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Meal Plan for March 16-March 22

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meal Plan for 3/16/13 through 3/22/13

Well all, I’m back. I’m so sorry I didn't post my plan last week. But, it’s probably good I didn't, because I ended up not following it at all! J ended up staying home so I had to rework all of my plans. Plus we ended up going to 3 different hockey games, so there wasn't a lot of cooking going on at all. But, I’m back this week with a new plan. I’m still assuming J will be traveling, but even if he doesn't, this plan will be easy to adapt I think. Also, we are leaving town tomorrow to go to a hockey tournament in Wyoming, but we’ll be back mid-day Sunday. So no meals planned for Friday or Saturday nights. My meals aren't really veggie heavy this week… I’m still having a hard time with J’s schedule and end up buying too many and they go bad, so I’m still working on that. Perhaps I might pick up a box of salad greens so I can just throw a salad on the side of the meals where I don’t have vegetables planned. Also, I am still in “clean out the freezer/pantry” mode to save some money. So, here it is!

DINNER: Hearty Chicken Chowder ladolcivita.blogspot.com
I’m not normally a soup/stew person, but this looked pretty delicious. I thought for sure it wouldn't be all that low calorie, but when eaten as 2 servings, it’s only 477 calories, and still packs 37 grams of protein! Plus it looks pretty easy to make which will be nice after coming back from the trip. I’m assuming J will be flying out Sunday night so I’ll have this to myself. If he doesn’t fly out, I will probably eat a smaller portion and add in grilled cheese sandwiches to it. That way I’ll still have a portion left over for my lunch on Monday. I could also double it so he will have leftovers too. This is also going to be my entry for the What's Cookin' Good Lookin' challenge on the Maintainers' board.

LUNCH: Leftover Hearty Chicken Chowder

DINNER: Chicken Tikka Masala and Yellow Rice www.food.com/recipe/chic
and the rice from www.seriouseats.com/reci
. On my other cooking board, Tikka Masala is the “Dish of the Month”, so I’m trying mind hand at a basic Chicken Tikka Masala. I’ve only had Indian food a handful of times, but I love the flavors of it, so this should be a fun experiment. I was also going to make naan bread, but the calories are a bit too high to fit in this week (trying to keep them lower after the junk I’ll be eating this weekend), and I probably won’t have the time. If I can find a lower calorie pre-made naan at the store I might still add that in, we’ll see. But, serving it with yellow rice should be good. Also, based on recommendations of people who have made this, I am halving the recipe, but still having it make 4 servings. Each serving of the chicken is 350 calories, and the yellow rice works out to around 200 calories, which should be about ¾ of a cup.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY (these meals will be repeated both days… I’ll cook one chop and half the green beans Tuesday, then do the other one Wednesday.
LUNCH: Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala

DINNER: Pork chops with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Spicy Green Beans. No real recipe for this, but I did make the BBQ sauce awhile back from this recipe and froze it: budgetbytes.blogspot.com
. Figuring out the calories for the sauce was a bit tough because when I originally made it, I wasn't really good about measuring the end amount out, or how much I used the first time, and this time I won’t really be using that much of the sauce. I calculated the entire recipe for the sauce, and then made it as 6 servings, but then when entering in my tracker I’m only counting it as half a serving, which is a little more than 100 calories. Store-bought BBQ sauce is about 70-100 calories for 2 tbsp so I figure just over 100 is close enough. A 6oz chop should be around 200-250 calories (all the entries in the tracker are wildly different!) For the green beans, I’m trying out this from Budget Bytes: budgetbytes.blogspot.com
Hopefully it is tasty, since it looks so easy and I always like finding quick and easy ways to prepare green beans. 1 cup of the beans w/ the sauce/topping is only 88 calories.

LUNCH: You guessed it, more Chicken Tikka Masala (gosh I hope it’s good otherwise I’m screwed!)

DINNER: Honey Spice Chicken Thighs and Baked Seasoned Fries budgetbytes.blogspot.com
and www.skinnytaste.com/2011
Gosh I guess it’s just a Budget Bytes kind of week, isn’t it? I’ve actually made the Cooking Light version of these, ages ago before I even joined Sparkpeople, and remember them being very good. This is just a slight variation on that recipe. Her recipe calls for 8 thighs and 8 servings, but I am planning on having 2 thighs, so I basically just took her recipe for the rub etc., and quartered it. I will also use boneless skinless thighs as they are on sale this week, and it’s so hard to calculate the calories for bone-in skin on thighs (which I do have in the freezer). If the weather is good, I might grill them instead of baking! For the 2 thighs (8oz total before cooking, just estimating right now since I haven’t bought them yet) with the rub it is 335 calories. I felt like the chicken, with it’s sort of BBQy flavors, fries were a great option as a side. This recipe intrigued me since there is no salt, and so many fry recipes and store-bought ones have a lot of salt. I am not going to do the garlic aioli, and so for just the potatoes (assuming an 4oz of potato for one serving) with spices, it is 134 calories. Veggie is still undecided… maybe asparagus, maybe just broccoli, who knows.

LUNCH: Chipotle!
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  • -AMANDA79-
    Funny. I had planned on Budget Bites this week too, before I read your plan.

    I've been cutting up a bunch of celery, cucumbers and carrot sticks to serve as a veggie side. They keep really well.
    1829 days ago
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