Monday, January 16, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 16} + WW {Wk35}

We spent the weekend in my hometown with my family for two separate birthday celebrations. My sweet little niece turned 9 on the 10th and we had a party at my brothers house on Saturday with her friends and some family. My mom had a birthday yesterday {the 15th} and we {me & the husband and my brother, his girlfriend & my niece} took her & our step-dad out to a late lunch / early dinner {“linner”} and then had ice cream and cake back at her house before we headed back home. It was great weekend and we got to spend lots of quality time with family {we also snuck in a visit to my dads house on Sunday morning to see him & my step-mom} --- the best way to spend a weekend, especially when cake is involved :)

Last weeks Turkey Chili with Lentils turned out good --- except next time it definitely needs more seasoning/spices. However, it was cheap and healthy and low in WW points. Plus I’ve got half a bag of leftover lentils which means I’ll be finding a way to use them again. #healthyonabudget

Here is the recipe I followed:

Turkey Chili with Lentils
Adapted from THIS recipe by Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
10 oz cooked ground turkey {lean – 97/3}
*I cooked up a whole package {we get our ground turkey at Costco} but froze half to use later
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans {chickpeas}
1 – 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 cup dry lentils
scallions

Directions:
Brown turkey, drain off fat. Add in onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add spices, beans, tomatoes, lentils and 2 cups of water. Simmer until thick and lentils fully cooked, adding more water and/or spices as needed. Served topped with green onions.
{I ended up adding about 6 cups of water total because it kept getting evaporated.}
*Next time I’d add more chili powder, some cayenne powder, and some red pepper flakes. Also I might cook the lentils separate so they don’t absorb so much of the water.

We didn’t end up eating the leftovers last night since we had such a late lunch + cake & ice cream … so we’ll be enjoying the leftovers tonight. I think I’ll add some more spices while I’m reheating it on the stove top :)

Also, the pork chops turned out really good. The husband grilled them on our propane barbeque and dinner was done in a jiffy. We got the chops {lean & boneless} on sale and we’ll definitely keep an eye out for future sales since we got two chops {about 0.75 of a lb} for under $3. #healthyonabudget

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Monday ~ leftover chili from last week with salad

See recipe above.

Tuesday ~ Black Bean & Wild Rice Burgers {freezer} with salad

Still trying to slowly eat our way through some of the stocked up food in our freezer :)
*I lost the link to the recipe :(

Wednesday ~ Tofu Chow Mein with salad

I’m hoping this turns out as good as its sounding in my head! I’ll share the recipe if it does :)

Thursday ~ leftovers with salad

Friday ~ Pasta with Marinara Sauce {freezer} & Turkey Meatballs from Trader Joe’s with salad

Saturday ~ Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken over rice with salad

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I’m excited to give it a try :)

Sunday ~ leftover pasta with salad

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 35 {01.19.12 – 01.15.12}
Weigh-in {01.16.12} = 139 lbs
Week 34 Loss/Gain = –0.6 lbs
Total Weigh Loss = –11.2 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 56 activity points {and used them all}
I exercised everyday!
*I had another great week and tracked everything I ate {even ice cream + cake + eating out} the best I could. I used all my activity points and most of my weekly allowance points on cake, ice cream, and going out to eat for Chinese food.
*Previous WW recaps can be found HERE.

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3 comments:

ajh said...

Are you doing these fun WW graphs on line at their site?

What do you do when you go out and you don't know the number of points? Estimate?

christa said...

Nice work Jesse!! I am trying to meal plan better.

Ali Mc said...

Ahhh your meal plans kick mine in the butt! on the menu tonight is Sarah's chicken parm casserole!!! YUM!