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7/18/11 11:12 A

I agree with Teacher, about grilling whenever you can. It is usually too late when we get home to fire up the grill, but on weekends, such as last night, while my husband had steak on the grill, we will also throw on 2 chicken breasts, to have on top of salad another night. Pulled pork in the crockpot is a great option, too, and simple! I plan ahead for the week, choosing the meat and vegetables for each night. I tend to choose chicken and fish, but I do eat pork and beef occasionally. Try one new recipe a week, and make your favorite dinners healthier. Make your own pizza at home, switch to brown rice.

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7/18/11 9:59 A

We grill most nights during nice weather. I buy meat and veggies that are on sale that week and that is what I use to plan meals. Tonight we are having marinated flank steak and broccoli.

KELEKONA Posts: 605
7/15/11 1:18 P

Let's see, I ended up with country style ribs and a roast for the meat. I can't remember what else I bought. I should probably just start typing the meal plan into my phone after I wander through the vegetable and meat department, since I can do it in my head for the most part.

I guess part of my problem is that I'm better with "winter" foods. It doesn't matter when I'm cooking for one because I rarely leave the house and setting the thermostat to 77 is a necessity since we don't have trees, but hubby has to drive home in the heat, and I feel bad for serving him a hearty stew after that.

Maybe I need more "summer" ideas? Tacos, curry, and stir-fry are about the best I can do.

KELKER Posts: 204
7/14/11 1:20 P

When I first joined Sparkpeople I had twenty something pounds to lose. I did that, but I'm back for a tuneup. I found that meal planning was key to my success. Going for the quick and easy meal can be treacherous to the calorie count for the day.
This may sound nuts, but I now plan dinner for up to a month in advance. Sure, it is in pencil and depending on social plans and things that come up, planned meals can change, but it takes so much stress out of my life. I always have a couple of back up options in the freezer and there might be a couple of "potluck' days on that monthly plan, but the grocery list is clear and I don't have to figure it out after working all day.

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
7/14/11 11:02 A

I plan my weekly menu around the supermarket sales. So just like Pookie said, you get variety !!

This week my supermarket has bags Fresh Express salad mix buy 1 get 1 free. Tonight I will grill some chicken with some Montreal Seasoning and serve it on top of a big salad.

Omelets are great for dinner !! Add some veggies, low fat cheese and some whole wheat bread and you have a great meal.

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7/14/11 7:36 A

try looking on your stores website if it has one.

I look at whats on special offer, so i can plan to use the cheaper things they have on sale. Means you get to eat lots of different things!

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7/13/11 1:15 P

I had a plan for dinner but hubby just called and feels sick so he wants soup instead. I will make my grilled smoked sausage with grilled veggies tomorrow night instead.

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7/10/11 8:49 P

What I do is plan a different protein each night, so here's my example:

Monday- Chicken on the BBQ, ear of corn and grilled zucchini

Tuesday- Shrimp Kabobs, grilled veggies (I cut up and place in a foil pack and place on grill or you could roast them too), dinner roll and side salad

Wednesday - Hamburgers or Turkey Burgers with a side of grilled or oven roast french fries. (Instead of bread, use big romaine lettuce leafs)

Thursday - Chicken again (I love chicken), stir fry it with veggies and a side of brown rice or a big salad with chicken, strawberries, slivered almonds, tomatoes, cucumbers and a vingarette.

Friday - Fend for yourself night (Make whatever you hear desires)

Saturday - BBQ Pork Chops, baked potato and a veggie.

Sunday - This is my family together night. I'll make slow cooked BBQ Chicken, Flank Steak on the grill, fresh bread, big salad and a veggie.

Every meal, I have a protein, carb and veggie

Hope my ideas helped.

Edited by: SHELBSYD at: 7/10/2011 (20:50)
KELEKONA Posts: 605
7/10/11 3:05 P

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to cook next week before I go to the grocery store, but I'm coming up blank. I've got a recipe collection on the web, but most of it is weird, fussy, dessert, or seasonally inappropriate. (We've been eating a lot of sausages and onions lately.)

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