Meal Plan Monday #1

Oh Monday, it’s you again, isn’t it? Weren’t you like, just here? Well we can’t fight it; we may as well enjoy it. Happy Monday Lovelies!

I’m back today with a little sneak peek into the week’s eats. I’m sprinkling the meal plan with photos from the weekend. Yep, I just said sprinkles. I should work more of those into the meal plan next week…

fall for greenvilleKevin and I had a relaxed night at home Friday, but on Saturday we drove to visit his parents in SC. The whole gang headed out to Fall for Greenville, a huge event with food, beverages, and even a little craft beer area.

fall for greenvilleEnjoying a local Greenville brew by Brewery 85

I love festivals! But back to the eats…

greenville scThough I’ll mix up breakfast, lunch, and various snacks here and there, every day should look somewhat like this (plus extra handfuls of whatever Ethan doesn’t eat or whatever chocolate I can find):

  • Banana-flax oatmeal
  • Chicken sausage, sweet potato, side salad
  • Apple and almond butter or a snack bar of some sort

birthdayOpening the last of E’s birthday gifts on Sunday

Dinners for the week include:

  • Sunday: homemade chicken tortilla soup (sans tortillas) in a bread bowl
  • Monday: feta and spinach stuffed & baked chicken breasts over spinach and pasta
  • Tuesday: spiced chicken thighs in crock pot with apple and butternut squash over rice pilaf
  • Wednesday: Ethan and I have a sushi date with my mom. Woohoo! (No, he won’t be having sushi.)
  • Thursday: cabbage, kale, and quinoa casserole
  • Friday: pizza or tortellini

bread bowlLast night’s bread bowl o’ soup

Of course, there’s always sweet stuff thrown into the mix as well.

  • What’s on your meal plan this week?
  • A series of “Meal Plan Mondays” – yay or nay?
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I’ve finally caught up with the times. Love, Sweat, & Beers has its own little Facebook page!!!

I generally don’t post on Saturday’s, but ummm… I have no likes.  Haha! Go find me. Like me.

There’s even a new little button on the right-hand banner of the blog to make it super easy for you. Mmmmkay thanks!

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Whatever Works

Happy Friday! While I’d like to talk about the romantic plans Kevin and I have for our anniversary weekend, I can’t. Per usual, we don’t have any. Hmmm… maybe next year?!?

In the meantime, I want to talk a wee bit about some stuff that didn’t work, that kinda worked, and that definitely worked. (I know, could I be more vague?)

Didn’t Work: non-dairy ice cream. I tried coconut milk ice cream in the past and wasn’t happy, which is to be expected since I don’t like coconut. This time I thought I’d take a chance on soy. Ughck! “So Delicious” my arse!!

so deliciousWhat Kinda Worked: new shoes. I bought the pink Saucony shoes, but I only got to the end of my street before major foot pain set in. I think my arches fell during training for my first half, so too much support or cushion doesn’t work for my anymore. I switched up and got Mizunos instead. My last three running shoes have been Mizunos, so no, I didn’t just buy these because they’re Clemson colors. (#GoTigers)

shoes     mizuno

What Did Work: while making the turkey zucchini meatballs the other night, I thought of a new way to use the extra grated zucchini. Zucchini Cakes! Or whatever you want to call them. To be honest, I haven’t tried them yet, but Ethan seemed to dig it.

zucchiniThey cook at the same temp as the turkey zucchini meatballs, and he gobbled it up.

zucchini cakesOh, and they have green things. Yaaaaay!

Baked Zucchini Cakes
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Serves: 4
  • ½ cup freshly grated zucchini
  • ½ tsp ground flax
  • ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Continue to stir until thoroughly moistened.
  2. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet (parchment may work too). Mine made 4 little cakes.
  3. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes.

  • What are you up to this weekend?
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Thinking Out Loud

So many thoughts, so little time! I must be due for a Thinking Out Loud post. Thanks Amanda for hosting the linkup!

thinking out loud1. Cuddles. This kid cut a new tooth this week, which wouldn’t be a good thing if it weren’t for the extra cuddles. He has been such a sweetie pie napping in my arms!

cuddles2. Workouts. I’m still following the same routine I posted not long ago, and it has been going pretty well.  I can usually find 20 minutes or so before Ethan wakes up or during first nap.

3. Gym withdrawals. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth going back to my gym or not. I dropped Ethan’s membership since my falling out with the child care folks, but I’ve kept my membership. Now that he’s older, maybe they’ll be better with him? It was so much easier when he was in da’ bump.

bump4. Toys R Us. Ethan and I got to go yesterday, and I don’t know who had more fun. That’s a lie. I had more fun. I can’t look at a Ticke-Me-Elmo without squeezing his belly, and I can’t squeeze his belly without laughing.

toys r us5. Doctor appointments. Ethan has his 1-year checkup today. I’m pretty excited. I always got pumped for appointments when he was in the belly, and now that he’s out, I still get excited to see how much he’s grown. It’s also nice to hear a doc tell me everything is a-okay!

6. Anniversary. Saturday is Kevin and my 6-year wedding anniversary, which seemed appropriate for #6 on the list.

first dance7. This. It’s obviously Kevin with Ethan, and the other fellas are my dad and Ethan’s two great grandpas. Love my boys!

generations 8. New Recipes. I hope to have one up tomorrow, but we’ll see how this whole Internet thing goes. I’m posting this from the fam’s house.

zucchini9. Run Issues. I’m just not that into running right now. E and I went for a stroller run yesterday, which was nice, but most days I can’t find the motivation. Walking is just more my speed these days.

run10. Sugar Creek Brewing. They’re having a grand opening party tomorrow, 10/10. That seemed appropriate for #10.

sugar creek

  • Penny for your thoughts? Okay, no pennies. I’m trying to save money here.
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What I Ate Wednesday

It’s Hump Day! With family in town last week and the weekend’s shenanigans, it felt like a long weekend. That’s making this week feel a little slow. Slow, but not bad.

I’m actually blogging from Starbucks right now, of all places, because we are without Internet for a couple days. We cancelled cable (again), but I have to wait just a wee bit before getting Internet re-installed. Such a pain!

Fall WIAWIn short, I’m not going to be able to check out as many fellow WIAW posts as I’d like, but you can! Just check out Peas & Crayons for all the blogger eats n’ treats.

Now, onto the food…

Breakfast: oats, blueberries, a little chia, and a little chopped hazelnuts

oatsSnack: half a lemon Quest bar from yesterday (this was post-walk, I just can’t get into running much these days)

Lunch: TJ’s chicken sausage, sweet potato, and side salad… followed shortly with a square of extra-dark chocolate

lunchSnack: Justin’s almond butter and an apple (remember back when we used to call Apple products “Macintosh” – sounds so silly to me now) but later followed by a decaf soy cappuccino, the cost of Internet these days

almondDinner: turkey zucchini meatballs with pasta


Dessert: no ice cream. Whaaaat? I’m trying to limit dairy and sugar a bit, so I opted for a glass of red wine instead with another square of super-dark chocolate. (no picture, just close your eyes and imagine it in all of its glory)

  • What’s your treat of choice lately?
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