Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Fun and Planning Time

Here is some of our weekend fun:

On Saturday, we checked out the KraftBrew Beer Fest in San Jose. Hubby really enjoyed tasting all the different beers. Since I was the designated driver, I only had a few sips; I liked everything I tasted.

Beer Fest 03
On Sunday, we went to an Easter Egg Hunt at Clos La Chance Winery. We had forgotten the toddler’s basket, so he collected eggs into a paper bag… Nevertheless, it was lots of fun, and the scenery at the winery is just breathtaking…
And now It’s time to plan meals and workouts for the week.

I plan five dinners for the week, but I don’t plan them for a particular night. Before planning, I always take a quick look at my fridge, freezer, and pantry and try to use some items I already have (This week I’ll use quinoa, canned wild salmon, and brown rice pasta from the pantry. I still have feta cheese for the quinoa salad as well as sliced cheese for the grilled cheese sandwiches in the fridge. The basil for the pasta is coming from my basil plant on the table.)  I plan no more than one meat/poultry meal per week and at least one fish meal. We also eat at least one fish meal on the weekends (I don’t plan weekend meals). The veggies, carbs, and proteins are often interchangeable.

Meal 1: Quinoa salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, egg whites, dill, olive oil, and lemon juice; asparagus.
Meal 2: Grilled cheese sandwiches and a salad.
Meal 3: Salmon cakes on a bed of mache lettuce.
Meal 4: Organic beef hot dogs made with 100% grass-fed beef on toasted sprouted grain buns with tomatoes, pickles, relish, and mustard. This is a request from hubby! Smile
Meal 5: Brown rice pasta with a fresh grape-tomato/garlic/basil sauce and a salad. I’ll quickly sauté the halved grape tomatoes and garlic in some olive oil and then add a bit of the pasta water to make a sauce. After tossing the sauce with the pasta, I’ll coat the pasta with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Now on to my workouts for this week. Unlike meals, I plan specific workouts for specific days. That way, I won’t be doing the same workout over and over again…

Monday: Barre-type workout.
Tuesday: The 30 Day Shred. A quick workout on a busy day, done before anyone gets up.
Wednesday: Barre-type workout and a walk with the family later in the afternoon. Must take advantage of the last few days the toddler will go in the stroller…
Thursday: Total body weight workout.
Friday: Yoga and cardio (either the elliptical at the gym or a run, depending on my schedule).

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What will you be eating this week? What workouts do you have planned? 

Be well,


  1. Looks like a wonderful weekend, Andrea! You have a great week planned. I'm going to have hot dogs sometime this week, too! I've been craving them like crazy!

  2. Hi Andrea, looks like a GREAT weekend!!! LOVE the photos! The highlight of our weekend was our own silly egg hunt (just my husband and I) I'll definitely be eating healthy veggie filled meals this week (I have one more family dinner to get through tonight...then back to normal) and will get some zumba and yoga in before next weekend. Have a great week.

  3. Looks like a great plan! In terms of meals, my plan is totally focused on eating up the stuff in my freezer. We're moving in a month and I want to start emptying it out!

  4. looks like a fun time!
    i would love to see you while i'm in town the next few weeks - but i'm afraid our schedules might not mesh up. any chance you can come to my hotel for a drink one night?

  5. Sounds like the perfect weekend! The toddler looks like he had a blast!
    I love the meals you have planned. I also love that you planned out your workouts. I try to do this as well since sometimes my week changes a bit based on things I have to do.

  6. Hey! I live in Los Gatos!!! :)

    Beer tasting?! I missed it. I love good beers.

    Happy Monday!

  7. Looks like you had a lot of fun over the weekend. Easter Egg hunts are so much fun.

    I really like that you shared your meal and exercise plan with us. I have not been doing such a good job with the meal plans. I know I do better when things are planned out, less food goes to waste and there is less stress when it comes time to cook.

    We have leftovers from the weekend to get us through a couple days. Then I need to find out hubbies travel schedule for this week (he is still working that out) from there I can do a little planning.

    I try to do resistance training 3 times a week and walk 5-6 of the other days. One day is top to bottom house work which takes me about 5 hours so I figure that is my exercise for that day as well.

  8. Great meal planning tips!! These pictures are awesome too - you guys always have the greatest family adventures with toddler.

    This week i'm spinning 3 times, running 3 times and trying to get in my ST!

  9. Thank you for your sweet comment on my yesterday's post Andrea.

    I'm taking it easy this week on the workouts. Planned only 2 runs and 1 yoga session. Next week it will be back to normal.

    Actually don't remember what I've planned for meals this week.

  10. Sounds like you had a very exciting weekend! I love doing beer tasting, and I am NEVER the DD :) I let Nick (or my mom!) do that. I just love to try new beers.

    That quinoa salad sounds fantastic. I made one at work the other day with ham in it, as an idea for how to use leftover ham. I think you addition of egg whites sounds excellent.

    This week I plan on making panko crusted cod. I'm excited to use panko crumbs for the first time.

  11. looks like a fun weekend! the easter egg hunt looks like it was a fun time :)

  12. Looks like you had a fun weekend.

  13. Your Easter weather looked to be much nicer than the Midwest's! The toddler is getting SO big!!

  14. Sounds like a fun weekend! I'll be relying on my crock pot a lot this week for meals b/c we're still pretty busy. I've got a turley breast, pulled pork and chili on the menu...

  15. What a fun Easter egg hunt! I love your quinoa salad. I'm going to make that for lunch this week. I would never have thought to add eggs to it. Yum!