Weekly Menu Plan ~ October 4, 2009

October is here and so is the chilly weather!  We had lows in the mid-30s the other night!  Nice layer of frost on the ground when we got up.  I actually covered up my basil plant outside to protect it from freezing.  I need to harvest those leaves and make some pesto this week. 

Hockey conditioning started this weekend.  Hockey will now go through March and into early April and then the recreation 3-on-3 league that Jon plays on starts up and lasts through June.  Couple that with Jon refereeing hockey now and Hannah’s gymnastics & skating and you have one crazy set of parents! 

On top of the busyness, I have been feeling very blah for the past few days.  Not sure what is going on, but my head has been killing me.  It feels like it is sinus related, but none of my usual tricks are helping.  I also have no energy.  My half-marathon is 2 weeks from today, so whatever the issue is, it better stop!  LOL! 

Onto the week. 

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, red quinoa, asparagus & salad

Monday – Grilled Chicken Breast, roasted kabocha squash, broccoli & salad

Tuesday – Spaghetti with marinara, green beans & salad

Wednesday – Burgers (veggie or turkey for me), sweet potato fries, carrots & salad

Thursday – Herb roasted pork (didn’t make last week), parmesan potatoes, veggie & salad

Friday – Leftovers or breakfast for dinner

Saturday – boys are on their own…Hannah & I having a secret girl’s night.  🙂

Baked Goods

Pamela’s Bread

Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf (a variation on the one I made last year…see pic below)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Manda at Asparagus Thin is hosting this week’s Gluten-free Menu Swap.  The theme this week is super foods.  One of the super foods I have been incorporating more & more into my diet is coconut & coconut products.  You can see my review of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil here and Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream here (though I wonder if that qualifies as a super food?). 

Also, make sure to check out Orgjunkie for tons more meal planning ideas.

I hope you all have a great week!  Make sure to check in tomorrow….I have a fun giveaway that will be up tomorrow!!! 

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Product Review: Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil

I received a great book & jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions not too long ago. I had never cooked with coconut oil before, so I was a little intimidated at first.  But, as with all new, gluten-free products, I go in with an open mind.  I just decided to jump right in & begin experimenting. 

First, I read the book that was sent along.  It is called “Virgin Coconut Oil” written by Brian & Marianita Jade Shilhavy.  This books talks a lot about the health benefits & healing powers of virgin coconut oil.  From the website:

Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives, and how it can change yours!! is the most practical book written on the health benefits of coconut oil. Based on years of research and the experience of Brian and Marianita Shilhavy, this book documents how tropical cultures eating a diet high in the saturated fat of coconut oil enjoy long healthy lives. It also shows how a premium Virgin Coconut Oil has changed thousands of lives outside the tropics.

First I used the virgin coconut oil in place of olive oil when roasting vegetables like eggplant or zucchini.  You may also have seen me use it in a few recipes lately on my blog, such as:  Super-Charge Me Cookies or Cocoa Coconut Chili.  I really enjoyed the foods that I made using the virgin coconut oil and see myself continuing to use it in the future.  There is another recipe in the book that I am anxious to try – Coconut Cream Cheese Squares.  That recipe uses coconut flour and coconut oil.  I need to go through my stash of gluten-free flours before I am permitting myself to buy anymore.  Remember the pantry?

You can order the virgin coconut oil straight from Tropical Traditions.  You can see their weekly sales here.  On top of a great product, Tropical Traditions also has great customer service.  My coconut oil was damaged & lost during shipping.  I called them upon receipt of my package and they immediately sent a new package out.