Nutrition

June 9, 2019
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My family is obnoxious when it comes to grapes, seriously.  My house is like the Bermuda Triangle for grapes – they enter the doorway and then BANG they’re gone no trace of them to be found.

I’ve wanted to add grapes to our backyard haven for years but honestly didn’t know the first thing about them.  Like where to plant them, are they going to grow in our climate, are they going produce enough for all my efforts.

After doing some research and talking to the amazing Tracy Scarfe at Misty Gardens (she’s so knowledgable she’s my go to for all gardening) we decided on two different types Prairie Star and Valiant.  I’m super excited to see what the end result will be this fall for our first year!

Just in case these tasty little buggers weren’t enough for you to gobble them up they are also have amazing health benefits. 

Check out the link below from Healthline.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-grapes#section2


June 2, 2019
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I’m not a gourmet chef at all.  When meal planning I pick the easiest and quickest meals possible because I don’t like cooking.  That’s why I love romaine lettuce!  I can guarantee that if you happen to get a look at my grocery list the first item on it will be romaine lettuce.  I buy at least 2 packages each week because it’s such an easy side dish or meal on it’s own.  Bonus it’s loaded with amazing benefits.

Check out Dr. Axes article with all of the benefits and nutritional facts here.

Here are some of the great additions that we commonly use to spruce up this great vege!

  • tomatoes
  • avocados
  • shredded cheese
  • croutons (Costo has a huge bag of parmesan/garlic and they are delicious)
  • breaded chicken strips (again Costco has awesome chicken strips in a 2kg bag)
  • PC tortilla strips (my fav are the chili lime)

Man I could go on forever with this list but you get the idea on how super easy this can be.


May 10, 2019
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I really struggled this week to figure out what we would be having for supper – not sure exactly why but I couldn’t get past looking for quick and easy meals for next weeks meal plan.  Maybe it’s because my brain is still thinking life will be crazy because of teaching 3 nights a week?!?!?!  Who knows!  All I know is when you take the time to meal plan and prep it goes a long way on your pocket book and waist line!

 

Monday:  4 Cheese Spaghetti Squash & BBQ Pork Chops

This recipe calls for spaghetti but I will substitute with spaghetti squash for a healthier version

http://www.lorente.me/2019/04/creamy-four-cheese-garlic-spaghetti.html

 

Tuesday: Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta

https://www.addictrecipes.com/2019/04/cheesecake-factory-louisiana-chicken.html

 

Wednesday: Tator Tot Casserole

This has been a family favourite for years.  You can substitute the mushroom soup with plain greek yogurt if you so choose.  I use frozen green beens from the garden but you can use any type of veggie.

https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/easy-tater-tot-casserole/

 

Thursday:  Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/quick-one-pot-lasagna-soup


April 20, 2019
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Even though it’s Easter Break this week I still make sure I meal plan.  I find it’s harder to keep on track when we have days off because we get busy in the yard and all of a sudden CRAP it’s supper time and I haven’t even taken anything out.  This way it limits the unhealthy meal choices. 

Monday:  Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes

https://www.simplystacie.net/2015/03/brown-sugar-dijon-pork-tenderloin/

Tuesday:  Tuscan Chicken with Sautéed veggies

https://www.disgruntle.us/2019/04/the-worlds-most-delicious-tuscan.html

Wednesday:  Cobb Salad

https://mylifecookbook.com/taco-cobb-salad-with-homemade-ranch/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=401401082_13339622_229223

Thursday:  Buffalo Chicken Wraps

https://gimmedelicious.com/2018/02/20/5-minute-buffalo-chicken-wraps/


April 9, 2019
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Life can be very hectic in our household especially during the week so every Saturday morning I sit with my cup of coffee and my MacBook and I figure out what we will be having for meals.  I then go through the pantry, freezer and fridge to see what I need to buy for groceries.  Later that morning after grocery shopping I start doing meal prep – nothing special just cutting up veggies for snack bags, making oatmeal in a jar etc. etc.

Here is our meal plan for this week!  ***Keep in mind I LOVE going to Pinterest to find my recipes***

Monday:

Baked ham and slow cooker scalloped potatoes

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/47860/slow-cooker-scalloped-potatoes-with-ham/

Tuesday:

Copy Cat Cheesecake Factory – chicken pasta

https://www.recipenova.com/2019/03/cheesecake-factory-louisiana-chicken.html

Wednesday:

Mashed caulitators (I do usually add a potato or 2 depending on the size) & lemon pepper pork chops

https://www.evolvingtable.com/roasted-garlic-mashed-cauliflower/#wprm-recipe-container-6942

Thursday:

Chicken parmesan & spagetti squash

For the spaghetti squash:  I poke holes in it and then put it in the oven on 350 for 1 hour, let cool and then carve it out and enjoy!

https://www.spendwithpennies.com/chicken-parmesan-recipe/

Friday:

Homemade pizza

I will post a quick tutorial on how to make the caulicrust I use which BTW takes like it’s take out crust!

Enjoy!