Weekly Menu and Chocolate Tip!
Monday, January 14, 2013
I have been getting good responses when I post my weekly menus so I will continue again this week! Last night we had the homemade pizza which was delicious in spite of the fact that all the delicious veggie toppings made the crust soggy and we had to eat it with a knife and fork. Our pizza had onions, yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple chunks and sliced black olives. Yum! I just used canned tomato sauce with no salt added as the base, and spiced it up with oregano, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. I ate more than I intended but I was only over my calories by about 200 because I decided I NEEDED hot cocoa during Downton Abbey.
So here's this weeks menu!
Tonight: Bacon Tomato Linguine w/ Spinach Salad (I already cooked the bacon in the oven and the entire house smells amazing. =) )
Tues: Pork Chops w/ Creamy Mushroom Sauce & Some sort of veggie
Weds: Smoked Turkey Sandwiches (Smoked turkey lunchmeat, mild cheddar, lettuce, tomato, olive oil mayo, on 45 calorie/slice toast) w/ Tostitos Artisan Black Bean & Roasted Garlic Tortilla Chips plus baby carrots.
Thurs: Black Bean & Chicken Chilaquiles w/ Queso Blanco (I am SO looking forward to this one)
Friday: Real pizza from the pizza joint down the street. I'm going to get a small so I don't go crazy and split an order of 5 chicken wings with my husband. Might get a salad too to bulk it up.
Saturday: Keftedes & Greek Salad - Keftedes are like Greek meatballs seasoned with onions, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander. I'm going to serve them over a fresh Greek salad with reduced fat feta.
Okay, now here's my chocolate tip.
I am on a limited budget, both money and calorie-wise. Candy is high in calories and hard to portion control for me, because it is sooooo delicious. So here's what I did this week:
I bought a bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao baking chips. They're slightly larger than regular chocolate chips, and they're dome shaped. There are 16 in an 80 calorie serving. I count out 16 of them exactly, put them in a tiny dish, and I savor every one of them. It usually takes me 5 - 10 minutes to eat them, unlike a Twix Bar that I would scarf down in 2 seconds. And it's only 80 calories!!!! I also keep a back of Dove dark chocolate promises, and I try to only eat 1 or 2 of those a day MAX. Two of those is about 80 calories.
Have a great week everyone!!!