Saturday, August 18, 2012
The coaching session was on quick, no recipe meals that you can rely on in our fast no time to cook have to eat society. I was encouraged that it recommended the plate method, something that i use for meal planning. I picked up this tip when I became serious about diabetic issues and have been using it for a bout a year. I was also encourage because Becky described my prep tasks in terms of meal planning, grocery shopping. The action steps are to write down a weekly plan with some quick no time meals, some few minutes meals and some more high cook meals. My extra challenge is to use produce from my CSA box, or that I bought at the farmer's market this morning. As also, I am planning menus for the picky, the bland and the stubborn. Because next week starts the fall routine, with school and other commitments, I will be reverting to my same menu, different week routine.
Breakfast for me is usually a premade egg cup, or a smoothie, with a breakfast cracker and a cup of tea. Husband makes high fat, high carb, high protein warm breakfast for the urchins.
Lunch is usually a salad, with protein, extra veggies and oil and vinegar dressing or Subway if I dont have time to go home for lunch. Work is changing, and I might have to start packing my lunch. Snack is usually a hummus sandwich, or veggies and dip which I pack and take with me. My nighttime snack with insulin is usually a serving of fruit and nuts, or a bowl of oatmeal with apples, depending on my calorie range.
Sunday is usually a high cook day. this week, I got some local BBQ sauce, and will make chicken for me and ribs for them on the grill, with some sweet corn from the market. this week i am also making my egg cups for the week, freezing some home made pesto cubes.
Monday I have work out after work, the boys have boy scouts and Hannah has a school commitment so nobody is home for dinner. I will make and take a soup sandwich to eat before the gym, and will have a smoothie post workout. The rest of them will fend for themselves.. usually a frozen pizza, or chili and hotdogs, or a tortilla and cheese.
Tuesday, I have a small faith group and it's Taco tuesday. I will make a crock pot of no fried re-fried beans for my topping, steve will make up taco meat with soy crumbles and we will have taco's.. I will have taco salad. We dont eat together, but at least we all eat. Or if taco's get out voted, I will make tomato sauce in the crockpot, and we can have pasta and tomato sauce.
Wednesday we have religions education, and I am in charge of providing the meal/snack for 200 children. We usually have fruit, crackers, broccoli, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, basic finger food. this year, religious education is adding classes for the teen agers, so ALL MY FAMILY will be involved. Husband teaches kindergarten, And then I have a 7th grader, a confirmation student, and a post confirmation 11th grader. Yipee! this week is a planning meeting for the teachers, and I am making Bruschetta with tomatoes from the garden and sourdough from the farmer's market.
Thursday i have work out after work, so it's a repeat of monday for me. Steve usually makes them something easy to eat. It might be taco's or tomato sauce, depending on what Tuesday choose. Or Steve will make smoked sausage with the yummy bratz that I got at the market.
Friday, I get to cook... and if I am not to wiped from the week, I try a spark recipe. this week I am going to try fish packets with veggies from my CSA box. If I am in a no cook mode, i will make bruschetta, or a salad from the CSA box. Just depends on how tired the week leaves me.
Saturday, I try and cook usually up with leftover produce from my CSA box. today, we have to take the nieces and nephews to the fair, and then have early Saturday Mass, so I think dinner will be at the fair.. I can get a taco salad from the sacred heart booth with no sour cream.. high fat protein but at least it's not deep fried. Next Saturday, I have to go school clothes shopping out of town, so I need to schedule in a restaurant meal.
There, I have meal planning for the week down, My grocery list is prepped and I have a plan!