Monday, January 30, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 30} + WW {Wk37}

I’ve got two recipes that I want to share that I hope to get posted later today so check back for those.  {Tofu Chow Mein & Lentil and Black Bean Stew.}

This weekend is Super Bowl Weekend and we will be hosting our third annual Super Bowl Party!  My dad & step-mom will be making the trip down to spend the weekend with us and some, if not all of, the in-law’s will be coming over too.  We will be serving up a big batch of Grandma Gene’s Award Winning Famous Chili {a secret family recipe from the husband’s grandma} as well as Skinny Taco Dip and Creamy Parmesan Spinach Dip

Before I get to this weeks meal plan I want to share two TIPS I learned on Pinterest last week regarding hard boiled eggs.  Seriously, I learn the greatest things when I’m wasting time on Pinterest.  I also pin the funniest things like this, this, and this

  • To make hard boiled eggs --- put eggs in pot; fill with COLD water to 1” above eggs and place on HIGH heat; bring to a RAPID boil then remove from heat and put a lid on the pot; let it sit for 15 minutes then pour off the hot water and replace with ICE and COLD water; let it sit for 10-15 minutes or until the eggs are cool and then drain off MOST of the water reserving about an inch; replace LID and shake, shake, shake for about a minute; VIOLA when you remove the lid most of the shells will have cracked and/or will be easy to peel off.  *I have tried this trick and it WORKS*
  • Another tip for easy to remove shells --- add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the water {it’s said to raise the pH of the water and makes the eggs easier to peel} *I have not yet tried this trick but I will*

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Monday ~ Chicken & Mushrooms in a Garlic Sauce with orzo pasta and salad

This is actually Chicken & Mushrooms in a Garlic WHITE WINE Sauce … but I really don’t want to open a bottle of white wine for just 1/4 a cup so I’ll be using extra chicken broth instead.  This is my first time making this dish and I’m eager to try it. 

TIP --- For my chicken broth I use Better than Bouillon that I found at Costco.  It’s an organic paste that you add to boiling water.  It’s MSG free.  It is also fat free and contains 1/3 less salt than ordinary bouillons.  I really love the flavor and that I can cook up as much, or as little, as I need quickly.  It also freezes well. 

Tuesday ~ Lentil and Black Bean Stew with salad #healthyonabudget

This turned out so good last week that I wanted to make it again.  I’m going to share the recipe later today :)

Wednesday ~ Broiled Salmon with quinoa and salad

We don’t eat salmon very often but it was on sale this week and we can’t resist a good sale!  {Wild caught – not farmed!}

Thursday ~ Veggie Rice Bowls with salad

Just a simple dinner.  I want to make a big batch of rice to freeze so I thought a simple rice bowl would be perfect for dinner.  I’ll be using kidney beans, zucchini, and teriyaki sauce

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs with salad

Really, nothing new here.  If we are running “long” on Saturday then we are eating pasta on Friday. 

Saturday ~ Leftover pasta

Sunday ~ SUPER BOWL

What’s on your menu this week?
What are your big plans for The Big Game?
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 37 {01.23.12 – 01.29.12}
Weigh-in {01.30.12} = 136.6 lbs
Week 37 Loss/Gain = –1.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss = –13.6 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 61 activity points! {And used 37 of them}
I exercised everyday!!!
*Previous WW recaps can be found HERE.

01.30-1I had good days & not-s0-good days. 
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday = ice cream
Saturday & Sunday = wine & beer 
It’s all RELATIVE.  I still had a good week overall, indulged a little too much {we really need to stop buying ice cream}, but ended up with a good weigh-in that I am happy about. 
Can I do better?  YES.  Am I going to worry about it?  NO.

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1 comment:

Maureen said...

Oh gosh! I wish I could go to your super bowl party!