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Meal Planning & Breakfast Burrito

Posted Dec 30 2010 9:59pm

17 Sep

Good afternoon, to everyone. I’ve been eating like a queen this week and I owe it to stepping up my meal planning game this week. But before I get into the details of that, here is today’s Breakfast Burrito:

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

From the bottom up:
Whole wheat flaxseed tortilla from Trader Joe’s
Chipotle chili pepper hummus
Raw organic baby spinach
2 farm fresh eggs, sunny side up
toasted flax seeds
Part-skim mozzarella cheese

So about meal planning, every week I make a rough outline of what I’m going to be eating during the week. I decide what will be eaten for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. I incorporate seasonal ingredients and at least one recipe I have never tried. Once I decide on the menu then I make the shopping list. It’s very simple and usually I leave a couple days open for miscellaneous cooking inspiration. The problem that I’ve had with this method is I end up with extra produce that I sometimes have to throw away. It breaks my heart to see food and money go to waste.

Last weekend I created a menu for my entire week with zero gaps and I used carrots and coconut as a theme. It all worked brilliantly on many different levels:

01 Once I made the list I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat,
just look at the list and prepare
02 Looking at the list it gave me something to look forward to each day
03 Nothing went to waste this week!
04 I spent less money on the ingredients

Here are a couple highlights from the week, both of these are the new recipes I had never made before (both are from Clean Eating Magazine):

Coconut curry shrimp

Coconut curry shrimp

This one looks awesome and the shrimp tastes amazing. The shrimp are battered and baked in a single egg and a mixture of flaxseed meal and coconut flakes. I wasn’t crazy about the sauce, it called for Stevia, and I really should have known better. I only like sugar and raw honey as sweeteners, should have gone with my gut. I’ll make this one again and modify slightly.

Carrot ginger soup

Carrot ginger soup

This soup is AMAZING! Mostly I followed the recipe, it called for silken tofu, instead I used light coconut milk for creaminess. The only thing I would do differently next time is make more.

Tonight I will be making Spinach, Mushroom and Chicken dinner crepes. I can’t wait to get to the gym and get back home.

Daily Actions, Day 18
• Logging my food intake everyday — done
• Doing my workouts and logging them everyday — done
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night — done
• Ask at least one person per day one of a few questions: –  done
What are your dreams? What do you like about your life? What are you grateful for?

In addition to the daily actions I will take some other miscellaneous actions:
(These won’t get a check mark until I do them later in the month, but I’m keeping them here as a reminder)
• Host a ‘Clean’ dinner party at my home once a month — Hosted 1st party Sunday 8.29
• Get a Sub Max test
• Clean two closets — one closet is clean
• Paint bedroom walls

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