Monday, September 1, 2008

This Week's Menu

It's menu planning Monday again, and things are looking much better this week than last week. I already have chicken baking for my two Southern Living recipes that I plan to eat AND freeze. I can't wait. Southern Living never lets me down. And it's a great day for cooking because Scott is home to keep Ada out from under my feet. There is just something about a hot oven that attracts little hands. So here it is, the menu for the week...

Breakfast--waffles, eggs, yogurt, and/or south beach bars (10 grams of protein per bar!! Remember, I have to eat lots of protein to keep my blood sugar steady)

Lunch--lean cuisine pizzas (also loaded with protein), pb & j, fruit, and/or stove popped popcorn.


1. Chicken Tetrazzini (eat half/freeze half), divine muffins, lima beans

2. Leftovers

3. Crunchy chicken and rice casserole, broccoli

4. Leftovers

5. New pasta recipe from Southern Living Quick and Easy cookbook

6. Frozen Pizza

7. Scott and I will split dinner out

pasta recipe--

12 ounces uncooked ziti (I am using Barilla plus, which has 17 g of protein per serving!!! This makes up for lack of meat/beans in the meal. Plus it's multigrain)

2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, basil, and olive oil

1/2 c. chopped black olives (I omit this)

1/3 c. diced red onions

1/4 c. balsamic vinaigrette

1 (8 oz) block of mozzarella cheese, diced

1/2 c. grated parmesan

1/2 tsp. pepper

cook pasta according to package directions, including salt; drain

meanwhile, combine tomatoes and next 3 ingredients

add pasta, cheese, and pepper; toss gently. Serve Immediately. Yields: 5 servings


The Slagleys said...

Yum! I am definitely copying those casserole recipes! I need to plan ahead more often, it seems like it helps save time and money.

Milla said...

I second the YUM! I just posted in my blog about this, as your ideas on meal planning have been encouraging me to do the same each week! It's so simple and nice this way!!

Keep posting your ideas, and I'd love to hear about one of your (and Scott's) favorite weeknight meals!

Scott said...

Milla, I don’t know if you will come back and read this since it is so 2 posts ago but I just saw that you requested my input on food, and I never miss a chance to discuss food.

A few of my LB favorites are Poppy Seed Chicken, Chicken Puffs, Beef Pot Pie, and Burrito Bake. One of her quick and easies that I am a big fan of is her Stir Fry. Oh, and the Chicken Tetrazini (sp?) that she just made was GREAT. We just had to throw some if it away and that made me sad.

I am sure there are several more, but that is all I can think off the top of my head.
think of off the top of my head.