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Meal plan for July 6-13th

Anyone want to join me in a cleanse this week?

No, not a weird kind where you drink juice with cayenne pepper or some weird shit like that.

This is a cleanse for people who like food, and enjoy eating it.  Nary a disgusting egg white will be required.  Egg whites are good for making meringues, and for mixing well with the delicious yolks, but on their own they make me sad for people.

I’ve been eating kind of crappy of late, with the big holiday weekend, and some L-O-N-G days at work, which lead to snacking.  Every July, I take two weeks off, and go back to work with my pants falling off of my butt. Not sitting around all day has multiple benefits: I am moving and burning calories, and I’m not eating constantly to stay alert and engaged.  But I still have to work this next week, so I’m going to double down on the healthy stuff, and keep a lid on the snacking.

Here are the rules:

– You do your best

That’s it.  Everyone gets a trophy. 🙂

To prep for this “cleanse”, I stocked up on a ton of fruit and veg.  I pre-cut celery, carrots, and Persian cucumbers (vegetable crack!), and made some Lara Balls for when I am craving some chocolate, and some of these bars.  I cut up a bunch of watermelon for meal additions, and easy to grab snacks.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re super hungry, a healthy snack might be a viable option, but if it isn’t ready that instant, you find yourself eating fistfuls of chocolate chips?  If I can grab and go, I’m much more likely to choose the smart choices.

How was your Fourth of July?  For you Americans, I trust you had a lovely time and were able to shoot off some fireworks.  For everyone else, I hope you had a nice um…Friday.  Back in 2005, when I was working at a firm in Los Angeles, I was talking with one of my cube mates about his plans for the long holiday.  I asked how he was going to celebrate the fourth, and before I even finished my sentence, I starting laughing.

For you see, he was British.

I then said “I take it you guys don’t celebrate the day we celebrate separating ourselves from you, right…?”  I was correct.  For the record.

We had a huge BBQ at my in-laws, who live in the coolest house ever.  It’s an old school house.  Not like “old” school like it’s stuck in the 70’s, but old SCHOOLHOUSE as in kids used to learn there with their pails and stuff.  They have a drinking fountain in the entry way, a boy’s bathroom downstairs, and their bedroom has a loft that used to be the library.  It’s a really cool place, and the open floor plan is fabulous for entertaining.  There are steps up to all the entrances, so they lovingly rent a ramp for my mom to be able to access the house.  This year, my mom had to cancel at the last minute, but let me tell you, my in-laws are going to rent that ramp for EVERY party in the future.  There were thousands of toys to play with, a whole acre of lawn to play on, a slip and slide, and a kiddie pool.

Every kid at that party was on the ramp for the majority of the day.  One little dude thought it was a slide (covered with sand paper), and spent his time scooting down it.  Jack and a few cousins used it for car racing, and others found it was fabulous for rolling bouncing balls down.

$35,981 worth of toys, and they played with the gimp ramp!

Saturday morning, Jack and I went and signed him up for karate later this month.  I see one of two things happening.  Either he’ll learn discipline and be wonderful, or he’ll become a bully with tools.

We’re doing a special where you get 12 classes for $39.  I figure if he hates it, I’m out $40.  The gi (karate outfit thingy) is $40, but I’m scouring Craigslist, Goodwill, garage sales, and Freecycle for one that might fit it.  I’m not spending $40 for something he’ll wear for six weeks.  Pfft!

Saturday afternoon, I was making strawberry ice cream, and went out to collect the eggs from the coop.  I came back in to see this.

photo(52)How do we make ice cream in our house?  With rapt attention being paid to it!

Meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners.  My breakfast of choice is homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit (or fruit I froze in the summer), and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top.  It’s delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: I am working late, but the boys will have leftover mini quiches from the freezer, chopped salad, and fruit.

Tuesday:: I’m having Troy grill his fabulous chicken to serve on top of leftover chopped salad.  We’ll serve it with fruit.

Wednesday:: I am working late again, but will have Troy BBQ chicken breasts using this recipe.  I’m thinking he should probably grill it in a pan on the BBQ?  We’ll pair the chicken with grilled veg, and fruit.

Thursday:: Eating at the in-laws!!!

Friday:: Popcorn and movie night.  Fave night of the week.

Saturday:: I’m making a small batch of Kalua pig, to make taco salads.

Sunday::  Dinner at my parent’s.  My dad is making salmon!

This week I spent $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, $13 at the local produce stand for veg and organic cherries, $51 at the grocery store, and $11 at Costco.

What are you having this week?

Making this recipe or others?

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13 comments on “Meal plan for July 6-13th”

  1. okay, is that a snap on plastic lid for your regular metal kitchenaid bowl? I am kinda uber jealous….

  2. you are amazing!! I have said that before – I know!
    I so wish you could show us some pics of that fabulous house! What cool in laws to have!
    Your Jack is always the high light of any post!!

  3. I’m in the middle of a Pantry Challenge right now so our week won’t be as exciting as yours, but we will be well fed. Your fruits & veggies and your dad’s salmon sound delish! It is true that you eat better when you have healthy grab-and-go food at the ready. Have a good week!

  4. Cute kid and whatnot, but my eyes keep going back to how clean your counter is!

    • My parents are borderline hoarders and have to have something on any horizontal surface they can find. As a result, I can’t stand clutter and keep things are “bare” as possible.

      We live in the house I grew up in, and people who used to come over when I was growing up, come over now and keep asking us if the house is bigger. Nope, just less STUFF!!!!

  5. I love that little grocery cart so cute! What do you keep in it? I enjoy reading your posts so much you’re so funny! 🙂

    • I love the cart too. I’ve had it for probably 11-12 years! Either found it at Target or TJ Maxx, I can’t remember.

      We use it to hold cloth napkins. The main part of the cart holds clean ones, and the bottom of the cart holds ones we’ve only used once, but aren’t really dirty. If it is just the three of us, we’ll set the table using the ones on the bottom of the cart. Guests all get brand new clean ones from the top.

  6. I am in for the cleanse! I was actually making my hard boiled eggs for the week yesterday while I read this post. I find I do better all day when I have eggs for breakfast. And I had already baked some healthy applesauce/oatmeal/cranberry cookies for treats. And then this morning I woke up with a stomach bug so all I’ve had to eat today is a plain baked potato. Quite a cleanse!

    • You poor thing; I hope you are feeling better!

      I’m hungry now, and you just reminded me we have some hard boiled eggs in the fridge. My dad used to make this “dish” after Easter to use up all the hardboiled eggs. He’d peel them (duh) and then mash them up, add a little sliver of butter, salt, and pepper, and microwave them just until warm. Sounds gross, but it’s SO GOOD!!!

  7. Good timing on the cleanse! Our family is suppose to be eating healthier starting yesterday, but I couldn’t just throw the bag of chips away, so I just finished them.

    Why can’t food that’s bad for you taste bad? And yes, we eat WAY more veggies if they are cut and prepped and easy to grab. My grocery list for today consists of veggies, fruit and deli ham for the hubby.

    Oh, I just remembered we have gellato in the freezer. I should be a good mom and get rid of it so no one else is tempted by it. You know, take one for the team.

    Do you have a Gracie Academy around you? Their Bullyproof program is really worth checking out. And I don’t think the kids are required to wear a gi.

    You kiddo is super cute! It cracks me up how much he loves to watch ice cream being made.

    • You’re such a good mom. So much sacrifice for the kids!! ;-D

      I haven’t looked in to Gracie Academy, but my fear is actually my kid will be the bully; not that he needs to defend himself against them!

      He LOVES to watch the ice cream maker. He peels off the ice from the outside of the bowl, and makes up stories about them as they melt. I some times worry I am raising a psycho.

      • I seriously doubt you are raising a psycho.

        One of the worries I had when I started teaching the Gracie self-defense class was that I would end up with a potential attacker in my class. After watching a ton of their YouTube videos, I wasn’t really worried. They explain that, for the most part, being a predator (or a bully) is about power. Most bullies pick on others because it makes them feel stronger and better about themselves. However, once someone learns that they really are powerful (in this case, by learning the techniques), it typically takes the bully out of them.

        I can’t find the video. My guess is that learning martial arts might get him all excited and increase his ninja fighting at first, but he will eventually learn to respect his new ninja powers and only use them for the good of others :0)