Postpartum Food Plan: Trader Joe's Haul & What my Meal Prep is

“Fourth Trimester” Meal planning!

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Today feels like the monday of all mondays!! Had a horrible nights sleep (thanks preggo insomnia!!) which led me to oversleep, woke up to a freezing house and no power for 3 + hours…and then realized when I got to work I lost part of my car key!! Ouch! Rough start.

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Hope you all had a great weekend. I feel like I got soooo much done and I’m feeling so much better with where I’m at REGARDLESS of this morning LOL. Rooms are organized, baby clothes washed, most of my maternity clothes are in bags ready to be donated, and my hospital bag/diaper bag is ((almost))packed.

I wanted to share how I’m approaching food in the immediate 3-4 weeks postpartum (no doubt the hardest period…well..every stage is hard but that is the hardest!!). Obviously I will have help but I do 90% of the cooking in our house so I want to be sure that I have fast, somewhat healthy items readily accessible at my finger tips because life is gonna be reallllll busy with three little boys 4 & under.

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I don’t generally go to Trader Joe’s on a regular basis (strictly due to time) but I went there last njight to grab some items. I really love their frozen meals/veggie dishes that you can easily throw a lean protein in with and call it a meal! I definitely don’t plan on eating those every night but I stocked up on some so 1-2 nights a week we can lean on those to get us through the “fourth trimester”. I’ll also be sharing what I stocked up from BJ’s and Wegmans, and some freezer meals that I want (and hopefully will have time) to make in the next few days.

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Trader Joe’s Haul

So a few things before I list all of this…everything I bought was to try and make things easier for us during this period while still trying to maintain somewhat healthy eating habits. Also, I know some people might look down on frozen veggies, but they are actually just as good as fresh (if not better sometimes) because they are frozen right away and maintain their nutrients! I prefer fresh but when you have a newborn wanting to nurse 24-7 you gotta do what you gotta do!

  1. Seafood Paella- I haven’t tried this but hubby loves Paella so I snagged it.

  2. Their Veggie stir fried rices are AWESOME. These make a great quick lunch or dinner. You can add egg, or shrimp or chicken. I’ve added frozen shrimp in the past and its been so good.

  3. I snagged the chicken stir fried rice just because the veggie one was so good in the past.

  4. I bought this Pad Thai a few months ago and it was good-I added chicken!

  5. I bought this fusilli with veggies and basil for the boys. I thought it was a good change up from the usual plain whole wheat pasta I get them and easy for me to make.

  6. Fast breakfast for the kids if things are hectic- Toaster waffles.

  7. I haven’t tried this one yet but this stir fry looks awesome!

  8. More noodles for the boys-veggie tri color

  9. My hubby loves a good muesli so i snagged this one for him.


    Wegmans & BJ’s

Next: essentials from Wegmans and BJ’s. I have a membership at BJ’s (i totally recommend it if you have multiple kids!) and grabbed some things there to try to plan for quick, healthy eating. I also buy Club Pack’s at Wegmans so i here are snacks/foods I’m stocking up on for the 4th trimester.

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-Wegmans Family Pack Wild Caught Salmon (these actually taste really good for being frozen)
-Eggs (can be eaten at any meal!)
-Yogurt (Chobani from BJ’s)
-Apples -5 lb bag from BJ’s
-Alexia Sweet potato fries in bulk from BJ’s (great side to any lean meat/fish you are serving)
-Chivettas BBQ (big container from BJ’s)-we still grill this time of year and its a fast, healthy meal.
-At Wegman’s I snag any meat thats on sale and freeze it to save for a later date

Freezer Meals

The freezer meals I plan on making the meat/veggies and then freezing it (my hubby can make the rest of it!-all of the recipes from my site are linked here)

  1. Burrito Bowl- I cook the meat and veggies and freeze. That way all we have to do is warm and add fajita sauce and we are good to go!

  2. Bolognase- Make the meat and veggies and freeze-same as above. Add red sauce and some pasta or zucchini noodles and we are good to go

  3. Turkey Meatballs- I already have this frozen and ready to go! Just add pasta (for the kids) or zucchini noodles for us and we are good to go!

  4. Turkey Chili

  5. I have 2 meals from sunbasket coming this week that I’ll be making and storing for when I get home from the hospital or freezing!



I would loved to have had more time to make more and freeze it, but I think this will set us up for at least the first few weeks!! Fingers crossed.

Have a great day! xo

Alex




Meal Plan Monday & snacks I'm loving

Anyone else have a sunshine hangover? Can we all just skip work today and celebrate SPRING and no more snow?! Kidding...{kind of} Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to get after this week!

Today I'm sharing a unique recipe... Pork is not something I have in my usual meal rotation but this meal is actually super tasty, healthy, and even kids like it because its more sweet than spicy. The Hoisin sauce I use to flavor this meal is pretty low in sugar and carbs which makes me love this recipe even more.

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Pork Stir fry with Snow Peas

Pork Tenderloin, cut into cubes
4 cloves garlic
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled & minced (2 tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2/3 pound Snow Peas
1/2 Red & Green Pepper, chopped
Mushrooms
3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
1/4 cup water
Rice

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1. Toss the pork with half the garlic, half the ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. 
2. While pork is marinating, start cooking the rice. Heat a skillet over high heat and add olive oil.  Add the remaining garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add mushrooms and peppers. When mushrooms begin to sautee/peppers soften (3-4 mins), add sugar snap peas. Cook for 2-3 mins. Remove into a separate bowl to cool. 
3. Heat the same skillet used for the vegetables and cook the Pork mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return the vegetable mixture to the skillet when Pork is nearly cooked through. Add the hoison sauce and soy sauce to taste, cook until juices thicken. I like to add 1/4 cup of water as the juice thickens- I think it makes it perfect to spread over the rice! Totally up to you though. 
4. Serve over rice and enjoy!! 

Snacks I'm loving

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Also, I wanted to share a few snacks that I've been loving for me...and a few for the kids. My boys love the Nature's Bakery fig bars. I just saw today that they have an Organic Oat and Honey option so I snagged it and they LOVE them. I like how there is no high fructose corn syrup, that they're organic, and not too messy!

Strangely enough,  Neither of my boys like cow's milk. I don't really force it because I'm not super sold on cow's milk anyway...so we try to get their dairy through almond milk in their oatmeal, yogurt (Seb really isn't feeling it at the moment..hopefully that changes!) and various cheeses. These Horizon cheese stars are Max's favorites. I think he likes the taste as much as the different shapes :) These I have only been able to find at Target. Just what I need, another reason to "force" me to go into target..ha. 

I've completely overhauled my diet the last 3 weeks and cut out all sweets so finding alternatives for my sweet tooth has been a challenge to say the least. I've been loving the thinkthin Cake pops lately though. My favorite flavor definitely has to be the chocolate. Low sugar and it hits the spot after dinner when I crave something sweet!

Last but not least... is this Buff Bake Peanut Butter spread. GUYS. This is so freakin good. Not nearly as good as Nutella, or Peanut Butter Company  {{these are clearly off limits at the moment}},  but it certainly satisfies and packs some extra protein. Beggars can't be choosers at the moment so I'll take what I can get,  I love how these two treats are somewhat guilt free and help me satisfy that sweet tooth that never seems to disappear! 

Have a great week everyone! 

xo

Alex