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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 31, 2018

The weight fell off of me with no hard work. Everyone was telling me how much better I was looking. But I was feeling worn down with no appetite. Even though I was looking better, my health was failing so the weight gradually found its way back onto my body.

As the new year begins, it’s time to reevaluate my health and diet. Ever since my gallbladder started failing, it’s been difficult to eat regular meals. My appetite is not what it used to be. I’m hungry mostly in the middle of the night which is a bummer because I don’t want to get out of bed to tame the hunger beast.

I’ve got to manage my diet so that I’m the healthiest I can be instead of just eating to survive. I understand the tools necessary to be the healthiest but it is up to me to make sure I’m using those tools and am eating foods that will fuel me.

Just so you know, I’m a vegetarian and have been one since Valentine’s Day last year so all of my meals are going to be meatless. I still eat eggs and dairy so I’m not plant based.

So here is my menu for this week:

Breakfasts

Sugar Plum Danish (Mom got it for me.), apple with cashew butter
Maple Apple Steel Cut Oats
Green Smoothie with cheese or nuts for protein

Lunches

Monday – Leftover veggie burger
Tuesday – Fried Egg Sandwich – Open Faced, broccoli (steamed or roasted)
Wednesday – Friday – BBQ Black Bean Salad (On Wednesday, I’m back at work. They are supposed to feed us but I don’t know what they are going to have or if it will be vegetarian friendly.)
Saturday or Sunday – Eat lunch at Melt – Mom wants to eat there. Cabbage Soup for the other day

Dinners

Monday and Wednesday – Creamy Enchilada Pasta with broccoli (steamed or roasted)
Tuesday – Sauerkraut with “sausage,” black eyed peas, roasted potatoes
Thursday – English Muffin Pizza from the freezer, some sort of veggie
Friday – Mushroom risotto burger, roasted potatoes, veggie
Saturday or Sunday – Cabbage Soup

Snacks

Energy Balls
Yogurt
Veggies and Dip
Fruit

Dinners for My Meat Eaters

Ravioli
Pork with Sauerkraut, Roasted Potatoes (A couple of meals)
Sausage
Hamburgers

Have a magical day,
Traci

menu plan monday, Menu planning

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of July 2, 2018 Plus a review of Eat at Home Tonight

Last week, my friend Molly was in town.  The Imaginative One was happy when she left because that meant I would once again cook dinner for him.  LOL!

A month ago, I signed up for Eat at Home’s first cookbook’s launch.  I received the cookbook a few weeks ago.  I immediately read the book from cover to cover and marked it up with recipes that the family might enjoy.  I love the fact that Eat at Home Tonight uses real ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store.

Another feature of the cookbook is the freezer kits.  She offers two freezer menus with shopping lists and recipes.  I absolutely love having freezer kits.

The cookbook is going to be published on August 7th.  Grab your copy then.  You won’t regret it especially if you are a busy mom like me.

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Here is my menu for the week.  Some of the recipes are from the cookbook:  Memphis Style BBQ Chicken Tacos, Power Chopped Salad, Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables, and Naan Pizza.

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 Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of June 3, 2018

It has been a hot minute since I have made a menu plan.  For a while, I was eating out way TOO much.  Like almost every day.

The cost of eating out plus the unhealthiness of eating out was wearing down on us.

My aunt came into town for a week.  While she was here, she wanted to help me reorganize my pantry and kitchen so that it was more functional.  Living in a small house means very little space for extra goodies.  It was easy for the kitchen and pantry to become cluttered which frustrated me.

Now that the kitchen and pantry is reorganized, it is easier to make dinners.

Because of my pantry and kitchen reorganization, I made a menu plan for this week.  Here is what I have planned to make for dinner:

 

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I’ll have another post showing my new kitchen reorganization.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Menu planning

Our Easter 2018 Menu

Since I’m eating a vegetarian diet, coming up with a holiday diet is going to be interesting.

I went to Skinny Taste to try to find some vegetarian dishes that might be delicious.  I ended up finding all of my vegetarian dishes on her blog.  Not only will be my dishes will be vegetarian, they will also be healthy.

For the Meat Lovers in My Family:

Ham

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted carrots or Honey Glazed Carrots

The Vegetarian Part of the Meal

(All of the recipes come from Skinny Taste.)

Portabello Shepherd’s Pie (My main dish)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Spiralized carrots with lemon and dijon

Brussel Sprouts and shallots with a balsamic glaze or makeover spinach gratin

Berry Salad

Shared Components of the Meal

Deviled Eggs

Easy Garlic Knots

Dessert – I haven’t decided on the dessert.

 

Happy Eating,
Traci

 

 

 

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of January 1, 2018

Can you believe it is already 2018?  Neither can I.

For Christmas,  I got myself a meal planner.  As I mentioned in my review of 2017, I am going to begin a weight loss challenge/ fitness challenge at work starting on Friday.  I want to get a jump start on the challenge so I got myself a Skinnytaste Meal Planner.  Actually Mom and the Wee One got it me for Christmas.

It is neat because it has a spot for the meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and then an actually tracker of what you have eaten with a spot for calories or Weight Watchers points.  The planner also has a spot for a grocery list.

There is also a spot for an exercise tracker which is great.

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I’m hoping this meal planner will help me with my goals.

Every year, we have sauerkraut and pork for dinner on New Year’s Day  so that is on the menu for Monday.

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If you look at the planner, you can see what I have planned to cook for the week.

A couple of the dinners are from the freezer.  I made freezer kits for my slow cooker a few weeks ago so I’m going to utilize those for a couple times during the week.

Two of the dinners will be made in my instant pot while four of the meals will be made in my slow cooker.  I love using those two appliances to help me make sure dinner is on the table in a reasonable time.

After I planned the meal, I went to the Kroger Clicklist to order my groceries for the week.  With the cold weather we are currently having, it is easier to order the food.  Associates will then bring the food out to your car.  Convenient during these cold winter months.

So without any further ado, here is my menu for the week.

Monday

Pork and sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, honey glazed carrots

Tuesday

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with black beans and rice

Wednesday

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thursday

Taco Soup w/ Cornbread

Friday

Mexican Pinto Beans w/ Cornbread

Saturday

Leftovers

Sunday

Garlic Mint Pork – Sides to be determined

 

Breakfasts – Hard boiled eggs, fruit, baked oatmeal, omelet muffins

Lunch – Artichoke and shrimp quinoa bowl, Cobb Salad, Yogurt, Applesauce, Salmon Cakes

Happy eating,
Traci

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 2017

My family has been upset because I have not been cooking many dinners lately.  All of our meals have been on a whim or we have gone out to eat.

Since I had the long Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to make freezer crock pot kits so dinners will be easier for us. Continue reading “Mom, What’s For Dinner? – December 2017”