Back to Meal Planning
Remember when I use to share meal plans every week?!! I know I don’t think I remember that either. Life has been a whirlwind over the past few months. I have been so busy finishing the book, launching my new site and blog, starting a crowdfunding campaign, having heart surgery, pitching the concept of The Complete Plate in front of 375 people, and also working on another exciting secret project that I am looking forward to sharing with you soon!
While life has been exceptionally busy these past couple of months, I have really missed meal planning, cooking, and food photography. These new hobbies of mine that have developed out of necessity, have become such therapeutic activities for me. I find such joy in cooking and food photography. I love that two years ago I hated cooking and now it is one of my greatest sources of joy!
Well I am back to meal planning. I have found ways to simplify the process, especially as I am still recovering from surgery and my arrhythmias have become worse. I hope you enjoy! I have missed you guys!
Nutella Cream of Wheat with flax, chia and coconut
Thoughts: I love Nutella and Cream of Wheat! I personally don’t like the term superfood, but for the purpose of context I am going to use the term. I have said it before, but I don’t know why Cream of Wheat is not considered a ‘superfood.’ Cream of wheat is rich in iron. Iron is one micronutrient that is very difficult to obtain just from what we eat if we are not paying attention, but it is possible. I give this simple and easy dish a 5/5!
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk (Fortified for 30% calcium content)
- 1/3 cup cream of wheat
- 1 tbsp Nutella
- 1 tsp almond milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp shredded coconut
- Pour almond milk into a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- When milk reaches a boil add cream of wheat cereal.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until cereal thickens, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stir chia seeds into cereal to allow them to gel.
- In a small bowl whisk together Nutella and second amount of almond milk.
- Pour Nutella mixture over cereal. Top with flax seed and shredded coconut. You can also top with more almond milk if you desire.
Prosciutto Brie and Jam sourdough panini
Thoughts: Anything on sourdough is delicious! 5/5
- 2 slices (50 g) sourdough
- 2 tsp butter/margarine
- 2 slices prosciutto
- 20 g brie
- 2 tsp strawberry jam
- Warm panini press or grill over medium heat.
- Evenly spread butter/margarine on both sides of the sourdough. 1/2 tsp per side.
- Top with brie, jam, and prosciutto.
- Place sandwich on grill or in press until cheese has melted and bread is toasted, about 2-4 minutes (1-2 minutes per side). Serve.
Thoughts: One of the ways I am saving some work is by finding some healthier pre-made items. I purchased Mina Falafel from Costco. They were delicious and made for a fast and simple dinner. The only problem with anything pre-made is sodium levels are usually on the high side. I give this dinner a 4/5.
- 1 package pre-made Falafel
- Pita shells
- Feta, crumbled
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Prepare Falafel according to directions.
- Assemble pitas by filling with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and 3-4 falafels. Top with feta and Tzatziki.
Thoughts: Cloud bread is the latest low carb trend. I am not afraid of carbs. They are GOOD for you, and necessary!!! But I was curious to try cloud bread. The only good thing I can say about cloud bread is that it made for a pretty picture and if you have absolutely no groceries in the house, you will likely still have everything you need for this recipe! Otherwise I thought they were pretty nasty. I will not make them again. I adapted the recipe slightly to make the cloud bread sweet instead of savoury. I used vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain and by adding a 1/4 tsp vanilla. They taste like meringues. Even as pancakes it through me off. I could not imagine a meringue flavour for a sandwich, barf! And the texture was not enjoyable at all. Anyways, give it a try if you want. I won’t be making this again. 1/5
Recipe: Beach body
Carrot and butter bean soup with flax and sunflower seed sourdough
Thoughts: This is another example of a pre-made dish I have come to embrace. Again higher in sodium then I would prefer, but a healthier quick lunch option. I served it with 1 slice of sunflower and flax seed sourdough bread. This is the first time I have tried this soup and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely make it again. 5/5
Chicken parmesan casserole
Thoughts: This was ridiculously easy to make and the entire family loved it! I used a rotisserie chicken and was able to prep dinner in no time. I would definitely make this again. It is definitely best to eat right away. The crumb topping loses its crunch when reheated the next day. But right out of the oven this is an easy 5/5!
Recipe: From Thriving Home
Simple spicy omelette
Thoughts: This was just a simple classic breakfast. I love sriracha! As you can tell from the meal plan today. It just adds a nice kick to everything! 5/5
- 2 eggs
- 15 g shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1 slice sunflower and flaxseed sourdough
- 1 tbsp seed butter (I love Nuts for Nature seed butter from Costco right now, their website is terrible, but their product is AMAZING!!!)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (with a dash of salt and pepper)
- Warm a small frying pan over medium-low heat.
- In a small bowl mix together eggs, onions, and cheese.
- Pour mixture into pan. Slowly and gently pull egg into the centre. Continue until egg is fully cooked and nice and fluffy.
- Fold omelette over. Drizzle with sriracha and serve.
Spicy Tuna Melt
Thoughts: Continuing with my love for sriracha, I made a spicy sourdough tuna melt. I could easily eat this everyday for lunch! 5/5
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 1/2 tbsp mayo
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- 20 g cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
- Warm oven broiler.
- In a medium bowl flake tuna and mix with mayo, sriracha, and green onion.
- Evenly spread tuna mixture on sourdough. Top with cheese and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes. Until cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Serve
Creamy honey mustard chicken
Thoughts: This is definitely some of the ugliest food photography I have done! I don’t know what happened! But the original picture from Cafe Delites looks much more appetizing so just look at her picture instead:
AHHHHHH yes that is much better! I don’t know where I went wrong. I would almost like to try the recipe again. It was alright, but not great enough to make it again. But contrasting our two pictures I clearly went atrociously wrong somewhere. Anyways you can find the recipe at Cafe Delites.
Strawberry banana crepe
Thoughts: Crepes are so easy to make and wonderfully delicious. How can you go wrong with strawberries and bananas?!!! 5/5
Creamy honey mustard chicken crepe
Thoughts: One of my favourite things to do is to use leftover crepes from breakfast and make crepe sandwiches for lunch. I reused the chicken and the sauce from the night before to make this scrumptious lunch! It was surprisingly delicious. I am craving it as I am writing up this post! 5/5
- 1 crepe leftover from breakfast
- 1 chicken breast leftover from dinner on day 3
- 1 tbsp sauce leftover from dinner day 3
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 20 g cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- dash of salt and pepper
- Warm chicken and sauce from night before.
- Assemble crepe by layering cheese on half the crepe, top with chicken and sauce, top with spinach and fold crepe in half.
- Serve with cucumber and tomatoes topped with salt and pepper.
Slowcooker caramelized pork ramen soup
Thoughts: This recipe easily made my top 10 list! I will definitely be making this again. Jordan raved about this dish! I did make some changes from the original recipe, but nothing too major. I really cut back on the amount of Chinese 5 spice that recipe called for, just because it is a very strong flavour and honestly I might not add it all next time. I also added some Tom Yum paste to the broth. It made the broth even richer. For mushrooms I used Shiitake and cremini mushrooms. I also didn’t make the acorn squash the way the recipe recommended. I just roasted it with some oil. I really enjoyed it just plain. I also didn’t add a soft boiled egg.
I know this is a slow cooker recipe, but the amount of work that goes into this dish still requires the prep of a regular meal. If you wanted to save time you could just skip the acorn squash element of the dish. But guys oh my goodness the caramelized pork!!!!!!!!!!!! LIFE CHANGING!!!!!! You definitely CANNOT miss this step! I think I may need to prep my pork this way every single time! You will not regret the extra work for this step I promise!