Another holiday season followed by another new year means that I (like so many other Americans) am reupping my commitment to health and fitness for the New Year.
Only difference between me and the eleven billionty other New Years Resolutionists (that’s what I call the people who jam up my gym every January and then disappear by mid February) is that I mean it!
Not hating, just saying.
I make this commitment to myself every year and then I stick to it.
I always lose weight. I always get stronger. I always try a new fitness class or five that help me on my way. And I always feel better about myself.
It’s just that by the end of the year, the busy part of life and work and every single every thing has caught up to me. And Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And all of the sweet goodness. And I roll into the new year smaller than I was the previous year, but still not all the way to where I want to be.
I don’t exactly consider it a win, but it’s not a fail either, and when you’re a busy mom of three with only 16 pounds left to lose (I once weighed 221 pounds guys, and I’m only 5’3) that matters.
As does a plan of attack.
This year I’ve rejoined forces with Medifast to get a jump start on the year.
I know that’s not an ideal fit for everyone (some people like to eat regular food and can’t afford a meal replacement program, I get that), but the idea that you need to be conscientious about what you put in your gut is.
And that’s what I’m planning to bring you here at DudeMom every week.
Personally I’ve struggled consistently to not eat all the cookies supply filling, affordable, healthful meals that my kids will eat that will also support my weight loss goals. Then, when I fail at that and just give them Manwiches for dinner, I get burnt out creating separate meals for myself and them. And then I give up and just eat Manwiches. You can’t really lose 16lbs very easily if you’re grubbin’ Manwiches for dinner every night. Also, gross.
Thanks to a brand new partnership with Dinnerlla’s creator, Ruth Shleppi Verboom (come on, that’s an awesome last name!), I am going to be helping you healthy menu plan with real recipes (tested by me and The Dudes) that you, your kids, and anyone else you’re in charge of feeding will be able to survive (and get fit) happily on.
Each week I will feature a recipe from Dinnerlla. One we’ve tested for ease and deliciousness. Then I will also provide you with links to a whole week’s worth of awesome goodness that you can eat without breaking the bank or your waistband.
I get it, kids eat a lot, feeding them is expensive, losing weight is hard, cookies are so freaking delicious, the health and fitness struggle is real for moms, I got you though boo.
Healthy Meal Plans Featured Recipe of the Week from Dinnerella: Black Bean Soup in a Hurry
- 1 red onion (finely sliced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 orange (1 juiced, 1 sliced)
- 4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium)
- 3 cans black beans (15-oz cans)
- 6oz tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- tortilla chips (skip if you’re counting calories)
- fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 2 avocado
- 1/2 cup sour cream (skip if you’re counting calories)
Step 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and smoked paprika and sauté for another minute, until all is fragrant.
Step 2: Add the tomato paste and orange juice to the onions, turn down the heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer.
Step 3: Rinse the beans well, and add to the pot, together with the broth. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a boil; turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Use a potato masher or hand blender to puree some of the beans, not all. Add 1/2 cup of water if the soup is too thick. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Divide the soup over 4 soup bowls. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, sour cream and orange slices. Serve with tortilla chips on the side.
Recipes of the week:
Monday: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce (substitute brown rice)
Tuesday: Turkey Bacon Wrap
Wednesday: Bruschetta Chicken
Thursday: Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna
Friday: White Pizza with Basil (make a salad for you and chicken wings for the kids to fill everyone up)
Saturday: Fish Tacos (I buy the crusted tilapia at Costco to use in my tacos. It’s spicy, but not too spicy, and the Dudes love it.)
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. Ruth, the creator of Dinnerella.com, is a contributor to DudeMom.com. If you are interested in learning more about her service and gaining access to her library of recipes, meal plans, shopping lists, and more, please check out her awesome site!