mindful menu – week of 5.23.10

23 May

It’s that time again! I love my menu planning time. This week is an assortment but everyone seems happy with the choices.

We love  Sunday night dinner around here. It is usually our most inspiring meals. The husband and I take turns creating Sunday night magic.  This week I was inspired by a show on Food Network and the meyer lemons the husband found at the produce market.  I will be making my version of Shrimp Cakes with a side of red beans & rice with andouille sausage. Dinner will be accompanied with dessert (this never happens). Meyer Lemon Pie will finish off this perfect creole-inspired meal.

*We still have one month left of school. The wind-down is always busy and me going to the gym 3-4 times per week and the kid having karate 2-3 times per week makes it even busier. But I am more determined than ever to keep eating good, healthy, real food.  We eat dinner together almost every night (the kid is getting a very active social life and heads to sleepovers every chance she gets) and this is super important to me.

On the menu this week:

Monday:  Steak & chicken with sauteed spinach and potatoes. {kiddo does not like steak and I will have extra grilled chicken for snacking or fueling before hitting the gym}

Tuesday:  Breakfast sandwiches & potato-pepper hash

Wednesday: Spaghetti and Big Salad

Thursday: Oven “Fried” Pork Chops with cabbage & potatoes

Friday:  Super Sloppy Joe’s with Big Salad

It is a simple menu this week. Simple is good, especially when it will allow us to get a healthy real meal on the table every night, no matter what is on the schedule.

Planning this menu allows my family to eat healthy dinners together. Knowing what is on the schedule allows me to keep the schedule and not be stressed about how busy we are.  I have Jenna to thank for my menu planning skills. She taught me all I know.

Are you menu planning?!?!

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2 Responses to “mindful menu – week of 5.23.10”

  1. cindy May 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    just a few pointers to getting eating right down … When using *bread try to go for a rye or wheat, try *Whole Wheat Pasta – its sooooo good and very good for you and super filling! For salads ALWAYS use a *low fat or fat free dressing (its makes a HUGE difference) dressing holds LOTS of calories **chicken and fish are great sources of protein as long as they are not fried or covered in sauce. Working out and Eating right go hand and hand.. you won't get the results without the other!

  2. cindy May 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    just a few pointers to getting eating right down … When using *bread try to go for a rye or wheat, try *Whole Wheat Pasta – its sooooo good and very good for you and super filling! For salads ALWAYS use a *low fat or fat free dressing (its makes a HUGE difference) dressing holds LOTS of calories **chicken and fish are great sources of protein as long as they are not fried or covered in sauce. Working out and Eating right go hand and hand.. you won't get the results without the other!

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