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Menu, Week of 9/1



I know it is Thursday, not Monday–it’s been a rough week.

My poor little girl was injured at cheer practice last week–on her birthday. One minute she is texting me asking if she can invite three friends along for dinner, and practically the next minute, the athletic trainer is calling to tell me to meet them at Children’s Hospital. She was back spotting a stunt, and the flyer fell and hit her in the side of the head. They put her in a brace and on a board and she was not a happy camper, let me tell you. Especially when she discovered the neck brace she has to wear for a couple of weeks means no driving test, because you have to be able to turn your head to drive. Not the best 16th birthday, huh?

Fortunately, nothing appears to be broken. The boy and I have been catering to her a bit, but she gets a bit better each day, able to do a bit more. She gets very tired, though. She is back at school today, and I expect she will be exhausted when she gets home.

I know how she feels, a bit. My neck doesn’t hurt, but I am so tired. We had family in town this weekend, and we did a bit of running around with them, plus a lot of cleaning and cooking to have everyone over on Sunday. The house did need the cleaning (still does need some, actually), so it is nice to have a lot of stuff done, but we were a bit short-handed–the girl did help, but she was limited in what she could do.

This week we are back to work and school, but we are glad to be having a shortened week!

Sunday: covered in last week’s menu–we didn’t do the burgers, beets or fries, though, and my cousin brought a fruit tray

Monday: At my aunt’s–ribs, pork tenderloin, chicken and dumplings casserole, salad, potato salad, pickled beets

Tuesday: Burgers

Wednesday: Kielbasa and cabbage

Thursday: Meatloaf, broccoli

Friday: leftovers

As always, many more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com.


Menu, Week of 8/25



Last week was the second week of school, and the first full week back. Plus, I had pottery class on Tuesday, Wednesday night I had an executive committee meeting for the Parents’ Club at the high school, a jump start conference for my 6th grader and crochet club, and Thursday was my birthday, for which we went out to dinner, then the girl had her first tumbling class on the other side of town. It was a busy, exhausting week. I did make a bit of a menu plan, but I never got around to finishing it and posting it here. We did manage to only eat out on my birthday, though, which I was very happy about–that was a planned night out after all.

Then this weekend I spent a boatload of money. I went to Costco and bought a chest freezer! It really wasn’t that expensive, but I also did a big shop (gotta put some stuff in that freezer after all, 😉 ), and I filled my gas tank. I told the kids when I got home that we have lots of food, but once that is gone we will have to wait until next month to get any more, lol.

I am ridiculously excited to have the freezer. There are so many things I can do with it! The girl is selling frozen pizzas and cookie dough to fund her choir trip, so it will be good to have the freezer space to store that stuff while she is arranging to deliver it to the people who ordered from her. But I can also come home from Costco without panicking that all the food won’t fit in the smallish freezer over my fridge! I can blanch veggies from the garden and freeze them for use all winter! I can do some freezer meals! Did I mention that my excitement is a bit ridiculous?

This week I have plenty of food to choose from since I just went to Costco, so planning is easy in one way. I have plenty of food and I don’t have to get too creative in making meals. On the other hand, I tend to get overwhelmed by lots of choices. All the more reason to plan ahead, though–just think if I had to come home exhausted every day and then still decide what to make. Yuck. We would eat out, I know, and we can’t afford that after all the money I spend this weekend.

With the Labor Day Holiday weekend, I am planning just a bit ahead this week. We are having family from out of town over on Sunday, so I want to make sure I am ready for them.

Sunday: Burgers (we were exhausted from getting the freezer in plus all the shopping, so this was nice and easy)

Monday: Bacon wrapped chicken tenders, low carb zucchini hashbrowns (I don’t have the French’s onions, but I am sure it will still be good), broccoli

Tuesday: Burger or leftovers

Wednesday: Crackslaw

Thursday: Sausage and Eggplant Stew

Friday: Hot wings, bratwurst, broccoli

Saturday: Dinner with a friend or leftovers

Sunday: Avocado and bacon deviled eggs, bratwurst, burgers, broccoli, fries, squash casserole, pickled beets, low carb key lime cheesecake

You may notice that there is a lot of squash on that menu. I mean, it isn’t every night, but maybe it should be–I have so much squash from my garden still. I also made a delicious curried lamp stew with a giant zucchini today for lunch. Hooray, I thought, one less zucchini. Then I took the dog outside to do her business and found another big one needing to be picked, plus several more getting close. I wish the kids liked summer squashes more. I need some good low carb recipes that they would like. Anyone have recommendations?

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com


Menu, Week of 5/5


Last Saturday, April 27, I made a menu, I made a grocery list and I went to the store and bought all the things I needed to make that food. Then I came home and started reading my new book, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, by Gary Taubes, and I realized my menu plan was not going to work for me. I was surprised how much sense the information I was reading about low carb diets made to me–both from a scientific standpoint, and as a way of explaining what I was noticing in my own diet and weight loss results (or lack thereof).

I’ve been eating low carb ever since, and I think it is going well. I’ve lost 2.5 pounds in the last week, and I am less hungry and my clothes seem looser. I have more energy, too.

It is a bit of a menu-planning challenge, though. It is just so different from my usual way of planning. We are eating a lot more meat (much to the kids’ joy!), and meals are just different. I am not a fan of component type meals–a hunk of meat and side dishes–but I don’t have a lot of low carb casserole type dishes. It is taking a bit of time to adjust, which is all the more reason to plan ahead, right? I am still serving potatoes and other starchy sides for the kids as they are growing. I am a bit worried about their veggie intake, too, as most of the vegetables they like are the starchy ones, although they are big fans of broccoli, so that is good.

Sunday: Hamburgers at a friend’s house (I had mine with no bun and sliced avocado, tomato, onion, pickles and spicy mustard to dip), bell pepper strips

Monday: BBQ pork chop filets, broccoli, sauteed mushrooms for me, fries for the kids

Tuesday: Chicken with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, salad

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, avocadoes, bell pepper strips, fries for the kids

Thursday: Salmon noodle casserole–because the boy really, really wants it!, salmon filet for me, green beans

Friday: Pizza made with garbanzo bean flour and Daiya cheese, which is still going to be a bit high in carbs, but much lower than traditional pizza (thinking about pepperoni and Italian sausage for toppings, plus mushrooms and red onions on my part), salad

Saturday: Having friends over for a BBQ–minted lamb burgers with feta and hummus, grilled cabbage and bacon, mushroom skewers (although I will probably just toss them in a grill basket), salad, steamed broccoli, maybe grilled artichokes, because the boy loves those, too

Lots more menus available at orgjunkie.com