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!

Low Fat Blueberry Scones

Man, I am really procrastinating on my sisters slideshow (see previous post).  I watched almost two hours of Olympic rowing and made scones to get out of it.  Time to bite the bullet though now.  Well after I finish blogging 🙂

Speaking of biting….these are worthy of just that.  They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

For the recipe and step-by-step pictures head over to Mennonite Girls Can Cook!

WWP:  4

Servings:  10 medium size scones

Saturday Link-fest

I’ve had a lazy Saturday so far.  Slept in until 10, made breakfast, read some blogs, watched the US Women’s Volleyball team kick butt in the Olympics and threw in a load of laundry.

Now I’m sitting downstairs willing myself to finish the slide show I started for my sisters wedding next week.  It’s almost done.  Almost.  I just have to set music to it which is the most annoying part – by far.  I’m just sick of looking at it, so I thought I would do a little link-fest instead.  That’s much more fun.

Here are some things that have piqued my interest in the blog world as of late:

White Bean Cassoulet  – I have to make this.  I just have to.  Although, I’m afraid of how high in points it will be.  For now, I will just drool.  Lisa Garza, a contestant from The Next Food Network Star made this on the final day of the competition.  Did anyone catch it?  It looked amazing.  She didn’t win though.  No one I ever want to win actually does.   Oh and I have to have this apron.  If your going to cook french food you must dress the part.   Right?  Yeah, my DH didn’t buy it either. 

Check out the Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean bites over at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  Weird flavor combination for me, but worth a try just for curiosity sake.

The Leftover Queen recently posted a recipe for Mozarella Stuffed Portabellasthat looks easy and delicious.  They will definitely make it into the meal plan next week.

Dani SpiesApple and Cheddar Egg Pizza looks too good to pass up!  Doesn’t that sound so good?  Lucky for me I have leftover apples around from making Apple Crisp Cake the other day. 

I want these too.  Aren’t they the perfect bowls for chili?  Three Bean Chili, perhaps?

Great blog post on Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wah) over at Slim Shoppin’.

Free Weight Watchers Calculator!

Stephanie’s crock pot Chicken Cordon Blue looks really good and easily adaptable to WW friendly crowds.  She has committed to crock-pot something everyday for an entire year.  You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff she comes up with.  Head over to A Year of CrockPotting and check it out!

Finally, Pioneer Woman Ree inspired me to make one of my favorite dishes: Shredded Pork.  I have some bubbling away in the crockpot now.  She makes her’s a little different than mine (I like sweet, she likes spicy), but it still looks amazing.  I’ll be posting the recipe and pictures of mine later today.  While your over at Pioneer Woman don’t forget to enter in her latest cooking related contest.  She’s giving away knife sets!

Well, that’s enough procrastination for now.  The slideshow is calling!

Have a great Saturday!

Apple Crisp Cake

After making chili yesterday, I’ve been on a bit of a fall kick.  So today I decided to experiment with a few different recipes and came up with Apple Crisp Cake.  It’s divine.  Literally, straight from the Lord.

It makes 12 servings at 8pts a piece, which is a little hefty, but totally worth it.  Hey, what are flex points for anyway?  With that said, if you have any ideas on how to make it more figure friendly I want to hear them!  My brain was tired today.  Probably because I spent the first part of the morning grocery shopping at Super Wal-Mart.  That place can suck the life out of you faster than anything.  Ugh.

My plans for this dessert are to have a small piece after dinner (in additional to the tablespoon(s) fulls I had when it came out of the oven – HOT) and then get rid of it as fast as possible (i.e. give it away to a skinny unsuspecting friend).  It’s so good, it simply musn’t be left in the house.  I bet your wondering about that white stuff.  Well, yes that does make it more points, kinda.  It’s Blue Bunny Fat Free Sugar Free vanilla frozen yogurt  (click here for a printable coupon) and I had less than 1/4c. which isn’t even 1 pt!  I love you Blue Bunny.

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