Meal Plan 2/9/13 through 2/15/13
Well, things are continuing to calm down, and we’re getting into a better routine. This is good because I’ve really been struggling with things being up in the air, and us having so many activities outside of the home, that mean we have to eat elsewhere. I gained 2lbs after this past weekend of way too many indulgences, I’m going to weigh tomorrow to see if that has gone away, but I’m not optimistic after having the two hockey games this week. I DID resist getting a churro at last night’s game though, so that’s progress I guess!
I do have a few things going on this week. On Saturday, I’m volunteering at an all day Cooking Matters course. Cooking Matters is a program through Share Our Strength that teaches people nutrition, and how to cook good meals. Some of the classes are in places like food banks, others are in schools or Head Start programs where kids take the class with their parents. The one I’m volunteering with on Saturday is a course for day care providers. Most of the classes are spread out over 5 weeks, but this one is all in one day! It’ll be a long day, but it should still be fun and interesting. I’m also in charge of the grocery shopping for the class, with a gift card, so THAT will be super fun. I love to grocery shop! Anyway, if you’re interested in learning more about this program, here is their site: cookingmatters.or
Also this next week, J will be traveling (to Boise, ID, woohoo!) Wednesday through Friday, coming back Friday night. You’ll see in my plan that I’m making some larger meals at the beginning of the week, and will just munch on the leftovers while he’s gone. Speaking of the plan, this week’s got moved around a bit since J did end up staying in town. We had a hockey game Monday night, so Monday night’s dinner moved to tonight (Thursday). Also the sandwiches I had planned for tonight, we actually had last Friday. OK, here’s this upcoming week’s plan!
SATURDAY, February 9, 2013
LUNCH: I will be at my class, so whatever they’re eating there is what I’ll be eating!
DINNER: On another board I participate on, chowhound.chow.com, they do “Cookbook of the Month”. Basically everyone who wants to participate buys a certain book (it’s voted on in the prior month, and many of the members have HUGE collections so they already have the books) and throughout the month cook recipes from the book and report back on their experience. This will be the first one I’m participating in. The book is called “Bistro Cooking at Home” by Gordon Hamersley. It’s not a healthy cookbook by any means, but I’m working with it, it’s definitely my type of food, and there are ways to healthy it up. There’s also some great salad recipes I’m hoping to try, as I’m not really that big on salads because I never feel like I can make them well. So, you’ll be seeing me cooking recipes from this throughout the month. Saturday night I’m making my first recipe from it, which is a split roasted whole chicken, with herbed butter. I’ve never done this method before but basically you cut out the backbone with a pair of shears and roast the bird flat. I don’t have a link to the recipe since it’s not available online, but it’s pretty basic, it’s just an herbed butter made with, well, butter, and rosemary and thyme. The herbed butter gets put under the skin and then roasted. Then there’s a sauce made with more herbs, garlic, and some dry sherry. Simple and should be delicious. I’ll be serving with asparagus (since it’s on sale for $1.49 a pound this week, yay!) and a baked potato.
SUNDAY, February 10, 2013
LUNCH: I’m sure I’ll be picking at the chicken leftovers, roasted chicken is so good in sandwiches too.
DINNER: Enchilada Pasta Casserole: www.tablefortwoblog.com/
This was one of the meals I was going to make when J’s parents were here, but didn’t end up doing it. It’s very easy, and I already have all the ingredients. My favorite thing about this is it reheats really well, and it makes 6 very generous servings, so it’ll be good to have in the fridge this week. I bought some whole wheat egg noodles so I’m going to try those out. Total calories, using full fat everything, is 628 calories. This could be lowered by using low fat cream cheese, and low fat cheeses, and using ground turkey instead of ground beef.
MONDAY, February 11, 2013
LUNCH: Enchilada Pasta Casserole leftovers
DINNER: Hockey! I’m working on exploring the food options at the arena. I might try out some carnitas tacos, they look pretty good and don’t appear to be TOO unhealthy. I will also have to continue my resistance towards the churros, which are like my favorite thing EVER.
TUESDAY, February 12, 2013
LUNCH: More leftovers! Either chicken or the pasta casserole, whatever’s available.
DINNER: “Halal Cart Style” Chicken. www.seriouseats.com/reci
This one has gotten rave reviews over on my Chowhound site, and I love love love middle eastern food. When I lived in Chicago there was a Lebanese restaurant across the street from my office that I ate at very frequently. So, I’m really excited to try this. I’m going to have to spend a bit to get the right seasonings, but I think it’ll be worth it. PLUS, the best part about middle eastern food in general is that it’s usually pretty healthy. This meal, with the chicken, rice, and sauces, comes in at 420 calories, with 6 servings. The only changes I will do is using low fat mayonnaise and 2% greek yogurt. I think it’ll end up being less than 420, because I don’t think I have a full 2lbs of chicken thighs. I might add in some pita bread, and I’ll be making a simple salad as mentioned in the recipe with iceberg lettuce and some tomato and some of the yogurt sauce, as that’s pretty traditional. I will also be writing a review for this with photos for the Maintainers’ Cooking Challenge.
WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013/THURSDAY, February 14, 2013
Both of these days I’ll just be working through the leftovers since J will be gone. If I run out I will eat some raviolis from the freezer.
FRIDAY, February 15, 2013
LUNCH: Payday Chipotle!
DINNER: On Thursday, I’m going to go get a heart shaped pizza at Papa Murphy’s and keep in the fridge. I love cheesy stuff like that :) J gets home Friday evening so think we’re going to do a little belated Valentine’s Day with the pizza. I might even open a bottle of wine.