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2/5/13 2:33 P

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I've always been a fan of making whatever it is that I feel like at the moment so menu plans don't really work for me. That does mean that I need to have a good pantry of spices and some staples so that whatever whim I might have doesn't get waylaid by needing to make a trip to the store. Of course, broccoli can stand in for asparagus or squash instead of sweet potatoes, but whether I want an Indian curry or Mexican sopa, I have the basic ingredients.

One simplification I've done is that I basically have a variation on the same thing each morning. 100g of meat, 100g of broccoli, 4 mushrooms, 40g of onion, 1/4 red bell pepper, 1 egg, and 30g cheese. That is approximately 400 cal, 40g protein, 15g fat, and 20g carbs. If I leave off the cheese it's 300 cal, 30g protein, 7g fat, and 20g carbs. (The above sample is using 100g turkey breast meat.)

With this meal, I'm usually not hungry for lunch unless I've done a big hike or something and can often get by with a piece of fruit or hunk of cheese in the afternoon. It also leaves it such that, regardless of what I may stuff my self with for dinner (within reason), I won't go over my caloric daily limit. During this challenge while I'm being careful of sugars, alcohol, and dessert, I'm always under.

It also may sound boring, but I vary the spices so if I want it just basic, I'll just sprinkle some thyme and garlic powder, but I can make it Mexican, Thai, Indian, or just generally spicy without needing to worry about changing anything in the tracker. (I have it saved as a grouping.) Since the meat component changes, I add that one to the tracker separately and if I'm using bacon, it's only just a slice or two and sausage is a smaller amount as well.

This morning I had my last planned spicy Indian version (no cheese although paneer would have been good) with fresh turmeric and I sort of hogged on the chili pickle so I seem to be breaking a sweat with no workout. ;) I think that should be the final death knell to my tummy troubles. Yay!

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2/5/13 1:12 P

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I am such a procrastinator - no menu plan as of yet.



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2/3/13 5:58 P

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Shopping yesterday we bought a case of chicken breast - three whole chickens and two packages of frozen fish - having a freezer came in handy. Now what to do with all this fish and chicken.



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1/30/13 7:47 P

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I am so glad we own a freezer - I can always find something to cook on the spur of the moment.
I keep telling my husband we need to create a menu for the week - one of these days we will actually get one made.

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1/30/13 7:01 P

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1/30/13 1:28 P

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Freezer - didn't own one for so long. I just had to have one - so I went to Costco and bought a medium sized one. Now what do I fill it up with. I had a chance to buy Beef from a local farmer - organic - free range - all the good life of the cow. Did I buy? No.
My wife does not eat much beef. She would rather eat chicken and fish. So there is no point to buy beef.
I do still get my beef intake in - but not as much as before. When Camp season opens I will get my fill and more.
Bread - since I have started this weight lost journey there is no more peanut butter and jam / honey breakfasts so the toaster is put away and no purchases of bread. Besides that I normally made my own bread for supper and dinner servings -- and even this has been cut out of my menu.
So what is in my freezer - still some remains of the old life - beef -sausages - perogies - cheese - whipping cream and package of hotdog buns and hamburger buns. I guess I should hold some dinner parties to feed my guest these things to rid my self of it. Or maybe go to the local food bank.



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1/30/13 4:47 A

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I end up buying much of the same things as well...partly because we don't have the variety here as there is in the states. Right now Patrick is home with me so it is nice to have us both cooking...we gat alot more variety out of the same old thing!

I have lived for two years with out a freezer! Can you believe it! The new place will have one thankfully but not having a freezer means I have had to plan exactly when I am going to use things since i can't freeze things. I will often get something on sale on Monday ...use it and then get it again on Friday before it goes off sale since I can't stock up. When rotisserie chicken goes on sale I get them about 4 times during the week and find all kinds of things to do with them. If you can believe it chicken is not that cheap here and you can't always get whole chickens.

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1/30/13 1:20 A

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We don't live so close to the "good" stores so I do plan a bit. Once a week or so, we get stocked up at the co-op and Costco and use our local small grocery for fill in. As long as it isn't too exotic, I can usually find what I need there.

Having said that, I tend to buy the same things and then mix them up in different ways. Always eggs, mushrooms, red bell peppers, broccolette (broccoli raab), cheese, Greek yogurt, onions, carrots, and apples. Then in addition whatever might be in season or look good. Right now it's things like cabbage, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, beets, avocados, and citrus. (I'm anxiously awaiting asparagus season!)

We always have a freezer-full of beef and I'll stock up on pork when we get down to the butcher. I usually try to have some fish (salmon normally) around as well.

I don't buy milk, cereal, bread, pasta, or crackers. I will buy 100% rye pumpernickel and potatoes occasionally. If I need bread (for company), I'll just bake some and my honey uses ice cream in his coffee. It's great since it won't go bad and doubles as dessert. ;)

From those ingredients, I can make almost whatever I fancy at any time. I have a well-stocked spice cabinet so even if the basic food items are the same, I get quite a variety. I have taken to making up some sample menu ideas and noting them in my Evernote app so when we decide to have company for dinner, I can look there for inspiration if I don't have any ideas. It helps to be prepared!

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1/29/13 1:24 A

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I try to make menu plans for home meals but I do have a struggle at times with it. Usually i stop by the store on Mondays and grab the ad to see what is on sale and go from there. Making menu plans for home is one of the things I am always trying to get better at. My mother in law is great at it...she has everything on a calender.

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1/28/13 11:12 P

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At work I have to plan and order all the groceries for a week at a time - or twice a week to feed 25 to 180 people. Yet when it come to home shopping - I go to the supper market and buy this and that and each day figure out what I can prepare from what I have. After all I can always go back and pick up something whenever I wish.



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