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WIAW #23 Clear the Fridge Meals

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Happy WIAW!   This week I shopped my pantry and fridge before planning meals for the week, basically I planned my meals around what I already had and shopped only for what was really needed.

Breakfast was pretty simple.  A banana, Fage greek yogurt with oranges and cinnamon and coffee. By the way these are my meals from Monday.

Yogurt breakfast

Lunch was leftover Farro salad from Sunday.

Farro salad

My afternoon snack was an apple and Sunflower Seed Butter, (not pictured).

Dinner was Kale salad loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, edamame, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and hemp seeds dressed in honey mustard dressing.  Can you tell I like kale? If you have read some of my older blog post you know I eat it a lot, I think it might just be my favorite green veggie. It was a very tasty salad. I also made pita chips using leftover pita bread from last week, it was starting to get hard and I couldn’t think a better way to use it. (sprayed with olive oil before toasting in the oven).

Kale Super salad

Sometimes when I need a little inspiration I will type in the food item I have on hand into Pinterest search bar and see what happens.  It’s amazing how much comes up, try it!

Don’t forget to check out the WIAW Party at Peas and Crayons.  Thank you Jenn for hosting each week.

Questions of the Day.

Do you plan your meals around what you have in your fridge or pantry?

How often do you clear out your fridge?

What’s your favorite veggie?

MIMM #8 and Finding Farro

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Happy MIMM!! I hope everyone had a Marvelous weekend, it was Marvelous around here.  I tried Farro for the first time, I found it at TJ’s and decided to give it a try.

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Farro was very popular in the Middle East during biblical times, it grows well in poor soil and is naturally resistant to fungus.  It’s a cousin to wheat and it is similar in taste to spelt.  Farro is a whole wheat grain and is a great source of complex carbohydrates. It has twice the fiber and protein than the wheat most of us eat. The carbohydrate in Farro is called cyanogenic glucoside and is known to stimulate the immune system, lower cholesterol and help to maintain blood sugar levels. It contains gluten, however the gluten molecules are weaker, making it more easily digested. It’s also rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, lignans and betaine.   Farro is a popular food in Italy, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has three grades, long,medium and cracked.  Farro can be purchased whole and cracked using a coffee grinder to assure freshness or you can purchase pre-cooked, all you have to do is boil for about ten minutes.

There is so much you can do with Farro, one of the first things that came to mind was a hot cereal.  I boiled the Farro for about 7 minutes with water, poured off the water added 1 1/2 tablespoon of thick coconut cream and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and boiled for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.  I sweetened it with agave nectar and topped it off with toasted coconut, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and I poured just a little more coconut cream on top.  It was so so Marvelous!

Farro Cereal

The second thing I made was a Marevlous salad. I used red onions, cherry tomatoes, chopped spinach, olive, italian seasonings, salt and cracked black pepper. Thought about using balsamic vinegar, but just wasn’t feeling it, but you can toss in whatever floats your boat.  I’ve got some sweet dishes in mind, I will share after testing the recipes.

Farro salad

Have yourself a Marvelous Monday and check out the other Marvelousiness.  Thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for hosting.

Question of the Day.

What was the last new food you tried?

WIAW #22 and Planning Ahead

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Happy WIAW! So far my week has been grand!  The wonderful weather we have been having here in North Texas is drawing me to the outdoors and I have gotten in some good runs.  Although my days are busy, I have made a commitment to fit runs or cross training workouts into my schedule before or after work.  Sometimes you just have to make the commitment to yourself, for yourself.

Funny how I skip workouts because I’m busy, and feel tired, but when I workout I have more energy for those busy days and my tired changes from a run-down tired to a feel good tired. Dose anybody know what I’m talking about?

The past few weeks I have been taking the time on the weekends to sit and plan my meals for the week, making quick and easy meals and preparing enough to take for lunch during the week. I also multi task some of my ingredients, I prepared enough quinoa to use in several dishes during the week.

Monday started with silken tofu and cherry smoothie sprinkled with vanilla granola, coffee and pure aloe vera with carrot juice, aloe vera is good for the digestive and immune system, joint function and circulation and it supports the overall healing process. I drink 2 to 4 ounces twice daily. You can drink it alone, but I choose to drink it with just a little carrot orange juice.  For those of you who don’t have a juicer or don’t always have the time to juice and clean the juice machine, (I hate cleaning the juicing machine), I have found an amazing omega-3 carrot orange juice at TJ’s. My daughter loves this stuff, and she is a picky eater.

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Lunch was leftover pasta salad on top a bed of fresh romaine lettuce. The pasta salad I made over the weekend was prepared with mini heirloom tomatoes, red, orange, yellow and jalapeno peppers, black olives, grated vegan cheese and vegan mayo and I finished off with a sprinkle of TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute.

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 Snack was Lotus Biscoff Spread with sliced apples. I found it at Target and it is a good stand in for TJ’s Cookie Butter, which happens to be out of stock until mid May.

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After work and a three-mile run I sliced and sautéed TJ’s Italian Sausage-less Sausage with sliced jalapeno and simmered them in creamy red pepper soup, served on top a bed of quinoa.  This meal took about 15 minutes to prepare because I prepared the quinoa Sunday to use throughout the week.

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Taking the time to plan my meals has paid off with more time to do the things I love. Like running and most of all spending time with my daughter, who will be leaving for college next year.  I’m trying to make the most of the time I have with her everyday, soon it will be phone calls, skype and occasional visits.

I challenge you to meal plan if you don’t already. It has saved me time and money.

Stop by Peas and Crayons for a peak at what others are eating. Thank you Jenn for being a great host each week.

Questions of the Day.

Do you plan your meals?

What would you like to have more time for in your life?