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My 2 Week Menu Plan April 27-May 10, 2015

Hello Everyone,

I’ve decided to create a two week dinner plan.  It’s not written in stone but it’s nice to know that I can choose a meal just at a glance.  Here are 14 dinners for Monday April 27 ~ Sunday May 3, 2015

 

Week#1

Meal 1
Stuffed Peppers with ground beef, Italian sausages, & spinach

Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 2
Chicken cutlets with citrus honey sauce
Rice
Peas & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 3
Beef broth soup

Vietnamese rolls (shredded chicken breasts & shredded cabbage)
Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)
Rice
Eggrolls, Plum sauce, Sweet chili sauce

Meal 4
Grilled Greek Chicken Breasts

Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, onions, feta cheese)
Ranch coleslaw
Parsley salad

Meal 5
Beef taco casserole or Qenchiladas or Quesadillais
Mexican rice

Meal 6
Slowcooker Baby Back Ribs with dry rub

Ranch coleslaw
Corn

Meal 7
Slow Cooker Beef & Barley

Zoodles
Veggies
Green salad with vinaigrette

Week#2

Meal 1
Baked Italian sausages

Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
Pasta with meat sauce

Meal 2
Slow cooker Beef Stroganoff
(roast beef, mushroom, onions, sour cream, white wine)
Zoodles (for me)
Noodles (for family)
Salad

Meal 3
Oven roasted rosemary chicken

Roasted cauliflower
Roasted potatoes
Green beans with sliced almonds
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 4
Homemade Lean Beef burgers (grilled)

Baked french fries 
Parsnip fries
Ranch coleslaw
Mashed cauliflower
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 5
Fish Tacos with Avocado
Mango Salsa
Rice
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 6
Yogurt marinated Chicken

Ranch coleslaw
Roasted brussel sprouts
Green salad with vinaigrette
Baked potato (Toppings: Butter, Sour Cream, Green onions)

Meal 7
Shepards pie

Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
1 cup Cantaloupe, Waterlemon (twice a day)
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Zucchini chips & Babaganoush dip
Greek yogurt with berries
Pepperoni chips with hummus dip
Protein Bar

Spring 30 Day Slim Down

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Morning everybody,

Yes Spring has sprung and I feel a weight loss challenge is in order.  Feel free to join me in this challenge, I’ve added a countdown on the right side of my blog.

HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THE SPRING SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE:

1. The challenge will run from Sunday April 26 to Sunday May 31.

2. You may join the challenge at any time, late-comers are most welcome.  To join the challenge,  use the comment box to post your, starting weight,  and goal weight.

Example:    Starting Weight:      170 lbs
                       Goal Weight:       150 lbs
You may choose any goal you like. This is a 30 day challenge, so we should be able to stick to our goal.  A realistic goal is 1-2 pounds a week.

3. Pick a day for your weekly weigh-in, and stick to it a closely as you can. Then post your current weight each week.

4. You are encouraged to share how you are doing during the challenge, and especially to give each other support.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them.

Wishing you much success and happiness!

Marisa

Overnight Steel Cut Oats & Blueberry

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Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal
Ingredients:
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup steel cut oats (uncooked)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup frozen blueberries

Preparations: In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, milk, oats and brown sugar.
Divide into 4 mason jars or containers, top with frozen blueberries and refrigerated at least ­6 hours or overnight.

Add additional toppings such as toasted coconut, almonds, or honey. 

Makes 4 servings

1 serving:

Calories 143
Total Fat 1.4g
Carbs 24.6
Fiber 3.7
Sugar 7.1g
Protein 8.7g
Calcium 11.0%
Iron 5.2%

Fruity Ice Recipe

 Here’s a great way to flavor your water or a cocktail with these fruity ice cubes.

I used my silicone muffin cups and used sliced lemon, lime & frozen raspberries.  Why frozen raspberries?  Well if you ever buy them you’ll always get a bunch of crumbly broken raspberries.  This is a great way to use them other than in a smoothie.

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These nice big ice cubes are great for my water bottle too.

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Place them in a freezer bag and they’re ready for your next beverage.

Cheers!!!

 

Positive Affirmations for Weight Loss

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I recently changed my password on my laptop, it’s just something I try to do every few months but it occurred to me why not use a positive affirmation as my password instead on some random word that really has no meaning to me.  You can do this on your cell phone, laptop, anything that you use regularly.  

Affirmations are a great way to send positive messages to your unconscious mind so that you start to think and behave in a nicer way towards yourself. Permanent weight loss or weight maintenance requires a change in lifestyle. 

Here’s just a few positive affirmations that you can use to keep you motivated and will help you to slowly but surely change your lifestyle.

  • I am strong
  • Change your mine Change your body
  • I am doing this
  • I believe in myself
  • Strong is the new sexy
  • I am committed to my goals
  • Because I can
  • Bring it
  • I am worth it
  • Just do it

What are some of your positive affirmations?

 

Please feel free to enter them in the comment section below.

Happy Monday!!!  

Motivation Dedication 100%

Atkins New Plan—Atkins 40

Atkins just introduced a new plan called Atkins40, below is the link and a copy of the plan in a nut shell.  Its seems doable since there are no food restrictions, you can have a little from each of the 4 phases, just stay within the 40 carbs per day. 

http://www.atkins.com/how-it-works/atkins-40

ATKINS 40: THE FLEXIBLE, EASY LOW CARB DIET

With the Atkins 40 Plan, you can enjoy a full range of food options from every food group—carbohydrates, protein and fats—while still losing weight and feeling satisfied, never hungry! Vegetables, pasta, even potatoes? Yes! You can have it all on the Atkins 40 Plan, starting from Day One! Download everything you need to get started!

Here’s how the Atkins 40 Plan works:

Start with 40 grams of Net Carbs of carbohydrates a day. Net Carbs represent the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content and sugar alcohols (if in the product). The Net Carbs number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level and therefore are the only carbs you need to count when you do Atkins.

Eat three 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein each day. Eat 2 to 4 servings of fat each day.

Atkins40

 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pad Thai

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Ingredients:

5 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, sliced, bite sized pieces (you can use boneless skinless thighs)
2 medium zucchini, (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 large carrot (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 handful of bean sprouts (optional)
1 small bunch of green onions
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of all natural unsweetened peanut butter
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly minced ginger, (if you like ginger add more, I like just a hint of ginger)
1 tsp of garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper for seasoning the chicken
Chopped cashews for garnish (optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preparations:

Turn slow cooker on low and add the coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, 2 green onions chopped including the whites, cayenne, and red pepper.

Whisk until the peanut butter is completely melted.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  I like to saute any meat before it goes into the slow cooker but you can skip this step if you don’t have time.  If you have time, brown your chicken in a skillet to get the flavors going.

By now the sauce is warm, place your chicken breasts into the slow cooker.

Cook for 4 hours on low.

While that’s cooking you can make your zucchini noodles and shred the carrot , wash the bean sprouts.  Place each veggie into 3 separate bowls so you can pick your veggies later, or toss them all together if desired.

To serve, choose your veggies and place the zucchini noodles, shredded carrots and bean sprouts in a soup bowl, add the chicken and sauce over the noodles, and garnish with green onions, chopped cilantro and chopped cashews.

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Here’s my new favorite kitchen gadget, it’s a spiral vegetable slicer.

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