Hello everyone and happy Monday!
I’ve been doing meal plans for a few years now. I find it saves a huge amount of money at the grocery store if I have a plan and a grocery list. It eliminates impulse buying and ensures that we make healthy choices when it comes to food. And it takes a guesswork out of the ‘what’s for dinner’ question. You can read about menu planning here
Recently, hubby was diagnosed with high blood pressure and we had both put on some weight when we quit smoking 2 and a 1/2 years ago, so I modified my menu this week to include even more healthy choices. I don’t make a meal plan for breakfast or lunch because for breakfast we usually just have fruit, toast and peanut butter, cottage cheese and cereal, or we’ll have a poached egg on an English muffin with smoked trout or salmon and some avocado. Lunch is usually leftovers or a salad.
I don’t have much of an imagination when it comes to cooking. I was raised in a British household where all the vegetables were overcooked and most of the dishes were bland and uninteresting. It’s only in the last five years or so (yes, I’m a little slow) that I’ve started to explore foods that have more spices and, therefore, more flavour. I rely heavily on cook books and recipe blogs. Jamie Oliver was a huge inspiration with his book Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals. I couldn’t believe that I could cook amazing and easy 3-course meals in 30 minutes. Hubby loved it. Also hugely inspirational was Janet & Greta Podleski of Looney Spoons fame. Their recipes are geared at weight loss and full of interesting information regarding health and weight loss. Their book The Looneyspoons Collection got me excited about cooking again. I have made almost every one of the recipes in this book. This week, I have incorporated some recipes from a Blog I follow called The Mediterranean Dish. Mediterranean food is so diversified and healthy without being boring.
I write my meal plans on a spreadsheet on Google Drive. If you want something a little bit more, er, professional, you can check out this one here.
Wednesday: One-Pan Mediterranean-baked Salmon with Vegetables (this recipe was originally for Halibut, but I have substituted it with Salmon), Bulgar Pilaf
Thursday: Pulled Pork – leftovers from Monday’s Pork Roast
Friday: Mediterranean Chicken with Dill & Greek Yogurt Sauce, Sweet Potato Fries, Greek Salad
Saturday: Chicken Wings, Green Salad
Sunday: Fish Cakes, Orzo rice with vegetables and feta cheese, sweet potatoes.