Meal Plan {2/29/16}

Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

As I mentioned in my previous post, every week I make a meal plan consisting of 3-4 new dinner recipes to try and 1-2 old favorites, depending on how often I anticipate eating out or having leftovers for dinner during the week. At the end of each week, I decide which new recipes were good enough for me to want to make again, and they get saved. Check out my Pinterest board of Recipes I Love to see my successful recipes from the past few months.

So onto this week’s meal plan!

Monday: Kale & Quinoa Burrito Bowl (Plus onions, peppers, & cherry tomatoes instead of the pico)

Tuesday: Ultimate Tempeh Chili (Plus bell pepper, carrot, celery, and spinach)

Wednesday: Bombay Potatoes & Peas (doubled)

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Thursday: Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower; Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Refried Beans, Salsa, and Lime

Recipe for this below!

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: TBD Leftover Pasta & Veggies with some sort of Cashew Cream sauce

As you can see, I often like to add extra veggies to dishes, especially pasta dishes and chili. I am constantly trying to increase the amount of fruit and veggies I eat every day. I probably average about 6-8 servings per day, but 10 or more would be ideal. In particular, the more veggies that I eat daily, the better I feel. Let’s see how I do with that this week.

I’ll be back at the end of the week to report on the new dishes I cook up!

Weekend Recap and Meal Plan

Hello! Just wanted to give you a recap of my weekend before I dive into what’s on the agenda for today.

Friday night, my boyfriend and I stayed in, ordered some Indian food, and played board games. Pretty low key.

Saturday, however, was much more active. We had two things on the agenda for the day:

1) Find Halloween costumes

2) Go to the Monster Mashed Up Festival in Union Square

Sadly, we failed on both of these fronts.

We spent the morning brainstorming costume ideas and ultimately decided to be characters from Harry Potter (Rita Skeeter and Mad Eye Moody). Unfortunately, we didn’t find what we needed for these costumes. We have now come up with new costume ideas but still don’t have costumes. #Halloweenisstressful

On our way to the second costume store, we walked via Union Square to go to the Monster Mashed Up Festival. It was supposed to include 150-pound pumpkins carved by artists using power tools, cemetery tours, live music, and an Oktoberfest area, among other more kid-friendly events. Unfortunately, I got the day wrong and this festival wasn’t until Sunday. Oops. So, we stopped by Union Square Donuts instead. We also stopped by the Farmer’s Market that happens every Saturday.

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We sampled some delicious camambert which brought me right back to my study-abroad days in Paris where I ate it almost every day. Unforunately, it was sold out, but hopefully I’ll be able to pick some up next week!

After our failed costume quest, we stopped by Lord Hobo for some beers. I may not know too much about Boston yet, but I can tell you plenty of places to stop in and get a nice craft beer. The rest of our day was spent at home eating leftover sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and watching Supernatural.

On Sunday, I headed to the gym to take a class called Body Jam, which was supposed to be a hip-hop dance class. However, the class had been cancelled for the day due to a Zumba Instructor Training going on all day. I actually attended this training a couple years ago, right before I started teaching dance fitness classes. Zumba was (and still is, I suppose) such a craze that I was trying to make myself more marketable by learning how to instruct that class. I ended up HATING the training. It was basically a solid day of praising the man who started Zumba and telling us exactly how to structure classes, down to the exact steps we could and couldn’t use in dances and the exact music we could select. I didn’t appreciate being told I couldn’t bring any uniqueness to my class. Ok, rant over. Anyway, it turns out that the woman leading the instructor training on Sunday was actually the same woman who led my training a couple years ago. #smallworld

So instead of taking Body Jam, I did some interval running on the treadmill and ended with some rowing. I may do a recap of how I structure interval workouts at some other point. (They are are great for increasing your anaerobic threshold and your speed).

Sunday afternoon, my boyfriend and I went to a cappella rehearsal and then met up with some friends we haven’t seen in a while for dinner. It was a blast! We spent almost four hours catching up and drinking good beer. A perfect end to the weekend. (Also, sorry for the lack of pictures. Still don’t have blogging on my mind all the time.)

Now, onto today! Every Sunday, I make a meal plan and a grocery list, and I thought I’d share it with you so you would know what recipes will be coming this week!

Thursday: Leftovers
Saturday: Leftovers/Out to dinner
Sunday: Lentils with leftover sweet potato & cauliflower/broccoli
Enjoy your Monday :)