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Meal Planning…

Since my baby is just starting to eat solids, I’m thinking meal planning is a good idea–to make sure he gets the nutrient dense foods he needs. So far he’s loved everything we’ve tried–from asparagus and avocados to oatmeal and sweet potatoes, from apples and bananas to baked beans and spaghetti sauce, from green beans to peaches, and the list goes on.

Do you meal plan? Ever feel like this?

Meal Planning

Before you end your week in tears and hatred, check out the recipes page or meal plans on this blog for some new inspiration! Or start a free Pepperplate account to make meal planning (and shopping) fast and easy! I also have several foodie boards on Pinterest, if that helps.

Bon Appetit!

2013 Journey to Lean Begins: The Year of the “Vegivore”

For the McKinnons, 2012 was a year of change, as you can see in our annual Christmas letter (or maybe I should say “tri-annual,” as it’s been a few years since we actually mailed one out). With all that change, we were pretty busy…and with that busyness, we added on a few extra pounds around our waistlines, so I’m hoping that 2013 is a year to lean out again.

Goals for 2013: 

  • Keep count of calories, fitness, and water intake using LiveStrong.com’s My Plate app.
  • No pop, soda, soft drink…whatever you call it!
  • Drink between 64 and 128 oz. of water each day! (This does not included coffee or caffeinated tea intakes, for the record.)
  • Walk or run a 5K five times each week! (A 5K is only 3.1 miles, so it’s not as huge as it might sound.)
  • Do weight-bearing exercise and/or yoga three times each week in addition to the walking!
  • Limit sugars, and when I do have them, make sure they’re either raw cane sugar or local honey!
  • Continue to eat as much all-natural and organic foods as possible.
  • Eat three healthful meals, full of vegetables and fruits, and only snack when I’m actually hungry!

There’s a new term floating around the Food Blog strata: “Vegivore.” That’s right! You’ve heard of vegetarians and vegans, you’ve heard of the famous omnivore who enjoys it all. Well, the vegivore enjoys everything too, while focusing on plant-based foods. And this year, I’m jumping on the bandwagon with Michael Pollan and eating “mostly plants.”

It doesn’t mean I’m eliminating meats or dairy or grains, but I am going to make sure that the majority of my plate is covered with plant-based foods first. I started a “Plant-Based Foodie” board on Pinterest.com. Feel free to check it out. It’s got some really colorful, nutritious recipe ideas–from Vegetarian Taco Salad to Sweet Potato Burgers to Cheesy Quinoa Bites (okay, so the cheese isn’t plant-based, but it’s still yummy in small quantities!) We’ve also started experimenting with different curry dishes and egg roll recipes! The possibilities are endless!

Also, I’m going to hide the “Workout Log” and “Bible Reading Log” pages from the site for now, as I’ll be updating you on those things in regular blog posts. While these pages were helpful in their infancy, they quickly became just one more thing to update. So, in an effort to simplify, I’m eliminating them for now. I hope you won’t miss them too much.

I’m excited to start this journey anew, with a fresh perspective during this New Year! Won’t you join me?!

Celebrating “National Simplify Your Life Week” All Month Long!

August 1st through August 7th is “National Simplify Your Life Week!” And with as busy as our lives have been, I’ve decided to celebrate this concept during the entire month of August. My goal is to get back to the essentials and simplify things – this will likely include posts on meditating, learning to be still, organizing various rooms of the house, and more. So stay tuned!

For this first celebration post, I thought I’d share some of my favorite organization pictures that I’ve found on Pinterest. I don’t know about you, but I love having a place for everything and everything in its place!

I love window seats! Several ideas turn bookshelves on their sides and add cushions to the tops. I’d recommend checking out end of summer clearance sales for outdoor furniture cushions. You can always recover with different fabric if you don’t like the clearance options.

I love the idea of turning a bench into a filing cabinet – thought I wouldn’t file confidential documents here unless it’s able to lock. And I love the push pin board. I think I’d use the top box to organize jewelry, personally.

Step 1 for me is to reorganize my linen closet to look more like this. I need it to hold linens for both queen and king size beds, towels, plunger and cleaning supplies, and little extras for guests like mini shampoos, lotions, extra toothbrushes,  etc.

What’s your first step to Simplify Your Life this week?


Happy as a June Bug on a Summer Day with our Basket and Weekly Meal Plan!

Picture Courtesy of Christine Ortiz, M&H

This Week’s Basket from M&H Included Jumbo Yellow Onions, Purple Garlic (it’s hiding in the basket), Red Leaf Lettuce, Star Ruby Grapefruit, Valencia Oranges, South Carolina Peaches, Roma  Tomatoes, Bananas, Local Broccoli, Parisi Kale, Parisi Patty Pan Squash and Parisi Purple Sweet Potatoes.

This Week’s Menu Plan via www.PepperPlate.com:

This Week’s Recipes:

And for even more ideas on what to do with your basket, check out M&H owner  Christine’s “MyMilknHoney” Pinterest account here…with a Sneak Peak below (boards separated by produce type!).

We had some special requests, since we already happened to have a bunch of stuff on hand, but M&H is good like that and doubles up on other things so you’re still satisfied! I can’t wait to make some bruschetta…or maybe tomato sauce with all those roams! And that bunch of blueberries is bigger than it looks! Here’s our basket:

Happy as a June Bug on a Summer Day! Enjoy your baskets!

Dinner is Served: Quinoa Patties and Brussels Sprouts Slaw

I’ve been pinning delicious-looking recipes on Pinterest for months now, and finally took the time to actually try a couple of them!

Quinoa Patties with Asian Brussels Sprouts Slaw and Peanut Sauce

First, was the “Quinoa Burger” by Eating Well Living Thin. I prefer to call it a patty instead of a burger, but whatever you call them, I couldn’t stop eating them! Yum! Very good. I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I substituted greek yogurt, and it still worked well. I’m definitely making these again. They kind of had a falafel vibe. Yum! (Note: Make sure your oil is good and hot before you start cooking up the patties, or it’ll just soak in and stick to the bottom instead of acting as a barrier between the patty and the pan. Also, they cook better smaller than larger. Yea, the first batch didn’t turn out quite as well as the second.) 🙂

Then for our side, I made the “Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing” by Tina Jeffers on the Bliss blog. I used Brussels Sprouts instead of Cabbage. It was a nice topper on the Quinoa Patty or as a side dish. Caution: don’t use too much of the sauce – it’s delicious, but potent. Also, I used chopped raw peanuts instead of cashews, because I had them on hand. By the way, if you’re looking for raw peanuts, check your local Asian Market. They almost always have the best price.

The Plated Piece: Bon Appetit!

Pinterest.com: Aid or Addiction?!

Pinterest is an online profile that can link to your Facebook or Twitter accounts and let you save (aka “pin”) things in groups (aka “boards”). It’s literally a virtual bulletin board (or boards). It can be extremely helpful with meal planning, finding recipes, cute pictures or quotes, or finding DIY instructions on how to build or craft something. Here’s a snapshot of my Pinterest profile to give you an idea:

As helpful as this site may be, caution is necessary, as it can also be addicting…VERY addicting! You may start out by saying, “Oh, I’ll just see what my friends have pinned today,” and three hours later, you realize, “Oh my word, I now have 3 boards full of recipe ideas and 15 minutes to get dinner on the table for my family!”

You can search what “Pinners you follow” have pinned recently, see “Everything” that everyone on the site has pinned recently, narrow your search by category or even key word. Here’s an example, including the list of current key categories:

You can let someone else know you “like” something, “pin” to your own custom “boards,” share on Facebook, or just browse. If you’re searching “Everything,” it’s important to note that they can’t control everything everyone links to this host, so some things may not be G rated; so, it’s probably not the best site to let your kids play on, but it can be a good resource.

Some standard definitions of Pinterest.com:

And finally,