Sunday, April 11, 2010

What's on the menu?

Happy spring!

We've been doing pretty well lately with menu planning. The planning part, anyway, if not the execution ;-) My primary goal has been to eat more fresh food. More fruit, veggies, salad, etc. And organics where possible. I'm also trying to eat seasonally and really focus on recipes that bring together a lot of nutrients. To make that a reality, I've been working with a couple of new strategies. Are you guys familiar with the YOU doctors (Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen)? I've enjoyed their books, and one thing in particular has stuck with me. Maybe because it goes against my usual thought process, but I've found it really does work:

"Automate" one meal per day. They say that, particularly if you're trying to lose weight, actually removing some choices and decisions (like what to eat for lunch every day) can make things easier. Eat that same meal (with some minor tweaks) every day. They say its fine from a nutritional standpoint, and for me, once I got past the concern over lack of variety, this has worked wonders, both for my wallet and helping me eliminate lots of fast food drive-by lunchtime disasters.

They say it can be any meal you choose, but for me the hardest one is always lunch. I'm also trying to eliminate all processed foods, so I've been making turkey and guacamole pitas for lunch every day. Some days I also take a salad (with homemade dressing). This setup is surprisingly enjoyable five days a week, and I feel good about my lunch choices again. I also get an extra serving of veggies in by lunch time if I eat the salad, so I'm working on that (even though I'm not really a salad lover). I'm all about the salad toppings and dressing rather than the greens, so I change those up each week. Baby steps!

Hubby and I are also working out at least 5 days a week, which makes dinner a bit of a challenge (I get home at 6:30, then work out). So we're learning what works and what doesn't, and the whole freezer meal thing has been a Godsend. It's about time for another day of freezer meal prep, so I will share some favorite freezer recipes you guys might enjoy as well!

Here's the plan for the week:

Sunday: Grilled salmon with chimichurri, Italian potato salad, sauteed asparagus. Also, make a batch of Sausage, Bean and Kale ragout (this is great for switching up lunch during the week, and a quick dinner with garlic toast or cheese muffins)

Monday: A new one to try - Cider vinegar chicken, smashed potatoes, cucumber and watercress salad

Tuesday: Leftovers or freezer pleasers!

Wednesday: Whitefish with artichokes, salad, cheesy olive bread

Thursday: Chicken raguout, noodles (tossed with any leftover chimichurri), garlic butter green beans

Friday: Grilled Balsamic BBQ chicken, corn with lime butter, and sweet potatoes

Saturday: Burgers, roasted rosemary potatoes, lemon butter broccoli

So, what's on your table this week?

Love, Dahrlin'


CaraBee said...

I find its actually more dangerous for me to plan to eat the same thing than to plan for variety because I am one of those people that just won't eat the same meal even two days in a row. I never eat leftovers unless it is something I absolutely love. And those meals are few and far between.

I definitely like the more natural and organics, though. Something I've been working on for us, too.

Lora said...

I've been wanting to try that olive bread~it looks amazing! And the balsamic bbq sounds good, too, I love balsamic vinegar...mmm

Michelle said...

Mmmm, wanna come cook with me? I haven't planned a single meal for this week. I think I ought to. And the automating one lunch a week? I LOVE that idea. nifty!

Connordog said...

I am so envious! Right now we are eating what Doug is cooking and well, there isn't much variety in that at all. I can't wait to get back to cooking again.

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK for this week we've got fried catfish Mon. cronbread casserole Tues, church Wed, and Mama going out Thursday....Friday is payday which is always NO COOK DAY!

Miss ya!

Angie's Spot said...

Meal automation is such a great idea! Fortunately, I'm one of those people who has no problem eating the same stuff over and over again. Of course, the stuff I choose isn't exactly health conscious. Good for you on making these changes! I need to find some motivation to do the same thing.

prashant said...

absolutely love. And those meals are few and far between.

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