Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekend Fun and Weekly Meals and Exercise

We had some fun at the Children’s Discovery Museum, a place the kid still loves and can’t get enough of.


I had planned to post the recipe for the chicken cilantro dumplings by now, but there were no pictures, so I decided to do it another time. I basically followed this recipe for mandu (that hubby made with the “then still a toddler” last year), but I used ground, organic chicken instead of the beef and pork, and I also added cilantro and adjusted the other ingredients slightly. I didn’t make the dumplings with the kid, but looking at the pics on hubby’s blog made me realize that we’ll have to do it again as a family! Here are three of the many pics he posted last year


On to this week’s meals:

Meal 1: Black bean quesadillas with guacamole and a salad
Meal 2: Veggie tofu stir fry and brown rice
Meal 3: Quinoa with roasted veggies, topped with poached eggs
Meal 4: Pureed vegetable soup
Meal 5: Leftovers and “refrigerator finds”

Now on to my weekly exercise. I took four barre classes last week, and they were all very tough and great workouts (I had several Groupons, etc., which made them more affordable). But I know that I have to focus a bit more on high intensity cardio. I did an interval workout on the elliptical, and I ended up feeling very nauseous afterward. I definitely want to increase my cardio fitness in the next few weeks. I also want to do some more workouts with heavier free weights. So here are my workout plans:
  • 1 barre class
  • 2 weight sessions
  • 2 HIIT workouts
  • Longer cardio (hope I’ll be able to fit a long hike into my schedule)
Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What was the best thing you ate last week? What’s on your menu this week? What workouts do you have planned? 

Be well,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. oh I hope you post the recipe for those quesadillas- they sound great!

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  2. is that mandu or dumplings? ,aybe we call it differently! I love homemade dumplings! ;)

    exciting thing over the weekend? mmmm.... meeting a new couple and watch mission impossible 4! just relax in general!

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    1. I believe Korean dumplings are called mandu. Well, that's what we call them... :)

      Glad you had a relaxing weekend!

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  3. It turns out the highlight of my week and the best thing I ate are kind of the same thing. We went to my parents place and spent the afternoon cooking together. We made homemade everything. Shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce, rice noodles with lots of veg, black bean shrimp and orange chicken. And.......(drum roll please) kale chips! We have only recently been able to get kale in my town and we are crazy over it :)

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    1. Sounds great! Kale chips are great!

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  4. we saw Wicked!
    highlight of my month so far :-)
    off to wrangle my monday.

    Carla

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  5. Meal #3 sounds wonderful! I like the egg on top idea for sure!

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    1. It's my favorite, too. I love the runny egg yolk all over my veggies... :)

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  6. Oh! We had a busy weekend...went to eat a couple of times in restaurants for the Dine LA, Bazaar and Sir Winston...and to the LA Travel Show.
    I like the "refrigerator finds", I could use this too...hehehe!
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Andrea :)

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    1. Sounds like you had a tasty weekend! :) Have a great week!

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  7. Love the pics Andrea. What time should I be over on Wed for quinoa? KIDDING of course. Enjoy your week!!!!

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    1. Wish you lived closer! I would absolutely have you over for! :)

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  8. Nice weekend playing with the family!

    I love it when the family all gets involved with the cooking.

    Great idea to include "refrigerator finds" into the menu. After all the cooking all week there is bound to be some goodies to eat up.

    The weekend highlight was our 10 mile hike.

    The best thing I had to eat last week is a tough one but a new recipe I tried is at the top of the list.

    Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce recipe is here

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2012/01/chicken-cutlets-with-mustard-tarragon-cream-sauce-my-favorite-foody-iphone-apps/

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    1. The mustard tarragon sauce sounds wonderful!

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  9. Every week you post your meals and I think to myself "if only I could eat there every day" :) Looks good as always Andrea.

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    1. Thanks! Too bad you live too far away or I'd have you over! :)

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  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, and as always your weekly menu looks divine. We actually had veramole (close enough!). The best thing I ate over the weekend was a sesame seared tuna at my b-day dinner. IT was AMAZING!

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    1. Your birthday meal sounds wonderful!

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  11. Your weekly menu looks tasty. The best thing I ate last weekend was barbecued beef sliders. YUM!

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    1. I saw the sliders on your blog, and they look and sound wonderful!

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  12. What a nice weekend! I loved the children's discovery museum when I was little!
    The meals you have planned for this week sound delicious! Can't wait to see them. :)

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    1. The CDM always makes me feel like a kid again! :)

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  13. I can't wait for Quinoa with roasted veggies, topped with poached eggs recipe.

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  14. I miss going to places like that with my daughter - they grow up so fast! I am hoping to make a quick weeknight chicken pot pie tonight - in my head it turns out great!

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    1. Yes, they grow up super fast!!! The chicken pot pie sounds great!

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  15. I guess you're halfway in to your week by now, but it sounds like a good one! We had a fairly relaxing weekend, and enjoyed a round of mini golf which was fun-sadly, I'm blanking on what we ate...This Tuesday though I made a yummy kale salad with pasta on the side which was so good, I'm planning to create a kale and pasta salad dish out of it, and hope to have it on the blog next week. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. We haven't been eating enough kale! I hope there will be some in our CSA box today (they have been running out the past weeks), or I'll have to pick some up at the farmers' market.

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  16. Ok, I seriously have no highlight from last weekend. I wish I could say this one will be better but I think my hubby will be working. At least we are on vacation next week. The best thing I ate last week was probably Thai veggie curry. It was spicier than I expected, but really good. I guess that was the highlight because that was Friday night dinner. Your meals sound great! Since I had meetings most nights this week I didn't plan anything. We just made little things that we had around the house and used frozen meals. Next week will be lots of eating out since we will be in Sapporo for the snow festival.

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    1. Have fun at the snow festival!!! That's some crazy amounts of snow you have been dealing with...

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  17. great pics. those quesadillas say super bowl to me. Love the way you plan menu and workouts, makes me feel organized reading it. I think I've said this 100 times but so helpful the way you frame it out.

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    1. Yes, the quesadillas may make a reappearance on Sunday! :) And planning is the only way for me to stay half-way sane... ;)

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