Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy School Year! And Easy Meal Ideas

1st Grade Self-Portrait:
Jumping in a Skirt

1st Grade Self-Portrait:
Dressed for Halloween

Happy School Year!

The school year has begun and I am totally drained.  I'm tired, my muscles are sore and my feet hurt.  My enthusiasm for planning ahead and cooking healthy meals has drained and all I want to eat is nachos, red wine and chocolate cake. 

The memory of time off still lingers. Waking up without an alarm, grocery shopping, cooking and baking all in one day.  Walking the dog and still having time for evening yoga!  Now it's a plus if I even get a shower.

But, teaching art can be really fun and really sweet.  We're doing full body self-portraits in first grade.  The goal is to use shapes for the body and draw appropriate details so it looks like them.  For me, it's always a balance between teaching new things and still allowing space for creativity.  These drawings made me smile, I hope you like them too.

Easy Meal Ideas

While it does add stress to my life to cook most meals and bring lunch to work everyday, it stresses me out more to resort to quick and easy, but unhealthy options.  I want to be healthy and feel good, but I have to put in the work. 

These are meals that you still have to cook, but they're very fast and don't use too many pots and pans.  There aren't too many steps and some of the ingredients are pre-made.

Grilled Chicken Mexi-Salad: Slice raw chicken breasts in half and cook with salt and pepper, then slice thin.  Layer on top of a salad of greens, GF refried beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole or avocado, and salsa.

Sausage and Tomato Sauce over Zucchini: Slice 1 package of Niman Ranch Pork Sausage on the diagonal and heat through in a pan, remove to cool.  Slice a couple of large zucchini, or a few baby zucchinis, and cook on the stovetop with salt and pepper until soft. Pour 1 can of crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce over top and return the sliced sausage.  Serve plain or with shredded parmesan.

Turkey Burgers with Steamed Broccoli: Use 2 lbs of ground turkey to make 8-10 burgers.  Add salt, pepper and a little onion powder and form into patties.  Cook on the stovetop or bake, and top with items like cheese, honey mustard and avocado slices.  Prepare steamed broccoli using fresh or frozen broccoli. 

Stovetop Omelette with Peas or Salad:  Whisk 6 eggs and season with salt and pepper.  Add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 1/2 an onion that's been sauteed in butter.  Cook in a medium sized pan on low heat with the lid on until cooked through.  Serve with peas or greens topped with lemon and olive oil. 

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