Mar 28 2010

Menu plan for the week of March 28

I’m trying to keep my meal plan simple, but still full of healthy things.

Breakfasts:

Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, fruit, sausage cheese balls

Lunches:

Leftovers, salads with Romaine, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, walnuts, hardboiled eggs, dried cranberries, cheese…and whatever else I think to throw on it. Or, simple sandwiches (PB&J, ham & cheese, chicken salad).

Dinners:

  • Baked herbed salmon, cooked barley, side salad with homemade salad dressing (just a little olive oil, vinegar and seasonings)
  • Tacos with homemade tortillas and homemade seasoning. Before, I would have gotten the cheapest ground beef (even if it was fatty, since you can just rinse the cooked beef and lots of the fat will go away). Now, I got some local, hormone-free/antibiotic-free beef. It was $2.99/lb. And before, I would have bought tortillas and prepackaged seasoning.
  • Zucchini-crusted pizza. Haven’t tried this recipe, but you make a crust with shredded zucchini and eggs and a little flour. We’ll add tomato sauce, cheese and toppings.
  • Bowtie pasta with sausage, tomatoes and cream. Love this recipe! We sometimes add sliced mushrooms or cooked spinach. I always double the sauce recipe and freeze half for later (which is what this is) for an easy meal.
  • Wraps (made from those tortillas) with beans, rice, and misc. vegetables, and baked sweet potato chips or fries
  • “No sauce” whole grain rotini pasta with Ricotta and parm cheese, herbs and spices, served with a few sides of vegetables. We had tried whole grain spaghetti in the past, and I thought the texture was too gross. Lately, I’ve tried some whole grain pasta that has shapes — either the bowties or rotini. They taste delicious and you can’t really tell they’re whole grain. It could be that the brand uses different types of flour than the first type I tried (the blue box whatever it is).
  • Caribbean jerk chicken, steamed rice, and salad/vegetable. This is an old standby around here. Quick to throw together and yummy and reasonably healthy!

Snacks

Lots of fresh fruit. Last week, I pulled out a clear punch/serving bowl thing and arranged fruit in it. I placed it on the counter (happened to be in front of my cookie jar!) so we could easily see what was available.

Also, organic popcorn.



7 Responses to “Menu plan for the week of March 28”

  1. Ohhh that sounds delicious! Have you ever tried using turkey burger in replacement for the meat? It’s less fatty, and I’m sure you could find the organic kind like you have with the beef. Jnst a suggestion :) We use turkey burger in substitution for everything we used to eat beef with, and we can’t tell the difference.

    You are doing great with your menu, it made my mouth water. Let me know how that zucchini crusted pizza turns out, I love anything zucchini.

  2. I’m not really a fan of ground turkey, actually. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it just was too different for me. Actually, I don’t like turkey unless it’s a deli meat or the way Carol does it in the crock pot. I guess I’m picky!

  3. Thought I’d try, anyway!

  4. I’d love to have the recipe for the zucchini-crust pizza! Sounds delicious!
    .-= Bethany B-A´s last blog ..What We’ve Been Up To =-.

  5. I’m so happy to see someone making real food instead of that processed crap that so many Americans eat (and feed to their kids)! I use ground turkey instead of beef to make pasta sauces. No complaints yet!
    .-= Bargain Junkie´s last blog ..TRAWLING FOR BARGAINS =-.

  6. Can you post your recipe for the pasta & ricotta dish? Someone made it for me once several years ago, and I’ve never found someone else who makes it or a recipe for it. It would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  7. I really need to start planning my meals. It saves so much time in the long run.

    Just started my blog

    Check it out

    http://www.savvyspenderandsaver.blogspot.com

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