Meal Planning Means No Excuse to Eat Poorly – Part 1

Cook a Week of Meals book review:

The following is a testimonial (in two parts) from Amanda Hillock of
I have worked with Amanda in the past, advising her on her diet and nutrition to improve in her sport. I asked her if she would like to review and trial my eBook, Cook a Week of Meals in 4 Hours, and provided me with feedback. Here is the first part of her experience.

I got stuck on the first page – crikey – look at this guy’s biceps!

Alas, I was on a mission: to prepare a week’s worth of meals and snacks for my 2-person household in four hours. Andy and I had just signed up for a “Body Fat Buddy Buster” and we were aiming for a loosely Paleo, whole-food diet that would put us in good stead for our challenge.

I used Darren’s book to gather my thoughts, find recipe inspiration and plan my afternoon in a series of steps….

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Veal butternut squash slow cooker stew

Veal Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Stew

A couple of weeks ago I decided to shop at a different grocery store. In downtown Toronto the major stores are Loblaws, No Frills, Metro, Sobey’s, Longo’s and Food Basics. Where I shop depends on a few things – cost, variety, and closeness to home. Most of the time I shop based on my budget….

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healthy breakfast oatmeal

Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal

Not sure what to eat for breakfast? How about some stick-to-the-ribs oatmeal? The healthiest oatmeal you can eat is made from steel-cut oats. They need the least amount of processing and closest to the original grain. They are cut from the oat groats, which look like long-grain rice, and are harvested from the oat plant….

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Spicy Coconut Pumpkin Squash Slices

Spicy Coconut Pumpkin Slices

It’s almost Halloween and halfway between Canadian and American Thanksgivings. What pulls these events together is one glorious fruit – the pumpkin! There was a time when pumpkins had very little sex appeal, relegated to pie filling and Jack-o’-lanterns. How times change. Seems like you can’t walk into a coffee shop without seeing a pumpkin spice latte on…

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Curried Quinoa and Carrots Pilaf

Curried Quinoa and Carrots Pilaf

Are you eating plain, boiled quinoa? What’s wrong with you? Put your fork down, right now, and make this recipe! I could say that this is my favourite recipe of all time, but that would be hyperbole (do you know that I once pronounced that as, hyper-bowl? My boyfriend laughed so hard at me!). This recipe…

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Beef Burgers with cilantro, Paprika, and cumin

Beef Burgers with Cilantro, Paprika, and Cumin

It’s time for meat! I realize my last few recipe posts have been all vegetables. Nothing wrong with that – vegetables are good for you. But I wouldn’t want people to start thinking I’m a vegan! All kidding aside, I love it when you can take the usual and traditional and turn it on its…

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