Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekly Meals and Workouts

We have had a good weekend with lots of playtime and fun so far.


The highlight of last week’s meals was the leek potato soup. Unfortunately there is no photo. In the comments, Mimi asked me for the recipe, and I wrote it down in my reply to her. It’s actually a “no recipe,” but the sweet potatoes made the soup really tasty. Whenever I made leek and potato soup in the past, I used regular potatoes. The sweet potatoes gave it a subtle sweetness, and the soup didn’t taste too “oniony.”

Leek Potato Soup comment

Now on to this week’s meals:

Meal 1: Salmon and a salad.

Meal 2: Veggie chickpea stew – I love this simple stew, especially all the dill in it.

Meal 3: Grilled cheese sandwiches with sautéed onions and mushrooms in the middle. Veggies and hummus.

Meal 4: Spaghetti and meatballs – the toddler kid has asked for this for weeks.

Meal 5: Tofu/veggie stir fry and brown rice.

As far as my workouts go, I did everything except a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. But I did do two extra barre classes. I purchased several Groupons lately, which have made barre classes much more affordable. And since it’s such an intense workout, it’s really a good idea to do it regularly as otherwise class is all but impossible… Plus, if I do barre workouts regularly my low back pain is completely gone.

Here is what I have planned for this week:
  • 2 barre classes
  • Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training DVD – I really like this workout. The 40 minute workout is quite challenging and really works your whole body (it’s also broken up into body parts if you want to do only part(s) of it). Since it’s going to be another busy week, an at-home workout is just what I need.
  • Weights at the gym
  • HIIT – I’ll really try to do it this week! Smile 
Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s on your menu this week? What workouts do you have planned?

Be well,

Andrea

38 comments:

  1. you always have great meals lined-up!

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  2. Are the barre classes something like ballet exercises?

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, the exercises combine ballet, yoga, and Pilates. There are also push-ups and light weights (with tons of reps so that you are in pain at the end). There is a big focus on spinal alignment which has helped me a lot with my low back pain.

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  3. Were you at Pump it Up with your son?? My daughter works at one! I have Nicole from Prevention RD's crock pot buffalo chicken chowder in my crock as I type this - it is so fricken good!

    I am just about to bake off a 7 pound ham - I'll probably be sick of ham by the end of the week!

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    1. Yes, we were at Pump It Up. It was our first time there, and he had a blast. I hope Hannah enjoys her job there (seems like fun but could be a bit tiring at times...). The buffalo chicken chowder sounds great! Enjoy the ham! :)

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  4. I Really want to try the HIIT method. Have you ever blogged about it? If you haven't you should, I'd love to learn more.

    Your menu sounds great. I loved spaghetti and meatballs when I was young. The toddler will be so excited!

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    1. No, I never blogged about it, but now I'll put it on "my list" of things to blog about. :) And, yes, I hope I'll be popular with the toddler because of the meatballs! ;)

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  5. Looks like a delicious week!
    I have been really trying to plan out all my meals and snacks. I am hoping it keeps me on track better.
    Glad you had a fun weekend!

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    1. Thanks! Planning really makes a difference for me...

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  6. I like the idea of making leek and potato soup with sweet potatoes. The flavor has to be fantastic. Have a good week!

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    1. Yes, the flavor was very nice. I can't believe I had never thought of using sweet potatoes with leeks before. Have a good week, too!

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  7. Meals for the next week looks good. I've planned a few new recipes for this week. Trying to do that more often.

    My workouts planned for this week are 3 DVD workouts (first one done already this morning) and 3 runs.

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    1. I'll have to look for new recipes soon! You have great workouts planned. Have a great week!

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  8. GREAT WEEKEND HERE.
    nothing but FAMILY.


    xo

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  9. we're away for long weekend but between now and driving home later I will make a menu, thanks for the reminder.

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  10. I think the highlight of my weekend was playing hockey last night. Even though we lost, I had a blast :) Your meals look wonderful, Andrea :) We had salmon last night...mm!

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    1. Love that you love playing hockey so much! :) Have a great week!

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  11. Your grilled cheese night sounds yummy!

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    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to the grilled cheese sandwiches, too! :)

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  12. That leek potato soup must have been good. We really enjoyed going to the American Art museum this weekend.

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    1. Sounds like you had a nice weekend!

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  13. nice workouts!

    if your jackie warner video is the same one I use at work sometimes I LOVE IT because you really feel it and it's effective!

    meals sound good too...and I'm hungry!

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    1. I have a couple Jackie Warner videos, and I like them all.

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  14. I like your week menu, just let me know when I can come and join you :-)
    Have a great week Andrea!

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  15. Great looking menu! I would be interested in how you do the tofu stir fry. Does your little guy like it?

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    1. I usually buy flavored, organic tofu at the Farmers' Market to us in the stir-fry. It's ready to eat. So I just saute some veggies and when they are done, I add the tofu to heat it through. Trader Joe's also sells flavored, organic tofu, and I sometimes use that. The little guy actually really likes tofu, plain in soups as well as in stir fries.

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  16. What a great idea to use sweet potatoes in your potato soup! I love that idea.

    This week I made my Mexican Shredded Chicken in the slow cooker (recipe on my blog) a veggie lasagna, macaroni and cheese and have yet to make a chicken vegetable soup.

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    1. Your menu sounds wonderful! I'll have to check out that slow cooker recipe! :)

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    2. Awww the "kid". Boy do they grow up fast! What great menu. I have no plans and desperately need them.

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    3. Yes, they grow up WAY too fast...

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  17. I was thinking pump it up and then I saw your comment. My injury prone son actually cut his cheek on a seam the very first time he went there. I never would have thought you could do that on bouncy equipment! Looks like a good week for eating and workouts. I took one pure Barr class last year as part of a school fundraiser- yikes! It really kicked my butt! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-)

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    1. Sorry your son got hurt there. The paranoid side of my actually thought when we got there, "I wonder how many kids get hurt here?" Have a great weekend, too!

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  18. Mmmm, veggie chickpea stew sounds awesome! I think it just might be dinner time now because thinking about your weekly meals just made me really hungry. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hope you had a great weekend, too!

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