Butternut Squash Mac ‘N Cheese + This Week’s Menu Plan

I didn’t menu plan last week and it showed in how we ate!  Here are our plans for this week:

Monday:  Leftovers (We including the butternut squash mac and cheese recipe below)

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday with ground turkey

Wednesday:  Grilled Pork Chops with brown rice and corn on the cob

Thursday:  Ground Turkey Spaghetti

Friday:  Grilled Chicken kabobs

Saturday:  Husband’s Choice

Sunday:  Chili

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese:

1 box Macaroni noodle of your choice
1 cup chedder cheese
1 cup butternut squash

1.  Cube butternut squash and boil until soft.
2.  Mash butternut squash and set aside.
3.  Boil macaroni noodles until soft.
4. Add cheese and mashed squash.

What are you eating this week? Check out the rest of my recipes to help you plan your menu!

Mr. Food

Fall Fitness-Week 7: ReAssess

Welcome to my new series: Fall Fitness!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, check them out here!

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise. Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS! Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad! Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals. I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially! I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness” to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)! I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Update From Last Week:
I went out of town this week for Savvy Blogging Summit and my routine got a little messed up.  I only was able to run 3 times and complete a Jillian Michael’s workout twice.

Goals This Week:
Get back on track.
1.   I will run 4-5 times.
2.  Complete Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 at least 3 times.

Menu Plan For Week 7:

  • Monday:  Mexican Monday-This never changes for us-stop by my house on a Monday evening and there will be soft tacos.
  • Tuesday:  Ground turkey spaghetti
  • Wednesday: Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
  • Thursday:  Pork Chop
  • Friday:  Slow Cooker Beer BBQ Chicken
  • Saturday:  Husband’s choice
  • Sunday:  Grilled chicken with balsamic potatoes and peas

Tip of the Week:

Reassess:  Reasses your fitness and financial goals.  It is important that with any goal you frequently assess if you are meeting them or doing things that will help you accomplish them.  Is everything you’re doing helping you work toward achieving success with your goals?  If not, take a step back and fix it.

Fall Fitness: Week 6-Do It Yourself

Welcome to my new series: Fall Fitness!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, check them out here!

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise. Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS! Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad! Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals. I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially! I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness” to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)! I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Update from Last Week:

I met all my fitness goals!  I ran a total of four 5ks and then my longer run day was 5.25 miles for a total of 5 runs.  I also did complete Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 three times.  I actually lost 1 pound but my measurements stayed the same.

Fitness Goals for Week 6:

1. I will continue to run 4-5 times since I am registered for the Wicked 10k race in October.  I did well last year but want to crush that time…we’ll see.
2.  I want to complete 3 or 4 Ripped in 30 workouts.  I really love how I feel when I get a complete hour of workout time in the morning so combining running with this workout is perfect.

Menu Plan for Week 6:

  • Monday:  Mexican Monday-This never changes for us-stop by my house on a Monday evening and there will be soft tacos.  This Monday is my husband’s birthday but he insists he still wants tacos.
  • Tuesday:  Ground turkey spaghetti
  • Wednesday: Leftover night
  • Thursday-Saturday  I will be at Savvy Blogging Summit and my husband will have my mom helping with dinner-I don’t have to plan!
  • Sunday:  Grilled chicken with balsamic potatoes and peas

Tip of the Week:

Do It Yourself:  Save money by doing things yourself such as making your own diaper rash treatment, your own household cleaners, and so much more!

Fall Fitness: Get An Accountability Partner

Welcome to my new series: Fall Fitness!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, check them out here!

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise. Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS! Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad! Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals. I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially! I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness” to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)! I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Update from Last week:

Actually last week’s Fall Fitness was a terrific guest post, so this is actually an updated from 2 weeks ago!

I kept up with my fitness goals and actually just finished the last of the 4 workouts in Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. I have lost a total of 5.5 inches and only 1 pound.  Not a huge amount, but my goal was pretty small and muscle does weigh more than fat!  Plus, because my back is still “iffy” during workouts, I modified a lot and used low weights.

Fitness Goals Week 5:

1.  I plan on redoing the Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 program for then next 4 weeks and upping the poundage in weights.  However, instead of 5 times a week, I plan on doing it 3 times.
2.  I plan on running 5-6 days a week for a minimum of 3 miles each time.

Menu Plan Week 5:

  • Monday:  Mexican Monday-This never changes for us-stop by my house on a Monday evening and there will be soft tacos.  We’ll be using shredded chicken for this week’s tacos!
  • Tuesday:  Baked pork chops with brown rice and broccoli
  • Wednesday:  Ground Turkey spaghetti
  • Thursday:  Leftover night (soccer practice so needs to be easy)
  • Friday: Whole wheat pizza using a store bought crust and adding lots of veggies.
  • Saturday:  Husband’s choice
  • Sunday:  Chicken & Dumplings

 

Tip of the Week:

Get an accountability partner in your finances and workout routine.  One of the reasons I decided to blog about my goals is to hold myself accountable for them.  My husband and I are also each other’s partners for our goals.  You can enlist a friend, family member, or coworker to help you.  Tell your partner your goals and ask them to check in with you to ensure you are reaching them.  This doesn’t even have to be someone who lives near to you.  One of my friends that lives 2 hours away has started  an exercise routine and I am her accountability partner.  Every other day I text her and ask “How’s it going?” and she responds with how long she walked for, or used the elliptical for, etc.  You can do this with your finances too.  No on needs to know “all of your business” but tell them you are trying to cut back on eating out, or buying shoes, or whatever your splurges are-and have them call you out if they see you with a Wendy’s bag (or hot new pair of shoes). You get the point-having someone know about your goals can help motivate you to reach them!

24 Hour Fitness

Fall Fitness Week 4: Declutter

Welcome to my new series: Fall Fitness!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, check them out here!

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise. Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS! Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad! Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals. I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially! I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness” to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)! I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Update from Last Week’s Goals:

Fitness:  I was able to meet both goals last week.  I completed Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 5 times (which is 1 more than my goal) and I was able to run 4 times.  However, on my “long run” day, I upped the miles and my back paid the price.  I was in a lot of pain and am going to have to go visit the therapist again; so unfortunately, I will be taking the week off from running.  I am continuing taking measurements and weighing myself-this week I only lost 1 1/2 inches but I did lose 1 pound…not much but it’s still a loss!

Fitness Goals Week 4:

  • Complete Jillian Michaels’s Ripped in 30 5 times
  • Go walking at least 2 miles 4 times (This is to replace the running. Since I have 3 races coming up, I need to be doing something).
  • Cut back on soda.  I know, soda is HORRIBLE for you, but I don’t drink coffee and generally allow myself 1 soda a day…but with the baby cutting teeth I’ve been indulging in more to pep myself up from lack of sleep.  I will only have 1 a day this week and then starting weaning myself from that one down to none (eventually).

 

Menu Plan Week 4:

  • Monday:  Mexican Monday-We grilled chicken and pork over the weekend so we’ll be using the leftovers to make soft tacos.
  • Tuesday:  Zucchini lasagna-I have a recipe I am playing around with and making some changes so I will post the results.
  • Wedneday:  Baked chicken with brown rice and broccoli
  • Thursday:  Grilled Cheese and tomato soup (soccer practice so needs to be easy)
  • Friday:  Whole wheat pizza using a store bought crust and adding lots of veggies.
  • Saturday:  Husband’s choice
  • Sunday:  Turkey Chili

 

Tip of the Week:

Clean out the clutter!  Not only will this help you feel better about your home, but you may be able to find some items to sell.  You can also donate items and receive a tax deduction-that’s a win win!

 

Fall Fitness-Week 1: Baby Steps

If you pay close attention to my Facebook page, you know I enjoy running as my main form of exercise.  Unfortunately I hurt my back a few weeks ago and have been unable to do very much physical activity-which has driven both my body and mind NUTS!  Also, it’s made me a bit lazy on menu planning since it’s been difficult to move from my heating pad!  Sadly, this has led to way too many take out meals.  I am pretty much 95% healed so it is time to get back into shape-both physically and financially!  I will be writing this series “Fall Fitness”  to hold myself accountable and to hopefully gain some team mates in the process (that would be you)!  I will share my goals, menu, and tip each week that will hopefully keep us fit thru the fall!

Weekly Fitness Goals:

1.  Run at least 4 times (length will vary depending on how my back handles it).
2.  Using weights 3 times (I have several home videos that use weights and I also have a few favorite moves). One video I plan on using is Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30.  I have always been a big fan of Jillian since she helped me lose my baby weight from my first son.
3.  Check out my local gym.  They have a free week trial so I am hoping to learn some new tricks!

Menu For the Week:

  • Monday:  Healthy Mexican Monday-Chicken breast and stock on low in crock pot all day-use the chicken to stuff whole wheat tortillas with lettuce, salsa, and low fat cheese.  Serve brown rice as a side!
  • Tuesday:  Baked Pork Chops with brown rice (left over from Monday-will add frozen peas and carrots to the rice).
  • Wednesday:  Ground Turkey and Zucchini Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Thursday:  Chicken Mexican Rollups-Using leftover chicken from Monday, I will mix chicken, black beans, and low fat cheese and bake them in tortillas covered in salsa (my husband really loves Mexican food).
  • Friday:  Birthday Party At Friends House-will have to pick the most healthy food offered!
  • Saturday:  Husband’s choice-something grilled
  • Sunday:  Grilled chicken and veggie kabobs

 

Tip of the Week:

If you’ve been eating out a lot, add up the money spent and cut that amount by 1/4.  If you feel like you can do more-do it!  Remember though, baby steps help the most!  Not only will this help your pocketbook, your waistline will thank you too!  Each time you want to eat out but decide to eat at home instead, put $5-$10 in a jar and see how much you can save for the month.  Use this “extra” money to pay a bill, put aside for Christmas $, or if your budget allows, splurge on a little something special you’ve been wishing to purchase!

 24 Hour Fitness

Menu Plan Monday 4/18

Last week’s menu kinda went out the window with my parents visiting so some of the items I didn’t make I will have this week.

Monday:  Mexi Chicken Crockpot

Tuesday:  Turkey and Spinach Burgers

Wednesday: Mango Chicken

Thursday:  Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Friday:  Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Potatoes

Saturday:  Husband’s Choice

Sunday:  Easter Dinner-Chicken and Dumplings

Menu Plan Monday 4/4

We have an abundance of chicken in our stockpile so we will be using quite a bit of that this week!

MondaySalsa Chicken

TuesdayTurkey and Black Bean Chili (I know we just had it last week but Will loves it and it freezes well!)

Wednesday: Mango Chicken

Thursday:  Baked Pork Chops with couscous

Friday:  Pizza night!

Saturday:  Grilled Chicken breasts with squash and zucchini

Sunday: Hubby’s Choice

Menu Plan Monday 3/28

This week is supposed to be on the chilly side so I tried to make “warm” dishes!

MondayTurkey Chili

Tuesday:  Mexican Crockpot

Wednesday:  Chicken Fried Rice (with my free Chicken Helper)

Thursday:  Ground Turkey Surprise (basically I have ground turkey and haven’t decided what to do with it yet!)

Friday:  Leftovers or our usual Friday night Pizza Night!

Saturday:  Hubby’s Choice

Sunday:  Turkey Meatloaf

Menu Plan Monday 3/21

MondayTurkey and Spinach Burgers with Grilled zucchini and squash

Tuesday:  Baked Chicken and sweet potatoes

Wednesday: Either Ground turkey mexican or turkey meatballs-I’ll see how the day goes.

Thursday:  Crockpot-BBQ Pork Chops over brown rice with steamed broccoli

Friday: This has become our pizza and salad night, or in other words, my diet splurge night

Saturday: Mango Chicken

Sunday:  Hubby’s choice

Menu Plan Monday 2/28

I had a hard time coming up with recipes this week that were different, but I tried!  I LOVE my crockpot!

Monday: Crockpot BBQ Chicken with asparagus

Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie (never made last week)

Wednesday: Crockpot Honey Lemon Chicken with potatoes

Thursday: Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Shake and Bake Pork chops with grilled veggies

Sunday: Hubby’s Choice