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Meal Plan

This Week’s Meal Plan 11/7/16

Hi friends, happy Monday!

Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep over the weekend? As nice as I thought it was on Sunday morning, I was super bummed when I looked out the window last night at 5PM and saw that it was dark already. Wah! Where did all the daylight goooo!?

Since I’m now in total fall mode (despite it being 80 degrees in Santa Monica tomorrow…), I’ve got lots of cozy dinners planned this week. We just did a small grocery shop over the weekend because we’re headed to New Jersey this weekend for a wedding, so we tried not to buy too much.


Healthy Turkey Chili l www.littlechefbigappetite.com l Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Low Sugar

Here’s what’s on our meal plan this week:

Saturday: Healthy Turkey Chili (an old recipe that I finally got around to rephotographing this weekend!)

Sunday: Persian Chicken Stew

Monday: Salads with Roasted Carrots, Farro and Grilled Chicken

Tuesday: Barramundi with Lemon-Butter Sauce and Sautéed Spinach

Wednesday: Pea Soup with Mint and Feta

Thursday: Leftovers / Use what’s in the fridge

Friday: Away for Meredith and Eric’s wedding!


P.S. Thanks to everyone who entered the Milk and Eggs giveaway last week on the blog! We randomly selected a winner (congrats Marissa!) and she’s been contacted. Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways on the blog!

Life Lately Meal Plan

I Need to Get Back on Track

What a crazy month it’s been!

I’ve traveled a bunch, we got engaged (!!!), Travis’s sister visited, I celebrated one of my best friend’s weddings, and I attended a bunch of events for both work and my blog.

I won’t lie, it’s been FUN, but I have had my fair share of indulgences this month — way more than usual.

Cinnamon Crunch Donut from Sidecar Donuts & Coffee in Santa Monica, CA ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

My ideal healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I aim to workout 5 times a week and eat healthy 85% of the time, leaving the other 15% to allow myself to splurge a bit and just live it up.

Recently, I’ve really been slacking my on diet and because of that, I’ve been feeling super sluggish at the gym. I’m glad I haven’t fallen off the bandwagon with my workouts, but I know that if my diet was better then I would feel way more energetic while working out.

Crispy Chicken Sandwich from Hollywood Burger in Hollywood, CA ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Now that things have calmed down a bit and we have a lot less travel planned, I’ve set myself a few healthy goals for the next few months:

  1. Plan and buy groceries for at least 4 dinners every week. I know that meal planning is one thing that really helps to keep me on track, so I need to be better about planning specific meals as opposed to just winging it when I get home after a long day.
  2. Cut down on that vino! Sure, work is crazy and at times I can be pretty stressed, but having a glass of wine every night isn’t going to fix that. During the week, I am going to swap out my glass of wine for fruit-infused water or green tea and leave the wine for weekends and special events. I know the wine is also contributing to making me feel sluggish in the mornings, which leads me to my next goal…

Rose from The Anchor in Venice, CA ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

3. Work out 5-6 days a week. I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with my workout schedule, but there have been plenty of mornings where I skip my workout because I would prefer to sleep an extra half hour or I tell myself I have too many other things to do. No more excuses — make fitness a priority.

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So keeping with my healthy goals, here’s this week’s meal plan:

Monday: Pizza Spaghetti Pie (Never tried this one, but the reviews are raving!)

Tuesday: Maple-Mustard Salmon + Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad –> Man, I love summer fruits!

Wednesday: Turkey Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze (Love this recipe and I haven’t made it in so long!) + Roasted Broccoli

Thursday: Out with friends

Friday: Grilled Skirt Steak + my favorite Extra-Crispy Roasted Potatoes


I am focusing my meals around protein and vegetables with some healthy complex carbs mixed in.

Alright, off to the gym now. I hope you guys have a great start to your week!

Meal Plan

Weekend Recap + This Week’s Meal Plan

Oh boy, did we have a crazy weekend.

Saturday morning was rough. After Bessie’s morning walk she ate her food like normal and then about one hour later she started acting really strangely. She was sitting up in her bed and rocking from side to side, when all of a sudden she scrambled out of her bed, but was only moving with her two front legs. It was as though her hind legs were limp. She started hiding underneath one of our dining room chairs until we scooped her out to see what was wrong.

At first we thought that her legs had fallen asleep (we Googled it and apparently that can happen to dogs just like humans), but we knew things were bad when Bessie started vomiting. I’ll leave it at that and spare you the gory details, but just know that it was bad.

Travis recalled she may have eaten something off the ground on their morning walk. This isn’t anything new for us though, because Bessie tries to eat everything off the ground, but we’re usually quick to pull her away or grab whatever is in her mouth.

After she threw up, we decided to call the vet because she was still acting very strange. They told us to come in immediately. We hopped in the car and I put Bessie on my lap because at that point she still wasn’t moving on her own.

Bessie at the Vet l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

When we arrived (luckily, the vet is only a 5 minute drive from our apartment), they told us they thought we would be better treated at the emergency hospital, so we left to go there.

Not going to lie, when the vet tells you that you’d be better treated elsewhere, it’s concerning. Obviously, Bessie couldn’t tell us what was wrong or how she was feeling, so Travis and I were really worried. I’ll admit it, I cried. I’m very sensitive when it comes to Bessie and her health. Since she’s a rescue, we don’t really know how old she is or much about her medical history, so when anything goes wrong, I worry. (Man, how the heck am I going to be when I have kids one day!?)

Luckily, the vet at the emergency hospital could see us right away, and she told us that she thought Bessie picked up a tiny marijuana bud off the ground on her walk. UGH! Marijuana is very toxic to dogs. I was very quick to tell the vet that neither of us smoke, and she said that sadly, she’s seen many cases of this in Santa Monica and Venice. We never would have guessed this because we consider Santa Monica to be so clean.

Man, no wonder Bessie was acting so strangely! The vet said she wanted to keep Bessie there for the rest of the day to detox her and monitor her behavior in case of a seizure (which can happen in these cases).

Bessie at the Hospital l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Thankfully, Bessie had a good recovery and we were able to pick her up around 10PM on Saturday night. She was still a little out of it, but we knew she’d be okay when she went crazy for her favorite treats.

She gave us such a scare and now we are 10x more cautious when we walk her.  I normally wouldn’t write such a long post about my dog’s health, but I wanted to let any of you pet-owners know that this can happen. Be careful out there!

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Now onto happier things! Food.

I’ve been pretty spotty with meal planning the last few weeks, but this week I made sure to plan at least 5 healthy dinners for us.

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Monday: Turkey Paninis on Dave’s Killer Bread

Tuesday: Picadillo Tacos with Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles

Wednesday: Korean BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Gochujang

Thursday: Arugula Salad with Balsamic Chicken, Farro, Apples, and Gouda

Friday: Dinner out (Meredith is in town!)

Saturday: Turkey Meatballs (because we’re obsessed)


I hope you guys have a great Monday!

USA Travel

Photos from Paso Robles + This Week’s Meal Plan

Hi guys! I hope you had a great holiday week! I took a good old detox from blogging and much of social media, and it felt SO GOOD to just be in the moment.

We took a short trip to Paso Robles, CA to do a bit of wine tasting from Tuesday to Thursday last week. Neither of us had ever been, but we’d heard such great things about the area! Here are a few photos from our trip.

We saw a beautiful rainbow on our drive up. Such a rare sighting around here…because it never rains!

Paso Robles Trip

Wine tasting at Halter Ranch.

Paso Robles Trip - Halter Ranch Winery

Gorgeous sunset to end our first day.

Paso Robles Trip - Sunset

Starting Day 2 bright and early with…more wine!

Paso Robles Trip

Barrel rooms at Sextant Wines.

Paso Robles Trip

We stopped into Summerwood Winery, which happened to be dog friendly. We met two adorable Boxer pups, who belonged to a family also wine tasting there. We ended up staying and chatting with the family for over an hour because we had so much in common!

Paso Robles Trip - Sommerwood Winery

It was chilly the whole time we were in Paso Robles, so I lived in this blanket scarf my mom bought for me over Thanksgiving. I took this picture to send to her, but didn’t have cell reception at the time – so there you go, Mom! 😉

Paso Robles Trip

Perfect wine tasting eats to fill up our bellies. Delicious burger from Firestone.

Paso Robles Trip - Firestone Brewery

Before heading back to LA, we made one final stop at Barrelhouse Brewing. It was only fair that Travis get to taste some beers after all that wine!

Paso Robles Trip - Barrelstone Brewery

After a week filled with indulgences (ahem, wine on wine on wine), Travis and I are both looking forward to some healthy meals. We did a HUGE grocery shopping run at the Whole Foods in Venice on Saturday morning. The entire time we were taking bets on how high the bill was going to be…but it’s all good because we seriously had no food in the house and we were way overdo for a restock!


Here’s this week’s dinner plan:

Sunday (last night): Apricot-Glazed Chicken with Whole Wheat Couscous and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Monday: Dinner out with Travis’s sister, Justine

Tuesday: Barramundi with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes + Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday: Turkey Chili

Thursday (New Year’s Eve!): Party at our friend’s house

Friday (New Year’s Day): TBD


Hope you guys have a great week!

Meal Plan

This Week’s Meal Plan 12/7/15

Hi guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was jam packed with holiday shopping, organizing our apartment, and planning for a Hanukkah party we had with friends last night. The holidays are in full swing and I couldn’t be happier! I love this time of year.

Keeping with my November goals, I am going strong with meal planning this week. The last two weeks I fell off track because we were away for Thanksgiving and came back in the middle of the week last week, so from Wednesday – Friday we pretty much ate whatever we had in the freezer / what was easy to pick up. Not the best, but that’s why I made a point to stay on track this week.

Meal Plan

Here’s this week’s meal plan:

Sunday (last night): Hanukkah Party with friends! (Chicken, Challah, Kugel, Latkes, Brussels Sprouts + more!)

Monday: Thai Green Curry with Shrimp and Kale + Black Rice

Peeled and deveined shrimp was on sale at Whole Foods, so I bought 2 lbs. and will freeze what we don’t use for this recipe.

Tuesday: Orange and Tomato Simmered Chicken Thighs with Whole Wheat Couscous

Wednesday: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Lime Dipping Sauce

I am planning on adding some romaine to this recipe based on the reviews I read.

Thursday: Grilled Chicken with Thai Basil Salad

Friday: Caramelized Onion, Olive, Goat Cheese Whole Wheat Pizza

We have leftover homemade whole wheat pizza dough in our freezer, so this should be an easy one to throw together.

Saturday: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup + Sweet Potato and Apple Potato Pancakes

Keeping with the Hanukkah festivities, I am going to try a variation of the classic latke recipe and use sweet potatoes and apples!

Meal Plan

Many of the recipes above I haven’t cooked before, so I am excited to add some new dishes to this week’s dinner menu. If any of them turn out well, I will be sure to make them again and photograph them for you guys.

Hope you have a great Monday!