Monday, January 9, 2012

Back to Planning: Meals and Workouts

It was a beautiful weekend, and we got plenty of outdoor playtime in and also had some good friends over for dinner. Overall, we had a good, low-key weekend that was unfortunately over way too quickly…

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Life is busy again, and it’s more essential than ever to plan our meals:

Meal 1: Leek and potato soup with Greek yogurt.
Meal 2: Ziti pasta with a simple, homemade tomato sauce – I found some long ziti pasta (the length of spaghetti) and it brought back lots of childhood memories as this was one of my favorite meals when I was little. It’s funny to me how much the pasta shape (and length) can influence the taste of a pasta dish (it’s NOT the same with short ziti or penne). Can’t wait for this meal! We’ll also have a salad.
Meal 3: Salmon cakes & a salad.
Meal 4: Pizza – I’ll take a shortcut with Trader Joe’s pizza dough. Toppings: Sautéed onions, mushrooms, & brie cheese. As an appetizer: hummus with carrot sticks and celery for dipping.
Meal 5: Leftovers and other “refrigerator finds.”

And now on to my workouts:
  • 2 Dailey Method workouts (I’ll probably take one class and do the DVD the other time)
  • HIIT workout
  • 2 weight workouts
  • Long(er) cardio
I’m still tracking most of my workouts on Daily Mile. I like looking back at my workouts and keeping myself accountable. For those who are looking for a simple way to keep track of workouts (and interact with others if they like), I recommend the site.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? What meal are you looking forward to the most? What’s your favorite pasta shape? What workouts do you have planned?
Be well,


  1. I'm glad that I'm back at normal meal planning and workouts too. The holidays were fun but I do better on a more structured life.

    This week I'm trying at least one new recipe. One of the things I want to do in 2012 is try more new recipes.

    My first workout I've done this morning, a HITT workout followed by a sculpt session. My other workouts are 2 other DVD's and 4 runs this week.

    Have a great week Andrea.

  2. I love Daily Mile! It is motivating to log the miles that way :)

    We are having Creamy Taco Mac tonight (made with Greek yogurt), and I work and teach all day/night Tues and Thurs, so I'll cook again on Wednesday a chicken dish with a celery root and potato puree!

    Have a great week, Andrea!

  3. I hear you, Andrea! I've slacked in the meal planning department for sure! I was planning to take full inventory of my freezer/fridge/cupboards tonight so I can start planning again. My workouts haven't changed, though. Still hitting the ellpitical/treadmill 4 days a week and have been pretty good about throwing some strength in there as well. ;)

  4. @Fran: Great job on the workout! Trying more new recipes is on my agenda, too!
    @Nicole: The creamy taco mac sounds great! And I love celery root and potato puree. I'll have to make it again soon!
    @Krista: Have fun planning! :) Great job on the workouts!

  5. Can I come for dinner Andrea? My only workout is walk and will start yoga again :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  6. I never know what I am going to make for the week... I take it day by day.

  7. I'm easing myself into planning mode and have a couple of meals planned for this week: Stuffed red peppers for one and something with tofu. Haha. Not such a great planner just yet.

  8. @Juliana: Sure! ;) Walking and yoga great!
    @Pam: Your food is so delicious; it clearly works for you! :)
    @Tamara: Baby steps are good! :)

  9. I don't know what I'm going to eat this week but last weekend groceries consists a lot of veggies like cabbage, bok choy, radish, kabocha p, so I guess more stir fries will come. it's convenient for having my mom taking care of the cooking for us, but sometimes I miss the opportunity to create and try née recipes,
    workout this week continue to be Tracy Anderson methamorphosis workout plus 30 min of cardio.

  10. mainly I am LOVING the return to routine here :)


  11. Thanks for mentioning the Daily Mile. I am teaching a wellness class today and will tell them about this site.
    My menu includes shredded chicken sandwiches and a curry pork dish. Two recipes in one week, go me! The leek and potato soup with Greek yogurt sounds wonderful.

  12. @balancejoyanddelicias: Having someone take care of the cooking sounds wonderful! :)
    @MizFit: Me too! :)
    @Gina: The shredded chicken and curry pork sounds great!

  13. Weekends do go way too darn fast! I love how you call them 'refridgerator finds'. We have a lot of those as well :) I made 2 big casseroles this week. I use DailyMile and I like that you can add it on a site and keep track of all types of workouts.

  14. Love what you have planned for the week!
    Sounds delicious!
    I love the pasta called pastina. My mom would always make it for me whenever I was sick..with a bit of butter and parmesan cheese. Something about that dish always seems comforting and I still love to make it when I sick.

  15. oh that soup sounds fabulous! Great meals ahead!

  16. @eatingRD: Casseroles are always good!
    @Kristen: I love food memories and how certain foods can transport you right back to when you were little! :)
    @Simply Life: I made the soup today with sweet potatoes, and everyone loved it.

  17. We tried a new pasta shape this week - denatali (sp?) and it made the whole tomato/feta salad taste so much better. We are also having vegetarian chili, mac 'n cheese, and roasted chicken.

  18. Sounds like your week is off to a great start! We had some yummy pasta w/ sausage, meatballs, and marinara plus a salad last night and my dad's homemade french onion soup w/ shredded carrots and feta the night before. My kids have been home sick all week so far, so I've only gotten 1 workout in {yesterday}, but one is better than none I guess :-)

  19. OOoh, what's your leek soup recipe? I bought some leeks on a whim and have no idea what to do with them.

    I'm looking forward to making something with spaghetti squash!

  20. @Diane: I'm always surprised how much the pasta shape influences the taste!
    @EA: Hope your kids are better! And one workout is definitely better than none! :)
    @Mimi: I made a very simple soup, but it was so good. I started by sauteing some shallots and then added the sliced leeks (3) as well as two sliced sweet potatoes. I let everything saute for a little while before adding about six cups of vegetable stock. I seasoned the soup with salt, pepper, and a couple seasoning blends. After about 20 minutes, I pureed everything with my immersion blender and then added a couple tablespoons Greek yogurt and blended it a bit more.

  21. My menu is a lot of fish and wholesome veges.
    I have running, pilates, barre and strength training planned. I do not have a fav pasta shape.

  22. @Jodie: Great meals & great workouts!