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Meal Plan for February 9-February 15

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Meal Plan 2/9/13 through 2/15/13

Well, things are continuing to calm down, and weíre getting into a better routine. This is good because Iíve 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, Iím going to weigh tomorrow to see if that has gone away, but Iím not optimistic after having the two hockey games this week. I DID resist getting a churro at last nightís game though, so thatís progress I guess!

I do have a few things going on this week. On Saturday, Iím 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 Iím 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! Itíll be a long day, but it should still be fun and interesting. Iím 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 youíre interested in learning more about this program, here is their site: cookingmatters.or
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Also this next week, J will be traveling (to Boise, ID, woohoo!) Wednesday through Friday, coming back Friday night. Youíll see in my plan that Iím making some larger meals at the beginning of the week, and will just munch on the leftovers while heís gone. Speaking of the plan, this weekís got moved around a bit since J did end up staying in town. We had a hockey game Monday night, so Monday nightís dinner moved to tonight (Thursday). Also the sandwiches I had planned for tonight, we actually had last Friday. OK, hereís this upcoming weekís plan!

SATURDAY, February 9, 2013
LUNCH: I will be at my class, so whatever theyíre eating there is what Iíll be eating!

DINNER: On another board I participate on, chowhound.chow.com, they do ďCookbook of the MonthĒ. Basically everyone who wants to participate buys a certain book (itís 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 Iím participating in. The book is called ďBistro Cooking at HomeĒ by Gordon Hamersley. Itís not a healthy cookbook by any means, but Iím working with it, itís definitely my type of food, and there are ways to healthy it up. Thereís also some great salad recipes Iím hoping to try, as Iím not really that big on salads because I never feel like I can make them well. So, youíll be seeing me cooking recipes from this throughout the month. Saturday night Iím making my first recipe from it, which is a split roasted whole chicken, with herbed butter. Iíve never done this method before but basically you cut out the backbone with a pair of shears and roast the bird flat. I donít have a link to the recipe since itís not available online, but itís pretty basic, itís just an herbed butter made with, well, butter, and rosemary and thyme. The herbed butter gets put under the skin and then roasted. Then thereís a sauce made with more herbs, garlic, and some dry sherry. Simple and should be delicious. Iíll be serving with asparagus (since itís on sale for $1.49 a pound this week, yay!) and a baked potato.

SUNDAY, February 10, 2013
LUNCH: Iím sure Iíll be picking at the chicken leftovers, roasted chicken is so good in sandwiches too.

DINNER: Enchilada Pasta Casserole: www.tablefortwoblog.com/
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This was one of the meals I was going to make when Jís parents were here, but didnít end up doing it. Itís 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 itíll be good to have in the fridge this week. I bought some whole wheat egg noodles so Iím 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! Iím working on exploring the food options at the arena. I might try out some carnitas tacos, they look pretty good and donít 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, whateverís available.

DINNER: ďHalal Cart StyleĒ Chicken. www.seriouseats.com/reci
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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, Iím really excited to try this. Iím going to have to spend a bit to get the right seasonings, but I think itíll be worth it. PLUS, the best part about middle eastern food in general is that itís 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 itíll end up being less than 420, because I donít think I have a full 2lbs of chicken thighs. I might add in some pita bread, and Iíll be making a simple salad as mentioned in the recipe with iceberg lettuce and some tomato and some of the yogurt sauce, as thatís pretty traditional. I will also be writing a review for this with photos for the Maintainersí Cooking Challenge.

WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013/THURSDAY, February 14, 2013
Both of these days Iíll 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, Iím going to go get a heart shaped pizza at Papa Murphyís and keep in the fridge. I love cheesy stuff like that :) J gets home Friday evening so think weíre going to do a little belated Valentineís Day with the pizza. I might even open a bottle of wine.
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-AMANDA79- 2/7/2013 4:25PM

    Spring is coming and that means asparagus will go on sale at my grocery store too! LOVE IT! Can't wait to hear about your split chicken. I have seen that method, but haven't tried it either.

So many folks don't cook anymore. It's sad. Have fun at your class. What a worthwhile cause.

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YOJULEZ 2/7/2013 3:49PM

    CLRWILLIAMS, if you have a Sprouts in your area, that's where I found it. They have really great sales on produce, a few weeks ago they had red bell peppers 3/$1 and they were ginormous. The asparagus is $5.99/lb at my normal store so I'm going to try stocking up by blanching them then freezing in an airtight bag.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 2/7/2013 3:39PM

    Cooking Matters sounds like a really great organization! I checked them out via your link, but they aren't close to where I live (although I'm sure there may be something similar in our area). The volunteer work that you will be doing sounds like a lot of fun and seems like something very helpful to the participants.

I can't believe you found asparagus for $1.49/lb! I wanted to buy some earlier this week, but it was $4.49/lb and they were freakishly large.

Your belated Valentine's Day pizza sounds cute and totally cheesy (pun intended...).

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