Meal Plan 2/2/13 through 2/8/13
Well, I have another sort of crazy week coming up, although things are slowly getting back to normal, or rather, the new normal after our big changes with J’s job. His first official day is tomorrow, but we have no idea if they’re going to have him going somewhere next week or if he’ll be home. So, I tried to plan things that I could either make 4 servings of, or 2 or 3. We also have a busy weekend coming up. Sunday is our 1 year anniversary, and since we’ll be at a Super Bowl Party that day, we are basically recreating our first date on Saturday… and let me tell you it’s the most romantic date you’ve ever heard of heh. We will be going to a hockey game in the afternoon, and then to the same pizza place downtown that we went to after the hockey game a year ago. Like I said, uber-romantic! But, because of that I did not plan a dinner for Saturday night. If we end up being hungry I’ll just figure something out. Sunday is the same situation, we are going to a friend’s Super Bowl party. Now, if J has to end up flying out Sunday night for work, we’ll have to leave the party early. In which case, if I’m not already full from my party food, I’ll just make something simple for myself, like a baked potato.
Speaking of party food, I am making a few things to take to the party, but they are NOT healthy items. One’s a cheese ball with bacon and jalapeno that I made last December for a party, and everyone loved it. I’m also making pieces of chicken wrapped in bacon, and a honey mustard dipping sauce made with greek yogurt. OK I guess that one isn’t THAT bad. Oh, and I’m making chocolate crinkle cookies. I mixed up the batter before Christmas and didn’t end up making them so it’s been sitting in the freezer ever since. I figured a party is a good way to get rid of it! But anyway if you’re interested in those recipes, just ask! Here’s the plan for weekdays… only 3 meals this week.
MONDAY, February 4, 2013 – There is a chance that we will be going to a hockey game, if J is home. But I’m planning on NOT going.
LUNCH: I am going to do my Chipotle on Monday since I won’t have much in the way of leftovers and I learned this past week that frozen meals just don’t do it for me anymore.
DINNER: Orange Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken www.chow.com/recipes/305
I chose this recipe not only because I pretty much already have all the ingredients on hand, but it looks like it’s pretty easy to either make for 2 servings, or do the full 4. I’m also going to try something new with my chicken. I’m realizing that the giant chicken breasts that I get don’t bake that well, the outside gets done and the inside takes a long time. So I will be cutting these in half lengthwise. If it’s just me, I will do 1 breast, if J is home, I will do 2. He can eat both halves in one sitting whereas I can save my 2nd one for lunch. This also helps keep the calories down while still being more than satisfying. I calculated this, assuming 20oz of chicken for 4 servings, at 239 calories per serving. I will serve with rice and some sautéed green beans and shallots.
TUESDAY, February 5, 2013
LUNCH: Leftover Orange Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken
DINNER: Bacon and Pea “Mac N Cheese” www.jasonandshawnda.com/
I am making this for my Maintainers’ What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’ Challenge, so there will be photos and a review posted next week. I’m not sure if this is really legit Mac N Cheese but it sure looks good. Also, J does not like peas, so if he is not home, I will use plenty of them! If he is home, I’ll use broccoli. I also plan on adding in about 8oz of chicken breast cut up, to up the protein a bit more and to make it more substantial. Surprisingly, this came in at 578 calories for the entire thing, which for anything remotely close to Mac N Cheese, especially one that uses 8oz of cheese and bacon, is pretty good.
WEDNESDAY, February 6, 2013
LUNCH: Leftover Bacon and Pea Mac N Cheese
DINNER: Hockey game!
THURSDAY, February 7, 2013
LUNCH: Leftover Bacon and Pea Mac N Cheese (Assuming there’s any left! If not, maybe another Chipotle day!)
DINNER: Pioneer Woman’s Marlboro Man’s Second Favorite Sandwich thepioneerwoman.com/cook
So, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here before but I love The Pioneer Woman and her blog. Her show is just OK but her blog is great. I pretty much want her life, including her hot cowboy husband (sorry J!). Anyway, I like her recipes but if you are at all familiar with her, most of them are SO not healthy. But this one didn’t turn out to be too bad at all. Oh, since the name doesn’t give it away at all, it’s basically chicken breast seasoned with lemon pepper, then cooked on the stovetop and topped with cheese and bacon and served with a bun. I plan on adding Dijon mustard to mine too, or maybe honey mustard, and of course will be using my trusty center cut bacon. I pretty much have all the ingredients on hand and it just sounds really good. I’m going to cut each breast in half lengthwise again as that will make cooking easier, and helps save on the calories. I will serve with some frozen fries (maybe sweet potato if I still have some in the freezer) and a salad. The sandwich including bun and mustard is 443 calories.
FRIDAY, February 8, 2013
LUNCH: Leftover Chicken Sandwich
DINNER: Who knows!
I hope everyone has a great week!