Happy Labour Day Monday peeps! Hopefully you’re as lucky as I am, at home, in your sweats, drinking a huge cup of coffee on this chilly morning (I kinda love my sweats…a lot). I’ve been procrastinating writing this post all weekend, which is odd, cuz normally I’m all over it and it’s done and ready to publish first thing in the morning, but for whatever reason I’ve been a bit of a lazy bum this over the past few days!
So, because honestly, I’m not so super inspired to write this morning, I’m gonna bust right into this week’s menu. The theme this week is “making due”. You see, I have this rather bad tendency of coming up with these awesome meal plans, buying all of the ingredients and then winding up with a boatload of food in my fridge and freezer (seriously, if you looked in my fridge and cupboards you’d think that 10 people lived here), which then, I’m embarrassed to say, sometimes ends up going bad. So, with that (and my budget) in mind I decided that this week I would take stock of what I already have and create a menu that required me to buy as few groceries as possible. Here’s what I’ll be chowing down on this week -
- Brekkie – same ol’, same ol’
- Snacks –
- Lunch & Supper –
- What’s left of Oxygen reader, Devon Timberlake’s, Sweet & Smoky Turkey Chili that I made last week
- The rest of the Eating Clean Magazine reader, Zan Raymour’s, Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew
- Tuna salad “sandwiches” (made with Greek yogurt and on a rice cake)
- Tosca’s Keep it Tight Tilapia (I have a ton of tilapia in my freezer!)
- The ush salad
- What’s left of my frozen veggies
So, nothing really out of the ordinary this week, but I’ll definitely round up something new to share for next week.
So, since the Meal Plan part of this Meal Plan Monday is kinda lame, and if you’ve noticed, I still haven’t confessed my sins from last week, here comes the good part…
You might remember that I mentioned something about going to Hell in my last post? Well, on Saturday, I went to Hell(‘s) Gate and back! Hell’s Gate is an abrupt narrowing of the Fraser River, where 200 million gallons of water per minute flow through a 33 meter wide passage. My friend, ‘stache, and I visited the Hell’s Gate Airtram, where you take one of North America’s only descending gondolas between two mountain ranges to get a bird’s eye view of the rushing water below. It was pretty cool. Oh, yeah, and we might have also gone for the fudge (there’s a fudge and ice cream shop there too!). Enter the monumental cheat. Since getting back into my eat clean meal planning 5 weeks ago I have not had a cheat meal, let alone cheat day, like the one I had on Saturday. It started out ok, with my typical weekend brekkie of eggs and oatmeal, but it went downhill pretty quick when the fudge at Hell’s Gate entered the picture! Honestly, sugar is my drug; one little bit and I’m like an addict looking for my next hit! And I definitely had more than one hit on Saturday. In fact, I’m not sure why I wasn’t as high as kite! But, even though I did feel mostly like a gigantic blob when I got home late that night, after eating fudge, candy and pizza, I had such an awesome day, visiting Hell’s Gate and getting a personalized grand tour of the Fraser Valley, thanks to ‘stache, I definitely feel like the one cheat day was totally worth it and hey, you gotta get wild and crazy every now and then, right?! I am happy to report though, that I was back in the eat clean saddle yesterday no problem.
Here are a few pics from my first trip outside of Van City.
Big thanks to ‘stache for a great day. I definitely appreciated the opportunity to visit parts of BC that I haven’t seen yet. I love Van, but there’s just something about being in the middle of those mountains.