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Menu, Week of 1/11

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This is my third menu plan for the year! I am on track for menu planning again! I know, this is very exclamatory, but I have been really slacking on the menus, and suffering for it. I have missed the ease of a menu already in place, and made abortive attempts to reboot the habit for months with very little success. Now, though, I seem to be doing it, and I am super happy about that.

Another trick I used this week is creating a menu at the beginning of the week before, and adding things as they occur to me. Rather than sitting down on Sunday to create a menu from scratch, I add a meal here and there as it occurs to me that I would like to have a particular dish soon. Then I don’t have to really think about it all at once, and I am quickly jotting things down as I think of them.

Also, I am planning a few easy nights, so I don’t burn out. Sometimes just eating at home is good enough, saving me time and money.

Sunday: Chili, pasta for the kids

Monday: Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Italian sausage (I didn’t make this last week, so I am moving it out to this day)

Tuesday: Hamburgers

Wednesday: Buffalo pork chops (these were very popular last week!), buttered broccoli

Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

Friday: Leftovers or sausage and eggs

Saturday: Doro Wat, with thighs instead of drumsticks, Ethiopian spiced cabbage, based on this recipe, but without the carrots, probably

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

Menu, week of 1/4

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I used to be so good about menu planning. Heck, probably half of this blog is menu plans. Everything goes better when I have a menu, because I don’t have to think about what to make every day. I just come home and make dinner, and even if I am a bit tempted to eat out and spend money, I can usually quash that urge pretty quickly when I know what we are going to eat at home. I only plan to make things I like, after all. As a start to my goals for the year, I am getting back to that planning.

My plan is to try to keep it simple, not taking too much time with the plans. I have been known to spend hours on a menu plan, looking through Pinterest, reading old menus, trying to get the absolute best menu possible, as if that is a thing. I am putting a limit of 30 minutes on planning, and realizing that anything homemade is a good meal. This planning is supposed to be saving me time, after all, not taking up my whole weekend.

Sunday: Spanish Cod – I didn’t make this Friday as planned, so I am moving it to today

Monday: Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Italian sausage

Tuesday: Broccoli cheese frittata with smoked salmon

Wednesday: Bacon wrapped chicken tenders, green beans sauteed with bacon

Thursday: Buffalo Pork Chops (some plain for the girl), roasted Brussel’s sprouts, sauteed mushrooms

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Peanut Coconut Curry Chicken

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

Menu, Week of 11/17

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Did you know that Thanksgiving is next week? Of course you did. Really, I did, too, but it still seems to be sneaking up on me, even though it is so late this year. I need to make a menu for that meal!

In the meantime, this is yet another busy week, and I need all of my time for Christmas projects, so the menu is mostly fast stuff. I am going to make a roast on Thursday, but mostly that is in the oven with no input from me, so it doesn’t count as a long recipe.

Sunday: Out with a friend

Monday: Bacon-wrapped chicken tenderloins, buttered green beans, fried cabbage

Tuesday: Breaded Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce, cole slaw with tahini dressing

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed cauliflower, sauteed green beans

Friday: Salmon burgers, salad

Saturday: Leftovers

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on orgjunkie.com.

Menu, Week of 5/5

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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