Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sore Throat

Yesterday I began to notice my throat getting a bit scratchy and sore.  This morning, sure enough, I woke up with a very sore throat and on the verge of losing my voice.  I strained my way through the day talking non-stop (cause that's what you do when you have kids) and low and behold by the evening time my voice was pretty much completely gone.  It became such a strain to speak that by bath time I began to whisper just to save what left I had of a voice.  Madelyn, very concerned as to why I had to start whispering began to ask many questions (cause did I really think that I was going to get a break from talking completely????)

Madelyn: "Mommy, why are you whispering?"
Me: (whispering) "Cause, sweetheart, Mommy lost her voice."
Madelyn: "Where did your voice go?"
Me: "Well, my throat just hurts and it made my voice disappear."
Madelyn: "Can you go get a new one?"
Me: "No honey.  I have to wait till it comes back."  
Madelyn: "Well, maybe you can just go to the store and get a new one."
Me: "Okay sweetie.  Thank you." 

Then later while we were getting jammies on...
Madelyn: (whispering) "I hurt my knee so I can't talk weally well."
Kaiden: "Madelyn, I can't hear what you are saying."
Madelyn: (whispering) "I can't talk louder pecause I hurt me knee." 

Bless their little hearts.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meal Plan-4/22/12

Man.  It's been a busy two weeks.  Hubs was in town for a 10 days over Easter and we didn't stop running from here to there.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  But, we did manage to find a townhouse to rent!  Score.  We get the keys May 15th and hubs arrives May 31st.  I can't believe almost a year has gone by of being apart.  Never again.  Never again.  Never again.

I have managed to throw together some decent meals while I was away from meal planning, but happy to have a schedule again.  So, here we are a day late. 

Sunday
Breakfast-Eggs, hash browns and toast for kids.  Mighty muffin for me.
Lunch-Mega salad for me.  Fruit and almond milk yogurt for the kids
Dinner-Roasted veggie sandwich with goat cheese (even Madelyn gobbled up almost half my sandwich!)

Monday
Breakfast-Monster juice & Overnight oats (Have I mentioned my love affair with these yet?!?!?  It's like I can't get enough of them!  I don't add the maple syrup and it's still fabulously good!)
Lunch-Collard wraps for me, hummus and veggies on Triscuits for the kids
Dinner-Leftover 17 bean & barley soup
Snack-Made vegan pumpkin muffins (with a little adjustment to the sugar-1 cup YIKES!)  Sooo good!

Tuesday
Breakfast-Overnight oats & Monster juice
Lunch-PB&J
Dinner-Refried bean tacos

Wednesday
Breakfast-pumpkin muffins and yogurt parfait with monster juice
Lunch-hummus and veggie crackers and fruit
Dinner-Mega Salad

Thursday
Breakfast-Rip's big bowl for me, altered big bowl for the kids
Lunch-PB&J for kids, pumpkin muffin & fruit (eating at school), maybe collard wraps for me
Dinner-Roma tomato & red bell pepper ravioli

Friday
Breakfast-Whole wheat bagels with vegan cream cheese (not a great choice of topping since it's still processed but it's a nice treat since I haven't been buying cream cheese in forever!) Carrot/apple juice
Lunch-Quinoa waldorf salad
Dinner-Whole wheat pizza pockets

Saturday
Breakfast-Cereal (have t-ball game at 9:00am)
Lunch-Maybe pick up something while we are out and about
Dinner-Going to a bridal shower

Happy meal planning!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mega Salad Recipe


You may have noticed in my recent meal plans that I mention that I have a "mega salad" quite frequently.  I wanted to give you the low down on this salad, cause I'm kind of addicted to it right now.  It's a recipe that a friends of ours from AZ always had on hand.  Whenever we visited them, they always offered us a bagful to take home with us.  It's so good and super healthy for you.  Mmmmmm. 

I usually take time once or twice a week to wash and chop up a big bowl full to keep in the refrigerator.  I make the basic greens then add to it when I spoon it out for a meal.  I'm not gonna lie, it does take me about an hour to wash and chop everything up.  But I chop it in super small bites because I like to eat it with a spoon.  Call me weird.  Just not to my face.

So the basic recipe is as follows (pictured above): 
Organic spinach
Organic romaine
Organic kale (any variety will do)
Organic collards
Shredded carrots
Red cabbage
Organic broccoli flowerettes
Pea shoots (or any other kind of sprout)
*Wash and chop them all up and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Add-ins:
Organic bell peppers
Organic grape tomatoes
Raisins
Organic quinoa (make a batch of this in the beginning of the week and use to throw in everything from yogurt, oatmeal, salads, stuffing for stuffed peppers/mushrooms, etc.)
Slivered almonds
Avocado
*throw them all on and mix it up.

I typically make a dressing from Jaime Oliver that I love to go with it.  It's a really light & refreshing spring dressing! 

Pile this salad high in your bowl with all the add ins for a really hearty meal or use it as a side salad with a great bowl of soup!  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meal Plan-4/1/12

Here we go!  Last week I tried out a new recipe called Mighty muffins from the Engine 2 Diet.  My review is, well, they were okay.  They were a little dense since they are vegan they lack the oil, eggs and milk and all things "animal" that make a muffin so yummy, but they were edible.  Will I make them again?  Well, jury is still out on that one.  They pack a lot of nutritional punch, but I think I will experiment a bit with some other muffins before returning to those.

Here is this weeks menu:

Sunday
Breakfast-Cereal for kids and Rips Big Bowl for me.
Lunch-Whole wheat bagels with PB&J for kids, left over Pad Thai take out and mega salad for me
Dinner-Rips Sweet Potato bowl 

Monday
Breakfast-Overnight oats and honey tangerine/carrot juice
Lunch-Hummus, carrots, cucumbers, raisins, almonds, apple slices & Manna bread for kids
Dinner-Olive Garden's Minestrone Soup with mega salad


Tuesday
Breakfast-cereal for kids, Rips Big Bowl for me; monster juice
Lunch-Lunch at school.  Applesauce, PB&J, raisins, whole wheat pretzels
Dinner-Quesadillas

Wednesday
Breakfast-Overnight oats & monster juice
Lunch-Grilled cheese
Dinner-Whole wheat pancakes with hash browns. Breakfast for dinner!


Thursday
Breakfast-Cereal for kids, Rip's Big Bowl for me
Lunch-PB&J, apple tortilla wraps
Dinner-Homemade organic chicken nuggets with homemade fries

Friday
Breakfast-Leftover pancakes & monster juice
Lunch-Quinoa waldorf salad & Manna bread
Dinner-Lentils and rice for me, rice and leftover chicken nuggets for the kids

Saturday
Breakfast-E2 French Toast
Lunch-Leftover Quinoa waldorf salad
Dinner-Pizza take out (HUBBY ARRIVES! YAY!)