Weekly Meal Plan

When I started this blog back in 2008 my life looked a lot different.  I was married (still am), trying to lose weight (still am) and childless (happy to report…1 child!).  The needs of my family have changed and my dieting tune has too.

I’m not doing fad diets anymore.  Hear that self?

Instead, I’m trying to steer this family toward whole foods, no preservatives and organic-ish.  This is complicated by the fact that my daughter has some severe food allergies.  So nothing in our house contains, is manufactured in the same facility, or in any way resembles eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, or peas.  Lots of restrictions, but thankfully dairy is no longer on that list because this girl loves cheese.  A lot.

Every week I make a meal plan to keep on track and to help save $$$ at the grocery store. I plan ahead and try to plan my meals around “what on sale this week”.  This trick saves money and helps my budget allow for the purchase of more organic foods.

Here’s “What’s for Dinner” next week:

Monday:  Champagne Risotto with Peppers & Asparagus

Tuesday:  Turkey burgers on homemade buns, Alexia onion rings & mixed veggies

Wednesday:   Caprese paninis on homemade focaccia, wild rice & sweet potato and arugula salad

Thursday:  Chicken, rice & parmesan skillet

I saw this recipe in this months Cooking Light magazine and knew it was right up my alley. I’m going to use leftover wild rice from Wednesday to replace the white rice the recipe calls for.

Friday:  Homemade Pizza & Salad

Every Friday I make homemade dough in my bread machine.  I ♥ my bread machine.  We can’t order out due to my daughter’s food allergies, so this meal is our version of “take out”. Except I still have to do dishes.

It’s time…

to dust off this old blog.   The poor thing has been neglected for months.  Yet, I still get hundreds (literally) of hits a day and almost weekly e-mails from people.  Thank you for sticking with me – even when I couldn’t.

There is no good excuse for the desertion.  There is also no good excuse for the 10lbs that found there way back on my rear end.  Hump.

If I were honest with myself I guess I should say that I just gave up.  Life got really hard and counting points and exercising took a back burner.  So far back that it wasn’t even on the proverbial stove.

My husband and I started infertility treatments last April, shortly after posting got noticeably sparse.   Instead of counting calories I was counting days:  cycle days, calender days, days ’till I have to do this or that.  My focus shifted.

Months later I’m still figuring things out.  We’re still doing treatments, but now I understand more than ever the principle of balance. 

So I’m back.  Back counting, back-on-track (fingers crossed) and it feels good!

Pumpkin Oats

 

I don’t know how I lived this long before discovering pumpkin butter.  I guess I shied away from it because it has “butter” in the name, and all things butter are high calorie and fat.  Not pumpkin butter though.  Two tablespoons of this delicious stuff has only 60 calories and 0 fat!  Score!  I got mine at Stonewall kitchenBuy it here.

Pumpkin Oats

  • 1/2c. Quick cooking oats
  • 1c. Water
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Butter
  • 1 tsp splenda (optional)
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
  • Slivered almonds (I used 8 grams)

Boil water and add oats, stirring until water is absorbed.  Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and enjoy!

WWP:  4

Serves:  1

Food Finds

I go grocery shopping every other week and when I do I always end up buying a few things “not on the list”. A few good ones (trust me, they are not all good) are as follows:

Campbell’s Select Harvest, Healthy Request Soups (could that name be any longer?)

I’m a big fan of soup; especially for lunches.  Usually, I make a big pot during the weekend and then freeze individual portions for a quick grab n’ go lunch.  Lately though, I’ve been too busy for that!  These soups are a great alternative.  They are yummy, cheap ($1.29 at Wal-Mart) and easy.

My favorite flavors so far are:

Italian Style Wedding (2pts per cup, 4pts for the entire can)

Light Vegetable Beef with Barley (1pt per cup, 2.5pts for the entire can)

Healthy Choice Café Steamers

I do not like most of the Healthy Choice products I’ve tried beforehand, but these bowls looked big and they had relatively low points so I thought I would give them a try.  To my surprise they were delicious and filling! 

My favorite flavor is the Grilled White Meat Chicken & Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce (4pts).

The Chicken Marsala (5pts) is also good, but it’s not as filling.

Healthy Choice just came out with new Asian inspired steamers.  I have yet to try them, but if you click here you can get one for $1 off!