So much stuff going on this week, including jumping out of Chris's humongously tall pickup truck (long story) and my right knee saying "Thanks a lot, (W)itch!" So a few days ice/heat treating followed by a cortisone shot at the doc says I'm not going to spend hours on my feet in the kitchen this week! But that's okay. Life is still good and we can make this work by choosing meals that are fast and easy to put together, that Gene can easily help with, and by stocking up at the grocery on Dole bagged salad with the lighter dressing choices and a trip to Breadsmith for my favorite sourdough bread! Why Breadsmith? Because they use no preservatives or additives
In the sweets department, it's Valentine's day next week so everybody gird up your diet loins! Doesn't mean I'm going to forsake all treats, just going to try to limit it a few pieces of good white or dark chocolate. Confession time. I'm really not a huge chocolate fan in general but if it's that bitter dark awesome or the sweet creamy white kind...I can be known to go a little nuts. Nuts....also good in chocolate!
THE WAY IT WORKS:
The way I work my plans is the opposite of most meal plans. This is not a concrete day by day, meal by meal, snack by snack down to the minute food plan. What works for me is to prepare for the week a pot of soup, bread from scratch, a sweet of some kind, and have readily and easily available the ingredients for a specific salad, breakfast, snack foods, and six dinner menus for the week. I add the salad and/or soup to many meals each night to add veggies to our day. I have shopped for the groceries and prepared any veggies I need to like washing and cutting up carrots and celery for snacks, greens washed for the salad and its components in baggies in the crisper so that grabbing and throwing these items together is a snap. My meal plans for dinner can be made on any night of the upcoming week as we want them and have time to prepare them. Having soup, salad, homemade bread, and a sweet made in advance round out nightly dinners, make great lunches, and don't leave me scratching my head wondering what to pull together each day and ordering a pizza instead of eating in. My goal is to have a variety of from scratch "clean" foods easily fixable so we don’t get bored, and also to make the most of nutrients, without specific calorie counts, but including good oils, quality protein, and plenty of fiber from complex carbs.
Because of my job, I work 12 hour overnights and those are usually clustered around the weekend so I look at the grocery ads on Wednesday, shop Wednesday or Thursday, and prep Thursday or Friday. But that's just because of the way my work days fall. Anyone else following this idea would want to shop/prep/cook more heavily around their days off, whether that's mid-week or the weekend.
(Recipes that are here on my blog that I will be using have links.)
Breakfasts: Greek Yogurt, Cheerios
Soup: Beef Vegetable Soup
Salad: Bagged Salad mixes from Dole or other
Snacks: Carrot & celery sticks w/peanut butter, oranges, & apples
Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, and/or Soup of the Week
Breads: Breadsmith sourdough (no time to bake this week)
Sweets: A LIMITED amount of dark and white chocolate (Valentine's Day cannot be ignored!)
Deli Style Sandwiches:
Deli meat and cheeses on Breadsmith sourdough
Carrot & celery sticks w/peanut butter
Dole bagged Salad w/light dressing
Dole Bagged Salad w/light dressing
(Recipe cut into two portions--freeze half for another dinner later)
Mashed Sweet PotatoesSautéed Green Beans
Breakfast for Dinner:
Light Sausage Links
Hashbrown O'Brien (Ore-Ida)
Sourdough (from Breadsmith) Toast