Thursday, February 28, 2013

Menu plan for two weeks

I tend to make out my menus for two weeks at a time.  While I'd LOVE to go grocery shopping every week (it's a favorite activity of mine), I find I spend less if I go every other.  Plus, it seems too limiting to only have $35 to spend every week... $70 every other is better.  :)

So, my meal plan for the next two weeks:

Most days, I cook around lunch time and eat that for dinner too.  Breakfasts tend to be something on a tortilla (eggs, bacon, cheese, etc.) and a piece of fruit.  If I've made granola recently, I'll eat that over yogurt.  I also eat oatmeal at times, or an omelette and piece of toast.  Last week I had made cheese and garlic scones and had sausage, so made "sausage mcmuffins" with those... tasty!

I'll try to post links to recipes when I can.  Unless specified, everything is homemade.  I didn't list what vegetables I'll eat with these; usually I'll have a frozen veg, salad, etc.  Often I'll buy a vegetable on sale and use that throughout the week, so it depends.  These are in no particular order-- I choose whatever I want to eat that day and what works with my schedule.

I should add that recipes are starting points for me... I make lots of modifications and adjustments.

So, the menu!
chicken tikka masala and naan (I might make palak paneer as well! getting a gallon of milk so I can make paneer)

chicken crockpot nachos

homemade mac and cheese (I use whole wheat noodles)

white pizza, salad

baked potato with cheese sauce, spinach

maid rite (ground beef cooked in beef brother with onion) with french fries

kielbasi, cabbage, potatoes, probably cooked together

taco soup (going to splurge and buy some sour cream to go on to, plus off-brand fritos instead of tortilla chips like I'd usually use)

turkey chili with corn bread

bean burritos (made w refried beans; w leftover chili on top)

taco salad with refried beans (If I use meat for the taco salad, I'll cut up at least a half of a pepper and cook it with the meat, along with a small onion-- stretches the meat and adds veg!)

I have a box of Annie's mac and cheese; will mix this with leftover chili

hamburgers, hot potato salad

chicken for bento; spinach, onigiri?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back on the healthy-eating wagon!

I've been trying to get back into healthy eating lately-- which is good because I'd been eating a lot of frozen food, frozen pizzas, etc.  I wish I was one of those people who felt better when they eat whole foods, but I don't seem to notice-- I have a strong stomach, I think.  I thought about starting up a completely new blog for this topic, but, since it's food-related, I figured I could post here. 

Here are a few of my favorite healthy eating blogs: it's mostly called "real food" and that's what I work toward.

100 Days of Real Food is probably the one that got me most interested in eating healthfully.   Lisa has some good basic recipes here (I've made her tortillas a few times), but I find their menu much too expensive for me -- and their stomachs are smaller than mine!  What they eat for a meal would make a great snack for me.  :)

Although I'm not a big baker, Heavenly Homemakers has some good recipes as well and inspired me to start making my own waffles.  There are some good basic, everyday food recipes as well-- check out the recipe page.

Jess writes Keep It Real Food, and it's nice to have a single person's perspective on real food since most of the blogs are for families.  She seems to eat mostly the same things, which wouldn't work for me as I like variety!

I just started following Red, Round, or Green, but the recipes and meal ideas look great!  I do like to bake sweets every once in a while, and this cookie chocolate pie looks great!

I've also been reading Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" and I'm sure that has kept up my interest.

Do you have a favorite healthy eating blog to share?  I'm always on the lookout for new ones!