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Mini French Dips & Meal Planning

Happy leap year!

Last night’s workout was marvelous as usual. Our mix included some of the following:

  • speed squats using TRX straps
  • side hurdles with high knees
  • planks with a one arm raise
  • knee tucks (with hands on a 1 ft box and sliders on our feet)
  • “can openers” using dumbbells. And let me tell you, I tried to Google this to get you guys a picture and nothing close to it came up. There was someone literally smashing a can with a dumbbell though.
  • reverse lunch with medicine ball twist

….and of course a few more thrown in there! 

I have really noticed lately that my upper body strength has significantly increased, which was/is one of my goals. My upper body has always been a lot more weak and less toned than my lower body.

We also had a nice group talk about the importance of strengthening the hips and hamstrings to promote good form and stance and avoid ACL (and other) injures….this conversation may have been initiated by me saying “DAMN! We have been doing a lot of squats lately!” Ha, ya learn something new everyday.

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I was super excited for dinner – I had a fun one planned.

Thanks to Pintrest of course!

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Yes. Mini French dip crescent rolls.

Who thinks of these things?! Genius.

All it took was a package of Pillsbury [reduced fat] Crescent Rolls, thinly sliced roast beef , and provolone cheese (I used Sargento Provolone-Mozzarella blend).

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I set the oven to 375 F and let it preheat while I proceeded to roll these little packages of deliciousness up.

On each crescent roll triangle, I included 2 pieces of roast beef and half a square of cheese. From what I saw, some people include a little horseradish – but we all know I’m not into the spicy stuff so I kept it simple.

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Bake em’ for about 15 minutes… and then voila!

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I served mine alongside au jus like a traditional French dip (I just used the McCormick packaged kind) and served some steamed green beans on the side for a dose of veggies.

So perfect! It seriously has me wondering what other kinds of things I could/should be rolling up into crescent rolls? I would hate to be missing out on other delicious ideas such as this.

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Okay, okay since we got a good dose of “healthy” (ha!) lets talk about meal planning.

Remember my 100 posts about grocery shopping? Kidding (though it is one of my favorite past times… you think I’m kidding but sadly I am not). Well I usually go to the grocery store all willy-nilly (<—–first – and last – time I’ve ever said that, promise) and sort of go with the flow as I shop. I know, sounds really efficient.

Well, a few weeks ago I realized 2 things:

  1. I spend way too much on groceries for two people and I need to tone it down.
  2. Sometimes I find myself scrounging my kitchen at the end of the week to find I have one or two ingredients to make 3 different meals but not all the stuff to complete one of those meals.

So I decided I needed to change how I did things a little and stop going all willy-nilly (ok last time, for real this time!).

Yep. Time to make a list!

I decided I would plan out dinners for the week before I went to the grocery store.  But when I sat down to put it in list form, I kind of drew a blank.

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After some writers/cooking block, I finally managed to come up with about 6 things for dinner for the week and then I included all the ingredients I would need for these dinners so I wouldn’t forget anything.

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And then of course added the usual staples that I always pick up or was out of (nut butter, bread, eggs, etc)

I must say, after doing this for a few weeks, it has helped tremendously. I am still working on trimming my weekly grocery bill a little more, but as far as being at a loss and out of some needed ingredients – that problem is fixed! I pretty much always have a plan for dinner now.

And if you are wondering about breakfast and lunch, those arent really an issue for me as I always eat the same things week to week for those so I don’t really feel the need to plan that out (yet).

I will share some of my weekly “plans” in the future too, for all you idea seekers (I am definitely one of those, I always need dinner ideas).

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  • Do you plan out your meals or just kinda go with the flow?
  • Any meals (dinner) you repeat weekly?
    Seems like I have tacos/quesadillas almost every week
  • Favorite piece of workout equipment currently? (dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine ball, stability ball, etc)
    I’m lovin kettlebells right now!
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  1. This is the first week I planned out our meals, since Kev had off a couple nights this week. Alot of the times i’m just home by myself at night..so i would just pick up basics over the weekend but if i needed something specific during the week i’d run to the market. i’m trying to change that now..i think meal planning is a much better idea.

    hmmm i usually have breakfast for dinner at least one night a week! ;)

    February 29, 2012
  2. I have a tentative plan for the week. Some days get switched around though. It works for me! :)

    February 29, 2012
    • yeah thats how mine is. I dont really plan which days I will eat what! If only I were that organized! I just make sure I have about 6 dinners on hand for the week!

      February 29, 2012
  3. I love Pinterest and all the great meals you can find on there! This one looks pretty tasty too, I think I’ll add it to my list to try. :) I found this one, http://pinterest.com/pin/106116134939704099/, that I want to try this weekend when I have time to let it cook in the crockpot. It looks soooo good.

    February 29, 2012
  4. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance #

    I never meal plan because I’m always wanting to eat something completely different haha. My stomach has a mind of its own!

    February 29, 2012
    • yeah i probably should have been more clear.. I cant plan to the day because chances are i would definitely want something diff than what i had planned for the day! I just plan a week at a time to be sure i have 6 complete dinners basically and then i can choose from any of those each night! like a menu :) haha

      February 29, 2012
  5. Michelle #

    I love meal planning (I’m kind of a nerd in that aspect) :) I make a little list of all the recipes I have planned and then scour the paper for coupons so I can trim my grocery bill. I love that you love grocery shopping…good to know that I’m in good company. I’ve stopped taking Paul on trips with me because he wants to power through everything and I want to wander up and down each aisle!

    Your mini-french drip sandwiches are SO cute too! Paul loves them so I think I might try a hand at making some; so much inspiration comes from Pinterest I swear… :)

    February 29, 2012
    • Im exactly the same, I hate bringing Torrance haha. I just LOVE grocery shopping.
      And Torr loves french dips so i expected him to love these but he said he prefers the real thing because something about the crescent rolls gave it a diff taste/texture. hes a weirdo obviously

      February 29, 2012
  6. I’m definitely a meal planner. I think it helps me save money, plus I like to know what I’m going to be eating throughout the week! ;)

    February 29, 2012
  7. I love meal planning! Ever since I started I have cut down on grocery shopping and have been saving so much money!

    February 29, 2012
  8. I loosely plan our dinners, but it is very easy to get off track and I always seem to forget at least one key ingredient!

    Also, I have never had a French dip–but they look delicious!

    February 29, 2012
  9. Those french dips are adorable!! I TRY to meal plan, but it gets the best of me sometimes. I love the kettlebells these days too!

    February 29, 2012

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