Well here is my first meal plan I'm sharing! I do my meal plans from Saturday-Friday, because I usually grocery shop on Saturday morning. Most of my shopping is done at King Soopers, which is a Kroger-owned store. Also, if there are some good things on sale, I shop at Safeway and Sprouts on Friday evenings after work since they are located near my office.
I do my meal planning on Pinterest. I keep a board just for "This week's meals" or "Next week's meals". Here is the board for this coming week! pinterest.com/julieannec
I cook for 2 people, my boyfriend and I. He works from home so he eats the leftovers as do I for lunch. I also freeze some of them. He is the opposite of me, he’s always trying to put ON weight, and was raised in a very "down home" type family, so he likes lots of comfort food type things (then again, so do I LOL). Salads for dinner won't cut it at my house. So I tend to have heavier dinners than most “dieters” do. We also eat pretty late so I don’t have to save calorie room for an evening snack, and we don’t do desserts very often either. Also, I rarely repeat recipes (at least, not within a few months of making it originally) so all the recipes I post are new to me. I love trying new things!
Saturday December 1
Whole Grain English Muffin with peanut butter and jelly.
*this is my go to breakfast on weekends. I wake up later and eat smaller lunches on weekends, so I have more calorie room to have this instead of my usual breakfast of a granola bar. I've mentioned in other posts that I am not a big breakfast eater, unless it's more of a brunch kind of thing. I'm just not hungry in the morning!
Not sure yet! I will be out running errands so I'm not sure when I'll be at home, but it will probably be something simple like a sandwich or some leftover pasta.
Dinner: This is still up in the air a bit. BF might be going to a hockey game with a friend, so if he does, I will save this meal for another time and have something simple like grilled cheese, or maybe some salami, cheese, crackers, and an apple. If I do make this meal, it will be a splurge meal.
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and Fingerling Potatoes (using a whole cut up chicken I have in the freezer and potatoes I bought on sale a few weeks ago)
Green Beans sauteed with Shallots
Here is the recipe for the Chicken: www.saveur.com/article/R
There is also a great video to show how to peel multiple cloves of garlic at once (my least favorite kitchen task!). I definitely plan on trying it out since 40 cloves is a lot to peel!
I will just throw the potatoes in the pan with the chicken.
For the green beans, I slice up the shallots thinly, then sautee in a pan with some olive oil (or bacon grease if I want to get crazy). Once the shallots are soft, I put in the green beans and saute for awhile until I like their texture. I prefer mine on the crisper side, but if you like them softer, you can boil the green beans in a pot of water for a few minutes before adding them to the pan. Also, sometimes for a treat I add crumbled bacon (center cut, 50 calories for 2 slices) to them once they're done.
Sunday, December 2
Breakfast: Toasted whole grain english muffin with peanut butter and jelly
Lunch: Same as Saturday, not really sure yet, maybe some chicken leftovers
Dinner: Turkey Noodle Casserole www.thekitchn.com
This uses up the last of my Thanksgiving turkey that I froze a few days ago. I also plan on throwing in broccoli too. The recipe says it make 8 servings but I calculated it with 6 because I think having it as 8 will just make too small of servings! 611 calories total.
Monday, December 3 (my breakfast and snacks are the same every weekday so I won’t list those)
Lunch: Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole
Dinner: Pepper Steak w/ rice www.skinnytaste.c
. I am basically tripling this recipe, but still only having it for 6 servings. I have a large 32oz top round piece of beef that is in the freezer to use up. I plan on having each serving with 1 cup of rice. Total calories for 6 servings, without the rice, is 393. It’s pretty low carb and very high protein with 18g carbs and 41g of protein! With the rice total calories is 598. I will probably freeze at least 2 portions as I think this will freeze really well.
Side note: If you haven't checked out skinnytaste.com, you need to. That site was a godsend for me. The author takes a lot of comfort food and other dishes that we all love, and spends the time to test them out and make them lighter. She also lists nutritional values and WW points for every recipe. L O V E this site.
Tuesday, December 4
Lunch: Leftover Pepper Steak
Dinner: Baked spaghetti with sausage budgetbytes.blogs
. I have 13oz of sweet Italian sausage from Thanksgiving in the freezer. I also use the whole box of whole grain spaghetti, which I believe is 13.25oz. You could lighten this up a lot by using chicken or turkey sausage. I have it as making 6 servings, at 562 calories per serving.
Wednesday, December 5
Lunch: Leftover Baked Spaghetti
Dinner: Leftover Pepper Steak or Baked Spaghetti or Turkey Casserole My boyfriend is out on Wednesday nights playing hockey, so I’m on my own these nights. I almost always have leftovers on Wednesday nights.
Thursday, December 6
Lunch: Leftover Turkey Casserole or Baked Spaghetti
Dinner: Cajun Chicken stuffed with Spinach and Pepper Jack cuckooking.blogspot.com
A friend of mine recommended this recipe. I love spicy food so hopefully this is good. I use big chicken breasts, so I’m assuming 14oz of chicken for 2 servings, although it may end up being less than that after cooking. I cut down the rest of the ingredients by half, since I'm only making 2 breasts. As it stands, we’re at 400 calories per serving. You could cut this WAY down if you cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise (so you have 2 thin chicken pieces), and then put in the spinach and cheese, and then roll it and bake. But as it is, it’s a protein bomb at 47g! Plus it’s very low carb at 5g. I plan on having cornbread muffins with this.
Friday, December 7
Lunch: Chipotle! I love Chipotle and I allow myself to go there once per week. I get a bowl that ends up at about 480 calories. Love it!
Dinner: I leave Fridays open, because sometimes we have last minute plans where we go out, sometimes we stay home. If we end up at home, we eat leftovers or I come up with something last minute. I also have a few things in the freezer like chicken raviolis, and hamburger patties (that I ground myself) that I can make if we don’t have leftovers.