Goals: Meal Planning (part 3)

A raw top Rump steak or Round Steak - the base...

A raw top Rump steak or Round Steak – the base steak from which the popeseye steak is cut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are into the second week of meal planning and I figured out a flaw in my plan: Sundays. Every Sunday, we usually eat at my parent’s house or at a potluck with the Church. There are those exceptions, like last Sunday, where one of the kids gets sick and we don’t stay beyond the service. Sometimes Mike or I will stay home with the sick kid, and the other will take the others and then come straight home.

I usually don’t have any meals planned for that day, so I pretty much “wing it”. The downside is that we always have leftovers, which we have on Monday, which throws the entire week off.  Without Spaghetti on Monday, there’s no Chili on Tuesday. The sauce that my husband makes is usually more than enough for Spaghetti on Monday and for Chili on Tuesday.

So, instead of Spaghetti yesterday, we had leftovers from Sunday and today, I dug out a chicken from the chest freezer and put that in the oven. It wasn’t done by lunch, so I made the kids peanut butter and jelly in wheat wraps. I had a couple of eggs and some raisins. Everyone was eating the chicken when I got back from curves.

Another problem that came up, but I actually planned for was running out of a specific item. We buy in bulk in just about everything. No sooner than I had posted the last meal planning post, my husband had informed me that we were out of steak and we are due for a cow in February.

I went to thefoodee.com and found “Sexy-time Meatloaf”. Regardless of what it sounds like, there’s no porn (or half-naked women) involved. The link to the actual recipe has a few rated-R words, but that’s about it. The recipe is pretty basic, but sometimes the simplest of recipes happen to be the best.

It now replaces the Steak on Wednesdays, at least until we fill our freezer again. As it turns out, we have plenty of ground beef left.

As for Sundays, I haven’t quite figured out what to do yet, except I better have some extra freezer containers next time if I want to keep the schedule.

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Goals: Meal Planning (part 2)

MealsInOneNoteIn my last post, I’ve talked about meal planning. Well, at the last minute on Sunday, I manage to get a meal list done using Microsoft One Note. I like using One Note because it allows me to create an object for each meal.

This allows me to move objects or a text group around the page (you can see the “Saturday” group highlighted). When I start meal planning for the rest of the day (aside from just lunch), it will be easier to change around meals to the appropriate days.

You are probably wondering why Saturday is still empty. It’s because Saturday is the experiment day, where I try a new meal. If the kids like it, then it replaces another meal during the week to add some variety. It not only allows me some creative opportunity (or a day to get rid of leftovers), it also allows an opportunity for the girls to try something new, as they like to cook.

DSC00250The girls enjoy cooking and baking, especially when they get to pick out the meals themselves. Having a defined day, will not only make it easier for the girls to get a chance in the kitchen, but it will probably make cleanup a little easier, as the time it takes to plan a meal will be take out of the equation.

Today, I will inquire of the girls on what they want to make on Saturday with one caveat: They have to pick from one of the grain-free books that I have or from thefoodee.com. That should keep them busy all day.


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Goals: Meal Planning (part 1)

English: Raw vegetables and dips

English: Raw vegetables and dips (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my last post, I had talked about goals vs. resolutions. At the end of the post, I’ve mentioned that I seemed to have lost a size.  However, not planning my meals had made it difficult. On the days that I’m tired or I’ve had a rough morning, it’s so much easier to just boil some pasta or eat some random item in the fridge. So now, starting next week, I will be planning my meals.

Breakfast and dinner may be a little more random, and I will just plan lunches. As it turns out, since Mike goes to bed at 3:00pm, our biggest meal is lunch and I usually make a very light dinner for the kids and myself.  Perhaps after getting into a routine of making meals as planned, I will also work on breakfast and dinner.

To make things a little more efficient, I will only plan six meals, one for each day, and each day will have an assigned meal, except one. For example, for every Monday will be “meal x” and every Tuesday will be “meal y” and so on. Saturday would be a good day to have the experimental day, where I try a new meal on the kids. If they really like it, then I can use it to replace a meal that the kids are getting bored of or aren’t too crazy about.

Sunday, we usually eat somewhere else, so I have designated Sundays to be a day off from the stricter diet, but I will still have to avoid any food that triggers my allergies. On the rare occasion that we don’t eat at my parent’s house or at church, I’ll just have to scratch something up. Maybe I’ll consider precooking some meals and putting them into the freezer for those days.

With all that said, now I have to figure out what to make. I bet there are thousands of recipe sites to choose from and on each site, thousands of recipes.

Here’s one site that seems interesting, especially since I have decided to lean towards more of a paleo diet as I can no longer eat gluten and I have cut back on sugar. Thefoodie.com is a community-based site in where the members add their recipes. The best part is that you can make your shopping list by adding recipes to a “shopping cart”. So, after you have planned for a week, you can print out a list of what you will need.

The food listed looks really, really good. Perhaps I should have waited until I’ve had something to eat before looking at this site. I’ve already added quite a few recipes to my favorites.

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