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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm trying out this "menu" thing, almost by accident. I was sick of having hardly anything in the house and never cooking, so I pulled a bunch of slow cooker recipes, plus a couple of quick things that sounded good, and bought all the stuff Monday night. I ended up not cooking Monday, though, because I hate cooking after shopping for some reason (I have mental problems you can't even fathom).

Fortunately, there was leftover bbq pulled chicken in the fridge....

I am terrible at reducing recipes and cooking for two, so we always end up with tons of leftovers which husby refuses to take to work for lunch because he refuses to pack a lunch because he's a weirdo, so my menu always gets all shifted as meals get replaced by Leftovers Night, and then vegetables go bad and meals get scrapped from the menu entirely, and then I'm a disaster. So yeah.

What I'm trying this week is to stash most of the leftovers in the freezer for future "no time to cook, ahhh!" nights, instead of trying to eat them all this week.


Tuesday night: crockpot Beef Stroganoff with noodles and peas

Wednesday: Corn chowder (crockpot again!) with chicken sausage & broccoli on the side

Thursday: Turkey cabbage stew (SP recipe! non crockpot, boo). Maybe + random microwave-in-the-bag veggies on the side...

Friday: Tuna noodle casserole, except with salmon because that's what I have a can of.

I have Friday off so I should theoretically be able to cook noodles, mix sauce, and put it in the oven without imploding. There will also be random vegetables on the side because the broccoli + peas + corn IN the casserole for some reason do not "count" as vegetables in my mind. (Don't ask.... other things I never "count" as vegetable servings: corn, potatoes, sometimes carrots. Like, if I only had carrots yesterday I don't count carrots I ate today as a vegetable. Gotta be green. Also many things SP says 1/2c is 1 serving I only count a full cup as a serving. I'm insane. If I went by SP rules I probably eat 17 servings of veggies/fruit per day. Isn't a banana "2 servings" supposedly? Not in my world! I reject your nonsense, and substitute my own!)

Saturday: wedding shower, BOOO. whatever is there. Husby will probably eat frozen pizza rather than one of the SIXTEEN SERVINGS OF LEFTOVERS of the above meals that will be in the house, because that's how he rolls.

Sunday: maybe leftovers, or maybe Pot Pie Stew, depends how cranky I am about working Sunday... OH DAP I bought the stuff for "swedish" meatballs (I'm Norwegian but nobody would know what I'm talking about if I said norwegian meatballs. SCANDINAVIAN meatballs, thank you very much) so I should make those sooner rather than later. That will be + rice & peas. I guess I need to buy some peas....

Next week: eh. I'll figure it out on Sunday or possibly Monday. Curry might happen. Chicken soup might also happen, I have all the skin & bones & leftover bits in the freezer to make broth.

So there you go. My attempt at a menu.

Now for the fun part:

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***~**Suck-Free October Pregame 7**~***

Day -7, official!

Days all food tracked: 1/7
Days in calorie range: 1/7
Days under 2000 calories: 1/7
Protein over 90g for the day: 1/7
Fiber in range: 1/7
Took vitamins: 1/7

Cups of water: 11
Total cups of water: 11

Fruit & Veggie servings: 8
Total F/V in October: 8

Workout days: 1
Strength training days: 0

Personal Challenges:

A1: 1 (met)
A2: 15 (met)

B1: 1/2 (needs work)
B2: 1/2 (needs work)
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So it ended up a little better than I expected: a little more water and I DID meet my protein goal after all.

Projected for today: (I will probably stop doing this for the actual challenge as it's confusing, and just post the day's results the day after...)

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***~**Suck-Free October Pregame 7**~***

Day -6

Days all food tracked: 2/7
Days in calorie range: 2/7
Days under 2000 calories: 2/7
Protein over 90g for the day: 2/7
Fiber in range: 2/7
Took vitamins: 2/7

Cups of water: 10
Total cups of water: 21

Fruit & Veggie servings: 7
Total F/V in October: 15

Workout days: 1
Strength training days: 1

Personal Challenges:

A1: 2 (met)
A2: 15 (met)

B1: 2/2 (woot!)
B2: 2/2
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So yeah. Today is looking good. I gotta go buy lunch and snacks though, hahahaha. And I'll only get that ST check mark if I actually do some ST when I get home. Which I will, cuz I'll wanna mark it.

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    Your doing great I love the Menu idea.
    2786 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12383123
    I am anti-leftover myself...depending on what it is anyways.
    I am not sure about a banana being 2 servings, but I don't buy the big giant ones either....sometimes its a chore to find bananas under 6 inches, and I am sure I look like a fruit loop when I am lucky enough to find a bunch of 5 inch-half-green bananas, I buy them part green because yellow and brown spotty ones are gross, lol!

    You are doing a great job!
    2786 days ago
  • MINEA999
    Look at you getting your sh*t together!!!

    I want to come and eat at your house. I struggle with cooking because the ratio of prepartion and cleanup to actual enjoyment of the meal is not very good.

    Also, I too hate to cook after grocery shopping. This is why I usually buy one of those rotisserie chickens when I'm shopping so that I can come home and just eat roast chicken and not have to cook.

    So you're not totally weird. Not totally....
    2786 days ago
    My husband tries to avoid leftovers, too!
    2786 days ago
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