Category Archives: Planning The Week

Recipe Recommendation: BLT pasta salad with avocado dressing

Happy Sunday!  I use Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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I am going to sound either slightly creepy or lazy, but I don’t see why I would look much further than on Valentina’s website, The Baking Fairy, for recipes to try out as part of my week’s planning.  At least, as promised last week, I have been leaning towards healthier recipes instead of just making tray after tray of chocolatey goodness.

Gosh I miss those days.

The Baking Fairy on Sahar's BlogAaaaanyhow!  This week’s recommended recipe is really just about the first few days, as I have yet to find a way of keeping my salads from becoming overwhelmingly mushy after three days.  But it’s so delicious that I have it for both lunch and dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays, giving me time on Tuesday to prepare another batch for the rest of the week–or to prepare a batch of something else for those of you who can’t stand eating the same thing more than 1-2 days in a row (you and I both know who you are…)  Use a Mason jar to carry this to work and you make your life even easier–the glass is easier to keep clean and a Mason jar, although heavier, is easier to lug around than a big plastic container.

Check out the full recipe and high resolution pictures here!

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Recipe Recommendation: Honey and Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Happy Sunday!  I use Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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I seem to have developed a slight obsession with Valentina’s baking website, The Baking Fairy.  I know I keep saying that this feature is about helping find healthy recipes to items that can be used throughout the work week.  I know I have been failing at that but guys, I’m pregnant.  Can I get a break?

I’m assuming you are all lovely people who said immediately that yes, I can get a break, so I thank you for that.  And if you didn’t say yes, this is for you:

Sahar's Blog 2016 05 15 Recipe Recommendation Valentina Honey Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread Puss in BootsDid it work?

For those of you who are kind enough to give me a break—all others, you can just stop reading now, meanies—I still wanted to be a little bit healthier and practical this week than I have been lately.  One thing I love are morning loaves—instead of just toast, having a slice of banana bread or a vanilla loaf just sets me up for an even brighter day than anticipated.  I also love loaves that feature zucchinis as a key ingredient—there is a moist factor that zucchinis add that can’t be beaten.

Sahar's Blog 2016 05 15 Recipe Recommendation Valentina Honey Greek Yogurt Zucchini BreadValentina’s Honey and Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread hits a number of spots when it comes to starting the day right.  It’s moist, just sweet enough, and while tasty as can be, neutral enough that you can add a little something on top that you might be craving that morning (Nutella, much?)  It also freezes well so if you make two loaves, you’ll have breakfast and snacks for a week, if not more.

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Planning the Week – Recipe Recommendation: Feta and Favorite Veggie Frittata

Happy Sunday!  I use Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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I have been misbehaving a little bit when it comes to recommending recipes as part of this feature, and now that readers have called me on it, I just have to rein in my enthusiasm for all things sweet (lemon crescent rolls, mint chocolate brownies, and dark chocolate velvet brownies, to name but a few) and go back to recommending recipes that are going to be practical rather than naughty.

But to be fair, each of those recipes really helped get through the last weeks of winter.  So, ha.

Kiwi and Carrot's Feta and Favorite Veggie Frittata on Sahar's BlogThere is a recipe that I have come across while exploring a great recipe site.  Mother-and-daughter cooking team Kiwi & Carrot recently shared a delicious recipe for a Feta and Favorite Veggie Frittata.  There are a couple of things that make this recipe so recommendable in the context of planning an efficient yet healthy week.

The first is that while making one of these puppies would take you about 45-55 minutes depending on how handy you are with a knife, making two barely takes an extra 10 minutes and three, perhaps 15.  This means that you can easily make a bunch of them instead of just one, and then pop the extra ones in the freezer.  This means that, second, a frittata can last a long time and be takes to work for lunch, or thawed for dinner.  Last, you can fall back on this recipe as a way to use all the veggies that are lingering in your fridge at the end of the weekend–which also means coming up with a new variation each and every time.

And the best part?  It’s easy to make.  Just check out the recipe here.

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Planning The Week – Recipe Recommendation: Lemon Crescent Rolls by Christie

Happy Sunday!  I use Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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Spring is making it’s way up to the topmost corners of the North American continent and with it comes increasing urges for lighter foods.  Christie‘s blog, Sparkles of Sunshine, seems like just the right fit for this time of the year, as does her Lemon Crescent Roll recipe.

Christie's Lemon Crescent Rolls on Sahar's BlogI mean just look at this picture.  Doesn’t it just scream spring with all its associated glories?  I know, I know, spring also means being careful to shed some of the inevitable winter weight that seems to slap on and stick around whatever one might do about it (including a 6 day a week workout and careful carb and fat watch!).  But then again, having one of these a couple of morning a week couldn’t hurt too much…. Right?

Check out Christie’s recipe here and let me know how it goes!

 

 

Planning The Week – Recipe Recommendation: California Club Sandwich by The Baking Fairy

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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While this winter hasn’t been nearly as bad as last year’s, I feel that many around me (and myself) are going a little stir crazy waiting to shed the layers of mandatory clothing.  And so it comes as no surprise that any recipe that even remotely evokes the memory of better weather shoots straight up my “TBT” (that is, to be tested) list.

The Baking Fairy's California Club Sandwich on Sahar's BlogI mean just look at it!  It’s simple to make and delicious to eat, and to boot evokes the feeling of spending hours on a terrace in the summer with a nice, ice-cold fruit smoothie, and either a friend or a book (or both, one after the other–why choose?)

And while those of you who are working on shedding the winter weight that invariably seems to pile on every single year, let’s be honest: this club sandwich does have some redeeming features nutrition wise and will probably go a long way with regards to emotional health.  Not convinced?  Take a look at The Baking Fairy’s post, test her club sandwich, and see for yourself!

Planning The Week – Book Recommendation: ‘Pieces Of My Mother’, by Melissa Cistaro

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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As you ready yourself for another great week, are you wondering what book to take along with you on your commute?  Take a peek at this week’s book recommendation!

‘Pieces Of My Mother’, by Melissa Cistaro

Book Review here.

Author Spotlight here.

Purchase here.

Author website here.

Book Synopsis:

This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mother left her behind by choice begs the question: Are we destined to make the same mistakes as our parents? One summer, Melissa Cistaro’s mother drove off without explanation Devastated, Melissa and her brothers were left to pick up the pieces, always tormented by the thought: Why did their mother abandon them? Thirty-five years later, with children of her own, Melissa finds herself in Olympia, Washington, as her mother is dying. After decades of hiding her painful memories, she has just days to find out what happened that summer and confront the fear she could do the same to her kids. But Melissa never expects to stumble across a cache of letters her mother wrote to her but never sent, which could hold the answers she seeks. Haunting yet ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman’s quest to discover what drives a mother to walk away from the children she loves. Alternating between Melissa’s tumultuous coming-of-age and her mother’s final days, this captivating memoir reveals how our parents’ choices impact our own and how we can survive those to forge our own paths.

Planning the Week – Recipe Recommendation: Slow Cooker Thai Green Curry

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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A dear friend of mine was telling me only a couple of days ago that spring is a confusing time for her, food-wise.  On the one hand, she is craving salads and fruit; on the other, the weather is still so cold where she currently lives that only a steady diet of soups seems to keep her warm.  With that in mind, I went through a couple of blogs I recently had the pleasure of discovering and found an amazing-looking recipe by the Homans for a slow cooker Thai green curry.

The Homans' Thai Green Curry on Sahar's BlogOh my goodness, just look at this picture the family featured on their blog.  It’s almost like a salad, but a warm one.  It’s just one of those things that makes you wish you could lick the taste of your screen.

Come on–as if you have never thought why such a technology doesn’t exist yet.

Apparently the Homans were also super psyched about this recipe; they write: “Guys, I am super excited about today’s recipe. Like, super duper excited. This is one of my favorite things we’ve made! I mean, c’mon. Doesn’t this just look healthy to you? There’s red. There’s green. There’s yellow. There’s orange. If you want to eat the rainbow, I found you a new favorite meal!”

I sent the link to the Homans’ recipe to my friend and apparently it has become her staple diet for now–and it’s now on my “to try” list.  I have a feeling it should be on yours, as well.

Planning the Week – Recipe Recommendation: Mint Chocolate Brownies

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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Marsha's Mint Chocolate Brownies on Sahar's BlogI know, I know: my intention was to launch a feature that highlighted healthy recipes that would make your week go by more easily.  But you know what?  These Mint Chocolate Brownies by Marsha are just too good for the soul of one aching for the end of winter not to share.  Really–they are **that** good.  And ultimately, it’s all about portion control and balancing it out with other healthy alternatives…  So just eat one pan a day one piece a day and you’ll be fine.

At least it worked for me 😉

Planning The Week – Recipe Recommendation: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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Planning the Week - Broccoli Cheddar Soup on Sahar's BlogGranted, there are only three more weeks of winter left here in the Northern Hemisphere.  But it doesn’t mean that it isn’t getting a little bit difficult, despite the increasing temperature and the longer days.  This is usually the time I bring out some of the heartier recipes, the ones that are both healthy and have a little something-something to boost my energy and make me feel especially satisfied.  A broccoli cheddar soup, like the one posted by Ellen last week, fits the bill perfectly–healthy and hearty what with its creamy texture.  I also add some cayenne pepper to it and voilà!  A perfect winter pick-me-up.

Book Recommendation: ‘Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked’, by Jen Calonita

Happy Sunday!  This blogger uses Sundays to plan and prepare for the upcoming week.  I have been asked so many times about the resources that help me plan a full week that I decided to launch the “Planning the Week” feature with three concomitant components: a recommended book to make your commute easier; a healthy recipe to make your week tastier and healthier; and a planning/planner tip to keep it all running smoothly.

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As you ready yourself for another great week, are you wondering what book to take along with you on your commute? Take a peek at this week’s book recommendation!

‘Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked’, by Jen Calonita

Review here.

Purchase here.

Author website here.

Synopsis:

Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job?

An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. “Charming fairy-tale fun.” -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.