Friday, July 29, 2011

Meal Plan - Week of July 31 - August 6

So, I have started a "Home Management Binder". Inside, I have (so far) the monthly calendars to the end of this year (with birthdays and community events marked down), contact numbers (including family, doctors, insurance providers, and the people we pay every month), cleaning (with one checklist in it so far...the declutter list), and finally, a tab for meal planning.

I plan to put my (otherwise scribbed onto a scrap of paper and stuck to the fridge) organized meal plan in the binder, with printouts of the recipes.

So here is what we have on the plate (see what I did there?) for dinner this coming week:

Sunday: Roasted Salmon Salad
Monday: Sirloin Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken & Peach Salad
Wednesday: Grilled BLT on an everything bagel (with cream cheese, made like this), cottage cheese (to boost the protein) and sweet peppers
Thursday: Baked Falafel and Couscous with tomato and cuke

And for snacks...Energy Bites (thanks to my friend Sherri for bringing it to my attention)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Granola Bites

Quinn and I decided to make some granola bites this morning. I got the recipe out of the latest issue of Today's Parent magazine.

I think it's obvious that I have a pretty good relationship with food, and I really hope to pass that along to Quinn. One of the ways I can get him to appreciate food is to let him have a part in making it.

Making Granola Bites

1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tblsp vegetable oil
1 cup large flake oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup dried blueberries
2 1/2 tblsp sesame seeds
pinch cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 12 muffin tin with oil (I have one of those mister things).

In a large bowl, whisk egg, maple syrup and oil. Add oats, seeds, blueberries and cinnamon. We tasted everything (but the egg) as it was going into the bowl.

Divide evenly amongst the 12 wells. It was about a heaping tablespoon per well. Press mixture into tin with the back of the spoon.

Bake in oven for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them. Cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and gently (using the spoon if needed) remove them and place them on a plate.

If you take them out too soon, they will fall apart. If you wait too long, they might stick.

Granola Bites

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Menu Plan!

I try to get organized on Saturday nights...I sit and look at my Pinterest, stare and drool at all the lovely morsels I've pinned. Then I snap into reality and check the flyers to see what might be on sale.

Here's what we've got going on this week (days may change):

Sunday: Tacos and Diana's Mom's Rice

Monday: Scrambled Egg Cupcakes, Baked Potato/Homefries, Apple Nachos

Tuesday: Apple Chicken Quesadillas, Green Salad

Wednesday: Tomato Grilled Cheese Bagel, Onion Soup

Thursday: Tuna Casserole

Friday: Bento for Movie Night