Food Prep, Weekly Meal Plan, and Workout Plan

I finally made a Pinterest site for the blog! It is still a work in progress, but I started organizing it this weekend. I made a board for ‘’This Week’s Meals” where I will save everything I plan to make that week, and then move it to another board if I like it and want to make it again. Check out my Pinterest page here:

http://www.pinterest.com/runningoutwine/

So here is my meal plan for this upcoming week:

Sunday: Baked salmon (I don’t follow a recipe, I just top it with olive oil and seasoning), cous cous, veggies (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower)

Monday: Spaghetti Squash Lasanga, Salad After buying the squash and starting to prep it on Sunday, it exploded in the microwave. So I had to adjust the recipe and used penne instead of squash.

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, sweet potatoes, green beans

Wednesday:  Italian Quinoa Bowl

Thursday: Parmesan Crusted Chicken  This is Rob’s favorite meal. I have made some changes to it over the many times I have made it.

Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad

Saturday: Out to dinner for Mother’s Day

Food Prep:

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I washed up some kale and pulled off the stems, to freeze and use in smoothies this week.

kaleI also cut up pineapple to use in this smoothie, and peeled some bananas. Both will also go in the freezer.

pineapple

bananas

Berries for snacks and yogurt:

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And cut up some chicken to keep in the freezer for meals later in the week.

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As I said above, there was an explosion of the spaghetti squash in my microwave.

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I made the recipe with penne because that’s what we had…not as healthy but oh well!

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At least we will be having this salad on the side:

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I made turkey meatballs to keep in the freezer (I made 16, and split them into 2 containers of 8).

turkey meatballs

I made more hummus this week, but this time its for a potluck at work.

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And of course we needed something sweet for this week. I baked these cookies but subbed 1/2 for the butter for 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.

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I also came up with a workout plan since I am trying to include more yoga into my routine while I have this month membership:

        Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday         Thursday Friday Saturday
AM rest 4 miles 5 miles Elliptical, body pump, cx works 5 miles 3 miles 11-12 miles
PM rest Body Pump Yoga Runners core DVD Yoga
The miles are just a guideline. I would like to get back to doing about 30 miles a week and then once I a feeling good I’ll start adding some tempos/speed work in.
Bestfoot This Week Link-Up
Do you have any fun recipes planned for this week?
Do you usually plan out your workouts ahead of time, or decide day by day?
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Meal Planning and Changes to the Blog

Today I spent a long time in the kitchen getting ready for the upcoming week. I have some things to do after work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so I wanted to get some of my meals prepped ahead of time to make for less work when its time to cook dinner.

Before we went grocery shopping this morning, I planned out our meals for the week using Pinterest. I usually plan meals by searching on Pinterest, using recipes I have saved, or looking at blogs. I also make recipes from the Runner’s World Cookbook pretty often. This week I found several new recipes to try, so I am going to share my weekly meal plan:

Sunday:  Skinny Orange Chicken with quinoa and broccoli

I prepped the sauce and quinoa.

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Monday: Roasted chicken with red potatoes and asparagus (I hope to go to body pump Monday evening, so this meal can be prepped ahead and Rob can put it in the oven when he gets home from work, so it will be ready to eat when I get home from class).

I chopped up some the veggies so it will be easier to put together tomorrow.

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Tuesday: Pasta Primavera with chicken.

I also chopped up most of the veggies I will need for this meal

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Wednesday: Rob volunteered to cook fajitas:)

Thursday: Chicken fingers with sweet potatoes and green beans

I should have enough time to make this on Thursday.

Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad

I froze half of the meatballs I made last week, so I’ll just defrost them this week.

meatballs

Saturday: Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli with rice (We usually go to church on Saturday evenings and don’t get home until 7, so its nice to have something ready when we get home.)

I also prepped:

Hummus: using this recipe

hummus

Banana Muffins: I read about these on Megan’s blog but they are originally from The Real Life RD

bananamuffins

Black Bean Brownies: I tried a new version from The Little Honey Bee

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I also peeled and chopped beets to keep in the freezer and use in smoothies:

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And washed and sliced strawberries, and washed blackberries. I am planning to use these with plain Greek yogurt this week.

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I also wanted to share that I am getting ready to start the process of making some changes to the blog. While I still feel like my blog is relatively “new”, after 9 months of blogging I feel like I have learned more about what I want to share through this blog. When I first started out, I thought I would (obviously) talk about running, but I also expected to talk about drinking wine and social things. I have realized I hardly ever talk about drinking. I think that’s because its not a big part of my life. Instead, I have found that I enjoy sharing my efforts to find balance between running, working out, healthy eating, and some indulgences.

I have also wanted to make the switch to self-hosting, which will give me more options for designing my blog. For now, Running Out Of Wine won’t be going anywhere, but I will be brainstorming what I want this blog to be and how I will make that happen. It may switch as early as this week…or it may be a month. It all kids of depends on how creative I am and how complicated some of this technical stuff is.

I would love to hear any comments about what you have liked reading about, or what you would like to see more of on the blog! I feel like connecting with readers and other blogs as helped to give my blog its identity, so I don’t want anyone to stop reading if I make changes!

What are your meal planning strategies?

If you blog, have you ever made big changes (ie blog name, switch to self-hosting, etc.)?

Any suggestions for me as I am about to start this process?!