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January 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
I really do love meal planning. I love the start of a new week of fun foods, new recipes and cleaning out the fridge.
I love it.
I realize for some people it’s just way too much. The schedule, the planning, the shopping, the whole deal. Some people prefer a little more fly by the seat of their pants. Sometimes, I envy them. Occasionally I wish my OCD would lend itself to something like cleaning. If only I was as obsessive about cleaning as I am about planning and cooking. Then we’d never have weekend marathon cleaning sessions again. We’d have weekend SVU marathons instead. Oh wait..we do that now anyway.
The thing that I love most about planning is the money we save. No more trips to the store for a meal with ingredients I’ll never use again. No more ordering food at the last minute (ok, sometimes) because we don’t know what to eat and haven’t planned anything. We’ve saved oodles of money just by planning out our week and refraining from buying lunch and/or dinner. The absolute best part though–spending time together. Cooking together, being together in the kitchen is such a joyful part of my day. In fact, when we don’t do it, I feel like something is missing. About 40 minutes of my incessant chatting. Being in the kitchen together, creating something to nourish our bodies is my absolute favorite time of day.
Now that’s something I can stand behind.
MEAL PLAN (January 27-February 2, 2012)
Friday: Linguine with Clam Sauce, Nachos (odd–but we have an odd schedule this Friday, so it’s a meal that suits both our needs!)
Saturday: Cowboy Casserole . A little of that recipe and a little of this (minus the corn-blech!) This is a crazy unhealthy recipe which I lighten up by using 98% FF Soup and much less cheese. I make this once a year for Dan, and it’s finally time this weekend!
Sunday: Stuffed Shells and Eggplant Rollatini with Gravy, Broccoli and Salad.
Monday: Fish Packets with Roasted Vegetables (carrots and onions) and wild rice.
Tuesday: Biscuits and Gravy with Breakfast Sausage (for Dan) and Tempeh Bacon (for me).
Wednesday: Tempeh Tacos, Plantains and Corn Salsa
Thursday: Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Weekend: Veggie Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Ham Pickles and Mustard, Turkey and Brie Panini (we like to mix and match sandwiches!)
Weekdays: I always eat soup and a salad. I rarely deviate and it leaves me satisfied and full. Since Dan is on the road all day, I try to pack him something easy to eat. This week it’s sandwiches in full force!
I’ve been LOVING this mixture (sounds gross, tastes great)
1 cup water
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 egg white
Cook oatmeal according to package directions, add 1 egg white and stir until incorporated and scrambled. Mix in cottage cheese. I usually then add 1/2 tbs of nutritional yeast a little garlic powder (Dan says that is gross, but I’m sharing it with you anyway). This is one of the few breakfasts that get me through the morning!
As far as breakfast for Dan, he’s not a big breakfast person, so he usually grabs a banana. I’m going to experiment with some energy bars for him this weekend. I want them to be moderate in calories with enough fiber and healthy fat to fuel him through the mornings.
Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
Vegetables (cucumbers, carrots)
Yogurt mixed with Jam
So that’s our plan for the week! I promise, it’s not as exhausting as it looks.
Do you have a plan for the week?
January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
I will be back!
Sorry for the long hiatus. I promise to tell you about it.
I said goodbye to 2011 with quite a bang.
Here’s to 2012!! I can’t wait to tell you what I’ve resolved to do.
November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
I begged, promises were made.
Promises were kept.
We now have a working honest to goodness treadmill!
Excuse the way I look. There were some tense moments during the 2 hour assembly process.
Seeing that made me want to just walk right back down the stairs and hope that it was a 1 person project.
As promised, there were at least 3 fights and several tense moments. Including a lot of sentences starting with “I don’t appreciate when you…” About 1 hour in, I absolutely without a doubt sat on the floor and almost cried. Dramatic, yes. But the process was annoying, the directions were utterly painful and the screws were mislabeled. Eventually I peeled myself up off the floor, stopped fake crying and continued to help. I cannot believe Dan didn’t just leave, but he was also holding about 50 pounds of mechanics, so he had little choice.
By the by, these are the stairs we lugged a 3,000 pound treadmill up.
Oh, they’re super narrow too.
Don’t worry, I moved our “bar” into a safe place while we hauled the Titanic up the stairs. I have priorities after all.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a 3.1 mile date in the morning and could use a little beauty sleep!