Meal Plan for 4/6/13 through 4/12/13
So, I’m late posting again. My boss had me busy at work all day on Thursday for once, and then I wasn’t at work on Friday to go to the baseball game. I realized on Saturday morning that I hadn’t posted yet! But, in the end, it was better, because between the end of last week and now my entire plan has changed. My end of the week is still a bit of a mess but it’ll all work out I’m sure. So, I’ll get to it, including what we had over the weekend.
LUNCH: We both slept in since Friday was such a long day, and I made French toast for breakfast. So “lunch” was more just a heavy snack of crackers, cheese and some pepperonis.
DINNER: Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus - traceysculinaryadventure
. I had some ground chicken to use up and this meatloaf had been hanging out on my Pinterest for awhile. It’s not the healthiest thing on the planet, as I had it as 3 servings, and it clocked in at 469 calories just for the meatloaf. But it was pretty tasty. I used blue cheese in it instead of the mozzarella. Also, I made my usual mashed potato recipe from skinnytaste, but just added in some blue cheese and some bits of bacon I had in the fridge. Very indulgent but very good.
LUNCH: I didn’t plan so well and didn’t have a lot of lunchy foods in the house. So, SO went out to Good Times, which is a local burger chain. I got chicken strips and fries. Not the greatest, but also didn’t cause me to go too far over my calories for the day. It sure was good!
DINNER: Carne Asada Tacos with Mexican Rice - www.foodnetwork.com/reci
. This carne asada recipe is one I’ve made many times before. It provides great flavor and doesn’t require me to go to the Mexican market to get chiles like many carne asada recipes do. 5oz of the meat is 335 calories. When I track marinades, especially oil based ones, I tend to reduce the amount of oil in the recipe builder, because most of it is left behind. I served in corn tortillas with salsa on top. In this case, I only tracked ¼ cup for the 4 servings. For the rice, I was trying to find a less sodium-laden version than the Rice A Roni Mexican rice, which is our favorite. This was not it. It was pretty dry and didn’t have much flavor at all, not sure what I did wrong or if it’s just a bad recipe. So, the quest will continue. A ½ cup serving was 123 calories.
LUNCH: Today I’m having the leftovers of the carne asada, and, yes, the rice. I’m going to mix them up sort of like a Chipotle burrito bowl, so hopefully that will help with the dryness of the rice.
DINNER: We have a hockey game tonight, so something at the arena.
LUNCH: This is still up in the air. They’re forecasting a pretty large spring snow storm (boo), and my boss is on vacation, so I will likely be working at home. I think I might try to make some kind of yummy grilled sandwich with chicken and pesto and goat cheese. We’ll see!
DINNER: Italian Turkey Sloppy Joes on Homemade Buns with Sweet Potato Fries - www.skinnytaste.com/2013
Originally I planned to make turkey pesto burgers which would have required the grill. But seeing as the grill will probably be covered in snow by the time dinner rolls around, I switched it up. So, I’m going to try out these sloppy joes that skinnytaste posted a few months ago. And yes, *gasp* I’m going to use the crockpot. You see, I am a crockpot virgin. Usually they don’t work for me because I am gone from home for so long, plus, I really enjoy the cooking process when I get home from work as a way to unwind. Also, many recipes require a much larger crockpot than the one we have, which is 3 quarts. Since I’ll be home though, I can keep an eye on it and if it’s not going well, I can rescue it! Also, I don’t have turkey sausage, just ground turkey, so I am going to season the ground turkey with Italian seasoning and a few other things (whatever I feel like). My ground turkey is in a 20oz package, so we will have larger portions, still making 4 portions. I calculated the calories at 243 calories. Also over the weekend, I made some homemade hamburger buns, so I’ll use those. Side will be store-bought frozen sweet potato fries and whatever veggie I figure out when I go to the store today (second trip, ugh, I hate that).
LUNCH: Leftover Sloppy Joes
DINNER: Not sure yet... either rifle through the leftovers or do some raviolis, or maybe a sandwich, or… who knows!
LUNCH: Probably leftovers of some kind…. My end of the week is kind of a mess actually.
DINNER: Trying out another new recipe from my new cookbook, One Pan, Two Plates. This one is a flank steak with chimichurri sauce, served with a summer squash and potato hash. It’s the recipe on the cover of the book and looks delicious. I love steak w/ chimichurri sauce (which is sorta like a pesto, only no nuts involved).
LUNCH: Chipotle most likely
DINNER: Not sure yet.