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When creating my weekly menu I TRY to use the old addage....
Breakfast....Eat like a King
Lunch....Eat Like a Prince
Dinner...Eat like a Pauper
Found that this helps me get the proper nutrition when my body most needs it.


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2/1/11 9:42 A

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Just worked on tweaking this (I tend to copy the previous months plan and update based on what worked/didn't work and what fruits I have or plan to have in the house!)

Tuesday, February 1st

Breakfast
1 pkg instant oatmeal
1 small banana
yogurt

Lunch
Progresso Soup
Side Salad w 1 TBS light dressing

Dinner
Mango Cashew Chicken (chik patty)
Steamed Asian Veggies

Snacks
Toast w/ FF cheese and tomato broiled
11 grams almonds, 10 grams sunflower seeds

Wednesday, February 2nd

Breakfast
1 hardboiled egg and 1 pc toast
1 small apple

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Entrée
Salad (lettuce/tomato/carrot/celery, FF dressing)

Dinner
Stuffed Chicken Breasts (veggie burger)
Pasta
Broccoli

Snacks
RF Wheat Thins & Hummus
Baby Carrots & Light Ranch


Thursday, February 3rd

Breakfast
1 cup Special K
1 cup almond milk
1 small banana

Lunch
Whole wheat pita with
2 slices “turkey”
Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber
1 TBS light mayonnaise
1 apple

Dinner
Crock Pot – corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots

Snacks
½ cup light cottage cheese and 1 cup blueberries
Toast with 1 TBS natural PB

Friday, February 4th

Breakfast
SlimFast Shake
Banana

Lunch
Wrap with
Whole wheat tortilla
2 oz. “grilled chicken”
2 leaves shredded romaine
1 TBS light Ranch
.5 oz shredded cheddar
1 apple

Dinner
LEFTOVERS

Snacks
Bagel thin with hummus, tomato & spinach
1 light yogurt, 1 orange


Saturday, February 5th

Breakfast
Biscuits & Gravy (boys)
Biscuit & Fried Egg (me)

Lunch
Flounder Sandwiches
Baked Fries
Baby Carrots

Dinner
LEFTOVERS

Snacks
Apple and Fat Free Pudding
1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Sunday, February 6th

Breakfast
Pancakes, Fried Egg
Fruit Salad

Lunch
Paninis (lunchmeat for boys, loaded veggie for me)
Baby Carrots
Chips

Dinner
BBQ chicken sandwiches (chik patty)
1 cup cooked broccoli
Baked Fries

Snacks
Small apple
Pita Chips & Hummus


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1/26/11 9:10 P

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I sooooo need to do this. I don't think i need to make it as elaborate as I have tried in the past (listing all the ingredients but rather the "meal name"). I think this will keep me on track rather than deciding what i will eat on a whim all the time. That is not working! Doesn't hurt to try plus the tracker gives suggestions. Thanks for listing - it helps me get a sense of balance!

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1/24/11 9:42 A

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Last week of January! Can you believe it??

Monday, January 24th

Breakfast
1 cup 1% milk, 1 cup cream of wheat
1 small banana

Lunch
Baked potato
2 TBS light sour cream
.5 oz cheddar cheese
1 small apple
Spinach salad w/ FF Italian dressing

Dinner
Dinner A’Fare – orange chicken, Asian steamed veggies

Snacks
Chewy Granola Bar
FF Pudding

Tuesday, January 25th

Breakfast
Hardboiled egg, 1 pc whole wheat toast
Orange

Lunch
Tuna sandwich on whole-wheat bread with:
1 TBS light mayo, 1 TBS relish
4 slices cucumber, 1 leaf lettuce
2 med. slices tomatoes
½ cup light cottage cheese

Dinner
Baked Chicken-Fried Steak w Mushroom Gravy (I will probably have a veggie burger or morningstar chik patty instead)
Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Carrots

Snacks
Cheese & Crackers

Wednesday, January 26th

Bagel thin w/ 2 TBS light cream cheese
Scrambled egg with ½-oz cheddar cheese
1 small apple

Lunch
Combine ½ cup beans (any kind), 1⁄3 cup
reduced-fat shredded cheese, 2 Tbsp salsa, 2 Tbsp guacamole; roll into 1 whole-wheat tortilla
1 oz. tortilla chips

Dinner
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (I'll make a couple with a bell pepper/onion/bean filler instead of chicken for myself)
Corn
Spanish Rice

Snacks
Hardboiled egg and 1 cup grapes

Thursday, January 27th

Breakfast
1 cup 1% milk, 1 cup cream of wheat
1 small banana

Lunch
Progresso Soup - Lentil
Side Salad w 1 TBS light dressing

Dinner
Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Peas

Snacks
5 Ritz Crackers, 1 TBS all natural PB
small apple

Friday, January 28th

Breakfast
1 small banana
1 cup Special K and 1 cup 1% milk

Lunch
3 TBS hummus, lettuce, tomato, 1/4 avocado and cucumber on 2 slices whole-wheat bread
¾ cup shelled edamame

Dinner
4 oz P90X Island Pork Tenderloin
½ cup brown rice
1 cup steamed broccoli

Snacks
FF Pudding Cup
1 serving Animal Crackers

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That's the plan so far for this week. I am finding more and more ways to use meat substitutes or just leave it out completely for myself, but continue to cook it and plan it for my husband and son.

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1/22/11 5:32 P

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Since you asked for menus for inspiration here are my dinners for the last few days and what is planned through the weekend.

Thursday: Pears, brie, and crackers before skating. Small serving leftover eggplant spaghetti afterwards.

Friday: Vegetarian Minestrone (freezer), Salad, Challah, Cheese Plate

Saturday: Homemade Pizza per request of DS6. Served with broccoli rabe on the side for the adults, bell pepper strips and carrots sticks for the kids.

Sunday: Turnips and Kidney beans with Indian spicing as we still have a few rutabagas floating around from the last CSA shipment right before Thanksgiving. *new recipe experiment for the week

Monday: Refried beans, tortilla, salad.

Tuesday - DH needs to go shopping and will bring something home fresh from the store - probably poultry.

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BUSSMOM Posts: 1,148
1/19/11 9:41 P

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Thanks everyone for your help


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1/19/11 2:29 P

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So far this week I've not cooked much!
MONDAY
Breakfast
Cornbread w/ honey
Fried egg

Lunch
Peppers, Onion & Cheese Quesadilla
Tortilla chips w/ salsa

Dinner
3-Meat (frozen) pizza
Caesar salad

TUESDAY
Breakfast
Fat Free Yogurt
poached egg on a bagel thin w/ 1 slice FF cheese

Lunch
veggie pizza, salad

Dinner
Chili
Brown Rice

Wednesday, January 19th
Breakfast
Cream of Wheat
Yogurt
1 cup milk
Small apple

Lunch
1.5 TBS peanut butter on 2 slices whole-grain bread, with 1 small sliced ripe banana
10 baby carrots

Dinner
LEFTOVERS (probably chili and rice)

Thursday, January 20th
Breakfast
Bagel thin, hardboiled egg, 1 slice FF cheese
1 small banana

Lunch
Veggie (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, dressing) Wraps
1 oz chips
1/2 cup baby carrots

Dinner
Baked Potatoes w/ cheese
Broccoli
Salad

Breakfast
1 small banana
1.5 cups Special K and 1 cup 1% milk

Lunch
Pita Chicken Salad Melt
½ cup baby carrots, 1 cup grapes

Dinner
LEFTOVERS (we'll see what's left at the end of the week)! :)

~ Rebekah ~
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1/12/11 11:52 A

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Your nutrition tracker should tell you how much protein you need. AT the bottom, it should tell you your daily goals for carbs, fat, protein, and I added fiber to mine. My protein goal is 60-127. SP figures it. It is put in there for you. Honestly, I almost always fall short of 60. It is usually close, like in the 50's. I'm not sure if that's really enough, except, I feel good, my blood work is good.... If I add more protein, then I end up going over my calories.
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BUSSMOM Posts: 1,148
1/12/11 10:41 A

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Do I need to have protein at every meal like it is on non-vegan diets? How do I know if I am getting enough protein? That part of this lifesyle change is so very different for me.

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1/11/11 8:06 P

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The UFO turned out to be cabbage unroll which is what we call it when you get lazy and throw all the ingredients for stuffed cabbage - rice, meat, cabbage, tomato, spices - into a pot rather than taking the time to make neat rolls. The cabbage came from the CSA this summer.

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That's funny. I think I have a few UFO's in my freezer too.

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1/9/11 10:16 P

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UFO in this case is translated Unidentified Frozen Object, as opposed to the Unidentified Fuzzy Objects you sometimes find in the fridge, or the Unfinished Fiber Objects inhabiting so many craft rooms.

In the case of Tuesday's dinner, the container lost its label - I can see rice, chunks of meat and vegetables in a tomato base, but I've totally forgotten whether it was soup or casserole and what nationality's cuisine the spicing was taken from.

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Mmmmmm.... that all sounds good. I may have to borrow some of your ideas. What is UFO??
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We usually plan dinner ahead 4-5 days since that's how long it takes 2 growing boys (Age 6 & 8) + a milk loving husband to run through as much as we can jam into the fridge. So this week's plan:

Tonight - Musselman Lentil Pumpkin Curry (Veg)
Sunday - Salad, Bread, Chicken soup (will eat once then fill the freezer for the next time someone is sick)
Monday - Beans'n'greens, cornbread, cheese plate (Veg)
Tuesday - UFO with rice and meat from freezer
Wednesday - Baked mac'n'cheese from scratch, salad
Thursday - Veggie wraps

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I don't always make meal plans, but it's so much easier when I do. I went to the store on Thursday and I had found two recipes I wanted to try, so bought the food for them. Haven't made them yet, so at least I have two days covered for now. I don't eat meat, but I've tried to recently. Not sure if I can do it, but I'm not opposed to it, I just haven't for so long (17 years) that I have lost the taste for it. Thinking of my Gran's chicken and dumplings though.... mmmmm..... maybe I will try to make them and see how it goes.
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1/6/11 9:31 A

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I do meal planning every week as well. I cook some sort of meat for most dinners for my husband, but am really interested in trying to eliminate that at least once a week for him. I ocassionally have meat at lunch, but have been making more of an effort lately to not have any for the meals I eat alone (my breakfast and lunch).

Here are a couple sample days:

Monday
Breakfast
1 pkg instant oatmeal
1 low fat yogurt

Lunch
1 small banana
1.5 TBS peanut butter on whole wheat

Dinner
LEFTOVERS

Snacks
1 pear

Tuesday
Breakfast
1 small apple w/ 1 TBS peanut butter
100 calorie yogurt

Lunch
Egg Salad Sandwich on whole wheat
1 hardboiled egg diced with
1 TBS light mayo
1 TBS relish
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber
½ cup baby carrots

Dinner
Flounder Sandwiches
Baked Fries
Baby Carrots

Snacks
1 serving wheat thins and 2 TBS hummus


Wednesday
Breakfast
1 hardboiled egg and 1 pc toast
1 small apple

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Entrée
1 tangerine

Dinner
Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Pasta
Broccoli

Snacks
1 oz. cheddar cheese & 1 serving Ritz crackers

I am looking forward to getting meal ideas from others here! :)

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I haven't been making a weekly menu, but I do better when I do, so maybe I'll try it this week. So far I've started the week with a scone, some quinoa, and some fresh parmesan cheese. When I get home from the doctor I'll look at planning the rest of the week. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do try to have a certain amount of vegetarian meals a week

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11/15/10 8:49 A

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I always make a weekly menu, whether I'm trying to stick with certain dietary guidelines or not! I could never function in the store or my kitchen if I didn't know what meals we had planned.

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BESTBY40, I'd love to see your weekly menu! And any other members' as well. emoticon

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Gosh, life is just so much simpler when you've got a plan! emoticon

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It is great to have a plan. We were supposed to do a meal plan this weekend, but sickly kiddos distracted us.




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Okay, so I hopped on the vegetarian bandwagon this weekend and have prepared my weekly menu. I jumped up this morning and, after a walk, went to the grocery store to be totally ready for the week ahead.

Breakfast burritos are being made today and frozen for a quick grab-n-go breakfast (eggs, cheese, potatoes and maybe some onions and mushrooms or salsa). Dinners are eggplant parmesan with linguine, homemade pizza, homemade calzones, black beans and rice and yakisoba with veggies.

I'm ready and feel great that I actually have a plan!!!

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