Smoothie Recipes (with WWPP)

Sad to say I have gained back the weight I had previously lost and wish to loose it again. 7 years I have done well and maintained my weight. However a lot of personal changes in little bean and my life have made it difficult for me to maintain my weight.

My sister being supportive, helped me come up with these smoothies to eat for breakfast. They are tasty, filling and low in points (most of them are only 2 points!). We are both big into freezer meals/freezer cooking, so of course the smoothies got the freezer treatment too.

We plan out 5 different smoothies and make enough for each of us to last a month. We bought all the ingredients needed. Peeled, chopped and measured everything out into freezer bags (each bag containing a single serving of a smoothie). Make sure to label your bags with the smoothie name, any ingredients you need to add later (milk, water, honey, etc.) and how much and the points value for that smoothie (pictured below). It helps a lot when trying to meal plan for the day/week.

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The following recipes are the ones we have so far enjoyed, I’ll include the WWPP for each ingredient. You’ll notice with all the smoothies that we add 3Tbls. of rolled oats. We chose to do that to thicken the smoothies and to make them a little more filling. You can always omit the rolled oats if you want. I will also provide links to websites that we used smoothie recipes from and include any changes we made.

Banana Berries Smoothie (2pts)

Got this recipe from a nice little blog post with some helpful suggestions for additions to your smoothies, One Step Closer

1 cup strawberries (0pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1/3 cup Blueberries (0pts)

1/2Tbls. Sugar (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 18oz)

PB Banana Bomb (2.5pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1Tbls. PB2 (.5pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Choc. Banana (2pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1/2 cup Strawberries (0pts)

1Tbls. Coco powder (0pts)

1/2Tbls. Sugar (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 14oz)

Tropical Twist (2pts)

3/4 cup Pineapple (0pts)

1 cup Spinach (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Coconut Water (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Coconut Water to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Coconut Water. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 16oz)

Green Apple Smoothie (2pts)

I like my green smoothies and this blog has a nice one that we enjoyed. We did make some changes to the recipe and halved it because it was so large! Girl Makes Food

1-2 Dates (0pts)

1 Granny Smith Apple (0pts)

1/2 cup Spinach (0pts)

1/4tsp. Cinnamon (0pts)

1/8tsp. Nutmeg (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Coconut Water (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Coconut Water to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Coconut Water. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Raspberry Kiwi Smoothie (appx. 2pts)

Wanting some different fruit we chose this recipe, it is a bit tart but still yummy. We made a few changes and this recipe was also halved because of how large it was. Once A Month Meals

1/3 cup Raspberries (0pts)

1/4 cup Blueberries (0pts)

1/4 Banana (0pts)

1-2 Kiwis (0pts)

1/4Tbls. Ginger (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1/3 cup Cran-Raspberry Juice (appx.1pt, will vary on type of juice bought)

2 1/2 Tbls. Almond Milk (0pts)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk and Juice to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk and Juice. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (4pts)

Ran across this smoothie recipe and had to try it and we love it! Great for in the Fall time. Family Fresh Meals

1 Banana (0pts)

1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin (0pts)

1/4tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

1Tbls. Honey (2pts)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk and Honey to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk and Honey. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 16oz)

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Meal Planning, in with the new and out with the old!

I like to meal plan. It makes dinner time so much easier. After working all day and coming home the last thing I want to do is to try and think of a good meal to make. If I don’t meal plan I usually end up standing in front of the fridge or freezer or pantry just staring at the food wishing it would magically come together as a meal and then end up eating soup or hotdogs or some other lazy food. So instead I meal plan, it saves me time and money and endless staring.

What I have done in the past to meal plan is get a notebook, pencil, my cookbook and go online to allrecipes.com . I would write down the days of the week on a piece of paper and list the various meats I would like to eat each day (example: pork on Tuesday, beef on Friday, fish on Saturday, etc) I would also make note of anydays we wouldn’t be home to have dinner, such as on Wednesdays we had dinner at church. Then I would also make the last day of my meal planning week leftovers day, any leftovers we still had we would eat them for dinner that night. After all of that I would then go through my recipes and pick out what recipes I wanted to make. I would keep in mind that on certain days little bean has practice so we would need to do a freezer meal that day or cook something thats really quick. This is an example of what one of my meal plans would look like:

Sun.- Crockpot stew, buttered bread and fruit

Mon.- Modenese Pork Chops, mashed potatoes and corn

Tue.-Asian salmon, rice and broccoli

Wed.- Church Dinner

Thur.- Frozen meal chicken and dumplings, fruit

Fri.-Frozen meal pizza casserole, garlic bread and salad

Sat.- Leftovers

After making my meal plan for the week I would then make a grocery list. I would check my cupboards first to see if I already had ingredients that I needed for a recipe and anything I didn’t have I would put it on my list. Then I would go through and add any other groceries I might need for snacks or lunch boxes or breakfast, etc. After that I would grocery shop and cook my meals throughout the week that I had planned out.

That was my old way and still a fine way of doing meal planning. However my meal planning now a days has gone more high tech with the discovery of peppperplate.com. I love this website! It is perfect for meal planning and organizing recipes. Seriously go check this site out http://www.pepperplate.com/

Its very easy to use. You can import recipes from other websites with just a click of a button or manually eneter recipes in a very easy manner. Once you have your recipes on the website you can simply just add a recipe to whatever day of the week you want and make a grocery list from the recipes you added for the week. Whats even better is that there are apps for this on the iphone and ipad (maybe droid and others, I haven’t checked into that), so you can do all your meal planning on your computer and it will put your grocery list and everything right on the app (you can actually do the mealing on the app too with just a couple less features). I love this because I can just take my ipad to the store and grocery shop with this. You can organize the grocery list to follow the aisles in your grocery store and other things. This is a very intuitive website that makes my meal planning soooooooo much easier. I pretty much just meal plan the way I did before but on my computer and now no grocery list to loose or a bunch of papers laying around my house!

Freezer meals, mmmm mmmmm good (part 2)

There are tons of recipes that you can freeze. Most of the recipes you already cook are probably freezeable. Don’t think that you have to go out and find specific “freezer recipes” you can use what recipes you already have. Thats what I do, I go through my recipes and simply pick out ones that I want to cook and think will taste great being reheated. I tend to avoid recipes that have a lot of fruit or veggies in them because they don’t always freeze well for me. You can go give it a try and see if freezing veggies and fruit works for you. I usually end up with mushy veggies or fruit after they have thawed or been reheated, which I really don’t like. So most of my freezer meals are starchy types (pasta, rice, potatoes) with meat in it or its just meat. Don’t worry me and little bean eat plenty of fruits and veggies typically as a side to the main dish. As I said before in my previous post I make sides (veggies and fruit) for each meal and don’t freeze them.

Here is some links to various blogs or websites that has recipes that I’ve used and enjoy or has great tips on freezing food. Look through and see what you find and try what interestes you.

http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/02/10/freezable-foods/

This article gives you a lot of great tips on what you can and cannot freeze. There’s tons of things mentioned that I would have never thought to freeze. Really worth checking out especially if you have never frozen foods before.

http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/08/pizza-casserole.html

This pizza casserole is so yummy! I did do some changes to the recipe to fit my tastes. I did 1 pound of ground beef and half a pound of ground italian sausage. I also used penne or rotini noodles and added some Garlic Garlic and Onion Onion (those are seasoning mixes from Tastefully Simple). It turned out great. I didn’t have to double this recipe. The recipe alone provided enough for me and little bean to eat a meal that night and have leftovers for lunch and freeze 2 meals from it!

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-garlic-chicken-5478

Made this a couple weeks ago and love it! I just bought a family pack of chicken tenderloins and doubled the recipe. Cooked it all up and froze half of it and we ate the other half.

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/11/chilis-copycat-salsa-recipe.html

I”ve made this salsa several times and its sooo good. To freeze this I put 1/4 cup amount each in dixie cups. I put the cups in the freezer and once frozen pop the salsa out and put them in a freezer bag to store in the freezer or simply keep them in the cups and pull one out when I want to have a snack. I like to freeze them in 1/4 cup amounts so I can pullout as much or as little as I want. I then just put them in a bowl in the microwave and warm it up until completely thawed but not warm.

http://www.pepperplate.com/recipes/view.aspx?id=1499916

These freeze great and my little bean just loves these for a quick and filling breakfast in the morning. I just put 2 puffins on a plate in the microwave and heat for 1 min. He then can eat them at the table or we can wrap them up in a paper towel and eat them on the run:)

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/piggy-wiggys/detail.aspx

I make a bunch of these and just freeze them. They are great for a quick snack or meal. And can easily be thrown into a lunch box for school lunches. My little bean loves eating them and helping me make them;)

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/modenese-pork-chops/detail.aspx

This is a really yummy recipe that freezes well.I’ve used it for several years and always enjoy it. I made one change to the recipe instead of white wine I use apple juice, I like the flavor it has with the apple juice.

Listed below is a bunch of other blogs and websites that have freezer meals. I haven’t had a chance to try these yet but you might find something yummy that you would like to try. I hope to try some of these soon, if you try some of them let me know how it turned out and what you thought of it. Now just to be clear all these recipes listed here are not my own creations, lots of other people made these recipes and shared them on their blogs or website. I am simply sharing their recipes on here for you guys to easily find and enjoy. Make sure to tell them how much you’ve enjoyed their recipe should you try one of theirs, thank you.

http://whenthedinnerbellrings.blogspot.com/2011/06/super-easy-way-to-getting-meals-ready.html

http://www.budgetgourmetmom.com/breakfast-pockets/

http://www.ringaroundtherosies.net/2012/02/freezer-cooking.html

http://sixinthesuburbsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/breakfast-omelet-muffins.html

http://momonamission.me/?page_id=2140

http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2011/06/freezer-meals-on-cheap.html

http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/01/smoothie-packs-my-favorite-smoothie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BudgetBytes+%28Budget+Bytes%29

http://joelens.blogspot.com/2007/01/freezer-friendlymake-ahead.html

http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/frozen-banana-bites.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+neverHomemaker+%28%28never+home%29maker%29

Freezer meals, my way (part 1)

I love to cook. I always have loved cooking. I find it to be relaxing, exciting, invigorating and just simply enjoyable. When I go to a grocery store my brain gets all happy and does a happy dance when we’re in the produce section. When I go out to eat I always end up analyzing my food, figuring out what ingredients would make it better or if its already great then I try to figure out what ingredients they used so I can make it myself. I know this must all seem strange or just silly but this is how I am and I love it!

Now being a single mom means I am busy a lot of the time, work, church, school activities, housework, etc. So cooking a meal from scratch everyday isn’t always possible, hence the reason I love doing freezer meals. I have read on other blogs about how they will set aside one day a month to make a bunch of different freezer meals at once and then use those meals throughout the whole month. That is certainly a great way to do it and if you have the storage space go for it! However I do not normally have that amount of time to set aside or storage space to do that. So this is how I do my freezer meals…

I usually make a meal plan for the coming week (I’ll do another post on meal planning sometime soon). I try to make something different each night and to use a different meat each night, so things don’t get boring. When I meal plan, I plan on making the main dish for a meal double of what I need for me and little bean (doubling a recipe if I need to). I go and do my grocery shopping once a week to save me time and gas.

I then cook the meals throughout the week on their designated day. When I cook the meal I will make the main dish double of what I really need. That way I can freeze half of it and the other half we will eat for dinner that night and still have leftovers for lunch the next day. I don’t usually double the side dishes becuse they are typically pretty quick and easy to make. I make just enough of the side dish’s for dinner and to have leftovers for lunch the next day. So in one night I made dinner for my family  and froze another meal to use another night. Do this a few nights each week and you’ ll have plenty of meals stored up! The next time I meal plan I can then include one or two of my freezer meals or more and save myself time, especially if its a busy day.

Either way of doing freezer meals works great. My method of doing freezer meals probably works best for small families, 1-4 people I would guess. This method works well for small families because you can buy the family size packs of meat at the grocery store and save money incomparission to having to buy smaller packs. Any groceries that you can buy in larger sizes or amounts tends to save you money. Also it won’t be as easy for a larger family to cook a doubled recipe each night, it would be such a large amount to prepare and cook.

The other method of doing freezer meals would probably work better for a large family as long as they have the time to set aside and the space to store it.

I will post part 2 tomorrow. It will include some recipes I like to freeze and links to other blogs with freezer meal recipes and tips. I found a lot of these from pinterest. Pinterest is so great, you’ll probably hear me reference pinterest a lot in future posts!