2000 Calorie Bulking Meal Plan


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Day 1

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Tuna, Canned in Water, drained, 0.75 can
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Beans, navy, 0.5 cup
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Saute chopped onions and peppers with fresh garlic in oil, add 2.5 cups water, rice and beans and season with oregano, cumin, ground cloves, and cayenne pepper to taste and simmer for about 1 hour. Top with Mozzarella Cheese and serve.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Lettuce, leaf salad, 2 cup, shredded
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Kraft Light Done Right Ranch Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Mix salsa and ranch and pour over chicken and lettuce. Serve with cornbread.

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Garden Vegetable Frittata, 1 serving
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Sesame Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Saute tofu in sesame oil until crispy. Add broccoli and rice, and heat through. Drizzle with vinegar.

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Ham, extra lean, (5% fat), 4 slice (6-1/4" x 4" x 1/16")
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Mashed Potatoes, 0.6 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Watermelon, 1.25 cup, balls
  • Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Heat chickpeas, mozzarella, spinach and sauce, and pour over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan. Serve with watermelon.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Bagels, oat bran, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Melt cheese in the tortilla, add scrambled egg, roll and enjoy.
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Shrimp, cooked, 5 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, rye, 1 medium
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Vegan Lentil Burgers, 1 serving
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bread, italian, 2 slice, medium
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Top Lentil burger with tomatoes and spread and enjoy on Italian bread.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Vegetarian Chili RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Avocados, California (Haas), 0.13 fruit without skin and seeds
  • Directions: Mix rice into chili and heat. Top with onions and avocado.

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute raw, cubed potato in oil for a few minutes to brown. Add pureed tomatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add garbanzo beans and heat. Dish up and top with shredded cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, 1 cup, 1 serving
  • Directions: Place cubed potato, broth and milk in a pot. Heat until potatoes are cooked, then puree (in blender). Thin soup with water if needed. Return to pot, add beans, cheese, and broccoli. Heat, stirring well. Serve with tangerines.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Heat oil and add minced garlic and saute. Add chopped tomatoes and properly prepared beans, cover with fresh spinach, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Spoon over prepared noodles and top with cheese.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole Wheat Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 395 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Pork Sausage, 3 link (raw dimensions: 4" long x 7/8" dia), cooked
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 595 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute raw, cubed potato in oil for a few minutes to brown. Add pureed tomatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add garbanzo beans and heat. Dish up and top with shredded cheese.
  • Dinner - 650 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Soak, rinse and drain beans if needed then mash. Break up chips and add to lettuce, top with mashed beans and shredded cheese with sour cream on top and a splash of taco sauce.
  • Snack - 300 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE, 0.3 serving
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp