Musings and Meal Plan for this week

I have been in a little bit of a slump. I am working out, but my food is not on par. I know why, I was hit with a bout of depression, which just really sucks. I am sure it would have been even worse if I was not working out. But I had a fantastic weekend, well mostly aside form the fact that my son got sick. He doesn’t get sick often, but when he does, he does it well. He ended up with both flu strands and Strep on top of that. But thank goodness for the meds he is now on the mend and feeling much better.
Today I got up (later than usually, due to it being spring breaks) I made my meal plan and then went to the gym. I took my Impala, cause there is a trainer that loves the car and it was his birthday today. I planned on going to the grocery store after, but realized I left my wallet at home. So when I got home, I hung out with the kids and went to the store a bit later.
I made my meal plan for the week and I am happy with it and here is my grocery haul. I want to make the next two weeks count cause i am having surgery on the 24th.

I also bought Rice Protein to figure out how to make my own protein bars. Cause to be honest I love the 22days but they are getting expensive. So we will see how this goes.

Meal Plan:

Monday:
Roasted Chicken (bought at the grocery store, skin removed) hummus, carrots and salad.

Tuesday:
Lasagna I am using eggplant instead of Zucchini this time

Wednesday:
Fish Taco Bowl

Thursday:
Chick Pea Stew ( my husband is running a 10K on Saturday and needs lots of carbs)

Friday:
Balsamic Chicken, Zucchini and Rice

Saturday:
Hubby and Son are having Spaghetti

Sunday:
Grilled Chicken, Brussel Sprouts and Salad

Weekly Meal Plan #4

Friday:
Salsa Chicken

Saturday:
Trout with Pasta and Asparagus

Superbowl Sunday:
Having friends over, making Chilli, Buffalo Cauliflower, Hummus and cut up Veggies, Zucchini Brownies. Chips and Salsa

Monday:
Zucchini Boats

Tuesday:
Chicken Stir Fry

Wednesday:
Spaghetti

Thursday:
Egg Roll in a bowl

Here is a picture of the weekly grocery haul.

Curried, chicken, garbanzo beans and Sweet Potato stew…

I like a good curry and I found this recipe on Pinterest, and the pictures just looked really delicous. And when I asked my family if they wanted curry my husband and daughter both said yes. So this is what happened, cause I didn’t have all the ingredients and I do like Carrots in my curry.
Also I try not to eat potatoes, rice, pasta and fruits after 3pm, but this is an exception today.

Nutrition:
298 Calories, 9gr fat, 35gr Carbohydrates, 8gr fiber, 6 sugar, 20gr Protein

This makes about 5 servings:

Ingredients:
1 small yellow onion
1 tablespoon Olive oil
3 cloves garlic
2 Teaspoons of yellow curry powder you can always add more.
Salt, to taste
1 teaspoon ginger powder
2 Carrots peeled and cut into rounds
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
1 large sweet potato peeled and diced into 1″ chuncks
1 can (15 oz) light coconut milk
10oz. of cooked Chicken Breast
brown rice, for serving

Instructions:
In a large skilled or wok heat the olive oil, and add the onion. Cook for a couple of minutes until the onion has a glazed look, then add the garlic, ginger and Curry Powder, cook for a couple of minutes this will develop the flavors. You can always add more spice later.
Now add all the other ingredients (except for the rice), I rinsed the coconut milk can with some water and added that to the pot as well, so that everything is covered. Then bring to a simmer and cook for at least 30 minutes, even better if you can let it simmer for 50minutes.

At the last minute you can add some parsley to it and serve it over rice.

Bon apetit

Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

I am working with a trainer now and I am not eating carbs in the evening, actually trying to avoid complex carbs almost all together. So we went to Costco yesterday and I love Cauliflower, so we bought a bag of florets.

I cut them into 1/2″ pieces today about 6 cups, then tossed 1/4 cup of Olive Oil and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese and some Lemon Garlic seasoning from Velata that I had bought this weekend and tossed them. Then spread them on a cookies sheet and put them in a preheated to F350 oven and roasted them for 30mins.

It was the most delicious Cauliflower I ever had.

5 Spice Turkey Lettuce Wraps…

This is an altered version of the recipe I got from weigh forward.

Ingridients for 4 Servings:
1lb ground lean turkey
1.5 cups cooked rice
1tbps sesame oil
1 red bell pepper (diced)
1/2 red onion (sliced)
2 med. carrots (peeled and shredded)
1/2 tsp 5 spice
2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
2 hearts of Romaine Lettuce
Brown the Turkey, once fully cooked add rice, pepper, onion, carrot, hoisin, 5spice and stir. Let it heat for about 2-3 minutes. 
Use the Romaine Lettuce as wraps.
Nutrtion per serving:
247 Calories, 9.2gr fat, 2.5 Sat. Fat, Cholesterol 90mg, Carbs 13.8gr, Fiber 2.5 gr, Sugars 4.1 gr and Protein 21.6gr.

Eggplant Parmesan Strips Gluten Free

Ingridients:

1 eggplant, peeled and cut into strips about 2″long and 1/4″ wide
1 cup eggwhites
1.5 cups corn meal
3 tbsp Parmesan
Dried Basil, salt Pepper

Preheat oven 375F

put the eggwhites in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, in a second bowl mix cornmeal, parmesan and about 2 tsp of dried basil.
Take your egg plant and put them in the egg whites and then roll them in the cornmeal mix. Put on a cookie sheet that is lined with foil and some cooking spray.
Put in the oven for 10mins then turn them over and cook another 7mins. And voila, they are nice and cripsy on the outside and soft on the inside.
I heated up a jar of my favorite tomato sauce (garlic and basil from HEB) and served that with it.
As side dishes I made tomato cucumber salad and garden mix salad.

One eggplant made about 20 pieces… Nutrition for 1 piece:
28calories, 0.4g Fat, 5g Carb, 1.4g Protein

Enjoy

Claudia

Glutenfree Banana Blueberry Pancakes…

I was searching for a healthier alternative for Pancakes, cause this gal loves pancakes. I also love Pinterest and I found a recipe for these pancakes and had made them a while back, they came out really pretty. Well today I had added the blueberries and I think that was a mistake. They still were absolutely delicious but just not as pretty.
So here is the recipe:
1 banana mashed up really well
1/2 cup of egg whites (equal to two egg whites)
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1/4 cup of blue berries
mix all well in a bowl

Heat you griddle, I have a gas stove so I set it on 8, spray it with cooking spray, spoon your mixture out on the griddle. This made 4 pancakes for me.
Nutrition:
190 calories, 12gr protein, 35gr carbohydrates and 1g fat. (these are all simple carbs as they come from the fruit)
I topped my pancakes with Vermont sugar free syrup.

Enjoy!!!

Here are the ones I made a little while back and the ones from today are on the bottom.