I didn’t post a menu last week, and you know what happened? I didn’t follow a plan and I didn’t lose weight. hmm. Coincidence? I doubt it. I learned something though. After two weeks of no sugar and not much flour, I had energy, my stomach didn’t hurt, and I just felt better all the way around. Last week, I ate sugar and flour and had stomach aches and head aches all week. That, and I also gained three pounds. Healthy eating does not happen by accident, therefore as annoying as menu planning is to me (I’d much rather wait and see what I feel like eating than plan it) planning works. We have worked the following things into our menu so far:
SUNDAY: We are not the big Sunday Dinner family type. Sunday is church and football and my day off. I provide a buffet of choices, sandwiches, snacks, fruit and whatever else the guys can grab and go during game day — once in a while I’ll throw in slow cooker chili made on Saturday night or left over meat from Saturday, but that is really about all.
SATURDAY: Used to be our sports day and Jeff’s work day at the Mission Start. Now that D-man is no longer playing soccer and Jeff only works at the plant every other week, we’ve changed Saturdays to family night. Saturdays are my red meat nights, whether it’s a roast, or stew or something else, I make sure to plan a good dinner on Saturdays.
MONDAY AND FRIDAY: Fish night. — I am not a big fish eater, I’m not even a fish cooker, but with my now being on blood pressure medicine, my doctor has encouraged me to expand my horizons and learn how to cook fish so there you go.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Are Chicken and or Turkey and sometimes pork.
THURSDAY: Is my 100% vegetarian night. This is where I really get to be creative and work up dishes that taste wonderful and are nutritious.
We all lead very busy lives, and I won’t always follow this plan, but it’s a start.
My Menu for this week is simple:
Mon – Salmon with fingerlings potatoes and green beans.
Tue – Red Wine Pork Chops
Wed: Stuffed Peppers
Thurs: Ratatouili on spaghetti squash
Friday — I’m performing in Yukon on Friday, and so we’ll be eating out.
Saturday: Jeff is at Ablaze and Dillon is at a dance – I’ll be home alone (between playing chauffeur) and will simply make slowcooker chili to be enjoyed on Sunday.
And that’s my plan for this week. What’s yours?