Market fresh ideas from me to you

 

Doesn’t that salad look fresh & satisfying? This post is for those of us that are running out of ideas and inspiration to answer the question, what should I eat this week? It’s fall here in Pittsburgh and I am pretty much pumpkined out except I did buy a batch of pumpkin bagels and I am not sorry about that because I also bought a bunch of really nutritious items as well. It’s about balance and I think this picture shows balance. Yes, bagels. Yes, pie. But look at all of those colors in the produce….

grocery-haul

I am going to share a few ideas I have to use up all of these goodies in this post. First, to get this out of the way. Carbs, we need them and I do not feel guilty about those bagels and the honey butter I bought along with it. In fact, I had one as soon as I got home from shopping. It was super satisfying and delicious of course. I plan on eating one each morning because I need food in the morning, lots of it if I am going to make it through the day without turning into a mommy monster or the hangriest lady at Target. I know you know what I mean. It will give me energy to work, mother, wife, think, exercise and function for the day.

bagel

 

I really wanted to make salad this week so I stocked up and made this huge chopped salad which I will share and bring some for dinner to my parents tonight (along with that pie) and I also made 4 small containers to store and grab. I made the dressing ahead of time too but kept it separate. I may add tuna, salmon or hard boiled eggs to these as well. Because I already have them on hand. Plus protein is important!

Dressing:

  • sunflower oil, olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, water, honey, mustard, garlic, ginger, salt & pepper

Salad:

  • Dice everything as small as you can-honey crisp apple, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, carrots, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, arugula, romaine & napa cabbage

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I will attempt this week a recipe that I saw on The Chew for apple stuffed acorn squash so that’s happening. I also want to make a mashed root veg out of the yams, baby reds (that I already have) and the parsnips. I will add some of that honey butter to both of these dishes. I also plan on having smoothies in the afternoon with the Greek yogurt that I have and those bananas once they ripen. Wednesday for dinner, Max and I are going to make mac n cheese and I still need to decide what I am going to do with that artichoke! Sometimes it’s fun to buy things without a plan. I was inspired by it at the store so I threw it in the basket. Suggestions welcome. The cottage cheese is a favorite pre-bed snack of mine. I add cinnamon and eat it out of the container. I also prepped some celery and carrots to dip in that hummus.  I will share the mashed root veg, the acorn squash and artichoke on Facebook when I make them this week. I hope this gave you some inspiring ideas to have fun with your food & change up your variety a little!

I am excited to eat these yummy foods this week that are healthy but also extremely tasty. Balance is the key so I encourage you to cook, I encourage you to move your body and I encourage you to be positive and happy. Life is hard, complicated, unfair and crazy unless you step back and realize it actually can be very simple! xoxoAdrienne

 

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Easy Baked Eggs

easy baked eggs

The egg…..in all its glory…..the perfect little protein punch!! Most eggs average 7 g of protein each and I aim for about 20 g at breakfast time. So this am I made 3 baked eggs in muffin tins just to test this idea out.

To make:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Crack egg into muffin tin (spray if not non stick)

>>>add nothing

>>>add spices

>>>add cheese

>>>add veggies

3. Bake for 15 min.

>Eat now

>Save some for later in the week

>Freeze for even later in the month

>Add to an English muffin with meat, cheese, tomatoes, spinach and wrap up in foil for a grab and go healthy option (no drive thru here) later. (reheat)

Enjoy!! I know we all need constant inspiration  and new ideas to keep going on the healthy train so I hope you will try this and love it!

xo-A

Butternut Squash & Lentils Soup

butternut squash and lentils soup

To make just add:

butternut ingredients

2 tsp minced garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil or butter to a soup pot or dutch oven over med heat

1 small red onion or shallots diced

4 to 5 celery ribs chopped

4 to 5 large mushrooms chopped

1 cup cubed butternut squash

Cook down for about 15 min then add:

1/2 cup white wine or cooking wine

Let it reduce

Add salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper-to your liking

Stir and continue to cook on med heat

Add 1/2 c any color lentils-I used red

Next add 12 oz low sodium chicken stock or broth and 12 oz water, bring to a boil then lower to simmer

Add in another layer of salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper to your liking

Add the juice of 1/2 lemon and zest too if you wish

Add 1 c kale or spinach, stir until it wilts down and then serve

*remember to remove the bay leaves if you used them*

Let it cool completely  before storing in the fridge.

butternut squash ingredients

This is a great make ahead idea for your meal prep for the week. It is packed with nutrition!!

ENJOY!!!

A

Market Monday Week 1

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Happy Monday and welcome to my newest post category featuring my food purchases from the local Market. I go to this market every Monday. It is 5 min from my house and the their farm is 10 min from my house. Harvest Valley Farms has fresh, delicious real food and it makes me real happy to live so close. 

I am encouraging you to go to your own local market and shop weekly for what you need. When you shop at massive sized big box stores you tend to stock up as if the world may end on foods that can withstand a bomb. Trust me, take your chances and just get what you need as you need it. I stock up on some essentials but mostly I go to Aldi’s or Giant Eagle two times per month and my market every Monday.  At my market if you bring one of their reusable bags you receive 10% off of your order. I love eating and I love saving money so I go on Mondays! 

I love food shopping and often wish I could go with my friends, family and clients to share my knowledge of what I have learned over the past 4 years on what to buy and what to stay away from. If you know me then you know I am real and I want my sweets/treats too but I truly do love eating healthy real food. 

My hope with these weekly posts is that a little bit of me will go with you to the market or grocery store and help you make better/smarter food choices! 

Today I bought/what I plan to do with it/why:

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS THINK BEFORE YOU PICK-No mindless shopping!!

And no going to the store HUNGRY 🙂

Grapes-Max snack, add to cottage cheese or Greek yogurt

Apples-using to stuff a pork tenderloin and eat as snack with pnb

Lettuce-salads

Tomatoes-add to salads, make tuna salad and add to Greek yogurt

Potatoes-side dish with pork at dinner and eggs at breakfast or lunch

Bananas-smoothies, add to granola, Max snack

Cheese-provolone and feta-salads and roll ups for Max’s lunch with turkey

Salsa-add to eggs

Pumpkin butter-because I have been waiting all year, add to c&s bread at breakfast with eggs

Cinnamon and sugar swirl bread-my sweet morning or night treat with pumpkin butter

Almond milk-smoothies, add to granola

Vanilla ice cream-Max for dessert

& Crumble topping-to make berry cobblers in ramekins this weekend!

Total spent: $34.92

Total saved b/c of my bag: $3.88

I hope this helps you with ideas and to stop and think about what you need. It’s not all about what you want. Self-control goes a long way for the minutes you are at the store are the minutes that determine what you will eat all week! Chose carefully and nutritiously~ A

Simple Egg Bake

simple egg bake

 

Hello! So I know you hear me talk about meal prep a lot and how it really WILL lead to your success but have you actually tried it yet?

Over the weekend I made this simple egg bake with what I had in the fridge:

Eggs-7 to 8

Almond milk-1 cup

Peppers-1/2 cup

Mushrooms-1/2 cup

Onions-1/4 cup

Mozzarella and feta cheeses-1/2 cup total

Flour-1/2 cup (not white)

Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, paprika, cayenne and or red pepper flakes

You can use any combo of ingredients though…..tomatoes, spinach, meat, etc.

Beat the eggs and then add the milk and flour to a mixing bowl and blend together well

Pre-heat oven to 350

In a baking dish add cheese, chopped veggies and meat if you used some and spread out evenly

(use a cooking spray of not using a non stick pan)

Then add the egg, milk and flour mixture

Bake for 35 min, let cool and then cut into squares or rectangles and store in fridge for future meals.

simple egg bake 3

Today I am actually eating this for breakfast and dinner!

Yummy and healthy!!

Enjoy guys and remember when you have healthy food in the fridge ready to eat you are more likely to stick to your fitness goals!!

xo, Adrienne

 

 

Meal Prep-chicken 4 ways-8 mini meals for the week

meal prepping completeMeal prep!! Essential for success! I used what I had on hand and made sure to keep it quick and simple (5 or less ingredients).

The prep took just under and hour! Well worth the time because now I am ready for the week or at least the first few days!

I took 1 package of chicken breast that was 1.3 lbs and slow cooked it  for 6 hours on low with:

water to cover chicken

lemon wedges (2 whole lemons quartered) and celery (about 3 stalks)

bay leaves (2)

dash salt, pepper, garlic and coriander

**After 6 hours on low turn off and let everything cool for an hour

** Take chicken out and start shredding it with 2 forks-should fall apart pretty easy

Meal 1: Chicken salad with Greek yogurt

1 cup shredded chicken mixed with:

2 tsp feta cheese

2 tsp chopped red onion

2 tsp chopped kalamata olives

2 heaping tbsp. plain 0% Greek yogurt

Mix well and divide in half into 2 containers

Top with chopped tomatoes

Pictured below:

meal preppin chick salad

 

 

 

 

 

Meal 2: Spinach salad with chicken and strawberries

Fill up 2 small containers with fresh spinach leaves

Add 1/2 c shredded chicken to each one

Add silvered or crushed almonds to each-about 2 tsp

Add feta or shredded mozzarella to each-about 2 tsp

Add chopped fresh strawberries to each-about 1/4 c to each

Make your own balsamic dressing in separate container: 2 parts water, 2 parts oil,1 part balsamic vinegar

Pictured below:

meal preppin spin salad

 

 

 

 

 

Meal 3: Chicken noodle and mushroom soup

Cook 1 cup dry noodles according to pkg. and drain, place noodles back in pot

Strain the broth from the crock pot into the noodle pot-leaving behind the celery, bay leaves and lemons

Add 1 and 1/2 cups of the shredded chicken breast to the pot

Chop about 1/2 cup mushrooms and add to pot on med heat for about 10 to 12 min then cool and store or eat!

Pictured below:

meal preppin chick mush soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meal 4: Chicken, cheese and raw veggies

Take remaining chicken, split in half and add to 2 small containers

Chop peppers (any and all colors) and add to container

Add about 1/4 c chopped mozzarella cheese to each container

Add celery and or carrots (broccoli and or cauliflower would be good too!) to each container

Humus would be a great addition to this one but I didn’t have any!

Pictured below:

meal ppeppin chick raw veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it! You are well on your way to eating right, getting doses of protein in throughout the day and not having to stop for fast food or binge when you get home because you didn’t have food with you throughout the day!

I usually eat 4 to 5 small meals per day with fruit, nuts and sometimes a smoothie for breakfast. I also have a protein shake with just water immediately after my workout.

**A typical day might be:

Smoothie or eggs and avocado/toast 7:30 am

Chicken salad with Greek yogurt 10:30 am

Workout/shake 12:45-maybe a small apple or half sweet potato too

Spinach salad with strawberries and chicken around 2:30/3

Dinner-something healthy that I make that night like fish/rice and asparagus around 6

Nuts and fruit as dessert around 9:30

Planning feels good and being prepared and ready feels good! Your body wants and needs food often! Don’t neglect it!!

It should be a top priority!!

xoxo-A