Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Fun & Weekly Meals

We made sure we had plenty of fun this weekend.

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I also did prep work for the week in an attempt to feel less stressed. In fact, I precooked most of our weekly meals, boiled eggs, and washed and prepped lots of veggies and fruits. It’s still quite warm around here, but I’m really in the mood for soup, so there is plenty of soup on the menu this week. I made big pots of both soups, so there is also plenty for lunches.

Meal 1: Roasted butternut squash soup.
Meal 2: Leek and potato soup.
Meal 3: Chicken salad on top of a salad.
Meal 4: BLTs.I bought nitrate/nitrite free bacon at the Farmers’ Market. The “good” tomato plant is also still producing plenty of tomatoes. We hardly ever eat bacon, so we are really looking forward to this meal! Smile
Meal 5: Spaghetti squash bake.

Overall, I am happy with my workouts the past week. I did a few short, intense workouts (HIIT intervals consisting of lots of squats, kicks, etc.). I got in a great, sweaty, 20-minute workout right at home and was really sore the next several days! Unfortunately, my right foot bothered me again later in the week, and I had to cut an elliptical workout short. Maybe the HIIT workouts put a bit too much pressure on the foot. I’ll experiment. I also went for walks, took a barre class, lifted weights, and was able to do a longer elliptical workout (a few days after I had to cut one short). All in all I am very happy with my workouts this week.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? Are you enjoying fall? What’s your favorite part of this season?

Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. I love SQUASH this season! Last night Nick baked a butternut and turned it into mashed butternut, it was awesome. I'm making slow cooker chili on Wednesday, and I can't wait. Soups and stews are finally coming back in-season!

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    1. Mashed butternut squash sounds good!

      I never took my slow cooker out last year. I'll have to make sure to use it this year!

      Have a great week!

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  2. I really want to be better about meal planning. Somehow I don't do it. It makes me crazy!

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    1. I go through phases (usually in the summer) when I can't get myself to plan very well. Once I'm in the habit, it's much easier.

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  3. How fun!! I can't wait to pick out a pumpkin!
    I have never made butternut squash soup! I think I will have to get it a try. :)
    I bought my first spaghetti squash this weekend! I am going to cook it up this week!

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    1. Spaghetti squash is so much fun! Enjoy! :)

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  4. I love fall because of the scenery, the changing color of the leave. And of course, a legitimate reason to eat pumpkin/squash/kabocha!!! :)

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  5. I think I'm going to need to put your Butternut Squash Soup onto my meal plan for this week! Looks delicious and incorporates one of my favorite fiberlicious fall foods - squash! Yum!

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    1. Yes, I love all the squash this time of year... :)

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  6. It looks like you guys had a blast this weekend - that ladybug ride is so cute! (on a side note, I can't believe how big the kid is getting!)

    Ricotta is on the menus this week several times (!), as well as lentils and some new kinds of grain (last night I cooked teff). It was really good! Fall is my favorite season (probably because I can pull out all my cute winter coats, lol ;) ).

    Have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. Yes, he is getting big, which is both great and sad at the same time...

      I have to put lentils on the menu again! I just googled "teff." I hadn't heard of it. I'll have to check it out sometime!

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  7. Hi Andrea. LOVE the pictures. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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    1. Thanks, Roz! Things are busy but going well! :)

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  8. Glad you were able to enjoy a fun weekend! The kids & I decorated the house for Halloween last weekend & it's finally starting to cool off a little bit here {I actually wore a sweatshirt in the early morning last week for the first time in months!}, so I'm starting to get in the fall mood. Soup has been on my mind lately too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. We'll still have to decorate for Halloween!

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  9. I do love fall, all things pumpkin, fresh apples, cranberries and crisp mornings!

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  10. Love your "soupy" menu. We have chili, socca/cauliflower, red snapper/zuc and tomato, coconut/lime chicken and broc on menu this week. Added some new items to the sometimes boring rotation.

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    1. Your menu sounds good! Things can get boring... But I actually love eating the same foods (but not everyone in my family agrees...).

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  11. Wow, you all sure had lots of fun...I love the last picture of your baby sleeping :)
    Hope you are having a fantastic week!

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