Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More Juice & Weekly Meals (10/6 - 10/9)

Well, we have used our juicer four times in the last ten days. Not great. But also not bad. We actually love green juice, but as I said before, it's just not realistic for me to juice on days I start teaching at 7:00 a.m.

We have not been very adventurous with our juices either. It's pretty much always apples, lemons, cucumbers (which make tons of juice!), Romaine lettuce, & spinach. I really want to experiment with some carrot/ginger combinations soon...

A recent colander of to-be-juiced produce

And here is the green juice - this time in champagne glasses... I know I'm funny, but to me the glass really makes a difference... I drank four glasses of green juice and hubby drank two...

And the toddler always enjoys a little glass as well. Well, to be honest, I'm actually not sure how much he really enjoys it. I think it may be more due to the fact that he currently insists on eating and drinking anything and everything we eat and drink.... But he always finishes about half a small glass, so that's fine with me... :o)

Okay, last week I didn't "formally" plan meals on the blog, but I did write down a meal plan on an index card. And I pretty much stuck to it. We ended up having pasta with tomato sauce and a salad on Tuesday, salmon cakes, sweet potato fries, & green beans on Wednesday, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on Thursday, and we went out to eat on Friday with my brother-in-law. Taking just a few minutes to plan really made a difference! You can plan meals on anything, and it really doesn't take a lot of time... But it makes life so much easier!

Okay, so here are this week's meals:

Tuesday: Chicken curry with brown rice.

Wednesday: Lentil soup topped with spicy Greek yogurt.

Thursday: Whole wheat pasta with sauteed vegetables, lots of garlic, & Parmesan cheese.

Friday: Spinach Salad with grilled salmon.

Question: What food have you not eaten in a long time and can't wait to eat soon?

Be well,


  1. So cute that your little boy insists on eating the same food as Mom and Dad. And good for you for encouraging it. Adventurous eaters are adventurous in other ways.

    I make this curried chickpea and vegetable dish with coconut milk as a winter comfort food once every couple of weeks all winter but I haven't had it in months. I think it will be entering the roster again real soon. Yum!

  2. Wow! Your juice looks so yummy, and refreshing! I wish I had a juicer.
    I don't know what food I haven't had in a long time, generally, if I want something I make it ;)

  3. Vegetable lasagna! It used to be my signature dish and I haven't made it in ages. Guess this is a good week to make it since this week is "meat free" for me!

  4. I think using the juicer 4 times sounds like a great amount that you should feel happy with!

    Oooh, - hmm...I'm SO excited to eat stuffing this Thanksgiving!

  5. I would love to try a juicer!

    You know I'm digging your weekly planning! You continue to inspire me!

    I hadn't had pasta in a long time, but just made some the other night - YUM!

  6. Anonymous10/06/2009

    your green juices look so appetizing in those champaign glasses! :D I need to make some soon too! Try with carrots, my parents' fav is carrot and apples! :)

    I can't think of anything I want to eat that I haven't eaten for a long time.... I usually go to groceries stores and whatever I see that I haven't had for a while I 'll buy it.

  7. Those green drinks in those glasses look like a million bucks. What great barware for the awesome shade of green. I love lentil soup. In fact the place I used to work at in high school served lentil soup. Maybe I could stop there today if I had time.

  8. that picture is too cute :)

    i can't wait to have my mom's fudge pie during the holidays. It's the only time she makes it, and it's worth the wait.

  9. I'm not much of a juice person. I would prefer soup but that is the most glorious green! I'm looking at winter squash and sweet potatoes...anything orange. I love all the things you can do with it. I've seen loads of muffin recipes lately featuring squash and we've been baking sweets at least once a week.

  10. Your juice looks yummy - always love pics of toddler giving it a whirl! :) Your meal plan sounds fab - I love chicken curry! I can't wait to eat pasta with sundried tomato pesto - I haven't had that recipe in TOO long! :)

  11. I love juicing - I should start doing it again.

    I would love a big bowl of homemade chicken pot pie but I won't because it's not good for me. I save it for special occasions.

  12. Oh your menu sounds great. I am really into curry lately so the chicken sounds like a winner to me!
    Something I have not had in a while...Chili! Oh, and lasagna. They are both foods that I save for the fall/winter months, so I'm excited for them both.

    Your son is so cute. Take advantage of him eating what you and your hubby eat! I know you will :) I dare you to eat some brussel sprouts and tofu..haha.

  13. Apple pie!

    Your juice is so pretty and your toddler is adorable :)

  14. YUM - can I come over for dinner on Thursday? That sounds so good ;o)

  15. Toddlers drinking green juice makes me smile! BIG SMILES...doesn't it feel so good!

    and YES...glasses make ALL THE difference!

  16. Yummmy that look so good !

    Thank you for sharing your recipe:)

    Have a great Day ~

  17. Anonymous10/06/2009

    Your green juice is so pretty in those gorgeous tall glasses!

  18. That juice is such a pretty color! Your meals sound great. I can't believe your little one drinks that juice! Mine would look at me and probably hit at it with his hands and then it would go flying! Maybe not though. . .

  19. I think I need to come to your house for dinner with that menu plan!

    That's great that your son enjoys green juice. My kids likely wouldn't touch it!

  20. very cute boy! totally understand how your boy loves to eat what u eat!
    great juice too!

  21. I'm so glad you've been juicing more! 4x in 10 days is way better than NO TIMES. YAY!

    I haven't had take out pizza in ages and I'm thinking it could be in our near future!

  22. those are some cute fancy glasses! mmm currrrry...

  23. p.s. that was my answer, by the way :)

  24. m i c h e l l e10/06/2009

    Your juice looks gorgeous. Must be the age: H. wants anything I have but it's been great because that kids loves hummus, red bell peppers, gouda, you name it!

    A good homemade spicy turkey chili would be my pick. It's getting to be "chili weather"

  25. i haven't had pumpkin anything in a while and plan to o.d. on it this season!

  26. The color is amazing! I've never had juice quite like that. But I admit to a real fondness for cucumbers in my ice water. It makes me feel like I'm at a spa 24-7. ;)

  27. i have been meaning to get a juicer FOREVER. you have inspired me to get going and do it! thank you!

  28. Anonymous10/07/2009

    Good for you! I have used my juices 4 times in the past year.

  29. Anonymous10/08/2009

    My youngest is the same as yours... she has to eat everything I eat! She is definitely my best eater! Wish they were all like that! A food I haven't eaten in a while is squash, now that they're in season I'll be buying weekly, yum!! :)

  30. Anonymous10/08/2009

    I've been meaning to cook some kabocha. Miss the sweetness of it. It is officially cool enough to turn on the oven.