Meal Plan for 3/2/13 through 3/8/13
Well hello all. Sorry I’m a day late posting. I actually had to do real work at my job yesterday! Fancy that. I am ready for Spring to be here. We got pounded with snow this past Sunday, and of course it was after J had left so I had to do all the shoveling. Then we got more on Tuesday also. But, it’s nice and sunny out now so I’m hoping all the snow will melt and spring will arrive.
My plan last week of making 2 meals and eating them all week wasn’t such a great one. I got really tired of those two meals. I’m even eating the last bit of the Hoisin Pork for lunch today. So, I’m reworking it yet again, and I’ll actually be making three meals instead of two. I’ll still be eating leftovers, but there will be one extra meal in there to help mix it up. Also, I went overboard on my grocery budget last week, probably due to our “fancy meals”, so my focus this month is to use up as much as I can from my freezer and pantry. So here it is:
DINNER: We will probably go out to eat. I got a LivingSocial deal for a Thai/Sushi place, which is perfect for us. J loves sushi, and I do not. I love Thai food and he is impartial. So, this way, he can get his sushi and I can get my hot hot hot red beef curry.
DINNER: Spicy Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta (with Chicken) cookieandkate.com/2012/s
- The recipe doesn’t call for chicken but it definitely needed a protein boost, so I’m adding it. I’ll just cut up into chunks, season with Herbes de Provence (my new favorite chicken seasoning after making that risotto with it last week by the way), and sautee until cooked. I also, on a whim, bought 2 giant logs of goat cheese, and a giant bag of sundried tomatoes at Costco, so this will help to use that up. Goat cheese is great though, 1 oz is only 70 calories, and it has tons of flavor. It also turns into a nice creamy sauce when mixed with a bit of the pasta water. Love it! I have this making 4 servings, with 548 calories per serving including the chicken addition.
LUNCH: Leftover Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta
DINNER: Mustard Molasses Pork (Chops) and Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes traceysculinaryadventure
- I have actually made both of these before. The pork, not too long ago. I have pork chops in the freezer, so my plan is to make the sauce, then cut it in half, and just cook one of the chops Monday night, and do the other Tuesday night, since pork chops in this format don’t reheat all that way. I’ve also attempted the mashed sweet potatoes before, awhile back. I bought what was labeled as “sweet potatoes” in the grocery store, but when I cut into them, they were white, and did not mash well, at all. Turns out, my store sells the orange things we know as sweet potatoes as yams. So, now I know, and I happen to have a pretty large one leftover from Thanksgiving sitting in the pantry. I’m surprised it’s still good! So, I’m trying it again. I will also do some simple sautéed green beans on the side, I’ll do half the first night, half the second night. That way, the only thing I’m reheating is the sweet potatoes, the rest will be freshly cooked. Calories on the pork for a 5oz chop, is 390, and the sweet potatoes, for half, is 157.
TUESDAY: Repeat Monday
LUNCH: More leftover pasta
DINNER: Chipotle Chicken (not wrapped) and Cilantro Lime Rice bevcooks.com/2013/02/chi
- A blog I like posted these and I couldn’t get them out of my head. Plus, I’m already opening up a can of chipotles for the sweet potatoes, so why not use more? Plus, J can’t really do cilantro, and doesn’t like tons of heat, whereas I’m like BRING IT ON. So I’m excited to try this out. I’m not really a fan of wrapping stuff in lettuce though, so I’m skipping that part and basically making them into rice bowls. I do not have a recipe for the rice, I just cook according to package directions and add in some fresh squeezed lime juice with the cooking water. Then I just mix in chopped up cilantro at the end. Easy enough. I am making this as 4 servings, only 260 calories per serving. Rice is about the same as normal rice, 1 cup is 200ish calories, the cilantro and lime don’t add much calorie wise to it.
LUNCH: Chipotle day! The restaurant not more of my own Chipotle Chicken :)
DINNER: Leftover Chipotle Chicken & Rice
LUNCH: Leftover Chipotle Chicken & Rice
DINNER: Hockey game!
I hope everyone has a great week!