and dip and cottage cheese
Dinner - Chicken, rice and veggies

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Ham sandwiches, salad and string cheese
Dinner - Hamburgers, home made fries and veggies

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
GONE ( Amelia's bday! )

June 26th - 30th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Biscuits and gravy and fruit
Dinner - Shredded roast beef sandwiches and veggies

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Turkey sandwiches and watermelon
Dinner - Beef and noodles and green beans

Tuesday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches, string cheese and watermelon
Dinner - Spagetti and meat sauce and salad

Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Hot dogs, cottage cheese and veggies/dip
Dinner - Chicken, rice and veggies

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt or PBJ and fruit
Lunch - Pancakes and fruit
Dinner - Pork chops, rice and veggies

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June Meal Plan Part 1

June 1st - 4th
Wednesday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches, cheese cubes and watermelon
Dinner - Crockpot lasagna

Thursday -
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Fried eggs, toast and watermelon
Dinner - Chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and green beans

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Cheesy chicken and broccoli rice
Dinner - Boy scouts camp out

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, pancakes and fruit
Dinner - Chicken legs, home made fries and veggies


June 5th - 11th
Sunday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Church picnic
Dinner - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn

Monday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Tuna sandwiches and lettuce salad
Dinner - gone

Tuesday
gone

Wednesday
Breakfast - gone
Lunch - gone
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Thursday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Eggs, oast and fruit
Dinner - Spaghetti, salad and garlic toast

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Veggie and cheese quesdillas
Dinner -  Pork chops, cheesy corn and lettuce salad

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt and fruit or toast and fruit
Lunch - Sandwiches, chips and veggies/dip
Dinner- Chili

Just a little update

I did not post a meal plan, nor have I been following the ones I did for a few months now because we have been having some medical issues with our oldest child.

Alexzander, who just turned ten in April, has been having digestive issues most of his life. They seem to have come to a peak lately and we have been trying to figure out what the cause is. Unfortunately, we still do not have answers.

My first thought was the he has Celiac, he has many of the symptoms. We tried an elimination diet and had him tested. It made no difference and his test came back negative. He had a physical and my doctor recommended that we see the dietitian. Between his physical and the dietitian, he was having a very bad day, we ended up taking him to an after hours clinic and they gave him an xray. He was very constipated, we have been working on making sure he is regulated since.

A few days after the xray, he has his appointment with the dietitian. She evaluated him and her suspicion was that he had a dairy allergy. So for around a month, we did the elimination diet for dairy and just recently he was tested for  allergies to dairy and eggs. Both came back negative, we added dairy back to his diet and he has not had problems with them.

As of now, we are just giving him a break. Unless he starts having a lot of pain or other issues, we are letting him be for at least a couple weeks before we start making more appointment. I believe the next step will be a scope.

My biggest suspicion at this point is either IBS or Chorn's. Right now we are just waiting and seeing how he does.

In the mean time, I will be posting meal plans again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rostick Review






I was recently given the chance to review Rosticks - set of fire roasting sticks. We do a lot of camp fires and a camp fire is not complete without roasting marshmellows for smores. Until I had this item we had been using metal ones, without a guard and they could get very hot when not watched.


The great thing about these is the handle is covered so it does not get hot, they are adjustable and keep kids away from the fire and they rotate. They are easy to use, brightly colored so the kids loved them, the rotating helps in getting the perfect roast on your smore and they are easy to clean and care for.


They did come with a canvas bag for storing, we just are not using it, they are in a drawer between uses. They also come with small caps to place on the ends so fingers do not get poked reaching into a drawer of the bag.

I am very pleased and would recommend this purchase!

My kids were very happy to use them.