I finally made some more recipes from my SP Cookbook & they were awesome!!
I decided, finally, on a basic menu to make my planning more efficient. Up to this point, I had just spun my wheels trying to come up with meal options without eating the same thing every day. If I do that, I won't stick to the plan...unless it's pizza!
I could eat pizza every day; I actually did when I worked at Pizza Hut for over a year. That's not really very healthy, I know, but it was free. Anyway, there are a few recipes that I know I would love to eat all the time, but the traditional preparation is fatty & calorie-laden. That's the best thing about the cookbook: those recipes aren't off limits any more! I can have 3-cheese macaroni, pizza with toppings I hadn't even thought of trying, tuna noodle casserole & roast beef. I'm pretty much set! So my basic plan I'm sharing, just in case somebody else wants to try. For breakfasts, I'm pretty much using the no-cook breakfast suggestions on page 77. On Saturdays, I'll make one of the actual recipes for breakfast from the SP CookBook or SparkRecipes. Lunch will be leftovers from the dinners past, because I live alone & I gotta get through them. Plus, I won't eat so much at one time if I know I can have it again later (without someone else sneaking some.) Dinners are pretty much what I'll rotate. Sunday: Beef Roast or Chicken, Monday: Mac n' Cheese, Tuesday: Tuna Noodle Casserole, Wednesday: Spaghetti, Lasagna, or another pasta, Thursday: Basic Pizza Dough (until I can buy a coffee grinder or find quinoa flour for the other kind) with one of the 10 toppings combinations suggestions without a recipe with a salad from the no-recipe suggestions in the salad suggestions, Friday: Chinese (homemade and occasionally healthy takeout) especially Lo Mein-love that stuff! Saturday: favorite pick of a not-so healthy recipe. I mainly rely on the snack suggestions from the book, but will throw in some of the actual snack recipes every two or three weeks.
Today was Saturday, so I made Stepfanie's Oatmeal Mix. I'm so glad it has flax in it, since I'm trying to eat more. I also like how I know have a tasty mix already made up that will make 11 more breakfasts, and it tastes great! Of course, I will be mixing it with milk most of those. I love the creamy oatmeal plus the added calcium and protein. The Weeknight Spaghetti was supposed to have been leftover, but I didn't end up making it on Wednesday. I used two small, fresh, ripe tomatoes that needed used, along with a 15 oz can of Del Monte Reduced Sodium Traditional canned sauce. (Instead of the 28 oz can of diced tomatoes called for originally.) I made the Turkey Meatballs recipe with ground venison instead. I have 5 or 6 more pounds of the stuff in the freezer, so I'll be substituting that for a while for the other ground meats I don't have. I'm going for thrifty! The meatballs were 100 times better than I hoped for, I think the seasoning really made the flavor explode!
I'm feeling that eating healthier and tastier will become easier, as I get more dishes caught up, so I can still have all those comfort foods in healthier versions. I'm so happy I bought the SP Cookbook!