Meal Plan Monday: 3/4/19

Meal Plan Monday-3/4/19

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Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!

Hope you all had a good weekend.. mine was pretty low key including grocery shopping, family time and some walks outside ... oh and a MIA step 2 car... if you saw my insta stories you know what I’m talking about!

I headed into work for a few hours yesterday and am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I also had my first workout and it felt AMAZING.

1st workout in the books!

1st workout in the books!


I wanted to share this weeks recipes and a recap from last week. We really liked the seasoning that I had last week for salmon and I TOTALLY recommend it! Awesome on salmon!! You can purchase it below.

Paul Prudhomme Seafood Magic

The stir fry recipe was a win- I would definitely make it again! It’s linked here.

I saw basically ZERO movement in the scale this past week.. however yesterday I was able to fit in size 25 Madewell jeans so I’ll chalk that up as a win (one size up from pre-pregnancy). Sometimes you don’t necessary see movement in the scale; but in how you look, feel and how things are fitting! Now that I am officially cleared I know I’ll ((slowly)) make more progress!

This weeks recipe lineup is as follows:


Monday: Sunbasket stir fry-See photo. It was so good.

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Tuesday - Lamb tacos (Sunbasket) A note on this meal: Lamb isn’t something we eat a ton of but I do like it through the sunbasket meals. It tends to be with Greek recipes and I love the seasonings they send for the recipe. I’m all about variety for dinner (usually dinner and lunch I stick to the basics) and we enjoy this every one in awhile! I’ll post a photo tonight of the finished product!

FYI- we use Sunbasket probably 3/4 weeks and we love it. It changes things up, is a great service, is healthy, and is great portion control!! Because it is a serving size for 2 (you can pick for 2, or for a family) I usually don’t involve the kids in the meals. Sometimes for a pasta dish I do but generally I use these meals in the beginning of the week when my husband works late and misses dinner with the kids anyway.

For those interested you can use my code to save money on your first order with Sunbasket!

Use this code: https://sunbasket.com/invite/Alex398281

Wednesday- chicken cordon blue via skinny taste. And of course I always use Sahlens Deli Ham! This is a super easy to make meal and a lot of times I make it ahead of time and put it in the fridge so it’s ready for the oven when I need it to be- because sometimes as you all know.. babies get hungry at the most in opportune times! Lol. I really recommend this recipe and have been making it for the last 2 years or so.

Thursday: My hot chicken recipe (linked here) If you haven’t tried this…this should be on your menu for next week!!

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Friday: I’m trying this chicken tzaziki recipe from skinny taste. I’ll let you know how it is!!!

Be sure to follow along this week as I hit the weights and the streets for my first run since .. DECEMBER!!

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