Food Prep 8/13

13 08 2017

Another good day in the neighborhood. I actually spent nearly 2 hours on food prep today. Again, no pictures, because it’s just not that interesting to photograph.

Here’s what I did:
Cut up and roasted cauliflower.
Cut up (with the mandolin) 4 cups of carrots. Roasted half.
Cut up carrots for carrot sticks.
Cut up celery and cut up celery sticks
Cut up sugar snap peas
Cut up zucchini for kebabs and for lo mein
Cut up orange and red peppers for kebabs
Sliced one red pepper and two green peppers
Cut up several green onions
Washed a container of raspberries
Cut up 2 lbs of strawberries
Cooked a pot of jasmine rice

Cooked a whole chicken for dinnner tonight, served with roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. So very good.

Here’s how the food will come together:
Carrots, celery, zucchini, and snap peas will be cooked into a stir fry to be served with steak as lo mein. There will be leftovers for lunches. Yummy!
Lunches for the week for me: three lunches will include roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots, and jasmine rice. I will add roasted chicken for tomorrow, the other two will have steak. I don’t need a meal on Weds, and I’ll have leftover lo mein for a lunch and maybe a dinner.
The rest of the chicken and potatoes will be the basis of a meal on Wednesday dinner. I’ll cook green beans, coat the chicken and potatoes with viniagrette, and serve on lettuce.
One dinner this week will be steak kebabs done on the grill, with beef, zucchini, and peppers.

This week, I’ll do these things for exercise:
Wednesday-elliptical and circuit

Also on the agenda: dental cleaning and hair cut.

Hubster has school stuff to do this week, getting ready for next week’s start.

I’ve done absolutely nothing on my summer goals. I know I have another month of summer to go, but it’s depressing to look around at everything that needs to be done and noticing how very little has been done.

We’re talking about a big thing to give the Ninja. In order to make it work, we have to:
Set up roofing appointment
Finish the family room, and unpack the boxes that are currently in the room
Pack up the Ninja’s stuff in said boxes
Clean out and clean up the guest room
Paint the guest room.
Set up armoire and move linen stuff into it
Buy queen bed
Clean carpet
Empty linen cabinets and remove
Empty master bathroom
Remodel master bath


Food prep 8/6/2017

7 08 2017

No pictures this time. I feel like I take the same pictures of the same meals at the same week and it’s frankly getting kind of boring.
However, I did do food prep this week.
I cut up celery sticks, green peppers, and strawberries. So much yum.
We had grilled steak for dinner on Sunday, and that will feed us for at least two more meals–one dinner and maybe a lunch or two.
We had grilled chicken for dinner on Saturday, and have leftovers that may be one more meal.
We got a watermelon, but it just isn’t that good. Overripe, but tasteless as the same time. Definitely going to have to go back to the farmer’s market.
I prepped three very easy lunches: havarti cheese, celery and carrot sticks with a smidge of ranch for dressing, and grapes. The grapes we bought this week were de-lish-ous.

Here’s the week ahead menu:
Monday–beef stroganoff
Weds–grilled steak sandwiches
Saturday–taco salad
Sunday–roasted chicken in the slow cooker

Tuesday-bike and circuit
Fri–long treadmill
Sun-bike or elliptical

The air quality is very bad. My eyes are streaming and I have zero energy. So we’ll see what is going to get done.


Food Prep Sunday 7/23

23 07 2017

Food prep was quick and easy today.  We had the pleasure of having lunch with family today at Red Robin, and that really filled us up (Hubster and me).   So our dinner became very light.  We had goulash.

I did, however, spend about a half hour cutting up celery, carrots, green peppers, strawberries, and cantaloupe for the week.  Some of the veggies will be featured in dinners this week, and some will be eaten for lunches.


From top left:  green peppers, tomatoes, and cuke spears for tomorrow’s lunches, two lunches of hard boiled egg, cheese curds, and cut up veggies, green peppers, strawberries, celery and carrot sticks, cut up snap peas, sliced carrots, and cut up cantaloupe.  20170723_193254

It’s not going to be a bad week, but my gosh, I really need a study visit or two or ten.

Dinners for the week:
Monday: Yakisoba noodles with steak/snap peas/carrots
Tuesday: leftovers
Wednesday: hamburgers
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: grilled chicken
Saturday: Quesadillas
Sunday: beef broccoli in the crock pot

Monday: HIIT treadmill and circuit
Tuesday: elliptical
Wednesday: HIIT treadmill and circuit
Thursday: cycle
Friday: HIIT treadmill
Saturday: walk
Sunday: circuit

Things to do this week: Catch up on afghans, find a roofer, and put things back into the family room.


Food prep 7/16

16 07 2017

Food prep’s ongoing at our house.  But it’s been revolutionized and is so incredibly easy.  Thanks so much to for their prep notes.  I’ve been able to create prep notes for each meal, including the day before note (remove meat from freezer and thaw in fridge) and up to five days before (chop green pepper).  I was struggling to figure all of this out, and it does it for me.

I totally adore Plan to Eat, and can’t say enough about it.  It’s a website that makes meal planning so completely easy.  It’s easy to plan meals, it’s really easy to save recipes, and the website makes your shopping list.  You can customize your list however you want.  Lately I’ve been dividing it into produce and canned goods rather than stores, but it works either way.

You can try Plan to Eat free for 30 days, and a yearly subscription is 40 bucks.  On Black Friday, it’s 50% off.  Guess when I renew my subscription?  Tell ’em I sent you:  (I don’t think I get anything for referrals, except the warm fuzzy feeling of helping out a fellow meal planner).

Today’s meal prepping took about an hour, and coincided with making dinner.  I chopped green and red peppers and a red onion for pork kebabs for Friday, and green pepper and celery for stir fry on Wednesday.  I made two steak cobb salads for my lunches (steak, hard boiled eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing on the side.)  I made two cheese plates for my lunches as well (Havarti cheese, hard boiled eggs, celery sticks, and grapes to be eat with thin pretzels).  I have a leftover chicken stir fry from Saturday (chicken teriyaki bites, broccoli, and rice).  Dinner was salmon made in the crock pot, and there’s a generous plenty for the Hubster’s lunches.  I got out ground beef for tomorrow’s dinner (taco salad).  I cut up strawberries for dessert.  We will feast this week.

This week’s menu:

Monday: taco salad

Tues/Thurs:  leftovers

Weds:  skillet super

Fri: pineapple pork kebabs

Sat:  hamburgers

Sun:  roasted chicken in the crock pot

Workout schedule:

Mon:  7 am HIIT on treadmill/half circuit weights/bike

Tues:  elliptical/Ilvermony workout

Weds:  7 am HIIT treadmill/circuit/bike

Thurs:  something different/Ilvermony workout

Fri:  7 AM HIIT/bike

Sat:  bike

Sun:  bike/circuit


Soon, I need to figure out how to work mindfulness/yoga into my routine.  Tonight I’ll start by listening to my meditation tape.





Summertime and the food prep is easy

4 06 2017

Hubster is off for the summer, for the most part.  Hubster is a teacher, and the kids are done until August.  He, however, has to do a bunch of stuff this week as well as training here and there in the summer.

So what does that mean for food prep?
It means that I don’t have to food prep for lunches for Hubster.  It means that I am going to switch around our food plan for the summer completely.

Instead of slow cooker Tuesdays, we’re going to have slow cooker Sundays.

Instead of grilled or baked meat on Sundays, we’re going to grill a couple of times during the week.

I have a couple of really wonderful slow cooker cookbooks that I used a while ago and set aside.  They are called The French slow cooker and the Italian slow cooker, by Michele Sciolone.  I highly recommend them.  I will be making some wonderful, garlicky chicken soon.

I didn’t do any food prep today.  We had take out Chinese yesterday, and there’s plenty for several lunches.  We have leftover spaghetti from Friday, which will do for a lunch or two.  We had pot roast tonight, and that’ll make at least one dinner also (French dip).

I had a bunch of carrot sticks made already, and tomorrow we’ll have tacos.  It’ll be awesome.  It’ll also make some nice leftovers.

We’re actually going out a couple of times this week.  One night, we’ll be attending the showing of The Princess Bride.  One night, we’re attending an awards dinner.

This has actually complicated my workout plan for the week, but I shall persevere.

Here’s what the week looks like.

Monday:  taco salad

Tuesday:  leftovers

Weds:  unknown (pizza?  pot roast leftovers?)

Thurs:  steak

Fri:  French dip

Sat:  hamburgers

For workouts:

Monday:  elliptical

Tuesday:  walk

Weds:  circuit training (early in the day if possible, or leave work early and do it)

Thursday:  walk (early in the day)

Friday:  bicycle

Saturday:  walk at Great Strides

Sunday:  circuit and mow lawn

No food prep Mother’s Day 2017

14 05 2017

No food prep for today.
We actually bought meals from Hello Fresh some time ago, and our delivery was delayed by UPS.  I complained, and Hello Fresh gave us a free week.  I highly recommend the customer service.

However, it took a bit to find a week of meals that I liked.  Last week was that week.  We got our first (and last) deliver last Weds.  We made two of the three meals already, with the third one coming Monday.  So no need to food prep for dinner that day.

We also have plenty of leftovers from last week, so there wasn’t a big need for food prep.

I do need to cut up some strawberries.  But that is truly about all I needed to do.

So here’s the week plan:

Monday:  panko chicken from Hello Fresh

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday:  steak and noodles

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday Taco salad

Saturday:  teriyaki chicken bowls



Monday:  cycle  (post for Ilvermony points)

Tuesday:  walk

Weds:  Circuit  and video:

Thurs:  walk

Fri:  elliptical

Sat:  walk

Sun:  qi gong and circuit




Food prep and week plan May 7

7 05 2017

It’s a beautiful May day here, and we’ve been busy.

On Sundays, we try to go to QiGong, and we went today.  Good thing, because the instructor is taking a leave this summer and we’ve only got two more weeks of QiGong until fall.

Then Hubster does Tai Chi, and I do the circuit.  We come home, eat lunch, and then mow the lawn.

After all that, I do meal prep for the week, and planning for the week as well.

I have pretty much quit taking pictures of my food prep, as it seems that I make the same thing over and over.  Ah well.

Today, I cut up celery and carrots for sticks.  I cooked a lot of chicken for dinner, and made two chicken broccoli cups (chicken, broccoli, shredded carrot, and chopped pecan in a yogurt/ranch dressing.  I made tomorrow’s lunch from last night’s leftovers.  I have a lot of chicken to make dinner on Wednesday, which for me is the goal of meal prep.

I made two meat loaves.  Hubster likes meat loaf.  I don’t, but I like him, so I make him what he likes.  One’s in the fridge ready for the crock pot on Tuesday, and one’s in the freezer for later.

I made homemade granola.  So very tasty, and it makes the house smell so very good.

This week is going to be a normal week at work. I have one monitor visit, and no study visits planned.  It’s a good thing.

Here’s the workout plan:
Monday-walk and 3 sets of Ilvermony workout

Tuesday-yoga with cats at Simply Cats

Wednesday-circuit and elliptical




Sunday-qi gong and circuit

For Ilvermony, I need to do 3 hours of relaxing things (I have crocheting to do), eat a rainbow of foods, get 10 miles in walking, and declutter a room along with untangling a bunch of book titles.

Food for the week:

Monday-beef skillet supper

Tuesday-crock pot meatloaf

Weds-chicken and noodles




Sun-dinner out


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