Sunday, April 16, 2017

Making A Weekly Meal Plan Fun

On the menu:




It's a ton of fun to start a weekly meal plan. You get to plan a menu, cook and hopefully save some money and lose some weight!

I've been on it for a while:






So I thought it'd be interesting to give you a look at what goes into my weekly meal plan.

Basically, it's just one big meal split into four or five days. I usually do four days. Cause I only have four square containers.

All meals have to be under $10 with at least some form of vegetable in them. So this week, I made:

  Sweet Potato Tater Tots and Rice-Pop Chicken Fillets 
On a Bed of Vegetable Sticks 
with Homemade Peri-Peri Dip

Makes four servings

INGREDIENTS
- 3 Carrots
- 5 stalks of Celery
- 2 Green Capsicum
- Cheddar Cheese
- 12 Chicken fillets
- 5 Sweet Potatoes
- Homemade dip:
1/4 cup Peri-peri sauce
1/2 cup herb aioli
1/8 cup honey
- 2 Eggs
- Your favourite chicken coating (breadcrumbs or spiced flour)
- Rice Krispies
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Oil

PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER
1) Wash, peel and cut the sweet potatoes into chunks.
2) Boil till cooked in salted water (you'll know it's done when a fork passed through easily and it can be crumbled). Once done, drain and set aside to cool.
3) While waiting for the potatoes to cook, cut the carrots, celery, and capsicum into sticks, roughly about the same length. Wash, then set aside.
4) Sprinkle cheddar and some salt and pepper over the potatoes, then using a fork or butter knife, cut into the potato mix to create a crumbly, chunky texture of the mixture.
5) Shape the potato mix into little tater tot shapes. Squeeze with your fingers to get it in the right size.
6) Dip the tots into egg wash before coating it in some spiced flour or the coating of your choice.
Tip: Remember, egg wash first, then roll the tater tot in its new coating on a separate dish!
7) Add oil to a hot pan, enough to cover the tater tots up 3/4 of the way. Once it's hot, pop the little tots in. Fry till golden brown.
8) Once that is done, keep the oil and take out the chicken fillets. Usually, they should be cut into the perfect size for you. In another dish, mix rice krispies with parmesan cheese.
9) Like the tater tots, coat the chicken in egg wash then coat in rice krispies and parmesan cheese.
10) Pop into the hot frying pan, flip it and cook till the rice pops turn golden brown.
Tip: You might have to scoop out the bits that didn't stick to the chicken in the oil. They'll burn and turn black very quickly!
11) In another bowl, mix all the dip ingredients together. Taste and add/subtract what you need. Once done, spoon the mixture into four separate plastic baggies. Tie it close.
12) To serve, place the greens at the bottom. Cover them with some plastic or wrap to keep them crisp. Place the tater tots and chicken on top on the divider. Top off with the bag of homemade dip, shut the lid and pop it into the fridge.

It was a ton of fun making this. I watched a really shitty Jennifer Love Hewitt television show (The Client List?) while chopping and stuff. So at least I had something to do.

While weight loss is 100% NOT GONNA HAPPEN, I did save money. In total, I spent $29.60 for the meal. Some items I already had, others, like the fresh produce, I purchased. Hoorah, per day each meal cost me $7.40 and is ridiculously filling. Lots of fibre too.

What do you put into your own weekly meal plan? Let me know!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Short Devotional On Easter Sunday


On Good Friday, I was prompted again that Jesus died on the cross for me, a sacrifice that took away my sin. On Easter Sunday, I am reminded to rejoice, for He is risen and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. On this weekend, I am reminded that the bible is a long and heavy testament of love that culminates in the ultimate sacrifice. It is an ode to God's devotion to us, and a reminder that for as long as I live, no matter the tribulations, I am never alone. 


I am thankful for God's grace and mercy, for the people He has placed in my life, for the church that has taught me to love, for the creatures that have taught me to be kind and the stories that have taught me to live. I am grateful, that no matter the trials, no matter how much I complain and no matter the worry I face, things just work out in the end because God's hand is in my life.

The spirit of God lives within us. I know today that it is all about acceptance, being willing to let yourself be healed by Jesus's blood, to let the spirit of God work within you and to let go of your worries. But for God so loved the world, He gave His only begotton Son. What more your worries? The bible, despite the drama, is the history of love. God wants us to know that He is there to carry our burdens for us, that He will do anything for us! 


It is never easy letting go of the need to depend on the things you see, but stop fighting the urge to let go, some things are just out of your control. 

Let go. Let God. 


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