Monday, November 7, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Nov 7} + WW {Wk25}

Well, we haven’t started a new no-eating out streak yet since we ate out Friday, Saturday & Sunday night last week.  Fail.  All well --- its a new week and time for a fresh start!  {Didn’t I say that last week too?  Hmmm.}

Over the weekend, while doing our weekly grocery shopping, we picked up our turkey for Thanksgiving.  We had a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase for our local grocery store so we took advantage of it and purchased two 7+ lb frozen turkey breasts!  The $10 coupon almost covered one of the turkey breasts.  I’ve pretty much got my Thanksgiving meal planned {we will be having my mom & step-dad over as well as my MIL} and I’m getting very excited.  I love Thanksgiving!

I’m also excited for this weeks meal plan!  Here it is …

Monday ~ Shredded Chicken Tacos

Its been far too long since I’ve made these tacos and I’m really looking forward to cooking them tonight :)

Tuesday ~ Spinach & Feta Pasta 

I knew it wouldn’t be too long before this was back on the meal plan.  When I made it a couple of weeks ago I immediately fell in love and knew it would be one of my new favorite go-to pasta dinners :)

Wednesday ~ Buffalo Chicken Chili {crock pot}

The original recipe calls for chicken breasts but I decided to use ground chicken.  I think its going to be great either way! 

I’m going to make some homemade buttermilk biscuits to go with the chili – I made these last week on a whim and I love them.

Buttermilk Biscuits

1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add buttermilk; stir just until moist.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 4 or 5 times.  Roll dough to desired thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter.  Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

***To make buttermilk if you don’t have any --- for 1/2 cup combine 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice OR white-wine vinegar and add enough milk to equal 1/2 cup {for 1 cup use 1 tbsp lemon juice or white-wine vinegar and add enough milk to equal 1 cup}.  Stir and let stand for 5 minutes.
***I rolled out my dough pretty thin so that I could get 12 biscuits which ended up being 2 WW pts+ per biscuit {3pts+ for 2; 5pt+ for 3; 6pts+ for 4}.  The pts+ will be affected depending on how thick you roll out your dough and how many biscuits you make out of it.  The original recipe stated 7 biscuits at 3pt+ per 1 biscuit. 

Thursday ~ leftovers

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs

Saturday ~ Turkey Burgers

Sunday ~ leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?  Why or why not? 
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try?  Please share :)

Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 25 {10.31.11-11.06.11}
Weigh-in {11.07.11} = 136
Week 25 Loss = -1 lb
Total Weight Loss = 14.2 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 8 activity points
I exercised 5 out of 7 days
*I am dealing with a running injury right now that has me sidelined from activity --- the only exercise I did was my sports doc prescribed exercises for help strengthen my core/hips/glutes.  I did not make the best choices this week and I did not track my food over the weekend at all since we went out to eat Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  I’m hoping to get back on track this week and to stick to my meal plan with no eating out and to track all my food! 
*Previous WW recaps can be found HERE.


That Pink Girl said...

A Southern girl through and through, buttermilk biscuits are my favorite bread! Make them with cake flour instead of all purpose flour and they'll be lighter and fluffier!

RainStorm said...

I've been terrible with eating out/takeaway the last few weeks. Sometimes you're just too tired to do anything else!

And, like you, I tend to organise my week so that I cook extra and eat leftovers - especially taking them into work. I always prefer hot food so heat my leftovers in the microwave at lunchtime!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I need to be a better meal planner, I usually just wing it. I love leftovers though.