What we’re eating this week: 2.11.2018

Happy Sunday! Yesterday I took some time yesterday to plan out what we’ll be eating this week. Having a meal plan for the week really helps this busy mama to 2 little ones to not feel crazed about dinners. I’ll admit it… I’m type A – I love a good plan for the week!

At the start of 2018, I’ve been trying to help our family incorporate more plants into our diets and less meat and dairy. Why is that? Because you are never going to hurt your health eating more plants, in fact, science shows that eating more plants lowers risk of disease. Dairy, I believe, is an inflammatory food and can cause issues for some people. I have seen both my girls react to eating too much dairy, so I’m trying to move away from it being a part of our daily diet. You can never go wrong with eating more plants and having less inflammation in your body, so i’m trying to cook more in a way that supports this.

Meals for the week:

Sunday, 2/11/2018: Dinner out with family

Monday, 2/12/2018: 5 Ingredient Skillet Salmon from my very own blog!

Tuesday, 2/13/2018: Black Bean Burgers via Eat, Live, Run which I’m pairing with roasted potatoes and green beans. I made these years ago and loved them, so after checking my pantry and realizing I had two cans of black beans, and had hamburger buns in my freezer, this was perfect!

Wednesday, 2/14/2018: 30-Minute Cashew Alfredo via Minimalist Baker which I’m adding grilled chicken to and will roast some tomatoes and broccoli on the side.

Thursday, 2/15/2018: Leftovers, which is typical for us by the time Thursday rolls around 🙂

Friday, 2/16/2018: Pizza night! Vegan Amy’s pizza for me and regular pizza for Tim & Addie. A note on the vegan pizza… it’s amazing!! I actually don’t miss cheesy pizza one bit when eating it. Highly recommend if you are looking for a vegan option.

Saturday, 2/17/2018: Dinner out with friends in DC!

As for breakfast and lunches, we stick to our standbys: for breakfast, we usually do smoothies, eggs, toast with avocado, and on weekends get a little crazy with pancakes or omelettes and a side of bacon. Lunches are usually some type of bowl with food I prepped earlier in the week, soups, or a sandwich, hubby does his salads, and Addie is a mixture of whatever we have in the fridge! I try to keep breakfast and lunches easy and just make sure we have the basics to throw different meals together.

Hope you all have a great week!

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipes for the Whole Family

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of apple cider vinegar aka ACV and all the conditions it can help, but in case you haven’t, I’ll share what I’ve found via The Hearty Soul:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Digestion and Acid Reflux
  • Skin Irritations
  • Warts
  • Energy Boost

Seriously! Why not have some daily?? Thankfully I’ve been on the path of healthy living due to eating JP daily, which has made a huge difference, but I also believe in helping our bodies as much as possible. These are the two recipes I use for our family, and when I say family, my husband and daughter have both enjoyed these.

ACV Cold Drink | Tidbits for Today
ACV Cold Drink | Tidbits for Today

 

Let me know how you like these after you give them a go! 🙂

Plan Your Week: August 29

Hi, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to jump back into another week. I decided to help maintain accountability and consistency, I’m going to start sharing my plan for the upcoming week for meals and workouts. Hope this gives you some inspiration. I find that planning this out takes a portion of stress away from the week, maybe something new for you to try out if you currently don’t!

Plan Your Meals:

  • Breakfast: Smoothies or eggs
  • Lunch: Leftovers or salad
  • Dinners:
    • Monday – ground beef taco bowls
    • Tuesday – pork loin, veggie, quinoa
    • Wednesday – maple dijon chicken skillet
    • Thursday – spaghetti with zucchini noodles
    • Friday – homemade pizza

Plan Your Workouts:

My goal is to have three lifting sessions per week, and then to focus on being active in some capacity the other days.

  • Monday: Walk with A
  • Tuesday: Gym lifting session
  • Wednesday: Walk with A
  • Thursday: Gym lifting session
  • Friday: Walk with A
  • Saturday: Gym lifting session
  • Sunday: Walk/rest

How’s your week looking? Do you have your meals and workouts planned?

 

5 Ingredient Skillet Salmon

Hi, Friends! I made this ahhhhmazing super easy 5 ingredient skillet salmon dish a few weeks ago that I have to share. Not to brag, but I could have had plates of it… I already have a hankering for it again (hankering?! Who am I??). This dish only has 5 ingredients so very easy to put together quickly. We paired it with a brown rice mixture, perfect weeknight meal.

5 Ingredient Skillet Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of salmon
  • 1/2 a container of cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 20 stalks of asparagus but into thirds
  • 1 or 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • jar of capers, liquid removed

*Assuming you have olive oil, minced garlic, s/p*

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, minced garlic, and s/p. Then add the cherry tomatoes, asparagus, capers, and shallots, sauteing until softened slightly. In the meantime, sprinkle top and bottom of salmon with salt and pepper. Once the vegetables are softened, create space in the pan for the salmon, and place it in the pan. Put the skillet into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven when the salmon is cooked to your liking. Plate rice mixture and serve salmon and veggies atop of it. Enjoy!

What are one of your favorite quick and easy go-to-dinners?

Grilled Chicken and Grape Salad

Well happy Sunday to you! When summer comes along, I’m a huge fan of massive salads, specially ones featuring grilled chicken, grapes, blue cheese, bacon, and walnuts. This salad was inspired while I was at a conference in the beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’ve been eating it on and off since then, and just restocked on the items so I can have it this week. Hope you enjoy it!

Grilled Chicken & Grape Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 large handfuls of mixed greens
  • 2 TBSP of chopped walnuts
  • 1 piece of bacon crumbled
  • 1 TBSP of blue cheese
  • 10 grapes halved
  • 1 small piece of grilled chicken, marinaded in balsamic and olive oil, cut into cubes
  • equal parts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Directions:

Place mixed greens in a large salad bowl, then layer on walnuts, bacon crumbles, blue cheese, grapes, and grilled chicken. Lastly, give a few shakes of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Start with less dressing, and add more if needed. Mix it all together.

Grilled Chicken & Grape Salad
Grilled Chicken & Grape Salad

Hope this is the perfect salad to beat this hot summer! 🙂

Post-Pregnancy Workout

I don’t know about you, but the thought of  my first post-pregnancy workout was a bit intimidating. I hadn’t really done any strength training for quite a while, and knew it might be tough. On the other hand, I was excited to burn some calories and get those endorphin’s pumping! Before baby, I would make up a lot of my workouts. When I arrived at the gym for my first post-baby workout, I had to think about what to do for a few minutes since I was rusty! I came up with this workout and thought it was a good one to get rolling again. It requires minimal equipment, and you could even sub out exercises if you don’t the equipment listed.

Post-Pregnancy Workout via Tidbits for Today
Post-Pregnancy Workout via Tidbits for Today

In all honesty, since I did this workout my exercise has been lacking… I started back to work, and the baby wasn’t sleeping great, so I’ve had a hard time squeezing in workouts. We’ve been working on the baby sleeping better, and I’m hoping that once the middle of the night wake-ups decrease, I can get up and do some 30 minute workouts. I really miss it, and wouldn’t mind getting some of my muscles back! My goal will be 3 or 4 times a week with some walks mixed in when the weather isn’t bad.

If you had a baby, how soon did you start working out? What did those workouts look like and how often?

**Disclaimer: I’m not a certified trainer. The information published on this blog is not written by medical professionals. It is my personal blog, with the purpose of sharing my own personal experiences. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program if you have any existing medical conditions. **

 

Quick and Easy Breakfast: Sausage, Pepper, & Onion Quiche

I’ve been on a big quiche kick since having our first baby. They are such a quick and easy breakfast, and quickly are reheated. The perfect solution when time is off the essence with a new baby 🙂

Ingredients:

– prepared pie crusts

– roll of uncooked breakfast sausage

– 1 white onion chopped*

– 1 green pepper chopped*

– 6 eggs

– 1/2 cup half & half

– 1 cup cheddar cheese

– salt & pepper

Directions:

1. defrost 1 pie crust and put into pie pan

2. brown sausage over medium heat until fully cooked

3. put cooked sausage, onion, pepper, and cheese into pie pan

4. thoroughly whisk or blend mix eggs, half & half, and salt/pepper

5. pour egg mixture over ingredients in pie pan, making sure to it is covered (if not fully covered, whisk up 1 or 2 more eggs)

6. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, the top of the quiche should be golden and the center should be firm

7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy! (you can also store in the fridge to eat throughout the week like we do)

* Our grocery store sells frozen pre-chopped peppers and onions, a good time saver!

When your baby smiles at you

My favorite memory from today… Baby A and I did a few errands on this rainy day, and she was a trooper! She hung out in her car seat and in the k’tan wrap while we went to the mall and costco. Once we got home, I fed her and then she needed a nap. I took her in her room, swaddled her, and sat with her in the rocking chair. Like usual, she will look around the room and stair at any shiny objects she can find. Today, she kept looking at me and smiling! Ahh, it was the cutest thing ever and my heart exploded as she stared up at me. I love being a mom and now that she is smiling, there are no words to describe the joy!

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p.s. we had a baby and it’s everything and more than we imagined it would be! More on that soon, but today I wanted to document this memory.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to my sweet and loving hubby! Although he isn’t officially a ‘dad,’ he has already been an amazing caretaker of this little girl by taking such great care of me through my pregnancy.  Since I first met my husband, I’ve seen him interact with his nieces and nephews. He has been so amazing with them all, I always knew he’d be a great father. I can’t wait to start this parenting journey with him in about 2 months! Love you babe!

Water Your Plants

Do you get the urge to plant things when spring hits like I do? Every March/April when the weather starts easing up, I start thinking about what I can plant. This year I decided to plant two pots of lettuce. One pot has been growing great, the other one a little slower.

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A few days ago, I realized I hadn’t watered my lettuce lately and the lettuce was looking a bit wilted. That evening I watered the plants. The next evening I looked out on the patio and notice the lettuce had already perked up, just from one watering!

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The plant reminded me of life – and what in my life I need to water in order to experience growth. I tend to start projects, then just leave them hanging out there, for instance this blog! I love writing in this capacity (I’m an English major), but I don’t make time for it, even though it’d be a great outlet for me.

Seeing the plants perk up after one watering has motivated me to make time for the things in life that fuel me. What about you? Anything you’ve been ignoring that you should spend some time ‘watering’?