Last week was a tough week for my menu plan. Besides the new smoothie recipes (see here and here) I put together I did not get to try any of the new slow cooker recipes I planned on. Mostly, because I had my oldest’s birthday party Sunday I did not have time to full on grocery shop and prep the meals in advance. At this point in the game I really should know better than to go into monday thinking we are going to eat certain meals when I know darn well it’s not happening. If it is not prepped on Sunday then I certainly am not going to have the time or energy to prepare the recipe during the week. But I did have some food (tacos, calzones, clam sauce, pizza dough) in the freezer that I made a couple weekends ago so all hope was not completely lost. Although, I did forget to take food out one day and then my husband got all confused for dinner which then led to him ordering Indian food one night and then we went out dinner on Saturday night. I should state for the record it does not take much to convince my husband to order in or go out to eat. He only needs the slightest reason. For example, I say, “wow it looks like it might rain on Thursday” Matt says “Sweet let’s order pizza”. I usually say no but…if he catches me at just the right moment – which he usually does – I will cave.
Anyway, this week I feel much more prepared. I spent a few hours on Sunday cooking up some breakfast burritos, seasoned ground beef, meatballs, and a new mason jar salad recipe. I also stocked up on smoothie ingredients for my tropical green and apple ginger spice smoothies. I planned to make a couple slow cooker kits from the From Your Freezer to Family ecookbook but ran out of time. I did purchase all of the ingredients though so I will still be making the recipes this week. However, I will prep ingredients the night before instead of making freezer kits.
Let’s talk about exercise for a minute. Last week I was a beast. I ran hard everyday – hopefully making up for my lack of exercising the week before. I also focused on my strength training as well. I always feel my best when I follow up my run with squats, lounges, resistant bands, and crunches. I did take this morning off because after running yesterday and cooking all day I felt that my legs needed a break. But tomorrow I am back at it and can’t wait.
I am going to continue with my same exercise routine this week. It is working for me right now so I don’t see the need to change things up. I will run 4-5 times on my treadmill and follow that up with 100 crunches, 50 girl push ups, tricep and bicep exercises using resistant bands, and 50 squats. I think I will start researching other exercises I can do specifically for my abs because they are my biggest problem area and bikini season is coming up!
Back to my menu plan. This is what I plan to eat this week.
Make ahead tips
- you can make these into smoothie kits but I will just prepare the smoothies in the morning.
- Roasted vegetables, pasta , and fresh mozzarella mason jar salad – new recipe
Make ahead tips
- Made this on sunday for the week. Read my tips here.
Cuban sandwiches using slow cooker pulled pork
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry
Slow Cooker Stephanie’s Goulash
Make Ahead Tips
- All three slow cooker recipes are from the Freezer to Family ecookbook so recipes can be found there. Pulled pork cooked all day today and smells amazing. Goulash will be made tomorrow. Chicken curry will be prepped tonight for dinner on Saturday or Sunday.
- ground beef for cheeseburger wraps was made yesterday.
- Chicken quesadilla kits are in the freezer.
- Pizza dough is in freezer.
cheese and crackers
What’s on your menu this week?