Monday, April 9, 2018

Bree's Short Week Meal Plan


Bree's Short Week Meal Plan 
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Sunday Fried eggs,
Tomatoes &
 Avocado 
Salted Fish (Cod fish) Boiled Banana's & Cucumbers  Jerk Chicken
Mango Salad 
Plantain chips, Lara bars, Fruit, Cut Veggies…
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Boild Eggs,
Tomatoes &
Avocado  
Jerk Chicken,
Wild Arugula &
Machango
Salad
Jerk Chicken &
Roasted Veggies 
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Tuesday Boiled Eggs &
Roasted Veggies
Jerk Chicken &
Roasted Veggies 
Jerk Chicken Cobb Salad

Saturday, April 7, 2018

4 weeks

Hey ya’ll ok its been 4 weeks so lets catch up.

Week 1:
Eating well went O. K.  I didn’t totally stuck to my menu because midweek, I realized my husband was going out of town. I basically stopped cooking on Wednesday and survived on left overs, corn tortillas, black beans and cheese quesadillas.

Week 2:
The following week, I planned to follow the same menu. Repeating the menu turned out to be a brilliant idea. I had most of the grocery already purchased and I didn’t have to spend time shopping or thinking of a new menu. Saving time turned out more valuable then usual because my kids got sick! First my daughter came down with what seems like a stomach bug and then my son has it.

Later we learned my daughter’s stomach bug triggered her first Asthma attack. We didn’t know DD even had asthma. The past couple of weeks we have been learning how to care for her with this new diagnosis. She is doing well now and is back in school.

Week 3: Things are finally starting to normalize. But I thought I could just reuse the same menu for a 3rd week in a row. WRONG! Oh so wrong.  Half way threw the week I started to run out of grocery. Shopping and cooking the same day, what a waste of time. But I was still able to eat healthy because luckly I had some I previously froze for busy days that I didn’t have time to cook.
Week 4 (Easter Weekend): As you can guess, it all fell apart. I had too much fun over the weekend I didn’t make any meal plan. Guess what we ate. PIZZA! Pizza not once but 3 times in one week. By the end of the week, I was so bloated, someone asked me if I was pregnant! No, I am not pregnant.  At that point I just plain gave up. It was Easter weekend and ate a ton of Easter sweet.

Hello week 5: SALAD!!!! I’m now in the process of coming up with a meal plan for the next to weeks and my theme is Salad.  I’ll post my salad themed meal plan as soon as I’m done with it.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Bree's Meal Plan for the Week of February 26



I know it’s late, but here it is…my meal plan for this week!  I planned on posting last week, but life happened.  I had to deal with a sick kid, back pain, laundry, and most importantly I really just wasn’t ready to start eating healthy… but this week it’s on!!!   

Bree's Meal Plan 
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Sunday Fried eggs, Tomatoes and Avocado  Nachos, (Quinoa & Corn tortilla) Cheese, and Turkey Chili Turkey Chili  *Kids: Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies Plantain chips, Lara bars, Fruit, Cut Veggies…
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Turkey Chili  Nachos, (Quinoa & Corn tortilla ) Cheese, and Turkey Chili  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Tuesday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggies  Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and veggies  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Wednesday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggies Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice Plantains, avocado & veggies  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Thursday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Tuna Salad  Jerk Chicken Salad   
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Friday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Black Beans and Rice with salad  Take out  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Saturday Eggs, blackbeans,  tomatoes, & avocado  Tacos with Fajita Meat (Chicken and Beef)  Tacos with Fajita Meat (Chicken and Beef)   

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Food


One of the things I’ve been working on over the past few years is cooking, especially learning how to cook healthy meals for my family. I don’t love cooking. Sometimes, I actually hate it, but we have to EAT! Boy, do we have to eat. One day I thought about it… We have to eat every day, a minimum of 3 times a day, and there are 5 of us in my family. So, that means 15 meals A DAY! 15 meals a day that need to be made by me and I don’t like cooking! My husband helps sometimes, but work keeps him pretty busy.  

To further complicate things, as I get older, I’ve noticed that I just can’t eat everything the way I used to. I’m not going to talk to you about nutrition, because I’m not a nutritionist. I’m just going to share my experience. I’ve noticed that what I eat doesn’t just affect my weight, or energy levels. It also affects my mood. Mood is so important because it can affect my entire outlook on life.  

I’m a mom. Imagine facing a 2, 3, and 5-year-old while in a bad mood… It’s so hard and it’s not fair to them or me. If I have low energy and I’m in a bad mood, I’m not the only one suffering. My whole family suffers, all because of the foods I have eaten. The food culprits are processed foods, but most notably SUGAR and FLOUR.

So, over the next few weeks, months and years, I’m going to challenge myself to avoid these foods.  Lucky for me there are tons of resources to find recipes that avoid these foods. Yet, here is the real challenge for me and I’m sure for some of you… finding the time to buy groceries, plan meals and actually cook these meals!!!

Stay tuned for tips on how to make the most of your time in my next post. Just kidding… Stay tuned and or join (please comment and add your own tips) me as I continue to learn how to feed my family healthy, low cost,  low prep meals.



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oh Wednesday!!

Oh Wednesday!! Today feels like the Wednesday of all Wednesdays. I’m suffering with a chest cold that comes along with a bad cough, plus a cough that kept me up all night long.

I could take a nighttime cough suppressant, but when I take nighttime cough suppressants, I wake up in a fog because I didn't get what I call natural sleep.  So my sad options are to (i) stay up all night and get the little sleep I can get between coughing attacks and be tired the next day, or (ii) take cough suppressant and sleep all night then wake up in a tired fog. Last night, I decided to take the cough suppressant, so today I’m moving in a tired fog.

I want to crawl back into bed, but I won’t, because today I’m going to start blogging.  Why? Because I’m tired of justifying to myself with a hundred and one reasons why I can’t or should blog today when I really want to deep down.  Today, I don’t care how crappy my writing is, how messy my home is or about the 100 million other things that need to be done. Today I blog and I will continue to blog.  It starts here.

I love blogging and I have not done it in years. Since the last time I blogged… I have actually moved back to the United States from the UK, had a baby boy named Cole, moved to a new house, celebrated Cole’s  first birthday, Talia's second and third birthdays and Kennedy's fourth and fifth birthdays. Yes, I’ve been busy but I’ve missed blogging.  It’s time to blog.  Years… have passed… because I was waiting for the perfect time and the perfect story. Well we all know there is no such thing, so you will have to settle for my imperfect life. I just have to start, so hear I go…  I am back!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mama is cooking!!!

We only have a few weeks left, and I am finally getting into a routine!!!!  When we decided to move to London. I knew I didn’t want the girls in school full time because I wanted to be able to explore London with girls in toe.   But I also wanted to have a few days for myself to avoid "burn out" and have fun. The girls go to a nursery two days a week, and I’m supposed to use this time to myself. However, I ended up using this time to clean, do laundry and run family errands. But one day I started to fit in a workout and from there I started to claim my days off.  I’ve started to take cooking classes. 

I started to take cooking classes because I’m not the most confident cook. I can cook a few staple West Indian dishes, but that’s it. I have no idea how to cook European, Asian or American foods.  I’m so bad that I can’t even sauté a piece of fish correctly. Thus following a recipe is very difficult for me because I don’t know how to do the basics.  My goal while in London is to do something for myself that I think is fun and will help me develop as a person. I love to entertain so I decided I would take some basic cooking classes.  So far, I’ve taken three classes,  (Thai) Coconut Prawn Curry, (French ) Chicken with Tarragon and Creme Fraiche, and (Spanish) Cod with Butterbean and Chorizo.


Below is a picture of my favorite dish and the link to the recipe: 
Cod with Butterbean and Chorizo. This was my favorite because it was so simple to make and so yummy!!!! 



http://www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk/en/recipe/22806-cod-with-butterbean-chorizo-and-tomato-stew.php