Sunday, November 29, 2009

Menu Planning with a Twist-Week 5

This morning was a pretty laid back one. Before getting my breakfast together I baked up another batch of Vegan Energy Bars; 100_7391

The first batch was done with a 1/4 cup chocolate chips and a 1/4 cup of cinnamon chips because DD dislikes raisins. I shared this batch with Manon and her family so I followed the recipe and used the raisins this time. I enjoy both versions!

I bought a big bag of bananas that were reduced for quick sale yesterday so I mushed one up into my oats today; 100_7389

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Quaker oats
  • cinnamon
  • PB2
  • banana
  • carob & walnuts 100_7388

We had to be on the road for DS’s game by noon so I took a few minutes after breakfast to get some lunches prepared for the drive. I made myself a simple tuna sandwich. The tuna was mixed with some dill pickle, mayo and Dijon. That got put onto a bun with a LC cheese wedge and lettuce; 100_7393

I also packed a raw cinnamon flaxseed “bagel” courtesy of Manon; 100_7387

I’m starting to think that she should start her own raw food blog! Everything recipe that she’s made (or that I’ve tried, I should say) has been nothing short of spectacular. I believe the only ingredients that went into these was flax, cinnamon, raisins and agave. Simple, yet SO tasty!

AND…I made myself a pumpkin spice latte for the road that included 1 cup USVAB, I cup of water and a Tim Horton's pumpkin spice tea bag. I brought it all to a boil, then let it steep for 5 mins.


The boys lost their game 4-3, but played very well. They sure gave the other team a run for their money!!! :D We arrived home with just enough time for me to change into my comfy clothes and relax for a 1/2 hour before getting on to dinner.

And din-din was easy peasy tonight! I baked some fresh haddock and served it with steamed veg and mac & cheese (for the fam) 100_7397

I kept my plate light as I wasn’t too hungry. But I did find room for some dessert! And it was another winner from Manon!! Raw carrot cake; 100_7380

I think that this is my favourite of all the goodies I’ve tried so far. I like texture in my food and this had loads of it. Crunch from almonds, slightly crisp from the carrots and smooth for the “cream cheese” which I believe was made with cashews.

Now on to week 5 of my meal planning! I mentioned that this week would have a twist and that it does. First off, it will only include Tuesday-Thursday because Monday I’ll be having our department Christmas dinner at my supervisors house and DS is in a hockey tournament all day Friday and I’m not sure what time we’ll be home at so I left it open. And for the fun part….I’ll be cooking the 3 meals using recipes from Rachael Ray’s new cookbook, Book of 10!!!


I’m pretty excited about the 3 recipes I chose! They’re simple, quick to prepare and use ingredients that I pretty much already had on hand.

Week 5

Monday - Dinner at D’s & Dance (6-6:45)
-Family free night

Tuesday - Pilate’s (6:15-7:15)
-Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Pork (pg 60)

Wednesday - Hockey (4:30-5:20) & Swimming (7-8)
-Taco Stoup (pg 251

Thursday - Skating (5:30-6:20)
-Indian Summer Turkey Chilli (pg 45)

Friday - Out of town hockey

What do you think????

I’m finally tucked in with a hot mug of tea to watch the Amazing Race!


I’m really digging this coconut rum tea. I just add a small squirt of agave to make it perfect. What is your favourite tea and what do you add (or maybe it’s nothing at all) to make it perfect?

Bye for now!!


  1. The raw carrot cake sealed the deal!! My goodness!!

    Those energy bars look spectacular once again. I love sugar cookie sleigh ride tea with a hint of sweet!

  2. Hey girl! The raw bagel looks awesome! I want one. Is there a recipe somewhere for this? How about pita pizzas or something similar/easy for Friday??? Can't wait to see your meals

  3. I love your meal plan twist! :) Sounds like lots of fun, and I can't wait to see how the recipes will turn out!

    You are very lucky to have Manon to supply you with these vegan treats... I totally think she should start her own food blog!!!

    Have a great week!

  4. Yummy those raw treats really do look good, I think your right raw blog could be the right way to go for your friend! Love the sound of that tea too x x

  5. please tell Manon to start a blog or do a guest post. her raw desserts seem soooo good. I haven't had good experience with raw dessert yet, so I'd love to try a good one.
    meal plan sounds great, specially that summer turkey chili, looking forward to see the finished product! :)

  6. who is this manon?! and where do I find the recipe for the cinnamon flax bagels?! OMGGG those sound amazinggggg!

    ahh love rachel rayyyy

  7. I agree with you, Manon should start her own blog. I am DYING over the treats you post!! Raw carrot cake?! Come on - seriously I'm dying!

    Sorry the boys lost! Sounds like it was a close game though!!

  8. I had a simple tuna salad for lunch the other day--I forget how good they are!!

    Ooo you better believe I want that cookbook. Love Rachael!

    Have a great week Krista :-)

  9. I'm pretttty sure I'll be over on tuesday night for pineapple pork.

    manon sounds like a genius! those flaxseed bagels look delicious! she most definitely needs to start her own bloggie. get her on that girl!

  10. Wow, Manon really should start her own blog...all her stuff looks fantastic! I love your menu, Krista! Trying new recipes is so much fun!

    My fav kind of tea (at least this time of year) is eggnog! I usually drink it black or with a little good!

  11. The sugar cookie sleigh ride tea is my all time fav! its sssooo delish!
    Those vegan energy bars look amazing! and the raw carrot cake sounds awesome too! So many good lookin eats!

  12. Oh my gosh! those are like Homemade Honest Food Bars! Love it!

  13. Meal Plan looks great!

    That tea sounds yummy. I like Harry&Davids winter cinnamon tea...or the christmas buttersctoch tea :)


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