Monday, March 5, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {March 5}

Last weeks “detox” went well --- we managed to avoid the Girl Scout Cookies until Saturday as well as alcohol.  But we did splurge on a take-n-bake pizza from Costco for dinner on Thursday {and enjoyed the leftovers for lunch on Saturday}.  I’m really striving to limit my indulgences to one “cheat” day per week so I’m hopeful that this week will be similar to last week.  It helps that we instated a “no eating in front of the TV or computer” rule for March.  This makes it easier to avoid snacking after dinner.  I’m starting my new job on Wednesday so daytime snacking will lessen {since I’ve been at home it’s easier to snack a lot during the day instead of eating a real “lunch”}.  This morning I cooked up a big batch of quinoa and I am going to use it for lunches this week to make a quinoa “greek” salad {quinoa, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese}.  I am so excited to go back to work!

What are you excited about this week?


Monday ~ Marsala Chicken and Mushroom Casserole 

I didn’t end up making this over the weekend like I planned last week.  After racing in the morning and then spending the afternoon at my FIL’s I didn’t feel like putting in the effort to make this dish so we had some penne pasta with diced chicken and oil-free {and nut-free} pesto instead {the pesto was in the freezer and needed to be eaten anyways}. 

Tuesday ~ leftovers

We don’t get home from our group workout until after 7:30 PM on Tuesday’s so I always try to plan leftovers or easy meals for these days. 

Wednesday ~ Lentil and Black Bean Stew 

Wednesday will be my first day at my new job.  I’m not yet sure how long my commute will take {I’m thinking 30-40 minutes} and I will have a different schedule after training so I decided to plan an easy and quick meal for my first day back to work.  I plan to cook my lentils on Tuesday evening as well do any additional prep I can do so that I can throw this stew together quickly when I get home.

Thursday ~ Tomato Orzo Soup {freezer}

Another quick meal --- we’ve got a stock pile of soups in our freezer that need to be eaten :)

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce

I found two jars of marinara sauce from Costco in the cabinet the other day so we are backed to the jarred sauce again until it’s gone. 

Saturday ~ Tex Mex Sloppy Joes over shredded cabbage mix

I discovered this recipe in March of 2011 and I’m just not getting around to finally making them.  I might have to share a photo of my recipe binder so that you’ll understand my obsession with finding/saving recipes!

Sunday ~ leftover pasta


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 in {03.05.12} = 136.4 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = -1.2 lbs

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