Healthy Meals Planning for this week(9)

We purchased the FILL THE GRILL special at Whole Foods this week which includes 8 pack of Applegate Farms natural hot dogs, 8 hamburgers and a whole side of beef ribs. We normally only eat red meat a couple of times a week, but this was such a great deal, we decided to go for it! Plus, it’s summertime and we LOVE grilling out.

(I might go back before the end of the month and buy it again to freeze for later this summer.)

Here is my plan for this week:

MONDAY- Ribs on the grill (marinated overnight in the fridge), corn on the cob, roasted asparagus, berries and watermelon for dessert (watermelon and berries all on sale this week at Kroger)

TUESDAY- Salad Bar (chop every veggie in the fridge, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, etc and let everyone make their own salad! Great way to use the odds and ends in the fridge) whole grain rolls

WEDNESDAY- Whole Grain Spaghetti and Meatballs (Bertolli Organic Pasta Sauce is on sale this week at Publix, using half the hamburgers to make meatballs)

THURSDAY- Bacon Cheeseburgers (hamburgers on the grill with melted cheese, BBQ sauce and a slice of turkey bacon), roasted sweet potatoes, green salad

FRIDAY- Hot dogs on the grill, homemade salsa (tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper,& black beans in the food processor) whole grain chips, watermelon

BREAKFASTS: Organic Whole Grain Muffins (used the recipe from the free downloadable muffin recipe book I posted last week. They are delicious!) or scrambled eggs and sliced fruit

LUNCHES: PB&J, Turkey sandwiches

SNACKS: string cheese, fruit, yogurt (Stonyfield was on sale at Whole Foods this week!)

*****FOR A COMPLETE GROCERY LIST FOR THIS WEEK’S MEAL PLAN, CLICK HERE:

Right-click to download this PDF file here.

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(8)

It has been SO HOT this week that I don’t plan on turning the oven on at all!! So, our meals are going to be either cold or grilled. Also, don’t forget to check out the printable shopping list!

MONDAY- Grilled chicken salad and whole grain crusty bread

TUESDAY- hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, corn on the cob, fruit salad and yogurt

WEDNESDAY- Chicken and veggie kabobs on the grill, green salad, watermelon

THURSDAY- sirloin steak on the grill, tomato and cucumber salad (mixed with light Italian dressing), fruit salad and yogurt

FRIDAY- Family Night at the Pizza Parlor!!! (I hope you get to eat out as well!!)

BREAKFASTS: whole grain waffles with maple syrup or whole grain blueberry muffins(I did heat the oven to make these. But, I made enough for the entire week!!)Oh and my daughter won the battle and got Fruit Loops. LLLOOOONNNNGGGG story.

LUNCHES: Annie’s Mac & Cheese, PB&J; or turkey sandwiches

SNACKS: Power Of Fruit Bars, string cheese

Side note: I made tea this week using 4 Lipton regular tea bags and 2 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger bags. Very refreshing without the sugar!

*****FOR A COMPLETE GROCERY LIST FOR THIS WEEK’S MEAL PLAN, CLICK HERE:

Right-click to download this PDF file here.

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(7)

This week I got a good deal on Lundberg rice (BOGOF at Kroger plus I had two $1.00 off coupons Lundberg sent me in the mail. Made them $1.25 a bag!!). I also have some organic chicken and organic fruit that I need to use up. Here are my plans:

MONDAY- Grilled chicken and:

July Jubilee Rice Salad

Recipe from: Lundberg Family Farms

1 cup uncooked Lundberg Jubilee rice, cooked according to package directions.

1/4 cup bottled low-fat Italian vinaigrette (or 3 tbsp. olive oil and 2 tbsp. wine vinegar)

1/2 cup parsley, minced

1 large tomato, seeded and diced (1 cup)

2 stalks celery, diced (1 cup)

1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp. dry)

salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch green onions, minced (3/4 cup)

4 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes

1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced olives, drained (1/4 cup)

Add vinaigrette, salt and pepper to cooked, cooled rice. Toss lightly. Add remainder of ingredients and toss. If desired, add more vinaigrette to taste. Chill. Serve on a bed of lettuce and garnish with parsley.

TUESDAY- Hamburgers on whole grain buns, corn on the cob and watermelon salad WEDNESDAY- shredded chicken flat-out wraps or lettuce wraps with shredded cheese, tomato, mayo, spicy mustard, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, and fruit & veggie tray with light ranch as a dip

THURSDAY- Dreamfields spaghetti and meatballs and green salad

FRIDAY- HOLIDAY WEEKEND!! No cooking for mama!!!!!

BREAKFASTS: Cascadian Farm granola bars, hard boiled eggs and turkey bacon or pancakes and maple syrup

LUNCHES: PB&J; or turkey sandwiches, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, baby carrots and celery, fruit salad

SNACKS: string cheese, grapes, strawberries, Power Of Fruit frozen treats

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(6)

In-laws will be here beginning of the week and Wednesday through Friday is just the hubby and me, so we are having simple meals. And you all know how I feel about turning the oven on in the summer!

MONDAY- hamburgers on the grill, fruit salad, veggie tray with low-fat ranch dressing for dip

TUESDAY- sub sandwich bar (putting out several types of slices of bread, sliced turkey, veggies, mustard, etc), whole wheat pasta salad (whole wheat pasta, tomato, black olives and low-fat Italian dressing)

WEDNESDAY- Steaks on the grill, corn on the cob, green salad

THURSDAY- Grilled chicken, green salad, and creamy parmesan risotto FRIDAY- DATE NIGHT!!!!!

BREAKFASTS: organic whole grain blueberry muffins, hard boiled eggs

LUNCHES: turkey and lettuce wraps with dijon mustard and fruit salad

SNACKS: string cheese, sliced fruit, yogurt

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE GROCERY LIST FOR ALL OF THIS WEEK’S MEALS!!

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(5)

All recipes this week are from Eat Better America and look delicious!!

Here is this week’s plan:

MONDAY- Grilled Chicken Kabob Ceasar Salad (Recipe below)

TUESDAY- Buffalo Fiesta Salad with Fire-Roasted Salsa (Recipe below)

WEDNESDAY- Ultimate BBQ Rubbed Chicken (Recipe Below)

THURSDAY- Breakfast for Dinner (veggie omelets, buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, orange juice)

FRIDAY- hamburgers on the grill, corn on the cob, watermelon

BREAKFASTS: cereal, Earth’s Best Organic Waffles

LUNCHES: PB&J; or Turkey Sandwiches, yogurt, peaches

SNACKS: String Cheese, Blueberries, Apples

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE GROCERY LIST FOR ALL OF THIS WEEK’S MEALS!!

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(4)

This week is about relaxing and enjoying my family. So, I have decided on a very simple meal plan. Here are my healthy meal ideas for this week:

MONDAY- Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

TUESDAY- Cheeseburgers on whole grain buns (grass-fed burgers from Whole Foods), roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon, tomato and cucumber salad (mine are from my in-laws garden. I just chop them up and add vinaigrette dressing)

WEDNESDAY- Sub Sandwich and Salad Bar Night (make your own subs, green salad and fruit salad. I just chop everything up and spread it out on the kitchen table! That way everyone gets exactly what he or she likes)

THURSDAY- green salad and Pear, Walnut and Gorgonzola Pizzas

FRIDAY- Applegate Farms hot dogs on the grill, corn on the cob, watermelon (fresh from my in-law garden!), and veggie tray

BREAKFASTS: scrambled eggs, whole grain toast and fruit or Earth’s Best Organic waffles and maple syrup

LUNCHES: PB&J; or Flatout Bread Turkey Roll-Ups (flat out bread, veggies, dijon mustard and slices of turkey), Food Should Taste Good Chips

SNACKS: air-popped popcorn, string cheese, sliced fruit

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE GROCERY LIST FOR ALL OF THIS WEEK’S MEALS!!

 

Right-click to download this PDF file here.

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(3)

All recipes this week are from Eat Better America and look delicious!!

Here is this week’s plan:

MONDAY- Grilled Chicken Kabob Ceasar Salad (Recipe below)

TUESDAY- Buffalo Fiesta Salad with Fire-Roasted Salsa (Recipe below)

WEDNESDAY- Ultimate BBQ Rubbed Chicken (Recipe Below)

THURSDAY- Breakfast for Dinner (veggie omelets, buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, orange juice)

FRIDAY- hamburgers on the grill, corn on the cob, watermelon

BREAKFASTS: cereal, Earth’s Best Organic Waffles

LUNCHES: PB&J; or Turkey Sandwiches, yogurt, peaches

SNACKS: String Cheese, Blueberries, Apples

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE GROCERY LIST FOR ALL OF THIS WEEK’S MEALS!!

 

Right-click to download this PDF file here.

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(2)

This week my hubby wanted me to try some recipes from his Men’s Health magazine. Also, I have decided to start making a SEVEN DAY plan for all you fine people who have requested one. And yes, a printable grocery list for the entire week!

Here is the plan:

MONDAY- green salad, fruit salad and Mediterranean Hummus Wraps

TUESDAY- Chicken Breasts on the grill and Black Bean and Mozzarella Bowl

WEDNESDAY- Greek Salad (romaine lettuce, cucumber, black olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil), hummus and pita bread

THURSDAY- spaghetti and meatballs (we must have this at least once every couple of weeks because it is a fan favorite around here!), green salad, garlic bread (whole grain baton with butter and fresh garlic)

FRIDAY- hamburgers and hot dogs (Applegate Farms) on the grill, corn on the cob, carrots and celery with low-fat ranch dip

SATURDAY- Chicken and Salad Pizza

SUNDAY- (I always make a nice meal after church on Sundays.) Roasted turkey breast, Annie’s mac and cheese, roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese, and whole grain rolls

BREAKFASTS: vegetable omelets and sliced fruit or pancakes and maple syrup

LUNCHES: leftovers (mostly what my husband eats for lunches!!) OR cheese quesadillas or PB&J, carrot and celery sticks with hummus or ranch dressing, sliced fruit

SNACKS: yogurt, berries, celery, and peanut butter, air popped popcorn

 

Right-click to download this PDF file here.

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Create Delicious, Healthy Meal Plans Without Spending A Fortune

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s hard to find time to make healthy meal plans for your family. From having to grocery shop to preparing the meals, it can be overwhelming!

You ask yourself:

Where do I even begin? How much of each food group should we be eating? Can we eat out and still eat healthily?

Find out below…

Step 1: Food Pyramid Guide and Children’s Feeding Schedule

The first step is to know what foods you should be eating. It is important to have a well-balanced meal with plenty of fruits, veggies, lean meat and whole grains.

The U.S. Department Of Agriculture has created the Food Pyramid to help answer questions about how much of each food group a person should have each day.

Step 2: Planning Healthy Meals

The second step is to lay out your meals for the week. You want to give your family a balanced diet of protein, fat and carbs to help keep their insulin levels low so they won’t be hungry again in an hour or fall asleep at 3 pm!

(If you are like me and want to save money as well, I suggest create around what is on sale that week. Read Creating A Healthy Grocery List On A Budget This will help you save money and serve your family healthy foods.) 

What Should I Be Serving?



Planning out each meal can be overwhelming at first. So here are a few guidelines and examples for each meal of the day:

Also, check out our blog each week for the MONDAY MEAL PLANNER and GROCERY SHOPPING LISTS! They are a great resource for recipes and grocery tips! 

Healthy Eating In Restaurants


Does your healthy meal plan include eating out? Don’t worry. It’s easy to eat in restaurants and still stay healthy with a little planning and knowledge!

Find out all the facts on restaurant nutrition to help maintain your healthy lifestyle and busy schedule!

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Healthy Meals Planning for this week(1)

This week I am planning all my meals around Kroger sales since that is where I shopped this week. Normally, I “stockpile” which means I find a good deal and buy as much as possible. So I tend to have lots of items on hand for recipes. But, the past few weeks have kicked my tail and I am pretty low right now!

Here is my plan:

MONDAY- Amy’s veggie burgers, whole grain buns, sliced veggie tray and whole grain pasta salad (whole grain pasta, grape tomatoes, olives, onion and Italian dressing

TUESDAY- Chicken and Mozerella Cheese Quesadillas with fresh salsa (diced tomato, cilantro, onion, garlic) and rice

WEDNESDAY- grilled chicken breasts, roasted red potatoes (slice and sprinkle with dried Italian dressing mix and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes), steamed broccoli

THURSDAY- Breakfast for dinner! Scrambled eggs, waffles, and cereal (my daughter is going to LOVE this!!)

FRIDAY- Applegate Farm’s chicken nuggets, Annie’s Mac and Cheese, and fruit salad

SATURDAY- DOG DAYS OF SUMMER MEAL!!! Ribs, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the grill (we still have some left in the freezer from Whole Foods FILL THE GRILL in June), watermelon, corn on the cob, green salad

SUNDAY- Steak on the grill, baked potatoes, roasted squash (in the oven with garlic and olive oil at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)

BREAKFASTS: Barbara’s Fruit and Yogurt Bars or Nature’s Path waffles or cereal

LUNCHES: using leftover chicken and tortillas for wraps, gensoy chips or PB&J; and Gensoy chips or leftovers

SNACKS: Peaches, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Power OF Fruit Bars ($0.69 this week after coupon!)

I will post the grocery list by 10 am tomorrow! Our internet is down at home and I need to get back and get the kiddos to bed!!!

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