I’m trying to keep my meal plan simple, but still full of healthy things.
Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, fruit, sausage cheese balls
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).
- 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!
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.