Meal Plan for 4/20/13 through 4/26/13
Well, Jon is heading back out on the road again on Sunday, for a 6 week contract on the east coast. Heíll still get to come home on weekends, but that basically means Iím back to cooking for one. Iím looking forward to getting the whole bed to myself again! Haha. I am not cooking tonight or Saturday night. We are doing a 5k. Now, those of you who ďknowĒ me know that I do NOT exercise. So I will be walking the 5k. It came about because we were trying to find something fun to do tomorrow night since Jís birthday is on Monday. Most of his friends were already signed up for this ďRave RunĒ 5k, so we jumped in. It should be fun though, itís at night and in City Park downtown, and itís a ďraveĒ theme so lots of lights and music and stuff. Turns out too, in talking to his friends, it sounds like most of us will be walking haha! Apparently hockey players donít run. J flies out mid-day on Sunday. So, hereís the plan!
SATURDAY Ė No meals planned for this day. The 5k is at 8pm so Iím guessing weíll just snack before, and all go out to eat afterwards.
LUNCH: Not sure yet. Iíll probably just pick through the leftovers or have a grilled cheese with soup.
DINNER: I might be going to a hockey game, but Iím hoping I can just stay home. Iím all hockeyed out. If I stay home, Iíll just grill something for myself, either a steak or one of the hamburgers that I grind myself, along with some kind of veggie and sweet potato fries.
LUNCH: Chipotle! Unless I have some kind of leftovers hanging around still, then Iíll eat those.
DINNER: Penne Rosa with Chicken and Broccoli backtoherroots.com/2012/
Iím loosely basing my dinner on this recipe. Iím not a shrimp fan, nor am I a cooked spinach fan haha. But, I will be using pre-cooked chicken breast and broccoli in it, and using a store-bought Arrabiata sauce that I have in the pantry. Arrabiata is spicy, and J doesnít like anything too spicy, so Iím going to revel in it while heís gone! Iíve made this before, last summer, and I keep forgetting about it. I love using greek yogurt in the place of cream to make a cream sauce. I also plan on using Barilla Plus Penne. Iím only going to make 4 servings instead of 6, with 16oz of chicken breast but leaving the sauce the same. Total calories for each serving is 463, and it also has 43 grams of protein! Also, since Iím making 4 servings, Iíll have 3 meals worth of leftovers for lunches.
LUNCH: Penne Rosa
DINNER: Creamy Polenta with Chicken Sausage and Peppers bevcooks.com/2013/03/cre
So, this is an experimental meal, but, I love polenta, and I love sausage & peppers, so when I saw this recipe I was like, what a great combination! I am going to cut this recipe in half and have the second half Wednesday night, so itíll be an experiment to see how well the polenta will reheat. Iíll cook the sausage and peppers fresh on Wednesday night. I buy my chicken sausages at Sprouts Farmers Market, and I really like their spicy version. Right now, I have the calories for this at 577, but I might have overestimated on the sausage weights.
LUNH: Penne Rosa
DINNER: Creamy Polenta with Chicken Sausage and Peppers
LUNCH: Penne Rosa
DINNER: Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole. OK so Jís birthday is on Monday, but since he wonít be home, weíll celebrate it on Thursday night. I do not have a link to this recipe, and itís not all that healthy, itís Jís momís recipe and he said itís one of his favorite things ever. Since itís his birthday, I am not making any attempts to make this healthy, and am even using canned cream of mushroom soup, just like the recipe calls for. Actually, the calories are not that high, around 600, but the sodium is out of this world, as is the fat content. Thankfully, he does not like sweets so I will not be tempted with birthday cake! Maybe Iíll put some candles in the casserole, haha!
LUNCH: Not sure yet, probably out somewhere
DINNER: Definitely not sure yet.