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,
Andrea

22 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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. ;)

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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

    lovelovelove.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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 :-)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  22. @Jodie: Great meals & great workouts!

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