Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Not quite fully fleshed out, but bones enough to take to the grocery tomorrow!  I'll fill in the blanks with whatever is on sale.

Monday (pork)
Breakfast: Cinnamon muffins
Lunch: beef burgers, roasted sweet potatoes
Dinner: Italian sausage with peppers and onions, green beans with shallots

Tuesday (fish)
Breakfast: bacon, biscuits, green smoothie
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: fish and chips, peas

Wednesday (turkey)
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
Lunch: veggies and hummus
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce, broccoli

Thursday (vegan)
Breakfast: sausage and pancakes
Lunch: leftover spaghetti
Dinner: Veggie pot pie, mandarin oranges

Friday (beef)
Breakfast: cranberry orange muffins
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: stir fry

Saturday (pork)
Breakfast: zucchini muffins
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: brats

Sunday (fish)
Breakfast: waffles with berry reduction
Lunch: pulled pork
Dinner: fish tacos

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nut Free Spreads- Nutritional Comparison

There are quite a few peanut free spreads on the market now to smear on a sandwich and send in your kiddo's lunchbox.  Most have an appearance that is very similar to the traditional lunchbox favorite, but how do they stack up nutritionally?  Let's take a peek, starting with the nutrition label for the good ol' standard- peanut butter.  (So you know what you are measuring against.)

Peanut butter.  This is the standard everyone holds replacement against.  Note the protein content.

Barney Butter- made from peanut-free almonds.  This is a great option if you can have tree nuts.

Biscoff Spread- NOT a peanut butter replacement. This is made from ground up cookies, people.  I don't care if it is nut free, it is still a dessert spread!  All sugar, no protein.

I M Healthy Soybutter- There are several soybutter products on the market, this is the label I grabbed.

Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter made from golden peas.  This was surprisingly delicious, but awfully low in protein.

Sunbutter made from ground sunflower seeds.  This is the favorite in our house! Great protein, free of the top 8.

I made sure to get the original spread with each of these, not a flavored version.  I have seen chocolate soybutter often ( I adore the Don't Go Nutz brand version. Yum.), but make sure to watch the sugar content on those labels! Some of them are more of a dessert spread with more sugar than is really needed.  I know that the flavor of the soybutter spreads varies from product to product, so feel free to try several to find the one that hits your palette right.

The above labels are as complete as their original packaging would allow.  I did not research to see what nutritional perks may have been left off of the label.  This is just so you can see how your spread compares!

Now. Who's hungry for a sandwich?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

It's time to post the weekly plan!  This process really does keep me sane, removing the impromptu dinner planning and making sure I have all ingredients I need on hand.

Monday (vegan)
Breakfast: apple cinnamon muffins
Lunch: beef sloppy joe, onion rings, mixed veggies
Dinner: vegan pizza

Tuesday (turkey)
Breakfast: pancakes with berry reduction
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly
Dinner: bbq turkey thighs, cauliflower rice, green beans with shallots

Wednesday (fish)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, herb roasted potatoes, green smoothie
Lunch: turkey dogs
Dinner: crispy lemon cod, roasted beets, honeydew

Thursday (beef)
Breakfast: cranberry apple breakfast bake
Lunch: salmon salad
Dinner: crock pot beef stew, peas, quinoa

Friday (pork)
Breakfast: cream of buckwheat
Lunch: beef sliders
Dinner: eggplant lasagna with italian sausage, spinach salad with balsamic berries

Saturday (vegan)
Breakfast: pork sausage and biscuit sandwich, green smoothie
Lunch: ham wraps
Dinner: southwest black bean burgers, roasted sweet potato wedges, stovetop apples

Sunday (turkey)
Breakfast: lemon poppy muffins
Lunch: veggies and hummus
Dinner: turkey meatballs with quinoa pasta and marinara