Monday, May 4, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Busy Weekend" Edition--

Well we seemed to have gone from Winter right to early Summer weather.  This weekend was gloriously warm and sunny so we headed outside to work on some outdoor projects.  This pile of white stones figured into one of those projects.
Anyway, onward to the meal planning!
Here's what was planned last week.......
1.  Osso Buoco, mashed Potatoes
2.  Leftovers
3.  Leftovers
4.  Leftovers
5.  Leftovers or Take-Out or Fend for Yourself
6.  Leftovers or Take-Out or Fend for Yourself
7.  Leftovers or Take-Out or Fend for Yourself

And this is what actually happened--

1.  Osso Buoco, mashed Potatoes
2.  A big Salad
3.  Leftover Meatloaf, Yellow Squash and Onions
4.  I had a burger and salad, Hubs had leftover Spaghetti and balls
5.  Grilled Quebec Chicken, Green Beans w/confetti peppers
6.  Chinese take-out
7.  Leftover Chinese take-out

Everything went as planned I guess.

Last week I made 6 trips to 5 different food stores and spent $191.43 OOP on $312.70 worth of reg. retail groceries. 

I had 0 transactions at Rite-Aid last week....again.

$191.43 spent of my $? May food budget.  That's 2/3 of my April budget spent in 1 week or so.

Leftovers going into this week are---taco filling, macaroni salad, lemon chicken w/zucchini, rice, green beans and some veggies leftover from the osso buco and mashed potatoes.
A bit of leftovers and lots of groceries bought last week so I don't need much(if anything)at the stores this week.

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Leftover Lemon Chicken w/Zucchini and Rice
2.  Leftover Taco Salad
3.  Kielbasa or Hot Dogs, homemade Boston Baked Beans(maybe), leftover veggies and macaroni salad
4.  Chicken Parm, Tomato and Cuke Salad(use up some produce)
5.  Ravioli,  Sauté of Squash and Onions
6.  Fend For Yourself
7.  Pizza?

3 new meals and 2 leftover meals, 1 FFY day and maybe a take-out pizza(paired with whatever leftover veggies we have)on Saturday when we get home with College Boy and all his crap.

Since I want to have Chicken Parm this week I'll make enough homemade sauce to do another sauce/Italian meal, using up 2 small bags of ravioli that have been lurking in the freezer(and we'll have leftover ravioli then for Hubs to eat over the weekend).

While I have not gone paleo I have been cutting down on the amount of carbs I serve.   When we have a side that calls for rice or noodles I only have 1 spoonful(if any) and am trying to cut down on the bread I use/or make it "healthier".
When I am making a protein or veggie dish that has carbs(like chicken parm has breading and cheese)I don't serve a carb/starch dish as well.  The BBBeans will be a lower sugar version so I can have my fiber/protein w/out too many "bad" carbs.
It's all about making better choices and adapting what your family likes to eat.  If I stopped serving pasta altogether Hubs would divorce me.  The man can't live without pasta. lolz
What I need to buy for this menu....... nothing at all.

Not cleared to drive yet(plus I am dizzy)but I need to go out on Wednesday for an Rx refill so I hope to be better by then so I may go to see if I can find any meat discount deals then.
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?    

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. Combined with good exercise I think the Paleo diet is great and I recommend it to anyone. I am seeing and feeling the benefits of the diet for a long time now. Not only have I lost weight, but I feel much more energised, and much better in myself. I think the reason is that whilst the paleo diet may be a diet, I do actually eat much much varied food than I did previously. All I've done is taken out the stodge that my body finds hard to digest, and added more types of fruit, veg, and indeed meat.

    I've now actually taken an interest in cooking paleo meals, which I can guarentee is 100% better than throwing some ready meals in the oven like I used to.

    I'm just reviewed a cookbook that shows exactly this:

  2. I would like to think about paleo but carbs are just part of our life too - we need bread and pasta but I do serve less than I used to. We cut out bread altogether but that really limited our options so we eat it on occasion only and only the best (local market has awesome bread so I drive there just for that) because it is a treat now.

  3. We have been eating low carb for about 2 weeks now. It was an adjustment and the withdrawals sucked! But slowly the weight is coming off,it will just take time.

  4. My menu plan will be up on y blog tomorrow. I know cutting down on the carbs would do both me and dh a world of good, as would exercising!

  5. Sorry you are still dizzy. Hope it is getting better. Our meal plan is whatever Hubby wants to make. I am so lucky!


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