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Menu Plan: 1/31 – 2/5

31 January 2011

I’m finding myself little inspired in the kitchen these days. :-/ It’s a little disheartening. I want to attribute it to the fact that I’m pretty busy with grad school and family stuff right now, but I think I’m affected also by the weather and the lack of exciting things at the grocery store. I have little occasion to cook – other than daily meals for myself and my husband – which doesn’t do much for inspiring the Kitchen Goddess in me.

I have a ton of cookbooks and am familiar with a ton of online resources – so planning meals should be easy, right? Maybe I’m inundated with *too many* choices. I need to get together a repertoire to make meal planning easier. *sigh*

So, without further ado, here is this week’s menu plan:

Monday: Penne with Blue Cheese and Squash^

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken* w/ Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and Onions^

Wednesday: Potato & Carrot Soup^

Thursday: Pasta con Broccoli (a la The Pasta House)

Friday: Orange Almond Chicken*, Brown Rice, stir fried veggies

Saturday: MahiMahi Coconut Curry^ w/ Cardamom-Coconut Rice^

*Prevention’s All Time Best Weight Loss Recipes

^Just 5: 125 recipes with 5 ingredients


First Menu Plan of 2011! (1/24 – 1/30)

23 January 2011

I must get back into planning my weekly menu! I wish I could pre-plan all of my meals, but that is more than I can do right now! I’m so uninspired at the moment, it takes me forever to do the most basic menu plan. O_o

The notations which you’ll see below, such as (8 p+), indicate the Weight Watchers PointsPlus value for the item. In addition to planning my meals, I am trying to be much more mindful of my points. I am actually having a really hard time eating *all* of my points in a day – probably b/c I do not make sure to get all of my dairy and oil in. :-/

Monday  24

WW’s Chicken & Black Bean Burritos* (8 p+) with veggies added

Tuesday 25

Easy Salmon Cakes (9 p+) with Creamy Dill Sauce (2 p+) and Salad (3 p+)

Wednesday 26

Weight Watchers’ Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew (5 p+)

Thursday 27

leftover Weight Watchers’ Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew (5 p+)

Friday 28

Boca Original Chik’n Patty (4 p+), 1/2 tsp of honey (0 p+), 1/2 tsp dijon mustard (0 p+), WW’s Sweet Potato Fries (4 p+)

Saturday 29

Baked Potato (5 p+) topped with 1/2 c. tuna (canned in water) (3 p+) and 1 oz of shredded cheese (3 p+)

Sunday 30

Snacking at Book Club. :-/ Not necessarily safe, BUT at least I’m planning for it! lol.

Our book this month is Island by Aldous Huxley, so I plan on making some island-inspired snacks.

WW’s Coconut Shrimp (6 p+)

Piña Colada Dipping Sauce

Banana-Papaya Salsa (but I’ll prolly have to sub out the papaya)



* from the WW cookbook, “Just 5: 125 recipes with 5 Ingredients”



Mindful Menu: 26 September – 2 October

24 September 2010

Sunday: Chicken & Sweet Potato Pocket Pies (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food); acorn squash; green salad (didn’t make roasted green beans, had salad instead)

Monday: homemade Gnocchi (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food);  (too late, too tired to make the green salad when finally done making the gnocchi!)

Tuesday: broiled pork chops; tomato tart (from September 2010 issue of Everyday Food); roasted green beans (having these tonight since we didn’t have them sunday)

Wednesday: Potato Soup

Thursday: Boca Chik’n patty sammie, tater babies

Friday: Elephant Souffle

Saturday: Vegetarian Black Bean Tostadas

well – this is the plan anyway…i think I did alright with it. Wednesday and Thursday are my busy nights with class, so I’ve tried to make it as quick and easy as possible those two nights. Husband will more than likely take any and all leftovers to work for dinner, so I can have “girly” meals the nights he’s working! lol…

P.S. (Tuesday) I doubt that I’m going to try and edit menu posts like this again – I’ll just keep it like I have been with posting a new entry showing the edits. WordPress isn’t saving my strike-outs, for one – and this is just kinda confusing. even for me.