Happy Monday to you! Monday is my favorite day of the week. It's a new start...a fresh slate...a chance to begin again. It's also a day to reflect on last week: Did I reach my goals? Did I have a good week? Here are some of the things we enjoyed last week:
It's Use it Up Week here at my house, which means creativity at its finest! I've decided try weekday vegetarian, eating meat only on Saturdays, sometimes Sundays. My girls are free to eat the same thing I'm eating (which they usually choose) or some of what dad's having, instead. I just feel better eating less meat, and I know it -- but I do love me a juicy burger or Porterhouse steak. I'm just reserving my indulgence for the weekends! I'm also trying to do away with dairy almost completely, because it doesn't agree with any of us. The Hubs loves cheese, so we'll always have it around. However, there are delicious alternatives (none of those fake cheese slices do it for me, but I'm going to show you some that meet my approval throughout the next few months). Those alternatives don't make me feel congested, sleepy, and icky. And I've never been a huge cow's milk fan anyway, so I'll be using non-dairy milks exclusively now.
Don't worry -- the change won't impact the deliciousness around here. And anywhere I use almond milk, you can easily use cow's milk instead, if that's your preference.
By the way, I'm also trying to lose 20 pounds. Saturdays are my cheat days, otherwise, look for moderately healthy meals all-around.
Breakfast: Kids - cereal with milk / me - Whole Grain English Muffin with Flax & Cream Cheese
Lunch: Kids - homemade corndogs / me - Almond Grain Burger on Roll with mustard & fries / husband - turkey & cheese wrap with lettuce & onion & peppers; peanuts; dill pickles
Dinner: Lentil-Rice Tacos with Nutritional Yeast Sauce ("cheese" sauce), onions, peppers, and lettuce (husband's on Atkins: Shrimp & broccoli in garlic-butter sauce
Breakfast: Kids - cereal with milk / me - oatmeal & juice
Lunch: baked beans & sweet potato coins / husband - turkey & cheese salad; hickory smoked almonds; dill pickles
Dinner: Pizza loaded with fresh veggies and olives (husband: steak & cauliflower)
Breakfast: Tortilla with Peanut Butter & Raisins (Kids will also have a smoothie)
Lunch: leftover pizza / husband - chicken salad on lettuce; peanuts; dill pickles
Dinner: soybean & rice tostadas with nutritional yeast sauce (husband - chicken & broccoli bake)
Breakfast: Kids: oatmeal pancakes with cherry topping / me - oatmeal with raisins
Lunch: Peanut Butter Pasta (husband - chicken salad; beef jerky; dill pickles)
Dinner: Butternut Squash Ravioli with garden veggies, olives, garlic, and olive oil and flat bread (husband: shrimp of some sort)
Breakfast: Creamy Breakfast Rice
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins and Fruit Smoothies (husband - banana peppers stuffed with ham salad; dill pickles; low-carb almond butter cookie
Dinner: Bean Burritos & homemade tortilla chips (husband - taco salad without shell)
Saturday: (Saturday is our big shopping day. Not only are we food shopping, but we're also school shopping. We're starting early and won't be back until dinnertime.)
Breakfast: Out to Eat -a sit-down, down-home breakfast as a family
Lunch: Out to Eat - a mall food court or drive through, most likely
Dinner: nibbles at home
Breakfast: Bacon, Eggs, Berries, and Toast
Lunch: ?? depends on sales
Dinner: ?? depends on sales
Things I'd like to bake this week include:
- magic wands
- cupcakes just like Hostess
For more menu plans, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie each Monday morning. Have a good week. I'll see you back here throughout the week for some yummy recipes.