Sunday, March 27, 2011

Menu Plan... can't believe March is almost over!

Last week, we ate:
Black 'n' Bleu salad (essentially a steak salad with bleu cheese)
Chicken sauteed with peppers
Family cookout (burgers, hotdogs, and sausage on the grill)

This week, hubby will be leaving on Wednesday to go to a conference, so ds#3 and I will have 4 days of whatever kind of eating we want! :) We will probably go out to dinner at least two nights with family. The other nights? Well, here's how the week is shaping up:

Sunday~ Leftover chicken & peppers mixed with the new Philadelphia Cream Cheese Santa Fe Cooking Creme... yummmm! A decadent flavor boost with no work at all. Wrapped in a tortilla for the carbers.

Monday~ Leftovers from the grill - burgers, hotdogs, or sausage. Pick your protein.

Tuesday~ Whatever hubby requests on his last night at home for this week.

Wednesday~ Out to dinner with Mimi (my mom - who is now home from the hospital and doing VERY well!!)

Thursday~ Something from the house... some kind of carb-lovers meal, probably :)

Friday~ Out with the grandparents - they are living in an extended-stay while their house is being gutted and rebuilt after the fire

Saturday~ Get ready for Dad's return - probably frozen pizza

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Menu #3

What a month we've had so far!
My grandparents' home caught on fire.
My mother went into ICU.
My Marine son came home.
My mother moved out of ICU into a regular room.
My grandparents are beginning the process of sorting through their belongings and deciding what to keep, what to toss.

All these things can wear a girl out!

But the fam's gotta eat.
So here we go:

Sunday~ Taco salad (did not get to it last week. Hubs loved it - good change of pace for him.)
Monday~ Leftover hotdogs from the grill with sauerkraut for hubby, leftover pizza for ds#3. I'll be at the hospital with Mom.
Tuesday~ Low-carb Texas chili, macaroni for ds#3, cheese crisps.
Wednesday~ Roast in the crockpot with pearl onions, mushrooms, and potatoes (hubby can skip those).
Thursday~ Stuffed peppers and spaghetti.
Friday~ Who knows by then...
Saturday~ OPENING DAY for baseball. Baseball junk food.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

And here comes March... another menu!

Well, we *did* eat last week; I just didn't get around to posting it.

This protein-heavy diet is working well for my husbands weight loss, but it is tough to plan family-friendly menus around it. We are all eating a little less, which is not a bad thing, but my whole method of menu planning has had to change.

Traditionally, I plan a protein, a starch, and at least one non-starchy veggie.
But now... the starches have pretty much disappeared. At least for now.
They may reappear.
About 100 pounds into our future (however long that takes).
So for now, ds#3 and I are enjoying our starches when Dad is not around, so we don't tempt him.

The plan for this week:
Sunday~ Marinated chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, parmesan and feta, served with green beans w/almonds and rice for ds#3
Monday~ Hubby has class. Leftover burgers & dogs from the grill.
Tuesday~ Taco salad (seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream)
Wednesday~ Alice Springs chicken (I'll make mine in the crockpot, and serve with rice for ds#3)
Thursday~ Fend For Yourself night
Friday~ out to eat with Marine Son
Saturday~ French onion soup and roast

So... if anyone out there has great success or ideas for continuing on this eating plan, I'd love to hear from you! Fat intake is also monitored, so it's not quite an Atkins plan, but I can usually adjust those recipes.