This week I am SWAMPED, but I’m going to try to stick to the plan as best I can. My job is going to be crazy busy this week, my boss is leaving at the end of the week (!!!), I have plans after work every single day, and then Thursday I leave work early to go to Philly for the weekend to celebrate Easter. Whew!
I think at times like these it’s easy to just want to order in or go out for every meal and say I don’t have time for exercise, but I know that eating well and working out are the only way to stay sane.
My goal for this week workout wise is to try to get 4 workouts in. I want to workout at least two times in the morning Monday – Thursday (one down from this morning!), and then bring workout clothes for at least two workouts in Philly. One of those will be an outdoor run with my sister, and then hopefully The Shred (I’ve turned her onto it!) and/or a walk outside.
Food wise, this week will be pretty boring for me, but that’s OK every once in a while. I wanted to make something last night that would be really good as leftovers, so I threw together a huge batch of delicious quinoa salad that we ate out on the balcony for dinner last night and have lots of leftovers of. I’m planning on eating the leftovers straight up, having some in a wrap and then making some into patties later in the week. I’m putting the recipe up on Thursday along with my first cooking tip video, so get excited. I also prepped some wheat berries, which will be great for quick breakfasts and to toss into salads for lunch/dinner, so hopefully this week will be smooth sailing, even if its insane.
Here’s my plan:
|Monday||Wheat berries, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit||Cheesy Kale Stromboli w/salad||Peanut butter and an apple, banana, grapes||Everything bagel thin w smoked salmon, greek yogurt, dill and a salad|
|Tuesday||English Muffin w/PB + Banana||Quinoa Salad Wrap||Cottage cheese, frozen fruit, grapes||Brie and Apple Quesadilla (YUM!) w/salad|
|Wednesday||Protein Smoothie – Greek yogurt, milk, banana, frozen fruit||Frozen eggplant parmesan or stromboli||Cottage Cheese||Quinoa Patty – Leftover Quinoa Salad with egg and breadcrumbs, pan fried|
|Thursday||Wheat Berries, Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit||Quinoa patty sandwich||Travel Snacks – Trail Mix (choc chips, raisins, almonds), apple, banana||Dinner Out w/my sisters in Philly!|
First stop for grocery shopping – Grand Mart, which is an international grocery store in Alexandria, VA that the boyfriend goes to a lot to get rare products for work. I’d never been there before Saturday and it was really awesome, but a little overwhelming. There was super cheap produce along with several aisles of unique international products, a few of which I couldn’t resist even though I didn’t really need them.
- Baby Spinach
- English Cucumber
- Italian Parsley
- Green Pepper
- Red Onion
- Red Grapes
- Fuji Apples
- Soba Noodles
- Golden Raisins
- Indian Millet
- Pitted Dates
I’m excited about the huge package of soba noodles because I love those and they were only $4 for a ton of them, and also the Indian millet. I’ve never had or cooked millet before and new ingredients are always fun to experiment with!
Total Damage: $26.15
The second stop was to my normal grocery store, The Teet, to grab just a few things. re on major sale so I couldn’t help myself.
- Frozen Cauliflower
- Pistachio Gelato (up close below)
- More (greener) bananas
- More grapes ($1/lb!!!)
- Pineapple (On sale for $2 each)
- 2 mangos (on sale for .75 each)
- Smoked Salmon
I’m planning on putting this on toast or a bagel thin with greek yogurt and dill for dinner tonight, which should take about 2 minutes to assemble. I like buying these small containers because its good for 1 portion and way cheaper than buying a big container.
I also recently found these little pistachio gelato cups, and they are GOOD.
Really creamy and delicious, and they have a shorter ingredient list than a lot of these types of things.
3 pts+ on Weight Watchers but they feel and taste really indulgent.
Only $15 was spent at The Teet, bringing me wayyy under budget for the week at $41.15! That’s a good thing!!
What’s your favorite dish to make that works well as leftovers? I tweeted about this and a lot of people responded with lasagna. I was thinking about making a bunch of my lasagna bundles, but now that the weather is finally coming around I wanted to do something lighter, so the quinoa salad was born!