Meal Plan 1/26/13 through 2/1/13
OK guys, I’m sorry to say again I don’t have a great meal plan for you for this next week, AGAIN. J’s mom and stepdad are arriving on Sunday and will be staying with us through Thursday. I’ve learned that his family are not planners, and might decide last minute to eat out. So, what I’m going to do is just have the necessary ingredients to make some of the recipes I’ve made before that I know are good, and don’t have too many perishables involved. Also, it will be just J and I on Saturday night and Thursday night, so I do have meals for those planned, and I’m attempting to actually plan something for Sunday night after his parents arrive (hopefully it’ll stick!). I’ll list those first here. I won’t be able to plan my lunches very well, except for my usual payday Chipotle lunch on Thursday. So, I will probably purchase a few frozen meals just in case.
SATURDAY January 26, 2013
DINNER: Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Bacon. ellysaysopa.com/2010/08/
You’ll be seeing chicken thighs on my menus for the next few weeks, as one of the stores I shop at had a great sale for boneless skinless thighs for $1.59/lb, so I bought a big package of them. Some of the thighs were small, some were large. I’m using 2 of the large ones for this meal… each one is about 8oz raw! Frankenchicken! I’m also excited to use my small enameled cast iron lidded casserole for this. I bought it awhile back on a whim when it was on sale (it is NOT Le Creuset, I could only wish) for $15, and I never get to use it because it’s kind of small… but it’s perfect for this! I plan on serving with my old standby garlic mashed potatoes from skinnytaste, and I’m hoping I can get some decent asparagus at the store, which I will just roast . J loves mushrooms, bacon, and asparagus so I think this will be a hit. Plus, it’s not bad on the calories either. Right now I have it worked out with 16oz of chicken (which will cook down some, but I will re-weigh and adjust after cooking) and using center cut bacon, for 2 servings, with each serving being 347 calories. Not too bad considering the ingredients I think.
SUNDAY, January 27, 2013
DINNER: Roast Pork Loin with Brown Sugar and Bacon Glaze. www.thecomfortofcooking.
I have made this before, only with pork chops, and it was delicious. I often use recipes I find for bigger pork roasts, and just cut them down to use on chops. My store has boneless pork loins (bigger than tenderloins) on sale for $1.99/lb so I figured this would be good, since normally a whole loin is too large for J and I to get through without getting sick of eating it for leftovers. Also, since I will be opening a package of bacon to make Saturday’s dinner, I might as well use some in Sunday’s dinner too! I haven’t worked out the nutritional info for using pork loin because I really don’t know what size I’ll end up with, but when I made with the chops, I figured the topping/glaze to be right around 100 calories, assuming 4 servings. So once I buy the loin and see what size I have, I’ll just add that in. I will probably do some simple roasted broccoli as a side. And, I am also going to make this potato casserole. I’ve been saving it for a while since it looks delicious and not too bad on the calories, but it is way too big to make for just 2 people unless we wanted to eat potatoes for a week! I also like that I can do most of it ahead of time. www.theyummylife.com/Bak
THURSDAY, January 31, 2013
DINNER: Jalapeno Popper Mac n Cheese. OK, I know, this was on the menu for this past Sunday, but I never made it. We were out shopping for J for new clothes for his new job (which, by the way, you’d think I was asking him to kill puppies or something when I was trying to get him to pick out some clothes!), so we had a late lunch at Panera. He wasn’t hungry for a big dinner and I just munched on some bits and pieces of leftovers that were in the fridge. Anyway, you can read the full write-up for it in last week’s blog.
Now, here are the other meals I’m “planning”. We’ll see if I actually make them. These are all repeats for me, but I’m not about to attempt cooking all new recipes on weeknights when my potential future mother in law is staying at my house!
Enchilada Pasta Casserole: www.tablefortwoblog.com/
. This is not the healthiest thing on the planet, but it is super tasty. J’s folks are not real healthy eaters, so I didn’t want to force my stuff down their throats all week. But, this is not so bad that I can’t fit it into my plan either, so I’ll make it. Plus it’s pretty easy for a weeknight meal, and it’s GREAT as leftovers. I think it could be healthied up by using ground turkey, or very lean ground beef, and using reduced fat cheeses etc. I have it as making 6 servings, at 628 calories per serving.
Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese: www.kalynskitchen.com/20
I can’t remember if I’ve shared this recipe in my blog before, but I know I have in other posts on the boards. This is an old standby in our house, and probably in some of yours too. J loves it because it tastes good, and I love it because it’s easy to make as many servings as you need, and it takes about 20 minutes or less to put together, and the rest is oven time. Great for a weeknight meal. I do not use the almond meal for the breading, I just use seasoned breadcrumbs. Since I have large breasts (talking about the chickens here, although I do have big ones myself haha), it’s currently worked out to 515 calories per 8 oz piece (I use full fat sour cream, part-skim mozzarella cheese, and only use 1 egg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs). I always try to use smaller ones when I make this though, maybe 6-7oz. Also, if you have the big frankenchickens like I do, you can cut the breasts in half lengthwise, to make them thinner. That will cut your calories wayyy down. I usually just serve with a salad like you see in the photo. Anyway, I think this is a must try for everyone, it’s THAT good.
I hope everyone has a good week, and I’ll be back next week with a much better plan… only one hockey game to worry about and it looks like J will be out of town again, so I’ll be doing more Cooking for One!