Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meal Planning Again with Changes

I am trying to get back into meal plan mode here.
I still have to cook for the family but I can't always have what they are having, even with adaptations.
Since I don't feel like making 2 meals those nights, I'll probably just have something easy, like a sandwich or fruit with yogurt, etc.

The local restaurant supply store had a great sale on colored peppers over the weekend.....99¢ lb.
I bought a ton, along with zucchini and yellow squash for the same price.  This menu is loaded with peppers and what's leftover is getting sliced into strips and frozen for later use.

Here's the meal plan--

Sunday, I adapted my Lena's Lemon Chicken recipe so I could eat it.  Instead of using half the "cheap" Lemon Pepper seasoning(that's mostly SALT  lol), and half the salt-free Lemon Pepper seasoning, I just used the salt-free variety.  I use to half and half it because we like some salt and the salt-free variety is insanely expensive, and it calls for a large amount for the recipe.  All thee other ingredients are aok to have--chicken, brown rice(not salted when cooking), onions, zucchini, olive oil, garlic, diced tomatoes and tomato paste.

Monday, I made Macaroni Salad(minus the salt)and really loaded it up with carrots, celery, onions, 3 colors of peppers and black olives.  It was more a Veggie Salad really. lol
We had hamburgers(they had cheese, I didn't).  I had one of my half turkey/half beef burgers.  We also had a mélange of steamed corn, broccoli and carrots.

Tuesday, only Hubs and I were home for dinner.  He had a Chicken Enchilada.  I made 8 Enchiladas last week, without salt or refried beans and using my made from scratch enchilada sauce(salt-free).
I froze half of them for easy dinners with the container of leftover sauce in the fridge.  Hubs also ate leftover Macaroni Salad.
I didn't feel like a heavy meal so I just had apple slices dipped in my peanut butter.

Wednesday, tonight will be Italian Sausage, Onion and Peppers Sandwiches. I can't have the sausage so I'll figure something else out later today.  I have baby Portabella mushrooms here I have to use, so I'll think up something using those.  Maybe a bowl of fresh mushroom soup?

Thursday, we'll have Chicken Fajitas. Peppers, onions, mushrooms and chicken.  I'll make my own seasoning since Chili Powder is full of salt.  And cheese for the family but not on my fajita. 

Friday, Fish, Lena's Cabbage Salad, Yellow Squash Sauté.

Saturday, Either Leftovers or Pasta with meat sauce and a large Salad containing lettuce, carrots, celery, peppers, grape tomatoes, red cabbage and spinach. The sauce will be made from scratch and have half and half ground turkey or chicken and ground beef. I'll use my low salt dressing or olive oil and vinegar.

So that's how we're rolling this week.
Next week?
Who knows!

Sluggy
 

18 comments:

  1. That sounds pretty tasty overall. I love summer time for the cheap peppers and cheap produce overall, since I eat so much of it. I should definitely look at my spices. I use lemon pepper quite often.

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    1. All spice blends are suspect...especially if they were cheap at the store. Check those labels.

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  2. I am surprised chili powder has salt. However, I never use chili powder, so why should I know?

    Going without cheese would be torture. There is no way you can leave off something else so you can have cheese? I need hope! Today, I planned aloud to exbf how I was going to start eating right. We were in the car and I was having a Coke and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. sigh

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    1. Re:Coke and Reese's.....talk is cheap. lol

      Some cheeses are better than others so go with ones lower in salt if you must have cheese.

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    1. Thanks Frances. Come on over....plenty for all. 8-)

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  4. I made burritos for dinner tonight using black refried beans. Gosh they were good, but not something I'm going to make again for a while. Again, the amount of salt is freaky!

    Good luck to you in keeping up with this. Salt is everywhere!

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    1. Yes, I am finding that salt, HFCS, corn and soy are everywhere.

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  5. I make refried beans with garlic powder, not garlic salt, and finely minced onions and olive oil. i cannot tell the difference in mine and the stuff in the store. A friend thought I had put meat spread in his foldover. I put whatever vegetables in on the spread of refried beans. The spread held the chopped tomatoes and chopped carrots on the sandwich.

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    1. The canned refrieds are lousy with salt. Making your own was too much work along with the enchilada sauce, slicing/dicing and making the filling. Maybe I'll try making them another time.

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  6. This is a great plan! Kudos to you for the strides you're already making ;o). In fact, I'll be checking out Lena's page/recipes...you have whet this appetite-lol.

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    1. The Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe is not Lena with the blog's recipe...it's another Lena the recipe is named for, but the Russian Slaw is my blog friend's recipe.

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  7. I think your menu sounds good. Good luck with the low salt diet. I didn't realize how much salt was in everything until you posted about it. Yikes!

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    1. Thanks Kim. Now if I could just convince someone to come here and make it for me.lol

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  8. I missed what ended up happening with your illness, but guessing it had something to do with salt. I too have been shocked lately by both the ingredients in store purchased items, as well as how my eating impacts my entire life - fatigue, energy levels, etc. Mine started as the flu, and eating carbs to get through that, and downward spiraled quite a bit from there.

    Hope you are feeling better & on the mend, & your menu plan sounds awesome! For the peppers, what about making a greek yogurt dip with dill or something? I haven't checked out the sodium, but maybe you could really reign it in if you made it yourself.

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    1. You have to go back and read this post....http://simpleslug.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-life-as-water-balloon.html
      Only in my life could this stuff happen.lol

      Good tip on the dip, thanks.

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  9. Sounds great so far! I feel for you...

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    1. Come on over....I'lll set an extra place...or five!lol

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