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Menu moans and a plea for inspiration

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I have been putting off the work I need to do on menu planning. I know it will be a great aid to me to pre plan my menus, and it will save me money, and I'll be glad when I have, and all that. It's just... I'm reluctant to buckle down to it. I'm trying to make it fun, and be a bit organized, and I have come up so far with
Meatless Mondays
Tooting Tuesdays (you know, beans, lentils and legumes) emoticon
White Wednesday (chicken, pork, tofu)
Thrown together Thursday ( thinking very light meals in a hurry as we get in from the pool late)
Fishy Friday
Slow cooked Saturday and
Sumptuous Sunday.
Now I just need to put some recipes around the themes. Dear Sparkers, do you have any favorite low cal/carb meal suggestions to give me a little push in the right direction? Once I get going, I trust my momentum will carry me along.
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    I am really enjoying the replies to this post, you can see that you are really helping. Thanks so much, Sparkies, you are an inspiration.
    2198 days ago
    Sometimes I try to have a day when I eat every color of the rainbow - takes planning, since blueberries don't last very long!

    I'm like Watermellen, I have a general outline for bkfst, lunch, snack, dinner that I follow. Some days are better than others. I try for each meal to have whole grain, fruit or veg, lean protein, and dairy twice a day.
    2200 days ago
    What works for me (and sounds unutterably boring, but I don't find it so) is eating pretty much the same things all the time.

    As in:

    Breakfasts . . omelettes with veggies; or Greek yogourt (fat free sugar free) with berries; or oatmeal with skim milk and raisins/cinnamon

    Lunches: giant leafy green salads with bright veggies and lean protein (chicken or shrimp) plus chopped fruit

    Suppers: homemade soup with whole grain and beans . . . low cal hot choc . . . maybe a few more berries and yogourt.

    I change up the soups, I change up the veggies in the salads: but the pattern doesn't change much. And apparently the National Weight Loss Registry has found that people who take weight off and keep it off for 5years or more mostly eat . . . the same things most of the time!
    2200 days ago
    I like to use this Sparkpeople shopping list:
    First brew a nice cup of herb tea - find a sunny comfortable spot to sit at. Make planning the menu for the week feel like you are choosing your dishes at a restaurant - ie a pleasant leisurely event!!

    I have a collection of the NZ magazine "Healthy Foods" and flick through the glossy pages to get inspired. The recipes are budget minded but still look good! Writing the recipe title, issue and pg number on each day of the weeks meal I adding the ingredients needed onto the grocery list as I go. It is good to have the list of ingredients put into the categories frozen foods etc for easy navigation of the supermarket.

    I try and have a balance of red/white and fish dishes in the week and use the magazine issues which fall into the current season. It usually promotes the most available fruits/veges etc.

    I save the lists and rotate them. Sorry I haven't really answered all your question/quest for recipes - but this hopefully will help!
    2211 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2012 6:49:19 AM
    no help i am afraid, but quite hungry now! emoticon
    2213 days ago
    ooh i Love your days!! Very unique! i was a dismal failure at menu planning so I would love to hear updates.

    Very inspiring!!!!
    2214 days ago
    African Sweet Potato Stew for either Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday:
    It's really good, and I don't even like sweet potatoes!

    If it's available in Kiwiland, I highly recommend the cookbook Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moscowitz. Really tasty low calorie vegan recipes (that also work with a little meat tossed in!). There's a Post Punk Kitchen team that has a thread that discusses the various recipes.
    2214 days ago
    Wow this is rather inspiring, thank you Sparkies! emoticon
    2214 days ago
    Forgot to say, I am an OZ who mixes grams and ounces, but the cooking temperatures are in celcius.
    2214 days ago
    I have 3 chicken recipes for you -


    2 chicken fillets and a medium tin or apricots.

    Slice fillets lengthwise and place in lasagne dish. Pour apricots and juice over the top. Cover with foil and bake 60 minutes 180 degrees.

    Or sprinkle a pkt of french onion soup over the fillets and pour over a tin of mandarin segments and juice.


    2 breasts cut in half length-wise
    3 oz. shredded cheese
    1 rounded dessertspoon dijon mustard
    3 dessertspoons milk
    2 tomatoes (halved)

    Oven at 180 degrees. Lightly oil a shallow dish & single layer the chicken. Mix cheese, mustard and milk and pile the mix on top of each chicken piece. No need to smooth it out. Cook for 20 minutes and then put the tomatoes around the chicken and cook for another 20 minutes until tomatoes are squashy and the chicken is golden. Serve with potatoes and a green.


    1 small boiling chook
    200g bacon pieces
    1 tin champignons (pieces and stems) drained
    1 tin condensed cream of chicken soup
    Puff pastry to cover the pie dish

    Boil up a small chicken and when cooked, take the meat off and lay in a pie dish. Cook up some bacon pieces and put on top of the chicken. Cover with champignons and chicken soup. Cover the pie dish with a sheet of pastry, allowing some of the pastry to hang over the side of the dish. Bake in pre-heated oven 210 degrees for 20-25 minutes until pastry is golden.

    2214 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Here's some ideas from the SparkRecipes website as well as some of my own recipes here on Spark. Also a couple of others that I make for my family, too:
    For Slow Cooker Saturday:
    For Throw Together Thursday:
    For White Wednesday:
    For Tooting Tuesday:
    For Sumptuous Sunday:

    These are all tried and true recipes that I make on a regular basis. I hope you and your family will decide to give them a try!

    Hope this gives you a good start!

    2215 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2012 5:39:13 PM
    Fishy Friday:
    Grilled salmon with lime juice and cilantro
    Fresh asparagus
    Baked beet (chilled first) goat cheese salad on a bed of fresh greens with balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzled over it.

    Slow Cooked Saturday, or Tootin' Tuesday, or White Wednesday:
    Slow Cooked Chicken Provincial -
    Chicken breasts, white kidney (cannellini beans), chopped carrots, chopped onion or leeks, chicken broth, fresh rosemary. Optional - white wine. Put all in the slow cooker and serve warm.

    Throw Together Thursday:
    Leftover Chicken Provincial

    2215 days ago
    Love your alliterative titles for each day of the week! Do you mind if I steal them the next time I need to make a shift in my own ever-evolving program?

    I've found some awesome recipes on sparkrecipies. My newest favorites are for with parmesan, and the other with lime and cilantro (my man likes the parmesan one best). These recipes work with any white fish! Let me know what you think! :)
    2215 days ago
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