Meal Plan Aug 29-Sept 5

This week is a Busy Mom Clean Eating Group on Facebook, so all of my meals are from that group.  Let me know if you want to be added to the group to get access to the recipes!

Saturday: out with family

Sunday: Baked Chicken Tenders with Zucchini Chips

Monday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Tuesday: Fixate Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Wednesday: Jambalaya

Thursday: Sloppy Joes

Friday: BBQ Salmon

My workouts went really well last week!  Here is my plan for this week:

Sat: 4 mile run

Sun: Yoga

Mon: Cize cardio

Tues: Upper Fix

Wed: 3 mile run

Thurs: Dirty 30

Fri: Cize Cardio

Sat: 4.5 mile run

What are you meal and fitness plans for the week?

Derby City Date Night: Stoney River

After the purchase of our lovely new home, our mortgage broker and college friend sent us a gift card to Stoney River.  I was really excited because Stoney River is a restaurant that I’d heard of, but never actually been to.  Honestly, I’d always heard that it was really expensive, and homey don’t play that.  The Bread Man and I planned a date night and off we went!

My first impression was that my original assumptions were not exactly accurate.  Being from a small town, Stoney River was in the big city and was the place you took your prom date, so I assumed that it was super fancy.  It’s definitely a nicer restaurant, but the other patrons didn’t really follow that.  It surprised me, but made more comfortable because I’m not highbrow.

We started our meal with the Steak Roll appetizer, which was described to us by the waiter as a Philly cheesesteak in an eggroll.  That description is both completely accurate and a little misleading–the flavors are exactly what you would expect from a Philly cheesesteak in an eggroll, but it. was. amazing.  Much more gourmet than you would think, and it was perfect. The portion was a little big for an appetizer, but we ended up taking it home for lunch.  So yummy!

For my entree, I had the Hong Kong Style Sea Bass and the Baby Kale Salad.  The salad was really good and very simple–chopped nuts, dried cranberries, baby kale, and a light herb dressing.  It was tasty and satisfying but not at all filling, which was great because I was excited about the sea bass.  The fish was steamed and dressed with an Asian sweet and sour sauce on top of a bed of sauteed spinach.  It was so good!  A little too much spinach for me, but I’m not a big fan of cooked greens in general.  The fish was so good!  I’m not usually into steamed fish because it’s not enough flavor, but the sauce was the perfect complement. I actually forgot to take pictures of the entrees because we were so excited to eat them!

The Bread Man got the coffee rubbed steak and twice baked potatoes.  He loved it!  I had a bite of each, and the potatoes were seasoned very well, and the steak was amazing.  I don’t even like steak.  Seriously.  I’ve always thought it was too tough and dry (sorry, Dad).  This steak was the best steak I’ve ever had!  The Bread Man approved.

We were too stuffed for dessert, but there were some lovely options.

Stoney River certainly doesn’t need me to give them any plugs, but they were excellent. The price point is pretty high, so you need to expect to spend $100 easily for a full meal for 2, especially if you get drinks.  I would love to go back, but probably for apps and desserts instead of entrees.

It was a lovely dinner with a lovely guy!

Aug 22-28 Meal Plan and Workout Schedule

I’m so excited to back into my routine with school being back in session!  I love summer and the time I get to spend with my litte guy and husband, but it’s hard on my health goals!  I’m excited to try some new recipes this week!

Saturday: Date night at Stoney River

Sunday: Baked fish with pesto and pureed garlic cauliflower

Monday: Clean Eating Jambalaya

Tuesday: Baked BBQ Salmon (we were planning on this last week, but the fish was bad 😦 )

Wednesday: Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli from the Fixate cookbook

Thursday: Out–Open House at school

Friday: Sriracha burgers (minus the bacon, bun, and sauce)

One of our friends had surgery recently, and we are taking them this Baked Potato Soup this week.  It’s so good and so easy to make!

I also wanted to share my workout schedule for this week.  I’m all signed up for a 5k and a 10k in the next 6 weeks, and I’m so excited!  It’s been over 2 years since I ran in a race and I miss it badly.  I decided that I didn’t want to take all the time to train for a half, so a 10k is my limit right now.  I can’t wait!

Sat: Pilates Fix

Sun: Yoga or 3.5 mile run (as schedule allows)

Mon: Yoga or 2.5 mile run (as schedule allows)

Tues: Upper Fix

Wed: 3 mile run

Thursday: 10 min abs

Fri: Total Body Cardio

Sat: 4 mile run

I’d love for you to share your workout plans and meal plans for this week!

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me. My Shakeology is easy and delicious, but I need something with it to keep me fueled until lunch. I need something fast, easy, and portable; my morning schedule doesn’t allow for cooking more than 2 or 3 minutes. Keeping a batch of muffins in the freezer helps make my mornings go smoothly, and I’m constantly looking for delicious and healthy recipes for my whole family to enjoy, including Little Man.

This recipe was pretty good. The banana I used wasn’t quite ripe enough, so it really needed more sweetness. The next time I make them, in either going to add in some applesauce or an extra banana to give more moisture and more sweetness.

I used frozen strawberries and increased the cooking time per the recipe notes.

This isn’t something I would have regularly, but it is a nice treat and helps fill me up!


Amy’s Healthy Baking Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Muffins–

Meal Plan Aug 15-21

I’m going to be a little bit of a tease this week–I’m testing out some recipes for my upcoming Eating Clean for Busy Moms Facebook group, so I’ve never had some of these recipes before.  I’m not going to link to recipe until 1) I’ve tried it and had it family-approved, and 2) I’ve been able to share it with my clean eating group.

Want to be a part of the clean eating group?  Message me today!  It’s completely free and 5 days from Aug 31-Sept 4.

Saturday: Chicken meatballs with pasta and zoodles (from last week)

Sunday: Fish tacos with broccoli slaw (from last week)

Monday: Enchilada Bake

Tuesday: BBQ Salmon

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Lemon Chicken Skillet

Friday: Out and about!

I will share a Oatmeal Banana Muffin recipe I found–it’s pretty tasty!  Check it out here. If you don’t have a blender to blend the oats, or you just don’t feel like it, you could use whole wheat flour instead, but that will change the flavor a bit.  I like using white whole wheat flour because it doesn’t have as intense a whole wheat flavor, but still has the nutrition.

Choose Joy

Well, the time has come.  As much as I’ve been in denial that school is really starting up again, my new students will be walking through my classroom doors in less than 12 hours.  Like many teachers, I like summer (duh).  But this year is different, and I’m having a hard time getting psyched to go back to school.

This summer was my second summer with my son.  Last year he was just starting to crawl, and it was a rough summer.  This year was so much fun!  We went to the pool, the zoo, the store, story time, and did all kinds of things together.  I know I’m so lucky to be able to do that with him, and I appreciate that.  But it makes me greedy for more!  Last year I was ready to go back to work, to get back to my routine, and to have some outside adult contact.  This year, I’m just sad.  It doesn’t help that my school is a more stressful environment, and it doesn’t seem like that is changing any time soon.

But my point is not to complain.  It’s actually the opposite.  I thought of the phrase “choose joy” yesterday during my “back to school” faculty meeting.  Administrations aren’t perfect, systems aren’t perfect, and things can get screwed up pretty badly.  A lot of things went wrong the past couple of days at work, and a lot of us faculty members, myself included, have been complaining about a lot.  And there’s a lot we could complain about.

But I don’t want to be miserable for a school year.  I want to be a good teacher. I want to have positive relationships with my students.  I want to enjoy my job.  I want to enjoy going to work most days.  And I realized that a lot of this is in my control.  It’s not about my situation, but my attitude.  If I decide that this will be a terrible year, it probably will be.  If I choose joy in all circumstances, and pray HARD, it could be totally different.

Today, and this year, I’m going to choose joy.

What circumstance are you in that you need to choose joy for?

Meal Plan August 8-14

It’s back to school and the regular grind this week (*sigh*), so all the dinners are quick, easy, and favorites.

Saturday: Wedding reception

Sunday: Wedding reception

Monday: Chicken Stuffed Peppers from the Fixate cookbook

Tuesday: Tacos with salsa, avocado, and fresh cilantro (no shell for me!) and roasted Brussels sprouts

Wednesday: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Thursday: Pasta (zoodles) with chicken pesto meatballs

Friday: White fish tacos with broccoli slaw

Since school is starting back up, I wanted to share my lunch for the work week. I’m making a batch of quinoa and dividing it up into 5 servings.  I will chop a red onion, cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, and roasted red pepper, mix them together, and divide them with the quinoa.  Each serving will be topped with a 5 oz can of tuna/sardines (use skinless/boneless!) and tossed with some balsamic vinegar.  It’s a one-dish meal that gives me my veggies, protein, and carbs, and I don’t have to heat it up!  One batch of cooking for all week of eating.

What are your favorite back-to-school meals?