Monday, 10 February 2014

Meal Plan Monday

The days are getting longer! The days are finally getting longer! I'm so excited. My favourite part One of my favourite parts of living in the Netherlands are the ridiculously long days during the summer. There are days when the sun will set around eleven thirty or so, and will rise again around four in the morning! I love it when the sun is rising/out when I am getting out of bed. Sadly, we aren't there yet. Instead, I get up at 6.30 in the morning with my husband, sit in the dark for a while, drinking my coffee and maybe writing a blog post until the kiddo wakes up. Today was special though because I heard birds chirping as I was getting up, and realised - we're getting closer to long days, earlier sunrises, more energy, nicer weather, and hopefully spending more time outside!

Okay, okay. Enough nonsensical chit chat about longer days, and better weather - let's get down to business. I'm excited to participate in a new link up (new for me at least) - Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I'm an organizing junkie!


 Meal Plan Monday at I'm an organizing junkie

 I always meal plan, usually stick to it, and really love the inspiration from link ups like this. Lately, I've been trying harder to feed my family really healthy meals as part of my decision to get fit again. I'm also trying to incorporate more paleo meals.


Here are our meals for the week: 






Breakfasts


1. Egg scramble with a lot of delicious vegetables and yumminess (like sweet potato, peas, spinach, green onion, mushrooms, peppers whatever else we happen to have onhand) 


 Easy egg scramble

Something like this 


2. Oatmeal - oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bars, oatmeal with fruits 


 Oatmeal cookies recipe

Healthy oatmeal cookies with no sugar - perfect for an easy breakfast 


3. Greek yogurt - served with a fruit salad, and some muesli. 

Breakfasts are always pretty boring in our household, so I rotate these three options.  



Lunches


1. Sweet potato and carrot soup



2. Beet, leek, and mushroom lentil salad
3. Chickpea nuggets 
4. Leftover soups/stews from the night before 


Dinner: 





Here's the thing with dinners - I always feel like I have a very eclectic kitchen. My husband and I live in the Netherlands. He is Friesian (a province in Holland with a distinctive culture and language), and I am Russian. 

Even though I love, adore, find Russian food incredibly tasty, I don't cook it very often because I always feel like it involves more prep/time in the kitchen than other options. Dutch food I don't cook very often because it revolves around potatoes. Neither the husband nor I want to eat potatoes everyday, as is very common around here. 

That being said, I do want to incorporate more 'traditional' foods from our cultures into our meals, but I will be tweaking them to make sure that we still get a lot of vegetables in our diet. Typically, I try to make sure that our meals include: a lean meat (or not) and a LOT of veggies. Our 18 month old also eats the same meals as we do, so I find it so much more important to make sure that he is getting the nutrition that he needs. 

Here's what I came up with for this week: 

1. Chicken stew 
2. Leek soup (loaded with vegetables) and some sort of lean meat on the side 
3. Жаркое (Zharkoe) - A Russian dish that I am going to health-ify. This is typically a meat and potato stew. 
I'm going to make it with a cut of pig, and instead of using potatoes, I'm going to be adding cauliflower, carrot,
 and celeriac. I'll also serve some beets on the side. 
4. Snert - A dutch split pea stew! Mmm.
5. Stamppot andijvie - This is another Dutch dish, it's a potato mash with endive and bacon. I will also be
 making this a bit healthier. Instead of bacon, I'm going to pan fry some lean sausages and make a homemade 
gravy. Instead of using only potatoes, I will use a 4 or 5 small potatoes, and a 3/4 of a head of cauliflower.
6. Chicken burgers with a warm lentil salad (mushrooms and spinach) and some pan fried green beans with onion, garlic, and lemon juice
7. Free day/husband cooks day


That's all for today! Thank you for stopping by, 
Yuliya