Meal Plan

Honey and Soy Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens

Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens

Life moves pretty fast with three kids, and it’s been a while since my last post.  Since I’ve taken on full-time stay-at-home parenting, I’ve been busy to say the least: diapering, rocking, potty-training, potty-training cleaning, pre-school transporting, and yes, cooking.  I’m always cooking.  I’ve come to really, really appreciate easy recipes like this Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot.

Now that I’m not spending so much time writing and developing meal plans, I’m free to actually use my old ones.  People would frequently ask me if I followed my meal plan and my answer was always, unfortunately not.  The reality was that I was always testing new recipes and figuring out what would be on the next week’s menu.

But now I am liberated!  (Sad as it is to not be writing new plans!)  Now I pick a meal plan, give the shopping list to my husband on the weekend, when he takes our 4 year old out on errands, and follow the plans that I took so much time to produce for others in the past.  I am happy to report that they’re pretty darn nice to have around.  Fantastic, actually, not to pat my own back or anything.

Over the past few years I’ve written literally hundreds of recipes.  Some were really great, but I only made once or twice (others were not so good, but I didn’t use those in my plans!).  So in using my old meal plans I’m rediscovering some of those recipes.  This Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot is [...]

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

If you’re looking for a new vegetable dish to try  tonight I highly recommend this Braised Red Cabbage with Apples.  Here is why:

  • It’s super easy, taking only about 10 minutes to throw together
  • It’s pretty hard to screw up
  • It tastes kind of like a candied version of a vegetable, making it easy to palate for non-veggie lovers, and a treat for veggie regulars
  • The health benefits are through the roof, yo
  • It pairs really well with mashed sweet potatoes, which are also super easy, and just about any protein you want to throw together

While “cabbage” has a pretty boring and bland reputation (one that may or may not be justified depending on the dish), red cabbage is its sexy cousin.  Not only is it glamorous in color, but it cooks down to be wonderfully sweet when paired with apples, and its health benefits are sky high.

What health benefits, you ask?  Well, pretty much any vegetable in the cabbage family has anti-cancer properties thanks to its sulfur-based glucosinolates.  From whfoods.org; glucosinolates “are cabbage’s trump card with regard to “anti-cancer” benefits. The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be converted into isothiocyanate compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.”

But red cabbage is also especially high in antioxidants thanks to its deep red, actually purple, color.  Here’s another little snippet from whfoods.org:

“A recent study showed that a 100 gram (about 3 ounces) serving of raw red cabbage delivers 196.5 milligrams of polyphenols, of which 28.3 milligrams are anthocyanins. Green [...]

Meal Plan Archives Available

Eat Happy Meal Plan Archives are Now Available Eat Happy Meal Plan Archives are Now Available

Over the past several years I’ve written nearly two hundred weekly dinner meal plans for Eat Happy Meal Plan.  I’ve enjoyed writing and testing the recipes, (several of which are now published in my first book).   Having the weekly plan to send out always kept me on my toes – it forced me to try new things as well as strive to make meals as quick and easy as possible while keeping them delicious and nutrient dense.  And I was always so thrilled to hear subscribers say that they loved the food, were cooking more, and feeling better as a result.

So it’s a little sad to announce that I won’t be writing any new meal plans for at least a year or two.  With my three kids and a recent child care change, I just don’t have the time to devote to the weekly meal plans.  It was really sad to read the emails from subscribers saying how disappointed they were!

However, some of those same subscribers suggested that they’d appreciate access to archived meal plans. So, I’ve gone ahead and made a full  year of archives available on Google Drive.

If you’re interested in a year of delicious, nutrient-dense meal plans, I’m making them available for a good discount – $70 vs. the regular $90 for the year.  Email me at alissa@eathappynow.com to get access!

By |December 11th, 2014|General, Meal Plan|

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

We have four breakfast eaters in our house, including one toddler and one four-year old, and not everyone is always delighted about the idea of an oatmeal breakfast.  While I’m happy to make other things for breakfast when there’s time, oatmeal is such dependable staple we’ve figured out how to make it stay interesting and attractive…for everyone!

The secret is the Oatmeal Breakfast Bar.  Like a taco bar – but for oatmeal.  A variety of toppings that each person can pick to customize their oatmeal just how they like it.  Even though there may be a large number of toppings at play, more toppings doesn’t necessarily translate into more time or effort if they’re all easily accessible.

This morning I glanced at my counter (picture above), and realized that the number of oatmeal toppings we have on a daily basis is  a little bonkers.  But it’s really ok – I just pop things out of the fridge or cabinet – both of which are within arms’ reach of the counter.

This all evolved quite naturally, thanks to a very picky toddler.  At times the requests get a little obnoxious (syrup and cinnamon on top of the oatmeal – not mixed in, etc).  Even with the super picky requests we’ve managed to keep everyone happy over the years while only cooking one main ingredient: oatmeal.

So here’s what we have going on currently in our “toppings bar”:

  • Cinnamon
  • Raw honey
  • Real maple syrup
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Coconut oil (this really helps the oatmeal stick with you through the morning)
  • Hemp seeds for protein – you could also add any kind of nuts you like
  • Pumpkin seeds – full of protein and minerals, and store [...]
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    Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Pasta with Roasted Squash and Apple Cider Reduction Pasta with Roasted Squash and Apple Cider Reduction

Celebrate fall with this slightly sweet and beautiful Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction. This dish has everything you need for a one-dish meal, including tons of veggies, whole grain pasta, and a little savory sausage.

The apple and roasted butternut squash are delightfully sweet, and the sausage and parmesan cheese provide a savory counterpoint.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Serves:  4

Ingredients
12 ounces whole grain pasta (whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa and corn, red lentil, etc)
½ butternut squash, peels and seeds removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
½ lb kielbasa or other favorite sausage (antibiotic, preservative and hormone-free)
1 onion, minced
2 teaspoons minced garlic from about 2 cloves
4 cups broccoli florets from about 1 small head
2 cups apple cider
1 apple, core removed and cut into ½ inch cubes
½ cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), sea salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Toss the cubed squash with a little EVOO and large pinches of salt and pepper.  Spread single layer on a large baking sheet or roasting dish and roast for about 25 minutes until tender and golden, tossing once with a spatula so that the cook evenly.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente per package instructions. When the pasta is done cooking drain it and set it aside (toss [...]
By |October 29th, 2014|Meal Plan, Recipes|

This Week’s Eat Happy Meal Plan Menu

Meal Plan Menu Sept 28, 2014

Meal Plan Menu Sept 28, 2014

It’s officially Fall, and time for heartier foods that build inner warmth and strength.  One of my favorite meals is this week’s Charbonnade of Beef: it’s a very traditional recipe, originally from James Beard.  Beef is sliced thin and cooked slowly with onions and beer in the oven until incredibly tender.   I make it work-week friendly by using a slow cooker to get the same tenderness with very low maintenance.  The is the first meal my mom brought over after I had baby Larson a few weeks ago (“for iron!”) and it was exactly what I needed.

In this meal plan the Charbonnade leftovers are used to make a delicious French Onion Soup, and you’ll also enjoy some of Fall’s wonderful cleansing foods, including apples, cabbage, and greens.

This is this week’s meal plan that came out last Thursday, but if you sign up this week and would still like to receive it, shoot me an email I’d be happy to send it to you so that you can enjoy these delicious dinners:

  1. Slow Cooked Charbonnade of Beef over Baked Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli
  2. Mujadara Lentils with Caramelized Onions and a Simple Green Salad
  3. French Onion Soup with Green Bean Fries
  4. Healing Apple and Cabbage Soup with Whole Grain Toast or Crackers

Enjoy these meals that are loaded with Fall’s best foods.  Along with the full meal plan menu and shopping list, you’ll receive the easy-to-prepare recipes and a calendar for the week that describes how to prepare in advance for a super efficient week of dinners.

Sign up today to get your this Eat Happy Meal Plan in your inbox.  Transform [...]

By |September 30th, 2014|General, Meal Plan|

Meal Plan Menu Week of September 7-13, 2014

Meal Plan Menu Sept 7-13

Meal Plan Menu Sept 7-13

I had to post this particular meal plan menu, because it’s a celebration of something I love: traditional Italian tomato sauce!  I didn’t always love tomato sauce, but when I started making it myself (and especially when my Italian husband started to make it in large batches) I really began to appreciate how wonderful and versatile tomato sauce is.

In next week’s meal plan menu, you’ll get a chance to make your own simple tomato sauce from scratch and see just how much fresher and more delicious it is than store-bought options.  Then you’ll get to savor your work in two wonderful summer dishes: the Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan and a Traditional Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.  Sometimes traditional is simply comforting, after all.

 This is the meal plan menu for next week, Sept 7-13, came out this past Thursday morning.  But if you sign up before next Monday and shoot me an email I’d be happy to send it to you so that you can enjoy these delicious dinners:

  1. Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Steamed Broccoli
  2. Super Healing Summer Soup with Greens, Garlic and Chickpeas and Sardine Toasts
  3. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and a Spinach Salad
  4. Brazilian Black Beans with Red Pepper, Kale and Jasmine Rice

Enjoy these meals that are loaded with summer’s best produce.  Along with the full meal plan menu and shopping list, you’ll receive the easy-to-prepare recipes and a calendar for the week that describes how to prepare in advance for a super efficient week of dinners.

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Fresh Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust

What better way to celebrate the weekend and the end of blueberry season than with this Fresh Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust?  It’s really delicious, and tastes like summer.

I took the girls blueberry picking a couple of weeks ago and it was so fun.  It was the most hands-off I’ve been able to be with them in a long time!  The two year old was completely occupied stuffing herself with blueberries, and my four year old was doing a great job filling up her little bucket!  (Which she later dumped in a mysterious location for unknown reasons, but whatever).

Sometimes when we go berry picking we just eat up all of the fresh berries and don’t get around to doing anything particularly special with them.  This time I just couldn’t resist a blueberry cobbler, and I love the corn and blueberry combination, so thought I’d do a cornmeal crust.  Of course I love blueberry pie too, but it’s so much work to do the crust, and I literally had 10 minutes to throw this together before sitting down for dinner.  Plus honestly I prefer cobbler toppings to pie crust.  Pies are prettier, though, I’ll give them that!

If there’s one thing I do differently when it comes down to dessert, it’s that I pretty dramatically cut down on sugar from the recipes I adapt.  So, if you’re a cut down on sugar kind of person, you might not want to cut down on the sugar from my recipes!  They’re already quite low.  I don’t find that people mind, and especially in [...]

By |August 15th, 2014|General, Meal Plan, Recipes|

Meal Plan Menu for Week of August 10, 2014

Eat Happy Meal Plan Menu and Shopping List Week of Aug 10, 2014 Eat Happy Meal Plan Menu and Shopping List Week of Aug 10, 2014

When I don’t follow my meal plan menus, I’m as lost as anyone else when it comes to dinner.  I end up making the same old thing, deciding last-minute, and ending up with something less tasty after a more stressful process.  Not fun!

With Eat Happy Meal Plan I do the planning for you, although you can still decide which meals are best for you in any week.  It can transform your relationship with dinner, if you let it!

 This is the meal plan menu for next week, August 10-16th.  It came out bright and early this morning into subscribers’  inboxes, but if you sign up in the next few days I”ll email it directly to you so you can still start next week!

I take extra care to make summer meal preparation as quick as possible, which is usually easy to do since summer produce doesn’t require anything elaborate or lengthy.  Next week you can enjoy these delicious dinners:

  1. Roasted Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce with Simple Herbed Quinoa and Steamed Broccoli 
  2. Beet and Blue Cheese Salad with Adzuki Beans and Sunflower Seeds and Summer Melon 
  3. Grilled Shish Ka Bobs with Greek Marinade and a Simple Green Salad 
  4. Tomato Chickpeas with Spinach over Brown Rice 

Enjoy meals that are homemade, fast, nutrient-dense, and full of fresh flavor with this meal plan.  Along with the full meal plan menu and shopping list, you’ll receive the easy-to-prepare recipes and a calendar for the week that describes how [...]

Sneak Peak: Meal Plan Menu for Week of Aug 3, 2014

Aug 3 2013 EHMP menu

 

This Eat Happy Meal Plan menu can transform your relationship with dinner, if you let it!

 This is the meal plan menu for next week, August 3-9th.  Can you believe it’s August already!

This summertime menu highlights summer produce and makes cooking times as minimal as possible.  No one wants to slave over the stove when it’s 80 degrees outside!  These simple recipes will help you stay cool and nourished all throughout the week.  Next week you can enjoy these delicious dinners:

  1. Grilled Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Summer Vegetable and Lima Bean Sauté with Basil and Brown Rice
  2. Kale Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Hard-Cooked Eggs with Whole Grain Toasts
  3. Whole Grain Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Spinach and Summer Melon
  4. Chicken or Garbanzo Bean Salad Sandwiches or Lettuce Wraps with a Simple Green Salad

Enjoy meals that are homemade, fast, nutrient-dense, and full of fresh flavor with this meal plan.  Along with the full meal plan menu and shopping list, you’ll receive the easy-to-prepare recipes and a calendar for the week that describes how to prepare in advance for a super efficient week of dinners.

Sign up today to get your this Eat Happy Meal Plan in your inbox.  You’ll be loving dinner next week!

By |July 31st, 2014|General, Meal Plan|