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post #41 of 235

Jan. 1. eat.gif Baked perogies with spinach. 

 

Jan.2. eat.gif I had some macaroni and cheese tonight. Pretty basic and simple. I have some left that turn into a nice casserole tomorrow with onions and a little paprika.

post #42 of 235

Jan 1st: Cinnamon bread/fruit for the kids.  Cereal for me.  Lunch: peanut butter sandwiches for the kids.  I ate at Panera bread for a treat to myself.  Don't know what my dh had as I was out running errands.  Supper was roast chicken, noodles and peas.

 

Jan 2: Malt-o Meal/fruit for the kids.  Cereal for me.  Dh had Malt-o-Meal also.  Lunch: Drive thru Wendy's after church.  Supper was leftovers and hashbrowns and eggs.

 

Jan 3: Breakfast: Oatmeal/bananas Lunch: Leftover soup for me, sandwiches for the kids Supper: Sloppy joes, tator tots, broccoli

 

Jan 4: Breakfast: French toast/fruit Lunch: Crackers, cheese and meat Supper: Sour cream chicken, baked potatoes, and carrots

 

Jan 5: B'fast: yogurt, cheerios and strawberries Lunch: peanut butter sandwiches (kids in Parents day out) Supper: Casa Gallardo (Mexican restaurant celebrating the twins 2nd birthday with my inlaws and I can't wait!!!)

 

Jan 6: B'fast: breakfast casserole, fruit and yogurt, cinnamon rolls.  My inlaws are still here.  Lunch:  Dh has lunch responsibilities as I am going to MOPs.  Kids are staying home w/daddy.  Supper; Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

 

Jan 7: Date night!!!  Free pizza for the kids and babysitters.

 

Jan 8: Possible birthday celebration w/ my family.  Lunch: Don't know yet.  Supper: Leftovers


Jan 9: B'fast: Pancakes/fruit Lunch: soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, Supper: Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, finger veggies and chips.

post #43 of 235

Jan 1: breakfast: eggs in the hole; lunch: turkey sandwiches; dinner: leftover meat gravy & mashed potatoes with carrot sticks

Jan 2: breakfast: bagels; lunch & dinner: visiting family who fed us 

post #44 of 235
Jan 1 - green smoothie, italians, and I can't remember dinner headscratch.gif
Jan 2 - cereal, italians, whole grain spaghetti with red sauce

Gonna make crock pot chili and a bean recipe from one of my thousands of cookbooks bag.gif
Breakfast was cheesy eggs and coffee caffix.gif
post #45 of 235
Quote:
Originally Posted by Motivated Mama View Post

Jan 1 - green smoothie, italians, and I can't remember dinner headscratch.gif
Jan 2 - cereal, italians, whole grain spaghetti with red sauce

Gonna make crock pot chili and a bean recipe from one of my thousands of cookbooks bag.gif
Breakfast was cheesy eggs and coffee caffix.gif


What are Italians? Do you mean you used Italian greens in your green smoothie? Care to share any green smoothie tips with me? I got a blender as a "hey you had a baby" gift from a friend and I'm loving the green smoothies now.
I think tomorrow night I'll be making a nice big pot of bean chili.

post #46 of 235
Thread Starter 

Menu Plan for the Week of 3 January - 9 January

 

Monday:

honey baked lentils

green beans

raspberry Jell-O

soda bread (from mix)

 

Tuesday:

black bean soup*

skillet cornbread

 

Wednesday:

Winter Squash & Sweet Potato Soup*

refrigerator rolls

 

Thursday:

mixed bean soup*

refrigerator rolls

 

Friday:

Roasted Sweet Potato Corn Chowder*

refrigerator rolls

 

Saturday:

vegan raspberry-lime pancakes

grapefruit halves

roasted potatoes

 

Sunday:

vegan lemon-corn waffles with blueberry sauce

scrambled tofu

 

snacks:

ginger-pear crumbcake muffins

pumpkin muffins

 

 

items in italics are things from my pantry that I am trying to use up - heaven only knows how it landed in my house, but I'm not going to waste it....

items with an * asterisk are cooked in the CrockPot

post #47 of 235

Yeah- So glad I found the January thread! I am trying to combine a pantry challenge too so goaling to uses up the jars of salsa we have, the frozen avocados and shredded cheese we have in the freezer.

 

This week:

 

Mon: Shredded turkey quesadilla (sp?) with salsa and guacamole

Tuesday: Ginger/sesame salmon with sugar snaps and jasmine rice

Weds: nachos with ground beef, black beans, salsa and guacamole

Thursday: crispy chicken, steamed broccoli, baked sweet potato

Friday: homemade "make your own" pizza

 

 

Justmama- sorry about the fender bender! greensad.gif

post #48 of 235

HollyBearsMom, thanks.  It stinks.  I love my vehicle. 

 

I think we are doing homemade mac and cheese with peas and broccoli?(do I have broccoli still???).  It's a no-spend day today and we've done great thus far.  But breakfast was homemade granola and milk for 1 http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/06/16/recipe-connection-homemade-granola-and-granola-bars/  and oatmeal for two.  One had chopped dried apricots, brown sugar, and frozen blueberries in hers.  The other had brown sugar, coconut, and sunflower seeds in hers.  Just coffee for me.  Off to make some bread and get some yogurt going in my crockpot.  Maybe that'll motivate me to tackle dish mountain in the sink. 

post #49 of 235
Tonight: something with beansd, rice, meat, cheese and a smoothie on the side. I didn't get to go grocery shopping on Sat and won't be able to till Wednesday so it's slim pickins around here. :P
post #50 of 235

I need to join this challenge...December was awful!  I really get out of good goals around the holidays...maybe someday I'll learn better habits!

 

At any rate, my goal for this year is to eliminate processed foods from our diet as much as possible, cook at home, and keep the groceries to around $80/week. I find I do this best when I plan the weekly meals ahead of time, so I'll need to start doing that again too. By the time my daughter starts on solids, I want us to be a much healthier family than we currently are (we've made a lot of progress, but still have far to go).

 

So, January 1st we had fondue as part of a New Year tradition. Yesterday we were lame and went out for sushi at lunch and had pizza for dinner :(. I haven't gotten a chance to go grocery shopping yet and I'm trying to use up the food in the house, so it will probably be a combo of frozen stuff and leftover veggies from New Year's party thrown in the steamer. As soon as I figure out the rest of the week I'll post it...thanks for the help with accountability!

post #51 of 235

ha ha...so my hubby just called to invite me out for dinner...but it's using a gift card - does that count?

 

so i suppose my goal is to try really hard not to order french fries, stick to water as my drink, and otherwise be as healthy as possible in my food choice.

 

hope to be back soon with a food plan for the rest of the week!

post #52 of 235

This challenge sounds wonderful!  We eat in 6 out of 7 days.  Every Friday my MIL buys us dinner *love*

 

This week my menu is:

Today
Bkfst - Steel cut oats w/ dates or figs (dried)
Lunch - Cheese and pretzels
Dinner - Shepherd's pie w/ green beans on the side
To do - Grocery shop

Tuesday
Bkfst - Leftovers from Monday
Lunch - PB&J w/ bananas
Dinner - Leftovers
To do -

Wednesday
Bkfst - Cold cereal
Lunch -  Cheese w/ carrots
Dinner - Bacon quiche w/ garlicky green beans
To do - Make some sort of quick bread

Thursday
Bkfst - Oatmeal
Lunch - Cheese and dried fruit
Dinner - Toasted cheese w/ peas
To do -

Friday
Bkfst - Quick bread I made
Lunch - PB&J w/ mandarins
Dinner - Eat out w/ MIL
To do - 
 

Saturday

Bkfst - Eggs & toast
Lunch - Cheese and pretzels
Dinner - Pork ribs in the crockpot w/ sweet potato fries
To do - Girl's night out (coffee) with my cloth diapering mamas

Sunday
Bkfst - Cold cereal
Lunch - Pretzels and peanut butter
Dinner - Burritos (beef/bean/cheese) with corn

To do - Enjoy the Sabbath
post #53 of 235

OK I finally figured it out -

 

Tuesday - Arctic Char with Asparagus

Wed. - Veggie Stir Fry with Noodles

Thurs. - dinner at in-laws

Fri. - Homemade Pizza (topped with spinach, artichoke, zucchini and garlic)

Sat. - Black bean flautas

Sun. - New England Dinner (cabbage, potatoes and kielbasa)

 

Lunches will probably be sandwiches and leftovers, and I have to admit I usually do Eggos for breakfast (but at least the plus fiber ones :)

 

Now to make the grocery list!

post #54 of 235

Jan 1: Eggs and bacon, grilled sammies and soup, leftovers

Jan 2: Oatmeal, mac and cheese, tater tot casserole

Jan 3: Oatmeal, rice bean and salsa wraps, pancakes

post #55 of 235

Jan 1: leftovers for lunch; Burgers & salad for dinner

Jan 2: Tilapia/fish sticks/salmon & salad for lunch, omlettes for dinner

Jan 3: eggplant parmesan

post #56 of 235

I made homemade, mostly organic chicken noodle soup today. It came out so well, was really easy/used few ingredients, and made the house smell so good.

post #57 of 235

Jan. 1. eat.gif Baked perogies with spinach. 

 

Jan.2. eat.gif I had some macaroni and cheese tonight.

 

Jan. 3. eat.gif Tonight was left over mac and cheese from last night, but then I added a can of cream of cheddar soup, onion and a little paprika then I baked it.

post #58 of 235
Holidays are officially over with my sister leaving early this morning.

Jan.1 Thai food - Sister bought
Jan. 2 Leftover thai food
Jan 3 Tilapia, cous cous, salad, and green beans for the LO

Hoping to make a full week plan, but am SO behind this week. I am also not shopping, all out of fs, so I need to use up pantry items.
post #59 of 235
MamitaM - I forgot that italians are a New England thing redface.gif They're like subs, but with italian bread. I get the bread weekly at the Country Kitchen thrift shop. I put in different things - for me - spinach, cucumbers, turkey, green peppers, cheese, tomatoes, onions; for the kids - cheese, turkey, and pickles.

Today I made a baked bean quintet and chili in the crockpot. For breakfast, we had cheesy eggs and for lunch I made deep fried sweet potatoes topped with sugar/cinnamon and bag.gif chicken nuggets. Just a side note - I have an unbelievably picky 3yo boy who cries for 20-30 minutes if he doesn't like the food. I had to make potato fries for him because he refused to eat the sweet potato fries. He has a sensory issue, so I'm not very pushy when it comes to meals. Tonight, he wouldn't eat the supper I made the kids (blueberry yogurt, turkey, brown rice, and broccoli) and helped himself when I wasn't looking to an english muffin...

 

post #60 of 235
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post

1-1.  No breakfast, lunch was soup at my Grandma's, dinner was steak, pasta with garlic, olive oil and spinach.

1-2.  Breakfast was a poptart, lunch was hot dogs, dinner will be quesadillas.

1-3.  Breakfast was bagels, lunch was ham sandwiches, dinner was at my mom's

 

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