4.6.11: What you could have for dinner Wednesday!

Each week I have every intention of putting together a meal planner that will help form the shopping list and organize dinners for the whole week….. Didn’t happen this week, again! But I have done it in the past.  Though it does take a bit of time in the beginning, once you have it in place it’s a time-saver.

What I have done recently is organize the recipes I’ve been pulling out of magazines for the past several years. I purchased six 1-inch binders and a packet of sheet protectors and separated recipes by type into each binder. For example: dinners, brunch, kids, and sweets. Honestly, once I had all the materials I needed this took me a couple of hours. But now I can go through each binder and pull the recipes that I will be using for that week. To gather ingredients for the week, in the past I would write out my grocery list. However, I recently discovered an awesome new app good for iPhone and Droid: Grocery IQ, and it’s free! This will let you do just about everything you need when it comes to grocery shopping aside from it doing it for you. Don’t want to type in each item? Included is a bar code scanner so in theory you don’t even need to write out a list of your reoccurring items. Just scan the empty package and it’s stored!

Once I have the week of recipes, I hang them on a hook in the kitchen with a list on the refrigerator of the menu for the week….this way if the husband gets home first and gets inspired he knows what can be made for dinner!

Now, if I could just find an app that would do the shopping, cooking, and cleaning life would be even easier!

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4.4.11: Mama Monday – Smoothie Season is (almost) here!

We had a taste of Spring and Summer this weekend which prompted me to pull out the blender to make smoothies for me and the girls! It’s such a fun way to eat your fruits and veggies! We have a juicer also (great investment) which makes juice, so much better than store bought and you can choose the exact ingredients and flavors. We have also been making a bit extra and putting our leftovers in ice trays with sticks to make delicious pops!

To get my morning started right, here is my breakfast smoothie:

½ cup vanilla yogurt (low-fat)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 banana
1 handful of blueberries
Splash of unsweetened soy milk

I was searching for clever smoothie ideas and came across this website which has many recipes for just about any kind of mixture you can dream up.

If you do have a juicer, this is my favorite juice mixture (serves 2):

3 carrots
2 (small) apples
4 stalks celery
1 beet (remove all stalks)

This will get you up and moving no matter how much or little sleep you had the night before.

Enjoy and happy blending!

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday – Homemade Pizza!

One of the dinners that my daughter and I love to cook together is pizza! I get the roll yourself dough from Trader Joe’s – they have three types: plain, whole wheat and garlic & herb….we typically rotate between all three (the garlic & herb is mild enough for the three year old too).

Last night we had some friends over to have a “pizza off”! Each of us brought our own ingredients and I had picked up two types dough, whole wheat and garlic & herb.

Whole Crust
Red Pizza Sauce (Trader Joe brand)
Quesillo (Mexican cheese that is typically used in quesadillas)
Black Olives
Mushrooms
Tomatoes
Goat Cheese

Garlic & Herb Crust
Fig Spread (Trader Joes)
Roasted Red Peppers
Chicken Sausage (sliced)
Quesillo (Mexican cheese that is typically used in quesadillas) – they added their cheese to the top

We were all so hungry by the time it was done that I didn’t get a picture of either of them but let me tell you they both were delicious!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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Mama Monday – Girls Night out (at home)!

When was the last time you had a date night with your girlfriends? Can you remember? Now with two kiddos myself, I find that it can be challenging to find the time to get together with my girls but when I do I feel like a better everything!

Here is the solution that my girlfriends and I came up with. I hope you try it – let me know what you like to do with your ladies night out (even if it does end up on the couch)!

What my girlfriends and I do to get some time together and not spend a fortune? We rotate houses! (Real rocket science here – sorry if you were looking for an insanely incredible idea, you have to admit that it does make it easy.) Sometimes we bring the kids to each other’s houses or other nights we leave them with their daddies.  You can also all meet at one house and split the cost of a babysitter. There is a great article (click here) that gives you some ideas about hosting girls night at your house.

Whatever you do, just make sure you make girl time a priority – you deserve it!

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