Monday, February 20, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {Feb 20}

The husband was off work today for the President’s Day Holiday so we’ve been busy all day long!  We went for a 5 mile run, deep cleaned our kitchen, took the puppy for a walk, and made dinner.  I’m looking forward to relaxing with him on the couch, drinking some wine and watching a movie when I’m done sharing my meal plan for the week :)

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Monday ~ Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup {new recipe} + salad

This recipe made a huge pot of soup {16 cups total and I reduced the amount of water from 2 qts to only 1 qt} so we’ll be enjoying leftovers tomorrow for dinner, later this week for lunches, and we’ll be freezing some for future meals :)

There are a lot of mixed reviews on the site for this recipe.  I think it turned out great but here are the changes I made:  only 1 quart of water; only 3/4 lb of orzo pasta; added salt, pepper, & dried basil; added 1 small can of tomato paste to “thicken” it up a bit.  Also, I think I would reduce the amount of orzo even more next time if I make this again as it bulks up a lot. 

Tuesday ~ Leftovers + salad

Wednesday ~ BBQ Chicken Rolls {new recipe} + asparagus & salad

Thursday ~ Lentil Tacos + salad

These tacos were so good when I made them a couple of weeks ago that I knew I would be adding them to my meal plan again soon.  I had accidentally cooked my lentils too long and the end result made the mixture more like refried beans and DELICIOUS.  Besides needing to cook the lentils {which only takes about 25 minutes} this recipe comes together quickly and is both satisfying and filling :)

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce with turkey meatballs

Last week I used up some leftover polenta in our pasta dinner.  I cubed up the polenta and crisped it up in a hot skillet with a little bit of olive oil.  It was really yummy.  This week we’ll be using turkey meatballs {from Trader Joe’s} but I think we’ll be using polenta again soon :)

Saturday ~ Enchilada Casserole {new recipe}

After I had my recipes picked out for the week and my meal plan all created I was going through a Taste of Home cookbook I own and saw this exact recipe that I had dog eared the page on previously so I’m excited to be making it this week :)

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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Weigh-in {02.20.12} = 135.8 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +0.4 lbs

I am taking a break from WW and I’m not tracking points but I’m still weighing in each Monday morning, as I always have since 2007 when I was at my highest weight ever.

3 comments:

Suz and Allan said...

Yum, lots of great dishes at your house this week!

christa said...

Can we come for dinner so I don't have to meal plan??

Ali Mc said...

I say this every monday - but i seriously need to plan some meals :)