Two Week Meal Prep in 4 hours

Spring sports season is about to amp-up for our people next week. Between the 4 kids, we have been doing 1 boyscout meeting and 1 gymnastics lesson per week all year. A couple of weeks ago, we had to start picking up my soon-to-be high school freshman? up from football workouts a couple of days per week.  Next week, we will be starting swim team twice per week with 2 of them for 6 weeks. By the time all of the spring sports chaos is over… it will be ??? season.  We’ve been really disciplined with our diet 6 days per week for the past 3 weeks.   2-3 weeks is also when I start losing steam with all of the cooking/ food prep. All of this just felt like a recipe for diet disaster. What to do? Batch Cook! We were a little nervous to do a full month at once. But doubling my typical grocery list and meal prepping efforts and freezing half seemed doable.  We hit ALDI as usual with this list in hand


3 items circled at bottom were things I had to get at Publix.

Across the top was my note to self on what I needed to cook when we got home:


I doubled every recipe except the paleo chili. That’s it in the first picture packed with my salad for lunch. The lasagna is delicious! Got a couple of servings out of each pan for 2 days of lunches ( with bell peppers and carrots). The rest we will eat for dinner this week… and the second pan will be frozen to use next week. We will serve the taco chicken on salad for ourselves and tortillas for the kids. Again, 1 for dinner this week and 1 for freezing to use next week. Same with the muffins. We are starting with those for breakfast, but if life gets crazy, I have a second batch I can whip out of the freezer and serve with scrambled eggs in 5 minutes?.  I cooked the dishes in the order I listed to make it all be done by the time the crockpot cut off. Add 30 min- 1 hr for cleanup. Guess what? No cooking for me for the next 2 weeks!!!???????

The binder is not pretty nor is it decorated with an awesome silhouette sticker. Obviously , all of my recipes come straight from Pinterest….I have a little frustration with logging into my phone 50 times while I am cooking to look back at the recipe. So… while I am at all of these activities with the kids, I scribble the recipes on notebook paper and have them categorized by breakfast, dinner, etc….using… none other than 1 of the many excessive white binders and divider tab sets owned by household following an epic school list failure.  ?

**I am going to be continuing the carb cycling on what would be my ‘low carb days’ as I have the previous 2 weeks. Feeling like my scale needs a nudge, though. On my no carb days…. I have decided to do this…http://healthyhomestead.com/lose-10-pounds-in-a-week/

Back to- nuts and berries for breakfast

Lunch is meat and salad ( meal prep dinners)

Dinner is 2 boiled eggs and veggie

2 days of this^^no carb, 2 days low carb, 1 day no carb, 1 day low carb.. cheat day Sunday.

Will let u know how it goes! I am doing progress pics and will sum up my pics and thoughts in 10 more days!

What’s Cooking?!? ( carb cycling)- menu Plan for February 20-26

  • No Carb Days (Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat)

Breakfast

Brownie – batter smoothie with handful of spinach

http://beyondfitmom.com/6-protein-shake-recipes-for-your-sweet-tooth/

Lunch

Leftover chicken breasts baked with salsa + Brussel sprouts +bell pepper strips

Greek ( pasta-less) salad with chicken or tuna added

http://beyondfitmom.com/5-healthy-salad-recipes/
Dinner

Sloppy jo over salad – we actually just brown 2 lbs of ground turkey… add 1/4 cup braggs liquid Aminos, 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and 1/4 cup of ketchup.This recipe also looks tasty:

http://beyondfitmom.com/healthy-sloppy-joes-recipe/
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole http://beyondfitmom.com/recipe-chicken-cordon-bleu-casserole/

^^^this got 3/4 of our kids approval. That’s a high rating around these parts.

Snack

Angel food cake 

http://www.themacroexperiment.com/blog/enjoying-food-angel-food-protein-cake

  • Low Carb days (wed/Thursday)

Breakfast

Ezekiel Bread with Scrambled Eggs


Or Pumpkin French Toast

http://beyondfitmom.com/recipe-pumpkin-french-toast/
Lunch

Leftover sloppy joe or chicken cordon bleu casserole with salad and sweet potato or black beans

Or leftover Greek salad with sweet potato, black beans, or piece of fruit

Dinner

Greek chicken salad

Or

Tilapia with salad and steamed veggies

In a nutshell…

I am carbcycling to lose about 5-8 lbs of fat. I am eating no carbs 4 days per week and low carb 2 days per week. In Sundays, I have protein and carb at all 3 meals and have a ‘cheat ‘ dessert that day. This refuels my metabolism and helps me maintain discipline the rest of the week. 

Low carb days: protein and carb at breakfast and lunch. Protein only for dinner and late snack.

No Carb Days: protein and veggies only. This is where stevia and a tasty whey protein and the creative no carb recipes come in.

I prefer to cook only 1-2 days per week and reheat.

To cook this week:

  • Pumpkin french toast (double)
  • Greek salad with chicken
  • Chicken cordon bleu Casserole
  • Sweet potato 
  • Black beans
  • Tilapia
  • Angel food cake
  • Sloppy joe mix


ManCave So Far

A lot of projects in a small space! Let’s break it down! Paint color is Behr casual gray. ^^^

New entrance that connects this 1 bedroom apartment (above 2 car garage) space to the main house. Railings are surrounding a diy spiral staircase that leads down to our kitchen/ dining area. 

Top of the staircase^^^. This room serves as a guest bedroom/ playroom and has a lot of storage space. There are 3 remaining dormer space closets ( a 4th was removed for the spiral staircase). To the right of the bed are 2 double closets. 

The carpet that I want on these stairs and the carpet that makes sense on these stairs are battling for first place in my head right now.


White washed the variegated tan brick exposed wall with some of the Benjamin Moore decorator’s white that was used in another bathroom and the guest bedroom in pic above^^. I used a recipe that I found on Pinterest that people were doing to update their brick fireplace surrounds. Half water/ Half latex paint=whitewash=very messy but love the end result!

Bathroom wall color is a blue- gray. Only room in the whole house that I didn’t repaint. It worked with this Nicole Miller shower curtain from TJ Maxx and the bathmat is World Market. 

Johnny wants to make sure you don’t get lonely in here?. Got this Cash retro poster on Amazon.


^^^Sofa table/ Bar in the den/kitchen/media room ( I am into multifunctional spaces & not into redoing plumbing)…Pop’s Custom Furniture.

https://m.facebook.com/Pops-Custom-Furniture-222668494847941/



Cover that tacky pillow with a favorite Old T-shirt. I safety pinned it because I wanted to surprise the man that the ManCave is for…wasn’t quite sure whether or not he would flip out if I took a pair of scissors to Jim. Turns out he loves them and I will update with that eventually.

Momento of carefree days?

Hobby Lobby record frames $15.


Plan to use this to update the ‘honey oak’ kitchenette cabinets above. It’s so easy to use. Just lightly hand sand. Wipe down a couple of times with tack- cloth, then mineral spirits. Apply 3 coats (dry 24 hrs in between coats) with a foam brush.

Van Morrison poster is Amazon find also. The ‘poster’ above kitchenette is actually a collection of menus that my in- laws brought us from Europe. I can’t decide if I will use this here or do a mirror here to open up the space?.  The cabinet in the bottom right of this picture holds the electronics and a bunch of board games. We have installed a movie projector screen from Amazon to the wall above. It hooks up to our satellite/PS4 system. I may never see the males in the family outside of the ManCave again!

Weekly Workout- Feb 13-19

Monday

Yes that is a screenshot of my Pinterest pin…it is from Shape.com…but the link won’t pull up the Workout post above. I did 3 sets of 20 reps. Except the pistol squat. I did 5 reps of those. I really wish I had a trainer to tell me what in the heck I am not doing right with those?!?. I stink at pistol squats. Probably means I need to do them more often. 

Tuesday

Early morning 8 min arms before the crew gets up with Tracy Anderson via YouTube.

https://youtu.be/cGv6BM9YTRs
How do her workouts look so darn easy but are so hard? Maybe my abs and rear need some Tracy this week too!

Wednesday 

20 min cardio intervals on elliptical.

  • SWEAT!!!!
  • Plie squats 
  • Reverse dumbbell lunges
  • Donkey kick machine
  • Leg extensions 

3 sets. Decrease weight and increase reps with each set. 
Thursday-arms/abs

  • Preacher curls
  • Assisted chin ups
  • Dumbbell rows
  • Tricep kickbacks
  • Hammer curls
  • Shoulder shrugs
  • Cable tricep push downs
  • Hanging knee/straight leg raises
  • Abdominal crunch machine ( knees to side)

3 sets/ 8-20 reps each set

**pressed for time today…this took about 45 min -1 hr . Did a 10 rep warmup with super light weight before starting each set. Stretch out well at the end.???DONE!